Friday, March 9, 2012

Give Me a Word, Any Word

I just finished up a six-week painting class last night. It was held once a week in a downtown Salem studio. There were ten of us (and five were guys, the most guys I've ever had in a class). My friend Tory also signed up for the same class (we had no idea the other was taking it), so that made it fun. The people in the class were a nice bunch, although we were encouraged not to get to know each other so we remained in an acquaintance stage for most of the six weeks, until the final night when everyone seemed to loosen up a bit (maybe it was the wine being served!) and interact.

I was expecting more instruction and demonstrations than there were, but once I realized it was more just an open painting time, I relaxed into the process and looked forward to hanging out with Tory on Thursday nights to paint. The instructor began each week with a reading or a short talk on some aspect of the painting process, then she had us do gestural drawings for 30-60 seconds on little boards. She would give us a prompt, i.e., growth, security, circles, unity, loud, and on and on until 30 prompts were given over the course of six weeks.

Here's a quick look at how the six weeks progressed, from weekly anticipation, to eventually just working on my prompt boards in greater detail.


For week one, in addition to doing our five prompt boards, the instructor had us paint our interpretation of a bird model. I gave it my best shot, trying to paint loose and free. I'm not sure I did that bird any favors!





WEEK 6 (Final Night)

I just had to slip in a photo (with his permission) of Karl. He was always smiling and having fun (even when he wasn't sipping a glass of wine!).

I'm pretty happy anytime and anywhere I get to paint!


I eventually took the initial 30-second prompt boards in whatever stage they were in by the end of each class, and worked on them at my own studio. Of course, I kept reworking and reworking some of them - in some cases gessoing over what I had for a while thought was a completed painting.

Toward the end of the process I snapped a photo of a pile of my progressing art boards . . . .

. . . and after my final class last night, I grouped them together for a group photo!

I have some ideas burbling about what I'll do with these little pieces of art, so I won't say too much or share all of them. But I would like to share just a few:


Tory Brokenshire said...

Dayna, I was so happy to find out we were in the same class and even happier as the weeks went on. You really saved the entire experience for me. Thanks for your help friend.

Dandelion and Daisy said...

I love the pieces you created. What size are they and what is the substrate? I not sure if you liked the class or it just wasn't what you expected but you certainly made the best of it! I took a collage class, one time, from a woman and I had such high expectations of what I was going to learn....problem was, I didn't learn much. After thinking about it, I know it was me not the teacher...I was expecting something she wasn't teaching. So, I had another life lesson!!!!

BG Dodson said...


I had to check to see if Karl made the front page...grin. It was nice to finally meet you - after seeing your work last year.

Love what you've done with the 6x6 paintings from the class - I might have to re-examine mine (was wondering WHAT I was going to do with those).


Patti said...

These are fantastic, Dayna.. I can't wait for your "announcement"! I think I will have to claim one.:)

Bobbie said...

Excited to see what will become of these!