Working in Abstraction – Lesson 1

Quite by chance last Friday I was looking at the Byron Art School website trying to work out how to subscribe to their email list, when the words "Working in Abstraction" with Michael Cusack jumped out at me. I knew I had found the perfect course and remedy for my creative block, without even looking for it. The last few months have been tough going for me creatively. At some point in all creative's lives we get a dose of creative block, and I think with the crazy year I have had so far, and with all the creative juices I have expelled I feel like I have temporarily run dry! A course or source of alternate inspiration was in need, and just like that, I had found it. I enrolled straight away and last Thursday turned up to my first class. And this is what greeted me in the incredible space that is the Mullimbimby premises of the BS'A. This is where Michael Cusack has his studio and from where he teaches. I have serious studio envy! The place is enormous!  And thoroughly stocked. An artist's dream...

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Lots of rusted old objects on a table runner of white paper, and a delightful group of 7 ladies. Piles of books on Abstraction and little mounds of charcoal and art supplies in front of us all. And Michael. The recipe for a perfect morning! And completely perfect it was. Between the odd cup of tea and silent wilful drawing and mark-making we all found ourselves in our little zones, loving every minute of the extravagant solitude and unrushed time. Nowhere to be, no one to take care or domestic jobs to do.. just hours of rich, full moments of presence and intent. So fulfilling and meaningful. 

Michael is a great teacher. Calm and inspiring and helpful. These are some of the drawings and collages I ended up making...