Kate Thompson

Kate Thompson

Fractured Angel Class

Fractured Angel Class
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Teaching 2014

January 25-26- Lexi Grenzer's Studio, San Jose, Calif.

Art and Soul- Kansas, MO- Fabric Collage-March 19Fabric Art Book- March 20-21http://www.artandsoulretreat.com/retreat-KC-artists.php#ThompsonKate
Art and Soul-Portland, Or- Fabric Art Book-April 7-8Fabric Collage-April 10http://www.artandsoulretreat.com/retreat-PDX14-artists.php#ThompsonKate
Art is You Dixie- Olive Branch, MSApril 28-29- Fabric Collage and PaintingApril 30-Portraits on Fabric and Paperhttp://www.art-is-you.com/mysitecaddy/site3/artis...dixieworkshops.htm

Random Arts-Saluda,NC.May 10-11 - Painting with plaster, paper and fabric on wood

June 21-22 Jacksonville Florida SoMMASociety of Mixed Media Artists-Fabric Collage 2 day classhttp://sommartists.com/events/
July 31-Aug1- Art Unraveled Phoenix, ArizonaFabric Art BookAug 3-Fanciful Headdresses Portraitshttp://artunraveled.com/ARTU14/AUworkshops.htm
Art and Soul, Virginia BeachOct 1- Fabric CollageOct. 4-5- Fabric Art Bookhttp://www.artandsoulretreat.com/retreat-va14-workshops.php
Donna Downey Studios-Fractured Angels Class- Dec. 6-7 2014

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

April 2014....what I have been up to.

It is so nice to be back here. My blog was compromised as some of you know and it took awhile to get things back safely with the help of my friends!! I just got back from Portland teaching at Art and Soul.If you wish to see the student work from those workshops you can go here
I went to the Pearl District and shopped at Cargo and found these really cool Japanese Stencil Paper for Kimonos.  It is called Kalagami paper. Aren't they gorgeous? I don't know what I am going to do with them but they will be in my artwork somewhere. There is this weave that is sandwiched into the paper. The colors are gorgeous.

I finished up my portion of Studying Under the Masters at Jeanne Oliver's site and was so touched by the response and the student work that came out of the class throughout all the weeks. I enjoyed so much interacting with the students online that I started a Facebook page for students of any of my classes to post and interact and discuss art and their process. I also wanted to start the group because so often I leave a live workshop feeling kind of melancholy because I feel that we just got started. There is no way to really get the benefit of a workshop, unless there is follow up of sorts, plus I really meet some cool women I want to continue corresponding with, so the group has helped in that way. If you are a student and are interested in this group here is the link to the facebook page
So here is what I have been painting lately.....angels....seems appropriate since my company name is Fractured Angelics. I started reading about angels, religious, spiritual, icon, inner work. I am working on my next online class and here are some of the paintings I will be demonstrating.

Here are some samples of doing fast, expressive drawings

I originally started out this painting very loose, but she wanted to be viewed with more detail so I complied.

Here is another angel I created starting out with her face and her figure was revealed to me much later in the painting. I will be demonstrating how to make a plaster relief halo around her face.

This is my grunge angel....the composition of this piece changed several times before I got it right.

This little cherub started out as a very sweet child, during the progression she turned into an elderly flapper type girl....I think I finally got her right!

I have been drawing....alot! Here are a few of my sketches and charcoal drawing. Some are from Gillian Cox's brilliant online class. The more obsessive detailed ones I did on my own.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

2014- A bright year ahead and what I have been doing the past two months

I just got back from San Jose, Calif. teaching a wonderful group of women. Lorri Scott was generous by opening up her home to me on top of the mountains in Los Gatos. I loved meeting Lorri and feel like I made a new friend. Her studio space, her fabrics and creations were such a joy for me to experience. Lexi Grenzer hosted the class and I loved meeting her and the other women in the retreat. Teaching can be bitter sweet for me. I find you can become friends quickly in such settings and by the end of the 2nd day, I always get this feeling of sadness that we all opened up as artists and women, but I never know if I will see them again. The 4 days went by so quickly and then I am on a plane heading home with wonderful memories.
You can check my page on Facebook to see the wonderful class projects.
Of course one of the other exciting teaching events going on is Studying Under the Masters online class. My week is coming up on March the 3rd. I am really enjoying the other teachers' weeks in the class. The amount of work everyone has put into their weeks is so impressive and breathtaking. This is definitely a class to savor over the next two years......and yes it is available for two years.
Here is some of the artwork I am doing now. I am planning on two new classes coming up. One is on angels and the other is on the Pre-Raphaelite Artists. They are still in the planning stages but here is some of the work I have been working on in that theme. Being a participant in the Studying Under the Masters reignites my passion for Art History so I have been reading several books on the Pre-Raphaelite Artists, one of my favorite art movements.
 I love Rosetti's work and this painting of. Fanny Cornforth.I love drawing so I first drew this with much detail. This drawing is no longer in existence because I painted on top of it and ruined it! Thank goodness I still had a photo record of it. I made copies and phototransferred this onto a plaster covered wood panel. The next painting is what I painted on top of the transfer.

