Exploring Abstracts On Paper with Joe DiGiulio
Dive into free flowing Acrylic Abstraction in this one day workshop. Joe DiGiulio will give you key insights into the difference between painting Acrylics on paper and canvas. With a different absorption rate than canvas, you will learn to take advantage of the paper surface to create lifts, splatters, and bleeds that are just not the same on canvas. Experimentation in paint application will also be covered as well as interesting brush techniques. We will spend the morning on “Quick Speed Paintings” warm-ups on Paper and focus the afternoon on canvases.
Water and coffee will be provided (and maybe a chocolate or two). Bring your own lunch or partake lunch at some of Sanford’s finest eateries.
Saturday, September 9, 2017
9:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Doors open at ArtStudio (4th Floor at 102 South Steele Street, Sanford, NC 27330) at 8:30 AM for setup.
There are two ways to participate.
Choose the one that is the best fit for you!
Join Joe as he talks and demonstrates in the morning. No supplies needed!
Take notes, ask questions, fully participate and head out at lunch
with your invaluable advice and information.
9:30 AM – 12 PM – $30
Stay for the day! All of the benefits of the morning session, but then
paint with Joe and get firsthand feedback throughout the afternoon.
Enjoy a full day of programming for half the price you would
normally pay at other locations! A supply list will be emailed to you
when you RSVP via email (email@example.com) and make payment.
9:30 AM – 4:30 PM – $125
To sign up for this workshop or for any questions you may contact Carolyn Chipman and she will relay payment info to you. A supplies list will be sent with your registration confirmation. The workshop is open to SBPC members and other artists in our community. No refunds will be given unless you find someone who will take your place, then a refund will be made.
“THERE ARE NO WRONG ANSWERS, ONLY TECHNIQUES!” – Joe DiGiulio
Who couldn’t use a little exercise in creative flow as we move into summer? At our May 20th meeting, we were thrilled to have Jeanne Rhea lead us through a ‘flow’ painting demonstration. Members and guests watched and jotted down notes as Jeanne Rhea and her assistant and fellow artist Elena Gage went over the basics and intermediate steps to make combine science and art together with a dash of unpredictability. Tables were set up around the perimeter of the demo space and everyone had a chance to go with the flow on their own.
From the artist, a word about Going with the Flow or Accidental Painting provided before our demo:
“This technique is for beginners to professional. Everyone will be able to create a small painting. Every painting will be unique. I will demo techniques on creating cells, lace, agate, or dendritic effects. If time permits, webbing, marbling, and feathering will also be shown. I will cover the acrylic paints that work well, the mediums and other supplies made especially to enhance these effects in fluid painting. We will be pouring wet into wet and tilting, swiping, or shaking. No paintbrushes will be used. You will find that this is a great way to loosen up and to just enjoy painting. This technique can be an abstract painting, used as a background, or the techniques can be used in your own art style.”
Planning to participate in Saturday’s Spring Plein Air Paint-Out with us? Here are some ideas of things to bring along to make you are outstanding in your field:
- Watercolor paper or canvas. Bring more than you think you’ll need. Not every sheet will end up being a finished piece. This is especially new for those of us who are new to this kind of setting!
- Artist tape. It adheres watercolor paper to a board or surface, leaves a crisp white border on a finished painting, and reduces shrinking after your painting has dried, all without ruining the edges of the paper. Not all tapes are created equally, so choose wisely! This is not an area where duct tape can fix everything.
- Board to tape the watercolor paper down.
- Easel. For any painter this is a handy item; optional but helpful!
- Paint set. You don’t have to bring every color, but you do need to bring your own paints. In fact, bringing a limited palette and working with it no matter your subject matter could be a great exercise! Consider how you can provide more room to mix more colors, too! Difficult to do on-site, so plan ahead.
- Brushes. Remember if you are painting in watercolor to bring brushes you only use for watercolor – don’t want to use your oil painting brushes! Same applies for acrylic and oil painters.
- Water cups. A wise watercolorist recently suggested that you use two cups for painting – 1 for clean water, 1 for dirty water. Otherwise, you’re using dirty water to make new colors. Yikes! Any kind will do.
- Water, for rinsing brushes, for wetting your brushes, plus more for you to drink!
- Paper towels. If you tend to use a lot, bring a lot. Usually, a partial roll works just fine and this a great time to finish one off. Some artists prefer to use rags or old towels instead, and if you do that works wonderfully, too.
- Pencil & eraser. Some artists prefer to jump right in, but if you are a sketch-then-paint kind of person, this is going to be a useful duo for you.
- Seating. This could take a while and you want to be comfortable. A fold up chair, blanket, tripod stool, whatever works for you.
- Sunscreen in a tube, hat, umbrella, whatever your favorite method of blocking the light from your eyes and keeping a burn at bay. The shade will move during the day and it’s going to be sunny and hot on Saturday!
- Snacks, drinks, lunch. An insulated lunch bag can help here but is not necessary. Remember to stay hydrated! Pack an extra water or two. Think about snacks that will weather the heat well – crackers, granola bars, etc.
- A well-charged phone and a pair of earbuds seem like a requirement for leaving the house these days. Consider the lack of wifi in the field, and if you plan to listen to online content, consider downloading your audio book or music list before you leave home. (Might want to keep your ringer low so you don’t distract others artists, though.)
Think about what you would need to have handy for (1) making the art you want to make, (2) an old school bring-your-own-lunch brown bag field trip, and (3) spending the day outside this time of year. Combine them all and you’ll be set!