All posts by Beki Borman

Mixed Media Painting Workshop

Held at the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts

Saturday, August 18, 10am-2:30pm *

 

With a focus on media, students will start with a theme, image, or idea and create mixed media paintings. Learn and practice techniques for combining acrylics, watercolors, pastels, pencils, paper, and more to achieve desired effects. Touching on design and composition, this class will delve into the heart of art making. Class critiques will provide feedback and direction. Open to all levels.

Supplies not included.
*Please bring a sack lunch to eat during a short class intermission.

 

Register online or by phone at 262-373-5023

The Modern Landscape

Redline Milwaukee

My painting- Warm Sky, was juried into this exhibition.

Celebrating contemporary perspectives of landscape artwork
A Juried Group Exhibition

Exhibition runtime: June 7  –  July 6, 2018 (Opening reception June 7th, 6-9pm)

The Modern Landscape exhibition at RedLine Milwaukee is dedicated to the furtherance of artists whose perception of landscapes are innovative, captivating and display expert execution of the concept. Over the course of history landscape paintings have developed from capturing mountain scenes, gently rolling hills, and still water garden ponds to cityscapes and views of urban areas, even venturing further into the abstract. One thing that remains true is that landscapes are one of the most desired genres among art collectors.  By giving artists the freedom to determine what defines a landscape, this exhibition will explore and go beyond the boundaries of the traditional landscape, giving viewers a glimpse the state of contemporary landscape painting in the early 21st century.

Get a Feel of the Land: The Landscape in Acrylic from Photos 

 

Cedarburg Cultural Center, W62 N546 Washington Avenue, Cedarburg

Thursdays, July 12- August 2, 6:30 pm-8:30 pm

Working from photographs, students will develop multiple paintings of landscapes in acrylic.  Learn how to achieve aspects of landscapes, including depth, atmosphere, and feeling.  We will discuss techniques and compositions that help create a successful image.  The basics of acrylic will be covered, along with the steps to begin and execute a single artwork.  This is a perfect place for beginners to dive in.

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Making Time

Making time seemed like the perfect title for a blog post, considering that it has been almost a year since my last one. If you know me personally you know I have two little boys at home now. My studio productivity and class schedule are not what they once were. Sometimes, life gets in the way of art making. But now as I get more comfortable with finding a balance in my role as a mother, I am slowly making my way back. That being said, the days I have time to paint are not always the days when I am mentally able to. One thing that has helped recently is starting a new sketchbook. In all honesty I hadn’t kept a sketchbook for years and now I find it so therapeutic. I can have it with me anywhere and get a few moments of creative time in here and there. I can even use my kids’ watercolors while having arts and crafts time at the kitchen table. Every little bit helps keep me engaged. So when I am able to make it to my studio I don’t feel as disconnected from my work.

 

*image is a recent pen drawing in my sketchbook

Painting without a Brush

Dates and Times: August 31-September 1 | 9am-4pm

Discover new methods, techniques, and tools in this process-based exploration of acrylic painting. Emphasis will be placed on creating visually interesting marks and compositions.

Through demonstrations and discussions, learn several brushless techniques of painting using traditional and non-traditional tools to achieve unique effects. Working from photographic references of subject matter of your choosing, create paintings filled with new marks and expression. All levels welcome. Experienced painters will have the opportunity to push the boundaries of their painting practice, while beginners will develop skill.

 

School Information: 

With instruction in all fine art media, at all skill levels, Peninsula School of Art has brought excellence to art education for over 50 years. Nationally recognized art educators lead workshops in our light-filled, spacious studios nestled in the inspirational beauty of Door County, WI.

 

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Ugly Stages

This image is from last Tuesday’s abstract painting class at the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts. The image on the left was the quick expressive first layer. I was reacting to the colors and shapes from a random magazine ad. The image on the right is the second layer which incorporates different techniques such as masking, rollers, and dripping. I found the result particularly interesting because I like the first painting and then I “messed it up” for the sake of demonstrating techniques. However, I also found this to be a good opportunity to talk about the ugly stages in painting. Often there are moments when you will like a painting and moments when you will hate it. Of course the goal is to come out on the side of like. Yet, the more I look at the painting I ended up with the more I like it anyways!