This Monday through Wednesday, 9/16-18, I will be filming a FREE online workshop for 3 hours each day with www.curiousmondo.com. In this special 3-part comprehensive paper clay workshop, you will learn all about working with paper clay, from creating designs, to sculpting the clay in bas-relief, painting and finishing your piece, and adding collage materials with some of my mixed media techniques. If you miss any classes, you can purchase them to view at a later date and own access to this comprehensive, three-part paper clay workshop forever. The paid version will include extra projects, patterns, step-by-step instruction download, materials lists and bonus instructional footage. I promise it will be something special! Learn more about this workshop at https://www.curiousmondo.com/dimensional-art-paper-clay-free
2 DAY WORKSHOP IN SALT LAKE CITY
I am excited to announce that I will be teaching a fun paper clay workshop in Salt Lake City, Utah, on September 14 & 15 at The Pioneer Craft House. In this two-day class, we will focus on birds and cover all the fundamentals of working with paper clay in bas-relief on wood panels. I am exited to teach at this beautiful venue in this beautiful city! For more information go to:
LAST WORKSHOP OF THE YEAR
The workshop in Salt Lake City will be the last workshop I will be teaching for an entire year. I have decided I need to get back to art making and try some new things that I have been thinking about. I love teaching, but I want to concentrate on my work in the coming year without planning workshops. This includes my annual workshop in Oaxaca, Mexico. Stay tuned for updates and future plans for workshops starting in September of 2020.
FREE ONLINE PAPER CLAY WORKSHOP
I will also be filming three FREE online classes with www.curiousmondo.com. In this special 3-part paper clay workshop, you will learn all about working with paper clay, from creating designs, to sculpting the clay in bas-relief, painting and finishing your piece, and adding collage materials with some of my mixed media techniques. On Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, September 16, 17, and 18, you can access these classes for FREE. If you miss the classes, you can purchase them to view at a later date and own access to this comprehensive, three-part paper clay workshop forever. The paid version will include extra projects, materials lists and bonus instructional footage. I promise it will be something special! Learn more about this workshop at https://www.curiousmondo.com/dimensional-art-paper-clay-free
Once again I met a group of wonderful artists who took my most recent paper clay workshop. We spent two days working on 3-dimensional art pieces, beginning with clay work and ending with painting and collage work. I was delighted that many of my students had previously taken workshops from me. And what a creative bunch of art makers they were.
The second day is always fun because these pristine little works of art become something else altogether. We start out by bringing out the detail work in the clay with contrasting colors. Then add color with transparent paints. I love the luminous look of everyone’s work. And check out the creativity. What an inspiration!
Of course, with 16 enthusiastic people, there is more work that I showed. The magic of a workshop is that you get to see how everyone else goes about their process. Often there is every level of skill from “never-did-this-before” beginners to advanced…even professional artists. And we all learn from each other. Since paper clay is new to most participants, it’s a fun exploration for everyone. Thank you to my wonderful class, to OSLP’s Arts and Cultural Program for the wonderful space, and to you for checking out the class art and reading all this!
Each time I return to Oaxaca, I am more in love with the place. Such a soulful place to come and make art with like-minded people. And we could not have had a more fun-loving group on this tour. Women joined us from one end of the US to the other, including NYC, Hawaii, Florida, the Southwest, and the Northwest.
Our agenda was packed with trips to meet artisans, see museums and gallery shows, shop the mercados and street vendors, eat in world class restaurants and in people’s homes, plus of course meeting in our studio at the beautiful Casa Colonial to make art everyday! Below you will see our gallery of art pieces. Some are still in the works, some are getting more embellishments at home, and some I did not get pictures of. But you can see the variety of work we managed to get done in only a few hours each day (click on images to enlarge them).
Our excursions, lead by my tour partner, Jewel Murphy, who speaks, took us to out of the way places to discover more about the creative side of Oaxaca. We visited ceramic artists, assemblage artists, installation curators, print makers, weavers, wood carvers, painters and more. Plus Jane, owner and character of the casa, invites her favorite artisans to drop by with their wares. It is an artist’s wonderland of inspiration.
