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Mixed Media Magic in Scotland!

nov 2022


Hello you wonderful friends and artists! Sending you love and light from the Pacific Northwest! It is a wintery day here at River Garden Studio! The sun is shining between snowfalls. I have been enjoying time in my studio, but I’m also making some exciting plans for next year that I want to tell you all about!

Immerse yourself in Scotland in the Autumn with me!

I can hardly believe I get to teach…a Mixed Media Workshop in Scotland!

I am so excited to teach twice in Europe next year, in the hilltops of Italy September 16-23, 2023, then in the Highlands of Scotland September 28-October 6, 2023!

Mixed Media Magic, my mixed media workshop in Scotland, is a Wandering Craft Retreat, artfully curated so we get the most enjoyable experience as artists, from private tours to mixed media classes to Scottish Hospitality, with time to soak in all of the beauty around us factored in, too.

We will visit Edinburgh, the Highlands, and the Isle of Skye, while we stay in an 1880’s-era lodge perched on the edge of a remote Scottish loch and enjoy delicious, seasonal meals.

I am so looking forward to finding Home in the Highlands with you!
Won’t you join me for Mixed Media Magic in Scotland?!

To where are you drawn?

I have realized I am drawn to small villages and countrysides. I love experiencing local customs, food, and the people in a new place. I recently discovered much of my ancestry is Scottish, so that is a special tie for me on this adventure. My workshops in Europe are spaced enough that I have time to travel, rest and explore between them. Both venues are absolutely enchanting and have charmed me into having adventures with them! It would be so special if you would join me at either magical location!

Draw inspiration from our majestic surroundings as we make Mixed Media Magic in Scotland!

Won’t you join me?!

I would love to share these magical adventures with you in Scotland and Italy next year!

Which of these places beckon to you for the new year?

Storytelling with Collage: An Art Journey, September 16-23, 2023, in Montelparo Italy!

Mixed Media Magic in Scotland September 28-October 6!

Palm Springs Art Museum Trunk Show in December ’22

Wendy Gell Palm Springs Art Museum Trunk Show December 2-4, 2022

 

I just got back from a short visit to Palm Springs. While I was there, I visited the Palm Springs Art Museum, and after seeing my recent work, they invited me to have a trunk show in the Museum Store! I’m so excited! Please join me on December 2-4, 2022 in this beautiful city and consider the fabulous jewelry I’ll have available. There’s a lot to enjoy at the Museum, including their Persimmon Bistro and Wine Bar. So click the link below to explore their website and plan a day of art & culture around my Palm Springs Art Museum trunk show. And soak up the compliments along with the sun while wearing your sparkling new Wendy Gell jewelry!

Truth Teller Tribe Returns

During my 40 some years of being an artist and teacher, Tribes of Truth Tellers have manifested themselves in many ways.

I taught Sculpture for many years in public schools and tall, cylindrical sculptural forms showed up in paper maché and clay forms. It was so fascinating to see the variety of expressions that resulted when a challenge was put forth to 30 students and they found 30 ways to express it. I worked along with them in order to teach technique. As always happens, we all inspired each other to make our sculptures unique.

The Tribe has also shown up in layered textural acrylic paintings and in collaged, cut, and layered painted paper forms. These two new ones are acrylics painted on paper with a forest in mind. However, the Tribe inserted itself into my consciousness, so I cut them free from each other and re-assembled them on painted wooden panels. I also cut a tree from another painting to add to the mystery.

There they were in all their glory, telling me Truths I hadn’t known before. As it turns out, the story they tell each viewer is specifically tailored to each individual.

Oh, So Many Choices

Oh, So Many Choices

I have used collage as a technique in some of my paintings for many years. I also keep every scrap of paper left over in case I need it later on in another painting. Needless to say, I have hundreds, maybe thousands of colorful scraps in my flat files.

It struck me that I actually could never need to paint on another clean white sheet of paper again.  Of course, that is an impossible thought because I love those clean white sheets and watching the images appear in the layers of color and texture applied. But I did decide to dive into an exploration of only using already existing scraps to collage together new creations.

With three different sizes of cradle board surfaces to collage onto which gave me some structure as well as variety. I started by letting my intuition guide me to select scraps as anchors or focal points to build onto.

This is where the plot thickens. Every piece I added affected every other decision and the possibilities were so immense that my mind boggled. Since pieces were still loose, I took photos so when it was time to glue, I’d have a map. Well, there was still so much fluidity that the glued results were never exactly according to plan.  

The Home Planet

Being used to following circuitous threads, I am pleased with the results.

North West Watercolor Acceptance

Congratulations Eve!

80th ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL OPEN EXHBITION

We are thrilled to inform you that your painting has been accepted into the Northwest Watercolor Society’s 80th Annual International Open Exhibition! Our first ever online International Open Exhibition has been extremely successful with 324 entrants submitting 674 total paintings, from 38 states and 12 countries. Juror Ron Stocke has selected your painting as one of 75 to be featured in this prestigious exhibition. Well done!

Fire and Ice
Fire and Ice
22″ X 30″ Mixed water media on paper
$1200

Zoom Inspired !

My friend and fellow Artist, Pam Hounschild and I have been teaching a Water Media Textures Workshop via Zoom. Pam is a more linear thinker than I am which was essential in pulling this off. Our first online class was through the Mendocino Art Center in Mendocino, CA. We will teach the class again  October  5,8,12,15 with them also. . In the meantime we are also teaching September 14,17,21, and 24.through the Emerald Art Center in Springfield OR.

Its a quite different experience for all of us to not be in the same space but we are finding our way and everyone had fun and produced some great pieces.

Leading up to this new zoom life, I had decided I was tired of cutting mats, handling heavy glass and framing my work: too labor intensive and the glass made it difficult  to view the work because of the glare. So I have been working smaller and experimenting with adhering images on paper to wood substrates and layering on acrylic medium to seal them and applying a final couple of layers  of UV varnish to make them lightfast. I really like the immediacy of images and the detail preserved.  

Here are some examples of the current works.

More Tangents, More Fun

These three Paintings are part of a series exploring a new painting surface as well as new ways to use the layered painting process . They are on wrapped canvas instead of watercolor paper which alters the way of the interactions of surface and paint. It also nudged me to follow the process with exciting new curiosity and awe; keeping the excitement fresh.

Lichen-12×24

To Be Clear -12×24

Heavy Metal 18×18

Various Tangents

These 3 images are part of an experimental tangent of the serendipitous  following of random threads layered onto paper: layered onto underpainting or by creating a new and vibrant base for further exploration.

 

Thicketed Moon 24×30

Fog in Sunrise- 6×9

Cracked Foundation- 6×9

New Small Works

These images are just completed. I’m attempting to move away from cutting mats, dealing with heavy glass and framing my work. I’m too old to deal with it. These are lightweight! I like the immediacy of the images. All are acrylic on paper adhered to wood panels.They are sealed and UV treated for easy care. I’m all for easy these days and am loving the exploration.

New Small Works

“Earth Protectors” 15″X11″

New Small Works

“Red Flash” 15″X11″

New Small Works

“Coral Reef” 15″x11″

New small works

“Eb and Flow” 15″X1″

Online Painting Workshop

http://www.mendocinoartcenter.org/Summer20/Haunschild-Withrow2.html

Please join us for our First online painting workshop Titled “Expressive Watermedia Textures.” This will surely be a fun adventure!