Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Assemblage, Book Art & Collage!


Recently, I was asked to participate in a group show put on by Southern Utah University's gallery and was excited to participate. The Braithwaite Fine Arts Gallery group exhibition ABC: Assemblage, Book Art, Collage will be exhibiting my work The Creative Spirit Within.  
The exhibition will showcase three unique art forms, assemblage, book art and collage. The art has been created through cutting, layering, adhering, constructing, unusual use of media, and creative juxtaposition.
 
Braithwaite Fine Arts Gallery
September 10 – November 7, 2015 
Hours: Tue-Sat, noon-7pm  
435-586-5432

Opening: Thursday Sept 10 7:00pm to 9:00pm

There is also some amazing programming to go along with the show. 

Tuesday Sept. 15 
Talk: "Assemblage in Nature" by Dr. Matt Weeg
7:00 - 8:00pm

Wednesday Sept. 16  
Panel Discussion "What's Happening to Books"
7:00 - 8:00pm Dr. Richard Saunders, Sue Cotter and Jonathan Talbot

Thursday Sept 17 
Talk: "Collage Medium & Metaphor" by Jonathan Talbot
7:00 - 8:00pm

Tuesday Sept 29 
Letterpress Workshop with Jessica Gerlach
7:00 - 8:30pm

Thursday Oct 1 
Art Insights with Sue Cotter

Tuesday Oct 27
Letterpress Workshop with Jessica Gerlach
6:00 - 9:00pm

My 2-day workshop at Southern Utah University  (Photo taken by Ron Spears)
I was asked a few years ago to do a workshop and several lectures at Southern Utah University. I met some amazing students as well as inspirational instructors during my visit. The work was so stellar from the workshop that my publisher displayed it on their site CreateMixedMedia in an article entitled Taking the Mixed-Media Challenge!
Checking out examples from my books Art Revolution and Experimental Painting at a Southern Utah University Workshop (Photo taken by Ron Spears)



Monday, August 24, 2015

Mixed Media Workshop in Seattle!


TLC Workshops:
Sat-Sun, Oct 10-11, 2015 
10am-6pm

Weekend Workshop
Seattle, USA

$275 Limit: 20 students.


This hands-on, two-day workshop will explore the development of imaginative, fantasy-inspired works using a content-driven, mixed-media, multidisciplinary approach.

Throughout the workshop, many exciting in-depth demonstrations will be shown, providing an extensive array of visually-stimulating possibilities for artists to explore. Both 2D and 3D mixed-media techniques will be covered, including employing alternative working surfaces, using custom tools, toning the painting surface in imaginative ways, creating a tactile ground, building the visual architecture, working in relief and utilizing innovative mixed-media techniques to create intriguing effects. To assist artists in their own creative path, topics on nurturing the creative spirit, developing personal content through journalism, embracing a multidisciplinary mindset and creating message-driven art will also be discussed. 


For artists who are looking to push their work to a new level, this workshop will be a valuable resource and an ongoing source for creative inspiration.

Friday, August 21, 2015

New Project & New Blog!


I am currently writing, designing and illustrating a highly visual, fantasy-based novel! 

I have set-up a blog called Figure of the Imagination for the purpose of showing in-process work and other interesting insights that surround the project. You can check out my new blog and subscribe to posts via email!



Sunday, June 14, 2015

New Online Class!

NEW! 
This highly informative online workshop will explore experimental approaches to painting dreamy vistas in mixed media, using both two-dimensional and three-dimensional techniques. The workshop will cover the creation of mystical landscapes, waterscapes and cityscapes in imaginative, abstract settings that are inspired from mythology, fairy tales, folklore, classical literature and poetry.

