Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Using Exploratory Processes to Create Imaginative Works


I will be giving a lecture on Using Exploratory Processes to Create Imaginative Works to be held on Tuesday, March 25, 2014 at The Society of Illustrators from 6:30pm to 9:00pm

This highly visual lecture will explore the development of imaginative, fantasy-inspired works using a content-driven, mixed-media, multidisciplinary mindset. Throughout the lecture, exciting two-dimensional and three-dimensional mixed-media techniques will be shown, providing an extensive array of visually-stimulating possibilities for artists to explore! There will also be a book signing after the lecture. The mixed media bestselling books entitled Experimental Painting: Inspirational Approaches in Mixed Media and Art Revolution: Alternative Approaches for Fine Artists and Illustrators will be available for purchase and signing.

LECTURE: THE SOCIETY OF ILLUSTRATORS
128 East 63rd Street (between Park and Lexington Avenues)
New York, NY 10065


March 25, 2014 from 6:30pm to 9:00pm
 
Here is the link: http://www.societyillustrators.org/Events-and-Programs/Lectures/2014/Lisa/Lisa-L--Cyr--Using-Exploratory-Processes-to-Create-Imaginative-Works.aspx

Tickets: (212) 838-2560    http://www.societyillustrators.org/Product.aspx?id=11187

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Mixed Media Mentorship!

NEW ONLINE WORKSHOP:
Mixed Media Mentorship

This online workshop is for artists that are looking to create a professional portfolio of work. The instructor will work one-on-one with artists, refining their skills to create professional works for the fine and commercial art marketplace. In addition, discussions regarding personal outlook, growth and development will help each attendee to explore and expand upon their own creative process as well as establish successful business goals for the long term.
 http://www.artistsnetworkuniversity.com/courses/mixed-media-mentorship

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Creative Explorations in Mixed Media: 2D, 3D and Beyond..Online Workshop!


CYR_MIST_webIf you love mixed media and want to move your work into the three-dimensional realm, this online workshop is for you! Invigorate your work in the new year with The Artists Network University’s online class called Creative Explorations in Mixed Media: 2D, 3D and Beyond! It starts on January 7, 2014 and runs for four weeks. Check out this link for more details.

The online workshop explores alternative, innovative ways of conceptualizing and creating content-driven mixed-media art that is on the cutting-edge. Throughout the workshop and book, insightful and thought-provoking profiles of leading artists and illustrators accompany exciting in-depth, step-by-step demonstrations, shedding light on signature processes and techniques. The workshop also provides insight into the historical influences behind contemporary thinking and approaches, investigating the origins of alternative, unconventional picture making throughout the decades.

Offering a wide range of possibilities for exploration and experimentation, this workshop will reveal how alternative, mixed media aesthetics is uniting the disciplines of two-dimensional, three-dimensional, digital and new media art in inventive combinations.

SEE SOME AMAZING 3D ARTWORK CREATED IN THIS CLASS HERE:

I structure my online classes differently than what is detailed in the Artists Network University guidelines. Instead of making comments only once a week on finished work, I review work in-process everyday during the work week. I believe it is more important to help artists, both seasoned and new comers, along the way than to simply comment at the end. This has proven to be a very helpful approach for many that have attended my online workshops in the past. Many artists from all over the globe continue to connect with each other even after the class has finished.
Every week, I will have readings from the book and a project to work on. In addition, there are videos and other demonstrations that I will have for you. On Tech Tip Thursday of every week, I provide technical information to build skills that are being introduced. Fun Friday is a weekly inspirational posting where I share thought-provoking and insightful articles, creating food-for-thought as students work over the weekend. The Weekend Wrap-up sums up the work for the previous week and draws attention to special areas of interest by the attendees.

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Since there are no grades given for this workshop, there is absolutely no pressure to meet the deadlines that are posted in the class. I encourage my students to work at their own pace. It does not matter to me if you finish the project for week one during week one or week four. I want everyone to feel comfortable working and not worried about meeting deadlines.

