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The October Project

The October Project. 

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A collage a day for 31 days.

My October Project tethered me to a sort of sanity through ritual and process. Commitment to a daily practice…a practice that demanded noticing, seeing…one spark a day. One thing to interpret simply. Like a haiku instead of an epic poem. Be present.

To impose limitations and boundaries on materials, technique and scale allowed a more fluid process…less variables…so that the subject matter, color and form had their own dance. The song was simple, not too many notes.

This structure and ritual taught me that simplicity isn’t always so simple. That description is a tough hook to loosen. The most spare compositions felt essential in the way the complex ones did not.

Now it’s November. I thought I’d continue a daily collage but I’m tired. It took such stamina. My fear is without the daily promise nothing will occur. How do I find a middle path? Gentleness in discipline. The structure of the daily practice and holding myself to that felt safe. Now that I’m outside that container I feel the haphazard chaos of chance and want to embrace this but fear distraction. 

This month I will experiment and follow the questions that arose with my October collages. What do I remain curious about? What can I leave behind? Found paper, hand-dyed, natural fibers, organic fabrics. Interiors and sewing…neutrals and bigger shapes…windows and light patterns. Also translucent layers, embedded and drawn on. 

But not everyday. When I’m inspired…ritual without structure. Is that possible?

Writing too. Yes. Writing.

Until next time…commit to what you love and ride it until it teaches you what comes next.

Autumn Workshops!

Dear Artists and Friends,

I am excited to announce my Late-Summer & Autumn Workshops.

Register now at amyelizabethwynne11@gmail.com.

(Workshops are geared for adults but artsy teens are welcome.) 

SEPTEMBER

Palette Knife Painting: Clean Color & Sculptural Form: The Long Pose

Saturday September 16th & Sunday September 17th 10am-4pm

Painting the figure with the palette knife helps keep colors clean and sculptural as form is built with color facets. It reduces the tendency to blend and flatten form with muddied colors. Plus there are no solvents, mediums or brushes to clean!  This workshop provides instruction in proper knife use, a limited color palette, mapping the anatomy of the figure and creating an exciting composition. All levels of experience welcome. To register: amyelizabethwynne11@gmail.com

Fee: $275 (includes model fee) Location: Pawtucket, RI Studio

Plein Air Painting Retreat on the Outer Cape                                                  

Friday, Saturday & Sunday September 22nd, 23rd & 24th

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Come spend the autumnal equinox sketching and painting the changing colors of Truro, Wellfleet and Provincetown. Simple meditative hikes will take us to tidal marshes, ocean beaches and the Provinceland dunes to visually explore the landscape at various times of day. Initial emphasis will be put on drawing the inner structure of the landscape, its compositional dynamics as well as the clean, successful use of color. Accumulating sketches and visual data will allow us to build images from the ground up, respecting the anatomy of the painting and the varied topography of surface. Layering and process will create subtleties that imbue the work with a spirit of place.  

Schedule: Friday 2-5pm: Meet & Greet in Truro. 

Orientation and lecture on the limited palette, palette knife painting, constructing form with color, strengthening compositional choices and packing light. 

Saturday 8am-4pm: Plein Air Painting: 2 Locations 

Sunday 8am-12pm: Plein Air Painting. 1-3pm: Critique and discussion.                                          Students of all levels are welcome in any media. Space is limited. (Fee: $400)

To register: amyelizabethwynne11@gmail.com

OCTOBER

Fearless Abstraction

Saturday and Sunday October 21st & 22nd 10-4pm

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Moving beyond representational image making can be daunting. This workshop will provide fun strategies to help evolve your work particularly if you have reached the point of “now what?”. Through a series of drawing and collage exercises we will experiment, pushing beyond habitual image making, exploring new fearless options for picture making in any medium. This workshop will deepen your artistic process and reveal new directions and inspirations. 

All levels of experience welcome. 

To register: amyelizabethwynne11@gmail.com 

(Fee: $250. Includes some materials.) Location: Pawtucket, RI Studio

NOVEMBER

Oil Painting: Composition and Spatial Strategies

Saturday & Sunday November 4th & 5th @ RISD 10-4pm

All aspects of a powerful painting hinge on a carefully considered composition. The design of a painting is as important as the subject matter, and includes the separate elements of color (both value and temperature), shape and space working together to add up to a cohesive whole. You'll learn to identify and establish the all-important point of view, and engage in exercises including making thumbnails and quick color studies to identify direction and value, and work out possible color structures. Use of a viewfinder and learning to crop and frame for maximum visual effect is discussed. Spatial strategies are suggested for helping to create depth. The course includes review of the mechanics of palette set-up, format choices and brush handling. You will work from your thumbnails and studies as you build toward complexity, making adjustments to build a unified painting. Register @ ce.risd.edu  (Fee: $250)

!!!!!OPEN STUDIO SHOW & SALE!!!!! (POSTPONED) 

Saturday November 18th 10am-6pm

Come visit my historic mill studio in Pawtucket, RI and see my newest work! 

All paintings and drawings are for sale in a range of sizes and prices.

Hope to see you there!

If you can’t make the opening please call to arrange a studio visit anytime.

