You can see details about the workshop here. It is in Dorset, Vermont, offered by Green Mountain Academy of Lifelong Learning.
Here is a new video on Kitchen Table Art:
|A CERAMIC PIZZA!!!!|
|To keep your brushes clean, keep a sponge soaked in alcohol in a plastic container. Get the main guck off your brush with a paper towel, rinse in H2O, then wipe thoroughly on the sponge.|
|If there is a materials fee for the class (in this case, $10, in cash), tape it to a bar of really fabulous dark chocolate before handing it to the teacher. That way the teacher is happier, and she can also choose to share the chocolate with the class occasionally. Studies show that the presence of very good dark chocolate in the studio reduces the incidence of meltdowns and crying jags among the workshop participants.|
|This is a few layers of collage.|
|After a good sanding with the power sander|
|more of everything...|
|lots of veiling and more line work...|
|And then some "reverse collage": I collage painted papers with the paint side down. When it's dry, I sand away some of the paper, and the paint shows through. Such surprises! This definitely takes you out of your "planning" mode. You can't possibly know what happens next.|
|More painting. Here it begins to take on a clear direction. I consider this a "possibility", not a mandate. So I will go down this road a ways and see if it sticks, but I end up in the weeds, another possibility will be evident, I'm sure.|
|This is where the piece is at this point. I'll futz with it a bit and look again.|
|Mentoring workshop at ACA in Florida, 2018|
|Me working on the wall.|
I have lots of ideas. But I need help developing a practice that will make me more productive, more of a risk taker and more confident in my abilities to make work that has something to say. I tend to sit in the shallows of my creativity and am looking for someone who will push me beyond what I think I am currently capable of.
I guess really learning how to stay with one trying and go deep. I’m all over the place but maybe I just have to accept that that’s me.
Developing a daily (or at least weekly) routine of setting a goal, then working toward that goal.
I have a hard time narrowing down what type of art I want to make. I lack confidence and often feel overwhelmed by the possibilities .. so many techniques, mediums, subjects, etc. that I don't even start, or I just end up exactly copying the style of whatever workshop I'm following. When the workshop ends, I don't continue experimenting on my own even though I want to.
I seem to get side tracked in trying different subject matter and techniques and even though I know I should work in a series I find it hard to stay committed. I find doing your workshops a great way to keep focused except they stop and then so do I.I am not disciplined it seems.
High on my priority list is finding my artistic voice and developing a body of work.
Does this sound like you? Do you feel you need to push yourself to go more deeply into each exploration? Is jumping around "too much" something you struggle with?
|Thanks for making me laugh!|
|You can tell I love teaching by the heart on my shirt, if not by the look on my face.|
|I would love to get your ideas for a caption on this one.|
|Hudson River Valley Art Workshops, 2017|
|Fabulous group in Arizona a couple years back.|
|This is the only one in my group in which I make the heart the center image. In the others, the heart is simply part of a larger collage. I like playing with both approaches.|
|This one came out of left field. End of day, fooling around, did not even expect to put a heart in this one. Maybe it's a heart perched on an outhouse.|