This is a class designed to help create a looser approach to watercolors, enable a student to feel more capable with the paints, and end “tight” painting. The workshop focuses on working with water, learning how to mix colors, understanding paper, and understanding the strengths (and weaknesses) of the medium. Within the 4½ hours (1/2 hour for lunch), we’ll work with a “wet-on-wet” approach for much of the time using many different surfaces and methods. Students will work with several pieces and might not finish any of them (because they’ll have to dry). However, the point of this class is not to have you walk out with a completed painting but, rather, with a new “box of tools” to compliment your painting style. For students who are familiar with watercolors or repeating the class, this is a great opportunity to try something different, or use it on a project you’re already working on.
Lisa Goren was born in California and raised in NYC. And yet she has dreamed of Polar landscapes since she was in her teens.
Her first trip took her to Antarctica where she was inspired and captivated by the landscape. Later travels to Iceland, Alaska, increased her love for the Polar Regions. Her watercolors show an unfamiliar landscape in a new light. By using vibrant colors and taking risks with different surfaces, she makes the viewer reevaluate their understanding of both these landscapes and their beliefs in the potential of the medium. Her works create questions about the nature of abstraction and our planet as many of her pieces are representations of unfamiliar, threatened terrains.
Lisa’s work can be found in personal collections all over the world, from Australia to Iceland, and the United States. She was awarded a place on the 2013 voyage of The Arctic Circle, an artist residency sailing near the North Pole. This “trip of a lifetime” was chronicled in an article she wrote for the New York Times and led her to her next phase of her Polar work. She had two pieces in “Gaia – Les femmes et l’ecologie” in Paris to coincide with the COP21 Climate talks. Lisa has been working out of Boston, Massachusetts for the past 25 years and is a board member of the National Association of Women Artists (Mass. Chapter). She was named Artist-in-Residence for the South Shore Art Association, 2016-2018.
Her recent Google Talk about her art and travels is available on youtube: http://bit.ly/lisagorengoogle
Recent Exhibitions of Note:
Fort Point Open Studios, Boston, MA, November, 2018
Expeditions: From Iceland to the Gobi Desert, Paula Estey Gallery, Newburyport, MA,
Flux: Six Artists Respond to Uncertainty, Piano Craft Gallery, Boston, MA, October, 2017
Earth, Fire, Water, Air: Elements of Climate Change, Chen Art Gallery, New Britain, CT, April
31 Women, James Library and Center for the Arts, Norwell, MA, March 2017
Art Above 66°, 33”, Augustana College Art Museum, Rock Island, IL, November-February 2017
Gaia: Les femmes et l’ecologie Galerie Maison Bleu, Paris France, November 2015-February
Strokes of Genius, 125 th Anniversary, Rockport Art Association, October-November, 2015
Contemporary Art Fair, Javits Center, NYC, October 2012
Holzwasser Gallery, Newton, MA, Watercolors of Polar Landscapes, Solo Show, October, 2011
South Shore Art Center, Cohasset, MA, October 2016-May 2018
The Arctic Circle, Svalbard, Norway, Sept.-Oct. 2013
“In Hot Pursuit of Ice and Cold”, New York Times, Sunday, March 29 th , 2015,
“Water Into Ice: Watercolors of Polar and Frozen Landscapes”
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston – https://www.worldcat.org/title/lisa-
Pritzker Military Museum and Library, Chicago – http://www.worldcat.org/title/meteorites-in-