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Subliminal Abstracts

  • Portland Sheraton 8235 Northeast Airport Way Frontage Road Portland, OR, 97220 United States (map)

$150 Class Description: I love hiding messages and prose in my paintings. When creating an abstract piece, I’m often thinking of what I have to say and how I’m going to say it. You may have a message for the people in your house, visitors or you may have a reminder for yourself. In this class we are going to do some abstract work with a message in mind and incorporate that message into the painting. Your message will be as visible or invisible as you choose. Your audience may not be able to see the actual words but your message will get to the viewer subliminally. Your message can be kind or bold- this is a judgement free zone where you can say whatever you want. We’ll be working all 5 sides of the paintings and I’ll show you how I finish my signature sides. A deep canvas 1 ½” or deeper is preferred.

A few weeks before class I’ll send an email and ask for you to respond with your message or word (if you are willing to share)~ I’ll make special collage papers just for you and bring them to class. Please register early or I may not have time to make your personalized papers.

The example photo is called “Hypervigilance” the word danger is hidden in the painting thousands of times if you look closely.

 Feel free to email with questions 

Registration with early bird discounts start in May here:

Materials Fee $20 Shared collage papers, handmade papers I make myself, use of acrylic sprays and stencils, printed tea bags, stamps


Supplies Needed for Class:

2 canvas or wood panels any size 15x15 or smaller

A book that can be cut up or magazine


Acrylic paint set

Brushes and palette knife

Soft gel medium, water container, baby wipes

Optional: any special collage papers or items

Earlier Event: March 22
Chicken Painting for the Soul