Abstract Painting Class at Woodmere Museum, Spring 2022 – Part Four

In May/June 2022 I attended an abstract painting studio class at Woodmere Museum in Philadelphia, PA. Our group met in the museum’s teaching studio and spent 3 hours each Tuesday morning just painting with critiques from our instructor, Val Rossman. You may remember I took an earlier session of this class with her at the same location in fall, 2021.

This time was just as much fun. Thanks to her and my fellow students for a nice experience.

For this week our instructor discussed three different kinds of light: bright hot sunlight, winter light, and the light at sunset. Our challenge was to make an image somehow involving light as defined in these ways.

I was at a loss, and then I got the idea to try a painting with all three kinds of light. Here it is.

It’s called “Three Kinds of Light” and is 24″ x 18″ At the bottom is winter light, then above it sunset light, and then above that bright hot sunlight.

9 thoughts on “Abstract Painting Class at Woodmere Museum, Spring 2022 – Part Four

    1. Claudia McGill Post author

      Thank you. I did enjoy it. Yes, I have done a variety of classes with one other teacher, Lesa Chittenden Lim, which are also abstract focused, and I did a landscape class with Marta Sanchez, I liked her and the class, but landscape is not so much my thing. I’ve done posts on the work done in both of these situations, I think if you search under Woodmere you might find them in this blog.

  1. Laura (PA Pict)

    I think I may have been entirely stumped by that prompt but I love the way your creative brain sparked in the way it did and combined those different lights in one painting. I think the way they stratify the composition is excellent too. Because you are so attuned to seasonal change and its details, I think this is a very “you” painting.

    1. Claudia McGill Post author

      Thank you. I had no idea what I could do with this assignment until I got this idea and then it seemed so natural and simple…I really enjoyed figuring out how to make the parts work and to also make a meaningful composition. I like this and I’d try the idea again.

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