Studio: 401-651-6284

DECEMBER

Color Theory: The Expressive Application of Color (POSTPONED)

Saturday & Sunday December 2nd & 3rd 10-4pm

Color is magic…until it’s mud. This workshop will introduce techniques to help you navigate color with expressive discipline. After a review of classic color theory, you will have the chance to practice your color perception from observation. We will work with a variety of limited color palettes increasing in chromatic intensity.  You’ll come away with a strengthened ability to navigate color in your own work, regardless of medium. Exercises will be done in gouache, acrylic or oil paint. All levels of experience welcome. 

To register: amyelizabethwynne11@gmail.com 

(Fee: $250) Location: Pawtucket, RI Studio

Work with me ON-LINE!

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Watch my new courses released this year on Lynda.com/LinkedIn Learning!

"Foundations of Figure Drawing" & “Drawing 2PT Perspective”.

Also, new this summer, “Drawing Basics 1-4” on CreativeLive! www.creativelive.com

See you soon! 

My best. Amy

amyelizabethwynne11@gmail.com

www.amywynne.com

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Dear Artists and Friends,

Happy Mid-Summer!

Only 3 Workshops left for Summer 2017!

Register now at amyelizabethwynne11@gmail.com.

(Workshops are geared for adults but artsy teens are welcome.) 

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AUGUST: 

Intrepid Landscape Sketching: The Quick Sketch on the Outer Cape

Tuesday August 8th & Wednesday August 9th 9am-5pm

Traveling light we can hike further afield to sketch the Outer Cape’s hidden treasures. Nestled in dunes, perched on clifftops and with views of the open ocean we will create quick reactive field studies in water-based media with guidance in value, color, composition and form. Mindful connection to one’s experience in the field will enhance and liberate the artistic process.Students of all levels are welcome. Space is limited. (Fee: $300)

To register: amyelizabethwynne11@gmail.com

SEPTEMBER

Palette Knife Painting: Clean Color & Sculptural Form: The Long Pose in Oil

Saturday September 16th & Sunday September 17th 10am-4pm

Painting the figure with the palette knife helps keep colors clean and sculptural as form is built with color facets. It reduces the tendency to blend and flatten form with muddied colors. Plus there are no solvents, mediums or brushes to clean!  This workshop provides instruction in proper knife use, a limited color palette, mapping the anatomy of the figure and creating an exciting composition. All levels of experience welcome. To register: amyelizabethwynne11@gmail.com

Fee: $275 (includes model fee) Location: Pawtucket, RI Studio

Plein Air Painting Retreat on the Outer Cape                                                  

Friday, Saturday & Sunday September 22nd, 23rd & 24th                     

Come spend the autumnal equinox sketching and painting the changing colors of Truro, Wellfleet and Provincetown. Simple meditative hikes will take us to tidal marshes, ocean beaches and the Provinceland dunes to visually explore the landscape at various times of day. Initial emphasis will be put on drawing the inner structure of the landscape, its compositional dynamics as well as the clean, successful use of color. Accumulating sketches and visual data will allow us to buildimages from the ground up, respecting the anatomy of the painting and the varied topography of surface. Layering and process will create subtleties that imbue the work with a spirit of place.  

Schedule: Friday 2-5pm: Meet & Greet in Truro. 

Orientation and lecture on the limited palette, palette knife painting, constructing form with color, strengthening compositional choices and packing light. 

Saturday 9am-5pm: Plein Air Painting

Sunday 9am-1pm: Plein Air Painting. 1-4pm: Critique and discussion.                                          Students of all levels are welcome in any media. Space is limited. (Fee: $400)

To register: amyelizabethwynne11@gmail.com

Work with me ON-LINE!

Watch my new courses released this year on Lynda.com/LinkedIn Learning!

"Foundations of Figure Drawing" & “Drawing 2PT Perspective”.

Also, new this summer, “Drawing Basics 1-4” on CreativeLive! www.creativelive.com

See you soon! 

My best. Amy

amyelizabethwynne11@gmail.com

www.amywynne.com

create.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Register Now for 2017 Spring & Summer workshops!

 

Dear Artists and Friends,

Happy Spring!

Here is the line up of my 2017 Spring & Summer Workshops! 

Register early by contacting me via email.... amyelizabethwynne11@gmail.com

I look forward to working with you this year! 

May     

Color Theory: A Crash Course: Friday May 5th & Sat May 6th 10-4pm (SOLD OUT: Waitlist Only)

Color is magic…until it’s mud. This workshop will introduce techniques to help you navigate color with expressive discipline. Guided exercises will include tinting and shading, value relationships, neutralizing with complementary colors, an earth palette and 2 expanded palettes. In addition, we will work with classic Color Aid paper experiments to create optical chromatic illusions, deepening your understanding of the interactions of color. Ultimately you will have the chance to practice your color perception from observation. You’ll come away with useful color charts and a strengthened ability to navigate color in your own work, regardless of medium. Exercises will be done in gouache paint or oil. All levels of experience welcome. To register: amyelizabethwynne11@gmail.com  (Fee: $250) Location: Pawtucket, RI Studio

Moving Towards Abstraction: Friday May 12th & Sat May 13th 10-4pm (only 2 SPOTS LEFT)

Moving beyond representational image making can be daunting. This workshop will provide fun strategies to help evolve your work particularly if you have reached the point of “now what?”. Through the making of Flexagons, folding paper devices used to create multiple variations of your imagery, we will explore new options for picture making in any medium. Playfully constructing and deconstructing will reveal new directions and inspirations, deepening your artistic process and content. All levels of experience welcome. To register: amyelizabethwynne11@gmail.com (Fee: $250) Location: Pawtucket, RI Studio

