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An Evolution of Abstract Painting - Online Workshop Overview and supply list

Stephen Lursen Online Workshop stephen lursen


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Stephen Lursen - Artist
An Evolution of Abstract Painting: Online Workshop is a brand new, full process workshop, wherein Stephen demonstrates step by step the entire process from beginning to end of painting a large scale, 6.5' x 4' painting.


  1. You will learn new techniques and use products like glazing medium (Luminous glazes), matte medium (Painting sharp lines), house paint, Staple gun, miter saw, wood glue.
  2. You will learn how to think critically and creatively when you come to a point where you don’t know what to do next. Ask yourself specific questions and consider what the painting is to determine what it needs. This thought process encourages you as the artist to go beyond what you have seen others do and really pulls out your own creative identity.

Minimum Supply list

  1. Canvas or panel to work on (It doesn’t have to be raw canvas, you can use what you have. But in this video you will learn how to paint on raw canvas and then build the stretcher later.)
  2. Acrylic paints: yellow, orange, red, deep red, purple, blue, teal, green, white (can be acrylic latex house paint), titan buff or yellow ochre, gray (can be acrylic latex house paint)
  3. Acrylic glazing medium
  4. Acrylic gel medium (matte)
  5. Gesso or house paint primer (If you’re painting on raw canvas)
  6. Roller and paint tray (If you’re painting on raw canvas)
  7. Fine sandpaper
  8. Multiple brushes, water basin, paper towel, work space... typical painting supplies
  9. 1”x2” wood pieces from hardware store (If you’re painting on raw canvas)
  10. Miter saw - can be hand powered or power saw (If you’re painting on raw canvas)
  11. Wood glue (If you’re painting on raw canvas)
  12. Staple gun - can be manual or powered (If you’re painting on raw canvas)


  1. Hang the raw canvas ( it can be mounted to a piece of plywood, laid over another canvas, stapled to the wall, laid out on a table, anything goes & this is only if you’re painting on raw canvas)

  2. Prepare your canvas

  3. Develop a many layered colorful background

  4. Create sharp geometric line work

  5. Create loose painterly marks with finger painting

  6. Bring some order to the chaos by painting a mask over parts

  7. Sand and refine the surface to reveal some of the underlying colors

  8. Splatter paint to create fine detailed marks

  9. Calculate your stretcher frame size based on your canvas size

  10. Measure & cut your wood

  11. Build your frame and attach your canvas

  12. Sign your painting and install on a wall!


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