It is impossible to show you everything we did, ate, saw, learned, experienced, absorbed. But I think we all came away feeling like the people of this region are about as kind and loving as they come. They are grateful for our tourism and financial support for their community. We felt welcomed, well taken care of and were sad to leave. We won’t say goodbye, just “hasta luego”…see you later.
How lucky was I to be featured on a blog about art and creativity by Wanda Fudge!
Check out the post here.
Look through her other posts and you will be amazed at how many great artists she has featured! What a creative inspiration hub she has compiled. I feel fortunate to be included!
In the industrial area of Northeast Portland, there is an amazing studio space called Arcangelo Studio offered by Stacey Mattraw where she holds workshops, gatherings, meet-ups and get-togethers of all kinds. Her assistant Cecily Cacau helped me gather a group for a two day paper clay workshop and we were off and running. I always love my workshops, they are filled with fun-loving people who are ready to try something new. I teach what I know, but everyone contributes something special to the class and we all benefit.
The first day was devoted to sculpting in bas-relief on panels with paper clay. People picked a bird or a rabbit from my pile of images or brought their own. Here are the working hands from the first day:
The second day, we dove headfirst into painting our clay work after it dried overnight. Some were going for more of a realistic look, while others were more abstract and fanciful. I love the results people got. And am very impressed with how everyone did since only a couple people had used paper clay before this class. I think the hardest thing about teaching any workshop is that I meet a bunch of new, fun, interesting art makers and then when class is over, I rarely see them again. But still I am grateful to have spent the time we had together. I feel very blessed to be able to help others learn a new medium. Aside from making art, there really isn’t anything I’d rather do.
Below are the “almost finished being painted” pieces. I am hoping to post final art if they send me images to share. But I think this work looks pretty darn good for paper clay beginners! (click on the images to see them larger)
I am excited to teach a workshop in NE Portland at a beautiful studio venue called Arcangelo. We will be working on birds and animals to learn the techniques of working with the clay. Here is the flyer about it…registration is now open and we have 3 people so far. So if you are interested, email me to please get registered before Jan. 11! firstname.lastname@example.org
Having traveled to Oaxaca 6 times now, I can see changes happening over the years. The city continues to gentrify itself with new interesting shops, galleries, restaurants, bakeries and cafes. But what is really exciting is the emerging printmaking community. There have always been print makers in Oaxaca, but since it has become a political voice for the people, there are lots of studios where printmakers are creating amazing work. In addition to exciting street art and murals, now there are prints on thin paper that are plastering the ancient walls of the city. And so it continues, the creative merging of the old and the new, that I call “Oaxaca Cool.”
On March 22, we will be starting another 10 day tour in this exotic place where food is at the center of life, and art is at the head of the table. We plan our trip to get the most from every day we are there. Our hacienda offers lovely rooms, amazing meals, gorgeous gardens, an open air studio, plus a library and art collections to die for. We spend mornings making art, and afternoons exploring. We take the roads less traveled and visit artisans in their humble homes and workshops to see how they do what they do so well. We venture out for special meals at the some of the best dining experiences in the area. It really is the best way to see Oaxaca…with others who love art and making art.
We will have a couple of projects to work on while we are there that include paper clay, collage and assemblage work. We will be inspired by what we see and be able to reflect it in our work. To me, that is the best way to travel…see a lot of amazing stuff…get inspired…make art to reflect and express. For me, I can only take in so much before I have to make something.
You can read more about our itinerary and get details on our blog by clicking here.
We only take 10 people…and we already have 5 without having advertised it yet. So if you are interested, you should contact my partner and our Cultural Curator, Jewel Murphy at email@example.com.
Dates: March 22-30, 2019
Wow what a wonderful place to hold a workshop! Carrie Moore Studios in Oregon City is every artist's dream. Carrie Moore, an artist, workshop facilitator and all around wonderful person has this amazing home and gorgeous studio out in the country in Oregon City. She has an ongoing workshop schedule that includes all kinds of options to keep the creatively inclined creating (http://carriemoorestudios.com/new-events/)! This week, 9 wonderful artists came from all over northern Oregon to gather for two days of inspiration and art making. The beautiful and tranquil surroundings certainly had their effect on all of us.
