Sat, Mar 28 | The Arsenal

Abstract Watercolor Painting

Leave behind perfectionism for 2 hours and feel the power of choosing to let go. Learn how to create beautiful abstract works while you discover your own visual language.
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Abstract Watercolor Painting

Time & Location

Mar 28, 2020, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
The Arsenal, 208 Jackson St, San Jose, CA 95112, USA

About The Event

Instructor: Luz Donahue (http://

Fee: $70 including materials

Duration: 2 hours

Many people are intimidated by abstract painting, but Mark Rothko believed that we should start fine art education with modernism. Why? He believed all it took to make good art was emotional intensity. To look at modern abstract art and to say, "a child could have done this" is to pay the artist the highest of compliments. You see, abstract art removes a subject and focuses on the feelings the artist has while making. So when we look at good abstract art we might feel pieces of the emotion left on the canvas. It's mostly not about technique but about unlearning all the things the world put on you that make expressing yourself less automatic and natural. We forget in our culture that creation and analysis are fundamentally *different* cognitive processes. We criticize ourselves out of the space our mind and heart need to be in to make beauty.

If we can focus on remaining in a space of creation and only very consciously move to analysis with compassion, we can transcend our inner critic. This is what intuitive abstract paintings teach us. When you leave this workshop, you will have a piece of work that will look sophisticated and mysterious to others. They may feel something and not know why exactly. To you, it will be an object honoring your most deeply joyful and fulfilled moments. 

*You do not need to have any prior experience for this workshop. If you do have prior experience painting, you'll enjoy a new way of looking at your creative process.

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