Friday, September 28, 2018

Erin Currier Las Meninas Blue Rain Gallery in Santa Fe, NM





One of my favorite artists is Erin Currier. I still remember the day that my friend, Sarah Fishburn introduced me to her work and my jaw dropping as my heart started pounding. When I found out that Erin's new exhibit, Las Meninas was opening the same weekend I was in Santa Fe, I knew how I was spending my Friday night.

I wasn't disappointed. Not only did her work knock my socks off and leave me wanting to run and pick up my own paint brush, but Erin was gracious enough to sign the pile of books that I plunked down in front of her. (I am dreaming about owning one of her originals some day but until then, the books are more accessible to me.) I tend to fan girl over artists I admire and Erin was very kind with her time. 

These photos don't do the work justice. Her layers are rich, her meaning deep and her heart is poured out across the canvas. I've never seen anything quite like it.

If you are in New Mexico, PLEASE get to the Blue Rain Gallery in Santa Fe before the exhibit closes on Saturday, September 29th. I apologize for posting this so late but my internet was very spotty on the road and I had to wait until I was on the desktop to write it all up. I hope that I have done Erin Currier's work justice and I've encouraged you to seek her out.


Thursday, September 27, 2018

Finger Painting for Grown-ups (aka Don't Toss Those Dried Up Paint Markers Yet) Saturday, October 27th, 2018 Los Angeles


I am very happy to announce that I will be returning to teach on a monthly basis at DeAnn Singh's Studio, Designing Letters in Mar Vista (Los Angeles) classes are open to the public for this workshop. Details will be sent upon registration.

Finger Painting for Grown-ups (aka Don't Toss Those Dried Up Paint Markers Yet)

Saturday, October 27th. 

Workshops are from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.  

My workshops aim to teach a variety of NEW ideas involving collage, creative processing, self expression, composition, design, layering, painting and much, much more.

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 there is a small supply list.

Beginners to advanced are welcome in ALL of the classes.

Interested in signing up? Questions? Please email Kelly for more info!

You may send someone else in your place if you are unable to attend the workshop, or you will receive a kit for the class. You can either pay via paypal (see button below) or send a check or money order. Once you've signed up for the workshop, you will be sent the address and directions to the workshop location. If you have ANY questions you can email me. I will also give you my cell phone number so you contact me.

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 are: 

  • 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.
I do not travel light to my classes at all!

Please note that this class is for ALL levels: Beginner to advanced are welcome. There is something for everyone in this unique workshop.




Finger Painting for Grown-ups (aka Don't Toss Those Dried Up Paint Markers Yet)

I'm tired of throwing away dried up paint markers. I'm sure you are, too. How do we rejuvenate paint markers that won't write anymore? We paint with them! Yes, PAINT! 

This isn't just basic finger painting for adults using paint markers. I've been OBSESSED with using my paint markers lately to do more than just write, draw, color and make marks with. Come to class and I'll share with you all of the ways in which, you too, can make pages as luscious as the above sample photos are (if I do say so myself!) Bring water based paint markers that won't write but have gobs of paint still left in them. Bring water based paint marker refills that you haven't used in ages and I'll share how to use them (instead of leaving them to dry up or tossing them.) 

Journey deep into a realm of luscious color, exploratory layers and expressive journal pages. BYOJournal and a sense of play to this fun new workshop. Explore layers of paper, paint and pen using a plethora of creative techniques and playful exploration. 

I have been obsessed about the freedom and creative possibilities offered in this workshop. Be prepared to play, expand and experience... also, to laugh. 

If you have them, please bring any of your favorite water-based paint markers and refills to class (I will have a generous selection.) It's a good way to explore paint markers you might not have played with in a while. (Do NOT go out and buy paint markers for this workshop!)

Supply list: your journal, water based paint markers and refills (see above comment), an apron, scissors, a small selection of favorite collage ephemera (think about reading this when choosing your images and papers), cork back metal ruler, a full roll of paper towels OR old rags, your favorite paint brushes, a few of your favorite glue sticks (please trust me when I say that large glue sticks will last you longer. I always have two or three 40 gram glue sticks in my journal bag and that's more than enough for a long weekend. You WILL go through the smaller glue sticks in MINUTES), roll of waxed paper OR an old catalog or magazine to glue on (if you don't want to use all of your waxed paper for this.)

I hope to see you there!

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

New Books on My Wishlist and More

(I must have flipped through this book set multiple times.)
(I ordered Ninth Street Women.)
(I love process books.)
(The list of women artists mentioned is intriguing.)
(I still don't know if I ordered this, but between a gift certificate and not being able to resist two of my favorite artists.)


What am I missing?

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Home Again Home Again...

I'm home from about two weeks on the road. Mom left this afternoon. I'm sitting on the edge of my bed as I type this up. Tired but happy.

Thank you: Guadalupe's Fun Rubber Stamps in Santa Fe and AlwaysbCreating in Fort Collins. To Lee (NM) and Tracey (CO) for hosting and organizing. To Bev in Fort Collins for opening her home to us. To each and every one who signed up for the workshops, YOU all make it happen. For my Mom who spent two weeks with me. For my husband who spent two weeks without me.

(Thanks to Dina Wakley for giving me the idea to take the above photo.)

Now to muster up some energy to unpack and do laundry (the not so fun part of traveling.) Nah, all of it can wait until tomorrow. Time to watch more of my favorite vampire! I teased David, "I don't know if I missed you or watching Barnabas more!" (We are about halfway done with the series. I'm obsessed!)

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Bringing Home the Goods: Two Graces Gallery Taos

One of my must see places when visiting Taos is Two Graces Gallery. Robert and Holly have created a gallery that conveys the heart and spirit of the area. I always leave there with something in my hands and inspiration in my heart. It's one of my favorite unique galleries that contains a little of everything for everyone.