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2019 Workshops!!!!

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Please visit my Workshop page here on my website for the newest listings of where and how to study with me in the coming year! Hope to create with you soon!!!! My best. Amy

Happy New Year!

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Oak Bluffs, Winter Night 2018

What was. What is. What will be.

2018, my 52nd year. Sort of a relief in a way not to be 50. That felt so pivotal…like I had to push for some sort of monumental plan or realization. 2018 has made me increasingly aware of a mid-life imperative to follow through and harness a few of my life-goals. I decided to trust the universe in all of its chaotic uncertainty. Dance the dance that fear does in the face of transforming the illusory nature of dreams into a tangible reality. The first step in this choreography is removing obstacles that have always held me back. This requires confidence, vision and discipline.

To discern what isn’t serving me has required finding some objectivity. It’s like when I stand at my easel for hours absorbed in the minutia of a painting…abstract passages that hook me and seem so precious or problematic…and then I move away and see the picture from a distance. You see the sections that you felt were so flawed as part of a tapestry of colors and shapes that actually function as a system quite organically. There is nothing inherently wrong with the pieces. I am learning how to take action by orchestrating the big view with gentleness instead of hiding in the dark spaces. It is about building the conviction that I am worthy to manifest with my full brilliance in this lifetime.

Some of the things I’ve dared to do in 2018:

Let my 14 year old travel to India without me. 

Led 2 painting excursions in Tuscany.

Drove a car in Italy solo.

Learned how to draw on an iPad.

Created and recorded 6 new on-line courses.

Completed 2 large-scale commissioned paintings for Brown University.

Got gallery representation.

Led a quarterly motivational critique group for 10 women artists in my studio.

Got certified as a Meditation Instructor.

Enrolled in a 200 hr Yoga Teacher Training program for 2019.

Enrolled in a year-long Buddhist Studies course for 2019.

To maintain my direction and stamina I am increasingly aware that I have to choose where to spend my energy. To choose is to look at the places that enrich me and the places that deplete me. For me, I’ve known these realities all along but old habits die hard. I do believe that you can rewire your brain and navigate a bigger horizon but it takes commitment and practice to erode the deep grooves we make with our channels of action. For me, much of this is about dealing with the fear of letting go of how I’ve habitually defined/presented myself. I couldn’t have dared to do what I did in 2018 without busting through old mental barricades.

I’ve focused on strengthening the practices that help me to manifest with as much clarity, compassion and sparkle as I can. These are the things that help me visualize panoramically and build my confidence to embrace dreams that I’ve been putting off out of fear or assumption that I’ll get to it one day. I’ve had to let go of the road old maps that I’ve held on to for nostalgia-sake…like that pair of Levis with the 26” waist hanging in the back of the closet…someday. 

At 52, I am trying to discern how I want to spend the finite time I have left on the planet…what is my most authentic path and how can I assist others in finding theirs? How does sourcing our human truth allow us to manifest with sanity and be an instrument of positive change in a world that is in desperate need? Maybe the New Year is an opportunity to regroup and assess our trajectory. 

In 2019…here’s what I’ll be working with.

Be present. Slow down. Resist distraction. Listen. Be kind. See. Dream. Breathe deep. Be gentle. Contemplate death. Don’t take anyone for granted. Love. Sit. Embrace fear. Find ways to joy. Feel my heart. Let my hair down. Seek discomfort. Dance in the wind. Strengthen my body. Cherish every freaking moment like it’s my last. Laugh until I cry. Just be. 

Thank you so much for reading my BLOG. I will be posting once a month in 2019 and also when the feeling moves me. Please subscribe below if you want to receive the BLOGS to your inbox. XO Amy






Holiday Open Studio Saturday Dec 22nd

Join me this Saturday from 10am-5pm in my historic Pawtucket mill studio to see many colorful small paintings in watercolor, gouache & oil inspired by Italian and New England landscapes. Local art makes a terrific gift! 250 Esten Avenue, Unit C03, 3rd floor, Pawtucket, RI 02860

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Announcing...2018 LATE SUMMER & AUTUMN WORKSHOPS!

