Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Pictures from "Wabi-Sabi Workshop"

Lots of texture, scraping and piling on of paint and medium. Yummy.

I had a wonderful, magical time at Art Unraveled. In telling about my adventures, I'm starting with photos from the class I taught there. I had 18 students, all of whom let loose and did some amazing work! I hope I got a photo of everyone's work, if not, I apologize for the omission. My hastily taken photos can only approximate the delicious-ness of the work produced!

The circles on the lower part of this piece were made with alcohol ink.
The vertical shapes were formed with candy wrappers.

Texture, drips, and circles combine into a rich piece.
The slate alcohol ink sets off the warm orange delightfully.

The red spatters really set off this minimal, yet complex work.

The lovely variations in surface and color were done
with what the student termed "the dirty paper towel" method. It works!

A palette knife produced these superb brushstrokes and textures.

This student used cut out pieces of bamboo printed
paper to set off this evocative landscape.

This textured landscape composition gets its powerful
"Sweet Spot" from the vertical stripe of blue at upper left.

This piece soars with textured and colored paper and vintage
book pages. Collage with a painterly effect.

Payne's Gray and a "dirty" pink combine beautifully in
this piece, together with a textured collage element.

Rich tones and a subtle use of textured, lacy paper produced this grouping
with an aged and mysterious feel.

Gorgeous fall hues with great texture variations.

This encaustic-like piece has soft layers over a base layer
of a free-form ink design. The work seems to shimmer.

This fascinating piece begins with gauze and a painting knife.

Rich blues and siennas layered in complex textures.

The first layers go on.

Another wonderfully complex, "dirty towel" piece.

Layers of paint, ink, and gauze created this enchanting piece.

I want to go to this gorgeous place--such richness.

I provided written and visual prompts for the students. One used her haiku prompt to wonderful effect as shown in the next three photos.

"A Mountain Village/

under the piled-up snow/

the sound of water."

The bird image came from a cheaply printed "throwaway" paper, whose qualities made it blend in subtly and powerfully.

A vibrant and glowing piece. The student worked on
the piece from this direction, and she was reminded of trees.

I first saw this piece in this direction--being from Portland,
I of course saw a bridge!

Representational images, texture, and swathes of color combine
seamlessly in this dreamy landscape.

Metallic paint adds a subtle glow to this piece. I can almost hear the water in it.

Two hymns to color and joy.

An eloquent small piece done on cardboard expresses the essence of Wabi-Sabi.

This piece completely captures
the texture of the rocks and the light of the area
where the student hikes in her faraway home.

I wish I'd had time to take photos of all the work from this class. Many pieces not pictured still stick in my mind. A heartfelt thanks to the students from this class!


Dot Hearn said...

Beautiful works - thanks to the students for being to share what they did and you for posting!

I know the work is theirs - and it looks to me like you did a great job teaching how to do it!

Art After Midnight said...

I really enjoyed your class. Enjoying the post too. Thank you

Kim -dirty rag girl :)