Abstract Painting

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I’ll be teaching another Abstract Painting Workshop at Highlands Art Garage on February 7th, 1-4 pm. The focus of the first workshop was Color this upcoming one will focus on mark-making. Mark-making is something you hear a lot about but might not truly understand how important it is in an abstract painting. Abstract means without representation. So if you’re not describing something like a sunset or a flower petal with your brushstrokes then what are you supposed to be doing with the paint? Abstract art has the ability to communicate at a deeper level than a representation painting can. It can make a person feel something that is universal and may not even be able to be described by words alone. That’s the power of abstract art.

The workshop participants will explore lots of mark making tools and techniques to learn a vocabulary of marks. Each kind of mark can describe and communicate different ideas and moods. Large brushes make different marks than small brushes do. You can paint with palette knives that come in different sizes. Paint companies make different texturing tools that can be used different ways. You can find lots of unconventional tools at the hardware or dollar store.  You can pour the paint like I do. Combining certain materials create natural occurring marks, like dripping turpenoid into wet acrylic paint. It’s important to explore these things to develop a language to express yourself. It’s similar to a toddler learning language.

 

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You can find lots of unconventional tools at the hardware or dollar store also. Last workshop we explored the marks that occur from printing. You can pour the paint like I do. Combining certain materials create natural occurring marks, like dripping turpenoid into wet acrylic paint. It’s important to explore these things to develop a language to express yourself. It’s similar to a toddler learning language. They get frustrated less as they gain more language skills and learn how to ask for exactly what they want. In the workshop we will work on painted papers that can be used to collage with when learning about composition which will be the next Abstract Painting workshop on March 6th. If you’re interested in joining in on this journey of discovery register at Highlands Art Garage, Wilmington, DE.

Color Palette

A few weeks ago I taught the first in a series of Abstract Painting Workshops at Highlands Art Garage in Wilmington, DE. The next ones are Feb. 7th and March 6th, 1-4 pm if you’re interested. Here’s a blog post about the workshop and the student’s work. The focus of the workshop was color. It’s a fun place to start. Black and white can be very powerful but it’s color that moves me. I had the students choose one color and mix tints and tones of that color and it’s compliment to work with.

Complimentary colors are colors across the color wheel from each other. Orange and blue, red and green, yellow and purple are complimentary colors. Here are some complimentary color combinations in my work and other artist’s work.

My student’s work in Yellow/Purple and Blue/Orange

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More Blue/Orange:

Linda Celestian Awash 09Linda Celestian,  Awash, 48 x 46 inches, oil on canvas

Linda Celestian Perfect Storm 6-12Linda Celestian, Perfect Storm, 36 x 60 inches, oil on canvas

Eternal-Dawn Paul BennettPaul Bennettcarol nelson abstract artCarol Nelson

Yin_Yang_48_x_54_Maitland_2011Virginia Maitland

Yellow/Purple:

Linda Celestian FleetingLinda Celestian, Fleeting, 36 x 60 inches, oil on canvas

Contemporary UnknownContemporary Unknown


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Kenneth Noland

Red/Green:

Kenneth Noland red imageKenneth Noland

 

 

 

In the Studio

Updates on some of my many studio projects.

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I’ve listed a few of my new rust dyed silk and feather pendants and painting pendants in my online store. They are also being sold at the Alternatives Museum Store at the Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts in Wilmington, DE.

I reworked this painting. it’s 36 x 48 inches. What do you think? Overflow

I am trying to integrate warm colors and cool colors in my compositions. For some reason I usually have paintings that are all blue or all warm golds and browns. I’m working on this new painting which also incorporates warm and cool colors together. Here I obviously have rust on the brain.

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I just finished teaching Adult Abstract Painting at Highlands Art Garage in Wilmington which will be repeated in the Fall (register here) and couldn’t wait to get back in my studio working.  After teaching about abstract painting and breaking it down to color, technique and composition I think I’m ready to let go of my water imagery. I know people love to know what abstract work is about or what it means or what it looks like, myself included, but it’s time for me let go of the reins a bit. I’ll see where the painting takes me. Stay tuned.

 

Art Workshop

IMG_1800Reminder to all my local friends, I will be teaching a NEW ART WORKSHOP at the Buzz Ware Village Center in Arden, DE. Combining some exercises from my Creativity Workshop and some new things from my experience teaching Expressive Painting  on Star Island.

