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PAINTING AS CREATIVE EMPOWERMENT
An Eight Week Course.
Life is tough — I think that’s pretty clear to most of us. Things often occur in our lives that we have limited control over – and that can be difficult, to say the least. But one arena which is truly within the scope of our ability to make a difference is within our studio – our drawing and our painting. That we can dig into and bring to fullness.
So many of us feel a deep urge to create meaningful, satisfying work – much more than just a hobby – but we find ourselves stuck, somehow held back from digging in deep. We may do fine in classes and workshops but feel doubts about ourselves as painters that keep us from exploring our own direction. Or perhaps we’re able to start exploring in our studios but have a great difficulty returning to the work and sustaining its development, feeling frustrated or that the work just turns into a mess – or the painting starts out fresh but then just sort of gets tight and stuck.
You can change that — and empower your painting practice.
There is a very real possibility of transforming your engagement with painting into a significant, vital, and powerful painting practice. If that is of interest to you, but you find yourself unable to move forward, I encourage you to take this course.
We’re going to be taking the very obstacles that we face as painters, our doubts and fears and frustrations, and instead of overcoming them, we’re going to use them as gateways — that open us to energies that fuel and motivate our marking, our explorations and painting. Instead of solving our uncertainties before we draw or paint, we’ll follow them. We’ll go into the uncertainty as we work, as we mark, and see where it leads.
I’ll be facilitating a whole series of LIVE exercises, working directly with an array of difficult emotional energies. Accompanying the demonstrations will be a series of Power Point presentations looking at various Master Painters, giving examples of how they worked with these same energies in their paintings. After the first section of the course working with a range of emotional energies, the second section will turn to questions of development and finish. We will explore how to return to the painting and develop it with fresh and vital engagement. We will examine aspects of composition and “finish” in the context of creative empowerment, learning how to bring paintings to a wholeness that feels real and personal.
In addition to the live demos there will be an ongoing LIVE Q&A, encouraging dialogue and individual understanding. Each session will be recorded and available for repeated personal review at your own pace. Students will be encouraged to do the exercises on their own, to discover their own achievements and challenges, and to help clarify their ongoing journey and questions. In addition to the LIVE DEMOS and Q&A, a Members Only Facebook page, dedicated solely to PAINTING AS CREATIVE EMPOWERMENT, will be available for an exchange of our shared journey. I will be reviewing the work posted and giving supportive critiques in the context of the course structure.
Week One: Demos working with energies of anxiety and insecurity, through both drawing and painting, representationally and abstractly. Looking at work by Master Painters.
Week Two: Demos working with energies of doubt and fear, through both drawing and painting, representationally and abstractly. Looking at work by Master Painters.
Week Three: Demos working with energies of judgment and anger, through both drawing and painting, representationally and abstractly. Looking at work by Master Painters.
Week Four: Demos working with energies of desire and frustration, through both drawing and painting, representationally and abstractly. Looking at work by Master Painters.
Week Five: Demos working with energies of love and intimacy, through both drawing and painting, representationally and abstractly. Looking at work by Master Painters.
Week Six: How to return and develop a painting in the face of self-doubt or judgment. How to develop a painting in its own terms.
Week Seven: How to receive a painting and move it towards wholeness.
Week Eight: Composition, Wholeness and Painting as a Life Practice.
The Eight Week Live Course includes:
• LIVE demonstrations working with difficult blocking energies
• Ongoing weekly Power Point presentations of Master Painters’ examples
• LIVE Q&A
• Recorded sessions available for repeatable, personal review
• Members Only Facebook page dedicated solely to this course
• Weekly supportive critiques of individually posted student work
Looking forward to it. Please join us.
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