The first day everyone prepared their boards and created their paper clay work. I am always amazed at how well everyone does adapting to this new way of making art. You can see their unpainted clay work from Day One below. You can click on the images to see them larger.
On the second day, we added finishes and painted the clay work. Though not everyone finished their pieces, everyone got off to a great start. Some even began adding collage elements to their work. You can see their semi-completed works below...I am hoping they will send me pictures of their finished pieces so I can post them at the end of this page. You can click on the images to see them larger.
I want to thank all the wonderful people who took my workshop. It is always hard to end my classes because we become friends for to two full days, and then we part ways! But we always remain together in spirit...remembering how we all gain on so many levels when we come together to make art. Especially in such a beautiful place. Until we meet again my friends. Keep making art and making the world a better place.
I have wanted to visit Chiapas for years. It is remote, primitive and beautiful. It is a land of many different terrains and indigenous groups. We visited 7 very different locations including the eco village of Villahermosa, the ruins at Palenque, the magnificent Miso-Ha Waterfall, the crystal blue waters of Cascadas Agua Azul, the beautiful city of San Cristobal de las Casas, the spectacular Sumidara Canyon, and the sweet town of Chiapa de Corzo on the gigantic Grijalva River. It was an adventure from beginning to end.
Chiapas has a reputation for unrest which makes most people think it is dangerous to travel there. And while they have problems from time to time, it is a very kind and peaceful place where tourists are safe and welcome.
We visited the Mayan ruins and museum at Palenque which were magnificent. And we stopped at the famous Cascadas de Agua Azul, a series of waterfalls found on the Xanil River known for their crystal blue color. The rain forest here (Lacandon Jungle) is one of the last remaining in North America as it stretches south to Guatemala. Sadly it is being cut down for farming corn, and the people do not understand about crop rotation, and so they are constantly cutting down more trees. There are better practices being taught but it has been a slow transition. The people here are just trying to survive and are not educated. Hopefully things will change soon or we will lose this resource that will take 500 years to replace.
Then we reached the beautiful city of San Cristobal de las Casas to find that all the major churches had been affected by recent earthquakes and were walled off with corrugated steel until repaired. But the charm and beauty of the city were still there for all to see.
This area is mostly known for textiles. Back strap loom weaving and hand embroidery are the two most common crafts here. I am in awe of the work that goes into all their pieces and how masterful they are with color combinations. Click on the images below to see them larger.
I was drawn to Chiapas because of metal crosses I had seen in other regions of Mexico. When I asked where they were from, it was always Chiapas. We visited the workshop and gallery of one of the most well know metalsmiths of the San Cristobal, Guadelupe Hermosilla. Beautiful work. You can click on the images below to see them larger.
Perhaps the high point of our trip, of which there were so many, was a visit to two nearby villages, Chamula and San Lorenzo Zinacantan, where we were able to observe old world traditions and ceremonies in their churches and zocalos (city centers).
I will be forever moved by this trip to Chiapas. These kind and loving people here need our financial support. Our tourist dollars are what fuel their local economy and make opportunities for the indigenous people. You will be shocked at how inexpensive everything is. Something that can take a person a day to make sells for about 2-3.00. I will be back for sure...and with a much larger suitcase next time.
In San Cristobal is an old nunnery called Na-Balom (House of the Jaguar) where Frans Blom an explorer and archeologist, and Gertrude Duby Blom, a journalist and photographer created their home and spent over fifty years in Chiapas collecting tools, crafts, archeological pieces and clothing, especially related to the Lacandon Jungle and people. The museum holds a wealth of history about this primitive tribe that still exists today.
In San Cristobal, lives Sergio Castro, a healer who serves the poorest of people every day of the week for free. He supports his efforts with donations from tourists to his museum where he has collected the traditional clothing of more than 20 indigenous groups of Chiapas. His presentation is excellent, entertaining and succinct. He has been recognized by news media all over the world and honored for his humanitarian work. Click on the images to see them larger.
