Big Bold Bloom 2

Class Includes Lifetime Access, Instructor Feedback, Online Community, Over 4 Hours of Video & More!

10 Lessons – $165

Discover new ways to go big! Carrying on in the exuberant spirit of instructor Lynn Whipple’s class Big Bold Bloom Wild Painting (not a prerequisite!), you’ll play with fresh techniques and layers of color and texture as you create larger and larger flower paintings that express your own individual sense of joy.

TEACHER: Lynn Whipple

Class Description

More Painting! More Drawing! More Flowers! New Layers! New Techniques! New Tools!

And, most importantly, new ways to celebrate your enormous and brilliant instincts!

Tune into your personal preferences and enjoy creative play as you create a series of Big Bold Blooms! You will create Big paintings! Medium paintings! Small paintings! And tiny sketchbook drawings, too!

We’ll work with the simple wonders of line, shape and mark, and add to the mix the joys of color, texture and composition. We’ll start with tiny seed drawings which will help inform all of our future designs. Then we’ll play with acrylic paint and colorful mark-making tools such as chalk pastels, markers & even colored pencils. We’ll also work with collage and bring all these layers together to create our final, loose, bold painting!

If you’ve taken Big Bold Bloom Wild Painting, this is the perfect follow up class. I can’t wait to continue the journey with you!

If you’re new, this is a great stand-alone class that will encourage you to work with loads of fun and freedom as you celebrate your instincts and create Big Bold Blooms!

Let’s explore painting and the power of play! I hope you will join me and our wonderful online Bloom community

All my very best,

xoxo

Lynn


Class Itinerary

Lesson 1 – Seed Drawings: Tiny Flowers, Big Designs

There is something exciting about playing with design early in the painting process! We’ll warm up our hands and minds in our sketchbooks and create lyrical line drawings. Let’s build small maps of large paintings and keep it loose and free! We’ll draw fresh flowers from life and add music to keep us in the moment. We’ll design in square and rectangle formats and take special notice of our dark values, putting them in boldly to create structures for our future paintings.

Lesson 2 – Beginning Blooms: Layering Line, Collage & Color

Choose your favorite seed drawings from Lesson 1 and let’s play a new layering game! We’ll start our design structure by first putting down our dark shapes with tissue paper. We’ll collage and build from the ground up, using great shapes, darks and design. The next step is a drawing layer on rice paper and then we’ll continue to add layers of color, paper, line and paint as the Beginning Blooms come into focus!

Lesson 3 – Chalk Flowers

I’m excited to share another new technique that marries our soft pastel drawing with paint. First we’ll tone two smaller canvases with two different ground colors and a bit of spattering. We’ll softly carve out simple pots of blooms with a dry brush, creating one large shape. When the paint is dry we draw with chalk pastels and other markers and tools. Our next layer will help us create a “quieting visual noise” which will take down the vibrancy of the color. This is a lovely way to combine drawing and painting with a poetic, new twist!

Lesson 4 – Chalk Flowers continued

As we continue to layer, draw, add paint and soften, we’ll start to see our Chalk Flowers emerge. Using darker colored pastels, pencil, colored pencil and charcoal, we’ll find a finish by squinting and spotting the perfect place for the darks. You might refer to your seed drawings here and bring in an area of focus. Continue to “rock” the painting back and forth until the perfect balance speaks to you.

Lesson 5 – Bigger and Bolder! New Layers, Part One!

Let’s start one of each of our larger canvases: a 24″ x 24″ and a “24 x 30”. Tone one canvas in the warm orange tones and one in the greenish tones. Then we’ll do a “spin composition” step… a wonderful way to keep your hands moving and create an abstracted patterned layer. Move the wet paint with the brayer as you paint neutral tones into the shapes. Be sure to leave a bit of your first layer peeking through! Let your painting breathe. Next we’ll add drawing! Away we go!

Lesson 6 – Bigger and Bolder! New Layers, Part Two!

There’s always room to risk and try something new because —as you know — it’s only a layer! Spin the canvas and look for a great place to plant your large pot of blooms. Draw in loose and free with chalk pastel using lots of color. Music up! Add thin layers of light colored paint, as you cut in around your large shape. Create visual noise by moving the paint with your brayer. Spatter! Build your bigger blooms! Draw on top! Create shadow! Add highlights! Have fun!

Lesson 7 – Big Bold Blooms!

