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Abstraction of the Figure with Darlene McElroy


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2-Day Workshop: “Abstraction of the Figure” with Darlene McElroy | Friday May 4th & Saturday May 5th, 2018 | 10AM – 4PM, at Santa Fe store. Price: $175 (some materials included) + Tax

Don’t get confused with “abstraction” and “abstract,” as both are quite different. Abstraction hides the complexity of an object by means of composition. While in abstract painting the main goal is to be non-representational. This class explores 16 different techniques that are used in the abstraction of the figure including: smear, color shifts, blur, elimination, overpainting, collage and more. This class is a great way to loosen up, explore options and add to your art arsenal. Some materials will be provided and students should bring things suggested below.

Maximum Students: 12

No Refunds After May 1st • 10% Discount on Art Supplies after Registration • Please park on Maclovia Street between Artisan and Autozone – Please DO NOT park directly behind our building

Students Bring:

Canson Mixed Media Pad 9″ x 12″ or 11″ x 14″
Charcoal or graphite pencil
White paint pen
Black sharpie pen
Paint brushes (variety of sizes)
Favorite paint colors
Golden Gloss Medium
Paper towels
Palette for paint


The richly textured mixed media paintings of Darlene Olivia McElroy reflect the vision of an artist whose involvement with man’s primal origins, sins, and religious conflicts has developed an imagery at once sensuously primitive and startlingly sophisticated.

Weaving through textural surfaces, found objects, and rich symbolism, the viewer is drawn into a visual world where color plays the role of an atmospheric veil encompassing the personal myths of the artist.

McElroy, born and raised in Southern California, is descended from an old New Mexico family of artists and storytellers. She has been deeply influenced by the summers she spent growing up on her family’s ranch in Santa Fe where the rich tapestry of Hispanic life filled the nights and brightly colored the days.

In recent years, she discovered her Native American ancestry (Kewa pueblo-formally Santa Domingo pueblo) and has been researching that part of what makes her unique. This is typical of many old New Mexico families have Native American ancestry in their blood.

Her paternal grandfather was an artist on Catalina Island who exposed her to art as a life style, introduced her to color and the narrative in art.

She currently lives in Santa Fe where she enjoys the skies, the color and the art.