Shortly I'll be in Sweden sharing experiences of my techniques and approaches to painting abstract and expressionism with acrylics.  I haven't been to Sweden before, so it's an exciting first trip which I'm really looking forward to seeing how I will be creatively inspired by this journey- and I plan to visit some galleries while I'm there too and fit in some private study time. In this post, I wanted to share some information about these types of courses, because it's not all about randomly splashing the canvas with paint!  I'll be also sharing one of my latest paintings which also serve as a class sample.

"Pure Soul Beats" Ingrid Lee 2014, acrylic on canvas 61.5/87cm

"Pure Soul Beats" Ingrid Lee 2014, acrylic on canvas 61.5/87cm.

 

Masterclasses in Abstract and expressionist painting

Any of my painting master classes- whether on porcelain or canvas, is focused on practice into theory- so what does that mean? Well my approach to teaching ( read more about my teaching background here and here) gets you to:

  • explore and open your creativity and thinking through different strategies,
  • apply art theory easily to small and relevant exercises to hone the techniques and new ways of expressing ideas;
  • refer and explore other artist's works to inform your knowledge about what we will paint;
  • make learning and painting goals and plan your ideas.

The text books (student manuals) I write for each course are unique to the participant's experience levels- generally my courses are attended by art teachers, or intermediate to experienced painters who are looking to explore new ways of thinking about painting and exploring their creativity. Here is an example of expressionist painting, using music as the muse which is only one of the different class samples I will refer to in one of the seminars in Sweden.  During the courses we explore composition and the 7 elements of art and design in detail prior to participants creating their own work, below you can see some of the layers of painting I used to build up the ideas, colour and detail of this expressionist painting.

In particular, my painting "Pure Soul Beats" was created to Booker T and the MGs "Green Onions," "Can't be still" and "Tic Tac Toe"- listen to the videos for these instrumental pieces of music at the bottom of this post.  Apart from loving this genre of music since a teen,  I was really wanting to paint out the soul beats, melody and overall groove of their music- fairly quickly I might add, hence the small canvas size.  I think it would be great to paint a larger body of work to live music in this genre- just a mental note.

For this painting, I chose pure colours, mainly working in primary colours- to me they are pure strong and clean colours which support the detail work added later.  The over impression I always had of these instrumentals is the fresh sound they had- which was something I wanted to convey also, particularly through the contrast of the yellow on blue, aqua on phthlalo, the reds on aqua etc.    Apart from initial drawings to outline my composition, I use colour to capture the initial simplicity of the 2/4 time signature, then move to the bass sounds and reflect the blurred organ work.  The first layers of under painting were created to only listening to 'Green Onions.'

Stages of painting by Ingrid Lee for masterclasses in expressionism painting

Stages of painting by Ingrid Lee for masterclasses in expressionism painting

 

 

The next layers of painting start to reflect the tempo and move to the next two songs. I listen to each song repeatedly until I've finished the layer I need to.

 

Stages of painting by Ingrid Lee for masterclasses in expressionism painting

Stages of painting by Ingrid Lee for masterclasses in expressionism painting

Stages of painting by Ingrid Lee for masterclasses in expressionism painting

Stages of painting by Ingrid Lee for masterclasses in expressionism painting

When I paint with music as a muse, I usually sing and dance along while I paint- helps me accentuate the brush movement...well that's my story, really any time for a groove in the studio is a good thing 😉 - let's see if my students will groove along too 🙂  I'm making my music selections for them this weekend 🙂

Here are some of the close up details where the fun begins as I begin accentuating the beats of the music, I love this part of the painting, the brush is just dancing it out, layering the paint and expression of the music...the painting below is almost at the finished stage....

 

Stages of painting by Ingrid Lee for masterclasses in expressionism painting

Stages of painting by Ingrid Lee for masterclasses in expressionism painting

Some of the finished details close up:

 

Close up details, 'Pure Soul Beats' Ingrid Lee 2014, acrylic on canvas 61.5/87cm

Close up details, 'Pure Soul Beats' Ingrid Lee 2014, acrylic on canvas 61.5/87cm

 

 

 

See other paintings by Ingrid inspired by the music of :

'Ball and Chain' by Janis Joplin

'Prince Igor' by Aleksandr Borodin

'Funny Valentine' by Chris Botti

'Aye Dil-e-Nadaan,' by Lata Mangeshkar.

 

You can read more about masterclasses and seminars in abstract and expressionist painting with Ingrid Lee here.

If you are interested in learning these techniques of painting, please contact me here.

Be sure to follow the facebook fan pages here to see updates of photos as we paint, learn and create!

Art and Creativity courses- online and in person- find out more here

 

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  1. […] on how to Express your soul through paint.  We worked through the practical exercises in my text book, especially written for the course in Sweden, in order to open the mind, shift the mind set, look […]

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