Mark Daniel Nelson: Image to Abstract: September 8-10, 2016

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Mark Daniel Nelson: Image to Abstract: September 8-10, 2016


September 8-10
9 am-4 pm

*Please fill out registration form below if you are interested in being on the waiting list.

This workshop is specially designed for the realist painter interested in adding elements of abstraction to his or her work, while remaining firmly rooted in traditional representational techniques. 

A series of progressive exercises will guide the student through a process of eliminating unnecessary visual information to arrive at a clear and simplified final image.  Through a combination of slideshows, discussions, assignments and critiques, this workshop will expose students to new artistic possibilities for self-expression. 

Students should bring their own reference photos and also plan to take photos while in class.  Prints may be used and/or laptop/iPad (especially if it has photo-editing software).  There will be at least one session painting from a still life set-up.

Mark Daniel Nelson approaches painting and teaching in much the same way: He strives to simplify and organize information until it reaches its most potent, elemental form. A student of both representational and non-objective painting, Nelson regularly fuses seemingly incongruous approaches to create new and unexpected results. “I strive for two things,” the artist states in his characteristically blunt manner, “impact and beauty. Eliminate the unnecessary parts and you’re left with much more powerful, beautiful modes of expression.” Mark Daniel Nelson is represented by Maxwell Alexander Gallery in Culver City, California, Gallery 1261 in Denver, CO and Jack Meier Gallery in Houston, TX. He has taught extensively in Art History, Human Anatomy, Drawing and Painting across the US.

Pay In Full

To register for this workshop, please fill out the Registration Form and submit, then pay the deposit online or by mailing a check to Warehouse 521, 521 Heather Place, Nashville, TN. 37204.  Any questions, email jeanie at Thank you!

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All workshops that are currently full have waiting lists available.  Please fill out waiting list form or email jeanie at to be added to a list. A deposit is not needed to be placed on the waiting list, only when a spot comes available.