Monthly Archives: July 2013

Another Beautiful Mess

My second From Beautiful Mess to Strong Composition workshop brought out some fabulous work. This time we used heavy acrylic knifework before pouring the latex, to let it run around the ridges. Acrylic also provides a different color palette and texture.

The pictures below show my pouring demo on Day 1 and discussing the next step on Day 2, with my demo paintings. This workshop was held at The Artists Hand in Indiana, PA. Next workshop: Aug. 21 and 24, 2013.






From Beautiful Mess to Strong Composition

I held my first experimental workshop with my new approach to teaching abstract painting, called From Beautiful Mess to Strong Composition, at the Indiana Art Association, Indiana, PA, June 25 & 29, 2013. Here was my description:

Once a year I bring out the latex and let others have at! This class is a little different from the ones I have previously taught, because we will skip the first layer of the painting and jump right into making a beautiful mess. Tuesday evening will be beautiful-mess-making time in acrylic and poured latex. By Saturday our paintings will be dry and we can focus on finding the stories in the paint, removing the parts that distract, and enhancing the delight and composition of our paintings. By discussing as a group, each student may accrue more wisdom than in a 1:1 critique. Newcomers are welcome!

With a full class and a waiting list, it was a very fun time and I will be running it again at the Indiana Art Association on July 8 & 14, 2013. Here are some photos.