Friday, September 25, 2015

The Beauty of Imperfection with Jennifer Evenhus

Spending three days studying with 
 in her workshop
has opened my eyes to
 a new way of looking for inspiration
and appreciating abstract art.

Jennifer kept us motivated with her great demos
and had us doing valuable lessons to practice what we were learning.

As we worked, we were thinking about 
and expression
 in our mark making.

A photo of wild flowers was our reference for this exercise
that we did in four different color palettes. 

Jennifer reminded us to "put it down and leave it"!
After this piece, I was loosened up and feeling free to explore more.

Another timed exercise was with still life objects
having only 10,8,6 then 4 minutes to work on each piece.
Keeping it simple, we were to choose only three objects.

We worked on many different studies and exercises, 
my favorite was when we used 
 Jen's provided reference photo of fish,
 in combination with a bit of inspiration from a 
walk outside the art center.

Here's the quick reference sketch I did while outside observing.

 Back inside, I chose a limited amount of colors to use, along with a stick of charcoal.

Work in progress....


It was a challenging and invigorating experience!

I enjoyed working with this creative group of artists.

We allowed ourselves permission to play
while we also talked about,
thought about
 and worked on
"Finding Our Voice".

to learn more about 
Jennifer Evenhus
workshops and her art!

For more information about 
Emerald Art Center 
go to

Jennifer is such an outstanding teacher, and the energy in this group was contagious. You could feel the passion for the medium and the desire to
"Find Our Voices"!