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Kate Thompson

Kate Thompson

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Paint your Heart and Soul 2017 online class promo



Paint Your Heart and Soul 2017
Dear friend,
I’m very excited to let you know that I’m teaching at a brand new course: Paint your Heart and Soul 2017, hosted by our fellow artist Olga Furman from OlgaFurmanArt.com
The “Paint your heart and Soul 2017” is a year-long collaborative course with 17 other amazing teachers, mostly concentrated on Portraiture and Figurative Story Telling, narrative art. By joining this course you will learn to create art in different styles as well as use a variety of different mediums and other art supplies.
The course is for beginners and for experienced artists, both will find it effective and inspirational.
I’m especially excited about this opportunity because this course’s theme is something that is represented in my art.
To find out more about this course click here Click here to view more details

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Summer of 2016 is over.....onto Italy in fall!

It has been a long time since I last blogged. This summer flew by. The month of June I spent teaching in Calif. I taught at 3 different venues, spent a week with my dear friend, Lorri Scott. She showed me how to eco dye. Stayed with another girlfriend and we laughed and gossiped and had a great time. I took planes, trains and automobiles and everything went as smooth as could be. With so many changes and places I was nervous how it was all going to turn out and I was so surprised how it just flowed. I was also nervous about going back to Calif, in particular So Cal because that was my home for 30 years. I had a love hate relationship with the place but ended up loving living in Pasadena with the love of my life. Circumstances happened, like the crash of 2008, which turned our lives upside down. We were able to land softly and gently in Charlotte, NC where we have lived for the past 6 years. So going back to my old stomping grounds ,I wasn't sure of my reaction. To my relief  I realized that was my home but now I have created roots back in the South. I have to admit, that edgy creative vibe you can feel everywhere, anticipation that anything could happen any second that would change your life, I did miss a bit. But that is the energy for the young and so my time has passed. The cool thing is I have become what I have dreamed about being, it just didn't happen till I moved away from there.
So my next teaching trip was in Phoenix. Now that trip I thought would be a breeze because it was one location in and out.....done! Well, I was wrong. We were flying into Phoenix airport and all of a sudden there was all this tension on the plane. The pilot announces that everyone needs to get in their seats now and must not get up....rocky conditions ahead. Then another announcement that 'there was an incident near the Phoenix Airport' no more information than that. Then another announcement that we couldn't land because the airport was closed so we along with several other planes circle above the airport till the 'incident' subsided. Another announcement that we were going to land in Tuscan!! The incident was a mansoon and here is what it looked like

We finally got on the plane to fly into Phoenix. Instead of arriving at 5:00pm we arrived at 1:30am
I had to get up in 5 hours to prepare to teach. The lesson is that although this was insane I didn't lose my cool, found some humor and showed up for my job! Here is one of the book classes I taught








The middle of the summer I took a week long class at Random Arts in Saluda, NC with the amazing Stanka Kordic. She teaches oil painting and it was a portrait class using a live model. I haven't painted from a live model since my college days and I always hated it. It felt like a performance and I got stage fright. I never felt comfortable and was much better at working from a photograph. Six years ago I picked up painting again and mainly worked from photographs. So taking Stanka's class was a big intimidating jump for me because of that but also because Stanka is an incredible classically trained artist. She was far from intimidating. She is a great teacher, she can be light and very funny but then when it is time to work you work. We all got to know her as a person and we all loved her and will be studying under her again next year.
So back to the work, I was painting this model and she looked nothing like the model. That was always ok for me before but I started to think, it is not a bad idea to paint a likeness of someone. I mean that is what she was teaching us. I had to really look and see the gradual changes of warm and cool and focus on achieving the essence of the model. My first attempt was not good. I made it good by working my style and doing what I usually do. I needed to save face !  Expressive and pretty but not the model. My second attempt was much more successful. Now I don't want to be a portrait artist but going back to classic fundamentals of art making is a good thing and a good practice. Here is what I did, the first one was my normal Kate painting , the second more the likeness and the third was a study I worked on at home.








I was looking at some of my older work and some I really liked. The little faces I used to paint that were tighter than my style now but there was something there that I wanted back that has been missing in my work. It took me a long time to get looser and all my students tell me that is what they want to learn from me, how to get looser. I wanted to tighten up a little bit, at least for awhile and when I tried I couldn't do it! After a week of doing bad art, my creative self esteem told me to quit torturing myself and walk away. Do something less intimidating so I cleaned and organized my studio. As I am going through stuff I find this tube of casein paint. I forgot all about casein paint and realized that was the missing ingredient to these little tighter faces. Casein paint is derived from milk casein (milk protein). Casein paint has been used since ancient Egyptian times as a form of distemper paint ( an early form of whitewash) Casein paint resembles oil painting more than most other water based paints. All of this I didn't know when I bought a tube of the white. It just sounded cool and something I never used before. So I went back to the drawing board. I started with my walnut inks to put in the darks and applied the casein paint for the highlights. I did a couple of these paintings and will probably do some more. They were fun and I like the look.








I am also starting to form a new online class. Abstract environments and collage with images. I am just now formulating but this is some of the exercises I am thinking about.






