Creative Jumpstarts: Rich Expressive White Shapes

In this new jumpstart I want you to approach the quick warm-up painting as an exercise in dominant, expressive light or white shapes, making sure that you really keep a focus on creating the most texture, color and line at the edge of the white/light shape.  Allow about 30 minutes to each painting and try to keep the painting loose, somewhat abstract but with nod towards representational.  I start with a loose colorful expression of a waterfall and I move towards a pretty abstract painting that just evokes the power of the waterfall.  Each different exercise pushes the elements, color value and line a little further.  This should be lots of fun and a great warm-up and a nice dabble into the work of abstraction.  Use subject matter that works well when translated as a white shape, like, surf, rocks, waterfall, clouds, actually anythings works if you can express the dominant shape.


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  • colleen saboNovember 5, 2012 - 5:08 pm

    Love these–they make me want to head to the studio and paint!ReplyCancel

  • Peg SheridanNovember 5, 2012 - 7:24 pm

    Love the paintings; they have a lot of energy. Thanks for sharing it!ReplyCancel