I still haven't returned to earth following my time taking classes at Sitka. If you don't know of it, it has been in Otis, Oregon since the 70's offering summer classes and artists' residencies. It is a magnificent place right next to the town of Lincoln City on the Pacific Ocean and the classes offered are excellent. When I heard that a class in plaster painting was on offer I decided to jump - there aren't that many out there and as a teacher of plaster painting myself I wanted to see what another artist was doing with the medium.
This shot looks down at the Centrum Building there. It is surrounded by deep forest and hiking trails. You will see critters and hear quiet nature. Your heart will soften.
You will eat salmon from the local fishermen and you will rejoice in the perfection of nature's bounty.
You will take pictures and sigh and write in your journal and sigh and walk the powdery sand beach and sigh.
You will sleep under a white duvet and keep your snacks handy and have the whole darned place to yourself.
You will squint into the nice view off your patio and watch the sea birds rise and fall against the wind. You will follow the hunting paths of pelicans as they sweep north and south at sunrise and sunset.
Your excellent teacher, Patricia Wheeler will demonstrate her approach to painting, transferring and scribing plaster. You will learn finishing techniques you did not know before and you will be glad!
Here are my classmates creating a painting together. It only took about 10 minutes and it turned out beautifully.
A gathering of angels, playing together for 4 days and making an ungodly mess of the studio. We were like children in mud.