Painting the Landscape Inside and Out – FULL! Please call 508-362-2909
Instructor: Diane Pike
Date: April 18th and 19th, 2020. Saturday and Sunday – Two Day Workshop
Time: 10:00am – 4:00pm, Saturday and Sunday
Cost: Members $290 | Non-Members $310
Sometimes Mother Nature likes to rearrange the landscape. It could be the aftermath of a flood, a windstorm, or simply the act of a tree falling down in the woods. The land bares little resemblance to the pristine landscape it once was. It looks more like a jumbled mass of trunks and twigs and rocks. But if we take the time to look closer, we can find that there is still beauty in the landscape. It was beautiful once. It is beautiful again.
In this workshop we will learn how to take the remnants of landscape debris and turn them into abstracted landscapes. We will work from reference materials—photos that represent anything but “pure and perfect nature”. Participants can bring in their own photos to work from or use any photos that I bring in. The emphasis will be on strong composition—we will do many sketches in black and white before we begin a painting. I will go in depth about this because I believe if it works in black and white, it will be a successful painting. I will discuss Notan sketches and value sketches as a good foundation to painting. The emphasis will be on self-expression and exploring landscapes through an abstract lens. We will explore shape, line, texture and color interpretations. You may use a palette knife or brushes. Let go of your expectations, prejudices and preferences. Have a beginner’s mind. We won’t be painting what we “know”. We will be painting what we “see”. I will show examples of my work, with photos that I took of chaos to the finished painting. I will demo my approach to sketching and composition and how I begin a painting. Everyone will paint both days—the end result will be a strong abstracted landscape painting that reflects each individual’s translation of the scene.
BASIC SUPPLY LIST for ABSTRACTING THE LANDSCAPE
You may paint in the medium of your choice. I will be painting and doing the demos in oils. We will be using photos for reference during this workshop. I will bring several for you to use, but if you have a photo of an unstructured landscape—fallen trees, lots of branches, etc. please bring them. Here are some samples of what I will bring to give you so you have an idea of “debris pictures” to be on the lookout for between now and April.
Please bring a sketchbook and black markers, like Sharpies. We will be doing several b&w abstract sketches before we paint. You may bring gray markers as well if you want to add a value or two to your sketch.
BASIC OIL OR ACRYLIC COLORS: Please bring whatever colors you like to use. The following colors are typically what I have on my palette. I will be discussing how I arrange my paint on my palette.
cadmium yellow or pale or light
cadmium red light
violet or purple
permanent green light or any green
OPTIONAL ADDITIONAL COLORS: not required, bring them if you have them
viridian or emerald green
for oil painters:
Gamsol 100% Odorless Mineral Spirits—this is the only non-carcinogenic turp I know of.
Bring a container to put this in. Paper towels.
for oil and acrylic painters:
A variety of brushes—I use flats and brights. Bring some larger size brushes in addition to small. You may use a palette knife if you like. Bring one or two good size canvases or panels—at least 18×24 or 20×20 squares or sizes along that line. We will be doing one finished painting, maybe two. I feel it is always good to have a backup canvas or two. And a larger size will be good to do the abstract with.
Please bring whatever pastels and supplies you like to use when painting. Bring several sheets of large size paper to use-preferably at least 14×18 if you can. I
use a sanded 480 grit UArt paper when I paint with pastels, because I like the way it holds so many layers of pastel. If you have any questions about the size, feel free to contact me. Happy to help with this. Bring a board to mount your paper to—whatever you typically use. I like to use 1/2 inch foam core that is wrapped in a soft cloth like flannel. I feel it helps cushion the paper and the sticks seem to go onto the paper better. Feel free to contact me with any questions you may have. My email is: email@example.com
Diane Pike was born in Iowa, and moved to Boulder, Colorado at an early age. Boulder was home for 50 years until the Lake Norman area of North Carolina became her residence in late 2008. Diane graduated from the University of Northern Colorado in 1975 with a focus on graphic design and printmaking. She took her first painting class in 2002, learning the Henry Hensche tradition –The Art of Color Seeing studying the effect that light has on color. It is this approach that fuels Diane’s paintings and infuses them with saturated color and abstract shapes. Diane paints full-time at her Lake Norman studio and also teaches several workshops a year–Texas, New Mexico, Alaska, North Carolina and Ireland have been recent workshop locations. She is a Signature Member of Plein Air Artists Colorado, a Signature Member of the Pastel Society of Colorado and a member of the Piedmont Pastel Society in North Carolina.
Beauty In The Chaos
I am currently in the midst of having dialogues with the landscape, working on translating the beauty she sees amidst the chaos from man’s imprint on the land and the aftermath of Mother Nature’s reaction to climate change as it takes its toll on our planet. This has created a merger between two key areas in my paintings. My passion for color and my love of graphic design.