ArtRevolutionFor those wanting to venture outside the norm, this workshop will be a valuable resource and an ongoing source for creative inspiration. Course registration comes with a digital download of Art Revolution by artist and author Lisa L. Cyr. www.cyrstudio.com

Artist Network Videos by Lisa L. Cyr:

CollageTechniques
Creative Explorations in Mixed-Media: Collage Techniques for the Mixed-Media Artist


PaintingTechniques
Transforming the Surface with Mixed-Media Painting Techniques


AssemblageAccents
Assemblage Accents: Employing Faux Finishes and Patinas!




Copyright 2013 Lisa L. Cyr, Cyr Studio LLC

Monday, October 28, 2013

Assemblage Accents: Employing Faux Finishes and Patinas!


Assemblage AccentsAssemblage accents can provide a unique three-dimensional addition to any mixed-media painting. The sculptural presence, textural finishes and custom patinas make an assemblage accent a desirable element for the mixed-media milieu.
 
In my paintings, I like to use vintage as well as newly repurposed accents, incorporating metal, plaster, clay and wood in unique combinations. To harvest a unique collection of trinkets and time-treated treasures, I go to flea markets, antique shops and the like. I just love it when I find just the right trinket that I can make into a one-of-a-kind treasure. I also pilfer from my great-grandmother’s button collection which has some amazing vintage pieces. Finding that perfectly aged piece when you need it is not always easy. But, there are some great dimensional accents that can be found at the local hardware store. Wooden trim and other such accents can be treated with an aging varnish or a crackle patina to give them a time-honored look.

In my recent online webinar entitled Assemblage Accents: Employing Faux Finishes and Patinas, I covered creatively customizing not only found objects and assemblage accents and but also custom sculptural creations with unique finishes and patinas.
The webinar is now available for download! Check it out here.

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The three-dimensional landscape captivates an audience with its engaging constructs, intriguing enclosures, tactile surfaces and custom add-ons, where the sculptural projection adds not only depth and dimension but also meaning to the work. From repurposed and custom-treated natural and man-made elements to hand sculpted creations in self-drying and polymer clay, a diverse array of exciting techniques and materials are explored in this video.

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CYR_patinaAdding custom patinas and faux finishes using techniques such as sponging, glazing, dry brush, distressing and rusting just to name a few. In addition, sources of inspiration for unique finishes will also be discussed.

Throughout the video, dimensional and multilayered stenciling, embossing and debossing into acrylic pastes and gels, matter painting, sculpted fabric and other bas-relief treatments are shown. Working with rigid substrates such as wood, clay, metal and polystyrene foam, employing multi-layered panels, creating inlaid boxes, attaching assemblage accents that use free-moving, battery-operated, lenticular, video and sound chips add-ons and addressing structural, constructive and aesthetic issues of three-dimensional works are also covered. If you are interested in projecting your mixed-media work into the third dimension, this video is for you!
CYR_basrelief Copyright 2013 Lisa L. Cyr, Cyr Studio LLC

Artist Network Videos & Online Courses by Lisa L. Cyr:

Creative Explorations in Mixed-Media: Collage Techniques for the Mixed-Media Artist
In the video, I go into detail about the intrinsic characteristics of various papers and the aesthetic possibilities and technical issues that go along with them. In collage works, weight, surface, texture, color permanence and opacity each play a part in the selection and use of paper and paper-based ephemera. Throughout the recording, I also discuss the use of handmade paper as well as the making of custom- treated papers. Paper treatments such as sponging, dripping, dry-brushing and custom stamping add a signature look to any paper surface. When it comes to adhering various collage and paper elements to a surface, I discuss which adhesive is the best to use for specific papers and applications. Sealing procedures are also covered, including when to apply isolation coats between various mixed-media techniques.

Paper manipulation such as the use of tearing, scoring, punching and die-cutting are also explored with detailed examples of various applications. In addition, I discuss a variety of techniques such as folding, wrinkling, creasing, burning, aging and distressing. Unique processes are shown throughout, using both paper and metallic surfaces.

For a more densely collaged substrate, I present techniques such as peeling-back, sanding, scratching and scraping. I also discuss the use of multilayered and raised surfaces with custom inlays that employ carving, scoring, embossing and debossing of paper and foils. The addition of embellishments and accents as well as the employment of stitching, weaving and knotting are also covered.

This video covers a diverse array of creative and painterly approaches using both transparent and opaque applications. Shown on various surfaces, altered, repurposed and custom tools are used in inventive ways to create signature works of art. Automatism and freeform painting techniques are also discussed, creating wonder-filled, imaginative environments that enrich the working surface with color, pattern and texture.

