Thursday, March 31, 2016

May 21st Visual Poetry at The Ink Pad in New York City

Visual Poetry is a fresh, new workshop that teaches a wide variety of NEW ideas involving acrylic painting, collage, creative processing, self expression, composition, design, layering and much, much more. 

Beginners to advanced are welcome in ALL of the classes.

My workshops are always process-based learning while creating a unique product. 

Please note there is a small supply list.

The class fee includes a vast array of mediums and materials to complete the necessary project. It is well known that I do not travel light to any of my classes. I will be bringing such things as: 

  • acrylic paints 
  • all materials necessary to complete the project (handmade paper, decorative paper, board, glue, etc...)
  • bookbinding supplies (thread, awl, needles)
  • rubber stamps 
  • ink pads 
  • decorative tape
  • stencils
  • pens and markers
  • gel medium
  • collage ephemera and much, much more.

Interested in signing up? Please contact The Ink Pad. Questions? Please email Kelly for more info!

Visual Poetry

In this unique all day workshop, you will create a lavishly layered book full of color, paper, text, paint, stencils and everything with which we can get our hands dirty with. We'll combine all new layers of collage, color, text and images onto the pages. We’ll learn how to push, pull and rework the pages, digging deep and discovering new visual delights on each and every page. 

This is the class you have been waiting for.

Supply list: scissors, apron, a selection of favorite collage ephemera (think about reading this when choosing your images), bone folder, cork back metal ruler, roll of paper towels or a few old rags, permanent black ink pad (if you have one),  1" brush to paint and glue (I like chip or bristle brushes), a smaller, detail paint brush, a few of your favorite glue sticks (large glue sticks will last you longer), roll of waxed paper OR an old catalog or magazine to paint and glue on (if you don't want to use all of your waxed paper for this.) Feel free to bring a small handful of your favorite colors of acrylics, paint pens and markers if you'd like though I will have several for you to use.

I hope to see you there!

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Filling the Creative Well

I mentioned that I spent two days at WonderCon last week. What I didn't mention was how much it helped to fill my inspiration well. 

There's something to be said about being in a roomful of creativity, surrounded by lines, color and texture. To be visually stimulated by an overflowing abundance of ideas but also to be around people who understand how and why you feel about a specific medium is just a creative kick in the pants. 

I went home inspired and eager to work. I am excited about pulling older books and dvds off of my shelves and dive in for some mental stimulation. Seeing David Mack again and watching him draw in my sketchbook made me want to revisit his Kabuki and Reflections series along with the DVD of his process that I have hiding on a shelf somewhere.

You don't need a trip to a convention to be inspired. What about going for a walk with your camera? Or watching a random film (and I mean watching, being fully engaged and not multi-tasking.) Or listening to a new piece of music and creating art from how it makes you feel. 

One of the things that my husband set up years ago was email reminders of his favorite creators' birthdays (film directors, writers, etc...) Today is Vincent Van Gogh's birthday. Just knowing that has me thinking of Van Gogh, his life, his colors, his subject matter and his diaries. I think of his words, "It is good to love many things, for therein lies the true strength, and whosoever loves much performs much, and can accomplish much, and what is done in love is well done.”and I am inspired.

There is always so much to be inspired by. We just need to open our eyes and pay attention to what fills our needs and piques our interest as artists and humans. I surround my bed with books that I can randomly flip through and swap out as needed. I watch foreign films eager for ideas and thoughts that can become journal prompts. I walk through Anthropologie looking for color combinations I hadn't previously thought of. I listen to podcasts eager to hear another artist's thought process. I am open. I am receptive. I am always exploring both inside and out. I want to the well to be spilling over. 

What fills your well?

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Books To Look For

I have not seen the new Louise Bourgeois or the Art and Mourning book yet (as they haven't come out yet.) My interest is piqued for both of them. I have, however, seen all of the others listed above and they are very high on my wishlist. You may want to check them out, or at least, check out the artists! I am excited about each and every one of the publications. As I told my son the other day, you have to feed the well! 

