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Friday, February 7, 2014

Serious Textures with Golden Artist Colour Gels, Mediums and Additives: Our Mixed-Media Attempts with Amy Shawley

Amy Shawley - she's simply lovely and chatty … well, she's a bit like me. Heck, a lot like me {yet opposite in the alike way} with a moody cat that bonded with moody me instantaneously. 

OK - what I meant by opposite but alike is for instance: 
she lives in a basement apartment in the artsy part of Downtown LA; I used to life in a loft apartment in the artsy-bohemian part of Melbourne; 
I had a clingy Russian speaking cat that couldn't put on weight, she has a moody get-me-out-of-here cat that's well, well endowed; and 
we love travels - though nobody in our family bothers {and gets bored} with our travel tales.

So whilst our hands got busy {and coloured!} we chatted endlessly about her travels and recent trip to Machu Picchu in between sips of instant coffee she had made for us - a relief for Val who was trying very hard to keep awake - we attempted to make some cool textures. 

And by that I mean really fierce textures created with Acrylics! Golden Artist Color acrylic products more like it - you know, the gels, mediums and additives.

So, after hearing so much about 'skins' and seeing huge 'skins' being exhibited at the Golden Artist Color HQ in New Berlin, New York … and yet more drying in the Golden Artist Color barn that houses artist in residence {foundation for artists} … I got on to make my own 'skin'.

Since it takes time to dry, we went about removing the 'skins' Amy had created earlier for her own masterpieces. The holes (that were deliberately created) gave some comic relieve to the late night class, in addition to its real purpose.

With 'skins' out of the way, we went about experimenting with "encaustic" painting without the need to shave and heat wax - ala acrylic style, once again using the various medium, gels and additives Golden Artist Color has to offer.

This was truly an eye opening session for both Val and I.
Acrylic is not just paint! or materials used by long dead master artists hanging in stuffy uppity art museums.

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For those of you who are interested in extending your craft and art knowledge to boundless possibilities, do join mixed media artist Nathalie Kalbach this 22nd and 23rd March 2014 as she leads's annual CELEB ART RETREAT.

She'll be teaching us lots of techniques using acrylic paints, PanPastels and loads of other daily stuff you get around your home to create textures and dimensions over 2 days.

Day 1 (7 hours) - learn how to use Acrylic Paints in your Art Journal
You'll learn how to build up interesting backgrounds, resist techniques or incorporating other paint media for stunning layers

Day 2 (4 hours - am) - create dimension and texture in a mixed media Canvas
You'll learn how to reveal the interesting and eye-catching texture with acrylic paints and acrylic inks and add some fun stamping techniques on top. In addition you'll be incorporating items of daily life, acrylic paint, lace, burlap, and gesso to create texture and dimension
Day 2 (4 hours - pm) - draw, paint and stamp with PanPastels Art Journal
You'll learn mixing, blending, painting and drawing with soft pastels (PanPastels) and how to get stunning results with different resist techniques and fun stamping tricks using embossing powders and other paint media.

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about Amy Shawley

Los Angeles-based artist Amy Shawley creates her visual language through painting, illustration, and photography.  Inspired by nature, poetry, memory, history and cycles of growth and decay, she presents her viewers with figurative images designed to tell a story.  She is primarily self-taught as an artist and has been exhibiting her work professionally since 2004, in both solo and group shows in New York, LA, Minneapolis and Berlin.

Amy Shawley received a BA in Art History from Boston University in 2003, and runs her own Art Instruction business.

In 2008, Shawley was selected and trained by Golden Artist Colors for their Working Artist Program.  She teaches out of her art studio and offers Demonstrations and Hands-on Workshops to Art Groups, Retailers, Colleges and Universities all around Southern California.

Some of Amy's work hanging in her studio

Amy's studio

Val with Amy at the end of the long day

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