Sunday, October 26, 2014

Gwen Fox Workshop in Taos, NM

"Fall at Smith College"
8" x 10" acrylic and watercolor
I just returned from both a college reunion at the University of Vermont and a wonderful art workshop by Gwen Fox in Taos, NM, with art friend Joan. We do an art related vacation every year, so that two East and West Coasters can get together. This was a Master Class with an emphasis on Marketing and refining our art.

I want to work more with acrylic, which I first learned in a couple private lessons from friend/professional artist/teacher, Joyce Barron Leopard. The first day I made several small paintings of the colorful leaves at Smith College in Massachusetts where we met up with granddaughter Jamie. This piece was my favorite of the bunch, combining an underpainting in acrylic leaving some whites, and doing the image in watercolor over the wash.

One of my favorite design elements is shape, and a slide show of our art that Gwen arranged showed two of my collages, one at the beginning and one at the end of my presentation. That was intentional -- Gwen loves my collages which express a strong sense of design. I will apply my expanding knowledge of acrylic in my collage work. Meanwhile, I developed the common theme of shape in the workshop paintings.

Tomorrow I will show you my painting on the following day in which I expressed the characteristics of the Southwest in a semi-abstract acrylic painting.


CrimsonLeaves said...

I love that you are able to do so much, travel, meet up with friends, combine it with your love of art, Mary. The leaves are beautiful and I love how the white of the paper acts as sunlight dapples for me.

Christiane Kingsley said...

Mary, I love this painting...I am using acrylics more and more, but have never thought of using watercolor on top...What a great idea. I will read your other posts about your latest workshop.
We drove through Vermont for our Maine vacation a few weeks ago: what a wonderful state! If I moved from Canada to the US, I think Vermont is where I would want to live!