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This piece measures 18 x 24, acrylic on canvas.
I recently attended a workshop with Claudia Hartley at the Sedona Art Center. Claudia has a very engaging style and this image is the first piece I completed under her instruction.
There was so much to learn but I think my biggest takeaway was to not underestimate my ability.
This was my first time working extensively with heavy body acrylic paint. I was skeptical about acrylic paint in such a dry climate. I've always used the Golden Open Acrylic products and love them. They still hold a special place in my heart for those times when I want to blend and glaze but for this method the heavy body paints are sure the star of the show.
"AFTER" I completed this course of study with Claudia I backtracked to learn a little more about the "pointillist" style of painting. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pointillism
Notable artists who have used the style are: Georges Serurat, Camille Pissaro and Vincent Van Gogh, all shown below....
|Georges Serurat - 1888, La Récolte des pommes, oil on canvas, 61 x 74 cm, Dallas Museum of Art|
|Camille Pissaro - 1888, La Récolte des pommes, oil on canvas, 61 x 74 cm, Dallas Museum of Art|
|Vincent Van Gogh - Self Portrait, 1887, using pointillist technique.|
On the surface you would think this is an easy technique to master but looks are deceiving.....my love for this style stems from my enjoyment of achieving bright a sparkling color along with a pleasant meditative zone I so easily drop into when I'm creating art in this style.
My decision to work with Claudia Hartley was not founded in any thought-out process. I saw her work and made the decision "on.the.spot".
Every time I have listened to my heart, followed my gut, the result has been nothing short of wonderful. If you haven't tried it yet, I'd highly recommend it.
I hope this finds you all happily going about whatever it is that makes you whole.
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