Life doesn't get any better than meeting wonderful creative people, making art together for 3 full days and being in a inspirational location like The Mendocino Art Center. I am feeling very blessed. This workshop included using both collage and paper clay to create saints, goddesses, guardians and angels. Everyone made such beautiful and heartfelt pieces. Some work slowly and methodically, others are fast and free. See their work below, mostly on their way to becoming finished pieces, awaiting more embellishments and refinement. Click on each image to see it larger along with the artist's name.
It was truly a wonderful experience to share. It is always hard to say goodbye when we have taken a short journey together. I am hoping to cross paths again with these fine women.
Well each time I teach at this charming venue in downtown Springfield, I find new things. New artists showing, new gift shop items, new volunteers, new shops and restaurants in the neighborhood. There's a lot going on in the place. It's jumpin'. How nice that a community supports something so central to a happy city.
My paper clay workshop was amazing. Seven wonderful women, each with her own way of making art. I am so lucky to be working with people who are wanting to expand their art making. It is exciting to watch everyone enjoy this flexible and forgiving medium. The possibilities are endless. Thank you to my wonderful class. Hope to see you all again someday.
Once again, I will be part of Beverly Soasey's annual studio sale which starts this Saturday and runs through November and December! This show is touted as the best one in Eugene from the people coming to the sale. Five artists will be showing their wares, plus we have a fun Porch Flea Market Sale. Join us for some festive cheer and see your friends while you check out all the cool stuff at this notable sale.
SALE LOCATION: 1101 West 18th Avenue, Eugene (Green house on the corner of 18th and Van Buren)
● Friday . . . . . . December 1 . . . . . 4 - 8
● Saturday . . . . December 2 . . . . . 10 - 6
● Sunday . . . . . . December 3 . . . . . 11 - 5
● Saturday . . . . December 9 . . . . . 10 - 6
I have to say, my most recent workshop at Oregon Art Supply was full of such creative and fun loving people that I forgot I was teaching. We had a great time together. I think that's what is best about workshops. You have a chance to experience art making with other people and see the variety of results that happen. It's a joyous event.
Anyway...here are the animal portraits that were made...some not quite finished...but all are wonderful. Remember, no one had done this before.
I love that we used minimal color. I think the images have a very graphic feel...kind of like print making. When a design is good, it doesn't really need color. Thanks you to my students for the great work I get to share.
For the past few years, I have been making paper clay portraits of endangered species in party hats. My theme, "The Going Away Party," is my disturbing and irreverent way of getting people to take a second look...and maybe read my captions. Some of our most beloved animals are in danger of extinction within our lifetime. This is outrageous! They are the victims of our greed and stupidity, pure and simple.
You can see all the animals and read more about them, along with what you can do to help in the gallery on my website: Click Here.
This Friday, my animal portraits will be on display for the first time at Oregon Art Supply in their little gallery in the back of the store. The opening is from 5:30-7:30 and there will be party favors for everyone! See their website for details: http://www.oregonartsupply.com/category-s/1961.htm
In conjunction with the show, I am teaching a two-day workshop on making animal portraits in paper clay at Oregon Art Supply as well. So you can bring your own image to work from (a favorite pet?) or I will provide nice images of rabbits or birds. If you want to work from your own image, be sure it is very clear with the face and neck sized to fit your substrate. Details about the workshop can be found HERE.
I hope to see you at the show or in the workshop! Thanks for caring enough to read this whole thing. If you email me and mention my blog, I will send you a FREE greeting card of one of my animal images.
I have literally hundreds of images from this trip to Oaxaca. I could have shot thousands more. The art, the colors, the food, the people, the creativity...it's all so astoundingly gorgeous. And yet there is extreme poverty all around. Oaxacans are among the poorest people in Mexico. But that does not dampen their spirits or love of beauty. Anyone who can make something does it beautifully.
The focus of our tour was art. So we stayed close to town, visiting artists and artisans in their studios, workshops and homes. All live simply in this climate that has endured years of drought. Water is more precious that Mezcal. It stormed a few times at night while we were here, but was bone dry by the next morning. We even had a couple of earth quakes.
