Giving back with my art is an important part of creativity and my work, because the more I share and contribute, the more I realise I have...and all of these experiences are wonderfully inspiring gift. Today I was invited to present a masterclass at my old high school, not only as recognition of my achievements but to celebrate the school's 40th birthday. I'll share more about that in a moment.
The 40 year celebrations started a few months ago (December 20, 2014), when I was first invited as a guest speaker to MSC's end of year academic awards...it was a wonderful experience, and honour to participate in; and then I was invited to help share in the school's birthday celebrations.
Sharing my art...
I decided to use these beautiful liliums and white gladiolus for my demonstration today, and as I explained to the touring groups who were attending this 2 hour demonstration, I wanted to focus on capturing the expression of the intense colour and scent of the flowers.
Aren't these flowers gorgeous??
My demo was in the art area of the school, a very familiar place, and it was really interesting to be back in this space 20 years since graduating high school 😉 I was very lucky to have had wonderful art teachers throughout my schooling who supported my creativity in different ways and allowed me the freedom to push the boundaries in many mediums.
The paper I used to complete the etude, was laminated water colour paper, which actually caused me some problems during the demo as the paint was soaking right into the paper (I ran out of my preferred water colour paper). I kept painting the under work, focusing on bold expressions of colour to capture my feelings and response to the colour and scent of the flowers. The underpainting work was in inks, which were dried and then oil pastels were built up in layers on top.
Some close ups:
This etude was a wonderfully inspiring way to share and contribute to the learning environment of my old school community and hopefully bring joy to the attendees of the demonstrations. I certainly enjoyed the opportunity to paint back on old school grounds, and it was an indescribable experience to have flash backs of remembering paintings I created as a teenager there, and creating there in the moment- an unexpected gift for sharing my art on many levels.
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