New Visionary Art Workshop

visionary painting Super Elf by Barbara Martin (Super Ply Series)
visionary painting Super Elf by Barbara Martin (Super Ply Series)

I have developed a new visionary painting and creativity workshop based on my recent black and white paintings on plywood, the “Super Ply” series. We will follow the steps of my usual process in creating these unique paintings. You will practice working from your own imagination and in your very own personal imagery and style.

Advanced to beginning painters welcome, you do not need much painting experience at all to learn the process because the technical aspect is pretty simple. The mental approach or thought process to it however is something every artist can learn and benefit from and I am delighted to share it with you.

I promise it will be fun and you will discover lots of useful information about your personal painting process.

Come prepared to loosen up, dive deep and paint freely! HINT: Wear painting clothes and bring hand protection if you are sensitive to art materials, it can does get messy.

You must preregister.  The cost includes all materials you need for your painting.  Get additional details and register now.

Did I mention how excited I am to be offering this new workshop!? Hope to see you there!

Right Brain Business Plan in a Day

The education department at Valley Art encouraged me to offer the official Right- Brain Business Plan workshop in January. rbbp-coverThe one day format is intense but it’s the perfect time of year to set out on the right foot if you are an artist or creative in business for yourself. (If you attended the RBBP introductory evening at Creative Hillsboro a while back then you already know how helpful this system can be.) Come and get your plan on with us! SORRY THIS Jan 12 class HAS NOW CLOSED. Complete RBBP workshop description and payment buttons here.  It’s always more fun to sign up with a friend or two so please share with area artists and creatives who might be interested — thanks!

Mini Collage Workshop at Valley Art

mini collage at Valley ArtI am delighted to be teaching again this fall. There are just a few spots left in my mini-collage make and take class happening on Tuesday December 2 at Valley Art in Forest Grove, Oregon.  These are so much fun to create and make delightful little gifts. As always, I encourage students to sign up with a friend by offering a special discount!  You must preregister. Do this here or contact me to make other arrangements.

2015 Washington County Studio Tour in Oregon

You are invited! Come visit my studio this October  17 & 18, 2015 and see where/how the sausage  art gets  made … and the magic happens.  The tour map and directions are included with my artist directory listing at  Barbara Martin Artist Washington County Open Studio…  With over 40 artists and galleries participating the tour should be fantastic this year!

Artists who participate in the tour are supposed to offer demonstrations. I’ll be mixing it up this time by working in my typical fashion which involves:  noodling about, lots of coffee breaks and yard wandering, visits to the pond and bottle garden, and occasionally some deeply focused art making in a frenzy of creativity.

Depending on the weather and my mood and any special requests, I may be demonstrating one, some or all of the following:

  • encaustic aka painting with HOT WAX  and a torch or heat gun
  • acrylic painting on a BIG CANVAS
  • collaging with fussy cut little paper bits and ephemera
  • slinging alcohol inks at Yupo
  • attempting assemblage of a found-glass -sculpture-tower  which involves scary-to-me power tools and truly may or may not work out

Or whatever is “hot” on my brain that day.  I am process oriented with my art. I love to play around, try stuff, have fun  and experiment — and sometimes make some nice looking art! I’d love to have you join me in the studio on the tour!

Mark your calendar for the third weekend in October, the 17th and 18th, 2015.  Hours are 11-5.  Hope you can swing by. It’s gonna be great!

ps Yes, there will be chocolate involved.