Friday, October 26, 2012

Hopefully no one's counting, but I am working on improving the consistency of my blog posts again.  So much has been happening in the Studio, including a move to a whole new space and the renovations and happy discoveries that go with it. I've told the story many times by now, so I'll spare you the details and just jump right in with what's happening now....
This week we are working on Coloured Pencil Doodles in the style of Traci Bautista. The floral is my demo piece and the in progress piece to the left belongs to fellow artist, Donna Funnell.  

I like the  combination of acrylics, India ink and pencil crayon.  I've sealed my flowers with gloss acrylic medium.  Interested in trying your hand at Coloured Pencil Doodles?  The class runs this Saturday, October 26, from 10 am to 1 pm.  Contact me at for more information.

There are a variety of classes coming up in the Studio.  I've listed them below..

Journal Thursdays start October 25, when you choose a book to alter and start laying down paint, and continue through all the Thursdays in November (1, 8, 15, 22, & 29) as we experiment with a variety of techniques and materials to create a truly inspiring piece of art.  Join us for just a few or all of them.  

On November 8, Donna will be teaching us a Melanie Testa technique using wax paper.  Be sure and bring along reference photos of flowers and/or birds.

October 27  This session, based on Coloured Pencil Doodles by Traci Bautista, uses ink, coloured pencils and acrylic to create a fun and funky piece. 

October 31 & Nov 3 Create a unique, functional and fabulous journal using wax, foil and found papers.  You’re sure to make this little beauty again and again.

Nov 7 & 10  Part 1 of 2 Build up your background on a wooden support and create a two-dimensional embellishment out of clay for the first part of this “sure-to-please” session.  Then join us again in two weeks to put it all together.

Nov 14 & 17 Intrigued by screen printing but not sure where to begin?  In this session you’ll screen print your very own spectacular design using a screen you create yourself with latex paint and fabric. 

Nov 21 & 24 Part 2 of 2  This week we will finish adding layers and attach our clay embellishment to our wooden base.  This textural relief piece will be a welcome addition to any wall.

Nov 28 & Dec 1   What do you get when you combine words, an embroidery hoop and wax?  Come out to the Studio this week and create a truly inspired bit of art.  Fun, fun, fun.

And what about this new Studio???  Well, even though we're still a work in progress, with walls being painted and constantly moving art supplies, the Studio itself is wonderful and we feel truly blessed to have found a place that fits us so well.

Who wouldn't love a place that includes daily hummingbird visits (weather permitting)...

colourful frogs willing to pose for photos...

and an incredible variety of plants in various stages of their life cycles.  There's alot more to see in and around the Studio.  I'll be posting a bit more consistently now that we've settled into our new home, but if you can't wait, join me for a class and see it all in person.