 Well, I guess it is an o.k. painting but pales next to the original but I did it in two days, filmed it while painting and used acrylics and not oils. I learned quite alot as you will soon learn.
I am just now starting to paint hair on women. Most of my paintings before the women were bald, but for some reason I am becoming curious about painting hair, but did I have to do one with red hair!! That was intimidating for sure. This wasn't my first attempt. As you will see below the first attempt is on the right.

 So the painting on the right was my first attempt. I was fighting the paints,I was fighting the colors and filming it as I went along. I realized that there was no way to teach what I just did because I was struggling the whole process. I didn't even know how I got there, so I realized, it is best to start over. I kind of like the painting but I certainly didn't like the process so bye bye to all the video!!

 This is a drawing of a model that reminds me of the models of the Pre-Raphaelite artists. They called these women "stunners".....pretty cool huh? These models were breathtaking. I will be doing a phototransfer of this stunner on gessoed vintage fabric....and yes, I still have this drawing. I learned my lesson.

So, the Angel class is still getting sorted out in my mind. Here is one image I painted on plaster covered wood panel. I am now trying to incorporate hands more in my work which is really challenging and I have a long way to go, but I kept getting the nudge that I should start studying hands. They are so expressive and can be just as powerful as the portrait. It may show that I am still an amateur but the only way to get good at something is to do it....over and over. My faces didn't look the way they did 5 years ago. The only way I got better was with practice.

I am working with quick sketches which is always a good exercise and can be so much more expressive than long studies.

There will be more to come in the coming months. Now I have signed up for Misty's online class Full Circle and can not wait till I can devote some time to it. She is one of my favorite artists and a fantastic and interesting teacher. She sets the bar high for us instructors.

Monday, December 30, 2013

Teaching and learning more about my process by teaching.

So I finished up this year teaching at Donna Downey Studio. I was starting to get bored with my fabric collage process and knew I better kick it up a notch to make the class interesting not just for my students but for myself. What I learned this time around was :  I was still trying to keep the linens I used precious....I wanted to retain some of the raw fabric and not cover up some of the lace and beautiful details in the linen. I realized that this was my canvas and it was ok to cover all of it and make mistakes if I had to. I could always sand it or cover it up if I needed to. I watched my students boldly apply color and plaster and really make some bold pieces. I loved that. I decided with this last piece I am showing (the girl with the reindeer head) I would treat it like a canvas and I covered everything with gesso and plaster and color. I rubbed some of the color out with sanding. I used some of my "precious" lace to create a stencil using plaster which made it more imbeded into the fabric collage. I created depth and atmosphere with dark shadows and a hint of a landscape. It became a painting and not just a figure painted on top of fabric. Now I am interested again and feel like there is still much for me to learn with this process. Oh, and now I discovered chalk paints which work beautifully on the fabric. I apply some of the paint with glazing medium and then seal everything with first a clear wax and then a dark wax to bring out some of the texture.
Yes....teaching is part of my creative process. I look forward to an abundant and busy 2014 with alot of teaching coming my way. Please check out my 2014 teaching schedule. I also teach online and in the works to start a new online class on the trodden path. If you haven't signed up yet for Studying Under the Masters, please look at my post below with all the details and sign up button. THAT is going to be such a great class! Thank you all for supporting me this year and encouraging me with all your wonderful comments. It means so much to me....kate

Saturday, October 19, 2013

My first big retreat in Portland was incredible.

I was in Portland for Art and Soul in October and roomed will the super fun and talented Jill Berry. I taught two classes, My Fabric Book Class and Fabric Collage.  You can go to to see all the great student samples from the class.
I just love how different every piece came out. I look forward to going back to Portland in April and doing it all again.
As far as my art journey goes I did this portrait after taking Misty Mawn's class. I really focused on the lighting to created the values. I worked only in acrylics. Acrylics were always a struggle for me because of the fast drying element. I moved away from acrylics and created my own media using reinkers and watercolors and mixed them with acrylic paint. But I wanted to try again a portrait just using acrylics. I think I am going to have to do some more because I really love working with them now.
But of course I went back to my beloved watercolors and fabric and worked on a couple of new pages in my Fabric Book. I was so inspired by the class I taught I needed to add some more work. I will never sell this book. It really is like my art journal and journey and experiments...always including a beloved piece of lace or fabric.

