Monday, October 5, 2009

Art & Soul 2009: The Eye Candy Edition

I didn't get to teach at Art & Soul in Portland this year, and considering the amazing classes I got to take and the marvelous teachers I met, I think it may have been a blessing in disguise!

Check out this amazing scarf I made under the tutelage of Lorri Scott . . . hand-dyed silk ribbons and other miscellaneous fibers stitched together into a glorious wrapping of yumminess!

I was a little nervous at first about the colors I chose, but then I just went with it, and I love the way the scarf turned out.

I also took a MacGyver Silkscreening Class with Traci Bunkers . . . I won't reveal any of her secrets here . . . but we made some shortcut silkscreen stencils and it was oodles of fun - though I don't think I got my fabric stretched tight enough! I made a few prints of scissors and tape on old book pages . . .

I had so much fun in Katie Kendrick's class . . . her spontaneous painting techniques are very liberating. Here's my painting station . . . it's a wonderful mess, isn't it?

And here are some of the painting starts I made . . .

And here's what they began to turn into. Katie encouraged us to look for images in the spontaneous pools, drips, and squiggles. Here, I saw a pregnant goddess figure:

And a little house on a hill:

And finally, the amazing hippo-dog, Harold:

I also got to take yet another resin molding class, this time with Jane and Tom Wynn. You learn something new with each teacher, and I'm getting a bit better at molding and casting each time. I'm loving the teeth (yup, the originals were mine) and the seashells. The hands are getting better, but still need a little work.


fingerstothebone said...

I love them all! But especially the hippo dog.

Alea Bone said...

Looks like you made a lot of great stuff, what a blast you must have had! I hope to join in the fun myself next year.

Apple said...

Very cool art things!!! :)

Dayna Collins said...

Thanks for sharing your classes! Amazing results in so many different areas of art. I especially LOVE the colors you chose for your scarf - they're MY colors, so no wonder I'm attracted to it.

Jeannette said...

How much do you charge to give 3 day classes?

Unknown said...

Jeannette - The costs of my classes vary greatly, depending on the materials, etc. Please keep in mind that the images here are from classes I took, not classes I taught! If you're interested in classes I teach, you can visit my main website at or e-mail me directly at sparky (at) eyesaflame (dot) com