Colour is the single most expressive element in the painter’s vocabulary. Increasing that vocabulary and building a personal library of colour through the development of a colour journal while exploring hands-on technique and demonstrations is the goal of this two-day workshop with Peter Ivens.
Participants will engage in one or more colour-related projects that will stimulate other ways of interpreting and understanding paint and colour. Using an open-handed approach to employ a broad range of possibilities of acrylic colour, participants will balance colour theory exercises with an intuitive exploration of paint handling and tools.
Participants will have the opportunity to engage in open critique and discussion, work outside of their comfort zones, and have fun! The workshop begins with a Friday night lecture and display of Peter’s work on location in the Art Gallery of St. Albert.
A variety of tools beyond the traditional brush will be used to make artwork: experiment with palette knives, scrapers, sponges, sprayers, squirt bottles, combs, etc. and employ a multitude of mark making techniques. Watercolour effects, glazing, impasto, overpainting, reductive/additive principles, etc. will also be demonstrated.
About the Artist
Peter Ivens is a practicing artist with over 30 years experience. He is a BFA graduate from the University of Alberta and has worked as an illustrator, designer and art instructor.
A session at the respected Emma Lake Artists’ Workshop in 1982 encouraged him to paint full-time. His evocative landscapes have been exhibited throughout western Canada. The Alberta Foundation for the Arts holds his artwork in their collection, as do numerous corporate and private patrons. Peter Ivens lives in Calgary, Alberta.