New paintings at Pomp & Circumstance in Calgary, AB.
The first time I taught this workshop, I was terrified. I remember thinking: "How can I stand in front of a class and admit that I do not paint on an easel, I do not use brushes, I refuse to read labels, I begin painting without having the slightest idea of what the painting is going to look like, I make my own mediums, and that I threw my color wheel in the garbage?"
I thank God I took a leap of faith and taught my first abstract painting workshop despite my fears. It literally derailed my life. And as it turns out, it's been a catalyst for transforming the way thousands of people think, feel and make art.
All in a day's work: Artist quality VS Student quality paints, Deep profile VS Thin profile canvases, managing expectations, allowing the process to evolve into ideas, painting like a kid again, using landscape photos and "decay" as a starting point, indulging our creative urges, Transparency VS Opacity, Paste VS Gel, Titanium White VS Zinc White, applying paint with a roller, spraying the canvas, canvas manipulation, using paper towels to lift color and add texture, varnishing, using metallic powders, metallic paints, gold leaf and a sieve.
This blog was created to share my belief that the art-making process is a catalyst for transformation and personal empowerment. I am living proof.