Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Belonging

 

Last Sunday I went to the first Painting Studio offered by Jenny Doh at her new Studio Crescendoh space. It's also where I took Flora Bowley's workshop a few weeks ago.


Judging by my introverted personality, you would think I would dread painting among other people, but I don't. I actually really - really! - enjoy it. There's something about being surround by like-minded souls that is very inspiring and comforting. There is no judging, no competition. Just artistic individuals who are there to make art. Simple. And perfect.

Harmony, me and JenEve

I got a chance to see some of my classmates again, Jenny and Cynthia, finally meet my online friend Harmony and get to know a few other great women.

one of my paintings at the end of the day


I had two 24x24 canvases (which, by the way, felt TINY after painting on a 30x30) and kept alternating between them throughout the day.
And when both of them were wet, I would chat with somebody. <-- one of the many perks of painting with a group!

second painting at the end of the session

Last night, I realized I was very stuck on this painting above, didn't know how to move forward. Maybe I added imagery too soon and now I didn't know how to NOT ruin it.  So I put on some music, 5 or 6 colors on my palette, and let go.


I still have a lot of work to do, but I am so happy with where I am now, not necessarily because of what it looks like, but because of what I did to get here. I even flipped the canvas! I was really in the moment and not afraid of doing something wrong! Plus, I am getting better with the foam brush, which is another reason to be happy. They are SO good to blend paint!

I'm evolving as an artist. And it feels good. I'm meeting new artists friends. And loving it. I belong here.

Lots to be thankful for.
Happy Thanksgiving!

Friday, November 4, 2011

My "Flora" experience!!!

Me and Flora.

If you read my blog you know I've been waiting and talking about Flora Bowley's workshop for months. And last weekend, finally, it was time. Two whole days, from 9 to 5, painting and learning from Flora. 

So C-O-O-L!

Getting rid of the "white": Flora shows us the first step.

The workshop was at Studio Crescendoh, hosted by Jenny Doh. There were 18 students (if I remember correctly) from very different backgrounds, which, I think, only makes for a more interesting class.


How to make marks and add variation and interest to your painting.

Flora did short demos to show us the next steps, and then it was our turn. We had two canvases, 30x30 each. The biggest I've ever painted. And I liked it!

Sometimes I would walk around the see what everybody was doing. Amazingly different, each and every one!

While we waited for the paint to dry, we would work on the other canvas.


Times like these makes me realize how much I like being around other artists. Everybody was so happy to be there, so open to everything, so ready to dive in and paint their hearts out...amazing energy!

At one point Jenny turned to me and asked "Are you having a good time?" and I said "Yes!".
She nodded and said "Yeah, I can tell."


Some of the stages of Flora's painting. She really is the ultimate example of non-attachment.

Every once in awhile Flora would have us take a break and do some stretching and breathing and dancing. Other times she would walk around the room and read us an inspirational quote. And sometimes we would sit down, with our journals, and either draw or write. A nice break.

Everybody wrote affirmations and shared with the group.

On the second day, we could see everybody's paintings coming together.

Flora's painting by the end of the workshop.


As for MY paintings, I took some pictures of the progress too. I find it interesting to see how you can change a painting so much!

Painting 1:








Painting 2::






I still have to work on both of them, but I like them so far. I learned some interesting things from Flora, and I really liked meeting her. If you ever have the opportunity to take her class, do it. Totally worth it, I promise.


A final group pose.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

I've been published!


I'm so excited, I had to share! I'm in the Winter 2012 issue of Artful Blogging! So cool!

As you may or may not know, Artful Blogging is one of the MANY amazing publications from Stampington & Company. Each one of their magazines is like a book, full of creative and artsy stuff. And they offer digital editions too!



Anyway, a few months ago I received an email from Jennifer Jackson Taylor, the editor of Artful Blogging, asking me if I would be interested in having my blog featured on their magazine.

"Let me think... YEAH! Of course!!!"

So I sent her some images, wrote an article, and (not so) patiently waited until November 1st. And here it is, and it's beautiful, and I'm so happy!

 

Thank you, Jennifer, thank you, Stampington.


PS: I know this post is totally my ego talking, but please bare with me and allow me to just enjoy this moment... :-) xoxo