Hype Alert – Feather Art Workshop 2022!

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January 8, 2021 - SATURDAY - 11:30am-5:30pm
Center for Healthy Generations, Yucca Valley, CA

Whimsical and Freeing

Feather art is a unique artform that I would like to share with you. I have been presenting this method of art for about 4 years. It is abstract, impressionistic, whimsical, and free flowing. You are calling forth a different sense of the creativity within you when you use a feather as a tool. On many levels you are connecting with and enlightening your soul. During the workshop you will start by making your own brush(es)! This step infuses the brush with your own energy, and it is said that by using the feather you are honoring and perhaps paying homage to the bird that it came from. In a sense, you are allowing the bird's spirit to stay vibrant and alive as it moves through its journey to the afterlife.

No matter what one may believe about the afterlife, this is a message about releasing and being reborn. Letting go of the old and starting over is a story we weave into the fabric of our lives. This is one way the soul can express itself. We can in turn reflect upon our feelings and interpret the energy we are holding in our heart and mind.

During the process, you may be expressing energies from your conscious or subconscious mind. You are allowing the marks created on paper to tell a story, and this process has the potential of setting you free from the outside world. The feather always reveals what it wants you to see.

Now let me tone this down a bit and say, you will love the power, the flow, the energy of the feather. The images that come through represent the complexity or simplicity of you. They become a work of art that you will want to gaze at, sit with, and contemplate the many interpretations it can reveal to you.

You can register at The Center for Healthy Generations for this workshop, but you can also directly contact the instructor. Details found below on the flyer.

Create Artful Memories!

Nancy Kimes

Writeup – Feather Art Workshop 2021

A personalized painting tool

The feather art workshop with instructor Nancy Kimes was held in December of 2021. Attendance was sparse but something personable is gained with limited participants - we had the instructor's full attention! I was lucky for such an opportunity to fall into my lap for it gave me time to participate and take plenty of photos.

In this Feather Art workshop, participants were provided materials to both create their own feather brushes AND paint with the newly created tools! The brush creation process could easily take much of a creator's time and love as they customize and beautify their tools, so I am so happy that we were given ample time to create our feather brushes.

The brush and the breathing

Once our painting tools were assembled, we jumped right into using them! The process was as much about using our tools as it was understanding our tools. We were given time to experience the unique properties of our newly created brushes, of the way they felt in the hand and of how they prefered gliding upon paper. We were urged to relax into the creation process using calming breath exercises and repeating motions. There is a meditative aspect to the painting process we were shown, and the process was absolutely inviting.

Circles and much, much more

The creation of circles is important during this process of meditative painting. There is a start and a finish. There is hope and finalization.  These are called Enso circles, an ancient Japanese art-form blending art and spirituality. It is a fantastic feeling experiencing how the brush, the feather reacts to the ink and the paper. And yet, our painting technique did not start and end with the creation of circle figures!

Nancy introduced us to a marbling process using water and ink. We practiced placing ink to paper and then placing that paper face-down into water AND we swirled ink into water first before placing the paper into the water. The end products were subtle at times, with fine strokes and beautiful forms, and occasionally they were bold. The process was as much engaging as it was surprising and completely enjoyable.

Absolutely fun

The day was a success and though the workshop was scheduled for six hours, we didn't have a lull at any time. We were creating and enjoying the results all throughout. Each of us came out with a set of beautifies and an entire bucket of concepts to work into our art forms moving forward. Thank you Nancy Kimes for a fun and exciting workshop. I look forward to the next one in January, 2022!

Hype Alert – Feather Art Workshop 2021!

December 6, 2021 - MONDAY - 11:30am-5:30pm
Center for Healthy Generations

Feather art is a unique artform that I would like to share with you. I have been presenting this method of art for about 4 years. It is abstract, impressionistic, whimsical, and free flowing. You are calling forth a different sense of the creativity within you when you use a feather as a tool. On many levels you are connecting with and enlightening your soul. During the workshop you will start by making your own brush(es)! This step infuses the brush with your own energy, and it is said that by using the feather you are honoring and perhaps paying homage to the bird that it came from. In a sense, you are allowing the bird's spirit to stay vibrant and alive as it moves through its journey to the afterlife.

