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Deepening A Journey Into Abstraction: The Landscape - 2 Day Workshop with Kelley MacDonald

  • Saturday, March 02, 2024
  • Sunday, March 03, 2024
  • 2 sessions
  • Saturday, March 02, 2024, 10:00 AM 4:00 PM (EST)
  • Sunday, March 03, 2024, 10:00 AM 4:00 PM (EST)
  • 157 Old Main Street Marshfield Hills 02051
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This 2 day workshop will be an enriching experience for the beginner or the more advanced abstract artist.  We will reinforce the steps to create an Intuitive Abstract painting, and then reshape our composition so the end result brings to mind the essence of a landscape/seascape painting.  

The process involves mark making, which we will practice, and layering with color via paint, ink or collage.  There are landscapes with trees, ocean or rocks and hills that we will coax out of our process.  Come breathe, relax and sink into the laying down of color and line and enjoy the emerging landscapes. 

While there are many types of tools used, there will also be a wealth of paint and tools to share.  Join us while we explore the intriguing world of Intuitive Abstract Painting and discover what landscapes you can bring to life!  Lunch will be provided the 2nd day. 

About Kelley: After getting her Art History degree at Wheaton College, Kelley continued taking art classes at various Art Associations for 10 years before she started painting.  First with watercolor, then oil and now happily with acrylic and mixed media, it has been a lifetime of growing and exploring all things art.  

Kelley has won numerous awards, and has taught classes and workshops for many years.  While for the majority of her career Kelley has been a literal, representational painter, in the past 4 years she has been diving into abstraction, particularly Intuitive Abstraction.  The history involved on the canvas, the multiple layers, the reveal and conceal and push and pull are what attracts her to this method. 

A favorite thing to do is to travel, and be inspired by different landscapes and  cityscapes.  Kelley has traveled to Holland to paint, along with many places on this side of the ocean, namely Nova Scotia, Sedona, Santa Fe, St. Simon’s Island, Seattle, San Miguel de Allende, MX, California and Maine. 

In 2009 Kelley founded the Artists’ Challenge Group “Girls Just Wanna Paint” which is a collection of award winning artists  who post a response to a new topic every month consecutively since July of 2009. Aside from the Providence Art Club Kelley is a member of the North River Arts Society in Marshfield, MA.  She has taught at the Art Club, Bristol Art Museum, and at North River Arts Society.

Materials List for Kelley MacDonalds Abstract Painting Workshop

All, or as many as you can manage:

Disposable palette of any size  - but bigger is better!

Artist’s Tape (Painting tape OK too!)


  • Paper to paint on - watercolor or Canta-paper from strathmore, Bristol paper, etc. 
  • Assortment of  canvases (at least 3) (12x12 to 24x24 – shape, size does not matter)
  • one or two larger canvases - from 16x16 – 30x30 canvas or panel

Paint (Acrylic):

  • one large tube of any kind of black paint, can be of a lesser grade than professional
  • Gesso or large tube of white paint
  • warm and cool of red, yellow and blue (ex. Alizarin or rose and cad red light, ultramarine and cerulean or pthalo blue, cad yellow medium and cad lemon)
  • any other colors you like

Brushes and Mark Makers:

  • 1-inch, 2-inch and 3 inch flat brushes if you have them
  • a liner brush (from watercolor) and/or a small, tiny brush of your choice
  • as huge a brush as you dare to bring!
  • Any carving type item, credit card, (that you no longer use), Catalyst – Blick and Michaels sells them 
  • Shapers, goo spreaders and palette knives

And (any of these):

  • Stabilo pencils, vine charcoal, charcoal, derwent watercolor pencils, graphite pencils, any pastel sticks you like.  As long as you have SOME of these – you certainly don’t need all.  Pencils, yes, then some colored type pencils and/or pastel sticks, If you happen to have Neocolor or Neocolor II crayons, gel pencils or markers, colored or black and white – 
  • Any type of gel medium for exploring collage, and any thin paper or colored paper to incorporate (NOT strictly necessary)
  • Sprayer to keep acrylics moist
  • Bucket or big yogurt/ricotta tub for water

BASICALLY bring what you have - don’t go spend a fortune - we will have things to try~!


If you have taken an abstract class from me you probably already have everything you need!

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