I wanted to share a little of what has been going on here on Thursday evenings.
Our little class has been going for six weeks now, and it has been a wonderful experience for me. I have been spending time, getting the space set for a class, tweeking here and there, adding lights, canvases, materials, easles. It now pretty set up, and its one of may favorite places to be.
Our class has started with working on raw canvas, that we stretch ourselves. We were talking last night about the stretching process, and how in art there needs to be some aspect of “labour” and work. You need to manipulate and handle a piece without having to actually “express” yourself, or really be painting the whole time. Its also nice to learn to do, incase you want to stretch your own some time later.
The raw canvas also gives a unique surface to work with. We are using acrylics, but as washes, so they resemble water colour. This way there is an aspect of chance involved, which allows you to remove your inhibitions about whether or not you can “paint”. We also reduce the colour palate and work primarily with a grey that is made of the three primaries. This is a great subtle lesson in colour mixing, as you find out how many versions of grey you can get, and you can tweek the hue by varying the proportions. I find it also creates more sophisticated looking paintings that are rich and subtle in colour. As you can see for yourself.
The students have not really painted before, but it doesnt show in the work. Its so fun to connect, and be creative together.
I look forward to the evening all week, and when I am there it delivers. We have art, we have paint, we have classical music, we have the occasional goodie, a little philosophizing, and lots of tea. Really, how could it go wrong?