Farmer's Market Flowers - 1 Day Workshop
Jun
25
12:00pm12:00pm

Farmer's Market Flowers - 1 Day Workshop

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In this fun summer workshop we will paint bouquets of gorgeous flowers from the Portland farmer's market. They'll be brought into the studio so you can paint them at leisure, with guidance and warm-up exercises to get you started. 

If you tend to get stuck on the minor details or you want to learn how to paint more freely this workshop is for you. 

You'll explore how to...

  • create a dynamic composition
  • simplify the subject to the most important details
  • use bold paint application
  • relax and enjoy the process of painting expressively! 

This workshop is appropriate for all levels of experience, ages 15 and up. You'll be guided through a process and then you'll have time to experiment and play. 

Supply list below. Canvas and paper will be provided. For those who don't have their own supplies the supply fee has been waived for this workshop, but Please indicate whether you need supplies when you register. (If you only have paints and brushes but not the other supplies please bring them!)

*This class requires 5 students to run, with a maximum of 9 students. Please sign up as far in advance as possible to help ensure that the class runs and that your spot is reserved. 

Workshop/Class policies 

SUPPLY LIST 

Acrylic or Oil Paint**: Titanium white, cadmium yellow, cadmium red, quinacridone magenta or alizarin crimson, ultramarine blue, cerulean blue. (suggested palette, but bring what you have)

Brushes: Please bring a small selection of brushes (4-6) in good condition. Bigger brushes encouraged, no tiny brushes.

Palette knife approx. 3” diamond or teardrop shape. Metal, not plastic. (optional but encouraged)

Palette of your choice (at least 9x12). I suggest 9x12 disposable paper sheets.

Water container (a wide-mouthed salsa jar is fine)

Rags or Paper Towels. Many painters prefer the blue shop towels found in the auto section of hardware stores. 

Pencil 

Un-stretched canvas will be provided. If you would prefer to bring a stretched canvas or primed panels you may do so (two, any dimensions 9x12 or smaller).

**Those who prefer oil paints may use them. The demonstrations will be in acrylic, but the exercises will translate in either medium. Please bring only linseed oil and/or Gamsol odorless mineral spirits in your own jars (no liquin or other toxic or smelly mediums), and a way to transport wet oil paintings.

If you have any questions about the workshop or the supply list please contact me

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Smart Mixing: Making the Most of Your Palette
May
20
12:00pm12:00pm

Smart Mixing: Making the Most of Your Palette

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Saturday May 20th 12:00PM-4:30PM

Does it take you an eternity to mix the color you’re looking for? Would you like to learn how to better translate color onto the canvas? In this one-day workshop we’ll review some basic color theory and then dive into more complex approaches to color mixing.

  • Explore the elements of hue, value, temperature, and intensity
  • Experiment with limited palettes to create color harmony
  • Learn to mix beautiful browns and grays

We'll use paint as our color mixing medium, but all artists who use color in their work can benefit from this workshop and no painting experience is required.  

Canvas/paper will be provided. All levels, ages 15 and up. 

*This class requires 5 students to run, with a maximum of 9 students. Please sign up as far in advance as possible to help ensure that the class runs and that your spot is reserved.  

Workshop Policies

SUPPLY LIST 

Students without their own materials can borrow all workshop supplies from the studio for a $15 fee. If you have any questions about the items on this list, please contact me. 

Acrylic Paint*: (ordered by preference)

  • Titanium White
  • 1 Cool Yellow: Cadmium Primrose, Hansa yellow light, Cadmium lemon or Lemon yellow
  • 1 Warm Yellow: Cadmium yellow deep/dark, or cadmium yellow medium
  • 1 Warm Red: Cadmium red light 
  • 1 Cool Red: Quinacridone magenta or Quinacridone red
  • 1 Warm Blue: Ultramarine blue
  • 1 Cool Blue: Cerulean blue

Recommended acrylic brands: Golden Heavy Body (#1), Utrecht Artist Paints, Winsor & Newton Artist Paints. Liquitex not recommended. NO Student grade paints (they will only cause frustration). 