No experience required, really, I mean it. You will discover how easy and fun it is to express yourself creatively.  If you are an artist already this workshop will allow new ideas to flourish.

  • Exercises in creative writing, painting and collage
  • Explore and build upon your personal goals for self-expression
  • Crack the code of visual art
  • Learn how to express something unique

If you have ever looked at a painting and thought, “I wish I could do that” or “I think I could do that” this is the workshop for you!

 $65.00

All supplies provided.

The Buzz Ware Village Center

2119 The Highway Arden, DE

Saturday, May 4, 2013, 11-5 pm

www.lindacelestian.com

Register at 302-364-0278

or email linda@lindacelestian.com

New Art Workshop

I’ll be teaching an New Art Workshop in Arden, DE, May 4th, 2013. This painting workshop will have some similarities to my Creativity Workshop but with new elements from my experience teaching Expressive Painting on Star Island last year.

The details:

           Play – Explore – Discover – Experiment

  • Exercises in creative writing, painting and collage
  • Explore and build upon your personal goals for self-expression
  • Crack the code of visual art
  • Learn how to express something uniqueIMG_7465

If you have ever looked at a painting and thought, “I wish I could do that” or “I think I could do that” this is the workshop for you!

$65.00

No experience required.

All supplies provided.

 

The Buzz Ware Village Center

2119 The Highway Arden, DE

Saturday, May 4, 2013, 11-5 pm

www.lindacelestian.com

Register at 302-364-0278

or email linda@lindacelestian.com

 

 

Star Island Arts Conference

After a long journey from Star Island in the Isles of Shoalesto Wilmington, Delaware I woke up Sunday morning in my own bed, a little sad. My body was home but my heart was still there.

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Photo by Barry Simon

I will have a hard time teaching Expressive Painting in a new environment because I know nothing will ever come close to what happened on Star Island. I’m going to try to recap the experience for myself and the many new friends I made.

I opened with an exercise from Betty Edwards book Drawing on the Artist Within. Drawing Out Insight exercise: Drawing with marks alone, no pictures the emotions 1. Anger, 2. Joy, 3. Peacefulness (Tranquility), 4. Depression, 5. Human Energy, 6. Femininity, 7. Illness, 8. Your Choice.
Draw how the emotion makes you feel, I instructed. We discussed the similarities and differences in the drawings.

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Then they chose one emotion to do an ink painting of with some really beautiful results.

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For homework I instructed everyone to look at colors, here are a few photos I took that day.

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Day 2: Color

I shared color poems, and we wrote color poems, how a color smells, sounds, feels, tastes, looks, makes you feel and other associations.

Painting with large sponge brushes we painted color fields of one or two colors per page.

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I had fun photographing them in different arrangements.

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Homework was to look at texture. Photos I took that day.

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Day 3: Texture – Using tools to create texture in the paint. Painting over dried color paintings to create layers.

Art imitates nature. Look at the similarities.

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Homework was to look at shapes. Here are some photos I took.

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After a while everything looked like a painting to me.

Day 4: Mono Printing Shapes
We did a fun exercise with shapes and their meanings that everyone seemed to enjoy.
I demonstrated additive and subtractive painting techniques on palette paper to make prints on dried paintings from color and texture explorations.

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Elizabeth’s monoprint

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Day 5: Collage with painted papers created on days 2, 3 and 4

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Bettie’s Work

Day 6: Collage with some instruction on composition and negative space.
Look at all the finished work on the walls.

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Finished work in order by Betsy, Bettie, Christine, Darby, Holly, Cynthia, Jean, Joan, Kathy and others
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Samantha’s finished collage mimicked her ink painting from the first day. She had 2 others I didn’t get photos of that looked like the island in ocean blue waves.

Fred loved painting and gave me the best testimonial. He said “You gave me permission to put emotion in my art.”

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Here are some of Fred’s paintings I wish I would have photographed more, he was very prolific.

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I read daily excerpts from Eric Maisel’s book Fearless Creating:

Hushing Exercise- page 5,
Holding – page 6,
Wildness Rules – page 14,
Thought for Food – page 28,
Surrender to Order Chaos – page 144,
Hating the Work – page 156

And I meant to share Criteria for Completion – page 173
Ask yourself is it Alive, is it Powerful, is it Suggestive, is it Resonant, is it Wild and I added is it Sublime? You can add your own as you continue down the path of creating expressive visual art.