Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Okay, just one more!

Okay, I'm a kid with a new toy. Here's a short promo slide show for "Mind Your Own Beeswax" an encaustic painting and encaustic collage class. This will be available at Art and Soul Retreat, Virginia Beach in March.

I'll post this video and then take a rest by indulging my latest passion--watching old "Twilight Zone" episodes. (Wonder how that will affect my art...)

Wabi-Sabi Wax at Art and Soul in March

I'm on a roll. Here's another slide show. This is for my class, "Wabi-Sabi Wax" at Art and Soul Retreat at Virginia Beach. The retreat starts March 7. I can't wait!

Art and Soul Virginia Coming Up!

I hope all of you have had and are having a wonderful holiday season! 

I'm using the time between Christmas and New Year's to plan for my first art retreat of 2012. This will be Art and Soul in the gorgeous Virginia Beach! 

The retreat takes place in March which will be here before we know it. I'm teaching three classes and want to share with you a short slide show for one of them, "The Forgiving Medium." This is one of my favorites to teach because the students always amaze themselves with what they are able to do in this acrylic painting class. 

I hope you'll join me if you are attending this fabulous retreat!

Monday, December 19, 2011

Photos from "Encaustic Continued" Class

Here are some photos from Saturday's class--we had so much fun!  I only wish my photos did the students' work justice.

Lots of incising in this piece--and a real teabag label!

The circles seem alive

A fun, quirky portrait!

A dreamy abstract...

A powerful face with a sculptural effect

Evocative encaustic collages

A strong portrait with an ancient feel

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Online Class Uploaded

I finally got all six sessions of my new online class up on the host site, Creative Workshops. I was helped and sometimes hindered in this by my new computer. I think it and I have reached detente now, but for a while there I was tempted to murder. I even googled "I Hate my New Computer" just so I wouldn't feel alone.

Now that this computer and I are friends, I'm looking forward to doing more videos and online classes!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

"The Creative Conversation" Book Launch Party


Bridget is flying high despite a broken foot                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
The place was packed
Sven and Gretchin of Scarlet Star Studios

 I went to a wonderful party to celebrate the publication of Bridget Benton's book, The Creative Conversation: Artmaking as Playful Prayer.  Bridget has spent five years writing and illustrating this fun and impressive book.

I've been eagerly waiting to buy my copy and now that I have it, I must say how inspiring I have found the book. It's perfect for anyone who wants to make their mark, whether they are a newbie or an experienced artist. 

Bridget's book reminded me of why I make art in the first place. And I need to be reminded regularly, as much of my art is somewhat product-oriented. Reading the book made me happy and made me want to lose myself in the artmaking process.

I bought the book last Friday night at the launch and ran out to Muse Art/Design the next morning to get a copy for my daughter-in-law as a college graduation present. I'm happy she'll now have some time to make art with me before she starts applying to graduate schools.