Spring is pushing up the daffodils here in Oregon; what a welcome sight. The image above is a painting on plaster that I did recently. I've been experimenting with plaster for some time now and every time I meet another artist who is also interested in this versatile material my eyes light up. Well, if you're one of those people you might take a look at the class I'll be teaching at Artful Journey this July. We'll be painting on plaster panels and I'll show you everything I've learned in my experience with this marvelous painting ground. It lends itself to so many different styles of painting and the ways you can manipulate the surface is endless. I'll have lots of examples of various approaches for you to study and try.
My compadre Katie will be there the following day teaching her painting and collage techniques (fabulous teacher) so if you want to come and play with both of us this is your opportunity for a very special weekend. We are both hugely excited about coming to Santa Cruz in July and meeting you. Registration starts March 1st.
Here is another journal spread for the past week or so. Amazing how busy even February has turned out to be. Hardly any time to write.
These little collages happened this week. They may not be done but I thought I'd show them anyway.
They're all on paper with acrylic and collage and some drawing and painting.
The stencil is from a photograph of my older sister Sandi. She doesn't read my blog but she should. ha ha.
And this is the book I read this week; highly recommended. It's about reconnecting with the earth and other sentient beings in a technological age. The author is David Abram.
Tomorrow I take a class (wheeee, busman's holiday!). Making things with others in a classroom setting, eating lunch together, visiting and laughing - these are my ideas of heaven.
One more thing; registration for Art Unraveled is now open. I'm offering several classes there in August and I love returning to my old stomping grounds to party and teach. Maybe some of you will want to check into that one too.