Transforming the Surface with Mixed-Media Painting Techniques
Throughout the video, lushly painted passages and rich transitions boast mixed-media techniques such as dissolve treatments using acrylic, gouache and ink, lift-off applications using oil paint and gouache and resist treatments with rock salt and candle wax. Dripping, spattering, ghosting and dry-brushing with paint and water-soluble crayons as well as custom blotting, masking, stamping and monoprinting are each explored in this exciting 90 minute video.

For more decorative applications and faux finishes, marbling using self-leveling clear gel, acrylic matte medium and PVA glue, sponging techniques with natural and manmade sponges, combing and pouring techniques using acrylic gels and paint with varying viscosities, ink embossing, crackle applications as well as other aging and distressing techniques are shown.

Creating custom collage papers with techniques such as veining and creasing along with mixed-media painting and surface treatments demonstrate exciting ways in which to infuse custom collage elements into a multimedia painting. The creation of custom acrylic skin surfaces, clear tape transfers and textured image transfers are also covered.

Techniques that creatively manipulate heavily-applied paint with a painting knife, comb and other non-traditional tools are also discussed. Utilizing alternative and unconventional tools and techniques, this video will certainly provide engaging and creative inspiration for artists who want to experiment and explore, igniting the creative juices!

Within the Layers: Inspirational Mixed Media Art Techniques
This online workshop will investigate exploratory methodologies, techniques and approaches in mixed-media art. Throughout the workshop, exciting in-depth demonstrations will be shown, providing an extensive array of visually-stimulating possibilities for artists to explore. Both two-dimensional and three-dimensional techniques will be covered. For artists that are looking to push their work to a new level, this workshop will be a valuable resource and an ongoing source for creative inspiration. Course registration comes with a digital download of Experimental Painting by artist and author Lisa L. Cyr.
Click here to see work created in the class.
Exp Ptg
Experimental Painting by Lisa L. Cyr

Creative Explorations in Mixed Media: 2D, 3D and Beyond!
This online workshop will explore alternative, innovative ways of conceptualizing and creating content-driven mixed-media art that is on the cutting-edge. Throughout the workshop, insightful and thought-provoking profiles of leading artists and illustrators accompany exciting in-depth, step-by-step demonstrations, shedding light on signature processes and techniques. The workshop also provides insight into the historical influences behind contemporary thinking and approaches, investigating the origins of alternative, unconventional picture making throughout the decades. Offering a wide range of possibilities for exploration and experimentation, this workshop will reveal how alternative, mixed media aesthetics is uniting the disciplines of two-dimensional, three-dimensional, digital and new media art in inventive combinations. For those wanting to venture outside the norm, this workshop will be a valuable resource and an ongoing source for creative inspiration. Course registration comes with a digital download of Art Revolution by artist and author Lisa L. Cyr.
Click here to see artwork created in this class.
ArtRevolution Art Revolution by Lisa L. Cyr
 


Monday, October 7, 2013

Transforming the Surface with Mixed-Media Painting Techniques!



In my recent online webinar entitled Transforming the Surface with Mixed-Media Painting Techniques, I covered a striking array of creative approaches in which to alter and transform the mixed-media painting surface. The webinar is now available for download! Check it out here.
http://www.northlightshop.com/transforming-the-surface-with-mixed-media-painting-techniques-download-u7891
PaintingTechniquesThis video covers a diverse array of creative and painterly approaches using both transparent and opaque applications. Shown on various surfaces, altered, repurposed and custom tools are used in inventive ways to create signature works of art. Automatism and freeform painting techniques are also discussed, creating wonder-filled, imaginative environments that enrich the working surface with color, pattern and texture.

