Another thing I discuss and demonstrate is making the background for figures to live in. Powderd charcoal is a wonderful media to use as a starting point and something I have been experimenting with which you will see. Here are the projects I complete in the class. There will also be several videos on learning the techniques as well as making beautiful and mysterious collage elements to incorporate in some of the final pieces.
This piece was a final painting that I started out using the soft charcoal. I decided to push the portrait further by incorporating oil bars and oil paint.
I also go over the composition principle of called fulcrum, which was the "bones" of the piece.
The composition element I worked with here is the cruciform. I take some of the collage elements made in some of the other videos and used them to create a cruciform composition. I pull it all together with the portrait I paint on top.
Here is the link to the class. It starts Jan. 30 and the early bird price is $75.00 (The price goes up to $85.00 once the class starts)
I ALSO HAVE BECOME MORE ACTIVE WITH MY ETSY STORE with lots of art and my classes. I will have new pieces going up weekly so check it out.
So as some of you know, I taught a class on Jeanne Oliver's site Children of the Wild. I just loved the theme and continued to create children with their animal muse/companion. I have written in the past about my experience visiting an abandoned reformatory school in North Carolina. I researched the place to discover that many children that lived there were abandoned by their families. I felt this emotional attachment to these "children" and wasn't quite sure why. I photographed inside and out this abandoned campus. As I was looking at the photos and thinking about the children the thought came to mind, if I can save these children I can save myself. Well that is kinda deep!
A darling friend said to me, so now are you an orphan?!! She has a great sense of humor and I laughed but it did make me wonder why this feeling. The one thing that comes to mind was my impulsive move to Calif as a young adult. I was a wild child and jumped into a crazy, abusive relationship.I moved in with him.I thought I was quite cavalier free spirit but what I was was scared!
My family, in particular my parents, were appalled. My dad told the family 'out of site out of mind'. I realized that my family abandoned me. For my part , my ego would not allow myself to ask my family for help. I was supposed to be this successful artist in Los Angeles.....at least that was what I told them. Less than a year later my dad died of a heart attack. It was the worst year of my life and I felt totally and utterly alone.I continued to make horrible life decisions. I put myself in danger with very reckless behavior. Now I know this is a buzz kill but I thought I would let the viewer into some of my emotional history I bring into my art. It also has brought purpose into my life . I have been privileged to be of service to women and that my past has made me a good messenger of hope. I rescue abandoned animals. I respond to the underdog. I don't dwell on my past as a victim, , but rather make it holy in my work.
I actually had another topic to discuss but I will share that on another post. Also my next post will have alot more color in it! At least for me. In fact I am going to add pink!
Thanks for reading.......kate