Brushes: Please bring a small selection of brushes in good condition. 

Palette knife of your choice. Metal, not plastic.

Palette of your choice (at least 9x12). I suggest 9x12 disposable paper sheets or the Sta-Wet palette. 

Water container (a wide-mouthed salsa jar is fine)

Rags or Paper Towels. Many painters prefer the blue shop towels found in the auto section of hardware stores. 

Notebook (optional)

Paper/Canvas will be provided

*Those who would prefer to use oils are welcome to use them. Please bring paints and linseed oil only, no other mediums or solvents. 

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Tiny Paintings Workshop
Apr
8
12:00pm12:00pm

Tiny Paintings Workshop

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TINY Paintings Workshop
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Painting small is a great way to produce a small body of work in one sitting. The point is to stay loose, get experimental, and have fun! This class is open to all levels of painters, including beginners. You'll see demonstrations that will explain how to approach different subject matter (representational and abstract) before setting out on your own. 

  • Experiment with paint application, color palettes, and subject matter
  • Keep it loose and don't get too attached (you can always do another one!)
  • Leave with several completed paintings

All supplies are included in the cost of this class, but those with their own paints/brushes are encouraged to bring them. Each student will be provided with acrylic* paint, brushes, palettes, and 5 small panels (approx 4x4") to paint on. Additional panels will be available for purchase as well as creative framing options. 

Workshop/Class Policies

*Those who prefer oil paint are welcome to work in that medium. Please bring your own paint/medium (no toxic/smelly mediums or liquin please), Gamsol in a jar with tight fitting lid, brushes, and a way to transport wet paintings. Please inform me of your plans before class. 

**This class requires 5 students to run, with a maximum of 9 students. Please sign up as far in advance as possible to help ensure that the class runs and that your spot is reserved. 

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Reimagining the Landscape - 1 Day Workshop (FULL)
Mar
18
12:00pm12:00pm

Reimagining the Landscape - 1 Day Workshop (FULL)

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SATURDAY MARCH 18TH 12:00PM-4:30PM

This workshop will help you loosen up and experiment with new approaches to abstract or semi-abstract landscape painting. All work will be done in the studio using photographs as reference. 

  • learn new strategies of editing, abstraction, and bold paint application
  • watch demonstrations to help you get started
  • have plenty of time to paint and try different techniques
  • leave with several small completed paintings

Instruction will be accessible to both newer and more experienced painters. Ages 15 and up. Bring a few images to work from or choose from a selection at the studio. Canvas will be provided.  

Supply list below. Those without supplies may borrow them from the studio for a $15 fee. Spots are not reserved until payment has been received. 

*This class requires 5 students to run, with a maximum of 9 students. Please sign up as far in advance as possible to help ensure that the class runs and that your spot is reserved. 

Workshop Policies

SUPPLY LIST 

Acrylic* Paint: (suggested palette, but bring what you have)

  • Titanium White
  • 1 Cool Yellow: Cadmium Primrose, Hansa yellow light, Cadmium lemon or Lemon yellow
  • 1 Warm Yellow: Cadmium yellow deep/dark, cadmium yellow medium
  • 1 Warm Red: Cadmium red light 
  • 1 Cool Red: Quinacridone magenta or Quinacridone red
  • 1 Warm Blue: Ultramarine blue
  • 1 Cool Blue: Cerulean blue, manganese blue, or phthalo blue

Recommended acrylic brands: Golden Heavy Body, Utrecht Artist Paints, Winsor & Newton Artist Paints. NO Student grade paints (they will only cause frustration). 

Brushes: Please bring a small selection of brushes (4-6) in good condition. Bigger brushes encouraged, no tiny brushes.

Palette knife approx. 3” diamond or teardrop shape. Metal, not plastic.

Palette of your choice (at least 9x12). I suggest 9x12 disposable paper sheets.

