I taught a 2-day intensive class last weekend on Acrylic Mixed Media in Layers. There was quite a ange of expertise in the group which made for an interesting experience for everyone. No one followed a formula, but a long the way everyone began to finally understand that it is necessary to "do the work" or you will never get to the end. I've been working in layers for my entire artistic life. I just like it. It gives me mulitiple decision points and allows me the greatest flexibility as I move through the process. As the students moved from color decisions, to decisions about placement, line, space and pattern I could sense that the unfolding compositions that faced them were starting to make sense. Of course there are hesitations, mistakes, and wrong turns, but the process allows for corrections and adjustments through the addition more layers which modify the problems and turn them into opportunities. By the end of our second full day the works were starting to really come together. Lots of light bulbs finally started to turn on as they realized the value of the process. I have included one of the student compositions at the start of this blog entry. Ronna has been a student in my annual class for several years and this year things really started to click for her. She commented that she had many pieces that have been set aside at the end of a class never to be completed. At the end of class she had a renewed commitment to go home and "do the work" by revisiting them.
If you are interested in working in layers, I hope you will dive into my newest book (co-written with my online teaching partner, Julie Prichard): Acrylic Solutions,:Exploring Mixed Media Layer by Layer. I feel confident that you'll find the guidance you are looking for and some new and fun things to try as well.