This post is to let folks know that Nancy Hillis, author of a book I’ve been reading, The Adjacent Possible, is have a painting creativity workshop – free – Feb 1-4 at noon CST.
Each class is 30-60 minutes long, and will be available as a recording for those who sign up.
There’ll also be a YouTube presentation, I believe at the same time, and I’m not sure how that’ll differ from the presentation folks sign up for, which will be via Zoom. When I find out I’ll try and let folks know.
The shot below has nance saying a little about herself.
There’s lots more info online at – https://www.artistsjourney.com/liveworkshop
I’ve signed and am glad I’ll have access to the recorded version.
With Sheila and I’s schedule, dr appts, etc., it’s good to know I’ll have an alternate option for any of the 4 days I can’t be there live. Maybe we’ll be able to ask questions on the Zoom version, vs YouTube, not sure yet.
I’ve mentioned Nancy’s book, The Adjacent Possible, in several posts, and actually am still reading it – obviously very slowly, lol! 😊
My wife and I were talking about the concepts in the book, and I expressed to her I of course was learning new things, but more so, more importantly I think for me, it was clarifying for me inclinations and ideas I have about art that frankly, I hadn’t been sure how valid they were – other than they appealed to me – and it was nice to begin to see patterns emerge in the book that mirror my progress with my art the last few years, since early 2017.
I’d stopped painting in 2010-11, stumped how to go on.
And finally’d picked up my brushes, took out my water soluble oils, and painted this on a sheet of canvas pad paper —
My goal was to simply start – a concept that comes up frequently in Nancy’s book.
Since it’d been so many years since I’d painted, I simply aimed for spread a variety of colors across, right to left and left to right, and see what happened.
I ended up with a surreal pre-historic wild-earth land. A dinosaur-related like monster crossing the horizon. A turtle like creature on the bottom right. And this fabulous array of colors!
Everybody loved it!
And I never was able to re-create it….
I’d didn’t know, and am still learning how to – let the creativity in me, now, just express itself.
I’m getting better at it, but it takes practice to be spontaneous, lol! 😊
A recent work where I was, is —
Also a palette knife work, like The Crack of Time above, also filled with unforced or consciously unintended imagery – both with texture mediums added to my paint. One oil, one acrylic; nearly 5 years apart.
That’s where this book, and tips from other folks, like Dianne Mize and Jane Davies, help out.
There are basic principles of design that are common to folks liking work they see, and evidently, work we produce. And a way to produce work like these I really want to create and see before me!
Evidently, it’s about learning how to trust myself…again..but probably an again from my 1st painting to music in 2nd grade ❤️
And that’s ok 💕
Stay well everyone – it’s worth it! 😊
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