Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Tearing it Up.

While Hurricane Joaquin was threatening to tear us up in Virginia Beach, students in my "Tear it Up" class at Art and Soul Retreat, tore it up creatively. The class is designed to be fun and freeing and to help participants see possibilites. A lot of these pieces use magazine, book, and collage images to suggest wild, imaginary flowers in these whimsical collages.

I don't think I got pictures of all of them, but here are some to get you smiling.

Styles ranged from the blissfullly serene (above) to the delightfully surreal (below.)

Thank you, students for such an enjoyable day!  To see work from my oil and cold wax class, visit my other blog," Wabi-Sabi Inspiration: Cold Wax & More."

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Local Library Blooming with Charlotte's Waxy Book

Not only do our local branch libraries provide books, DVDs, computers etc. but our library system offers art classes! I was fortunate to teach a lively group of seven students today. They created an assemblage with a used book, a Frozen Charlotte doll, encaustic medium, encaustic paint, and a wild assortment of embellishments, dried plant matter, teabags, collage papers, and in one case, "Something I found on the floor that I knew would look good in my piece."

The students were all new to encaustic but took to it with gusto. I am so impressed by these creations which were made in 3 hours. A very fun afternoon for all of us!

This book is a transformed copy of Treasure Island. Charlotte's drape is a piece of dried teabag.

The maker of this piece had Venice in mind

An Asian look for this waxy book. Charlotte is surrounded by dried tea flakes.

We all got a kick out of this piece: Charlotte goes wild!

A  creepy and mysterious Goth piece

This piece has a strong East Indian feel. The copper and gold accents were done with large creamy oil pastels.

This book has some deliberately torn pages on the left. The bold swathes of purple and turquoise were the perfect finishing touches. 

Monday, August 17, 2015

An Expressively Abstract Weekend Teaching in Seattle!

I didn't paint the piece above--the credit goes to Terry Smith who organized and hosted the two-day oil/cold wax workshop that I had the good fortune to teach last weekend at The Miller School of Art in Seattle.. I had a great group of students and had so much fun. Our participants ranged from experienced painters, intermediate painters, and beginners. All produced vibrant and stunning work! 

We worked on panels, Arches Oil Paper, and Stone Paper. I brought a lot of texture tools and students were inventive in finding additional ones. Students used plaster and Ceracolors in priming some of their boards, as well as acrylic gesso.

Participants experimented with adding gold transfer leaf for accents.

The piece above was the first picture this student ever painted!

Above: Applying oil and cold wax with a palette knife

Adding oil pastel, above

A touch of stamping above, on the right

Complex Simplicity can be seen above

Scraping off excess transfer leaf, above

Using a squeegee to move paint around, above

Above, a student's rusted paper collaged with cold wax

Above, another strong piece from a beginning painter

Incising, above

Above, spreading oil and cold wax over oil pastel marks on Arches Oil Paper

By the second day, everyone got bold and adventurous. It shows beautifully in their work.