Landscape & Color
Landscape & Color explores abstraction, color, and mark through the lens of landscape painting at Dandelion Spring Farm. This workshop will briefly look at the traditional elements and principles of landscape painting, and use these tools to inform and create compelling abstract works of art. This workshop is designed to provide the structure necessary to enter an abstract painting language with intention and ease, while still providing space for freedom and intuition. Landscape & Color is designed to help the artist better understand composition, value, color, and most importantly, how to become a looser and more expressive painter.
What to expect: The morning will be spent exploring a few sequential exercises both onsite and in the studio. There will be a one hour lunch with vegetables and herbs sourced from the farm. The afternoon will be painting plein air, outside. Amanda will demonstrate all exercises before artists embark on their own work. Artists will leave the class with preparatory composition and value studies and a miniature series of color study paintings.
Providing a farm to table experience in between creating provides nourishment in so many ways. At Dandelion Spring Farm we believe that by engaging all of our senses through sharing nutritious food, we are setting a table for conversations about larger cultural and environmental issues related to our communities. We look forward to welcoming you to our working farm as a grounding point to nurture all of our skill sets and community.
Artist Bio: Amanda K. Hawkins is an award winning painter living and working in Beverly, MA. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Montserrat College of Art in 2014 and Masters in Fine Arts in Painting at Boston University in 2021. She is on the Board of Trustees at Rocky Neck Art Colony and shows her work in gallery shows across New England. Amanda teaches painting workshops across North America, including in British Columbia and Arizona, in addition to virtual workshops which have an international draw. Her work can be found in private art collections across the globe. Amanda maintains an active studio blog and shares her creative practice with over 25K people worldwide. If Amanda isn’t in the studio, she’s exploring New England and gaining inspiration for her next painting.