Tracy Everly- Begin Without Beginning: Methods and Mindset for Painting Intuitively: 3-Day Workshop, November 8-10, 2019


November 8-10, 2019
9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
All Levels

Do not let it look as if you reasoned too much. Painting must be impulsive to be worthwhile.
Charles Hawthorne

Make room for intuition, but that doesn’t mean you let it take over. Firmly grounded in skills, always. But let it have a voice. Let it play a part in what you are doing.
Charles Movalli

What does it mean to have an attitude of openness and lack of preconceptions when starting a painting? And what skills can you use to translate that into paint?  Painting is largely an intellectual process that involves observing, analyzing and problem solving. It is easy to overthink and feel overwhelmed before you even begin.

The focus in this 3-day workshop will be on direct painting in oils or acrylics, and will cover specific methods to help you jump in and short-circuit the overthinking brain. We will explore the mindset for starting a painting and staying true to your initial impulse as you work, as well as specific methods for sustaining focus and retaining the “beginner’s mind” as your painting progresses. Special emphasis will be placed on simplifying colors, values and materials, and on prioritizing and subordinating the elements in a painting. We will work from direct observation of the still life, working quickly but deliberately.

Tracy Everly’s teaching objective is to create a positive educational experience all around, empowering students to take risks, ask questions and pursue their own individual artistic path. Her method of teaching involves sharing her own artistic process fully and openly. Tracy’s aim is to help students build tangible foundational skills and to offer guidance about materials, but to also focus on mindset and thought process—all of which are important aspects of creating art. 

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About Tracy Everly

Tracy Everly is an award-winning painter who lives in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. She has studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, but is largely self-taught, having put together her own educational path held together by dogged determination and love of art. She currently shows paintings at Morpeth Contemporary in Hopewell, New Jersey and has had work included in exhibitions throughout the United States. She has been painting and making art for more than 20 years.

Artist Statement

I paint from observation with everything depending on being alert and fully present in the moment. I paint directly and usually work on a painting multiple times before calling it finished. Ultimately, the work ends as a symbolic distillation of impulse, observation and response. Once I have said all that I want to say in a painting, I stop.