If we do this, I'd love to incorporate the book by: Julia Cameron called, The Artist's Way. It is a jewel of a book that I read about 5 summer's ago with the ladies from our advanced art class. We met each week in one an-other's homes to sip coffee, nibble something and discuss art and how afraid we are to freely make it : ) It's an extremely vulnerable process you know!
The book isn't just about visual artists though. It's about what stops us from creating anything that you love. This includes; writing, dance, screen plays, musical composition... you name it. The author leads you through numerous exercises helping you to understand your road blocks (whether they be actual or mental) and how to break free from being stuck in them. I promote the book every chance that I get because it was so freeing and confirming to me.
Besides being just plain fun, meeting weekly as a group helps you to stay on track, keep reading and doing the exercises. Generally speaking, unless you are extremely self motivated, accountability is key!
I'm curious if any of you would be interested in taking a 4 week class with me this July and sharing 1 hour of free studio-creating time and 1 hour of book discussion...
I've kept it no secret that I'm Italian and I generally love Italian desserts. It's the lemon and orange zest that hooks me! When my friend, Kate, saw me post about a cannoli cake, she said she wanted to try the recipe. Knowing that Kate's a great baker, I was all for her baking it. Truth be told, I'm too much of an experimentalist to follow a recipe. Turns out, Kate experiments too, but she knows what parts not to mess with and how to make her well-thought-out changes. I'm more of the type who thinks, "I like eggs, why not add more?" I know, baking is all science. I got my only D in high school chemistry.
We agreed that if she baked it, I would paint it.
It was so delicious! Moist and fluffy, with hints of orange. I think it tasted way better then a cannoli! We truly enjoyed the cake and the company!
So delicious and fun to have had this mid-day coffee and cake date with friends.
I'm looking forward to the joy of getting back to being able to do these things!
Needless to say, it took a lot longer for me to complete my end of the deal, but that time has finally come! Since I've been teaching perspective to my online watercolor class, and because it was time for our still-life class to paint food, I decided to paint Kate's cannoli cake as our subject.
We started by sketching the cake plate in perspective and first drawing a cube. Perspective tends to trip people up, so we dove into it to get it mastered. We then created ellipses within the cube for our cake stand and layered cake. Since everyone knows that delicious cake needs coffee, milk or hot tea to wash it down, I included a beverage in this still-life as well. Understanding perspective takes a lot of the discomfort out of trying to draw scenes with multiple or complicated shapes.
I used liquid mask to preserve some whites around the rim of the cup, highlights in the tea and the tea bag string.
I decided on my background colors and enjoyed layering them. I let the colors intermingle.
The chocolate chips are so much fun to paint! I have a little tutorial image on how to paint them on an older blog post here.
Here is the final painting above. I'm giving this original to Kate to commemorate our fun day and to thank her for sharing her gift with us. Pretty soon, I'll be posting a special page on my website with my original watercolor paintings for sale. Many are 11X14", 8x10" and 16X20", so if you've got a wall that needs something special on it, keep an eye out for this new place to shop!
Note: the prints will remain on my Etsy page.
Hope this post inspires you to bake something yummy. In case you are interested in trying it for yourself, here is a similar recipe to the one that chef Kate used. Her special modifications were to use plenty of navel orange zest, a "cinnamon plus" seasoning blend and buying the best, high quality Mascarpone cheese you can find. Enjoy!
If you're considering getting an illustrated custom family recipe of your own, have a look at some of these examples and get in touch with me.
Let me know in the comments or on social media, what kind of cakes you like to bake best.
I'm bringing out one of our favorite crafts from art camp, the plushy pillow. It's a great one because more than anything, it gives you a chance to do 3 important things:
1. Put favorite old T-shirts to good use
After chalking the line, I had the kids make cuts every half-inch or so along each side. Don't let them separate the 2 pieces after cutting. I learned the hard way that it can be difficult for them to line it back up when it comes time to tie the strips.
Note: You can cut off and throw away the excess corner pieces.
Here are a couple of photos I want to share from this project at Camp Create. The kids learned so much sewing on the buttons in 2018. We had them pick their own colors of felt to mix and match with the different buttons. For camp, they sewed on little pockets as well.
1. Reschedule the camp for later in the summer (possibly July or August)
2. If complete cancellation is necessary, we will take our cue from the airlines and create a credit system where your paid art camp tuition from this summer will be applied forward to one of next summer’s art camp weeks.
At this time, we are still keeping our registration open, so feel free to register without paying (and pay right before camp starts) if you’d like to reserve your child’s spot without having the financial commitment. To do so, just fill in the registration form and hit, "continue", but do not proceed through the payment portion. Your registration and spot will be saved.
If you are signed up for the newsletter, we will let you know if any plans change. We sincerely hope that we will be able to enjoy the fun and creative activities we have planned with your children in June!
Let us know how the project goes by tagging us on Facebook or on Instagram at: #campcreateartcamp. You can find and follow it here.
Each week, we will have a small amount of homework. Students who want to can share their final or in-process pieces in our online forum. If not, you can always get feedback privately by emailing the images to me. This gives me the freedom to give solid, honest and direct feedback. It's like having your own private painting coach!
How will your online classes work?
What I'm most excited about is that I'm creating an online forum to help us stay connected with one another, get feedback as we work through the painting, and hold each other accountable. Hopefully, this will keep us actually getting our paints wet each week ! ; )
I use my talented, artful assistant, Holli, and my daughter, Mia, weekly (and sometimes daily) to get feedback on current projects. It is invaluable to have other eyes on our work!
What will you cover next?
We will discuss the following:
- Arranging your objects
- Composition of your painting
- Basic perspective
- What to put in the background
- Highlights on hard and soft surfaces
- Painting glass and refracted light
- How to paint different lighting scenarios
(windows, light bulbs, sunlight)
- Creating visual balance
- Fun classes on water-coloring florals and food.
What if I don't know watercolors?
What's the cost?
Still not sure?
*Note: The free class includes videos of me teaching, but does not include videos of me actually painting. Future classes will have both.
If you have friends that you'd like to connect with by sharing an online painting class, copy, paste and send them this link to register: http://www.caryndahm.com/classregistration.html
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Have fun spreading the joy to those you love and making the best of a tough situation!
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