This week you’ll begin two more larger canvases. We’ll start with spin drawings—one of most satisfying layers I know; spin drawings keep us looking and drawing flowers, loose and fast, with an eye on composition and shape making. The pattern you create will give you an amazing place to add your next layer of neutral colors. Let the ground layer show through! Music up! Play! Spin! Draw! Paint!

Lesson 8 – Painting Blooms: One Form, One Flower at a Time

It’s time to sling some paint! Use your vibrant colors now. Paint your flowers with big, bold movements. Play with your brushstrokes. Celebrate one flower at a time. Look carefully and let the light source tell you what side is bright and which is in shadow. This will inform your colors which will help create your forms. Fill your canvas with colorful blooms. Spatter, drip, put in darks—have fun!

Lesson 9 – Painting Blooms, Big and Bold: Your Beautiful Instincts Lead the Way!

You’ve gathered so many wonderful preferences! Do you prefer vertical or horizontal? Muted or bright colors? Look through your drawings and paintings and create a new design to turn into an 11″ x 14″ tissue paper collage “map.” This will help guide you as you scale it up to our largest painting, 36″ x 48″! Now it’s time for loose ground color and some spatter. With larger pieces of tissue paper, put down your large collage pieces and see your design come to life!

Lesson 10 – Painting Blooms, Big and Bold: Your Beautiful Instincts Lead You Home!

Music up! Draw! Start by using your pastels and drawing on top of your collage. Change the flower shapes, go over the lines. Paint! Paint in big, loose flower forms, with drips and spatters and light and shadow side. Have fun as you use a favorite color to paint with your brayer and “cut in” loosely around your arrangement. Keep rocking the painting back and forth—brayer, drawing, paint, spatter, pencil, markers, and even the dot-dot-dot! When you think you’re done, back up, have a cup of coffee and let your painting tell you what it needs to take it to a beautiful finish.

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Supplies

  • Fresh flowers and light source (you may enjoy also using photographs or silk flowers)
  • Sketchbook 9″x 12″ or larger
  • Various drawing tools and markers including: oil and chalk pastels; vine charcoal; Sharpie markers, water soluble markers and crayons; colored pencils; soft lead pencil
  • Acrylic paints (I love sample sized house paints in combination with acrylic paints in tubes or jars. Golden or any regular brand.)
  • Medium sized Gloss Medium, I like Liquitex, any brand will do
  • Soft rubber brayer 3- or 4-inch
  • Tracing wheel for sewing patterns (I call this the dot dot dot
  • Variety pack of colored tissue paper
  • Pack of neutral colored tissue paper with some black if not in your variety pack
  • Pad of rice paper – 12″x 18″. (Rice paper also comes in rolls, too, but pad is easiest)
  • Variety of brushes: 1- and 2-inch “throw away brushes” from the hardware store; round or angled long handled brush size 10 is nice, whatever you have is fine
  • Rags
  • Spectrafix non-toxic pastel fixative
  • Optional but fun: pipe cleaners
  • Canvases:
    • Three or four 12″x 12″
    • Three or four 11″x 14″
    • Two 24″x 30″
    • Two 24″x 24″
    • One 36″x 48″

Lynn Whipple

Lynn Whipple writes, “I am deeply grateful to live my life as an artist. Play and discovery are my dearest and most constant companions. There are a zillion tiny challenges in each art making experience, and so often I find, just as many small, sweet victories. Without a doubt, living creatively is the most enjoyable and satisfying game I know.”

Lynn shares a warehouse studio with her husband, John Whipple, in Winter Park, Florida. Lynn’s work includes found-object mixed-media assemblages; found images altered with a combination of drawing, painting, sewing and more; and her well-known Ninny Boxes, collages combined with found objects, and assembled within a box format. Her unique pieces have a playful, quirky, and often absurd, charm.

Lynn explains: “I allow myself to play and let my pieces reveal themselves to me…I have been fascinated by old books, history, and odd bits of memorabilia. I find the things that interest me the most are slightly absurd…My hope is to create something real and somehow poetic but not commonplace. My goal is to keep communicating in my language.”

Lynn’s work has been exhibited extensively throughout the United States and her new book, Expressive Flower Painting, was published July 2017. Visit Lynn’s website at www.lynnwhipple.com.

Nuts & Bolts

  • This class is now available as a self-study class.
  • Immediately upon class signup, you will receive access to the class videos and corresponding materials.
  • A private Facebook group will be available for you to (optionally) share your artwork and enjoy and learn from the artwork of others. You may also email your teacher directly with questions or feedback.
  • You will have indefinite access to this class.