Friday, December 4, 2015

Golden Artist Colors Conference

Just heading back from the "Golden Gathering" in Florida, where I got a fresh dose of information on Golden products, but so much more!  Re-connecting with colleagues, meeting artists from all over the world, taking workshops and attending super informative talks and demos. Here are a few pix.  I'll put together more posts when I get home, with more links and video. 

Here is me (orange T-shirt, gray hair) in Adria Arch's class on teaching intuitive painting.  She is right up my alley, and gave me some FABULOUS ideas for improving my teaching.  We did some really fun exercises that got us painting immediately, totally engaged in the process, without thinking and agonizing.  She got us to tap into that direct line between intuition and process.  I will be trying these in upcoming workshops.

Here are a few things that came out of one of Adria's exercises.
The venue wasn't too shabby, though it was not this sunny. 

I took a watercolor workshop with Bianka Guna, in which we used Golden's new Qor watercolors.  Yes, that is Q  O  R, Qor, pronounced "core".  So I'll be experimenting with them in my studio and share with you.  The colors are intense and rich, and they work beautifully on many different grounds and substrates.


Here is Bianka.  She is an engaging teacher, very entertaining as well as knowledgeable.
This is one of the collograph plates I made in Shari Pratt's workshop.  I have some better pix, which I'll share in a later post.  We used all kinds of textural materials and many of Golden's texture gels to make printing plates. 

Then we printed using OPEN acrlyics, which have a long long long l o n g drying time. They are great for monoprinting because you can take your time working the paint into/on the plate.

Melanie Matthews
One more person I want to introduce you to (if you don't already know her) is Melanie Matthews.  I attended her slide talk on using Pinterest, and found her to be one of the most generous artists I've met, in terms of sharing information.  Funny, fun, a GREAT presenter.  I would take a workshop with her any day.  Check out her Pinterest Boards and follow her.  OMG, what a wealth of carefully curated images she shares.

10 comments:

  1. I'm jealous! I wish Golden would have local product demos in Dallas...
    By the way, who was the first person to introduce you to Pinterest? (this is a self anointing question) :)

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    1. In answer to your second question: YOU!!!
      Go to Golden's website to the Community page, which you find Golden Working Artist: http://www.goldenpaints.com/workart E-mail Patti and ask who is doing Golden workshops in your area.

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  2. I once attended a Golden workshop at a local art factory and it was THE best!! I came away with a wonderful box full of products some I still use from that stash today(and this was some years ago)! Thanks for your response above. I will check the website as I would love to attend another workshop!

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  3. Jane WHERE in FL were you. I am in FL and I didn't hear anything about this?

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    1. Hi Ginny. It was not a public event, just open to those of us associated with Golden in various ways. A conference, not a workshop. It was in Fort Lauderdale.

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  4. I'm so happy for you. I love all the technical information Golden shares about their products.
    It looks like a great time being able to share the multiple approaches.
    Good for you and thanks for sharing this.

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  5. looks like it was awesome! can't wait to see more posts

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  6. Jane, can you do a short video on your collograph process>?

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    1. Shari Pratt would be the person to do that. However, I'm thinking of offering a more advanced monoprint collage class, and adding this technique to the mix.

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  7. Appreciate your enthusiasm to research and learn more so you could share your knowledge with us. It looks fun! Looking forward to your more advance Monoprint workshop. :-)

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