2018 Late Summer & Autumn Workshops!

SEPTEMBER on Cape Cod…

Plein Air Landscape Painting Retreat: The Outer Cape

Friday-Sunday September 21st-23rd

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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. All levels of experience & media welcome.  New locations to explore.                                              (Fee: $500 w/o accommodations)

OCTOBER in the Berkshires...

Plein Air Painting from On-Site to Studio

Friday - Sunday October 12th-14th

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

NOVEMBER in Pawtucket...

Collage into Painting: Clean Color & Sculptural Form: The Exotic Still Life

Saturday & Sunday November 3rd & 4th  (10am-4pm)

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Simplifying a visual motif through collage is a perfect foundation for a painting. This concise interpretation helps the artist avoid being seduced by the details and paint with clear, clean color shapes. Painting with the palette knife helps keep colors clean and 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 collage, proper knife use, a limited color palette and creating an exciting composition incorporating exotic textiles as backgrounds for colorful objects.  All levels of experience welcome. (Fee: $350 includes some materials)         To register: amyelizabethwynne11@gmail.com  Location: Pawtucket, RI Studio

DECEMBER in Pawtucket...

Breaking Through to Fearless Abstraction

Saturday and Sunday December 1st & 2nd 10-4pm

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Moving beyond representational image making can be daunting. This workshop will provide liberating 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 exploratory workshop will deepen your artistic process and reveal new directions and inspirations. All levels of experience welcome. To register: amyelizabethwynne11@gmail.com (Fee: $350. Includes some materials.) Location: Pawtucket, RI Studio

May/June 2019: ITALIA: Register Now to Hold your Spot. Space Limited.

Landscape Sketching in ITALY: Expressive Composition & Color (Dates TBA soon!)

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Description: Ancient Italian vistas including 13th Century Ruins, the 11th Century agriturismo Pieve di Caminino with her Olive Groves & Cork Forests, Rolling Fields, Vineyards & nearby Medieval Hill Towns will be the inspiration for our imagery. Instruction will focus on the expressive interpretation of the landscape of the Maremma, Southern Tuscany. Artists will travel light, experimenting on paper with portable media such as pen & ink, pencil, conte, watercolor & gouache. Emphasis will be on creating multiple studies organically integrating the fleeting light and evolving color of each location. Mindful connection to one’s experience in the field will enhance and liberate the artistic process. Contact: amyelizabethwynne11@gmail.com. Accommodations: www.caminino.com

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 & my newest...Figure Drawing Tonal Rendering!

Also, Drawing Basics 1-4 on CreativeLive!  www.creativelive.com/instructor/amy-wynne

 

 

 

 

New Paintings Installed at Brown University's Institute for Environment and Society

Visit the paintings in the lobby of Brown's IBES Building at 85 Waterman Street, Providence, RI.

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“Monarchy” Oil on Wood Panel  2018  (42" x 60")

“Monarchy” is inspired by the decline of the Monarch Butterfly population due to deforestation, climate change and loss of native plants along their migratory route from the northern US to Mexico. The striking patterns on their fragile chalk-like wings is a reminder of the the Monarch’s fleeting existence. Amy Wynne’s imagery highlights the beauty of organisms threatened by our global condition. Their visual impact is meant to raise awareness and inspire action.

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“Bivalve”  Oil on Wood Panel  2018 (42" x 60")

“Bivalve” is inspired by the plight of the oyster, threatened by the transformation of their marine ecosystems due to rising carbon dioxide levels and ocean acidification. Increasingly corrosive water has a direct impact on the ability of bivalves to build their shells putting them at risk. This painting was inspired by a collaboration with local oyster farmers in Wellfleet, MA. Amy Wynne’s imagery highlights the beauty of organisms threatened by our global condition. Their visual impact is meant to raise awareness and inspire action.

Italy Update!

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Only 2 spots left to sketch with me in Italy May 5th-12th!

5 spots open to paint May 12th-19th! Contact me ASAP to register and for more information.

All levels of experience are welcome. Hope you can join us!!!! Amy

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

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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.

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One Hit Wonders

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

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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)

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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.