Exploring Intuitive Painting II

Have you ever found yourself stuck in a rut, thinking “I don’t want to draw the same old things again,” or just feeling uninspired about your art? Becoming stagnant in your work is often the result of uncreative repetition – doing the same still life over and over, choosing the same palette or techniques, or always setting up in your studio the same way. The projects in this course are geared specifically toward helping you get out of your rut or over your artist’s block. They will show you how to find inspiration by working with nontraditional subject matter; rethinking your approach to traditional modes of expression, like self-portraits and figure drawing; or trying completely new techniques. Each project and exercise encourages you to invent new and imaginative visual possibilities for your art that can uplift your creative spirit. The exercises in this course are not necessarily more advanced than those in Exploring Intuitive Painting 1, but you should be prepared to experiment with new ideas and be open to accepting the challenge of “I CAN make something interesting out of nothing!” By refusing to allow yourself to be bored, you can boost your confidence and give yourself a shot of enthusiasm for making art.

What you will learn in this class:

  • Learn techniques for bringing your paintings to life

  • Reawaken the spirit of intuition and creativity

  • Learn techniques to stimulate your intuition and overcome artists creative block

  • Challenge your imagination by finding inspiration by working with nontraditional subject matter; rethinking your approach to traditional modes of expression; or trying completely new techniques

  • Experiment with new and imaginative visual possibilities for your art that can uplift your creative spirit

  • Boost your confidence and give yourself a shot of enthusiasm for making art

Required supplies:

  • Two pre-stretched pre-gessoed canvas (no less than 24 x 24 inches up to 48×48 inches. You may need additional canvas, but just two to start. If you find the canvases expensive, other substitute options: heavy watercolor paper (something like a 300 lb. paper will work great), panels (such as pieces of masonite from the hardware store), paint over old paintings from thrift stores, or old doors. Any materials other than pre-gessoed canvas must be primed before class.

  • Four ounces, or larger size of these paint colors (any shade*) in red, yellow, blue, black, titanium white (heavy-bodied is best); plus any two colors you really love (preferably fluid acrylic for those) and one metallic color (copper or gold). Bring any shade of green, purple and orange (you can also mix these yourself if you prefer). In addition, feel free to also bring any other colors you really love.

  • Acrylic glazing medium/liquid

  • Set of 3 Ranger Adirondack Alcohol Inks (sold at Michael’s or AC Moore) choose a set with colors that you like

  • One sheet of mylar/acetate, frosted or clear, approximately 20″ by 25″

  • One ceramic white tile (12”x12”) (sold at Home Depot)

  • Five bristle brushes for detailed work

  • One palette knife or spatula in any size

  • Four foam brushes (wooden handled with the grey foam square from the paint section at a hardware store): 2 one-inch brushes and 2 two-inch brushes (the stiffer, the better)

  • A variety of mark-making, etching, and stamping tools such as old pencils, non-working pens, caps from bottles, bubble wrap, feathers

  • Spray bottle for water

  • Big can or jar for water

  • Rags

  • Apron or clothes you don’t mind getting dirty

  • Latex gloves

  • Paint palette, the bigger the better

  • Blank journal/sketchbook and a pen

  • An open heart and mind!