June

Plein Air Painting Retreat on the Outer Cape: Thursday, Friday & Saturday June 1st, 2nd & 3rd                     

Early June is a beautiful time to visit the Outer Cape! Come sketch and paint the late spring colors of Truro, Wellfleet and Provincetown. Simple meditative hikes will take us to tidal marshes, ocean beaches and the Provinceland dunes to visually explore the landscape at various times of day. Initial emphasis will be put on drawing the inner structure of the landscape, its compositional dynamics as well as the clean, successful use of color. Accumulating sketches and visual data will allow us to build images from the ground up, respecting the anatomy of the painting and the varied topography of surface. Layering and process will create subtleties that imbue the work with a spirit of place.  

Thursday 2-5pm: Meet & Greet in Truro. Orientation and lecture on the limited palette, palette knife painting, constructing form with color, strengthening compositional choices and packing light. Friday 9am-5pm: Plein Air Painting Saturday 9am-1pm: Plein Air Painting. 1-4pm: Critique and celebration.  Students of all levels are welcome in any media. Space is limited. (Fee: $400) To register: amyelizabethwynne11@gmail.com

August

 

Plein Air Landscape Sketching at The Farm Institute (Martha’s Vineyard)

Friday August 4th 8am-2pm

What is our relationship to the natural world? In this one-day intensive, you will be challenged to create multiple fresh studies outdoors in your choice of media inspired by the fleeting light and evolving color of the beautiful vistas of Katama Farm.  An organized approach to a limited color palette and strong compositional preliminary sketches will support image making as it relates to value and color.  Our painting and drawing process will organically integrate expressive light and color. All levels of experience and media welcome! 

Fee: $200 per person (% of Proceeds Benefit Farm Institute Scholarship Fund)

To register: amyelizabethwynne11@gmail.com

 

Intrepid Landscape Sketching: The Quick Sketch: The Outer Cape

Tuesday August 8th & Wedn August 9th 9am-5pm

Traveling light we can hike further afield to sketch the Outer Cape’s hidden treasures. Nestled in dunes, perched on clifftops and with views of the open ocean we will create quick reactive field studies in water-based media with guidance in value, color, composition and form. Mindful connection to one’s experience in the field will enhance and liberate the artistic process. Students of all levels are welcome. Space is limited. (Fee: $300) To register: amyelizabethwynne11@gmail.com

September

Palette Knife Painting: Clean Color & Sculptural Form: The Long Pose in Oil. Saturday September 16th & Sunday September 17th 10am-4pm

Painting the figure with the palette knife helps keep colors clean and sculptural as form is built with color facets. It reduces the tendency to blend and flatten form with muddied colors. Plus there are no solvents, mediums or brushes to clean!  This workshop provides instruction in proper knife use, a limited color palette, mapping the anatomy of the figure and creating an exciting composition. All levels of experience welcome. To register: amyelizabethwynne11@gmail.com Fee: $275 (includes model fee) Location: Pawtucket, RI Studio

Plein Air Painting Retreat on the Outer Cape: Friday, Saturday & Sunday Sept 22nd, 23rd & 24th                     

Come spend the autumnal equinox sketching and painting the changing colors of Truro, Wellfleet and Provincetown. Simple meditative hikes will take us to tidal marshes, ocean beaches and the Provinceland dunes to visually explore the landscape at various times of day. Initial emphasis will be put on drawing the inner structure of the landscape, its compositional dynamics as well as the clean, successful use of color. Accumulating sketches and visual data will allow us to build images from the ground up, respecting the anatomy of the painting and the varied topography of surface. Layering and process will create subtleties that imbue the work with a spirit of place.  

Friday 2-5pm: Meet & Greet in Truro. Orientation and lecture on the limited palette, palette knife painting, constructing form with color, strengthening compositional choices and packing light. Saturday 9am-5pm: Plein Air Painting. Sunday 9am-1pm: Plein Air Painting. 1-4pm: Critique and discussion. Students of all levels are welcome in any media. Space is limited. (Fee: $400) To register: amyelizabethwynne11@gmail.com

Work with me ON-LINE!

Watch my new movies released this year on Lynda.com/LinkedIn Learning! "Foundations of Figure Drawing" & “Drawing 2PT Perspective”. 

See you soon! My best. Amy

amyelizabethwynne11@gmail.com

www.amywynne.com

create.

 

Study Drawing for FREE with Me!!!!!

Hi everyone!

I wanted to share some exciting news! Starting this Monday, October 24th you can watch my on-line courses for FREE on Linkedin.com. Yes! Totally FREE. It is just for one week so if you have been looking forward to watching my "Foundations of Figure Drawing" or "Drawing 2 Point Perspective" seize this awesome opportunity!

Here is how it works....simply go to www.Linkedin.com, select Linkedin Learning and then type in my name, Amy Wynne. Reserve an evening to watch them at home this week or sneak a few chapters during your lunch break or commuting on a train. Enjoy!

Autumn Workshops!!!

 

Dear Artists and Friends,

The cool colorful days of Autumn are around the corner and I am excited to announce my...

