THE ABSTRACT NATURE OF NATURE – in Layered Paintings
Some experience with materials is recommended
Whether you love realism or are more excited by the intrigue of abstraction, here is an opportunity to learn ways to create paintings that are more expressive of your personal voice!
You will begin with what inspires you, then follow a sequence of activities and directed steps to discover the abstraction within your chosen subject. Discovering the Abstract Nature of Nature will enable you to capture its essence and feeling through your own personal path and express it in your paintings.
Robbie will demonstrate and give assistance using a variety of exciting techniques. Layered paintings will be created with your choice of wet and dry layers of: acrylic paints and mediums, inks, and pigment sticks, as well as watercolor and gouache. You will select your own subject(s) of inspiration and she will guide you through a series of exercises and studies that enable you to transition from a literal depiction to a personal painting with as much abstraction or realism as you choose.
Painters at all levels of accomplishment are encouraged to participate since the individual instruction given in the afternoons will be adapted to each person’s needs.
Robbie will guide you to find the rhythms and intimacy of your subjects. The result is a new and expanded way to use the abstract nature of nature in your own unique painting expression.
She is an innovative painter, teacher, and juror, and is a resident of Lake Almanor, California. The source of inspiration for Robbie’s work is a lifetime interest in cycles and natural transitions and connections. Her paintings have received numerous awards in National and International exhibitions. Her workshops are popular throughout the nation and abroad.
She is a signature member of National Watercolor Society and Watercolor West, Rocky Mountain National Watermedia, San Diego Watercolor Society, and several other organizations. Her paintings and articles have been in many publications. A past president of the San Diego Watercolor Society, she has an extensive background with arts organizations and art education. She currently has two video workshops: “Flowing Florals: The Informed Intuitive Approach”, and “Layered Watermedia: a three-part series”. See more on: www.RobbieLaird.com