Saturday, April 18, 2015

Artiscape! "Landscape of Memory"

I had so much delight in teaching this class, "Landscape of Memory" to a large group at Artiscape in Dublin Ohio, sponsored by European Papers and organized by the amazing Lisa Ohmer. The "assignment" in class was to paint abstract landscapes inspired by photographs or the imagination. 

It isn't always easy to abstract from a photo or from an image in one's mind. You have to think about what the most important elements are, what time of day it is, what mood you want to express. This group did wonderfully and were brave and bold in their experiments. 

I'm posting a lot of pictures here, but I hope you will take a look at all of them. I'm impressed by the quality of the work and fascinated by all the different ways students used their palette knives, acrylic paint, and mediums to create dreamy landscapes!

Friday, March 13, 2015

"Tear It Up!" class grows wild and wonderful flower collages

This year at Art and Soul Retreat I brought back the first class I ever taught at this retreat--in 2009. Students created flower collages with torn and cut paper. I advised that the flowers need not resemble any found in nature! We had great day and the flowers got wilder as the day progressed.