Tuesday, July 19, 2016

1st Class ~ Color Exercise and Supply List
Mixing colors and using warm/cool colors to create spatial depth


Art is made in the mind - of thoughts, memories, or sensations. Philip Guston

Abstract Painting Class Supply List July 2016

Any questions about the class, email me @ rmoore1954@gmail.com

I have set up a class supply list at Utrecht Art Supplies @ this link:
This is a bare bones list - 5 tubes of acrylic paint and 2 brushes.
You choose your own canvas. Check for their free shipping.

Canvas: Stretched or boards - 11x14", 12x16" are good sizes - feel free to go bigger.

Paint: a 2 oz or 60 ml tube is a good size, yet you may want a larger white. Hues are fine to use. I prefer Golden, Grumbacher, Utrecht, and Winsor Newton brands.

You may use either acrylic or oil paint - or both. We will discuss colors and other supplies during the first class. Box sets are good, as well.

Acrylic: dries fast - mixes and cleans with water - variety of additives.
colors: Quinacridone Red; Ultramarine Blue and Cerulean Blue; Yellow - Azo, Cadmium, Hansa, or Primary Yellow; Titanium White.

Oil: dries slower - mixes and cleans with turpentine, turpenoid, or mineral spirits (look for no or low odor).
colors: Quinacridone Red; Ultramarine Blue and Cerulean Blue; Yellow -  Cadmium, Hansa, or Permanent, or Winsor; Titanium White.

Brushes: At least 1 flat - size 8,10,12, 1/2", or 3/4" and 1 round - size 8,10, or 12.
synthetic bristles - for acrylic, oil, or watercolor; natural bristles - for oil or watercolor.

Palette or painting knives: metal or a plastic set - for mixing and applying paint.

Palettes: disposable palette paper; wax or freezer paper; plastic plates; plastic trays with a sealable top is good to keep paint wet and reusable.

* I provide disposable paper palettes, paper towels, rags, and water containers;
* I have a few aprons - but you may need an apron, smock, or painting clothes;
* you may have paint and brushes at home, even if old, may still be good.

I buy mostly online from utrecht.com, dickblick.com, jerrysartarama.com -
Asel Art Supply gives a 10% discount to CAC students -
Aaron Bros, Hobby Lobby, Michaels - have weekly sales; even JoAnns have paint supplies.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Start a Painting
"You must have an idea what you are going to do - but a vague idea." Picasso
sharon butler 2009 oil on wood
On your canvas: paint some shapes; add or layer more; change color tones; lighten and darken shape to increase contrast; paint lines to connect or dissect shapes
Amy Sillman: adds and subtracts, ala Matisse, Diebenkorn
 Amy Sillman: her compositions are spirals of energy

Sunday, July 17, 2016

2nd Class ~ Textural Surfaces
Mix and apply textures w/ brush, palette knife, etc


The main theoretical breakthrough of modern art; the awareness of the materiality - worked by hand, gestures invested in the material. The painting becomes self-reflexive, the painter's fundamental role is enlightened in their hand-to-hand struggle with the work. Jean Clay


3 paintings by Cherie B ~ she likes adding texture to flat washes

Saturday, July 16, 2016

3rd Class ~ Gestural and Spontaneous
Mix spontaneity and fluid paints to create energy and movement

A work of art is a series of discoveries, not of pre-planned ideas. Teel Sale

left fluid acrylic painting by Amanda S, middle Meredith B and Kenyon H mixing potions and elixirs, right acrylic drip painting by Crystal F
left gestural acrylic painting by Georgia C, right color field oil painting by Kenyon H

Friday, July 15, 2016

Abstract Painting Styles
Spontaneous : Jackson Pollock
Gestural : Franz Kline
Color-field : Mark Rothko

Minimalism : Agnes Martin
Geometric : Piet Mondrian
Poetic : Paul Klee

Spiritual : Wassily Kandinsky






Painting Terms
pentimento - revisions made where the vestiges of the previous image faintly appears, as in this Richard Dienbenkorn;

alla prima - direct, all over, completed in one sitting;

impasto - thick, gestural;


scumbling - paint applied in a brushy manner so that lower layers 
colors show through.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

4th Class ~ Cubism Changes Modern Art
See how Cezanne + Braque + Picasso = Cubism

We were roped together going up a mountain. Georges Braque

Cezanne 1906 ~ Braque 1908 ~ Picasso 1909
Georges Braque studied the work of Paul Cezanne and then met Pablo Picasso and between 1907-14 Braque and Picasso pioneered the Cubist format. It was a radical rethinking of representation. They rejected painting as a static illusion of reality, in favor of a fragmented, multi-dimensional form that reflected the complex realities of modern sensibility, in step with new philosophies of perception, and reflected the dynamism of the machine age. Many artists fell under the spell of Cubism, taking the concept and bending it to their individual styles.
Braque and Picasso used a monochromatic palette so their paintings  would look alike
Progression of a Cubism inspired painting by Karyn O.
Cubism inspired paintings by Xochil H, Kandy C, Michelle M.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

4 Female Painters

susan rothenberg
ali smith

amy sillman


Mary Heilman

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Collaborative Painting
A painting comes across as poems, where layers of memories and feelings are condensed, offering windows onto a stream of consciousness. Amy Sillman

Julie, Merritt, Laura, Wyatt, Me and Georgia started May 2015 and then so many others joined in ~ Kenyon, Amber, Haley O and Haley K, Meredith and Kenyon again.
May ~ August ~ December
50 Artists Painting, acrylic on 10 ft sq canvas, March 2016

Monday, June 20, 2016

Europe Invades Manhattan
Abstract Expressionists ~ the New York School ~ the abstract opposites or the abstract extremes. They would gather at the Cedar's Tavern in Greenwich Village ~ expound theories, drink, and debate philosophies. Jackson Pollock ~ center in photo and center of the storm that was the New York School. a cowboy from the American West wielding a big chip on his shoulders ~ wanted to show-up the more intellectual European artists. His legendary self destructive behavior, passionate painting style, and early violent end to his life ~ much like van Gogh before him and Basquiat after ~ cemented his status in art history. that, along with the many European artists escaping the World Wars, were able to wrestle the art world away from Picasso and Paris.

Pollock (American) an ecstatic dance of flung paint onto a canvas on the floor

deKooning (European) spontaneous and chaotic

Kline (American) gestural and aggressive

Newman (American) removed almost everything

Rothko (European) meditative hovering color shapes