2016 Autumn Workshops

September

Plein Air Painting on the Outer Cape                                                  

Friday, Saturday & Sunday: September 23rd- 25th                         

Spend the weekend of the autumnal equinox sketching and painting the changing colors of the inspiring landscape of Truro, Wellfleet and Provincetown. Simple meditative hikes will take us to tidal marshes, ocean beaches and the Provinceland dunes to visually explore the landscape at various times of day. Initial emphasis will be put on drawing the inner structure of the landscape, its compositional dynamics as well as the clean, successful use of color. Accumulating sketches and visual data will allow us to build images from the ground up, respecting the anatomy of the painting and the varied topography of surface. Layering and process will create subtleties that imbue the work with a spirit of place.  Friday 4-7pm: Meet & Greet in Truro. Orientation and lecture on the limited palette, constructing form with color and strengthening compositional choices. Saturday 8am-4pm: Plein Air painting. Sunday 8am-1pm: Plein Air painting. 1-3pm: Critique and discussion. Students of all levels are welcome in any media.

Register early. Space is limited. (Fee: $450)

October

Plein Air Painting from On-Site to Studio 

Saturday-Monday October 8th- 10th 

Snow Farm New England Craft Program, Williamsburg, MA

Take your painting to the next level by evolving plain air studies into developed studio work. Start the day by making field studies in gouache or watercolor with guidance in color, composition and form. Mindful connection to one’s experience in the field will enhance and liberate the artistic process. Afternoons will focus using the studies and the immediacy of memory to make successful studio paintings. To register: www.snowfarm.org

Plein Air Sketching in Lil’ Rhody: Fresh, Fleeting & Fearless

Saturday October 29th 8am-4pm 

What is our relationship to the natural world? In this one-day intensive, you will be challenged to create multiple fresh studies outdoors in your choice of media inspired by the fleeting light and evolving color of the beautiful vistas of our own Lil’ Rhody.  An organized approach to a limited palette and strong compositional preliminary sketches will support image making.  Our painting and drawing process will organically integrate expressive light and color. All levels of experience and media welcome. Location: Industrial Waterfront: Providence (Fee: $150)            

December

Oil Painting Workshop: Composition + Spatial Strategies at RISD

Saturday and Sunday December 10th and 11th

All aspects of a powerful painting hinge on a carefully considered composition. The design of a painting is as important as the subject matter, and includes the separate elements of color (both value and temperature), shape and space working together to add up to a cohesive whole. You'll learn to identify and establish the all-important point of view, and engage in exercises including making thumbnails and quick color studies to identify direction and value, and work out possible color structures. Use of a viewfinder and learning to crop and frame for maximum visual effect is discussed. Spatial strategies are suggested for helping to create depth. The class includes review of the mechanics of palette set-up, format choices and brush handling. You will work from your thumbnails and studies as you build toward complexity, making adjustments to build a unified painting. Register at www.ce.risd.edu

Also…

Open Figure Sessions: Long Pose

Four Fridays 10am-3pm: Sept 16th, Nov 18th & Dec 2nd 

Experimentation and multimedia welcome. Uninstructed. Fee $50 per session. 

Model semi-clothed. Register early. Space is limited. Location: Pawtucket, RI Studio

NEW…Custom Art Workshops

Do you have a special topic you would like to learn? 

Gather a group of friends and hire me to teach in a studio or on location. 

Flexible time frames and subject matter. Prices depend on enrollment and location.

Work with me ON-LINE!

Watch my new movies released this year on Lynda.com!

"Foundations of Figure Drawing" & “Drawing 2PT Perspective”.

On-Line Creative Coaching

Schedule motivational on-line critiques to achieve your creative goals!

Send me images of works in progress and set up phone meetings to discuss the work.

Fee: $150 per one-hour consultation includes a written critique.

Hope to work with you soon!

create.

 

Getting Some Perspective

I know it's been a while since I've posted but I have been busy working on these new movies!!!! I am really psyched to announce "Drawing 2-Point Perspective" just released on Lynda.com. What was really cool about making these movies was that I learned to draw using a Wacom tablet for my demonstrations. It allowed me to sequence and teach in new, innovative ways. Check out this free preview. Enjoy!
http://www.lynda.com/Wacom-tutorials/Drawing-2-Point-Perspective/485650-2.html

Course Description:
The principles of perspective allow artists to draw objects so they accurately reflect their height, width, depth, and position relative to one another. In one-point perspective, all lines converge to a single point on the horizon. Two-point perspective addresses the drawing issues we face rendering our subject from the side, where horizontal lines converge to two points on the horizon. Two-point perspective is a critical skill for drawing from life, and creating your own imaginary 3D worlds from scratch.

Join artist Amy Wynne in this class as she demonstrates the basics of two-point perspective. After a brief demo of asymmetrical vs. symmetrical perspectives with 3D blocks, she takes us through more complex projects: an imagined street scene, complete with windows, doors, trees, and light posts, and an interior room with furniture. In chapter 5, Amy introduces strategies to strengthen your compositions by improving the illusion of depth. Practicing these techniques will breathe new life into your drawing and give you a new "perspective" on drawing.

Topics Include:
Symmetrical vs. asymmetrical perspective
Drawing 3D cubes
Drawing exterior and interior spaces
Adding streets details including trees and powerlines
Drawing furniture
Creating the illusion of depth
Finding a composition to draw from life

Duration:
1h 16m

Announcing 2016 Spring & Summer Workshops!

Dear Artists and Friends,

Spring has finally sprung here in Rhode Island!

