Although it's still February, our weather has warmed up a bit and several of my trees have started budding out; the daffodils are coming up, too, and there are signs of spring everywhere, especially in the desert. Amazing how lush and green it is this time of year. I'm looking forward to taking some wildflower walks in the next few weeks—with camera, of course.
Meanwhile, spring has inspired me to clean out my garage, throw out a truckload of garbage, have my trees trimmed and the pine needles raked up and disposed of. So for the past week, that's what I've been up to. No time to blog.
Today, however, I took the day off and drove down to Palm Desert where I participated in a painting workshop with Chris Cozen, sponsored by the Art Colony. We experimented with Golden fluid acrylic paints and mediums, and Chris kept us hopping with one project after another. The objective was not to finish a piece of artwork, but to learn how the different products work on varying types of supports such as watercolor paper and heavy gel mediums and pastes spread out on firm supports.
I enjoyed the class very much and brought home some sample pieces that will remind me of what I learned today. I love the Golden paint colors, especially the fluid acrylics.
Tomorrow I'm taking another workshop with Chris, this time on the brand-new Golden OPEN acrylic paints, which stay wet for a very long time—similar to oil paints—and work quite differently from the usual, fast-drying acrylic paint. I've been wanting to try these paints for quite some time, so it will be a fun class tomorrow.
By the way, Chris Cozen has two art books available that you might be interested in. Her first, Altered Surfaces, is just great. She has a brand-new one out called Transfers and Altered Images that you might want to check out as well. You can find both of these titles at amazon.com.
Next week I'm offering a terrific workshop of my own, the Two Heart Pins (as featured on the cover of the March 2009 issue of Art Jewelry Magazine). The workshop takes place on Tuesday from 10 am to 4 pm at Monica's Quilt & Bead Creations in Palm Desert, California. A really fun and informative class; you'll learn how to work with heavy-gauge wire, forging and texturing techniques, and lots of coiling. I hope you can join us; to register, please call the store: