What happens when you approach a blank canvas with little idea of what your final painting will be? In this workshop, we’ll create a painting from a whisper of an idea, or none at all, building it through drawing, movement, alternative mark-making, and adding and excavating layers to find our composition, space, and subject. Paint free of the constraint of a preconceived end, and be inspired by the process, making decisions along the way to reveal a coherent engaging artwork.
Bring source material like sketchbooks, photos, memory. Work in your preferred medium, acrylic or oil. Encaustic workspaces can be arranged.
Marc Kundmann lives and works in Truro and Provincetown. He is represented by the Addison Art Gallery in Orleans.
“Before I embarked on my adventure in painting, I asked an artist I respected for his thoughts on where to begin and how to to approach a painting. His best advice: don’t try to paint a feeling or specific emotion. Just paint. The emotional quality will come through.”
Keeping this in mind, Kundmann began to paint his surroundings, the wild beaches of Truro in particular, en plein aire. He studied and workshopped with fine artists connected to the long tradition of painting and art-making on the Cape including Robert Henry, a student of Hans Hofmann’s, and Fine Arts Work Center Fellows Jim Peters, Bert Yarborough and Richard Baker. Through them he learned to explore materials, free himself from the constraints of representing the real world and work in a more expressive way, responding to color and composition and creating work from both intellect and emotion. He was also particularly influenced by the Bay Area Figurative Movement including painters David Park, Wayne Thiebaud and Richard Diebenkorn.
He currently works with wax, oil and acrylic media. Which allows him to build and remove layers of color, transparency, and pigments, and also use texture expressively. His hope is that the resulting layers create not only intriguing and beautiful surfaces, but also give emotional life to the subjects, whether figures, structures, or boats, and hint at the mystery inside.
Recent exhibitions include a one man show at Addison Art in 2014, Teaching Traditions (2013) and Art of the Garden (2012) at the Provincetown Art Associiation and Museum and the two-person show Timeless: Explorations in Wax-based Media (2011) at the Cape Cod Museum of Art.
His work is featured in Deborah Forman’s comprehensive book, Contemporary Cape Cod Artists: Images of Land and Sea (Schiffer Publishing, 2013).
He am also a teaching-artist at the Lillian Orlowsky and William Freed Museum School at PAAM.