Monday, April 14, 2014

Art and Soul in Portland

Here are some pix from Art and Soul in Portland.  I am so grateful to all those who participated in my classes and made it a really fun experience.  Also to Glenny and Marie who produce this event and make it run smoothly.  They manage to think of lots of little "extras" to make both teachers and attendees feel special and well cared for.

Dayna Collins and Karen

Me trying to be entertaining

I was honored to have Serena Barton in my Balancing Opposites class.


Barbara and Mary in the Transparencies class

Various works in progress from the Transparencies class

Belinda

Dayna's work in Working In Series


Laura's Mermaid in Transparencies

Sue's collage papers

Working in Series, in progress

Sonchen and Anne
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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Looking at the Trees

I am at Art and Soul in Portland, Oregon now, teaching lots of classes and having a great time.  Pix of this event are forthcoming, but in the meantime I wanted to post a video I made a while ago, and share with you an idea that has seems to have been helpful to people in my workshops recently:  Looking At The Trees.  As opposed to The Forest.  Zooming in more than zooming out is another way to look at it.

The fact that each move you make on a painting changes the whole painting can be a bit intimidating, and leave you always zooming out, looking at the forest, to see how each brush stroke has affected the whole.  This is an important part of the process, but I think we often zoom out way too soon. What we can end up with is a painting that falls short of its potential, a painting that grew up too quickly, that might be pretty on the surface, but lack depth and character.

While working on a painting, try focusing on the trees, zooming in, more than you zoom out.  Pay attention to the process as you work, enjoy the feel of the paint, the pressure of the brush, the gesture of a scribble; look at the minutia: how this line crosses over that one, how one color affects another, etc.  Enjoy the contrasts and contradictions; surprise yourself, let yourself not know where you are going, leave it open-ended.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

More Pix from Big Fat Art

Here is just a little follow-up from the last post about our Big Fat Art Weekend.
Jessica made me this chicken painting.

A better view of the chickens.

Wendy's stack of paintings

Another one from Judy

Another from Sharon

And a piece from Karen
All works can be considered as "in process", except the chicken painting.  Here is a little video of the "real" chickens:


Monday, March 31, 2014

Big Fat Art Weekend

We just had our Big Fat Art Weekend here in Rupert, Vermont; here is a little video and some photos:

Lu working

Jessica's piece. Check out Jessica's blog.

Judy with one of her pieces.  See her blog.

Work in progress from Linda

Work in progress from Wendy
Karen working

Sharon's work in progress
One of my demo pieces, maybe finished

My demo piece, definitely still in process

My demo piece, in process

I will be teaching a four-day Big Fat Art workshop at Pacific Northwest Art School on Whidbey Island in September, and a one-day Big Fat Art workshop at Art and Soul in Virginia Beach in October.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Art and Soul Kansas City

For an event that was threatening to cancel, Art and Soul in Kansas City (actually Excelsior Springs) was HUGELY successful!  I taught five classes in a beautiful carriage house  a little apart from the hotel, but still convenient.  I felt so well taken care of by the people who took my classes, the Art and Soul staff, and the hotel staff, it made it extremely enjoyable.  THANK YOU for making this a really great teaching experience.  The weather didn't hurt either - 70's and sunny.  Here is a little eye candy, student work from my classes.  All are student work, except where noted.  I did teach five classes, but got the best pictures from Abstract Landscape and Stencils and Masks.  More to come.

Abstract Landscape

Abstract Landscape

Abstract Landscape

Stencils and Masks - my demo piece (one of them)

Stencils and Masks

Stencils and Masks

Stencils and Masks

Stencils and Masks

Stencils and Masks

Stencils and Masks

Stencils and Masks
Here is one thing we did in the postcard workshop:  work on 8"x12", and cut to four 4"x6" postcards:

My demo for 8"x12"
The postcards I got from the above piece

Student work, 8"x12"

Student work, 8"x12"

Next up is Art and Soul in Portland, Oregon, April 7 - 13. 
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Sunday, March 16, 2014

Reclaim Your Creative Freedom

My workshop this year at The Omega Institute is called "Reclaim Your Creative Freedom:  Expressive Abstract Painting and Collage".  Long name, but it fits the workshop, which just recently opened for registration.  July 6 - 11 are the dates.  See my own web page about it here, as it has a little more information.  As with all my longer workshops this year (Whidbey Island, Santa Fe, Whidbey Island again), we will emphasize working in series, and focusing on process.


Collage Journeys, 2013
Ashley Working

Emily Working

Me demonstrating at Collage Journeys 2013

Trying to be taller at Omega, 2013

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Big Fat Art at AVA

Here is a little video and some pictures from my Big Fat Art classes at AVA during this last week.  See a full description of Big Fat Art here or here.  Though my Big Fat Art Weekend is full, I am offering a four-day Big Fat Art workshop at Pacific Northwest Art School in September. 


 I see that YouTube dropped the last frame of my video.  Here it is:
Last frame of video, missing for some reason...

Here are pictures from AVA last Friday and yesterday:
Emily Mitchell's work; see her web site.

student work

student work

student work

Ashley working

student work

my demo piece

another demo piece


Mavis, Martha, and Catherine (l to r)
Thanks for visiting!