Monthly Archives: September 2016

Tonight was the final session of my Abstract Painting class with Jim Gross at Mark Arts. Tonight I started two new paintings but I didn’t make much progress. I currently have 9 new paintings in the works. I have a big solo show coming up very soon and I need to start being more productive and finish some paintings. The painting class was a great experience. Jim Gross is an artist that I greatly admire and I am extremely happy that I got a chance to be his student. Taking this class often took me out of my comfort zone and kept me motivated to keep painting on a regular basis. The class reminded me that working in a new or different environment can often give your creativity a kick in the pants. It was also really great to see Georgia and Torin Andersen every week. They are both extremely talented visual artists and musicians and they are also extremely modest. They are two of my favorite people and I am always excited to see or hear their art. I would love to take more classes at Mark Arts in the future. I would love to learn a thing or two from Matthew Hilyard. You never stop being a student and if you are a smart student you study under great teachers like Jim and Matthew.



I just returned home from my Abstract Painting workshop at Friends University and I’m super exhausted. Teaching is hard work! Mother Nature tried to trap me at home this morning but Charles Baughman saved the day (again) and transported me and my supplies to Friends University. The day started with an artist talk at the Riney Fine Arts Gallery and then we moved the party over to the Garvey Art Center where I did some painting demos. After I showed the students all of my tricks they were allowed to flex their creative muscles and create some abstract collage paintings. We took a break for lunch and afterward Aaron Krone and I lead a formal critique of the students work thus far. After the critique the students were given some additional time to work on their paintings and apply some of the feedback they were given during the critique. Overall I think the workshop was a success.

I want to thank all of the Friends University students that participated in my workshop today. I also want to thank the wonderful faculty and staff at Friends University for making this workshop happen. The students at Friends University are very lucky to have Karen Scroggins and Aaron Krone as their instructors. I want to thank Ted Krone for buying lunch. I will never turn down some free greasy breakfast food. AND most importantly I want to thank all of the awesome people who donated collage materials for the workshop. You guys delivered the goods! I managed to return home with some of the leftovers. I hope all of the students enjoyed the workshop.

Several people have asked me “Do you have any plans to teach a painting class for the general public?” I have nothing planned at the moment but I am always open to the idea of teaching a weekly class or workshop at MarkArts, CityArts or The Art Park in the future. If enough people show a genuine interest in such a thing I can probably make that happen.


Tonight was the 12th session of my Abstract Painting Class with Jim Gross at Mark Arts. It was also a private session because I was the only student in attendance. I started two new paintings. Nothing exciting but they are a solid start. I would like to thank my wonderful classmates, Kelly Rundell and Charlotte Davis Patterson, for donating some great collage materials for the workshop I am teaching at Friends University on Friday. Thank you for being so generous. I’m going to have a hard time sharing all of this great stuff with my students. I want it all for myself! Insert evil laugh.


CALL FOR DONATIONS – Collage Materials for Dustin Parker’s Abstract Painting Workshop At Friends University.

I’m teaching an abstract painting workshop at Friends University on September 9th and I need help collecting collage materials for my students. If you have any old books, wrapping paper, comics, crossword puzzles, magazines or any other types of paper that you plan on throwing away or recycling please consider donating those items to my workshop so those materials can be used to create art.

Below is a list of items that you can donate

Auto Manuals
Comic Books
Coloring Books
Crossword Puzzles
Flash Cards
Graph Paper
Scrapbooking Paper
Tissue Paper
Wrapping Paper
And more

You Can Drop Off Your Donations At The Garvey Art Center At Friends University On Sept 6th, 7th Or 8th Between 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM.

If you have no clue where The Garvey Art Center is located you can find a very helpful map at

Thank You!

Dustin Parker

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