Collaboration Energy

It started with this: Three artists paint prayers for the strength of another…

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Three artists- Bill Shumway, Paige Shumway and I in a group at Pegasus Art Gallery, April 2016. My pieces are the two tall totem like ones, and the green one below the portrait Bill did of fellow artist Rick Bartow.

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The collaborative potential was there, so we set a date and laid out some paint up at my studio downtown. Sometimes we worked all together in a few hours, and other pieces we took home and worked on individually, taking turns with each one until we felt they were complete. Below are some shots of the work.

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There is really nothing like collaborative painting. There is a certain energy, a meeting of the minds…a dance…. For the first piece, our only guideline was to work from the sketches we’d all done at the memorial. We gave eachother permission to paint over one anothers work, unless we stated otherwise. If you want to learn yourself really quick- do a collab- it will clear up who you are immediatly. We worked well together – with ease and delight.

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Currently, most of these pieces are on display at OSU, Along with many other collaborations and some of our individual work:
A Plethora of Crows II
Bill Shumway and Don Ferguson
with Raymond Hunter, Edith Wolfe, Kevin Clark, Paige Shumway, Rachel Urista, and Brizz Meddings

The show is up until the end of December 28th at the Center for Humanities OSU, Autzen House Gallery from 4-6. The gallery is at 811 SW Jefferson Avenue is free and open to the public weekdays from 9 to 4. This show will carry on to the Benton Historical Socitey in January, 2017.

 

 

 

SALE! Wanderlust Online Art Workshop

Maybe you have already heard about the exciting, inspirational journey in mixed-media and art journaling that I’m teaching a section of next year?

It’s called Wanderlust and it’s a year long online course that includes 50 videos from 26 different teachers, (full list here: http://everything-art.com/Wanderlust/Teachers/ – and I’m one of them!)

My portion will cover mixed media painting, focusing on chalk pastels and pencils…Very excited to make scrumptious and yummy tutorials for you! I absolutely LOVE chalk pastels and worked with them in the past quiet a bit. Vibrant, with distinct textures, they can be the final POP on a mixed media painting.

Pencils and graphite are more versatile than you would think! Dark lines, thin or thick, soft or aggressive graphite really can be distinct and stand out in mixed media paintings. Oh Boy! I’m getting exciting about these materials just writing this! More details on my class to come.

Wanderlust 2016 has a promotional price until the 15th of December 2015. You can buy the whole Wanderlust 2016 course for only $100 (£65 / €89). After this date the regular price of the class is $152 (£99/ €137), so don’t hesitate and grab your seat now to enjoy the whole of 2016 with inspiration.

-1Being a member of the class also give you lots of other different kinds of activities on the Everything Art online community, creative challenges and exercises with prizes from our sponsors (including Golden, Daler-Rowney, 7Gypsies and DecoArt), interaction with teachers, motivating discussions, creative games, topics that will help you understand art and find a best way to express yourself, discounts from our partners and lots more!!

For this price you are going to travel with us through the whole world of creativity getting to know media, products and enjoying the variety that teachers from all over the world can offer you.

Click on the links to see the schedule of the classes, supply list , in-depth description and list of sponsors 

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Growing a Tree – Art Journaling Class

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This was a class  I taught earlier this summer at The Drawing Board in downtown Corvallis.  I had so much fun, we had so much fun! I loved seeing how students took the instructions and ran with it, creating their own unique pieces…

How expressive and freeing it can be to let go of the outcome, and just create. Sharing this love of journaling and giving others the tools and confidence to journal on their own was a blast!

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Students work was great! They really got into it!

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Below are a few images showing some of the basic steps… This was first taught to me by Orly Avineri, but I have made my own modifications. Check out her blog to see her fabulous work! 
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Paint, and adding texture. Shown here with brush strokes and a dry paper towel. I try to choose contrasting colors, and limit it to 2-3 colors.

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Over the paint, I layered some papers and did a light wash to tie the whole thing together….You can see the paper underneath the ink in the photo below.

Next, pour, splash, scratch out the wet ink! Have fun, be spontaneous, let go and let the ink do its thing!
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Glueing in leaves, inking on top and dotting more paint. Again, I limited my paint colors, to match the original underpainting colors and tie it all in together.IMG_5788

Once it dries, I just keep layering ink and marker to define leaves and other fine details. Have fun and make it your own!

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Hope this sparks an idea for you. Happy Journaling!

Map Obsession • Art Journal Demo


InSearchFullSpreadUristaRI discovered a way to save and work with all those maps I keep and love.

Since I was small, I’ve loved maps…I would pour over an Atlas for hours, dreaming about foreign lands and how immense the world looked to me. It was one big adventure!!

Recently, my love for maps resurfaced and had a great time figuring out how to use them in my journal…here are a few “In progress” images below… Please excuse some of the blurry photos.

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All those maps!! All those lines, colors and shapes. Patterns emerge, and retreat…What better use for them than in my journal?

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Glued in, a few washes of paint and some ink splatters…. Layering and washes continue below…

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When dry, I attached a note for myself and boxed out areas for writing.

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And thats it! Antique, modern and personal all at once! Hope this sparks some ideas for you and your journaling process.

Happy creating!