Creating the Abstract Landscape
with Amanda Hawkins
Note: This workshop will take place completely online using ZOOM meetings.
There is a sweet spot of overlap between the traditions of abstraction and contemporary landscape painting where mark-making and the implications of planar structure combine with color and light to create a magical realm of newly discovered space.
This 3-day online painting retreat explores abstraction, color and mark through the lens of landscape painting. Abstraction is explored in a structured and intuitive way, meant to give students the tools and confidence to take risks and make informed decisions on the canvas. This workshop will explore unconventional color palettes, investigate one’s own unique mark, pay careful attention to color as value, and most importantly transform reference imagery into rich, energetic, abstract paintings.
Each morning the class will meet remotely via Zoom to engage in discussion and complete a few relevant yet experimental warm-up exercises. Each afternoon will be spent working on larger, and more involved paintings in the comfort of your home studio. Expect demonstration videos for each exercise and at least 1-hour of live painting per day by the instructor.
Despite distance, there will be ample individual attention consisting of daily 1:1 personal meetings. At the conclusion of each day, students have the option to tune into 1-hour of Q&A with the instructor, talk to their cohorts, and share painting updates.
Day 1: The day will be spent exploring the power and nuances of color. We will engage in a few exercises to help us better identify color as value, build non-conventional palettes, and abandon the local color of the landscape. The afternoon will be devoted to a larger abstract work.
Day 2: There’s no better feeling than throwing a big brush stroke across your canvas. But, how can we translate that expressive, intuitive energy into a landscape painting? Together, we will discover a method within the madness of abstract painting. The morning will be spent working on multiple smaller canvases, and the afternoon working on one larger canvas.
Day 3: Slow down and take a long look at your paintings. After a few warm up exercises, our final day is reserved for completing our works-in-progress. Each student will receive ample guidance and individual instruction for their own methodology.
Registrants will receive a more detailed daily schedule closer to the workshop with individual meetings scheduled with each student.