Saturday, 24 May 2014

Abstract A-Go-Go At The Steel Rooms!

Just had the best time at The Steel Rooms!
I had a wonderful group attending the 'Introduction To Abstraction' workshop, and did they work hard!
Firstly we all brought in bits and pieces for our inspiration board (mine's the one above).
Then we ventured upstairs into the beautiful gallery space and worked on our concertina sketch books.
Emma and Marianna working hard.
Keith, Liz and Sue seeking inspiration.
Sam and Pat painting like good'uns.
Julia found her inspiration from these willow branches, just look at her fab concertina below...
Dawn, having a chin wag.
After our sketching we had a gorgeous Steel Room's dinner.
Then it was back to work!
Look at Liz with two hair dryers!
Go girl!
Sue, Marianna, Dawn and Julia working on their layers.
After each layer masking tape was applied to preserve a section before more acrylic was added.
Action shot of Sam painting with my toy car, its tyre tracks are brill for painting with!
Julia using stencils to add sharp, graphic lettering.
Pat worked on a massive canvas and created beautiful textures.
Julie's colour palette was beautiful (and she used my favourite colour...illuminous red!)
Emma worked over a collage of paintings and created really intricate layers and effects.
I was so proud of Marianna as she bravely worked over her extremely realistic paintings and combined the two styles of painting really successfully.
Everyone's work was so different, Sam's is very contemporary and urban in quality.
Just look at all the work that was produced in just TWO HOURS!
Sue combined fluid layers with sharper shapes.
And Liz- The - Brave used black for her final layer and his really unified the whole composition.
A bold move!
Marianna's Surreal realism/ abstraction combination.
A detail of Dawn's massive canvas, really sensitive and calligraphic mark making.
A close up of Pat's large scale piece...just look at that build up of layers!
Julie's fluid and delicate paintings.
Julia's paintings reminded us of The Chelsea Flower Show.
Look at the complex surface of Emma's work.
Love this little one of Pat's.
Even though Dawn's canvas was huge, she still worked on a second piece!
I definitely recognise that lady Marianna!
And Keith hadn't had an art lesson since school!
I am so proud of you!
Sam's finished piece.
Well done everyone!
I cannot believe how much work you produced in one day!
Don't know about you, but I'm off for a lie down!


  1. so brilliant!!!!!! i love this post xx

    1. Thanks so much Jane!
      I'm still glowing with pride! X

  2. Goodness. That is amazing. Stunning how much you can create when you are inspired, having fun and absorbing something new. That's when time becomes elastic!

    1. That's so true Miss Nora!
      The afternoon especially just seemed to fly by! X

  3. Fabulous creativity on show... Cx

    1. I'm so glad that you liked the post, the paintings they all produced really were amazing x

  4. I just love seeing everyone hard at work and loving it, and their fabulous finished pieces too. Gorgeous! xxx

    1. Thanks so much chuck, I am well proud of their fab work x


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