Water container (a wide-mouthed salsa jar is fine)

Rags or Paper Towels. Many painters prefer the blue shop towels found in the auto section of hardware stores. 

Pencil and kneaded or rubber eraser

Notebook (optional)

Canvas will be provided. 

*Those who prefer oil paints may use them. The demonstrations will be in acrylic, but the exercises will translate in either medium. Please bring only linseed oil and/or Gamsol odorless mineral spirits (no liquin or other toxic or smelly mediums), and a way to transport wet paintings.

If you have any questions about the workshop or the supply list please contact me

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Painting the Expressive Still Life - 1 Day Workshop
Feb
25
12:00pm12:00pm

Painting the Expressive Still Life - 1 Day Workshop

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Saturday February 25th. 12pm to 4:30pm

Learn to give everyday objects new life by painting the still life in expressive, vibrant ways. If you tend to get stuck on the minor details or you want to learn how to paint more freely this workshop is for you. 

Through demos and exercises you'll explore how to...

  • create dynamic compositions
  • simplify the subject to the most important details
  • use bold paint application
  • relax and enjoy the process of painting expressively! 

This workshop is appropriate for all levels of experience, ages 15 and over. Some previous drawing and paint mixing helpful but not required. 

Supply list below. Canvas and paper will be provided. Those who don't have their own supplies can borrow all supplies from the studio for a $15 fee. 

*This class requires 5 students to run, with a maximum of 9 students. Please sign up as far in advance as possible to help ensure that the class runs and that your spot is reserved. 

Workshop/Class policies 

SUPPLY LIST 

Acrylic* Paint: (suggested palette, but bring what you have)

  • Titanium White
  • 1 Cool Yellow: Cadmium Primrose, Hansa yellow light, Cadmium lemon or Lemon yellow
  • 1 Warm Yellow: Cadmium yellow deep/dark, cadmium yellow medium
  • 1 Warm Red: Cadmium red light 
  • 1 Cool Red: Quinacridone magenta or Quinacridone red
  • 1 Warm Blue: Ultramarine blue
  • 1 Cool Blue: Cerulean blue, manganese blue, or phthalo blue

Recommended acrylic brands: Golden Heavy Body, Utrecht Artist Paints, Winsor & Newton Artist Paints. NO Student grade paints (they will only cause frustration). 

Brushes: Please bring a small selection of brushes (4-6) in good condition. Bigger brushes encouraged, no tiny brushes.

Palette knife approx. 3” diamond or teardrop shape. Metal, not plastic.

Palette of your choice (at least 9x12). I suggest 9x12 disposable paper sheets.

Water container (a wide-mouthed salsa jar is fine)

Rags or Paper Towels. Many painters prefer the blue shop towels found in the auto section of hardware stores. 

Pencil and kneaded or rubber eraser

Notebook (optional)

Un-stretched canvas will be provided. If you would prefer to bring stretched canvas or primed boards you may do so (two, any dimensions 9x12 or smaller).

*Those who prefer oil paints may use them. The demonstrations will be in acrylic, but the exercises will translate in either medium. Please bring only linseed oil and/or Gamsol odorless mineral spirits (no liquin or other toxic or smelly mediums), and a way to transport wet paintings.

If you have any questions about the workshop or the supply list please contact me

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TINY Paintings WORKSHOP
Dec
3
12:00pm12:00pm

TINY Paintings WORKSHOP

  • 250 Anderson Street Portland, ME, 04101 United States (map)
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This workshop is FULL! Please contact us if you'd like to be put on the waiting list. We hope to do another similar workshop before too long, so make sure you join our mailing list to be notified as soon as new workshops are scheduled. 

 

Let's get tiny! Painting small is a wonderful way to produce a small body of work all in one sitting. The point is to stay loose, get experimental, and have fun! This class is open to all levels of painters and no experience is necessary. You'll see demonstrations that will explain how to approach different subject matter (representational and abstract) before being set out on your own. Guidance will be offered throughout the afternoon to those who want it, and others may choose to work independently.   

