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Art Classes at the GP Museum of Art- Nov/ Dec 2017

Grants Pass Museum of Art Classes

Art Classes! Visit our Website Elderhood, Wisdom, and Our Inner Knowing workshop with Janet L. Stanley, M. A. Saturday, Nov. 18 1-4 pm “We are the Crones, the Wise Women whose truths must be given voice, our spiritual journeys embraced and our sage insights welcomed. Come join me as we celebrate elderhood, our collective wisdom and how this inner knowing will help heal Mother Earth and all her inhabitants.” $20 per person How to Paint Snow with Kristen O’Neill Saturday, Dec 2 1 – 4 pm All materials provided Create your own painting of a winter scene Learn about color theory (warm & cool colors) Have a fun afternoon! All skill levels are welcome $30 per person, includes all materials. Art Journaling: Recipe for a Perfect Holiday with Karen O’Brien Saturday, Dec 16 10 am – 1 pm In this class we will learn how to begin our own

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Teaching in Albuquerque, NM

I am teaching Urban Folk Primitives in Albuquerque, NM, September 30-Oct 1, 2017. There is still room to join me. I love this workshop because it is a true “mixed media” experience. We get to make a doll (no prior sewing skills required) and use my fav…

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Teaching in Albuquerque, NM

I am teaching Urban Folk Primitives in Albuquerque, NM, September 30-Oct 1, 2017. There is still room to join me. I love this workshop because it is a true “mixed media” experience. We get to make a doll (no prior sewing skills required) and use my fav…

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Summer Workshops with Karen O’Brien

Stuff of Dreams, online class with Karen O'Brien

Artful Gathering begins on June 6th!

I would love for you to join me in my first Online class, through Artful Gathering. Class begins on June 6th, but registration is open until June 22nd. I will be available for live support during class. All registered students will be entered to win an original painting at the close of class on July 17. I hope you will consider joining me!

Artful Gathering Summer Session 2017

New Studio Workshops

I have added some new workshops at my studio in Grants Pass, Oregon. We will be diving in to expressive acrylic painting.

July 15, Paint With Abandon August 19, Mixed Media Expressive Flowers 10 am – 3 pm

You can get all the details on my blog: karenobrien.blogspot.com

Have a wonderful summer,

Karen O’Brien

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New Studio Workshops Added

Fresh from my retreat at Ghost Ranch in New Mexico, I am ready to get back to teaching. I have decided to do a series of classes on Mixed Media Acrylic Painting. The first two will be all about expressive fun painting, no drawing or drama! Eventually, …

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New Studio Workshops Added

Fresh from my retreat at Ghost Ranch in New Mexico, I am ready to get back to teaching. I have decided to do a series of classes on Mixed Media Acrylic Painting. The first two will be all about expressive fun painting, no drawing or drama! Eventually, …

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New Online Class with Karen O'Brien!

Urban Folk Primitives, workshop with Karen O'Brien in Albuquerque, New Mexico, fall 2017

 

Stuff of Dreams, New Online Class with Karen O’Brien

In case you have not heard, I am teaching my first online course “Stuff of Dreams” in the Summer Session for Artful Gathering 2017. If you click on this link: Artful Gathering, it will take you to all the information on registration, the class description and a short video, which contains a slide show of my studio! Stuff of Dreams is jam packed with techniques including painting, faces, creating a pattern and doll making. I hope you will consider joining me!

Teaching on the Road I will be teaching in New Mexico in the fall … Urban Folk Primitives New Tricks Studio in Albuquerque, New Mexico Sept.30-Oct 3, 2017 You can get the information on my blog. Here is the link: Urban Folk Primitives If you are not familiar with New Tricks, you can check out their

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My first ONLINE Workshop the Stuff of Dreams

I am so excited to be part of the Artful Gathering 2017 Workshops. This will be my first official online class and it is PACKED full of info, explorations and techniques.Both painting and doll making!Here is a video teaser of what is included.You can g…

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My first ONLINE Workshop the Stuff of Dreams

I am so excited to be part of the Artful Gathering 2017 Workshops. This will be my first official online class and it is PACKED full of info, explorations and techniques.Both painting and doll making!Here is a video teaser of what is included.You can g…

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Re-visiting My Creative Roots

I have set a goal this year to expand my mixed media work by returning to my first love….fabric! I am lucky enough to join a local “journal quilt” group which meets monthly. 
Journal quilts are generally small – often A4 size or 12” x 12”, are made regularly – weekly, monthly etc and are used as a way to experiment and to document. No rules except the size. 

My first journal quilt was last December. I shared the results in my last post, but I could not stop myself from using the shape to make a doll. Here is my finished quilt:


and here is the doll:

And a “series” is born! 
For 2017 our theme is colors and January was Grey. 
Here are photos of my process…..
Playing with ideas…

Things are taking shape

Faces done on vintage paper that is collaged to muslin so I can sew them on.

Ready for hand stitching….

 And here is the final piece….
 I just could not bear to cover up the beautiful hankie so…..
Here are photos of the doll I made, inspired by the quilt
The bear was made from an old grain sack and the sweater is a sleeve from an old sweater I felted.

 

The sweater had holes, so I made them a feature!
A quilt, a doll and now I think, a painting inspired by them….

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