I am excited to announce my 2016 Spring & Summer Workshops.

*****

One Hit Wonders

One-Day Intensives. Recharge your creative practice! Space is limited. Register at: amyelizabethwynne11@gmail.com                        www.amywynne.com

*****

Plein Air Sketching in Lil’ Rhody: Fresh, Fleeting & Fearless

Thursday June 23rd

What is our relationship to the natural world? In a one-day intensive, you will be challenged to create multiple fresh studies outdoors in your choice of media inspired by the fleeting light and evolving color of the beautiful vistas of our own Lil’ Rhody.  An organized approach to a limited palette and strong compositional preliminary sketches will support image making.  Our painting and drawing process will organically integrate expressive light and color.      All levels of experience and media welcome.   Locations: June 23rd: South County & August 6th: Industrial Waterfront: Providence ($150 per workshop)

*****

2 Day Intensive:

Plein Air Painting on the Outer Cape  (SOLD OUT)                                               

Monday August 1st and Tuesday August 2nd 8-12noon & 2-6pm                        

Summer is a beautiful time to paint the inspiring landscape of Truro, Wellfleet and Provincetown. Simple meditative hikes will take us to tidal marshes, ocean beaches and the Provinceland dunes to visually explore the landscape at various times of day. Initial emphasis will be put on drawing the inner structure of the landscape, its compositional dynamics as well as the clean, successful use of color. Accumulating sketches and visual data will allow us to build images from the ground up, respecting the anatomy of the painting and the varied topography of surface. Layering and process will create subtleties that imbue the work with a spirit of place.                                                                

Students of all levels are welcome in any media. Register early. Space is limited. (Fee: $400)

NEW…Custom Art Workshops

Do you have a special topic you would like to learn?  Gather a group of friends and hire me to teach in a studio or on location.  Flexible time frames and subject matter. Prices depend on enrollment and location.

Study Figure Drawing & 2 Point Perspective on LYNDA.com

On-Line Creative Coaching

Watch my  new movies on Lynda.com "Foundations of Figure Drawing" and "Drawing 2 Point Perspective"! And/or schedule motivational on-line critiques to achieve your creative goals! Send me images of works in progress and set up phone meetings to discuss the work. Fee: $150 per one-hour consultation includes a written critique.

Please contact me with any questions. I hope to create with you soon!

Also…RISD Workshops:

Oil Painting Fundamentals: Saturday July 23rd & Sunday 24th 

More info @ ce.risd.edu

 

 

 

 

Foundations of Figure Drawing

One week ago today my "Foundations of Figure Drawing Course" launched on Lynda.com. In one week it seems that I have had over 15,000 views! This is exciting and I hope you will have time to view it too and draw along with my movies.

Here is a preview:

http://www.lynda.com/Design-Skills-tutorials/Foundations-Figure-Drawing/372348-2.html

Either click on the link above or go to the Lynda.com  and type in my name or the course title "Foundations of Figure Drawing" to find it.

Lynda.com is a subscription-based site so you can join on a month-to-month basis  ($24.99 per month). Ultimately you can cancel your subscription anytime but there are lots of great instructional movies on this site.

I have 29 short films totaling 2.5 hours of instruction. If you want to draw, which I hope you do, be sure you have some paper and a pencil when you are watching so you can follow along with our exercise files. These images and videos will feature our amazing model, Sara, who will inspire your drawing practice. 

I hope you will find time to draw with me and I'd love to hear from you. CREATE!

Thanks for reading my BLOG. Please visit my website www.amywynne.com for more posts and to subscribe and see my work. Comments are always welcome via my website or email me at amyelizabethwynne11@gmail.com.

 

 

Snow

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Snow.

Snow is a divided issue in our household. Living with 2 hardcore skiers the lack of snow this winter and the balmy temperatures are a big disappointment for them. On the other hand, I have become less able to tolerate the cold in midlife and I have never been much for snow sports. As a kid, I always prided myself, growing up in northwestern Connecticut, about not wearing a winter jacket. All I needed was sweaters. Now I’m wearing my warmest jacket already and the cold hasn’t really hit yet. Maybe my stint living in south east Asia thinned my blood. Anyway, I don’t look forward to snow or winter for that matter. 

Yet, to say that winter doesn’t inspire me, wouldn’t really be true. I was driving around today noticing the beauty in the subtleties of burnt umber branches against a lavender gray sky or how the deep teal of an evergreen looked against the side of a sage green house. It is a very limited palette out there and it evokes a sort of romantic melancholy in me. I have always envied painters who have embraced winter and made beautiful work inspired by it. Especially snow.

I saw a wintry painting by Winslow Homer at The Clark Art Institute last year that took my breath away. The simplicity of the geometries and the loose application of cool over warm had a sensuality I would never have assigned to snow. The fleetingness of the sleigh about to disappear over the crest of the hill in the moonlight left me with an aching nostalgia for sledding the wintry hills of my New England childhood. 

So maybe the subtle colors of winter have a place on my palette. Sometimes I feel like I filter my sensorial surroundings with a sort of unconscious osmosis and then suddenly I reach a place of saturation where I am struck by something I never before thought was beautiful. It sort of sneaks up on you and BOOM. You have to paint it. Until next time, don’t make too many rules for yourself based on preference. CREATE.

