Something New

End results of the mixed-media workshop.

End results of the mixed-media workshop.

The studio space I now occupy is really special. I have plenty of workspace and room to conduct workshops in clay and other art forms. This past weekend I held my first ‘official’ workshop. My long time friend and fellow artist Cathy Grubman lead several of us in an abstract painting and mixed media project.  Cathy guided us step-by-step through the process and allayed all of our fears about perfecting our technique. Each of us was pleased with the results and the fully completed art we created to hang on our walls!  I’m already planning the next workshop I can teach which will feature a clay project. 

Cathy showed us work by Mark Rothko as inspiration for our first layer of color on the watercolor paper.

Cathy showed us work by Mark Rothko as inspiration for our first layer of color on the watercolor paper.

We started to layer textures of color on top of our background color fields. Sometimes we would repeat a pattern in two different colors.  

We started to layer textures of color on top of our background color fields. Sometimes we would repeat a pattern in two different colors.

 

We used acrylic paints in varying degrees of transparency.

We used acrylic paints in varying degrees of transparency.

I seem to make a mess when I work no matter what the medium!

I seem to make a mess when I work no matter what the medium!

We layered bits of paper on top of our painted surface. The 'tao' symbol was a guide for our layout.

We layered bits of paper on top of our painted surface. The 'tao' symbol was a guide for our layout.

Here's my completed project hanging in the clay-making space of my studio!

Here's my completed project hanging in the clay-making space of my studio!