I LOVED our mixed media class with Carol Nelson! To me, mixed media is a freeing and therapeutic type of art that is so appealing.
Carol is so inspirational and a great teacher who always finds the good in everyone's art. I loved all the new ideas she brought to class as well as a variety of materials that I would never consider (kitty litter, etc.).
I am amazed by the number of hang-able pieces that I produced in the class. Part of that is a testament to the comfort level of the teacher and classroom, but also a huge factor was having an all day workshop on Thursday for 5 weeks. I learned a new technique on a Thursday, had time mull over the idea, work on additional pieces and get additional materials before the next class. A perfect workshop.
High above Denver sits a wonderful home on Squaw Mountain. The 240 degree views are breathtaking and the wild life is abundant. This home boasts of a fabulous art studio, a cozy atmosphere, two wonderful dogs, and the Best people you'd ever want to meet! This slice of heaven is owned by artists John and Wrenn Boulton.
This past weekend the Boulton's hosted a wonderful two-day workshop taught by Aurora, Colorado artist Carol Nelson. We were exposed to thinking and creating paintings outside the box with things such as torched foil paper, painted and ironed tyvek paper, bits of lace, different colored sand, and painted aluminum foil. And these items were just to name a few!!
A wonderfully cohesive group of women from near and far gathered to experience and learn the many techniques Carol had up her sleeve. Carol's enthusiasm, experience, and love of art was contagious and everyone had a great time during this learning process.
We were also treated to delicious baked goodies in the mornings and wonderful lunches brought to us by Wrenn's sister Jeannie. Then at the end of each day we gathered to sip a glass of wine and talk about what we learned and share our thoughts for the day.
This is the most wonderful workshop I have ever attended. If you ever have the chance to be in one of Carol's workshops, sign up immediately....you will love it. AND, if you ever have the opportunity to visit John and Wrenn's wonderful home and studio, do it....you'll be inspired and motivated.
"Thank you - everything is so well packaged and it all looks great - even better than the online photos (which I guess should not be surprising). I haven't decided where to hang it but I parked the 2 landscapes on my guest room windowsill and the 2 botanicals on the Sarah Room windowsill and they actually look nice there.
I came across Daily Painters and from there your web-site. I feel the need to tell you your canyon paintings are truly stunning!! I don't know when I have seen anything as beautiful. As an artist and just now (age 82) getting back to abstracts after many years, your efforts and your gorgeous results are an inspiration for me to continue. I just tried to purchase your book but they were having problems and I will try again tomorrow. You have brought such beauty to this world I hope you always continue to do so. Thank you so much for your beautiful art. Sally Morris - Cincinnati, Ohio
"WOW!! Love the painting, just wanted to tell you it made it here safe and sound and its Beau ti ful......!! Catherine"
"I spend about 65% of my time surfing art sites on the
internet, so I have seen a lot of art, visited a lot of
galleries in person. This is the first time I have ever been
moved, impressed, enchanted and delighted by someone's art
to actually feel compelled to send them an email. Thank you
so very much for the pleasure you have given me in viewing
your work. You have an amazing talent. I have truly enjoyed
browsing through your site. If I had the funds to purchase
art I would certainly being in the market for a number of
your paintings, the question would be "which"? Choosing just
one would be impossible for anyone. Thank you Denise
DEAR CAROL, YOU DAILY INSPIRE ME WITH YOUR WONDERFUL ABSTRACT PAINTINGS.
THE COLORS YOU USE ARE SO 'DELICIOUS'! I LOVE YOUR MIXED MEDIA WORK.
WOULD LOVE TO ATTEND A WORKSHOP. COLLECTING 'FOUND' PIECES OF METAL AND OTHER OBJECTS
HAS BEEN AN ACTIVITY I HAVE ENJOYED FOR YEARS. I HAVE NOT DONE ANY ABSTRACT PAINTING,
BUT ENJOY VIEWING YOURS SO MUCH... THANKS SO MUCH FOR BEING SO GENEROUS TO SHARE YOUR
WORK AND THE PROCEDURES YOU USE! I ENJOY YOUR BLOG IMMENSELY! NORMA RAY
Like many who have commented on your work, I have rediscovered the joy of putting paint to canvas again thanks entirely to your inspirational use of colour and texture and your generosity in sharing the techniques you employ. I particularly love your abstract work and hope, through emulating the feel and tone of what you have achieved, to unearth my own colour songs. I say 'songs' because there is music to your pieces. I 'hear' them as a sort of choral jazz edged with a melancholic gospel warmth. Hope over a brooding, architectural heaviness cut through with bass tones in the 'fault' lines that appear throughout your work redolent of something spiritual. A sense of The Cross seems to permeate as a resonant theme in many of your earth-bound contexts in a wonderful tension between grace through the death and resurrection of Christ on the one hand, and a sense of an ineluctable grave and despair on the other. Interestingly both b ound in blood - your strong use of reds and oranges and browns suggest this. If this is how you envisioned your abstracts, then pure genius! It's more likely I'm a million miles wide of the mark here but the point is your work inspires and makes me think. Outstanding.