ABSTRACTING NATURE

"Let's Get Started Finishing!"

October 22, 23 & 24, 2020, 2020

11:00am - 2:00 pm

Instructor:
PAT DEWS

“Abstracting Nature-Let’s Get Started Finishing!”

In this follow up class, we will focus on design and finishing our paintings. Starts are fun, although finishes can be more difficult. Pat has many starts and you will learn with her, as she discusses the possibilities for each of her many beginnings. 

You will see as Pat transforms her paintings using acrylic paints, adding more inks or watercolors to a start, or possibly end up cropping. Pat will be discussing design as she works and explain why she makes her decisions. In addition, value will be discussed, which is often the reason why a painting doesn’t work or get into a show. 

Pat will give you tips and rules to follow she uses through her many years of painting.  This workshop will be intense and informative, but not boring! You will leave with renewed vigor and ideas to finishyour starts. The best way to learn is to have many sheets of paper and paint many starts. Practice is the most important. Pat has painted a thousand paintings to arrive where she is today. Join Pat as you cross the finish line, your signature on your paper! 

Pat firmly believes that with desire and hard work, you will succeed! Many students say they never work the same again! Looking forward to working with you! Let’s get started finishing!

At the end of the workshop a Video of the workshop will be available for $10.00 charge.

It can be purchased through www.thenewstudiova.net

The workshop will be streamed on Zoom from The New Studio for the Visual Arts, Jupiter FL.

 

PAT DEWS AWS D.F., NWS - WORKSHOP SUPPLY LIST 2020

WEAR OLD PAINT CLOTHES - WE USE EVERYTHING.

Bring 2 failed, full sheet paintings.

PAPER: 5 full sheets of your favorite full sheet (22” x 30”) watercolor paper. I will be using Rives BFKprintmaking paper (white, 130 lb. - (CJ’s sells this in pkgs. of 5. Bring a couple of failed full sheet paintings to alter!

PAINTS: I use inks, tube and liquid acrylics and watercolors interchangeably.  

I switch to acrylics after the initial painting starts. You need acrylic paints for second stages and great techniques. Bring warm and cool colors.

I will be using CJ’s American Journey Watercolors – Bring colors you use or like. (I formulated Pat’s Coastal Blue). Have warm and cool colors.

ACRYLICS: I use Cheap Joes’ professional Artists’ Acrylics, Liquitex Heavy Body, and Golden Hi Flow Acrylics. Bring your favorites, but have a good selection. I use tube acrylics for finishing and for scumbling techniques. 

INKS: I use Dr. Ph. Martin’s Tech Inks, Dr. Ph. Martin’s Bombay India Inks, F&W Acrylic Inks and Liquitex Professional Acrylic Inks (Available in 1 oz. bottles). Bring colors you use or like. CJ’s has the Tech, Bombay and Liquitex Inks.

Black, Purple, Turquoise are favorites of mine.

Brushes: synthetic flats, brights and riggers CJ’s, Foam brushes – Don’t buy ones that have just plastic inside foam - must be wood and plastic - Ace Hardware), CJ’s 2” Golden Fleece Flat Wash and Robert Simmons Skyflow (white) and a toothbrush.            

Brayer - a printmaking tool - hard surface - Scissors   

Atomizer - I use a custom made atomizer - I spray texture pieces, stencils and over masks and over objects (leaves, branches).  A custom made atomizer (Pat Dews’ Atomizer) is available from Cheap Joe’s Art Stuff.  An inexpensive commercial atomizer is also available. If you have a lung problem you can use a flat surfaced toothbrush for spatter techniques or a Preval sprayer (Home Depot) 

Waxed paper, Stretch-tite plastic wrap (Costco)

Small natural sponge

Rubbing  Alcohol - transfer contents of Chloraseptic (throat spray) bottle and fill with rubbing alcohol (works best (need a firm, not fine mist)

Paper towels

2 Large Water Containers

Texture Pieces Open weave fabric, lace, cheesecloth, grid fabric (used for hooking rugs), bubble pack, shelf lining, - and anything else you think would make good Texture Pieces. Have large pieces of each type.  They remain on the starts until they dry. Look in fabric stores, thrift shops, Dollar Stores and at yard sales. Many textures are done with a brush.

Collage pieces if you want

White Gesso

Black Gesso

Liquitex Gloss Medium & Varnish – used for alcohol techniques, collage

Painting board (gator board) - If you are traveling by car, you want to bring one.

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