ROBBIE LAIRD: ABSTRACT NATURE
This workshop is about how to make stronger and more personal paintings based on design, and on the underlying abstraction found in all of nature.
Students will select their own subject(s) of inspiration and Robbie will guide them through a series of exercises and studies that enable them to transition from a literal depiction to a uniquely personal painting. Their paintings will be based on strong design basics combined with a variety of exciting personalized techniques. The result is a new and expanded way to use the abstract nature of nature in their own unique painting expression.
Realistic and Abstract interpretation are equally encouraged. Painters at all levels of accomplishment are encouraged to participate since the individual instruction given in the afternoons, will be adapted to each person’s needs.
This workshop includes studio instruction and painting, as well as the possibility for some “on location” sketching and or painting.
Painter, Teacher, Juror, Current Director of the Kanuga Watermedia Workshops
“I am moved by the ever-changing natural beauty of the world and express it in my work as motion and emotion that go beyond a literal snapshot in time. Even my most abstract paintings are based on a very specific personal experience, saved in sketches, photos, memories and dreams.“
Robbie Laird, is a full time resident of Lake Almanor, California, and part time resident of Hilton Head Island, SC. Her paintings captivate the viewer with an exciting balance of flowing ambiguity and varying amounts of specific detail. Using large brushes and flowing paint, her work dances on the edge of abstraction in areas but pulls you back in others. She sometimes uses the
unique qualities of flowing transparent pure watercolor to create mysterious rhythmic works, while in other pieces she incorporates a variety of other watermedia. In addition to painting, she has expressed her vision in: forged metal and wood sculpture as well as leaded glass design and residential architecture. The continuing source of inspiration for Laird’s work is a lifetime interest in cycles and natural transitions and connections.
Her paintings have received numerous awards in National and International exhibitions.
Laird is a signature member of National Watercolor Society, where in 2008 her painting was selected for the Loa Sprung Award (top award for Non Objective Painting). She is a signature member of Watercolor West, National Association of Painters of Acrylic, San Diego Watercolor Society, and is a full-juried member of the Society of Layerists in Multi-Media. She is affiliated with other art associations nationwide. She is a highly sought after instructor and was named one of 20 Great Teachers of the last twenty years, by American Artists’ Magazine. Her paintings and articles have been in many publications, including Watercolor Magazine, American Artist, and International Artist Magazine. Her work is included in Splash IV, North Light Books, and Artistic Touch 3. Creative Catalyst Productions produced her video, “The Informed Intuitive Approach”.
A past president of the San Diego Watercolor Society, Laird has an extensive background with arts organizations and art education. After completing her Masters degree in Art Education, Laird became a Fine Arts curriculum consultant, giving workshops for teachers throughout California, the United States, and abroad. She is currently the Director of the Kanuga Watermedia Workshops held each spring in North Carolina. Her influence as an artist and educator continues to grow.