Jenny Doh – Day Two and Three

Painting by Heart: Denver!

Description:

FEELINGS
How do you feel when you look at the canvas and consider the process of painting? Is it possible for you to conceive of a way for that feeling to change and evolve? If so, how might you go about getting your feelings about the painting process to evolve … anywhere from slightly to radically different?

INTUITION
Just like I would never hand over a sewing machine to someone who has never sewn and say “follow your intuition and just sew,” I also think that guidance with paints and related materials are needed to get a person to feel comfortable with the painting process, before we engage our intuitions.

DAY 1
On the first day, I will demonstrate and teach numerous ways to help you manipulate and apply paint onto canvas so that you can build up layers, causing the canvas to transition from a “young” canvas to a “mature” canvas. The first part of this class will move quickly on purpose, to get you to stop over-thinking and simply try the methods out quickly, so that we don’t develop emotional attachment to the marks prematurely, as we work with two canvases simultaneously.
Later in this first day, as we have started to digest the methods and as we potentially discover new ones together, we will rely more on our intuition as we each make decisions, solve problems, and wrestle with the resounding “what next?” when it comes to building layers on a canvas.

DAY 2
On the second day, we will embark on either leaving our canvases abstract or having them project a conceptual image. To do the latter, we will work on how to observe our canvases, and how to coax out concepts that the canvases may be projecting out to us through the marks that we have made. I will also demonstrate methods of how to deliberately place a concept onto the canvas, regardless of what the canvas might be saying. To leave a canvas abstract, I will demonstrate more fine-tuning methods that add polish and details that help an abstract work feel “done.”
Both days, we will discuss many topics that will strengthen our fluency in the language of painting and art-making. We will discover the joy and power of expressing our unique perspectives through the wondrous world of painting.

Techniques:

• Overview of tools and materials with principles of best practices in terms of handling paints and caring for tools
• Warm-up exercises to get our mindsets into new ways of thinking and seeing and feeling
• Demonstration and teaching of how to build layers of paint on a blank canvas using 15+ methods
• Discussion of concepts drawn from literature that have applications on how to overcome creative barriers during the creative process
• Discussion of lifelong journey involving how to make the art we make our own by reaching deep into who we are and allowing who we are to be expressed on our canvas
• Principles of solving problems and deciding when a work is finished or finished for the time being
• How to look at and discover concepts that the canvas communicates and how to coax such concepts out into distinctive imagery
• How to apply concepts (e.g., face, flower, landscape, etc.) onto the canvas and quiet the background, and when appropriate, to add shadows for still life-inspired images

Workshop Image Gallery (click on the thumbnail to see full images):

Jenny Doh

Duration of Class:

Two Days (12 hours)

Medium:

Acrylic paint on stretched canvas

Skill Level:

All {for beginners and those who want to begin again!}

Student Supply List:

  • 2 stretched canvases: 18 x 24 inches is a good size or something close to that size.
  • Fluid Acrylic paints by Golden in assorted colors (the more the better … and make sure to bring colors that make you feel good). Make sure to include black, white, red, blue, and yellow.
  • Acrylic inks: my favorites are Golden High Flow acrylics. FW Artist Acrylic inks are also very good. Black and white and neon pink are my favorites.
  • Paint palette (palette paper or a stack of paper plates are good options)
  • Paintbrushes in assorted sizes (I like these. Filberts and flats for sure in several sizes)
  • Palette knife (or two or three): there are lots to choose from. This is a pretty standard one that lots of people start out with. Pick one that feels right to you. Eventually, you’ll probably want to get several but you’ll learn to use the one you get during class.
  • Palette knife (or two or three): there are lots to choose from. This is a pretty standard one that lots of people start out with. Pick one that feels right to you. Eventually, you’ll probably want to get several but you’ll learn to use the one you get during class.
  • Baby wipes and paper towels
  • Container for water and apron or smock
  • Sketchbook that contains any of your drawings/sketches that you’d like to use as reference for your painting(s). Or image of person or object that you’d like to use as reference for your painting(s). If you do not have sketches that you’d like to reference, please still bring a black sketchbook where we can do some practice sketches in.
  • Fineline Precision Applicators (gauge 20)
  • Derwent Inktense Pencils (in Ink Black)

Provided by instructor:

  • OPTIONAL: Kit Fee: $5-$15 (optional) (payable to instructor at class time)
  • Optional Fee Covers: Frequently, there are some people who bring paints other than Fluid Acrylics by Golden, and frequently, they end up asking to borrow my paints because they prefer how the Golden Fluid Acrylics perform.
  • Optional Fee Covers: There are also situations when students are drawn to the colors that are unique to my preferred color palette. I don’t want to impose a color palette onto students as color attraction is a very individual thing.
  • Having said all that, if you find yourself during class wanting to use some of my paints because of either reason, you are welcome to do so, with an optional kit fee of $5-$15 (depending on how much you use) so that I can continue to replenish my paint supply. Thank you for your understanding.

Class Size:

Min # of students: 4
Max # of students: 20+