  • Experiment with paint application, color palettes, and subject matter
  • Keep it loose and don't get too attached (you can always do another one!)
  • Leave with several completed paintings

All supplies are included in the cost of this class! Each student will be provided with acrylic paint, brushes, palettes, and 5 small panels (approx 4x4") to paint on. Additional panels will be available for purchase as well as creative framing options. 

This workshop will be held in the classroom space at Running With Scissors Artist Studios (250 Anderson St. Portland). 

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Drop-In Studio Day
Nov
12
10:00am10:00am

Drop-In Studio Day

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  • Come paint/draw/create on this day of open studio. The classroom at Running With Scissors will be open to anyone looking for space and time to work from 10am-3pm. 
     
  • A still life will be set up for inspiration, or bring your own subject matter to work from. It's a great opportunity to work on unfinished paintings that are waiting for attention, to brush up your drawing skills, or to create something new
     
  • No formal instruction will be given but Adria will be present the whole time to offer assistance if wanted. 
     
  • Come for a couple of hours or for the whole day, the $25 fee is the same. Early registration is highly encouraged, make the commitment to yourself! This is a new offering and we're still gauging interest, so please sign up in advance to help us plan ahead. Day-of registration is welcome as room allows. 
     
  • Any kind of paint, pastels, charcoal, collage, and most 2-D media is welcome. If working in oils please bring only odorless solvents and mediums.
     
  • Feel free to bring a lunch and any supplies you need. Easels, tables and chairs will be provided. I'll have some materials available for general use (free), but if you need anything specific email me ahead of time. Contact with questions. 
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Draw/Refresh: Drawing Basics for Emerging Artists
Oct
27
to Nov 17

Draw/Refresh: Drawing Basics for Emerging Artists

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This Class is now FULL.

Please contact me if you'd like to be added to a waitlist. And join our newsletter to find out about future classes.

THURSDAYS Oct. 27th-November 17th 2-4pm (4 weeks)

Drawing skills are the single most valuable asset for painters and artists of all kinds. The very best thing you can do to improve your work is to beef up your drawing skills. Drawing is about learning how to see and how to translate what you see. 

We’ll cover subjects such as...

  • Drawing objects in still life

  • Good composition, Scale & Relationships

  • Perspective drawing (at a basic level) 

  • Shading and mark-making

  • Good drawing habits (and how to break bad ones)

We will not be using rulers or completing long intricate renderings. This class is about every day drawing and will be geared toward those who are newer to or returning to drawing. We'll focus on practical drawing skills that are useful, accessible, and fun. 

5 students are needed to run this class with a maximum class size of 8. Please sign up in advance to reserve your spot.

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Supply list:

For those who don't have their own supplies, a supply kit can be purchased from the studio for $25 (yours to keep). Click links for product examples. 

HB Pencil
Conte crayon, 1 black
Vine charcoal (at least 2 pieces, any size)
Kneeded rubber eraser (any size)
Blending stump (one, larger is better)
Sketchbook, your choice
Small case or box to carry supplies
Optional: Gloves and/or baby wipes (charcoal can be very messy), pencil sharpener

Easels, paper and drawing boards will be provided. 

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Back to Basics, Painting After Time Away
Oct
4
to Nov 8

Back to Basics, Painting After Time Away

Back to Basics: Painting After Time Away
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TUESDAYS OCT 4th-NOV 8th 12:00PM-2:30PM (6 weeks)

Have you been wanting to get back into painting, but not sure where to start? This class will be geared toward beginning painters or those who are re-entering after years away. If you now have the time and desire but need some help settling back in, this is the course for you. 

In this 6 week class we'll go over the fundamental components of painting including...

