Saturday, September 28, 2013

Photos from Buried Treasure workshop

Thanks to BLOOM! owner Sandy Mier and to the delightful students who took this all day workshop last Saturday in beautiful Yachats, on the Oregon coast. I hadn't been to Yachats in years, but I will surely go back. The town is friendly and filled with art and good food. Thanks to Anna who helped so much with the workshop and the book signing on Sunday and to Lynne who put us up in royal style while we were there.

On Saturday the students learned the basics of encaustics: laying down medium and paint, fusing, and adding mixed media. They worked on 2-D pieces in the morning and in the afternoon created assemblages made from old books. Each student got a Frozen Charlotte doll to include in the assemblage.

Sunday we had a show of my work and a show of the work students made in the workshop. I signed books and got to visit with many of the friendly people of Yachats.

I am looking forward to another yummy Yachats weekend next summer!

Sandy, Alison, and Anna

PS: Check out my other blog, Wabi-Sabi Art Workshop to see more wabi sabi work from Linda Kunsman!

Friday, September 6, 2013

More Wabi-Sabi from Linda

Here are two more wabi-sabi pieces from Linda Kunsman. She's doing a series based on projects in my book. I love how she's using the projects as starting points while creating her own style and switching out some of the materials. If you want to see how she did this piece and the one below it, visit her blog to learn more. Thanks, Linda!

Daisy Fields   5" x 7"

Monday, September 2, 2013

Art From a Reader of Wabi-Sabi Art Workshop

Reader Linda Kunsman posted the following on her blog recently. Thanks, Linda! I love your piece and am delighted that you made this project your own.

Check out Linda's blog and see her other wonderful work.


  One of the two art technique books I took with me on my beach vacation was Wabi-Sabi Art Workshop by Serena BartonLOVE this book! First of all I love the wabi-sabi (Japanese) theory of  "an approach to life and art that's in harmony with nature, one that values handmade and rustic and recognizes the impermanence of life." Embracing imperfection. That's a good thing. Serena's many techniques and projects provide great springboards in creating your own art using a wide variety of mediums-including cold wax (which I'd never heard of before). There are detailed step outs and product explanations through out, as well as lots of gallery art showcasing these techniques. Also, Serena has chosen the most beautiful haikus which are sprinkled over 120 some pages for further inspiration. Thumbs up!

  This is the first project/technique I pretty much followed on pg. 74:

                                                    Things Both Ancient and Modern (5" x 7")

  Products used: 5 x 7" canvas board; gesso; soft matte gel med.; Yellow Ochre Fluid Acrylic; water soluble crayons; walnut ink; coffee granules; champagne mica flakes; Distress Vintage Photo and Black Soot inks; white mulberry paper; fiber/yarn strand; found object.
  I found that rusty round object on the ground on a walk recently and immediately knew I wanted to work it into this particular project.