Through my many years of teaching, the most rewarding workshops are the design workshops. Although it's the hardest workshop that I teach, it's definitely the most rewarding. I love it when several students write me wonderful letters afterwards about how the light bulb went on and they now understand what makes a good painting. Many of them start winning awards and getting into national shows, where they had never been accepted before. It doesn't matter whether you are a traditional painter or abstract painter, the rules apply to both. I just finished teaching a 4 day workshop in Lacrosse, WI and the group were very talented in artistic ability, but lacked knowledge for good design. They were very willing to do the fun exercises that I laid out and several of them stated that they were willing to do 30 minute studies for 30 days, a challenge that I told them I had done. I loved teaching there and we all had many laughs together. A great group! This painting is 5" x 7" and is totally magazine cut outs. By starting with the largest pieces, you lay in the simple shapes in 3 values. Then adding opposite colors and blacks complete the design I loved the students' finished pieces so much! I use these magazine collages as studies for larger paintings. I owe all my design skills to John Salminen. Check out his website.
Monday, October 27, 2014