With visually inspiring imagery, insightful readings, thought-provoking videos, creative exercises and step-by-step demonstrations, artists will discover a plethora of exciting two-dimensional and three-dimensional techniques to employ in their own fantastical dreamy vistas. For intermediate and advanced artists who are looking to create magical, dream-like environments, this workshop will be a valuable resource and an ongoing source for creative inspiration! 
Start Date: January 4 to February 12, 2016 
Course Length: 6 weeks
Tuition: $300.00
http://www.cyrstudio.com/dreamscapes.html


The mythical figure has inspired artists for centuries. Let it inspire you too! This highly informative online workshop will explore experimental approaches to painting the mythical figure in thematic fantastical settings, using both two-dimensional and three-dimensional mixed-media techniques. Topics will include drawing and painting the fantastical figure, altering and restructure facial features and body proportions to create believable characters as well as painting magical landscapes and environments using mixed-media techniques.

All assignments will encourage in-depth research and exploration into a multitude of mythological, cultural and historical sources. Egyptian, Greek and Roman, Celtic, Norse, East Asian, African and Native American mythology, legends, fairy tales and folklore are just some of the areas of prospective interest. Artists are also encouraged to develop their own mythological stories to illustrate. We will focus on the creation of message-driven art through the use of symbolism, metaphor and allegory as well as anagrams, visual puzzles and hidden messages. The use of storyboarding for narrative works in series whether for a gallery wall, book layout, video presentation or online experience will also be discussed. Other topics will include the use of costuming, decorative motifs and ornamentation, cultural iconography and architectural detail in works of the mythical realm.

With visually inspiring imagery, insightful readings, thought-provoking videos, creative exercises and step-by-step demonstrations, artists will discover a plethora of exciting two-dimensional and three-dimensional techniques to employ in their own fantastical works. This online workshop is for intermediate and advanced figurative artists who are interested in using mixed-media techniques to add that magical, transforming element to their work!

The workshop will be run as a six-week online class. I have set-up a private resource blog to serve as the interactive platform for the class. It will have articles, videos, downloads and links that will act as valuable supplementation to the class critiques. I will be in the classroom Monday through Friday reviewing in-process and finished works.

Start Date: January 4 to February 12, 2016
Course Length: 6 weeks
Tuition: $300.00



This online workshop is for intermediate and advanced artists that are looking to refine their skills to produce professional works for the fine or commercial art marketplace. Artists will work on their own self-generated projects at a pace they feel comfortable with. In addition to weekly assistance with portfolio development, the class will cover a variety of topics from professional business practices, promotional strategies, merchandising, social media and public relations to studio practices, experimental and traditional painting techniques and an exciting multitude of artistic inspirational resources. Artists can choose to work on works of art, start a website, develop an identity package, set up a social media presence, create a video of their work, develop a merchandise line, or a combination of art and business etc. It is up to each artist how they want to use their class time. Discussions regarding personal outlook, growth and development will also help each artist to explore and expand upon their own creative process as well as establish successful business goals for the long term.

The workshop will be run as an eight-week online workshop. I have set-up a private resource blog to serve as the interactive platform for the class. It will have articles, videos, downloads and links that will act as valuable supplementation to the class critiques. I will be in the classroom Monday through Friday reviewing in-process and finished works. Take this as an opportunity to do something really extraordinary, making an impact on your career for years to come!

Start Date: January 4 to February 26, 2016
Course Length: 8 weeks
Tuition: $400.00
http://www.cyrstudio.com/masterclass.html

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Got Texture?

Lots of great stuff going on in the studio! Texture, texture and more texture! If you are interested in working with me online, sign up is available now and classes will start  Monday May 4th!  The Spring May 4th online session will be the last one I do until November. Check out these online workshops:

Mixed Media Masterclass is an online month-to-month workshop is for intermediate and advanced artists that are looking to refine their skills to produce professional works for the fine or commercial art marketplace. 

Artists will work on their own self-generated projects at a pace they feel comfortable with. In addition to weekly assistance with portfolio development, the class will cover a variety of topics from professional business practices, promotional strategies, merchandising, social media and public relations to studio practices, experimental and traditional painting techniques and an exciting multitude of artistic inspirational resources. 

