Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Workshop News!
What is it with February and Barbara Close?! it snows! Now, Barbara may love it but this time it just didn't know when to quit. When she arrived on Friday afternoon, it was beautifully sunny, not overly warm, but it is February, remember!  By Saturday morning, it was snowing but not sticking to the ground, by Sunday, participants were wondering if we were going to cancel!! A foot of snow here in such a short time was really not a welcome event.  Having Barbara come to teach was a great event!

No matter, the weather didn't dampen our enthusiasm! As a start to preparing ourselves for another upcoming workshop in November, Barbara was here to get us going with pointed pen magic.

We began Saturday morning learning Copperplate. It takes a lot of discipline! and concentration but everyone came through it just fine, with a new respect for pointed pens.
In order to break out of the box, one must learn the rules. We were soon on to seeing how to relax our letters and bring freedom into them by making them more contemporary.
By Sunday morning we were ready to make some art to go with our work! This part was a good review of some of the things we have done with Barbara before - always a great reminder!

creating the artwork

showing the possible layouts of a quote

masking an area to paint and create some artwork to go with a quote

work in progress

first draft
We created a portfolio to keep our projects in and the show and tell at the end of the day with a critique of our work is always very helpful and this workshop was no exception.
Another successful weekend! Thank you Barbara and all who attended. 
February has been voted out as a possible workshop month! I think it will be good if we move it to May! more flowers, less snow!

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