I wanted to report on one of the most fun one-day workshops I have taken. At the OSA (Oregon Society of Artists) classroom on April 20th Linda Rothchild Ollis taught a class on "Creating with Courage." Most artists know that the blank paper, canvas, or other surface presents a challenge each time we start a new piece of art. Linda has created a workshop where there are no expectations in anything created in the workshop. We used specific paint, Yupo and treated paper, and applied different stencils with a foam roller. The four pieces below represent my journey as I let myself just create whatever I could think of with the tools available. I had recently purchased 4 plastic rollers with different designs and used one of them in the workshop. See the lower left painting for the pattern it created. Since it is spring -- time to clean out all the drawers and closets where we have stored our craft and sewing items you have collected over the years. You might be pleasantly surprised to see what other kind of stencils you can use in your art I have always been attracted to black and white art so this was really a treat. I would highly recommend taking this workshop from Linda any time it is offered or see if you can arrange with her to come to your group to "create with courage." You can find her on Facebook and she has made a You Tube video as well.
Sharing my paintings with others is one of the joys in my life. Educating others about how I paint and the media I use is very important and why I wanted to reach out through this blog. Hope you will add a comment about what you see.