Personal Narrative with Alison O’Donoghue
Lively Personal Narrative - Acrylic Painting on Wood
Instructor: Alison O’Donoghue
Week 1: July 30 - August 5, 2023
Create an abundant, personal narrative acrylic painting on wood with an accessible, informal approach.Allow yourself to let go of conventional structures such as traditional ideas of realism pertaining to imagery, color, gravity, perspective, proportion, size relationships, etc. Your painting is your world, anything can happen! This class is open to all levels of experience. Tell your story, design and paint a painting alive with abundance, meaning, and movement. Allow the unexpected, intuitive to infuse your work. Explore practical matters of painting to create a harmonious vibrant work.I will guide you through a step by step process, each step building on the last. Exercises and lessons cover: generating imagery, preparing the surface, designing strong composition, painting with simplicity and economy of shape, willingness to make changes, being open to new discoveries, addressing the importance of value and contrast, color harmony, layering color, transparent washes, adding details that enhance the story.Throughout the class, there will be discussion, individual guidance, and instructional demos.
No Class Material Fee (to be paid directly to the instructor)
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Alison O’Donoghue was born in Portland, Oregon, and is still based in Portland, Oregon.
Education: 1981-1984, educated at Portland State University. 1984-1988, educated at Pacific Northwest College of Art.
Galleries: Began showing in galleries in 1989, continued to present showing in Portland Or, Salem, OR, Ashland, OR, Astoria, OR, Seattle, WA, Port Townsend WA, Bellingham, WA, Bainbridge Island, WA, Los Angeles, CA.
Teaching: In Studio workshops, 2 online classes with Sonheim Creative, Master class with Oregon Art Educators Association, 3 day workshop at Northwind Arts Center, Port Townsend, WA.
Murals: Salem Hospital, Ebay Portland
Other Involvement: Sitka Art Invitational 2008-2022. Art Festivals in Portland, OR, Bellevue,WA, Salem, OR; 8 years.
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