Mixed Media StudyThroughout the video, lushly painted passages and rich transitions boast mixed-media techniques such as dissolve treatments using acrylic, gouache and ink, lift-off applications using oil paint and gouache and resist treatments with rock salt and candle wax. Dripping, spattering, ghosting and dry-brushing with paint and water-soluble crayons as well as custom blotting, masking, stamping and monoprinting are each explored in this exciting 90 minute video.

cyr_marbling
For more decorative applications and faux finishes, marbling using self-leveling clear gel, acrylic matte medium and PVA glue, sponging techniques with natural and manmade sponges, combing and pouring techniques using acrylic gels and paint with varying viscosities, ink embossing, crackle applications as well as other aging and distressing techniques are shown.
cyr_tissue Creating custom collage papers with techniques such as veining and creasing along with mixed-media painting and surface treatments demonstrate exciting ways in which to infuse custom collage elements into a multimedia painting. The creation of custom acrylic skin surfaces, clear tape transfers and textured image transfers are also covered.
cyr_combing
CYR_painting
Techniques that creatively manipulate heavily-applied paint with a painting knife, comb and other non-traditional tools are also discussed. Utilizing alternative and unconventional tools and techniques, this video will certainly provide engaging and creative inspiration for artists who want to experiment and explore, igniting the creative juices!

Artist Network Videos & Online Courses by Lisa L. Cyr:
Creative Explorations in Mixed-Media: Collage Techniques for the Mixed-Media Artist
http://www.northlightshop.com/creating-explorations-in-mixed-media-digital-download-u7890
In the video, I go into detail about the intrinsic characteristics of various papers and the aesthetic possibilities and technical issues that go along with them. In collage works, weight, surface, texture, color permanence and opacity each play a part in the selection and use of paper and paper-based ephemera. Throughout the recording, I also discuss the use of handmade paper as well as the making of custom- treated papers. Paper treatments such as sponging, dripping, drybrushing and custom stamping add a signature look to any paper surface. When it comes to adhering various collage and paper elements to a surface, I discuss which adhesive is the best to use for specific papers and applications. Sealing procedures are also covered, including when to apply isolation coats between various mixed-media techniques.

Paper manipulation such as the use of tearing, scoring, punching and die-cutting are also explored with detailed examples of various applications. In addition, I discuss a variety of techniques such as folding, wrinkling, creasing, burning, aging and distressing. Unique processes are shown throughout, using both paper and metallic surfaces.

For a more densely collaged substrate, I present techniques such as peeling-back, sanding, scratching and scraping. I also discuss the use of multi-layered and raised surfaces with custom inlays that employ carving, scoring, embossing and debossing of paper and foils. The addition of embellishments and accents as well as the employment of stitching, weaving and knotting are also covered.

Assemblage Accents: Employing Faux Finishes & Patinas
http://www.northlightshop.com/creative-explorations-mixed-media-digital-download-u7892
This video covers creatively customizing found objects, assemblage accents and sculptural creations with unique finishes and patinas. To enliven the mixed-media landscape, a diverse array of techniques and materials from repurposed and custom treated natural and man-made elements will be explored. With the addition of faux finishes and decorative techniques, the everyday object can be transformed into a one-of-a-kind accent, communicating a concept or illuminating a subject in a unique way.

Within the Layers: Inspirational Mixed Media Art Techniques
http://www.artistsnetworkuniversity.com/courses/within-the-layers-inspirational-mixed-media-techniques
Exp PtgThis online workshop will investigate exploratory methodologies, techniques and approaches in mixed-media art. Throughout the workshop, exciting in-depth demonstrations will be shown, providing an extensive array of visually-stimulating possibilities for artists to explore. Both two-dimensional and three-dimensional techniques will be covered. For artists that are looking to push their work to a new level, this workshop will be a valuable resource and an ongoing source for creative inspiration. Course registration comes with a digital download of Experimental Painting by artist and author Lisa L. Cyr.

See the student artwork created in the online Within the Layers class here.


Creative Explorations in Mixed Media: 2D, 3D and Beyond!
http://www.artistsnetworkuniversity.com/courses/creative-explorations-in-mixed-media-2d-3d-and-beyond
ArtRevolutionThis online workshop will explore alternative, innovative ways of conceptualizing and creating content-driven mixed-media art that is on the cutting-edge. Throughout the workshop, insightful and thought-provoking profiles of leading artists and illustrators accompany exciting in-depth, step-by-step demonstrations, shedding light on signature processes and techniques. The workshop also provides insight into the historical influences behind contemporary thinking and approaches, investigating the origins of alternative, unconventional picture making throughout the decades. Offering a wide range of possibilities for exploration and experimentation, this workshop will reveal how alternative, mixed media aesthetics is uniting the disciplines of two-dimensional, three-dimensional, digital and new media art in inventive combinations. For those wanting to venture outside the norm, this workshop will be a valuable resource and an ongoing source for creative inspiration. Course registration comes with a digital download of Art Revolution by artist and author Lisa L. Cyr.

