Alrighty. Here it is. The last post for Portland. I've been dragging it out. I know. But seriously I could not shorten this first time. Nope.
My last class to teach was called Painting a Story. The whole class was based on an article I wrote and was published a few back in Somerset Life. Literally, I was just about busting at the seams to teach this! The story behind the painting is this, we all have a story to tell. Some tell it in words, some scrapbook, some take photos, and some paint. I talked for a spell about this and how through images we can tell our story. Actually I talked for a spell enough to make myself about cry, it was very hard not too. Very. But that is a HUGE indicator of passion, right? But I also can't help but giggle, the other indicator to me that there is not only passion, but zest for life in my soul.
So here I am demonstrating. We used the black gesso and chalk technique I like to use. I think next year I am on the books to create rich and textural NESTS using the secret ingredients (whaaaahhaaaaa.....laugh inserted here). But for this class, the technique was more about paint and collage. I loved everyone's story and how they developed it. It was awesome how everyone had such different perspectives. AND different abilities. Here below is a work in progress:
And here are my bird friends again, Becky and Christine. Becky it turns out has a blog. AND so does my friend Sheryl and Teresa!! So please visit and say hi. It's always nice to make new friends in blogworld, right?
Here are snipits from all the paintings. Somehow a few of you snuck out without my getting your finished piece photographed...hmmmmm (Rene).
Saturday night was vendor night. It was slow....painful. But still fun. Met the coolest artist ever. So opposite of me and yet I could not quit staring at it. Or chatting with them about their art. They probably left thinking I was some crazy blond from the south.
Overall, this first Art and Soul as an instructor went flawlessly. And already I've got peeps joining me next year. I'll be teaching textural nests and what I call "The American Still Life" ...think truck, camper and bike. Yep. See you there.....if not in Virginia Beach first in MARCH!!