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Kate Thompson

Kate Thompson

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.!/media/set/?set=a.10151918618177184.1073741826.213204992183&type=1
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 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!


  1. kate, all of these pieces are inspiring... thank you!



  2. I love hearing the steps of your process. Of course, it reads do quick, but I know it must take a long time between steps...thanks for sharing so openly! Laura