I just finished a four-day workshop on intuitive painting with the Arizona artist, Stan Kurth. Above are three of my favorite paintings that I did during the workshop.
We learned to develop paintings intuitively. Not from life, not from a plan, but by allowing an image to develop as you place marks on paper. You begin by putting down random marks with pencils, pens, crayons, markers, watercolor, gouache, acrylic paint, and so on, until you see something in all your marks that might suggest an idea. This part seemed like looking at clouds and seeing elephants or ducks. Once you see a shape, you develop the idea further with more marks, taking care to leave lots of ambiguity about its meaning. You should also think about the elements and principles of design so that the final painting is pleasing to the eye.
When I started this blog nearly four years ago, I had hoped to become able to visually convey what I saw and thought about. Although this is still a major goal for me, I would also like to be able to paint more abstractly. This workshop has been wonderful because it gave me a process for one type of abstract art. This week I will see if I can use these techniques when I am painting plein air.
Each of these mixed media paintings is 22 x 15-inches.