Thanks for reading my BLOG. Please visit my website www.amywynne.com for more posts and to see my work. Comments are always welcome via my website or email me at amyelizabethwynne11@gmail.com.

 

Now What?

I’ve written a weekly BLOG for a year. New Year’s Resolution 2015. Check.

Writing adds a dimension to my practice as an artist that I would not have anticipated and I feel like I have more to say. So I am not stopping here. I’ll keep BLOGGING.  

What are my hopes for 2016?  To apply the lessons I learned in 2015.

Here are a few.

Love open-heartedly.

Teach less…quality not quantity.

Spark and be sparked.

Paint more…follow through.

Slow down…savor each moment. 

Mind the gaps.

Be here.

Get outside.

Vulnerability grows strength.

Remember gentleness.

Write. 

Until next time…“Let yourself be drawn by the strange pull of what you truly love.” -Rumi

CREATE in 2016! 

Thanks for reading my BLOG. Please visit my website www.amywynne.com for more posts and to see my work. Comments are always welcome via my website or amyelizabethwynne11@gmail.com.

Ritual: Full Circle

My first BLOG from a year ago today. 

At the start of a new year, I always feel a primordial drive to make fresh start. Activate a good habit. This year I am starting a weekly BLOG:

Meanderings on Process and Creativity.

The blog will be an opportunity to reflect and perhaps deepen my connection with my own perspective on process as well as hopefully sparking some inspiration. This is my offering.

In this first week of 2015, I am thinking about RITUAL. Rituals are structures that house our inspirations and aspirations. Just coming out of a season of rituals, I am contemplating the personal rituals that we develop over time that help us maintain our artistic practice. Returning to a potent ritual again and again helps us create healthy habits.  Nurturing and sustaining these habits will bring about more fluid process in 2015 and protect us from squandering our precious time.

How do we elevate repetitive everyday acts and recognize them as valid aspects of our process as artists? Everyone has one, something you do to spark momentum. At this time of year it might be useful to appreciate the structures we put in place to facilitate our creative direction. Consider them the architecture or the structure within which the chaos of creativity can run wild. 

Notice the organic rituals that already exist in your practice. Habitual patterns of expressing ourselves create our reality. Hard-wired patterns or habits can help us or hurt us. Spend some time and look at your process and what makes it buoyant.  Do you need to adapt and freshen your practice?

A ritual can be as simple as mindfully sharpening a pencil before standing in front of your easel to draw. Smell the fresh pencil shavings, feel the angle of the knife on the wood, see the long graphite tip, organic and faceted…ready to make its first mark. This is my first mark, my first blog of 2015. What will yours be?

Until next week…stay sharp and make your mark. CREATE. 

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Sparkle Plenty.

I don’t mind the darkness. 

In the face of the lack of something, humans seem to instinctively make an effort.

Light. My Nordic ancestors celebrated Saint Lucia in a festival at this time of year. Girls dress in white dresses with a red sash and a crown of candles… Latin “lucere” to shine. 

Although we don’t have processions in white dresses here in Pawtucket, I love the holiday lights. People in our neighborhood make an effort to decorate their houses. It creates upliftedness, a sparkle. It reminds me that in this world fraught with darkness on so many levels, there is a basic human need to shine.

Until next time, in these shortest of days, see if you can offer a little light and make someone’s life a little brighter. That might inspire others to do the same. CREATE.

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2015

BLOGS 2015: A Year in Review

One year ago today, I set out to write a BLOG called “Meanderings on Process and Creativity”. It was my New Year’s Resolution. My hope was that I would be able to write a BLOG every week in 2015. I thought writing could be a ritual that might help me deepen my connection to my creativity and my connection to others. 

Well, I did it! I wrote all year. What I learned was that I really enjoy writing. Most of my posts have to do with creativity, but mostly, I found myself writing about my experience being human. This BLOG has given me space to think about my relationship to things like imperfection, process, fear, confidence, beauty and temporality to name a few. 

So thank you for reading or even subscribing! If you are stumbling upon my BLOG for the first time, here is a list of the postings from 2015. Go onto my website www.amywynne.com and scroll down to read my posts from this year. Happy New Year!

BLOGS of 2015:

Ritual

Mind the Gap

Fleeting

No Erasers

Upcoming Show

Preference

Dissolution

Distillation

Badges

Stamina

Confidence

Come to Your Senses

The Color of Shadows

Boredom

Secrets and Dogs

Creative Habit

Inness at Sunrise

Captain Oh My Captain

My Artist’s Talk This Thursday

Magnolias

Process as Teacher

Fun

Art Crush

Carcharodon Carcharias

Connectivity

Building Bridges

Projections

My Dad’s Jacaranda

Shinrin-Yoku

Fits of Passion

Color

Failure and Gentleness

Speed

Blue Moon

Unplugged

Trust It Will Arise

Let the Wild Rumpus Start!

Gavia Immer

Illumination

Trust

Diagrama-Banana

Cy

Autumn

Painter

Omniscient Embryonic Art Guru

Enigma

26 Movies Later

Gratitude

Winter Blossoms

2015: A Year in Review

Ritual: Full Circle

Now What?

Gratitude

We spent this Thanksgiving out on Martha’s Vineyard where my mother-in-law lives. I love the island off-season. Every time I get on the ferry in Woods Hole and we pull away from the mainland, I can feel my shoulders drop about an inch. It is a great escape, a much-needed antidote for the speed and stress of our hectic lives at home.

