My first in a series of Abstract Painting Workshops was a huge success! I was unsure how I was going to break such a large subject into bite size morsels to be taught in 3 hour workshops. I started with color. I showed a Powerpoint presentation and went over the color wheel. I had the participants choose one color and mix it’s tints and tones. Mixing tints is adding white and mixing tones is accomplished by mixing the color with it’s complimentary color, the one across the color wheel. Complimentary colors are blue and orange, red and green and yellow and purple. I was going to have them add one other color for accent but we never got that far. They painted floated rectangles with their mixed colors and marveled at all the colors they had to work with that were all derived from 2 complimentary colors and white.
After working on their paintings for a while they asked what should they do with the leftover paint on the palette paper. I showed them what I always do, I make mono prints until all the paint is used up. I use the mono prints and the palette paper for collage papers or to work on at a latter date as the first layer of a painting. They loved their prints and the whole process was very freeing.
For the last hour I had them choose one piece to work on or in one student’s case to find successful compositions from one piece. We used cut mats to find areas that worked within the larger print and then cut them out. I also used my camera to show here different crop options within one painting. The other student took part of her first painting cut it down and added details in a tint that popped from the other colors she had used. Two different paths on the same road of making abstract paintings.