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Spring into Colour

23 Mar 2024

Join me for the weekend at the vernal equinox and step into the immersive, colourful world of the studio – painting in the beautiful surrounds of Emerson College. In this process-led workshop I will demonstrate and share techniques and approaches to the dynamics of painting. We’ll explore Presence in abstract painting, deepening colour space and exploring structure. We’ll build compositions, experience differing colour moods and relationships by focusing on harmony and wholeness.

“Perception of the inner substance of things can only be acquired through practice.”

– Joseph Beuys

We all seek wholeness in life – this can be experienced through contemplating nature. When we draw upon the Inner impressions created before nature, we can inform, renew and transform our own creative processes, just as these impressions renew and replenish ourselves.

Goethe found that the eye delights in polarities; light and darkness, warm and cool colours. In the act of looking the eye actively creates inner colours in response to the outer, seeking a wholeness to balance each moment.

The artist Paul Klee wrote in his Manifesto for the Art of the Inner Eye, (1924)

“chosen are those artists who penetrate to the region of that secret place where primeval power nurtures all evolution … who is the artist who would not dwell there? In the womb of nature at the source of creation where the secret key to all lies guarded.”

We will use the sensitive immediacy and versatility of acrylics to explore these dynamics and exciting colour conversations.

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