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Ever wondered how to mix representational work and abstract art?

This week, we are joined by representational painter Gabriel Lipper who has been painting professionally for over 20 years and teaching for more than 15 years.

In this conversation, we discuss Gabe’s transition from classical figurative work to a much looser style that brings in elements of abstraction and he shares his reasoning for making this move.

During our chat, we learn about Gabe’s passion for daily drawing an, his desire to portray the beauty of our world, and his commitment to sharing more of himself in his work. (We also discover that Alice has an aversion to the word “sketch!”)

Gabe is about to teach his “Learning to See” course, which ran for the first time last year, and we discuss both the course content and his experience of teaching it. Finally, we share two inspirational artists for you to check out.

Mentioned:

Get access to the Learning to See free workshop classes HERE
Perfect for exploring that hybrid between realism and abstraction

Learning to See course is now open (end Feb 2021)
Gabe would love you to watch the free classes first which you can do on the link above.
Find out more about the full program HERE



Books mentioned:
Roger Cecil: A Secret Artist
Raimonds Staprans: Full Spectrum (out of print)


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“Monkeys Spinning Monkeys” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License

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If art is about communicating some aspect of how we see the world or what it means to be human; a selective recreation and not just nature or chance, it needs to express an idea. What is the meaning or the value in this representation? What’s your vision?

This week, we’re digging into the subject of abstract and non-objective art. We consider the different types of abstraction, from its beginnings with Hilda F. Klimt through the abstract expressionists and their focus on emotion, all the way to the more conceptual modern day abstraction.

“Abstract art has been with us in one form or another for almost a century now and has proved to be not only a long-standing crux of cultural debate but a self-renewing, vital tradition of creativity. We know that it works, even if we’re still not sure why that’s so, or exactly what to make of that fact.”

Pictures of Nothing: Abstract Art Since Pollock by Kirk Varnedoe

We also consider where to draw the line between art and simply making marks, and we share our own experiences with abstraction. Finally, we offer suggestions for those artists interested in abstraction, but unsure how to go about it, including the importance of identifying your ‘why.’

Having an idea behind the work will sustain you when things get challenging and how it helps you make decisions, strengthens your desire to keep working, and protects you against ill-informed criticism. This feels like a topic we need to come back to again and again, because there is so much to discuss. But we hope this first conversation sparks some ideas or spurs a discussion.

Mentioned:

Join the free Art2Life workshop HERE.
(started February 15th but you can still join)

Books mentioned:
Vitamin D: New Perspectives in Drawing
Ways of Drawing

Anna Sigmond Gudmundsdottir https://www.gudmundsdottir.com/

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Yes, it still happens… This week saw us both experiencing self-doubt brought on by limiting beliefs. This inspired us to create a list of the most common beliefs that we feel hold artists back.

This is so important, because these beliefs are often unspoken and we might even experience them, not as beliefs but as facts of life. When this happens, we don’t even realise there is anything we can do about them. By bringing them out into the light and questioning them, we can often gather the courage to move forward despite our fears or doubts.

So, join us as we countdown the Top 5 pesky beliefs and share our thoughts on how to manage them. 

Mentioned:

Don’t forget to join the free Art2Life workshop HERE which starts on 15th February 2021. These online lessons are a great guide for you to learn a new approach to making personal, powerful and authentic art.

Find out more and register HERE

If you sign up using this link and later choose to go on to take the full programme we will receive a referral fee which helps support us to and keep the podcast running each week. 

If you have a question you’d like us to discuss, click here to send it to us

If you are enjoying the podcast this is an easy and inexpensive way to help support it and ensure it continues. The demands of making it each week can be challenging. Your support is allowing us to hire some editing help. If you’d like to help out with a one-time or a monthly donation, you can “buy us a coffee” us at Ko-fi.com

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Follow Alice on Instagram @alicesheridanstudio
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“Monkeys Spinning Monkeys” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License

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This week our special guest is Californian artist and Art2Life founder Nicholas Wilton. Nick has been helping artists to raise their game for many years and he has been a pivotal figure in both our careers.

In this conversation, we discuss what it takes to elevate your work, whether talent has anything to do with success, and the magic that can happen when you start to make unique and personal work. The conversation goes deeper when Nick reveals the personal issues that made him finally commit to his art, and he also shares the vulnerabilities that come with greater success. Finally, Nick explains why teaching is so important to him and his art practice.

Get inspired with the Art2Life free workshop:

Don’t forget to join the free Art2Life workshop HERE which starts on 13th February 2023 These online lessons are a great guide for you to learn a new approach to making personal, powerful and authentic art.

“As a textile designer I thought Design was an area I knew about but he explained the importance of variation/differences so clearly and I already want to get into my studio to think more about this. I want to watch all the videos now…..is that greedy?! What a great start…..he genuinely made me believe I can improve and love my art and don’t have to wait years for that to happen.”
Gill

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If you sign up using this link and later choose to go on to take the full programme we will receive a referral fee which helps support us to and keep the podcast running each week. 

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Follow and find Lindsay @lindsayjeanthomson

“Does this sound like fun? I’m not sure. But some years, up to two dozen students start the assignment. And some years, more than half drop out before the end. Everyone starts with high hopes. But things get repetitive by day ten. By day twenty, no matter what you’ve decided to do, it feels like you’ve been doing it forever. And bridging the end-of-year break is always a big challenge. But the students who get past day thirty or forty tend to get in a groove that will take them through to the end. Here’s a sampling of what’s been done through the years, including some of my favorites.
Read about the original Michael Beirut project here: https://designobserver.com/feature/five-years-of-100-days/24678

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If you are enjoying the podcast this is an easy and inexpensive way to help support it and ensure it continues. The demands of making it each week can be challenging. Your support is allowing us to hire some editing help. If you’d like to help out with a one-time or a monthly donation, you can “buy us a coffee” us at Ko-fi.com

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Follow Alice on Instagram @alicesheridanstudio
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“Monkeys Spinning Monkeys” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License