My friend and fellow Artist, Pam Hounschild and I have been teaching a Water Media Textures Workshop via Zoom. Pam is a more linear thinker than I am which was essential in pulling this off. Our first online class was through the Mendocino Art Center in Mendocino, CA. We will teach the class again October 5,8,12,15 with them also. . In the meantime we are also teaching September 14,17,21, and 24.through the Emerald Art Center in Springfield OR.
Its a quite different experience for all of us to not be in the same space but we are finding our way and everyone had fun and produced some great pieces.
Leading up to this new zoom life, I had decided I was tired of cutting mats, handling heavy glass and framing my work: too labor intensive and the glass made it difficult to view the work because of the glare. So I have been working smaller and experimenting with adhering images on paper to wood substrates and layering on acrylic medium to seal them and applying a final couple of layers of UV varnish to make them lightfast. I really like the immediacy of images and the detail preserved.
Last weekend was the First Friday Artwalk at the Galleries in Ashland. We had a big crowd at Art and Soul, many of whom were there in support of our August Featured Artist, Judy Richardson. After my shift was over, I was having dinner with friends and I received a phone call that one of my paintings had sold. There was the usual mixed bag of emotion from elation for the sale and grief that I’d not see that beloved painting again. The artworks are like old friends. I love them and thankfully others love them. That’s the second sale in a couple of weeks so I feel great about that success.
Sunday, Aug. 12th is the one session Cigar Box Shrine class. Last Sunday, a group explored this process as part of a Birthday celebration for a friend. She brought her friends; they brought dinner and personal items of embellishment. We spent the afternoon creating sacred reliquaries in honor of the self. It was inspiring and so very much fun. Give me a call. There is still room in this week’s class.
You might think about having your own creativity party here in my studio in the future: An anniversary? A date? A birthday? The possibilities are many both for the activity and the focus. Let me know and we will plan a magical and powerful experience for you and your guests.
The First of six Intuitive Painting classes was held the end of July. The next one is Sunday August 26th and there is still space in the class if you are interested in joining us. Since each class is a stand-alone process it works fine to have new participants.
Do you like to get your hands dirty? A six-session clay class is beginning on Thursday, September 6th from 6:30-9:30. It is designed for the beginner as well at the experienced student. Because of limited space, class size is limited to 5 and you will want to come to all six sessions to complete your work.
In all of my classes, the point is not to tame our essential wildness but to tap into it and allow an authentic expression of our true self. This leads to a feeling of aliveness and excitement about life. It is available to all of us.
On August 27th, I will be the guest presenter for the Southern Oregon Society of Artists. I will be demonstrating my painting and collage techniques from 7-9pm at the Medford Library, 205 South Central Ave. I’m looking forward to sharing my creative processes. When other Artists incorporate them, the results are unique to each artist.
Aside from feeling like I need a few more hours of sleep to recover from all the excitement of the preparation and execution of the VAST experience, I conclude that it was a successful endeavor. Wonderful friends were here to help talk to people in the clay studio, yard, painting studio and living/gallery areas during busy times and to share in fun and interesting conversations between us when times were slow. One dear friend responded to all the questions about classes by getting the information into a flyer that I could hand out. You’ll see the schedule below. There was never a dull moment. Everyone is as fascinated as I am about the creative process and that alone provides enough juice for me to go on for a long time.
Eve's Painting Studio
Eve's Clay Studio
2012 Summer and Fall Classes at Eve Margo Withrow’s Studio
Experience and experiment with a variety of creative, supportive processes. Artists who want to create with renewed enthusiasm as well as inexperienced artists will be delighted. Each class will feature a stand-alone project.
Sundays, 1-4 pm: July 22, August 26, September 16 and 30, and October 14 and 28
Cost: any 4 of the series $120.00 or all 6 for $160. Materials fee: $10.
Registration and payment by July 15
Play with Clay
This is a class to designed to teach basic hand building techniques to the beginner and provide assistance to more experienced students.
Thursdays, 6:30-9:30 pm: September 6, 13, 20, 27, October 4 and 11
Materials included: basic pottery tool set and 25 lb of clay (clay and firing)