i am so excited to have mindy lacefield teaching in the STUDIO next week. she is such an incredible spirit a master of layering colors and textures and pulling her heart right through the canvas. i am so excited to learn from her.
for those of you not able to be at the studio with us creating next week, i thought i would share a bit of her process and talents with you on the blog today.
Take a journey with Mindy as you explore color and texture as you delve into 3 days of raw, primitive painting.
You will channel your inner 7 year old and enjoy the process of painting rather than the outcome. Thinking is not allowed as we glue bits of collage and finger paint with neon bursts. Mindy loves what Julia Cameron says "Art is not thinking something up. Its about getting something down." You will work on several pieces at the same time, allowing us to stretch and not get attached to our work.
Mindy is so thrilled to spend this time with you as you will allow the process to evolve and grow. She will give you writing prompts to explore so that we can add those bits and phrases into our work. Working from the subconscious, the two mingle and marry into one piece that tells your own story.
The First night you will be making our Journals and prepping our wood board. You will be working with painting our own papers to add for collage material through using the gelli plate and mark making/symbol work with a variety of materials. Mindy will demo how to paint a primitive style face and then take them further later with how to use color to mold the face. We will be collaging, lettering, painting and building up layers working on several surfaces at a time (our journal pages and board) to create emotion filled with color and texture.
last thursday i spent the day at the Studio with the intention of painting on some too-large-for-my-home canvases. i actually dont normally go to the Studio to create, i am most comfortable creating at home, but because of the sizes of the canvases i decided to make a day of it and venture the 1.5 miles down the road from my house and use the Studio as my muse.
i had 3 canvases going at once (Stephen and i are planning an event that pairs my mixed-media free-spirited style with his fine art figure painting abilities and i was supposed to be working on that, i never got there, lol!!)
as i moved around the room i had reached a point on each that either they needed to dry or i was stumped as to where to go next.
i have a couple larger in progress canvases stashed in the back room and took this piece out. i think it had been back there, stashed way in the back for about 6 months.
the initial intention of this piece was as a background or a landscape. i got to this point, loved the blending of colors and got no further
i threw it up on the easel, looked at it and then started turning it. when i got here i immediately saw a woman in the movement and colors. she was in there all along, trapped!!!
of course i had to call melissa over and ask her if she saw it too (positive reinforcement, lol) and we both got a bit giddy, i have to say!
can you see her?
not practiced in the art of figure drawing i needed some visual references, so we scoured the internet for female figures and i printed several images...some clothed, some naked, some abstract, some real, taped them to the walls as reference and began trying to pull her out of the canvas.
i started sketching her out with a watercolor pencil...this gave me the freedom to simply smooth away lines i didn't like using a baby wipe. not going to lie, getting the sketch to this point took several hours and a lot of, "hey, melissa does her ass look weird?","is it me or is something wrong with that boob?" and "hey liz, tilt your head back and lift your arms, wheres your chin?"
once i got here i committed to the lines using oil pastel...blending, shading, developing, adding hair and reworking.
when she was done i truly couldn't believe i had just done that.
i felt i had "liberated" her from the canvas
and at the same time, i myself felt liberated, like i had opened myself up in a new direction and tapped into something i hadn't known i was capable of.
it might sound super crazy (and weird), but i feel like pulling her through the canvas was a truly intimate experience.
sometimes as artists, we grow by transforming a stark white canvas into lines and color, but sometimes the canvas changes us...the way we see ourselves and the way we look at the lines and color around us.
i am so grateful for what art has taught me and so grateful to have found an audience to share it with.