  • overview of basic painting materials and equipment
  • basic color theory and paint mixing
  • elements of good composition
  • working from the still life as a frame of reference
  • tips for developing a home practice

We'll be using acrylic paint for this class. If you have a preference for oils this class will still be useful, since much of the subject matter is universal (I'll explain the things that aren't). For those who have taken painting classes in the past there will be some review in addition to learning new ways to approach painting. Ages 15 and up.

This class will be held in the classroom at Running With Scissors, 250 Anderson St., Portland.

This class requires 5 students to run with a maximum of 8 students. Please sign up in advance to reserve your spot. 

Workshop/Class Policies

 

SUPPLY LIST (PRINT)

For students who do not yet have their own materials, the in-class use of all supplies on the list below can be provided for an additional fee of $40 (optional). 

Acrylic Paint:
Titanium White
Cadmium Lemon/Lemon Yellow OR Hansa Yellow Light
Cadmium Yellow Medium
Cadmium Red Light
Quinacridone Magenta OR Alizarin Crimson
Ultramarine Blue
Cerulean Blue OR Primary Cyan

Recommended paint brands: Golden Heavy Body (the best), Liquitex Heavy Body, Winsor & Newton Artist Acrylic, Utrecht Artist Acrylic. Get tubes, not jars. Avoid student grade paints and hues for best results and less frustration.

Brushes: Please bring a small selection of brushes in good condition (4-6). You may use hog bristle (my preference) or stiff synthetic. I suggest sizes 4, 6, 8, and 10 in primarily flats, brights and/or filberts.

Palette knife 2-3 inch diamond or teardrop shape. Metal, not plastic. 

Palette. I suggest 9x12 disposable paper sheets (no hole), or the Sta-Wet palette

Water container (a wide-mouthed salsa jar is fine)

Small spray bottle for spraying palette (optional)

Rags or Paper Towels. I use rags or blue shop towels found in the auto section.

Pencil (2B or HB) and kneaded rubber eraser

*Easels, chairs/stools, drawing boards, paper and un-stretched canvas will be provided for each student. 

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Jun
18
12:00pm12:00pm

Reimagining the Landscape - 1 Day Workshop

SATURDAY JUNE 18th 12:00PM-4:30PM 

This workshop is now FULL. Please contact me if you'd like to be put on a waiting list.

Please sign up for my newsletter to be notified of future workshops. 

 

This afternoon workshop will help you loosen up and approach landscape painting in new ways. All work will be done in the studio using photographs as reference. 

  • learn new strategies of editing, abstraction, and bold paint application
  • see demonstrations and examples to help you get started
  • have plenty of time to paint and try different techniques
  • leave with several small completed paintings

Students can use acrylic or oil paints, whichever they are most familiar with. Instruction will be accessible to both newer and more experience painters. Ages 15 and up. Bring a few images to work from or choose from a selection at the studio. Canvas and paper will be provided. Supply list below.

This workshop will be held in the classroom at Running With Scissors, 250 Anderson St., Portland.

If you would prefer to pay by check, please contact me for a mailing address. Spots are not reserved until payment has been received. 

Workshop Policies

SUPPLY LIST (print)

UPDATE: The supply fee will be waived for those who do not have their own supplies. But please reserve in advance.

For those who have their own painting supplies: don't worry if you are missing an item or two from this list, bring what you have and we'll make do. If you have any questions about the workshop or the supply list please contact me

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May
21
10:00am10:00am

Painting the Expressive Still Life - 1 Day Workshop at Continuum for Creativity

Saturday May 21st. 10:00am to 3:00pm

This workshop will be held at Continuum for Creativity at 863 Main Street in Westbrook, ME.

Learn to give everyday objects new life by painting the still life in expressive, vibrant ways. If you tend to get stuck on the minor details or you would love to learn how to paint more freely this workshop is for you. 

Through demos, brief exercises and one longer sustained painting you'll learn how to...

  • create dynamic compositions
  • simplify the subject to the most important details
  • use bold paint application
  • relax and enjoy the process of painting expressively! 

