Art & Soul Retreat: Portland, OR
Marks and Memories in Cold Wax
Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday – April 3,4 & 5
In this three day class you’ll use your favorite shapes, colors, and marks to create stunning and atmospheric pieces that express your deepest self. You’ll have time to layer, scrape back, texture, collage, and experiment on your oil and cold wax pieces on wood panels and oil paper. You’ll learn to prepare your panels with plaster, marble dust, and Ceracolors. You’ll learn how to use solvents to add unusual and unexpected effects. You will explore using designs and doodles that have been part of you for many years and mix colors that evoke the places you have felt most at home. You’ll learn more about your creative process and you’ll leave class as a confident oil and cold wax painter. You’ll also leave with a lot of amazing and beautiful pieces!
More info and registration on the Art and Soul Website
Art & Soul Retreat: Portland, OR
Not Just a Pretty Face
Sunday, April 9
Leonardo and Van Gogh knew that learning to paint faces is all about learning to see! You will learn to paint fascinating and expressive portraits by working with the masters. You’ll choose faces painted by great artists to work from, discovering your own style as you go.
We‘ll use Ceracolors paints and mediums. This new water-soluble wax paint allows you to paint in a variety of styles with stunning effects.
I’ll provide prompts to get you warmed up and to help you imagine who the person you are painting might be. You’ll learn how to see the lights, shadows, and shapes of your chosen faces and to use the magic of paint to bring your characters to life! We’ll cover ways to get thick, juicy paint, as well as how to create smooth surfaces. We’ll play with mixing colors and trying different styles and techniques. You’ll leave with several “studies” and at least one finished painting that you’ll be thrilled to hang on the wall!
More information and registration on the Art and Soul website.
Pacific NW Art School: Whidbey Island
Transformations in Oil and Cold Wax
Creating abstract art with oil paint and cold wax medium involves taking a journey into yourself and your world –without a map. The process is intuitive, bold and full of discovery. Your pieces will take on lives of their own through the many layers of oil and cold wax you apply, addition of mixed media elements, and the areas you choose to scrape away. There are many opportunities for happy accidents and unexpected joys.
I’ll show you lots of techniques for adding layers, textures, graphic touches and atmosphere to your work. I let you in on the qualities unique to oil and cold wax. I encourage you to mix and match techniques in your own way and to develop your own style. You’ll learn several ways to prepare your wood supports, including using Venetian Plaster and oil ground, and we’ll play with Arches oil paper, which needs no preparation before you dive in with paint and wax. You’ll learn how to use ordinary household tools to incise and make marks, how to scrape back for a dramatic look, and how to unify your compositions. We’ll also cover adding collage, sand, plaster, marble dust, and collage elements to your pieces. We’ll explore the creative process and ways to get your creativity flowing.
If you are an experienced painter, you’ll love delving into painting with oil and cold wax. I’ll help you achieve a loose, expressive attitude and style. If you are new to painting, working with oil and cold wax is a great way to begin. I love this medium, as there are no mistakes! You can change the look of your piece at any time by layering, scraping back, and using solvents.
The watchword for this workshop is, “Experiment!” You’ll build up many layers, incise, scribble, scrape back, and texture your work, allowing each piece to tell its own story.
More information/Registration on the Pacific NW Art School website.
Fourth Annual Wabi-Sabi Enchantment with Serena and Leighanna Light in Taos, New Mexico: August 21-25
More information coming soon!
Mark-Making and Memory in Tuscany (Only two spots left!)
To find out all about this oil and cold wax workshop, blended with relaxing and sightseeing in beautiful Tuscany, go to my homepage and click on Mark-Making and Memory in Tuscany. This will also take you to the site to register and to find out even more about La Montolla where we’ll stay and play.
Red Thread Retreat: Knoxville, Maryland
Expressive Abstraction in Oil and Cold Wax
You’ll have a great time discovering the magic of oil and cold wax medium in this three day class. Making art with oil and cold wax involves a lot of experimentation and a willingness to set out without knowing where you’re going to end up!
Use your favorite shapes, colors, and marks to create stunning and atmospheric pieces that express your deepest self. You’ll learn to prepare your panels with gesso, plaster, and Ceracolors. You‘ll use a wide variety of texture tools like kitchen utensils, coffee sleeves, squeegees, and found objects. You’ll learn to add collage, oil bar marks, and to incise and scrape back. You’ll explore composition and color, collage and other mixed media elements. Learn how to use solvents to add unusual and unexpected effects.
More information and registration on the Red Thread Retreat site.