Back To School!

With the kids back in school it is time to get your art life back on track!  As sad as it is to see summer come to an end, Fall brings with it a sense of the cozy days of winte that will be here befores we know it.  It is a great time to check out some of the wonderful classes offered at Creative Workshops.  Gail is constantly adding new ones so be sure to check back often.  If you have been wanting to take one of the three that I am offering I would encourage you to do it before the holidays are upon us.  It will give you some new motivation and tools to use this coming winter and get your art life back on track for the New Year. 
Visual Journalism 101
This will be an expedition into the world of visual journaling.. If you have ever wanted to
start keeping an art journal, or started one, only to have it fall by the wayside, then this
is the class for you! The class will cover journal techniques, putting together a journaling
kit, completing at least 7 journal pages, and answer some road block questions like,
‘How do I get over the fear of the Blank Page?’, ‘How can I possibly fit another artistic
pursuit into my schedule?’, and ‘Where do I start?’
Week 1~Fear of the Blank Page, Get Over It!
Week 2~Heartwork, Not Artwork
Week 3~Doodling, An Artform
Week 4~Writer’s Block
Week 5~Made in the Shade
WORKSHOP FEE: $60.00
Shades of Grey
A journey into the timeless art of Moleskine Journaling.
We  will use ‘Shades of Grey’ Pitt Pens, Caran d’ache watersoluble
crayon, and black & white images to create pages worthy of a
Moleskine’s handcrafted covers. This class will consist of 3
video demonstrations, and a collage sheet download.
Week 1~ It’s the Pitts!
Week 2~ Not always black or white
Week 3~ Grey’s or Gray’s Anatomy?
WORKSHOP FEE $40.00
Pursuing Portraits
Journal your way to a self portrait that reflects your true self. During this 6 week
course you will work in the comfort and safety of your own Art Journal. This will be an
exploration of our own self and the face that we see in the mirror each morning as we
dig deep to find what lies behind the face that we show to the world. Your face may
not even look like you, but it will be representative of the inner you. I will show you the
techniques I use in my portraits and guide you towards creating a face that is uniquely
yours.
Week 1~Facing the Facts
Week 2~Who Am I?
Week 3~Take a Look in the Mirror
Week 4~Be Comfortable in Your Own Skin
Week 5~It’s the Little Things That Matter Most
Week 6~Shout Out Loud or whisper softly
Class Fee $70.00
All of these workshops are open-ended allowing participants to work at their own pace and revisit the lessons as often as they like.
If you are in the San Diego area and would like to attend one of the live workshops I have coming up at the end of the month I would love to see you!  I will be at
San Diego, CA
The ABC’s of ATC’s
Exploring various mixed media techniques including, acrylic painting,
stamping, stenciling, charcoal, and an image transfer method using hand
sanitizer, we will create these fun Artist Trading Cards.
Friday, September 25th
all materials will be provided
Escondido, CA Workshop at the invitation of Lisa Bebi
Portraits with Pam Carriker
This class is based on my article in Cloth Paper Scissors, May/June 2009,
‘Wearing My HeArt on My Sleeve’ I will bring the Work in Progress pieces
featured and guide you step by step in creating a mixed media portrait that
incorporates a lovely, textured background, collage elements and my
techniques for creating a lovely portrait.
GalleryWorkshop attendees pay the Escondido Arts Partnership/Municipal
Gallery $65 if an EAP member/$75 if not a member
Saturday September 26th
Space is limited so be sure to sign up early. Once at the site, click on the ‘workshops’ tab to
find the workshop descriptions and sign up instructions
Hope to see you online or in person!

Expect the Unexpected

Some days don’t you get a bug to do something different? Last night as I was working in my Moleskine, I realized I only have a few pages left. It is almost full. So I started to look back through it and as always, some pages I love, some are OK, and some I still don’t think are finished. I sat there looking at a couple of pencil sketches and wanted to do something out of the ordinary for me, so I added a little Frida and Zettiology pizazz. It turned the ordinary sketches into something unexpected. I had so much fun doing something daring, and still keeping my style and even colors. I am going to spend a little while going back through my journal and adding to some of the pages until I am satisfied and they scream ‘no more’! to me. I really love this stage of journaling, adding the final layers. The pages keep evolving, hardly ever finished in one sitting, stages of completion until there is no more.

Pam Pastel’s

Ooops, was that a typo? Not really, this lovely medium is called Pan Pastel’s. I just love them so much I call them Pam’s Pastel’s:-) They are lovely, ultra soft, artist pastels that come in little cakes or pans. I often use them with other mediums, for a soft touch to

backgrounds or for quick coloring in my journal.

What I had not done before is to create a portrait using only the pastel’s, no paint. It gives a totally different feel to the work. Very soft looking, slightly out of focus. Lovely. And so fast you won’t believe it! Perfect for journal work. So this morning I decided to do a little video tutorial for you! It took a total of 23 minutes from start to finish for this portrait, and that includes fiddling with the camera, so you can see it is fast. There is no dry time, no mess, and quick coverage.

This is the portrait at the end of the video

This is the finished portrait. I used a little charcoal and some water soluble crayon on the background, the face is done only with the pastels and graphite pencil.

You can view the video here, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7zx5CfNLpI8

available in my etsy shop

Modigliani’s Muse

I was visiting blogs trying to catch up and was lead to another Modigliani lover. I just love the graceful lines of his portraits. Some are much more modern looking than I usually like, but the fluid lines always make me stop and take a closer look.

I guess that is what art does, it makes one stop and take a closer look. What type of art makes this happen for each of us individually can be completely different. That is what’s so wonderful about art, there is something for everyone.

This is a little journal page I did last night. I cannot even begin to tell you how lovely it was to start out a bit stressed from the day and finish 20 minutes later in a totally different frame of mind. A simple sketch, some paint and a pencil. The best therapy for stress there is in my book.

Pursuing Portraits

Here is a sample journal page from my ‘Pursuing Portraits’ online workshop. I just finished up editing the videos and I’m ready to go! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GUKGuJQLGLs
We start July 7th, so if you’re interested in going on this journey head over to Creative Workshops and you can view the supply list and class details. CW is offering several mixed media workshops and adding new ones all the time here is one from Jodi Ohl, www.youtube.com/watch?v=TPYXk4cSTGE . If you are looking for something and don’t find it there, don’t hesitate to ask. Remember, the classes are open ended, so you can fit them in to your schedule:-)
Now to finish getting ready for the Southwest Missouri Art Teachers workshop tomorrow…