#collageworkshop

Start with words and a color combo

We started with words this week in Muse Group. I thought that this group of sage women with strong feelings and opinions might find their/our way into a painting by casting the net first for big words. Like those you find printed up in magazines. We used copies of San Francisco magazine, since not only are they well designed, but also filled with stories of exceptional, independent-thinking game changers.

Next we picked a dynamic palette and tried it out on a piece of scrap paper to gain the full scope of surprising mixes we would get.

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Demo: color scheme; yellow green with accents of red and blue violet. Acrylic on w/c paper

Who is the hero? Is it the one who says “Bomb now?” or she who quietly goes about changing the culture. She grows green things and her own heros tend to be hero-ines. She looks to the earth for redemption of the spirit, and herself becomes a redeemer softly, and with a smile and an offer of help here and there. She uses her power to heal, to change the culture now, bit by bit.

There’s no rules to follow here. That’s the Muse Group ethos. Take a piece of it and go off in your own direction. Change the culture through your art, bit by bit.

And if you live anywhere near here, Sebastopol, California, come paint with us! A new six week session starts October 29. For more information and to register visit my website.

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Mixed Media workshop coming up!

On June 24 and 25 I’ll be teaching a workshop on one of my favorite techniques – achieving the look of patina in experimental mixed media painting. At the moment my studio is strewn with my own experiments and ideas I want to share. There are a couple spaces left in the workshop at this writing. Let me know if you’re interested and available to come join us!

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For more information and to register visit my website!