Georgia’s workshop – Day 2, structured painting

There was even more information to absorb on the second day of our workshop weekend with Georgia Mansur. Her sample sheets of watercolour samples are mesmerising and fascinating and make me want to rush around my kitchen grabbing rinse aid and bleach so I can play with new effects.

Watercolour samples. Georgia Mansur
One of Georgia’s glorious watercolour sample sheets

After looking at these, we moved on to talking about gels and pastes, and once again Georgia has a brilliant set of examples to illustrate their textures and provide inspiration for their use. Georgia send out course notes and preparation work before we arrived. Even so, I found I was writing copious notes on all the additional ideas she shared.  She really is phenomenally generous with her knowledge.

Georgia Mansur elaborates on different gels and their uses
Georgia elaborates on different gels and their uses

As a follow up to our initial loosening up painting on Day 1, we were ready to paint a more structured painting on the second day.  Although much of what we learned was practical, technique-oriented work, perhaps the most valuable part of the weekend for me was the opportunity to reflect on the less tangible elements of painting. In that department, here’s what resonated most for me?

– Creativity is problem solving. Thinking about it in these terms really works for me. It’s part of what I love about the challenge of painting.
– Boundaries are liberating. Learn to see creative uses for every day items.
– Suspend judgement. Stop the negative self-talk from blocking your creativity.
– Allow time and space for the right brain to join in the playing.
– The time when you feel most frustrated may well be the time just before a breakthrough: persevere.
– Creativity involves all your senses. Pay attention to everything around you (I’ve always called this living consciously). So often we forget to do that as life overtakes our free time.

I’ve got so much wonderful material to work through and absorb. If the aim of a workshop is to push you to the next level with your painting, Georgia’s sessions do that, in spades!

Back in the studio, I’ve put the finishing touches to Meadow Flowers, and found a fabulous box in which to store my collection of treasure for use in future paintings.

Meadow Flowers (Mixed Media 40cm x 50cm)
Meadow Flowers (Mixed Media 40cm x 50cm)

I’ll put a photo of my Day 2 painting in tomorrow’s post.

5 thoughts on “Georgia’s workshop – Day 2, structured painting

  1. Fabulous! I knew you would love every minute of the workshop! We had such a short time with Georgia but so worthwhile! I have been looking forward to hearing more…thankyou, Mrs A

  2. Wonderful feedback and insightful post ~ thanks so much Vandy and I will look forward to working with you again next time i am in Europe~ i will be posting the new 2014 workshop dates when i return to Australia soon so keep checking the website for updates. You can also email me georgia@georgiamansur.com if you would like to get on the mailing list for my newsletter as well. Happy painting friends!!! x georgia

  3. Vandy – this is exceptional…love it. Also the colors you used really complement each other the butter yellow and soft purples. Makes me want to jump in and get busy too. Thanks so much for sharing. Have a great week-end.

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