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Studio News and Workshops from Karen O’Brien

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Imaginary Characters book cover, by Karen O'BrienStudio News

I have just added a new workshop in sunny San Diego, May 21 at Art on 30th. It is a beautiful new art and workspace. You will have a chance to not only make some art, but also be inspired by original art in the gallery space and on almost every wall. Details on the class are below.
My book Imaginary Characters: Mixed Media Painting Techniques for Figures and Faces is now available from Amazon or Barnes and Noble. Bring your copy to any of my teaching events and I will be glad to add a little drawing and signature. I thank everyone who has given such wonderful reviews. I am enjoying the art from some of the projects, on Facebook. Keep the photos coming!


Creating Character, workshop with Karen O'BrienCreating Character: May 21, 2016 at  Art on 30th San Diego, CA.

We will spend a fun filled day exploring the world of whimsical character creation, using drawing exercises and mixed media techniques to help you discover you own unique style. You will come away with a multitude of new techniques, characters and ideas for future projects.  You can view the space and sign up for class now by contacting them on the website or calling  (619) 894-9009.

 

 


Magical Characters, workshop with Karen O'BrienMagical Characters: Painting with Fluid Acrylics

at the Pacific Northwest Art School on beautiful Whidbey, Island, WA July 9-10, 2016. 2 full days of painting magic. I will take you on a journey from inspiration to your finished piece. I will cover drawing, faces, backgrounds, transfers and how to use my favorite paint techniques and provide plenty of individual guidance and encouragement along the way.

 

 


Mixed Media Tip from Karen O'BrienMixed Media Tip

To add texture to a surface, try using anaglypta wall paper as collage. Anaglypta is a paintable texturized wall paper, found at your local home improvement center. It can be glued down, like collage, to your surface. Paint will pool in the patterns and give your painting depth. If you can’t find textured wall paper, try using gel medium through a stencil. This example shows the use of both techniques. Have some creative fun with this!

 

A Case of Curiosities in Taos, New Mexico… Part 1

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A few days ago I returned from an amazing retreat that I taught with Seth Apter from The Altered Page.

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I'm still basking in the glow of Taos and the Mabel Dodge Luhan House where our retreat was held.

 

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From the first moment we arrived there was magic. We all noticed it, Seth and I, our students, and even the staff. They said that we brought an alchemy to the house. We were enchanted.

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I loved teaching with Seth. We broke up our teaching days by one of us teaching in the morning, and one in the afternoon. This worked beautifully. We had both created brand new projects just for this workshop, and all of them would fit into our "cases of curiosities." 

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My heart is full of images of the beautiful creations our students made with us. Each unique, each magical just like they were.

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We took many field trips!

Our favorite's were to to see Annie Coe who is one of my featured artists in Storytelling with Collage.

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And to visit Leighanna Light's and Thomas Ashman's studio!

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It was so exciting for all of us to meet these amazing artists in person!

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A special thanks to Bonnie for working with us to make this workshop happen, and to all the staff at Mabel's for taking such beautiful care of us! We can't wait until next year!

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I am also very excited share that I have a post featured on the Cloth Paper Scissors Website, where I share more thoughts about this workshop, My New Book and my Live Webinar on March 31st!!!  

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Crystal River Book Arts

Crystal River Book Arts

June 24th-26th

2016

Redstone, Colorado

$450

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Three days of ecodyeing, stitching, collaging and being pampered with Roxanne Evans Stout and Leslie Marsh at the beautiful Redstone, Colorado, home of Laura Roberts, (also known as Hasty Pearl)!

With Leslie, students will learn to ecodye – coaxing beautiful prints onto paper and fabric for their books using leaves, heat and water. They will bind the fruit of their efforts into a wrapped felt book using gathered sticks and a very simple binding.

Roxanne will share her many collaging and stitching secrets with participants, filling the pages of their books with stunning nature-inspired pieces of art.

While we're busy creating, Laura will spoil our socks off in the all-out way she's becoming known for. An excellent cook and hostess extraordinaire, she will leave us all smiling and full of her yummy treats.

The workshop fee includes everything necessary to complete the 6.5" by 5" book similar as shown.

It also includes lunch and more delicious snacks than we could possibly eat.

June is the perfect time to be in Colorado.

We hope you can join us!

Dates and time:

June 24-26,2016

9:30-4:30

Location: Redstone, Colorado

(details to come with registration)

Price: $450

(non-refundable, but transferable)

Register for this workshop on 

Leslie's blog here:

Crystal River Book Arts

 * Supply list to come after registration!

 

Workshop and Event Schedule for 2016

 

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Storytelling with Collage

by Roxanne Evans Stout

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This is one of my brand new pieces made just for this book!

You can see it pictured behind the original piece.

Now available to order!!

Here: Amazon

And here: Cloth Paper Scissors Shop

And here: Northlight Shop

 

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My Online Workshops

Registration

is Open!

Join Me and

Be Inspired for:

Pathways and Wanderings

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The Thread That Weaves

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Nature Journaling

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We are currently working on bundling

these two workshops,

please stay tuned!

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Gathering Grace

on Altered Wings

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With Lorri Scott

January 9th and 10th, 2016

Redding,California

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A Case of Curiosities

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With Seth Apter

March 13th – 19th

Mabel Dodge Luhan House

Taos,New Mexico

There are two spots open due to cancellations!

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Crystal River

Book Arts

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Three magical days

of Artistic Bliss

I'll be teaching with Leslie Marsh

And

This workshop will be hosted by

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June 24th, 25th and 26th…2016

Redstone, Colorado

More information is coming soon but here is what we have so far!

