Monday, June 21, 2010

Painting Day

Every now and then I host a painting day with some friends, inviting them to explore and experiment. Recently we got together and went back through some basics in creating light and shadow as well as some color and composition studies.

We started with some "warm-up" paintings which in theory are supposed to be quick and expressive exercises to get you loose and feeling free with the paint. For us though, we were focused on having something we would want to keep when we were done and our "warm-up" exercise lasted a little over an hour.

Warm up in progress Warm Up Collage

After a while we moved on to slightly larger paintings with more abstract expression and intense color palettes.

Painting Day Collage
Here are some of my results…

Jaunt-acrylic on paper, 10x11 inches or 25.4x27.94 cm 

Culture-acrylic paint and silver metallic ink on paper, 10x11 inches or 25.4x27.94 cm

Patina-acrylic paint and silver metallic ink on paper, 10x11 inches or 25.4x27.94 cm


  1. sarah-- what a great teacher you must be--love the exercise-- and the warm inviting color-- everyone must have been very pleased with their apples!

  2. This is so cool, Sarah! I agree with Kathi--I bet you're a great teacher and this painting day looks like a lot of fun. I'm loving your results, too, especially the ones with the silver ink. Beautiful!

  3. What a great idea! Wish I could have been there.

  4. "Jaunt" is so striking, but I instantly fell in love with "Culture". Lovely work! And the painting day looked like so much fun.



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