Saturday, August 7, 2010

BROMMER WORKSHOP DAY 5 : FRAMED!

Day 5 is almost always shorter than the rest of the days.  We were only going to create one painting.  The last design format he talked about was "Shapes within Shapes".  Basically, the idea is to put a border or frame like structure around the painting which serves to contain and organize what is inside.  Often if the painting is busy and feels chaotic, this device makes it work.  The border doesn't have to be continuous.  Sometimes it is more implied.  He showed lots of different examples.  Here is my version and the sample painting  Jerry painted while we worked.  Everyone was very intense in working during this workshop.  Often we kept working through part of the lunch break because and there was very little talking.  We were really "into it!

Jerry spent more time lecturing in the morning than usual, and since he had just juried the awards for the International Society of Acrylic Painters, he talked about the jurying process and some insights about how he selects the winners.  He said the awards reflect only how the juror feels at that moment.  If he juried the show a day later he might pick differently.  Ultimately, he looks for paintings he would like to take home, the ones that touch him in someway, the ones with "content".  It's not just about technique and design. Ultimately, he feels the purpose and value of these shows is to inform, educate and inspire those who come to see it. The awards are not that significant because they are just how one person feels at one moment in time.  At the end of the day, many of us went over to see the show.  The variety of paintings was impressive.  It was fun to look at the different works and "see" the design construct.  Most of my favorites received awards.  Congratulations to all of the entrants.  You are all winners.

A big thank you to Barbara Leites for all her hard work putting on an excellent workshop.

7 comments:

Liz said...

Thanks, Myrna for taking the time to post all this information. I really enjoy your blog and have learned so much from your descriptions of workshops. What did he call this workshop? I know he has several workshops he does under different titles.

Lottie Anderson said...

I have enjoyed following the progress of this workshop all week. I am anxious to try out some of the content on my own. Thank you so much for sharing.

Cynnie said...

Thanks so much for posting all this valuable info all week long....it is so interesting ...and your pieces are marvelous and the slide show...wow...just all so inspiring.
Cynthia Schelzig,,,a.k.a.Cynnie

Susan Cornelis said...

THank you so much for sharing the workshop with us. Is there a clearing house for all of Brommer's workshops? I didn't see a website for him.

Michelle Himes said...

Excellent work, Myrna. Thanks for sharing your workshop collages with us. Now you've made me want to get out my collage notes and materials and go at it.

MariaS said...

Thank you for sharing your experiences in this workshop. What a beautiful work you and the other participants have made!

Carrie H. said...

I am so thankful you were willing to give us all this information. I love this slide show with this post. You did such a beaut of a painting too. Thanks. Have a good time with your workshop next week.

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