Sunday, March 27, 2016

WonderCon 2016

Thursday night, David, Tristan and I started off our WonderCon weekend with a screening of Batman v Superman. I have no idea why the film is getting crapped on so much as we loved it! Affleck IS Batman. The casting was superb and the film was well worth the wait. We loved seeing this on the way home as we drove by the Warner Brothers lot:

Friday and Saturday we trekked to the LA Convention Center for WonderCon 2016! This weekend was our first foray out as a family in a longtime. David hasn't been out of the house except for his doctor's visits. It was nice to have some normalcy back in our lives and something else to think about. It was also an adventure as neither Tristan nor I had ever been to the LA Convention Center. It took awhile to get used to (everything seemed the reverse of Anaheim or San Diego.) 

We had our professional (free) badges, sketchbook and a few books for folks to sign. We returned to our early days of convention going and instead of spending money, we did other things. We went to multiple signings with Ed Brubaker, John Romita Jr, Brian Michael Bendis, David Mack, Gilbert Hernandez, Kyle Baker, Bill Sienkiewicz, Jim Lee and Joe Quinones who happily signed our various books and comics that we have collected over the years.

Ed Brubaker

David Mack (this is what happens when I get nervous, my hands shake and I get crappy photos!)

Kyle Baker 

John Romita Jr

Bill Sienkiewicz

Brian Michael Bendis (we waited hours to see him and they cut the line as it was closing time. Bendis graciously stayed and signed our very heavy Taschen Marvel Comics book. I was grateful that I didn't have to lug it again the next day!)
Jim Lee

When we weren't in line for a signing, we (slowly) walked the floor and treated it like a museum (oohing and ahhing over artwork from a variety of favorite artists both living and dead.) 

We went to a handful of panels, Preacher, Wayward Pines, Scorpion (not a show we watch but we sat through it for SHIELD) and my current favorite (non BBC) show Agents of SHIELD, which was also the BEST panel we've been to since the Deadpool panel last year. I couldn't stop laughing! I also appreciated how appreciative and engaging they were with their fans. They truly know how to have a good time with each other and the people who watch their show.

Wayward Pines
Agents of SHIELD
more Agents of SHIELD shenanigans (it was a GREAT panel!)

We ended the convention with passes to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Party courtesy of Tristan who is always paying attention to what is happening during the convention! Pizza and cupcakes are always fun.

TMNT having fun

It was a great time and I'm going through convention withdrawal today. How many more days until San Diego?

Thursday, March 24, 2016

April 2016 Workshops

Here is my list of classes for April 2016.

I'm ALWAYS looking for new teaching venues so if you know of any that may be interested, I'd love to hear. I have taught a wide range of ages from individuals to small groups to large gatherings. I have held classes at stores, museums, schools, backyards, garages, studios and private homes. I also am available for teaching home schooling art classes.

My workshops are always process-based learning while creating a unique product. I am well known for not traveling light and bring a large variety of supplies including (but not limited to) collage material, rubber stamps, stencils, pens, markers, tape and more.

Please note the small supply list for each class.

If you're not near where I'll be teaching, but you're interested in taking a class, I do offer a variety of online classes (27 different online workshops as of March 2015.) You can find out more info on the right side of my main blog.

Thank YOU for your interest! 


Wednesday, March 23, 2016

My Favorite (Living) Artists



Amy Krouse Rosenthal

Folks have been asking me for years, "who is your favorite (living) artist?" Well, it's very hard to narrow them down but here are the ones that would top the list. Since I am a book artist and book collector, I have linked and posted the artists' books as much as possible (please note, that, unfortunately, not all of the artists here have published books.) I hope that this sends you down the rabbit hole and gets you inspired as much as they inspire me.

I will also post a list of my favorite deceased artists very soon.

I'd love to hear who your favorite artists are and who you think is missing from my list.