This workshop is appropriate for all levels of experience, ages 15 and over. All painting supplies will be provided for this class, but you are welcome and encouraged to bring your own brushes and/or acrylic paints if you have them (no oils please), and a tabletop or field easel if you have one. Tables and chairs will be provided.

We'll break at 12pm for lunch. Plan to bring a lunch or visit one of the nearby restaurants. Coffee and tea will be provided. 

Workshop/Class policies

Please contact me with any questions about this workshop. If you would prefer to pay by check, please contact me for a mailing address. Spots are not reserved until payment has been received. 

 

 
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Apr
5
to Apr 26

Giving New Life to the Still Life - 4 Week Class

stil life

Class meets 4 Tuesdays, April 5th to April 26th from 1pm-3:30pm. 

How can we give every day objects new life through painting? We’ll hang up our ideas about stuffy still life paintings at the door and focus on modern interpretations of this timeless subject. 

  • Learn to create drama through good composition
  • Learn when to utilize creative license when needed
  • Study and discuss composition, color relationships, brushwork, and editing
  • Complete quick exercises and sustained paintings

Classes will consist of demonstrations, group and individual instruction with ample time to paint, and brief critiques.

This course is for students who have a good understanding of the very basics of painting and paint mixing, but who are looking to gain more diverse skills. Some drawing experience helpful. 

Students may work in acrylic or oil (choose the most familiar medium). 

Workshop/Class policies

SUPPLY LIST (PRINT)

For students without their own materials, all supplies for in-class use can be provided by the studio for a $50 fee (pay at the first session). If you have any questions about the items on this list, please email me

Paint: (recommended colors)

  • Titanium White
  • Cadmium lemon or Lemon yellow
  • Cadmium yellow medium or deep
  • Cadmium red light or medium
  • Quinacridone red or rose OR alizarin crimson
  • Ultramarine blue
  • Cerulean blue OR phthalo blue 
  • Raw umber (optional)

Please have a warm and cool of each primary color, and any other favorites. Recommended acrylic brands: Golden Heavy Body, Utrecht, Winsor & Newton, Liquitex Heavy Body. Get tubes, not jars. Recommended oil brands: Gamblin, M. Graham, Winsor & Newton. Purchase artist grade paints for best results.

Brushes: Please bring a small selection (6-8) brushes in good condition. You may use hog bristle (my preference) or stiff synthetic. I suggest sizes 4, 6, 8, and 10 in primarily flats, brights and/or filberts.

Palette knife approx. 3” diamond or teardrop shape. Metal, not plastic. 

Palette. I suggest 9x12 disposable paper sheets, the Sta-Wet palette, or a metal butcher tray. Saran wrap if you want to save leftover paint. 

If using acrylics: Water container (a wide-mouthed salsa jar is fine)

If using oils: Odorless Mineral Spirits for brush cleaning in a small jar with tight fitting lid. I recommend Gamsol (16 oz.) Odorless medium of your choice (not required). Please do not bring turpentine or other non-odorless solvents. 

Rags or Paper Towels. I use rags, but many painters prefer the blue shop towels found in the auto section of hardware stores. 

2B or HB pencil and kneaded rubber eraser

Notebook (optional)

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Mar
22
to Apr 12

Breaking In: Basics of Acrylic Painting - 4 Week Class

palette knife

 

This class is now full. Please contact me if you are interested in a future session. 

Class meets on 4 Tuesdays, March 22nd to April 12th from 5:30PM-8:00PM 

Are you new to painting and not sure where to start? Let's remove some barriers by starting at the beginning. I believe that painting is something you learn by doing, not necessarily a talent you're born with. Painting is a language that is much easier to speak once you learn some basic vocabulary. In this 4 week class we'll go over the fundamental components of painting including painting materials, basic color theory and paint mixing, composition, working from the still life, and using a critical (but compassionate) eye. 

Some previous drawing practice is helpful but not required. For those who have taken some painting in the past there will be some review in addition to learning new ways to approach painting. 

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