Workshops and Classes

Passionate for Pastels

Posted by on Jul 23, 2014 in PanPastel, Workshops and Classes | 2 comments

Passionate for Pastels

Years ago I worked with soft pastel on a fairly regular basis. I had a great teacher, Ken Goldman when I lived in San Diego. He also taught life drawing, and I learned a great deal from him. A classical approach, which I loved then and still do. In the class we drew from models. I changed them up a bit, depending on the mood of the model. I remember this model being edgy. I felt her jitters and recorded them. This is the 4 year old son of a friend of mine. He was playing in the sprinklers, then the yard, on a warm summer day. I wonder if he is still this comfortable in his own skin. This is...

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Down Under, continued.

Posted by on Jun 4, 2014 in Uncategorized, Workshops and Classes | 1 comment

Down Under, continued.

I am so late telling you all about Australia, the wonder of it, this is week two. For two days I stayed in a small cottage near the sea in a town called Stockton, and walked and swam twice a day. I traveled from where I was in Stockton to Newcastle by ferry and foot, passing flocks of emerald lorikeets and cockatoos.  After two glorious and healing days by the sea, I moved to Newcastle, to the zen and beautiful home of Anne Kempton. She is the owner of Timeless Textiles, a small and beautiful textile art gallery and shop two hours north of Sydney on the coast. She is a energetic and creative...

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Down Under, Week 1

Posted by on Mar 31, 2014 in Map Making, Personal Geographies, Workshops and Classes | 7 comments

Down Under, Week 1

Week one of 5 Weeks in Australia

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Wonderful Women Week

Posted by on Sep 27, 2013 in Workshops and Classes | 2 comments

Wonderful Women Week

This week I taught at Denver University, a group of wonderful women who painted fabulous papers for two days. We had a BLAST! That is after the security snafoo of being locked out of the building was sorted out… We cut and used stencils in many layers, tried about fifteen surface techniques and even played with sumi and walnut ink. We talked about how to reel in chaos, and this is my demo from that discussion. My muse showed up on the left, and my hand on the right, with all the ideas seeping into the fingers. There are layers of paint, marker and stencils over the top of a demo on...

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The Texture of Bisbee: Chapter 2

Posted by on Jul 27, 2013 in Workshops and Classes | Comments Off

The Texture of Bisbee: Chapter 2

July went by in a flash. I have been in Arizona, Mexico and Colorado Springs. Now I want to get back to the subject of Bisbee, Arizona, where I taught a class called “Spontaneous Deconstructed Journal.” In this class we have to explore the town. Bisbee is the perfect place to explore, there are surprises, hidden art, layers and layers of creativity on every corner. We draw, make wax rubbings and take in the surroundings, both live and inanimate. There are thousands of steps. Stairs everywhere, leading you up to the next level of houses. Originally they used burros to haul...

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A Rainless Day

Posted by on May 8, 2013 in Workshops and Classes | 0 comments

A Rainless Day

Today is supposed to be rainy, which is rare in Colorado and I was all excited to see that on the news last night.  It is a great time to heat up the tea, cozy in and get things sorted. But, it is not raining and my rainy day plan is not running smoothly. I already lost my sunglasses and smooshed my brand new other glass to render them unwearable. My studio is filled with parts and pieces of book projects, kits left from teaching in four states, and lots of stuff to file. It is a wonderful place, but does not in any way resemble the studios you see in magazines. I want and need a personal...

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