Hi! I’m Jennifer Mercede. I like to get creative in all kinds of ways. I love to use my imagination, make music, write and — most of all — draw and paint! I strive to be free & spontaneous, and children’s art is some of my biggest inspiration.
Join me in this class designed to free you up: spend time scribbling, doodling, and just enjoying mark making. We will get into a free-flowing zone where lines, marks and words “stream-of-conscious” onto your painting. Practice trusting your instincts when it comes to color. This class is designed to get you in the moment, not worry about the end result and have fun while creating a large, abstract painting!
Here are samples of the kinds of paintings we will make in this class!
And a selection of paintings.
Lesson 1 – Scribble & Drawing Sketchbook Warmups
In this first lesson we will do a couple freeing exercises to get you warmed up, flowing and not thinking about the end result. Scribble according to the prompts given. Get out of your head and into the present moment while you doodle.
Lesson 2 – Draw on Your Boards
Let’s do some free association writing. In the same way we don’t censor the doodles and scribbles that come out, allow words to flow out freely. Don’t worry about proper punctuation and grammar just keep writing words. Also in the lesson we will get started doodling on our boards. Don’t let the fresh new board intimidate you, just start moving your pen around and making marks. Close your eyes if you feel you are trying to control the outcome too much. Get present with thoughts and let them out.
Lesson 3 – Paint!
In this lesson we will start painting! You’ve created a coloring book page for yourself, now have fun coloring it in! Practice mixing your favorite, and not so favorite, colors. Take risks. Move around the board. Spend at least an hour working on this piece.
Lesson 4 – Continue Painting
Let’s continue to fill in the shapes. As you get closer to completing the piece, you will want to step back just a bit and make conscious decisions to balance out the color and size of shapes. Still working intuitively, fill in all the shapes
Lesson 5 – Final Touches
In this final lesson, let’s add some embellishments, or small details on top of the paint. Using your favorite mark makers, both thin and thick tipped, add some doodles in the spaces. You can choose to make subtle additions by working in a similar color, or add bold, contrasting colors to create more busyness. Again you’ll want to step back, squint, and check to make sure the piece feels balanced to you.
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