See the student artwork created in this online class here.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Collage Techniques for the Mixed Media Artist!

CollageTechniquesI recently did an online webinar with the Artist Network TV called Collage Techniques for the Mixed Media Artist. I covered an exciting array of collage techniques and applications. The webinar is now available for download! Check it out here.

In the video, I go into detail about the intrinsic characteristics of various papers and the aesthetic possibilities and technical issues that go along with them. In collage works, weight, surface, texture, color permanence and opacity each play a part in the selection and use of paper and paper-based ephemera. Throughout the recording, I also discuss the use of handmade paper as well as the making of custom- treated papers. Paper treatments such as sponging, dripping, drybrushing and custom stamping add a signature look to any paper surface. When it comes to adhering various collage and paper elements to a surface, I discuss which adhesive is the best to use for specific papers and applications. Sealing procedures are also covered, including when to apply isolation coats between various mixed-media techniques.
CYR_Collage
Paper manipulation such as the use of tearing, scoring, punching and die-cutting are also explored with detailed examples of various applications. In addition, I discuss a variety of techniques such as folding, wrinkling, creasing, burning, aging and distressing. Unique processes are shown throughout, using both paper and metallic surfaces.

For a more densely collaged substrate, I present techniques such as peeling-back, sanding, scratching and scraping. I also discuss the use of multilayered and raised surfaces with custom inlays that employ carving, scoring, embossing and debossing of paper and foils. The addition of embellishments and accents as well as the employment of stitching, weaving and knotting are also covered.
CYR_carving
Artist Network Videos & Online Courses by Lisa L. Cyr:
Transforming the Surface with Mixed Media Painting Techniques
Available for download.
This video covers a striking array of creative approaches in which to alter and transform the mixed-media painting surface. Lushly painted passages and rich transitions employing resist, blotting, lift-off, dissolve, marbling, sponging, distressing, aging and printmaking techniques are shown in inventive combinations. Utilizing both traditional and unconventional tools and techniques, this video will certainly ignite the creative juices.

Assemblage Accents: Employing Faux Finishes & Patinas
Available for download.
This video covers creatively customizing found objects, assemblage accents and sculptural creations with unique finishes and patinas. To enliven the mixed-media landscape, a diverse array of techniques and materials from repurposed and custom treated natural and man-made elements will be explored. With the addition of faux finishes and decorative techniques, the everyday object can be transformed into a one-of-a-kind accent, communicating a concept or illuminating a subject in a unique way.

Within the Layers: Inspirational Mixed Media Art Techniques
This online workshop will investigate exploratory methodologies, techniques and approaches in mixed-media art. Throughout the workshop, exciting in-depth demonstrations will be shown, providing an extensive array of visually-stimulating possibilities for artists to explore. Both two-dimensional and three-dimensional techniques will be covered. For artists that are looking to push their work to a new level, this workshop will be a valuable resource and an ongoing source for creative inspiration. Course registration comes with a digital download of Experimental Painting by artist and author Lisa L. Cyr.
Exp Ptg


Creative Explorations in Mixed Media: 2D, 3D and Beyond!
This online workshop will explore alternative, innovative ways of conceptualizing and creating content-driven mixed-media art that is on the cutting-edge. Throughout the workshop, insightful and thought-provoking profiles of leading artists and illustrators accompany exciting in-depth, step-by-step demonstrations, shedding light on signature processes and techniques. The workshop also provides insight into the historical influences behind contemporary thinking and approaches, investigating the origins of alternative, unconventional picture making throughout the decades. Offering a wide range of possibilities for exploration and experimentation, this workshop will reveal how alternative, mixed media aesthetics is uniting the disciplines of two-dimensional, three-dimensional, digital and new media art in inventive combinations. For those wanting to venture outside the norm, this workshop will be a valuable resource and an ongoing source for creative inspiration. Course registration comes with a digital download of Art Revolution by artist and author Lisa L. Cyr.
ArtRevolution