Jane Sassaman, fiber artist, author, fabric designer, and teacher extraordinaire, was here again teaching a workshop for us.
In this class Jane and her students examines a wide variety of artists interpretations of nature. Next the real fun began – they began to manipulate natural forms themselves. Through a series of exercises they experimented with abstraction and exaggeration to capture the essence and energy of each person’s favorite flora photo or drawing.
These photos were taken around the second or third day of the class. You can see how marvelous everyone is doing already.
Inspiration for a future work . . . ?? This is a speedwell plant located just outside the studio.
Jane will be back teaching with us in 2014!
It was another fine workshop with Richard McKinley this year.
It was a particularly warm week, but every location Richard choose had plenty of shade and a breeze, so the heat never seemed unbearable.
One of the locations was Olana.
There is a lovely shaded picnic area on the lower level of the grounds, near the pond. Perfect for taking a break for lunch and cookies!
On the next day the group went to the Riverside Park in Coxsackie, which is right on the shores of the Hudson River.
A number of the artists found inspiration in a large old red building near the park.
After a full day painting, it was great to get back to the inn and get ready for dinner!
Here is Chef Mark seriously preparing the garden salads for dinner . . .
While out in the dining room Richard and gang are laughing up a storm!
A fun time was had by all and if you missed your chance this year, Richard will be back with us again in 2014!