Combining the excitement of working with this challenging medium with a passion for teaching, I am anticipating much fun in this short, activity-packed series of six classes - the first of a summer schedule here in Chewelah.
I can still feel nervous pin-pricks on the back of my neck as I remember G. Ruth Webb carrying her #20 rare, Kolinsky sable round (probably a $200+ brush) around the tables in my early watercolor experience, ready to rap on us or our stuff if we weren't doing things just right! A very successful watercolor and china painting artist, all of 4'10", this little British dynamo pounded some really good basic tenets in our heads right from the beginning. Then Kathleen Graddy brought her graduate art background to us in a much more congenial, but equally rigorous series of watercolor experiences through college level coursework. I caught the bug, and never stopped.
I give lots of credit to those first two teachers as I learned the right way from the beginning. "You are all creative people, but you will not be allowed to be creative in my class until you show me you understand what you are doing!" said G. Ruth many times. Not intending to ride that high horse, I still agree that understanding fundamentals about pigment, paper, tools, and techniques is a powerful beginning to coming to terms with this elusive medium. Let the classes begin!
Building a new website is not only exciting, but provides a great way to reinvent one's self without the clutter of the old site. So far, I love the Weebly platform, it is very user friendly and upgradeable and should grow with the business of exhibiting and teaching as I get further organized!
The studio is well underway - recent installation of a high-tech heat/cooling unit and new lighting have already made a HUGE difference - I actually like to be there! Now it's time to pull together a furniture arrangement to make the most of storage but leave lots of floor space for tables. I am looking forward to leaving the mat/framing stuff up instead of having to drag it back and forth.
Getting several pieces together for the grand opening of the Blue Moose Gallery here in Chewelah. How cool is that - a gallery here!! Scheduled for June 20, from 6-9... I have recognized it's time to change up paper sizes - all of my work is showing up in boring 1/2 sheet and full sheet rectangles - time to knock out some squares and strips!
The most exciting part of this week is packing for an acrylic workshop taught by the AMAZING Linda Kemp. An east coast Canadian artist/teacher, I jumped at the chance to work with her merely a half day drive from here in British Columbia at a mountain retreat - painting in a yurt:-) Check out her website: www.lindakemp.com
Enough for now - leave comments and suggestions if you like - I intend the blog to develop into ongoing discussions about art and painting - eventually photography when that portion of the site is developed. I would love to hear from you!