Ocean on The Brain

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Hi friends,

My latest painting series features my love for the ocean, living near it in Central Florida,

and being concerned over the health of our oceans.

Also, I wanted to return to painting with a trowel and palette knife. It was quite freeing not working with a paintbrush and learning how to give up control of some of the mark making.

Click here to see the paintings available.  https://www.etsy.com/shop/LaurasPaintBrush?ref=seller-platform-mcnav

 

 

 

Intuitive Painting and Movement Retreat: Presented by the Atlantic Center for the Arts and Laura K. Bohn

Inutitive Painting Retreat 2018

Treat yourself to a holistic, playful, and beautiful environment free from distractions where you can play with mark making in paint to explore personal expression and hush your inner critic.

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Come spend the weekend painting, hiking, doing yoga, and stay on campus at the beautiful Atlantic Center for The Arts in New Smyrna Beach, Florida.

You can come for one or two days, spend the night or not. Add on meals made by our chefs. Design your weekend!

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To read more about me, Laura Bohn click here.

To learn more about retreat click here http://atlanticcenterforthearts.org/event-or-exhibition/intuitive-painting-and-movement-an-arts-and-wellness-retreat/

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The Art of Creating Art

Hi guys,  just wanted to share some of the work I have been doing.

As a professional artist, I have exhibited in galleries, shows and a couple of museums.

I enjoy creating large and small paintings that are highly.  detailed high end work for special exhibits.  I also enjoy creating quicker fun studies that are more affordable for many people.  For quite awhile I struggled to understand my need to create both.  While I labor for many weeks or months or over some of my work that is especially made for galleries or other exhibits I also create quicker smaller paintings that are more affordable.  Enter Etsy! I have been able to do just this here.  I have enjoyed selling 15 paintings on Etsy of far.

This little 9 x 12 acrylic painting is titled Leaf Love. It is ready to hang with painted gallery wrapped edges. It is a good example of a small affordable painting I just created for sale on my Etsy Store where you can shop at  Lauraspaintbrush 

I have a coupon code for free shipping here so just plug it in at purchase time springgifttoyou16  offer ends May 14th, 2016

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So, now a little on the process or the art of creating art!

For this particular piece, I first played with colors that attracted me. Reds, iron oxide, yellow ochre.  Once I had a fun background I found some blue greens that were complimenting the colors and added them along with a little colored tissue paper.  The leaf study came from the curve of a plant in my yard.   Nature is always a constant inspiration for me even in a modern painting.   The contrasting black and whites came after I drew out the vine.

A little about movement.  I love to show a line here or there that moves around the canvas to suggest movement.  It can be a brush stroke or line to enhance the painting.

So please come check out more of my work here at lauraspaintbrush

 

 

Sharing the Processes I love

 Hi You Guys! 
Since I have been teaching Intuitive Painting I have learned so much and yet I 
am still a beginner. How could that be?
Painting intuitively starts with boldly playing on canvas and letting the painting arise.  
Abstract Expressionists have known this for a long time. 
Carl Jung worked this way.
All that you need is a canvas or board and some acrylic paint. First layer, simply
make marks in all cool colors or all warm. 
If you want to know more leave a comment and I will write more! 
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METAPHORA

Here is my first assemblage art piece that I am happy with. As a painter, I mostly create paintings but was asked to make an assemblage art piece with salvage junk and this is what I came up with.

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When I put the junk together I needed a head and low and behold I found a clay head I made in college and it fit perfectly.

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For more work please visit my artist website at www.lauraknapikbohn.com

Happy Landing

IMG_4851This painting started as an abstract.  the colors and brushstrokes were all a fun way to loosen up and enjoy painting.  No subject matter was chosen at the beginning.

After a few days I thought the colors reminded me of Lake Woodruff wildlife preserve in Florida.  Then I thought the brushstrokes looked like a Great Blue Heron landing so painted in the heron.

The Great Blue Heron is found in many of the natural waterways in Florida.  This long legged bird is a wading bird and aggressive hunter.