No matter what one may believe about the afterlife, this is a message about releasing and being reborn. Letting go of the old and starting over is a story we weave into the fabric of our lives. This is one way the soul can express itself. We can in turn reflect upon our feelings and interpret the energy we are holding in our heart and mind.

During the process, you may be expressing energies from your conscious or subconscious mind. You are allowing the marks created on paper to tell a story, and this process has the potential of setting you free from the outside world. The feather always reveals what it wants you to see.

Now let me tone this down a bit and say, you will love the power, the flow, the energy of the feather. The images that come through represent the complexity or simplicity of you. They become a work of art that you will want to gaze at, sit with, and contemplate the many interpretations it can reveal to you.

You can register at The Center for Healthy Generations for this workshop! Details found below on the flyer.

Create Artful Memories!

Nancy Kimes

 

Feather Art Workshop

Writeup! Members Appreciation

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Painting on Glass

The Members Appreciation event was held on Friday, February 21, at the Center for Healthy Generations.

Chaparral Artists wanted to honor their members by providing a free workshop. Chaparral members were welcomed to invite a guest interested in joining our group and painting with friends. Pizza and ice cream was served.

Chaparral Artists had a wonderful time painting on glass using multi-surface acrylic paints. Inspiration was drawn from a floral arrangement featuring small sunflowers. Multiple photos of the floral arrangement were provided to the attendees to spark inspiration or provide guidelines.

A brief introduction was offered on the glass painting technique. Tips and tricks were provided to the workshop attendees and supplies - paints, glass bowls, glass plates, and brushes were provided. Attendees were introduced to the concept of painting the first layers of an object - the topmost element of a scene - before painting any additional layers. Acrylic paint is affixed on the outside of glass when using this method, not the inside of glass. The vessel will then remain clean to use for displaying candles or serving snacks.

The process of painting on the outside of the glass can be tricky. Artists must wrap their mind around painting foreground elements before background elements. For many artists, this practice seems backwards to them. For example, dimples on an insect must be painted before the body of the insect is painted. The closest leaves of a tree must be painted before any limbs, or the trunk can be painted, and that is all done before the sky is applied to the scene. Some of our members equated the process to that of 'negative painting.' Still, there are strange differences from even the difficulties experienced by artists familiar with the negative painting method.

Some members and their friends chose to diverge from the floral arrangement. They painted a variety of scenes - sunsets, feathers and rope, and simple shapes were a few alternate scenes that members came up with.

The gathering was a big success. Many participants shared that they had fun painting on glass as a surface. They hoped to have a second gathering to continue practicing the technique. Both experienced and self-proclaimed inexperienced artists worked together, sharing their excitement at playing with a medium new to them. As always, everyone brought different expertise to the event and produced beautiful results.

Writeup! Chaparral Paint & Sip

Written by Raini Armstrong

Chaparral’s first-ever Paint & Sip event was hosted by Nancy Miehle. The event was fun, and the technique used to paint our subject was intriguing, because it was different, and dare I say, unexpected! Many of us knew before arriving that we would be painting with acrylics, and some of use even know that our subject would be a butterfly. Simple, right? The trick, however, was the actual goal; to paint in a watercolor manner and end up with a loose and semitransparent winged creature while using the acrylic medium. 

This might not phase the acrylic artists in the group, but for me, acrylics are treated as oils - cleaner, of course, but the basic rules apply as to starting with darks and building toward lights. I understand acrylics as the building of layers of paint, the blending of color, and the needed speed of application so that the paints do not dry before your scene has been completed. During the Paint & Sip workshop, we actually treated the acrylic pigments as if they were watercolors! 

We were to keep the paints were using liquidy, thinned with significant amounts of water. The initial application of water to canvas also helped to spread colors. With a simple sketch of the butterfly, we got to work mixing or just placing colors on the canvas to create the colorful butterfly. Little details could be built up, but ultimately the goal was to keep the acrylic paints as transparent and wild as watercolor paints can be experienced.

I am indeed a watercolorist through and through, however, this Paint & Sip with Chaparral Artists gave me a new outlook on what I can do with acrylic paint!