Classwork: Painting #3

I took an online class in abstract painting during November/December 2020. For more info, see the introduction in this post featuring the first painting I did in the class.

The class was structured with a short lecture at the beginning of class covering an abstract painter’s work and using it as a springboard to discuss abstract art principles. Then we students painted at our individual studios.

Thank you to my fellow students and my teacher, Kassem Amoudi.

Here’s another painting in this series of work – it’s called Ghost Table. It’s 20″ x 16″.

In the class, we paint as we go, and when we want some help or advice, we email a photo to the instructor, who shows it on the screen. A by-product of this process is that I have WIP photos to show you. So, here is the progression:

7 thoughts on “Classwork: Painting #3

  1. Laura (PA Pict)

    The progress images are fascinating. I never would have guessed that the painting started off so much paler and that, having darkened several areas, you then introduce more white at that stage to pick out certain details.

    1. Claudia McGill Post author

      Thank you. It shows you that I wander a lot when doing art. I explore a lot of byways all right. But, for me, that is what works and it helps that I like the process more than the results, so I am happy just sort of…wandering…

    1. Claudia McGill Post author

      Thank you, I felt revived by the class, not so much in terms of great breakthroughs in skill, though I did pick up some tips, but from the encouragement of the teacher, and discipline of having a set time to work on art. I have had a harder time settling into working or finding a purpose for it this last year. Just getting started made the difference. I plan to take several classes in the next 2-3 months and try some new things.

  2. wonkywizard

    Claudia, the way you paint is like the way I build up my haiku/senryu in progress movement. Often the move is not seen unless the reader or observer dance together.

    1. Claudia McGill Post author

      Yes. There are layers that have to be added, and are important, even if they are later covered up. Everything contributes to the whole. I can’t get to the finished picture (if any picture is ever really finished, because sometimes I go back and revise) if I do not follow all the steps on the road.

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