This workshop will focus on the importance of an emotional response in painting.
The best paintings begin with a sense of excitement. This does not mean searching and searching for unusual subject matter, but rather being stimulated by the beauty of a scene and making the commonplace arresting. That takes slowing down and looking inward and listening to your heart. You may be familiar with this or may not have an inkling on how to get there. No matter your level, we'll take it step by step and it will hopefully be a time of great discovery.
In the beginning we will concentrate on the importance of seeing and gathering ideas—dreaming of possibilities. Once there’s a kernel of an idea, we'll do some sketches that will lead to more ideas.
Everything in this workshop involves process and getting to a place that allows successes to be inevitable. We are not abandoning the importance of design or technique in doing this—in fact, we are considering it all even a bit more, just in a different way.
The most important things happen early on with value and design, and we’ll talk about that a lot and you will receive support continually. I’ll encourage you to ask yourself many questions in this workshop, such as—what is it I want to express in this painting? What’s the mood or feeling I would like to see happen? What’s the best way to make it happen? How does an understanding of value and edges and composition help establish the intentions we have?
It will be an exciting time of hard work, self-reflection and we’ll have fun too. Hope you join us.
Heidi demonstrates in pastel, but works in all mediums. Oil, Acrylic, Watercolor and Pastels are all welcome. All levels welcome!