Flow

And then I did a proper grown up painting on Day 2 of the workshop.

Flow (acrylic painting 40 x 50cm)
Flow (acrylic 40 x 50cm)

I’m rather pleased with the way this turned out. The planning and execution all went the way it was meant to.
Acrylics are definitely firmly on the agenda.

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.