Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Negative Painting with Linda Kemp

Linda Kemp was here last week getting her students to let loose their inner "mad scientist." The medium was acrylics and the subject was negative painting techniques and strategies.
"Linda definitely exceeded my expectations! She was well organized, articulate, and made the workshop exciting & challenging!!" - B Wickham
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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Pastel Landscapes with Richard McKinley

Richard McKinley was here last week for another phenominal workshop. The weather was gorgeous and the group magnificent! Studio time was spent discovering the excitement of underpinnings and value drawings. IMG 2235
IMG 2236 Richard had loads of information and guidance for all the students, as well as plenty of great stories that only a traveling art teacher can have! Here he was regaling the group with some rattlesnake stories from his workshops out west. IMG 2240
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IMG 2230 The class spent a full day at Olana, down by the pond. 14305430 10154547543636670 8254346263895790087 o Enjoying the delivered picnic lunch! 14362484 10154547890806670 989732066509691511 o Richard McKinley is one of our most popular instructors, so about half the class signed up for his 2018 class before they left this year's class. If you want to get in on the fun in 2018, but sign up fast!

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Retreat to the Comfort of Art

Every year at around Labor Day we hold the Artist Retreat, a self-directed retreat welcoming artists working in any media, paint, fiber, or anything else, to come enjoy working in the air conditioned studio, open 24 hours a day. This year we even had a bead mosaic artist stay for the week, but instead of working on her art, she spent the week working on a presentation for her "day job." She said it was very liberating to be able to focus on her project and not have to worry about meals, or cleaning house, or anything else. She felt totally taken care of. Meanwhile in the studio, we had number of painters enjoying the focused creative time. IMG 2222 This is a cold wax piece in the works by one of the artists who comes every year. He says this place is "his muse" and is always preparing for a show when he comes to the retreat. When he returns the next year, we get the report of all his paintings that have sold that he created at the retreat. IMG 2223 Here we have the work of the first of the "dueling painters". This woman would go out early in the morning and paint outdoors at some of the wonderful locations in the area. IMG 2225 Then this painter would ask us for a photo of the same location from our extensive files and he would gleefully paint the same scene while remaining in the air conditioned studio with coffee, lunch, and cookie time just a short walk away. IMG 2224 And speaking of food, everyone enjoyed the maple soy salmon on one of the nights. IMG 2232

Tuesday, September 06, 2016

Stitch Therapy and Luminous Illusions

First we had Rayna Gillman here for a week with her "Freeform Design Spa" where everyone was slicing, dicing, and stitching to let the design magic happen. After that was a quick 3 day workshop with Esterita Austin teaching "Luminous Illusions" - an unique method of transferring a painted image onto organza to then layer together to create your composition. IMG 2205
IMG 2206 The squirrels are busy around the inn! They left this "art installation" - Exploded Pinecone - on the little bridge to the carriage house. IMG 2207 Innovation and invention are in abundance in the workshop - is Esterita and one of her students showing how they turned a folding chair into an painting easel! IMG 2212
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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Paint, Fuse, Stitch with Susan Brubaker Knapp

Susan Brubaker Knapp was here last week to teach her popular Paint, Fuse, Stitch workshop. The first process was learning to paint images from photos onto white fabric. IMG 2150
IMG 2151 Some garden inspiration around the inn! It is peak echinacea season at the moment. IMG 2155
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Then next process that Susan taught was raw edge fused appliqué, using a sheet of vinyl to aid in exact placement of each little piece. IMG 2159
IMG 2161 We have finally arrived at the season of beautiful, temperate weather! Just warm enough, with a tiny bit of chill in the evenings. This was taken just after a 5 minute rain storm. IMG 2164
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This was the first painted image by one of the students who said she had never painted before in her life! She credited her success to Susan's teaching and process! IMG 2168
IMG 2174 Susan brought a whole bunch of her work for the class to see. This is one big stack of talent here. IMG 2182
The final process Susan taught was thread sketching, which is using machine stitching to emulate the look of pencil sketching. In other words, not as heavy stitching as thread painting. IMG 2183 On the last day was a critic of the students work, with each person describing what they liked best about their work and what they thought needed improvement. IMG 2186
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IMG 2195 Since the chill is back in the evening air, we now have in stock some fabulously soft and warm hoody sweatshirts. They come in black, navy, and blue with a contrast color on the inside of the hood. The minute I put them out most of our staff said they wanted one! IMG 2196

Monday, August 15, 2016

Watercolor and Pastel

Two weeks have sped by and now I have two wonderful workshops to post about. The first one was a 5 day watercolor workshop with incomparable Mel Stabin! Mel had them working in the studio and out around the Hudson / Catskill area. IMG 3921
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IMG 3928 Dinner with Mel was always a jolly time. In fact on the final night he had them tapping a rhythm while he sang for them. IMG 2133 Following the week with Mel, Margaret Evans arrived on the scene to teach Pastels Unleash! The weather that week was a bit on the hot side, but Margaret always found some nice shady areas for painting her demo. IMG 3945
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This is Margaret's watercolor sketch of the Hudson River as viewed from Olana. IMG 2142
Margaret then showed the class how she used that quick sketch a reference for doing a pastel painting back in the studio. IMG 2146
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During a couple of rainy days in the studio a model stopped by for a sitting! This is Troy, Alexis' dog (and our "emergency back-up dog.") Troy can be found in the office on most days, in case anyone needs an emergency dog petting experience! IMG 2147 This is Troy up close and personal! IMG 2149 There are two other inn dogs, in case you didn't know, Hudson, a dalmatian, and Bree, a ridgeback, who mostly get out and about while the class is in session. They have their own room on the 3rd floor of the Main Inn.