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!


Emilio said...

Good Bloog my friend!! Congratulations!!

good luck!! See you!

Jill Marie Shulse said...

Everyone's pages look soooo good! We'll have to finish up my book one of these days.