Just returned from taking a class from Jane Dunnewold, http://www.janedunnewold.com. Had a fabulous time, learned a lot, and met some great women in Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez for Jane's lecture and workshop. I want to thank the lovely women of Fibervision http://www.fibervisionaries.com for contacting Jane and making this lecture and workshop possible. As I said in my last post, I've been wanting to take a class from her for years, ever since I bought her book, Complex Cloth, published in 2009, and she did not disappoint. She was inspirational, knowledgable and caring. The class was held in one of the participant's wonderfully, well lit and equipped studio.
Jane has out a new book, Creative Strength Training.The book is full of strategies to encourage you to take your art and yourself as an artist, to the next level. There are exercises to help you figure out what you want to do as well as strategies to help you better focus on getting the work done by tuning out the distractions. She's telling us to, "Go to your studio and get to work." Just as athletes have personal trainers to help them get stronger, this book will help you strengthen your creative art muscles. You can find out more about Jane and her new book on her website.
In the workshop we created challenging color studies on paper and cloth, using only primaries, secondaries, white and black, as you can see below. Learning how to use your materials and tools as well as the elements of art and principles of design can only help to make those art muscles stronger so you can add them to your repertoire. If you get a chance to take a class from Ms. Dunnewold, I encourage you to do so.
Below is a quick color study I did last night playing more with complementary colors in watercolor with rubbing alcohol drops and spatters to create texture.