Perhaps this was true even more so this year. I was getting ready to make my movies for Lynda.com and nearing the end of a really intense teaching semester. It was no wonder that my body decided to retaliate. Without getting into too much detail…my ears turned red and swelled, a rash crept over me and then my face ballooned. Not a great look, especially when you are meant to be on camera in 10 days. Stress makes you sick.

So off to the island we went for some R&R in hopes that I could exorcise this mysterious illness. Slowly it subsided. I made myself stay in bed and rest between baking pies and hiking the late autumn beach. So much to be thankful for. On Thanksgiving afternoon, my daughter Celeste came into the bedroom where I was sketching. 

She said, “Mom, can you draw me while the potatoes are cooking?” So I did a little sketch of her. She is an excellent model. I haven’t really drawn her much although I used to try when she was sleeping as a baby. Somehow it has always felt heart wrenching to separate and try and observe her with objectivity. She is my only true masterpiece. 

Later that night, I saw that she had posted my drawing on her Instagram account. The caption read, “I’m thankful for my artistic mom.” Drawing her was a gift. Until next time, draw someone you love. You will never forget the curve of their nose or the curl of their hair. CREATE.

Thanks for reading and check out my website www.amywynne.com to see my artwork and for more BLOG posts. Comments welcome via website or at amyelizabethwynne11@gmail.com.

26 Movies Later

This weekend was the weekend I was supposed to recover from shooting 26 movies for my new on-line course “Foundations of Figure Drawing” for Lynda.com. Yet, I keep waking up in the middle of the night or just before sunrise, riding on the adrenaline I generated creating this project…replaying each scene, each drawing. As much as I am happy to hand it off now to be edited and crafted by my insanely talented crew, I can’t believe that it’s over.

I learned so much from this experience about writing, teaching, movie making and collaboration. What it also revealed was my vulnerability and my power, my fear and my bravery. What I am feeling right now is a growing expansiveness vs. the intense focus I needed to get ready for this epic project. Panning out, I see myself more clearly and I am realizing that connecting directly with my vulnerability and fear around this project helped me grow my power and bravery.

The idea that these movies are “evergreen”, a baseline, which never gets old, made me really want to get it right. Well, I always want to get it right. There will be a global audience. Even though I have studied and taught figure drawing for decades, doing it in front of 3 cameras, under the lights, with a prompter was a whole different ballgame. My preparation for this was so intense. Over a year ago, I prepared a lesson for my screen test, using a master drawing to teach the basic concepts which build a figure drawing. They flew me out to LA and we taped it in their studio.

They liked what they saw so they asked me to develop this "Foundations of Figure Drawing" course. I spent nearly a year writing 30 pages of scripts and planning the images for the class. This was a terrific process. I had never written down my lectures before. They had always just been delivered to my students and then floated out into the ether only to be repeated the following semester. It was not only a chance to write them down but it was also a chance to refine them with my producer and ask: “What is the learning point here and how can we make this very simple and clear?” This allowed me to reinvigorate my teaching. With so much writing done I am thinking about a book.

Blurr forward through one of the busiest teaching summers and falls ever…and suddenly my team from Lynda.com says that they have gotten approval to come shoot the movies here, in my Pawtucket studio. As much as I secretly mourned a trip to sunny California, I quickly realized what an awesome opportunity it would be to have it shot in my historic mill studio with my favorite model and all of my paintings and drawings on display. You just can’t recreate that on a movie set.

So one week ago, a visionary producer, video director/photographer and talented cameraman show up at my studio. Did I mention they were all fabulously handsome and talented surfer/rock climber/foodies?  Excellent work environment. In come the cameras, tripods, lights, prompter, sound equipment. Adorning the walls were dozens of preliminary drawings I’d done with our model to ensure the flow of the course. This was invaluable because there was so much to cover in 5 days. Each morning they came to the studio with a fancy coffee for me at 8:30am and we would shoot until 6pm. Intense days filled with script editing, retakes, image decisions and lighting shifts gave me a terrific chance to wrestle with my waves of fear and bravery.

Somehow due to my team’s professionalism and my preparation each day we captured movie after movie. This was not their first rodeo. We never settled on good if it could be great. So there were some retakes and sometimes by day’s end I’d be so tired that I’d stumble over my words…but we did it! Collaborating with these guys was amazing. Their positive response to my studio, my artwork and my teaching was really what made it possible. Confidence. They were my coaches and my cheerleaders, high-5s and all. I also got to watch the surf-cam at Rincon with them during my breaks, which was sweet. 

So it takes people who believe in you to make things happen. Creative, collaborative energy can elevate an idea to a vision. So watch for these movies, which release January 21st, 2016 on Lynda.com. Take my course wherever you are. Until next time...How cool is that? CREATE.

Thanks for reading and check out my website www.amywynne.com to see my work and for more BLOG posts. Comments welcome via my website or at amyelizabethwynne11@gmail.com.

PS If you know what I am referencing  in the title of this BLOG let me know. If not and you are curious, please ask :-)

Enigma

On the wall above my crib when I was a baby, my parents hung a beautiful reproduction of a pastel still life with flowers by the French Symbolist Odilon Redon. Perhaps this is why I have always loved his work, some sort of residual memory from when my eyes were forming their ability to perceive beyond high contrast simple shapes. I remember years ago, how magical it was to walk into a darkened gallery at the Musee Dorsay in Paris and peek under velvet shrouds at his opalescent drawings protected from the light that could fade them forever.  

