|1st day experimentations|
|Claudia with demonstration piece|
The workshop was given by Claudia Jean McCabe. It was just what I needed for a change of pace, try new things in a different medium(acrylics) with no boundaries. Because I had been nursing an injured arm I was conscious of not aggravating it further, so I pledged to myself that this would be the perfect opportunity to try things as a 'lefty'. Since we'd be doing abstracts I thought: "Why not?" Although I began with the plan to paint left handed, when I wasn't paying attention and was immersed in the painting, I'd look down and find I had somehow switched back to using my right hand...!
The 'warm up painting exercises' began as a series of 5 or 6 small squares or rectangles painted simultaneously on hot press paper. The idea was really to scribble and let go of preconceived ideas, responding only to balance, colour, shapes, rhythm, pattern. It was really VERY liberating and very fun.
I've posted a short video I took of Claudia stepping through the short 'warm ups' scribbley demonstration below. Watching her work fired the rest of us up to give it a go, with mixed results. It's always interesting to me to see what comes naturally to people. I swear we had a Jackson Pollock among us, as well as a Kadinsky or two and a few Klee's in the class.
After lunch, many of us got out canvas's to work on putting into practice the freedom we had learned in the warm ups. Easy huh? NOT! Way harder than you'd think it would be! Painting with only intuition is like walking a gangplank, you have to trust there is something to land on. There was a lot of painting over involved, obliterating, wiping, sighing...but there was perseverance too. I think perseverance really became my buddy while I worked...and I liked her and was glad to find her.
|3 works in progress|
Above are the 3 canvases I worked on throughout the two workshop days. I feel they were a solid start. The green/pink one speaks to me quietly and I know it is asking me to find a resolution with it. That makes me happy because I love having a painting or two hanging about in the studio that wants to be resolved...it's like an invitation to a conversation!