Monday, 13 March 2017

Free Expression at The Oracle Gallery

Since I began teaching art, I have taught students from 1 - 86 years old.

Most students seem to prefer working with oil paint as it moves and flows. This is very important when you are painting without an idea. It allows for constant change until the process of creation reveals forms on the canvas.

In my classes there are no rules of how to paint.

The palettes are loaded up with an abundant supply of colourful paint, and creation begins.

I provide cloths for hands as we mainly work with our fingers, and I encourage clean, bright, clarity of colour as this helps clean our chakras within.

There is no subject, there is only colour and the joy of making marks and colours that are your own signature expression.

Everyone has their own unique way of working. Their own unique colour palette that they get through mixing the paints rather like scientists.

All colour carries its own special note / code, and some of the younger students will mix as many as eight colours together.

There is always gentle music playing as well as plenty of conversation and plenty of silence.

I help a student where necessary until the canvas is completely covered with colour.

Next we sit back and observe the canvas and rotate it to see which way 'feels' the right way up.
This doesn't have to be the final way - all is fluid.

Often at this stage forms will be clearly visible within the art - figures or animals. Trees or flowers.

The process of creation becomes more exciting as I help to 'bring out' the elements that have revealed themselves.

Only then will I introduce one rule -
Where it is dark, make it a tone darker.
Where it is light, make it a tone lighter.

As we do this the shapes and forms come to life as they begin to 'pop.'


The top image on this page is an original oil on canvas by Dayzii Wright.

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