Another piece that hung in my childhood house was a Picasso. It was in the bathroom. It was an absolute enigma to me. A puzzle. Every time I would go into the bathroom, for years, I would stare at that drawing. I couldn’t for the life of me figure out what it was. I was too embarrassed to ask my parents. It was a simple line drawing, just four lines. It got to the point where upon entering the bathroom I would force myself not to look at it at first. Then I would turn and confront it quickly, hoping to catch this mystery off guard and expose its secret once and for all. No. These four lines were indecipherable.

Until that day when I just walked in the bathroom and saw it. It was a woman’s bottom! Wow! I remember thinking, why would anyone want to draw a woman’s bottom? No wonder I didn’t see it…I would have never expected a woman’s bottom to be hanging in our bathroom! I was so relieved…the enigma unveiled. Ever since then, it is as if that drawing and I have a secret nod whenever we see each other.

Until next time, let mysteries unfold in their own time. Don’t be too quick to solve them. Keep your child-like curiosity alive. CREATE.

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Omniscient Embryonic Art Guru

                                                                                         Celeste's First Life Drawing. Age 12.

                                                                                         Celeste's First Life Drawing. Age 12.

Balancing a career as an artist, teacher and a mom is a constant challenge. When I was pregnant with my daughter almost 13 years ago, I embarked on 2 large-scale oil paintings, about 6’ x 9’. They were bigger than anything I’d ever done and involved an allegorical use of sharks and boats and nude women…anyway…they were big and bold and completely imagined. I vaguely remember a dream about sharks that might have been the starting point. Because I was pregnant, I put away my solvents and mediums and just painted with palette knives. I wore a respirator to filter the fumes which usually made me dizzy because I wasn’t getting enough oxygen. But I was hot on these paintings. So I persevered. 

There were days in the studio when I would just sit back with my big pregnant belly and not know what to do next. Then I started to ask her. I knew it was a girl because I just had to know. I started to ask her what to do. It wasn’t anything verbal…I’d just silently pose the question to her…what now? I’d wait, as if I had some omniscient embryonic art guru inside me, for an answer. She was always right. She would say…”you need to balance that red with another swatch on the left side…or that shape is too static”…She helped me through these paintings, paintings that no one will probably ever see. 

Some say that babies are all-knowing in the womb. That they have full knowledge of all that is, was and ever will be. I sort of believe this. The birthing process apparently erodes some of this but you can see it in babies. If you really look, you can witness their pure view of the world. It is magic. By the time they are speaking, much of this has fallen away. I wish I could remember being in the womb. Being a newborn. How far have I come from that pure view? As adults some of us spend the rest of our lives trying to return to that sort of clarity. 

When my daughter was born, there were about 6 months when I didn’t set foot in the studio. I told my husband that I should just get rid of the studio. That it was just a waste of money. I felt I’d never be able to be an artist again now that I’m a mom. He insisted I keep it. I was so exhausted. Overwhelmed. How would I ever regain my momentum, my practice? My. My. My. Really? I so wanted to hang on to “me” but now we were “we”. 

Enter Celeste. She was the most beautiful creature I had ever seen. Probably the only feasible collaboration my sculptor husband and I could ever do based on the style of our work. Wow. She just rocked my world in so many ways. Her early drawings had the universe inside them. Uninhibited and visceral, they taught me how far I had come from that pure creative impulse. Drop the intellect. Drop the training. Who am I in the face of this???

So in the midst of bringing up baby I finally got back to the studio…she would come with me sometimes but mostly I tried to carve out time for myself. My studio was my oasis and time was so precious. There was a sort of compartmentalization of “mom” and “artist”. I was scared that she would take me over and I wouldn’t be able to maintain the stamina I needed to be an artist. I would leave the house to spend a few hours in the studio with her crying at the door. By the time I got there I’d be so guilt-ridden that I often couldn’t connect with my practice. Was I functioning under the feminist banner that I could do it all…mom, teacher and artist? So it was. There were times when I just wished I could be a stay-at-home mom. 

Celeste started to go the school and like many new moms I had bigger windows of time to spend with my career. Sure there were time constraints but the studio time was a little more predictable…but always precious. I always felt a little bit guilty for creating boundaries around my studio practice. Why couldn’t I just manage to paint while my toddler played at my feet? An idyllic potential…but I just couldn’t.

That is why today was so monumental. Celeste is now 12. We have been talking about going figure drawing together for a long time now. This morning, we packed up our drawings supplies and went to an old mill building in Pawtucket where a Saturday drawing morning group meets. The model, Jennifer, was someone even Michelangelo would swoon over. And we drew. Celeste drew from the nude model for the first time. She wanted to draw with the sort of sanguine pencil I drew with. I let her do her thing. And wow did she do her thing. Her drawings had more gesture, drama and accuracy than many of my college students.

When we were leaving the drawing session I told Celeste how fun it was to draw with her and how impressed I was with her drawings. She said, “I guess I have a bit of you in me.” Speechless. All of this is worth it. 

Until next time…bring it on. Follow through on your promises and honor your children. CREATE. 

Thanks for reading my BLOG. Please visit my website www.amywynne.com for more posts and to see my work. Comments are always welcome via the website or amyelizabethwynne11@gmail.com.