There's been a lot of exciting things cooking over here, and I have been busily painting a variety of things, but nothing gave me as much joy recently as this beautiful native pony, complete with war paint and beads. The color tones were an experiment and a journey into what could be.
So even if I can't share everything I'm working on just yet, it's a beautiful thing to dive into a work like this, with vibrant colors and tones and let myself go. I love him, and besides...this guy is a legit "Colorado Native". They're hard to find these days.
Recently, one of my painting classes focused on portraits, and so I had the pleasure of creating the above painting from an old photo of my daughter.
As with all else, portraiture can be done using acrylics, not only oils. And using the techniques of multiple washes and layering,the soft smooth skin effect can indeed, be achieved.
There's something so timeless and forever about a painted portrait, so classic and yet so simple. It's almost nostalgic as if you are viewing a memory through a rose-colored lens and only the beautiful parts show through.
This lovely image was created on a masonite type canvas, using heavy body acrylics and finished with a semi gloss varnish.
appreciated the fact that I could draw or paint, even from a young age. But this idea that is prevalent in our culture (about born talent), can do some damage.
There's a "have or have not" mentality that doesn't take into account the fact that everyone can develop a skill like painting, and "birth talent" isn't a requirement.
everything to do with courage and a revolutionary determination to risk as they set out exploring their own creativity.
We should never critique beginners harshly, even if the beginner is one's own self. Instead, we remember the risk involved and the courage that it takes to try something new. And we respect the art, for that sake alone, if necessary.
But this new group of beginners all did amazing. Just look at their beautiful winter chickadees! It's never too late to begin to develop your art skill. Jump into those waters, and give it a try! Next class is February 9th. Call the library to learn more.
Sometimes, a picture just comes to me. An idea that tickles the back of my mind and won't go away because I like it and want to make it come alive. That was the way Jack came.
I'd been trying to come up with ideas for a series of semi-anthropomorphic animal critters, to join Mademoiselle Flo at Cafe 13. I had a grumpy hedgehog, a cigar smoking pit-bull...and then this little rabbit showed up in my mind's eye.
To me, Jack reminds me of "the little guy": the miner, the blue-collar worker, the eater of humble fare who doesn't often see the light of day. He's humble, he's at the bottom of the food chain, and isn't seeking honor or glory. But let's give it to him anyway. Here's our salute to you, Jack.
Here's to the little guy.
Many cultures of the world celebrate a tithe or "first fruits", where the first of their produce or harvest is set aside as a gift. It's a beautiful custom and kinda seems to set one's heart to the right compass point, especially at the first of the year.
I believe in giving back to our communities. And Golden is an amazing community to be a part of, and to give back to. So here it is, at the beginning of this new year, my gift to Golden. I hope you all are as hopeful and excited about newness and change as you can be in 2020.
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One reason I love #teaching #art is the incredible people I meet along the way. Yesterday I met with a new client, whom I'll call "Marcy". I was so looking forward to meeting Marcy, because when I'd asked her over the phone, "What kind of art subject would you like to focus on?", she'd announced, "I like to draw Predator!"
It's not a common experience to find a woman over 55 who fanarts Predator, and is comfortable sharing such things, so I was really looking forward to meeting Marcy. That kind of confidence is a beautiful thing. Plus, I had a great stylized image of Predator for us to begin on.
Meeting Marcy gave me even more appreciation for her: as we painted together, she shared with me about the health issues she struggles with: the brain problem that causes glitches in her thinking, ("I learned it's best to just laugh about those," she said), the spinal injury that creates 24 hour pain and has spawned a breathing problem that could suffocate her at any moment ("I figure I better get busy living while I can," she said). Something clicked: "Predator" probably isn't that scary, when you've learned to live with terrifying realities on an everyday basis.
As we worked together on the beginning stages of the Predator painting, I realized: Marcy solidifies one of the premises I usually end up encouraging all my art students with: those who are willing to try art and create art are some of the most risky and courageous people I know. #Courage #Artist #artteacher #artlessons
People begin taking steps in their art journey for a variety of reasons.
For many, it is their first dive into something they have long wished to try: creativity that has always steeped in the background that is finally getting a chance to be expressed.
For others who have an art background but do something completely different in their career, doing lessons is time set aside for something enjoyable: a hobby, and they understand that creativity thrives in collaboration or alongside other creatives.
But for a select few, there is a deep emotional reason that rises from trauma and art is another way of dealing with pain. When I have clients who come to me for this reason, the art lesson itself becomes very client-led. I am there in the capacity of art instructor and assistant, and sometimes as a sharer of their pain for a little while. I help them express what they need to. I walk with them into their pain, and listen as needed. I don't offer advice, nor do I take over in their art direction. I am not a therapist. I see my role as one of honor,in which I'm allowed to walk alongside them in their journey of healing, simply by helping them do what is needed. That is all. Yet it is a lot.
Last month, I was able to offer a bit of art time to a group of amazing teachers. I am a huge supporter of the public school, and our teachers are giving on the front lines. Sometimes, they get so busy giving, that they forget to give themselves a bit of time for themselves.
We had a little over an hour. Which is a limited time to really get lost in painting. So, I chose a simple stencil and collage project. But what I love the most is the variety that you see on the table here. The difference in each person's artwork, the personalities that show through. That is the beauty of art.
Tonight, (Thursday, September 19), I'll be live painting outside of Cafe 13 in downtown Golden. This event is part of Cafe 13's "Thoughtful Thursdays", where they benefit a local non-profit with 10% of their earnings from 3 to 10pm. When I knew that I would be painting there, the very next question was, "What do I paint?"
If you haven't visited Cafe 13 in Golden, you ought to. It's a charming restaurant and coffee shop in the very heart of our beautiful city. The inside has been renovated with a kitsch pattern of teal, brown and black and the cool tile and classy desserts inside the glass cases immediately help make you feel like you are "uptown" in a little town.
Inside, they have a little room entitled "Flo's Room", and being a person who asks these kinds of questions, I immediately wondered, "Who's Flo?" I even tried asking the internet this question, but couldn't come up with the answer. So, being an artist, I started to reimagine who "Flo" might be. I was in a humorous mood. I wanted to paint something that would me chuckle. So, all of a sudden this cat began to hang out in my mind's eye. She's quirky with a touch of country as she holds her cup of delicious Cafe 13 coffee. I'm partway through the painting, and I'll be working on it tonight. Life, at Cafe 13. Come by, check out Flo, and support an amazing little school, Welchester Elementary!