 Crystal River Book Arts
June 24th through June 26th
Taught by Roxanne Evans Stout and Leslie Marsh
Hosted by Hasty Pearl
in magical Redstone, Colorado
Price: $450.00

Together we will eco-dye native plants,

create a beautiful book,

collage, stitch and glaze

our pages…

in one of the most gorgeous settings

in Colorado!

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*August date to be announced in Phoenix, Arizona

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Art and Soul Retreats

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Wednesday Sept 28th – Saturday Oct 1

Virginia Beach,Virginia

I will be doing three workshops here!!

– Tapestry Collaging Your Story

– The Alchemist's Book of Treasures

– Nature's Gathering…Exploring Stenciling

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*Special Projects for Cloth Paper Scissors

I am very proud to say that I am one of the

Art Lessons Artists for 2016!

Stay tuned for more information. 

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Winter Days, Moonlit Nights

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These days are cold and white…

A perfect time for working in my studio

and window watching.

 

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In the winter we have more birds than ever visit our feeders,

the jays and song birds, the quail and woodpeckers.

Small and large birds all together in the maple tree out front with the frozen river and snowy fields beyond.

And seeds hang on to their branches…

their time to fly is not here yet.

 

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And on winter evenings the world turns blue,

a blueish white that glows

and casts a magical spell of wellbeing

on my little town over the river.

 

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I have been working on a big project, the biggest project since my book, Storytelling with Collage…

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which will be out in March and you can pre-order here.

My online workshop is called Pathways and Wanderings and we begin on January 3rd! I purchased a hi-definintion camera just for this and some very special projects for Cloth Paper Scissors in the spring. I even got a special light that mimics daylight so that I can videotape my workshop on dark stormy days!

Oh, I have learned so much! Isn't it a wonderful thing  to learn and then to create with all your new knowledge? I have learned about lighting and sound and color, and themes and transitions and adding titles. And even more important I have become comfortable with my video camera and move it around to different spots in the house with ease, depending on what I want to film. 

You can read about

Pathways and Wanderings here:

http://rivergardenstudio.typepad.com/artimpressions/2015/10/pathways-and-wa.html

There is still time to join, we go live on January 3rd

and you can work with me or go at your own pace!

Here is a glimpse at some of the projects

that I will be teaching:

 

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Upstream People International Award

IMMEDIATE PRESS RELEASE

Eve Margo Withrow

RECEIVES SPECIAL INTERNATIONAL RECOGNITION

Artist EVE MARGO WITHROW of MEDFORD, OREGON has received FIVE Special Recognition Awards  in 

the “2015 Exposition of Awarded Artwork WWW International” 

hosted byUpstream  People Gallery of Omaha, Nebraska, U. S. A.. This international exhibition received 

approximately 225 art entries  from around the world and 24 artists were selected by the juror 

Laurence Bradshaw, Professor Emeritus of Art at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, U. S. A.

Professor Bradshaw states the following about this specially recognized work:

“‘EVE MARGO WITHROW of Medford, OR uses mixed water media on paper and succeeds with “Alaska Sunset” which gives a sense of the extreme cold and bright sunset. And “Birth” gives a sense of excited expectation with the general overall radiance. Her “Dreams of Men” with the array of organic texture and radiating structure is quite compelling. “Personal Practice” with the wonderful characters and textural qualities is nicely presented in the desaturated color. Also in the same palette, “The Guardian” is amazing with her textural treatment.”‘

Alaska Sunset, painting by Eve Margo Withrow

Alaska Sunset, painting by Eve Margo Withrow

Birth, painting by Eve Margo Withrow

Birth, painting by Eve Margo Withrow

Dreams of Men, painting by Eve Margo Withrow

Dreams of Men, painting by Eve Margo Withrow

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The exhibition will be featured online during November, 2015 at 

www.upstreampeoplegallery.com and continue indefinitely in the archives section of the website.

 

The Gravity Free Zone at Pangea

Wendy Gell’s art exhibit The Gravity Free Zone at Pangea in Ashland, Oregon started on November 3rd and continues through the end of the month. These oil paintings on canvas, board and wood were painted between 2013 and 2015.

Wendy Gell is an artist and celebrated jewelry designer, with The Wizard of OZ, Dick Tracy, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, The Broadway Show, and the Phantom of the Opera, among her licenses. Wendy made runway jewelry for Oscar De La Renta and Bill Blass, and appeared on the Oprah Winfrey show as Oprah’s favorite jewelry designer!

The artist just returned from teaching her second annual jewelry making workshop at the Costume Jewelry Collector’s International Convention in Providence, RI.

Shown below are some of the works available for your consideration in The Gravity Free Zone at Pangea in Ashland, Oregon. Come see them in person, or better yet, join Wendy for lunch at Pangea and hear the stories behind each painting!

 

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CJCI Workshop

Wendy with two CJCI jewelry making workshop participants and the jewelry they made at the 2015 CJCI workshop in Providence, RI

Wendy with two CJCI jewelry making workshop participants and the jewelry they made!

The Costume Jewelry Collectors International invited Wendy to teach her second jewelry making workshop at their annual convention in Providence, Rhode Island this year! Show here are two of the participants in the 2015 CJCI workshop with the wonderful jewelry pieces they made with Wendy’s instruction.

Here are more images from the convention workshop, click to view larger versions:

 

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Rhinestone Rosie Appraisal in January!

A Wendy Gell wristy was brought to the Antiques Roadshow by an 93 year old woman to be appraised. Rhinestone Rosie, the jewelry expert from Seattle, valued the cuff at $1000! The segment was taped in Tucson, Arizona, and will be featured on the show. It should air in early to mid-January 2016 – it promises to be a fantastic segment, so don’t miss the show!

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