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The Painting Project Studio Online, Mountain Time

Dates & Times

February 28 2023 - April 25 2023
Tuesdays, 2:00pm - 4:30pm




In this LIVE, online, 8-week course we will emphasize the formal aspects of composition. How does the act of strengthening and resolving a painting relate to the fundamental ground of Awareness? What is the role of the rectangle? What does “wholeness” of the image mean, and how is it achieved? How does one make compositional decisions and carry them out? Each week we will explore, in a hands-on approach, different aspects of the creative discipline of composition through the perspective of Awareness.

A goal of this course is the deepening and strengthening of each participant’s painting practice; expanding and enriching the meaning, experience, and expression of the act of painting.

The weekly syllabus:

Week 1: Discuss what strong composition entails.  Look at examples from Old Masters through Modern painter.  Examine the 2 main pictorially energetic types of composition, and the 3 main methods of achieving strong composition.  Looking at the relationship between strong composition, wholeness, and Consciousness.  Demonstrating the beginning of compositional decision making.

Week 2: Discuss the first crossroads in compositional decision making.  ROUND 1: Look at works submitted by course participants.  Demonstrate possible compositional moves.  Discuss the difference in composition between working representationally and non-objectively.

Week 3: What does it take, inwardly, to fine-tune a painting into wholeness?  Learning how to receive and attend to a painting.  What does it mean to wait? Discussing compositional decision making and mindfulness.

Week 4: ROUND 2 of looking at course participants’ work.  Demonstrating with my own work; making compositional decisions with unfinished paintings.

Week 5: Looking at unfinished paintings by Cezanne from the perspective of Consciousness.  What are the implications for us?  Demonstrating beginning a composition through the lens of Cezanne.

Week 6: Taking the unfinished piece from Session 5 and working it further.  Relating the previous material from the course as we continue to develop the piece.

Week 7: Demonstrating how to look at, and draw and paint from, Master paintings in relation to composition.  What is the difference between copying a painting and analyzing a painting in terms of its composition?  How does analyzing a masterpiece’s pictorial composition relate to Consciousness?

Week 8: ROUND 3 of looking at course participants’ work.  Next Steps.

A Members Only Mighty Networks group page will be provided for posting our work, for supportive community and creative sharing. I’ll be conducting weekly reviews of the posted work. To go to the group page please CLICK HERE.

All sessions will be streamed in HIGH DEFINITION, providing greatly increased visual acuity of the painted surface and demonstrations.

All sessions will be recorded, archived and available for repeated viewing.

A Webinar Link will be sent out upon registration.

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