Lisa Larrabee: Realism Within the Abstract – January 5 – 7, 2024
Combining representational observation with expressive abstraction is a powerful way to communicate. Working abstractly invites an incredible range of expressive colors, textures and intuitive mark-making that can communicate a wide range of feelings. Representational imagery can connect us to people, places and experiences that we easily relate to. Put them together and create an incredible visual dialogue.. Hours: 9am – 4pm
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Lisa Larrabee is most recognized for her unique figurative paintings that stylistically blur the boundaries between figures and their environment. Her unique process begins with an expressive and textured surface. Lisa uses oil paint, cold wax medium and mixed media with improvised tools, rollers and pallet knives before refining her image with traditional oil painting methods. The effect feels both timeless and contemporary.
Lisa earned her Bachelor of Fine Art from the Kansas City Art Institute, followed by her Master of Education from Northern Arizona University. For 20 years, Lisa has been able to work actively in her studio while sharing what she learns in the process with her students. Being around creative, artistic people is energizing and inspiring because the learning goes both ways!
Learn more about Lisa Larrabee at larrabeeart.com
“Lisa’s classes excite and inspire me. I look forward to each one. She is an incredibly gifted teacher meeting students’ needs at their individual skill levels providing both encouragement and motivation. I am very happy with the progress I have been able to make in just a few classes. I can’t recommend Lisa’s classes highly enough.” ~ Lori
“I feel extremely fortunate to have found Lisa and will continue to take classes from her every chance I get. She not only has profound knowledge, experience, and skill with a variety of media, techniques, and concepts, she also has the precise language and intuitive interpersonal skills to coach and mentor her students to progress in their work. Her guidance is a real gift.” ~ Julie
“I can’t believe how absolutely amazing Lisa’s class was. It was fantastic! Lisa takes the time and care to give high quality and valid feedback for every piece of work that you do. I would definitely recommend taking Lisa’s art class for anyone wanting to learn more about art, or even just to have fun and try something different!” ~ Tammy
“Lisa has been my art instructor for years. She is a master of her own art and also of teaching. I have witnessed her gentle feedback with new students, along with certainty and flexibility with many levels of artists.” ~ Kathy
Combining representational observation with expressive abstraction is a powerful way to communicate. Working abstractly invites an incredible range of expressive colors, textures and intuitive mark-making that can communicate a wide range of feelings. Representational imagery can connect us to people, places and experiences that we easily relate to. Put them together and create an incredible visual dialogue.
In this intensive three-day workshop you will:
- Explore a variety of painting techniques to create unique layers and textures.
- Practice proven techniques for breaking down a representational subject abstractly.
- Consider color combinations to enhance the mood and pull the painting together.
- Learn solutions for how to integrate the representational with the abstract.
- Respond intuitively to the opportunities your painting provides.
- Constructively analyze and critique your own process and artwork.
- Have fun and make the process your own!
The primary medium used in demonstrations and exercises will be oil paint. However, modifications in acrylic can be easily applied and should not deter you from participating. There will also be some multimedia exploration and drawing media used in certain exercises. The goal is to give you tools, techniques and strategies to combine realism and abstraction in a way that supports your own artistic vision.