I am also experimenting using a palette knife to create textures and folds in the blouse of this girl. Palette knives are really wonderful and great mark making tool.
I worked on a couple of fabric collages since I sold about 10 pieces this month....thank you God....my inventory is low which feels pretty great!

Now another new technique I am working on is starting with paper, applying a layer of gesso, then applying a layer of reinker in different colors (they can dry pretty light with great texture). I then start my painting on top of that. The second piece is a work in progress. I added collage and fabric first, then applied some plaster with stencils, sanded that down, covered with gesso and then the reinkers. I just started to add the figure so this is at the beginning stages.

Thanks for taking the time to look at my blog!

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Life Book 2014


I am so excited to be a part of the new Life Book 2014 event starting in January 2014.
Here is a list of all the wonderful teachers partipating. Please check out their websites/blogs to get to know this incredible line up

12th Sept 2013 - Tamara Laporte - www.willowing.org
13th Sept 2013 - Tascha Parkinson – www.timewithtascha.blogspot.ca
14th Sept 2013 - Lesley Riley – www.lesleyriley.com
15th Sept 2013 - Alena Hennessy - www.alenahennessy.com
16th Sept2013 - Kat McBride – www.KatCanPaint.com
17th Sept 2013 - Carla Sonheim – www.carlasonheim.com
18th Sept 2013 - Jane Davenport – www.janedavenport.com
19th Sept 2013 - Danielle Daniel – www.danielledaniel.com
20th Sept 2013 - Jennibellie – www.jennibelliestudio.blogspot.com
23rd Sept2013 - Kelly Hoernig – www.kellyhoernig.webs.com
24th Sept 2013 - Micki Wilde – www.thesecrethermit.blogspot.co.uk
25th Sept 2013 - Kate Thompson – www.fracturedangelics.blogspot.com
26th Sept 2013 - Flora Bowley – www.florabowley.com
27th Sept2013 - Anna Dabrowska – www.tworzysko.blogspot.co.uk
28th Sept 2013 - Steven Speight – www.speightoftheart.com
29th Sept 2013 - Mika Diaz – www.mikadiazmixedmedia.com
30th Sept 2013 - Serena Bridgeman – www.serenarty.com
1st Oct 2013 - Dyan Reaveley – www.dyan-reavely.blogspot.co.uk
2nd Oct 2013 - Effy Wild – www.effythewild.com
3rd Oct 2013 - Carissa Paige – www.carissapaige.com
4th Oct 2013 - Marieke Blokland – www.bloknote.nl
5th Oct 2013 - Christy Tomlinson – www.christytomlinson.com
6th Oct 2013 - Traci Bautista – www.treicdesigns.com

I am giving away one spot for this event so please leave a comment and I will pick the winner next week. I will choose the winner by putting all the participants names in a box and pick a name that way.

Monday, September 9, 2013

A wonderful summer

This has been one of my most favorite summers I can remember. I have been meeting so many wonderful women teaching this summer. It has added so much to my life. I am getting more and more ideas for classes since teaching and creating art is what I plan to do the rest of my life.
I am addicted to art supplies and although it is wonderful to have all this stuff around, I get a little overwhelmed so I am going to try to reduce my palette and amount of supplies I use so that I can really get to know them. It will be very hard to do, but this thought keeps going through my head to simplify....at least for now.
Here are some examples of my love affair with R&F Oil bars. I did get carried away and bought alot of them because they are very seductive so hopefully this will be my last product for awhile.

I have been working with more stencils and plaster in my portraits and love experimenting.

And last but not least, I just finished a wonderful magical weekend at a Misty Mawn workshop. She inspired me 4 years ago to paint. I started taking her online classes and haven't stopped painting.Meeting her in person was such a wonderful gift. I had so many epiphanies this weekend such as painted with a limited palette, even the background pulls the painting together,marks all pencil is magical, purchasing jars of paints rather than tubes (paint doesn't dry up as fast) and so many more Misty secrets you can only discover if you take her class. Watching her paint is quite magical. It is so tempting to try to copy Misty but then you aren't on your own journey, so that is never an option for me...but to take some of her magical experience and incorporate it is the whole idea. Misty is a huge role model for me. Her integrity and originality is unquestionable and she is a fun gal to be around too! Here are some of the wip that I did in the class.

Oh, I forgot, my door at Random Arts is finished. Love the beautiful knob Jane added to it.