CANCELLED – Abstracting the Landscape in Oils

Neil Walling
Monday, July 9 – Wednesday, July 11
10 – 4 pm

The composition is critical when an artist begins to abstract the landscape. Suddenly you are free to move everything around to get the best composition and you can change the colors you see and even the lighting in order to create a better painting. It begins by just using thicker paint but then moves on to new experimental techniques in order to expand your horizons as an artist. Through demonstrations, exercises and personal assistance, Neil will help you blend abstract and expressionist art to open up new avenues to pursue.


Neil Walling’s interest in drawing led him to the Art Center College of Design for training in 1962. While there he was exposed to a number of outstanding artists in addition to his major of automotive design. Graduating in 1966, Neil went to the Chrysler Corporation Design staff where he stayed for 33 years retiring in 1999.
Neil had always loved painting and while he was working at Chrysler he began to develop as a fine artist. During that time he had several one man shows in three Michigan galleries. Unfortunately, the pressures of work overpowered his painting and he “hung up” his brushes until retirement.
Neil now lives in Florida, and returns to northern Michigan each summer and has the time to pursue his love of painting once again. His work is in both watercolor and oil and he enjoys both studio and plein aire painting in both mediums.