The art we made was a reflection of our surroundings. Fantastical and organic. Growing from within, combining with bits of this and that until we created our Everyday Saints to help guide us to the next phase of our lives.
These are Everyday Saints, each one designed and created by one of our student artists...all different skill levels, from beginning to advanced and even professional. You are never too old to try something new!
It is hard to paint a beautiful enough picture of my workshop in Oaxaca this year. Wonderful city and people of Oaxaca, excellent and engaged workshop students, terrific partner and cultural curator (Jewel Murphy), stunning yet homelike accommodations, family atmosphere with an excellent and giving staff, and the constant creative inspiration every artist dreams of. My head is spinning.
From the artwork, (classical to contemporary, museum to street art), to the street vendors, public markets, little shops and exclusive boutiques, you become overloaded with imagination. It is truly unbelievable and something every artist should experience. This is not a rich society at all, but the people are wealthy with family, friends, celebrations, fiestas, ceremonies and above all, creativity. I cannot say enough about the kindness and warmth of this city, state and country. I am sad that our country has treated this one so poorly. And yet we are still genuinely welcomed here.
There is a celebration almost every day. Weddings include a parade of the bride and groom down the city streets, with dancing girls, a band and the wedding party passing out little shots of Mescal to all they encounter. Life is a celebration here. As I write this, the casa where I am staying is hosting a weekly jazz concert in their garden. People are streaming in. I love it here.
There is a supreme respect for tradition in Oaxaca. Mexicans come here from larger cities to see what life was like before things became modernized. Traditions are preserved here, but a lot of the young people are not interested in keeping the old ways alive. It could be that in another 50 years, all the old world arts will be lost.
Below I am posting some of the images of the art created here during our 10 days of creativity. You can click on the images to see them larger. They have paper clay milagros in the center of a papered box frame. We are already talking about next year's trip. They say if you eat the crickets (chapulines) you will come back. And I ate a lot of them on this trip.
Watch for my next posting of our work in Oaxaca and more images of our wonderful time here.
Last year I submitted an application to the Mendocino Art Center to be an Artist in Residence for their 2016-2017 season. Gratefully I was selected. However, I had already committed to other things by the time I got the news...so I could only stay for the month of February. Graciously, they accommodated me with an apartment and a studio as a Visiting Artist!
Below are a few shots of my apartment, studio, the town, the ocean and surroundings. As a visiting artist, you just work on whatever you like and do a presentation at the end. My presentation is coming up this week. I will hate to leave this magical place.
The fine members of the Brownsville Art Association reached out to me to teach this one last workshop in Oregon this winter. So if you were wanting a winter workshop to kick start your art making for the new year, this is it!
Two-day Paper Clay Workshop, Jan 20–21, 2017, Fri–Sat, 10 am–4 pm. We will be working with native birds at this special workshop at the Brownsville art center. More information here.
The Safety Pin movement is such a simple and yet perfect concept. Wear a safety pin to show that you support kindness, compassion, fairness and diversity. And that you are an ally for anyone feeling afraid because of discrimination of any kind.
What a beautiful concept. I like to think it is the American way.
To bring more attention and add more love to the concept, I decided to make little hearts from paper clay and attach them to my safety pins. I shared them with friends and family. Each recipient was so happy to wear their pin that I thought about getting more people making them so more people could share them. Plus what a wonderful way to gather people together for a common good.
So I recruited a group of generous, creative women who formed an assembly line of crafters. And on a rainy Sunday afternoon, we gathered together at a donated space with all our supplies. First we all made hearts with paper clay, and then when we amassed a bunch of them, we broke into smaller groups to insert the wire hangers, dry them, paint them, attach them to the pins and coat them with gloss varnish. Together we made more than 350 of them. It was uplifting, healing and reaffirming for all of us and at the end of the day, each person left with a collection of heart pins to share.
We decided to call them Take Heart Safety Pins. And I created a youtube video showing how to make them so that maybe others will make and share them in their own communities.
And thank you for being a good person and caring enough to read this whole blog entry.