In this workshop we will learn how to take the remnants of landscape debris and turn them into abstracted landscapes.
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.