The Inner Gollum

See what sometimes happens when you mix your media and do that daydreamy, let it happen kind of play? You run smack into your inner Gollum. But somehow he/she/it is never so scary. In fact it’s good for a big chuckle. Of course “they” are hanging around all the time hidden inside us. Surely you’ve met yours?


sand and rock dust in acrylic paste with inks, acrylics and pencil on w/c paper, 10 X 11″

I’ve been doing a lot of on-location sketching lately, but I’m also really looking forward to hunkering down for another full season of deep diving into mixed media painting in my workshops called (for about 12 years now) Muse Groups. We explore a different mixed media technique each week and it’s all in the interest of opening up the creative floodgates.

We artists all seem to need some activity which reminds us of the rich hidden veins of the never-before-seen that are just waiting for us to open the door and let them come onto the paper/canvas. I’ve always found the energy of a group to be a particularly fertile way to tap into that vein.

There are of course the most extensive networks of virtual art groups to join, and I will continue to post demos on my blog. But if you are close enough to me in Sebastopol, California I hope you’ll join us in person this fall. There’s nothing like a room full of artists and seemingly endless art supplies to get your creative tail wagging. (By the way, stop wondering IF you are an Artist and BE one.) Whatever your experience level you will be welcome.

Here’s the details:

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For more information and to register, contact me.