I started to do some art journaling. I am taking a class with Erin Faith Allen whose work I adore. She has a year long online journaling class and here is one of my spreads.


Paint Your Heart and Soul 2017
Dear friend,
I’m very excited to let you know that I’m teaching at a brand new course: Paint your Heart and Soul 2017, hosted by our fellow artist Olga Furman from OlgaFurmanArt.com
The “Paint your heart and Soul 2017” is a year-long collaborative course with 17 other amazing teachers, mostly concentrated on Portraiture and Figurative Story Telling, narrative art. By joining this course you will learn to create art in different styles as well as use a variety of different mediums and other art supplies.
The course is for beginners and for experienced artists, both will find it effective and inspirational.
I’m especially excited about this opportunity because this course’s theme is something that is represented in my art.
To find out more about this course click here Click here to view more details

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Children of the Wild and experiments with oil painting

First of all I want to give a plug for my new online class starting June 20, 2016. Jeanne Oliver is hosting this class on her ning site. The early registration cost is $32. till May 20, 2016. After that it is $49.00. An amazing deal if you ask my honest opinion! I have truly put my heart into this class. My love for animals is so much a part of who I am. From dog rescuing to owning and loving my own pets, they have made a huge difference in my life. I am not much of a story teller but for some reason the art I created in this class lends itself to an explanation or story. Now these stories although fanciful have some personal truth to them.  My work is becoming more personal and that is what truly drives me these days. Yes I love learning new techniques and exploring to the point of exploitation! That is the technical force that drives me but the emotional connection is definitely the hook. I want to thank Gillian Cox as inspiration to go beyond the pretty picture and get down to business as a fine artist.











I am going on my 2nd year at Ciel Gallery and learning about how a gallery is run. There is timeless work involved for preparing the gallery for a show. I have been participating in several of the group shows as well as having permanent work displayed in the back gallery. The first Friday of every month we have a gallery crawl and depending on the theme of the show will dictate how the gallery is transformed and the reward is a wonderful evening of beauty, interesting conversation and fun.
It was a goal of mine the beginning of this year to start focusing on selling my work in galleries. Here are the pieces I have sold at Ciel Gallery as well as Studio at Flatrock. Here are the websites for both gallerys http://www.cielcharlotte.com/   http://www.studiosflatrock.com/http://www.studiosflatrock.com/

Children of the Wild project, sold at Ciel Gallery

Children of the Wild project, sold at Ciel Gallery




So now it comes to my experiments with oils. I resisted working with this medium because I wasn't sure if it was a good idea to start working with yet another medium. I wasn't aware that you can work wet on wet, Alla Prima method.  That intrigued me! I couldn't see me laboriously painting each layer allowing each layer to dry first. I knew I would lose interest in painting this way. There is also a really great teacher that I took an online class with, Tony Pro. Here is his website and classes. I took the Portrait Sketch 2 class. I loved how he created planes with his portraits and the absolutely gorgeous color palette he used. Here is my practice piece from that class



 I worked on another portrait in a similar way but wanted to make part of the portrait using the impasto method. I like the combination of using both methods in one painting.



 Here are a couple of oil portraits I worked on on my own just experimenting

But now this following painting is where I really started to experiment. I worked on this painting for awhile. Letting it sit in my studio to breath and speak to me. This has taught me patience! I usually like to complete a painting within a week but then I realized that for me, I have to spend time looking at the work and that can not be done in a week. Another reason this piece took so much time was that I started out with one idea. I wanted this tribe to be inside an abandoned cathedral. The background and the figures were fighting each other and I finally had to let the initial idea go and remove the background. Note to self,,,,if you want to do a more complex composition I need to do many sketches beforehand! So that lost me a week. The interesting thing though is figuring out how to make the whole painting work by trying different composition on the same canvas. I was working out my "sketches" directly on the painting. Probably will be a little more organized and prepared next time but always, always leaving room for inspiration and spontaneity!
So here is the process as follows: start off with vintage ledger paper and vintage fabrics and lace applied to the canvas adding plaster as well. Charcoal and linseed oil and gesso were added, more collage pieces. The oil painting starts as well as using oil bars and cold wax.....many layers. Go back in with charcoal and always always end with my signature obsessive pencil marks!


So there you have it! Yes I will plan to teach my method but for now I am still my own student and need more experience. I will be taking Stanka Kordic's 5 day oil painting class at Random Arts in July. I know she is going to blow my mind!! http://www.stankakordic.com/

One last thing, I am updating my fabric book. I have been teaching it for years now and decided I wanted a new look, new size, new binding. I am working with the metal paints and rusting solution and love how they contrast on the creamy vintage fabrics I use. I used them on the buttons in the binding as well. I will start teaching this in 2017 and plan on doing a new online class  Any students that have taken the original fabric book online will get a discount on the new version but I will have so many more techniques....working with watercolors and linseed oil as well as playing with vintage ledger paper and cold wax. Here is my sample book for my class at Art and Soul Portland 2017 https://www.artandsoulretreat.com/retreat-pdx17-4008-workshop.php











Thanks for stopping by........................kate