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Monday, January 9, 2017

Stuff I am doing and stuff I feel about.

I finally finished my new online class,  Soul Dwellings. I have been working on it for several months. There is so much new material I want to teach so I made the decision to create several classes one after another.This first in a series focuses on values, atmosphere, an introduction to composition elements and mark making.
Another thing I discuss and demonstrate is making the background for figures to live in. Powderd charcoal is a wonderful media to use as a starting point and something I have been experimenting with which you will see. Here are the projects I complete in the class. There will also be several videos on learning the techniques as well as making beautiful and mysterious collage elements to incorporate in some of the final pieces.

 I combined one of the scribble exercises to collage onto this piece of art. The wire element gives her stability as well as creating the another way to explore scribble and mark making using wire.

This piece was a final painting that I started out using the soft charcoal. I decided to push the portrait further by incorporating oil bars and oil paint.

 Here I work a figure with a very abstract figure and more defined face.

 This is a journal page and I demonstrate my favorite way to create journal spreads making drawings to use as collage elements with the scribble mark making and really busy, fun with lots of eye candy. I decided that I wanted to make this a more refined painting. I took the journal page and mounted onto a wood cradled board and continued to cover up some areas to give the painting some rest.
I also go over the composition principle of called fulcrum, which was the "bones" of the piece.

The composition element I worked with here is the cruciform. I take some of the collage elements made in some of the other videos and used them to create a cruciform composition. I pull it all together with the portrait I paint on top.

 Here is another project incorporating a landscape with a figure. I start out with a powered charcoal background and the building and figure emerge from this atmospheric piece

Here is the link to the class. It starts Jan. 30 and the early bird price is $75.00 (The price goes up to $85.00 once the class starts)

I ALSO HAVE BECOME MORE ACTIVE WITH MY ETSY STORE with lots of art and my classes. I will have new pieces going up weekly so check it out.

So as some of you know, I taught a class on Jeanne Oliver's site Children of the Wild. I just loved the theme and continued to create children with their animal muse/companion. I have written in the past about my experience visiting an abandoned reformatory school in North Carolina. I researched the place to discover that many children that lived there were abandoned by their families. I felt this emotional attachment to these "children" and wasn't quite sure why. I photographed inside and out this abandoned campus. As I was looking at the photos and thinking about the children the thought came to mind, if I can save these children I can save myself. Well that is kinda deep!
A darling friend said to me, so now are you an orphan?!! She has a great sense of humor and I laughed but it did make me wonder why this feeling. The one thing that comes to mind was my impulsive move to Calif as a young adult. I was a wild child and jumped into a crazy, abusive relationship.I moved in with him.I thought I was quite cavalier free spirit but what I was was scared!
 My family, in particular my parents, were appalled. My dad told the family 'out of site out of mind'. I realized that my family abandoned me. For my part , my ego would not allow myself to ask my family for help. I was supposed to be this successful artist in Los least that was what I told them. Less than a year later my dad died of a heart attack. It was the worst year of my life and I felt totally and utterly alone.I continued to make horrible life decisions. I put myself in danger with very reckless behavior. Now I know this is a buzz kill but I thought I would let the viewer into some of my emotional history I bring into my art. It also has brought purpose into my life . I have been privileged to be of service to women and that my past has made me a good messenger of hope. I rescue abandoned animals. I respond to the underdog. I don't dwell on my past as a victim, , but rather make it holy in my work.

I actually had another topic to discuss but I will share that on another post. Also my next post will have alot more color in it! At least for me. In fact I am going to add pink!
 Thanks for reading.......kate

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

It was my first international workshop I taught and it was in Italy!!

First off  I want to thank Kristin and Bill Steiner from Adventures in Italy for hosting my workshop in Orvieto. If you don't think dreams come true, in which I am always skeptical, they do. I discovered Kristin and Bill several years ago through an article in one of the Stampington Magazines. The article featured a lovely artist I admire. She had just returned from a workshop she taught in Italy and was working on a new online class. Ok I want to do that. Five years ago that seed was planted. Now dreams do come true, but you do have to do the footwork which I did. Kristin and Bill accepted my proposal enthusiastically. We worked over a year together planning my workshop.Over the year and a half there was some doubt it wouldn't happen but I kept trudging away and yes it happened and I will always be so grateful to Bill and Kristin ,
There were so many wonderful and meaningful moments in Orvieto. Our lovely studio in the spiritual holy space within the Convent B&B which was a former palace, San Lodovico.

Here are some of the student work. So much talent and fun memories in the studio

Here are the girls:

I have to say one of my most memorable moment happened when I entered the Duomo in Orvieto. I have been studying this church and its incredibly powerful fresco painter, Luca Signorelli. It was a stunning visual experience as well as a deeply personal spiritual awakening. I went with the group and had to go back on my own to experience again and look at every inch of Signorelli's fresco. In the cathedral I noticed an old fashioned confessional. The sign read confession in progress. I saw the light on and went in. I talked to the priest about my mother who is deceased. It was a special moment since I rediscovered my Catholic religion again a year ago. I know talking religion isn't the easiest issue to talk but I had to share it here because this is why this experience was so powerful to me. I later sat at the back of the church and absorbed the magnificent splendor of this powerful church. The reason the church was built was due to a miracle that happened in 1263. As a priest celebrated a mass in Orvieto, he was saying the prayer of consecration when the host started to bleed. The pope made the decision to build this church. I do believe in miracles but there is also scientific evidence proving this. Either way I find this stuff extremely interesting to read about. .

When we arrived in Rome we were walking in the Piazza near our hotel and this is the first thing I heard. Oh my God, I burst into tears. He was incredible and at that moment I realized I was in Italy and experiencing this beautiful music. This is just a bit of the experience

My traveling buddies in Rome. This was the one and only day we stayed in Rome. Yes I want to go back. I loved the big city vibe and all the beautiful people. The Italians are gorgeous both men and women...oh lala. The people watching was delicious!! We did go to the Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel. Glynda was able to sneak this shot of the Sistine Chapel.  So often when I see very famous paintings I am a bit underwhelmed when I see them in person, but not Michelangelo. I could sit here  for hours.

So one of places I have studied over the years was the Ponte Sant'Angelo. My fracturedangel work lead me to this. Truly another moment I manifested several years ago.

It was a crazy crazy day and we got lost over and over. I really need to go back there and spend a full week. My friend Lorri and I went out that night to a local saturday night hang out. Love was in the air. Beautiful couples walking everywhere and enjoying life. Oh would this have been a different experience for me if I would have traveled here in my 20's. But I was able to take in the wonderful energy of the night and enjoy. I was opening myself up to the city and feeling alive, really alive!

We spent a couple days in Florence. My biggest moment there was climbing the 496 steep winding steps to the top of the Duomo in Florence. Did I ever take this moment in!

I have more travel pictures on my Facebook group. I just wanted to share more about how I felt while there. It is the moments where there were no cameras or videos just me experiencing and taking in which is where the big stuff happened. Being clear and present during each moment. I think that is why travel is so important. It is a time for me to go into an active meditation and treasuring and experience every single moment.
So now I am back in the studio with about a week of down time. Coming back I realize I need to make some changes in my career. I wasn't sure what they were to be but allowing my mind to be open during my trip gave room to new ideas and answers. Now it is time to do the work.....

Oh, I just got news....I will be returning to Orvieto to teach Sept. 2018!!!