April Workshop • Exploring Art Journaling at Studio262

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Excited to announce I’ll be teaching an Art Journal workshop this April at Studio262 in Corvallis. I’ve taken a short sabbatical from teaching this past fall and winter, feeling recharged and ready to go! This one is based off a fun and playful class I taught last year. We used our hands to paint, mixed and glued…and had a bunch of fun!

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This April, we’ll explore mixed media in the form of art journaling. Its easier than you think! We’ll go step by step and play with mixing acrylic paints, papers, graphite and oil pastels and make textures and shapes.

Learn about the practice of art journaling and complete one spread during the class. Please bring your own journal or sketchbook. All other materials provided.

Workshop Fee is $20. Ages 14 to adult. Min. 3, Max 12 students. Pre-registration is required.

To save your place, sign up online at Studio262WorkshopPage

Feel free to email me with any questions. I’m looking forward to getting my hands dirty with you!

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21 Secrets Online Course- A Sneek Peek!!

I have been away from blog and Facebook for a little while… That is because I have been working on creating something very exciting…my portion of  the 21 Secrets online class “Dream Voyages” 

Exited to share with you a sneek peek below!

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In my course we will voyage into our dreams!  First we’ll create richly layered backgrounds to create what I call dreamscapes. We will further explore this land by working with images, adding symbolic writing and start to unlock the messages they hold.  Wont you join me?

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21 Secrets is a gathering of 21 super talented artists to bring you 21 online art journaling courses. The course is composed of both videos and a digital version. I really love their vision, and there are still spots left! I hope you will consider joining me and 20 other amazing artists this fall.

Journal Spread: To Open

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開ける- to Open. Messages carried over rainbows…

Layering, layering, layering…hand painting, smearing, mixing materials. Organic textures emerge unexpectedly. In this spread, I worked on being aware of the process, letting it guide me rather than trying to controlling it. I am really enjoying seeing where working in this manner is taking me.  Do you work in this manner? See where it might lead you!

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Journal Spread: Messages Amidst Mess

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Playing in the paint…dab, smear, splatter. Getting emotions out on paper, releasing the days stress. What first appears as a mess, sharpens. Images start to emerge. Narratives develop naturally. Messages surface, stop and reflect. Sometimes when emotions and life seem messy, there are messages for us to find within them.

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Rainbows in the Dark

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OfRainbowsCLOSE_JournalSpread_Fall2013OfRainbows_JournalSpread_Fall2013Journal Spread; Pastels, Marker, ink, and Black Gesso.

I started this journal spread, using pastels and thin ink pens back in the Summer of 2012 but struggled to finish it – so closed the book…so to speak.

I had all but forgotten about this spread until there came an evening, a few months ago, when my friend had some leftover black gesso and a I had a bit of bravery on hand…

This particular combination lead to something remarkable, expressive and symbolic.

The Mighty Oaks

While working on my latest art project, I decided to soak in some sun and inspiration, and also study my topic (Trees!) up close! Come take a walk with me!

Enjoy the grace and beauty, personality and strength of these mighty and ancient oaks.

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And back in the studio… a visitor appeared amongst my tree study!

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There came a sense of humor in this sketch as I hung “木” Trees and “林” forests in her branches. Her whimsical face reminds me to enjoy the season; to look closer when I am on my nature walks; notice the rainbows of leaves drifting down, see how the wind makes shadows dance in the approaching fall storms, and admire the jarring contrasts of brilliant orange trees against the deep grey sky.   

Enjoy this wonderful Fall season and of course, the company of Trees!