Friday, April 5, 2013

Comfort Zone? Fuhgeddaboudit!

I recently signed up for an online class by Tamara Laporte called Life Book 2013. It is a yearlong course (but you can sign up at anytime) with 22 different artists teaching a wide variety of mini-workshops (approximately two per month). It is very affordable, it's online so you can work at your own pace and you have a whole year to learn about a plethora of mediums and techniques. Seriously, I don't see a downside.

I just finished the first week's course - taught by Tamara - and I can honestly tell you I've never created anything like either of these projects. My style has always been realistic, but I enjoy work that is more spontaneous and fun. I can create more whimsical illustrations, but it's a struggle. These exercises are also mixed media - gesso, watercolor, water-soluble crayons, colored pencils, collage, ink, acrylics, markers - and utilized a variety of techniques and tricks.

The first thing we created was our Fairy Art Mother (there are some personal exploration and healing aspects to the courses, but that's take it or leave it).
I learned something new in the first exercise. Tombow markers are water-reactive, which means you can lay down some color and then use your waterbrush to blend it out. That's how I did the pink, yellow and blue glows. Cool.

Next was an illustration called Celebration & Journey. Remember this started back in January, so this is all about your goals for 2013 (in the flowers) and what you're thankful for already (in the clouds).
This was a total riot to do. I've never done much of anything with collage, so that was fun. Tamara used pages from an old book for the flower centers and houses, but I just cut up last week's newspaper. And how lucky was I to actually have a picture of myself driving?!!

I veered off the example which had the words in the clouds in black ink. I thought that was too distracting, so I used a blue Prismacolor pencil.

So that's the first two projects and the class gets my ringing endorsement. You should go check it out!

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