Kathleen Speranza - Painting from the Ghost Image (Online); Friday, December 11, 2020

This demo/talk is part of our Technique Takeaway series. 

Date: Friday, December 11, 2020
Time: 2:00-3:30PM PDT

Discover specific art techniques that you can ‘take away’  from some of your favorite artists and apply to your own work. Each one and a half hour presentation will showcase a different process that each of these artists incorporates in their daily art practice.  Instruction will be through a combination of lecture and demonstration by the artists.

Our Technique Takeaways are presented live via Zoom. Participants will have the opportunity to interact with the instructor via the Zoom chat box and will have access to the recorded session for two weeks. You will receive a Zoom meeting link and passcode the day before the talk. To take part, you will need a camera enabled computer OR an IPad/smart tablet OR a smart phone (android or IOS) and a strong internet connection.


Many of Kathleen Speranza’s paintings are developed from the place where observation and invention overlap.  The imaginative impulse is often sparked by the ‘ghost image’ of a painting that has been purposefully scraped or wiped down. She is able to find forms that emerge from an imaginary space and amplify them with images from observation, resulting in a process that is constantly evolving in unpredictable ways. 

In this Technique Takeaway, Kathleen will demonstrate this process using an indirect approach to ‘pull’ the forms from an imaginary space.  She will have flowers on hand to use as an observational models. This demonstration will encourage you to ‘take the plunge’ into the unknown.  You may find something beautiful!

Kathleen Speranza earned a Master of Fine Arts degree from Yale University School of Art.  She has had an academic career of more than thirty years teaching painting and drawing at the college level.  She has been on the Faculty of the Rhode Island School of Design. She now leads painting workshops both nationally and Internationally.

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