From Impression to Abstraction

“Every Man is an artist.” —Joseph Beuys, 1921-­1986.

Abstraction lies on a continuum: it reaches from the representational to non-recognizable. This workshop encourages you to find your own comfort zone on that continuum. Early explorations take place during a brief walk through the streets and by the shoreline of Provincetown’s East End; we will capture impressions—quickly documented through rough sketches, digital snapshots, or simply memorizing what is essential to one’s perception. Upon returning to the studio, the actual painting process begins. We will initially rely on our sketch or photograph to compose the painting and to lay down the overall color scheme. Relatively soon we will aim to shift our focus from the sketch/photo to freely interpreting the observed from memory. As a result, we will create a painting that expresses our unique selves rather than depicting specific scenery. Through group discussions and individual conversations, you will be motivated to broaden your painting experiences, focusing on composition, form and color. In addition, we will do short drawing exercises using a photograph as a prompt to draw, explore and experiment. These drawings may also result in prompts for paintings executed during the workshop. The workshop provides the opportunity to contemplate the experience of day one and continue the discourse the following days. You can explore the same scenery in a serial approach or new sceneries (on your own time).