They are having so much fun in this class. Mary Alice provided such an array of new mediums and materials for everyone to experiment with.
Mary Alice Braukman’s workshop started this past Monday and has been a non-stop stream of new and exciting techniques, materials, and ideas.
On the first day I saw Mary Alice coming out of the studio in the afternoon and she said, “they told me to take a coffee break! I’ve given them so much new information, they can’t take any more at the moment!
But they could take more, and more they got!
Today, Thursday, there are some really nice looking pieces coming together. I’ll post picture of these tomorrow.
Those 3 day workshops just breeze on by! Jim McFarlane, a wonderful artist and instructor from Pennsylvania, came to the Hudson River Valley Art Workshops teach a class for an eager group of students.
John Salminen is here this week and I’ll be getting some pictures tomorrow! I always like to let everyone settle in before starting to snap shots!
On the final day of the workshop with Alvaro Castagnet the group went to Coxsackie (which you get to by driving past Surprize and Climax — I kid you not!). The town has a nice little riverside park and some interesting old buildings.
The day was beautiful – the sun was shining and there was a light breeze.
When I arrived, delivering lunches, everyone was spread out all over the town.
The laughter and fun that this group is having is what makes this business all worthwhile to me!
Yesterday, they went to the town of Athens, which is about 20 minutes from our inn. There is a riverside park and an interesting town of quaint old buildings.
Alvaro started the morning with a demo, as he had done each morning.
Here is Sarah and Claude doing their best “Dancing with the Stars” pose. I’ll bet Mark was talking about how he and I met in a Tango class!
Alvaro Castagnet is back at the Hudson River Valley Art Workshops once again to teach his impressionist approach to watercolor.
The old well is always popular.
Yesterday the group went to a local working farm to paint. They were having an absolutely marvelous time in the beautiful Spring weather, when out of the blue at about 3:30 p.m. a major windstorm swept through our area! The winds were gusting up to 50 mph, according to the weather report. Everyone had to scramble to gather up their supplies and head back to the inn. But by the time everyone had made it back to the inn, grabbed a cup of coffee or tea and a cookie, the storm had past and the sun was shining in a pure blue sky. Never did hear any thunder.
This was a typical Spring/Summer thunder storm – it rushes in and then rushes out just as quickly.
Today promises to be sunny all day, so the group headed out to the town of Athens, which is right next to the Hudson River. The town park is riverside, and boasts a view of the Athens Lighthouse.
Mark is delivering lunches today and I sent him out with the camera, so hopefully I’ll be able to post some great shots of the class painting in Athens! That is if Mark doesn’t get caught up in conversation with Alvaro! Mark is fluent in Spanish and is enjoying the opportunity to practice speaking it with Alvaro.
It was amazing to watch them all come together.
The students in this year’s class with Natalie Sewell is going gang-busters!
Check out some of the impressive landscapes that are forming faster than you can say Hudson River Valley Art Workshops!
Natalie Sewell is here once again teaching her fabulous technique for designing and collaging a landscape in fabric, thread, paint, and markers!
This eager class took to the process like ducks to water!
By the time I got into the studio to take pictures on the second day, Natalie was already showing them how to square up their landscape.
There are no rules, rulers, or templates used in designing or creating the landscapes, but when it comes to squaring it up and adding a border (sort of a frame for the picture), Natalie stressed that this was where good craftsmanship was essential. She said that you do not what to have a quilt that isn’t square or doesn’t lay flat to detract from your finished landscape!