I just started my first online class at The Trodden Path. I love teaching and interacting with my students. People have told me over the years that I should consider teaching and I just didn't think it was my path. Jane DesRosier contacted me about teaching on her ning site and I am so thrilled I said yes!
I now have so many ideas I want to share and teach. My next class will be on portraits. I discovered a technique that I am really enjoying and it is working with watercolors, gesso, alcohol inks and acrylics. The portrait class will be working with that technique. My current class, Watercolor Fresco Painting, is working on a substrate I call plaster fabric and using photo transfers watercolors and gesso.
There is a painting in this post of a woman with a acrylic wash background and layered with acrylics and gesso. I am planning on creating a class where you create acrylic washes and drippings and working on top of that by creating a composition of figures. The figure inspiration can come from post-raphaelite painters as a starting point and building the layers with acrylics, gesso and watercolors. Really excited about this process. I thought teaching would take me away from my own art but what it is doing is crystalizing my style and digging deeper into my process. I love it!