LUMINOUS VOICE–The Visual Song

Stephanie Lee

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There is a powerful artistic voice in you singing her creative song in so many ways.  Let’s embark on this 3-day journey with the intention to celebrate and honor that voice and in the process, become even more clear and tuned in to the exquisite message only you can share with the world through your art.

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Through playful dialog and guided exercises we will dissect our most common ugly head-rearing self-talk that keeps us from feeling the bliss of creative flow and savoring the quiet of the still waters of a creative dry well.  We will use brushes, palette knives, trowels, imagery and exploration in 3-dimensional form to explore techniques to give that voice a visual form.

The workshop will start with creating studies in texture and various rich and interesting surfaces ready to receive paint.  We will work wide and close, comparing large, sweeping strokes and small, restrained movements.  You will work on substrates of your choosing and will be guided in experimenting with additional different substrates to understand the various ways the materials relate and respond to the surfaces.FullSizeRenderWe will then shift into introducing color and shape, light and shadow, form and obscurity, and story-telling through imagery.  The focus will be on experimenting with many surface-altering techniques to respectively isolate and obscure according to the story we want to tell.  All these dynamic elements will be finished with luminous layers of encaustic medium as we explore various tools to create rich impasto surfaces and a crisp-edged, dreamlike quality to work that cannot be achieved with a brush and collage alone.

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SUPPLY LIST

  • Basics–scissors, craft knife, pencil, apron, water container, rags
  • 3-5 large substrates of your choice (8″x10″ or larger; whatever you’re most comfortable traveling with or shipping )  These can be cradled wood, artist boards, plywood (rough is great), etc.  No plank wood, particle board, or canvas board.
  • 5-8 small substrates of your choice.  These may be 4″ square canvas boards or pieces of plywood, etc.  They do NOT have to be cradled.
  • Two 4″ wide rolls of plaster gauze or one 9″ wide roll (I will have extra as well)
  • Your favorite brand of acrylic paints, to include titanium white, a vivid red, yellow, and blue (your choice), and raw umber
  • Small bottle of matte medium of your choice and brush to apply it
  • A variety of inexpensive artist brushes, including:  fine tip, filbert, wider brush (2″ or so), and an angle brush.  Also bring whatever brushes you most like to work with.
  • Water-soluble crayons (Lyra Aquacolor 12-crayon set from Dick Blick here,  or Caran D’Ache Neocolor 10-crayon set, which you can find here.
  • Various tools for scratching, scraping and creating texture, such as awl, old pencils, hair combs, etc.  Look around your house!
  • Various photocopied (laser) images in a mix of black and white, and color.  Black and white images are fine on cheap copy paper, made at a library or on an older machine.  Just don’t use inkjet home printer images.  Bring at least two self-portrait photographs.
  • Found objects to incorporate into Lethe encaustic medium
  • Optional:  heat gun or hair dryer, baby wipes, brayer

Before the retreat, I will need each student to email me 3-5 personal images that I will enlarge for specific use. I will contact you via email when it gets closer to the retreat date.

Kit fee of $10 payable directly to instructor will cover:  additional substrates, wax, encaustic medium, and enlarged photos

Questions?  Contact me at stephanieleeart@gmail.com

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