Tuesday, May 17, 2016

bear square

i recently spent a fabulous workshop weekend with a room full
of very talented and enthusiastic artists at donna downey studios….
and our instructor was the uber-talented danielle donaldson

our first day was spent painting squares.
beautiful, boxy squares painted in a row…..

and some painted in a grid.

{i couldn't resist labeling them….
those heavenly boxes were just calling out for some letterforms!}

and then we stretched the square into a rectangle
and created our own "paint strip".

on the second day it was back to squares in a more nostalgic way….
danielle showed us how to paint a rainbow viewfinder disc!

then we switched things up a bit and created a collage square, 
and i'll be honest…..
while my inner-grid girl was absolutely thrilled with
painting squares,  i tend to hit a brick wall when it comes to collaged
squares.  while a collage looks like just a bunch of tidbits randomly
placed on the paper, there's still a lot of intuitive order going on 
when it comes to placement,
and i've never been able to figure out what that order is!  
but thankfully, sweet little rachel who was sitting at my table gave
me some great suggestions and jolted me back to reality,
and my deer-in-the-headlight stare slowly faded away.

and just so we'd have something to sit on top of our collage square, 
we ended our day with a drawing lesson from danielle.
she has the most wonderful imagination, and her little animals are
as precious as she is.

by the end of day three, everything came together as a finished piece….
and every time i look at my bear square i'll be reminded what a 
truly marvelous artist, instructor, and sharing person danielle is,
and i'll think of all the awesome energy in donna's studio,
the inspiring people i shared the weekend with (hi joanna!), 
and how hitting a brick wall can sometimes be one of the best lessons
of the entire weekend!   :))

{danielle offers online workshops, too…..click here for info!}


Violet Annie said...

Just gorgeous - I love it all (especially the little collage). Knowing what pieces go where and with what is always a challenge (I am notoriously slow at getting things "just right").

Createology said...

Taking classes with others is always such a wonderful way to absorb and share all the inspiration emanating from everyone. I love your grids, squares, viewfinder and of course your blue bear on collage! You are an amazing artist and you excel at everything dear. Embracing Creative Bliss...

Sandra said...

The bear is so sweet!

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Debs M said...

these are gorgeous x

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