Surrender into your creativity!.
Access a deeper layer of your creative self in this intensive afternoon workshop. Be prepared to have a lot of fun and to step out of your comfort zone. Students will be introduced to two very different non-objective painting techniques designed to help access creative energy and boldly unleash hidden potential. Students of all abilities and backgrounds are encouraged to immerse themselves in beginner mind, let go of ego, and surrender to the moment.
Instructor Erika Manning is an artist and educator who steps out of her comfort zone every time she makes her artwork. Visit her website at erikamanningart.com
All materials will be provided. There will be a 15-20 minute break.
About the Instructor – Erika Manning
I am a multi – media visual artist and educator residing in Appleton, Maine. I pursue the idea of “beginner mind” in all my work, and believe that the process of creating is just as important as the finished piece. In the work, it is often the visual history of the passage of time, of the marks made, the colors chosen, the shapes drawn, the emotional weather and the conversations with the piece itself that most engages and intrigues me.
My work, although abstract is directly inspired by the natural world. Other, perhaps more subtle artistic influences include stone age cave painting, Baroque art, Surrealism and Abstract Expressionism. Although I strive for a finished piece, the beauty for me is in the process of making art. Starting out with beginner mind, an initial gesture and relying heavily on the random act of chance and the correct alignment of time and space: the image shifts as the rhythms and cycles of seasons, nature, earth, tides and life are evoked. The pieces are drawn, painted, printed, wiped out, scratched into, cut up, collaged, erased, glued down, torn up, painted over, turned around and everything shifts again. The final image is always an unexpected surprise.
“It’s good to have an end to journey toward, but it’s the journey that matters, in the end.” Ursula K. LeGuin