Monday, March 30, 2009

Whispering Woodlands

This past weekend I taught a class at Whispering Woodlands, near Madison, Wisconsin. I arrived on Friday Evening to find a funky retro dome house with attached studio. Jackie the owner gave me a tour and I unloaded and set up for class. I was treated to a delicious dinner and good company. Saturday the weather was spring-like but that changed with a snow storm on Saturday night. Above is the view outside the studio window.

Sunday morning it was cloudy and snow covered outside, but warm and colorful inside the studio.

In two days we were able to paint and assemble an Interactive Book. We worked with a limited palette of only three colors, plus black and white and I was amazed at how each of us had further developed our own unique palette of colors.

Jackie Hefty, the owner of Whispering Woodlands owns a funky retro 70's dome house. It has been updated to the 21st century while retaining some of the unique characteristics such as the triangular windows seen in the background of this picture. Jackie is standing to the right explaining some pictures from previous workshops to class attendee Rachel.

This is Rachel's interactive picture that she painted of her daughter Ruby. I love this painting for it's illustration of sheer joy! When you pull a tab Ruby's eyes move back and forth. Rachael did a wonderful job of mixing a flesh tone using only the colors Quinacridone Red, Phthalo Blue, and Quinacridone Nickel Azo Gold. Actually all of the colors made in this class came from these three colors. We also used black in one of the techniques to illustrate the painting technique of making different shades of a color.

Mary Ann and Maurine are busy at work. As usual, in retrospect, I did not take as many pictures as I wished that I had.

Mary Ann had to leave early on Sunday, so unfortunately I didn't get to take many pictures of her work.

For Maurine's shifting eyes interactive page she chose a lion for the subject. I find the contrast of the geometric squares on the background to the organic shapes of the lion very interesting. I also like the lion and butterfly combination!

You can see all the snow in the background of this picture. It was a beautiful Sunny day on Saturday, snow storm on Saturday night and by Sunday afternoon the Sun was back out again. March went out like a Lion for Maurine weather wise and subject wise! ;)

Aren't these colors gorgeous? Attendees left with a book ready to be decorated with journaling, poems, or collage.

Quinacridone Nickel Azo Gold was the only color used on this sunny page. Look at the variety of tints that was achieved.

Everyone's sun was even unique, with it's own personality!

I love teaching and hope to do much more of it in the future!

Saturday, March 21, 2009

You Gotta Have Art!

These are the mixed media monoprints that I made for the Cedarburg Cultural Center's "You Gotta Have Art Event" currently on display. They are 4" x 6" plus the size of the frame.


Unraveled Nest


This one is titled "Lost".

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Pine Valley Fundraiser

I made this barn owl for the Pine Valley Wildlife Hospital and Educational Center. They are having a fundraiser on April 4 at the Roadhouse Bar & Grill in Cedarburg, Wisconsin. A "Night on the Wild Side" features a silent auction, live auction and raffle 5:00pm - 8:00pm and Pine Valley Wildlife Presentation at 6:00pm. The Alex Wilson Band plays at 9:00 (one of my favorite local bands).

I painted the owl with acrylics on an old wooden casting pattern. I have a large number of these wooden casting patterns from Gilson Bros in Fredonia - auction treasures. The metal tag for the pattern number was where the owl's face is so I moved it to the side. I also added a feather from my chicken named Victoria. She is 11 years old now and is the queen of our animal shed.

I also donated one of my soulful bird collages and a signed copy of my book "Interactive Art Workshop". It is for a wonderful cause and should be a great time...come join us!

Wednesday, March 4, 2009


Wendy Pettifer from New Zealand is the winner of my OWOH giveaway. Thank you to everyone who participated and visited my blog.