Artists can choose to work on works of art, start a website, develop an identity package, set up a social media presence, create a video of their work, develop a merchandise line, or a combination of art and business etc. It is up to each artist how they want to use their class time. Discussions regarding personal outlook, growth and development will also help each artist to explore and expand upon their own creative process as well as establish successful business goals for the long term.

Start Date: May 4 to May 29, 2015
Course Length: month to month
Tuition: $180.00 - 4 weeks


The mythical figure has inspired artists for centuries. Let it inspire you too! This highly informative online workshop will explore experimental approaches to painting the mythical figure in thematic fantastical settings, using both two-dimensional and three-dimensional mixed-media techniques. Topics will include drawing and painting the fantastical figure, altering and restructure facial features and body proportions to create believable characters as well as painting magical landscapes and environments using mixed-media techniques.



All projects encourage research and exploration into a multitude of mythological, cultural and historical sources. Egyptian, Greek and Roman, Celtic, Norse, Slavic and East Asian mythology, legends, fairy tales and folklore are just some of the areas of prospective interest. Artists are also encouraged to develop their own mythological stories to illustrate. We will focus on the creation of message-driven art through the use of symbolism, metaphor and allegory as well as anagrams, visual puzzles and hidden messages. The use of story boarding for narrative works in series whether for a gallery wall, book layout, video presentation or online experience will also be discussed. Other topics will include the use of costuming, decorative motifs and ornamentation, cultural iconography and architectural detail in works of the mythical realm.

With visually inspiring imagery, insightful readings, thought-provoking videos, creative exercises and step-by-step demonstrations, artists will discover a plethora of exciting two-dimensional and three-dimensional techniques to employ in their own fantastical works. This online workshop is for intermediate and advanced figurative artists who are interested in using mixed-media techniques to add that magical, transforming element to their work!

Start Date: May 4 to June 12, 2015

Course Length: 6 weeks
Tuition: $300.00

Sunday, April 12, 2015

EXPERIMENTAL FIGURE PAINTING IN MIXED MEDIA: The Mythical Realm

The mythical figure has inspired artists for centuries. Let it inspire you too! This highly informative online workshop entitled EXPERIMENTAL FIGURE PAINTING IN MIXED MEDIA: The Mythical Realm will explore experimental approaches to painting the mythical figure in thematic fantastical settings, using both two-dimensional and three-dimensional mixed-media techniques. Topics will include drawing and painting the fantastical figure, altering and restructure facial features and body proportions to create believable characters as well as painting magical landscapes and environments using mixed-media techniques.

All assignments will encourage in-depth research and exploration into a multitude of mythological, cultural and historical sources. Egyptian, Greek and Roman, Celtic, Norse, East Asian, African and Native American mythology, legends, fairy tales and folklore are just some of the areas of prospective interest. Artists are also encouraged to develop their own mythological stories to illustrate. We will focus on the creation of message-driven art through the use of symbolism, metaphor and allegory as well as anagrams, visual puzzles and hidden messages. The use of storyboarding for narrative works in series whether for a gallery wall, book layout, video presentation or online experience will also be discussed. Other topics will include the use of costuming, decorative motifs and ornamentation, cultural iconography and architectural detail in works of the mythical realm.

With visually inspiring imagery, insightful readings, thought-provoking videos, creative exercises and step-by-step demonstrations, artists will discover a plethora of exciting two-dimensional and three-dimensional techniques to employ in their own fantastical works. This online workshop is for intermediate and advanced figurative artists who are interested in using mixed-media techniques to add that magical, transforming element to their work!

The workshop will be run as a six-week online class. I have set-up a private resource blog to serve as the interactive platform for the class. It will have articles, videos, downloads and links that will act as valuable supplementation to the class critiques. I will be in the classroom Monday through Friday reviewing in-process and finished works.


Start Date: May 4 to June 12, 2015

Course Length: 6 weeks
Tuition: $300.00




Check out art created by artists attending my online workshops:
Bas-relief & Assemblage Work

Collage & Mixed-Media Work