Five Questions For Seth Apter

Five Questions For Seth Apter

We’re thrilled to have New York City based artist Seth Apter join us this year for a totally new kind of workshop for our studio! In Bento Box you will be make a series of small-sized projects, each of which will nest inside its own container – for example, tins, boxes, bags, etc. Each of these will in turn be placed and housed inside one larger box, creating a very special treasure chest. In the process of creating your unique artwork, techniques you will learn will involve acrylic painting, collage, book binding, hand stitching, mark making, surface design and alteration, heat embossing, mixed media layering, stamping, assemblage, and more.

Seth is a mixed media artist, instructor, author and designer from New York City. His artwork has been exhibited in multiple exhibitions and can be found in numerous books and national magazines. Seth has published two books, The Pulse of Mixed Media and The Mixed-Media Artist, and eight mixed-media workshop videos with North Light Media. He is an instructor at Pratt Institute in NYC and his live workshops have been held throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, Australia and the UK. Seth is also a product designer, with multiple art lines with Impression Obsession, StencilGirl Products, PaperArtsy, and Emerald Creek Craft Supplies.

To get to know Seth a bit more, we asked him a few questions about his approach to art and teaching.

Q: How does your personal art practice fit into your life?

SA: The longer I have been involved in the art world, the more I realize that my art practice is really not separate from my life in general. I work on some aspect of art everyday – sometimes creating new work, sometimes focusing on the business end, and (very often) spending time on social media. Most often, the different aspects of my work collide and they are all happening at the same time.

Q: How has your work evolved over time?

SA: My work has become increasingly complex as I have become more comfortable with pushing myself further and taking creative risks. Initially I focused mostly on 2-dimensional works on paper with a relatively, small set of supplies. As time has passed, I have stretched myself further in terms of supplies, art domains, and techniques. My work has become more and more layered, textured, and dimensional whether working with paint, art mediums, paper, fiber, assemblage or found objects.

Q: What’s the biggest “risk” you’ve taken in your journey as an artist?

SA: While becoming a full-time artist was a plan that unfolded for me slowly, over time, making that choice was certainly a risk for me. Carving out a living as an artist while living in New York City is most certainly a challenge. Leaving the comfort and stability of my previous career as a Psychologist was also a huge move for me. But my experience in life has always been that the times when I have chosen the risk and taken a leap are the times that are the most meaningful, memorable and enjoyable.

Q: Do you work on multiple pieces concurrently or focus on exclusively one at a time?

SA: I always work on multiple pieces at the same time. For me, that has been the key to never having experienced the dreaded artist block. I rarely finish a single artwork in one setting, so the ability to step away while I work on another piece fits well into my approach. I also find that the time away gives me the opportunity to see the work I am doing with new eyes and a fresh direction.

Q: Tell us a bit about how you plan to conduct your workshop.

SA: The workshop I am teaching, Bento Box, is a balanced blend of structure and exploration. Part of each day will will revolve around focused and detailed demonstrations and instructions. Other periods will allow each participant to get into the zone without interruption – something I think is very important for a creative individual. A significant amount of one-to-one creative mentoring will also be included during which time direct feedback will be provided.

Three Questions for Debora Stewart

This week we’re getting to know more about new-to-us instructor Debora Stewart and her work in abstract pastels & mixed media! Debora is the author of the best-selling Northlight book, Abstract Art Painting: Expressions in Mixed Media and a series of Northlight videos on abstract painting. She teaches workshops throughout the United States and has juried national competitions in pastel. Debora is a Master Pastelist with the Pastel Society of America and in the Master’s Circle of the International Association of Pastel Societies.

Debora will be joining us from July 7-13, 2019 for a 5-day workshop on Creating Expressive Abstracts in Soft Pastel.

Q: What are some of your favorite tools for creating your work?

DS: I like to use a mixed media approach to my soft pastel paintings. I really like to develop an abstract structure on which to develop the pastel painting. This underlying structure can be developed from a variety of materials including black gesso, fluid acrylics, inks, water soluble graphite and charcoal and other various mark making materials. I also build a textured surface with clear gesso. My favorite pastels are Unison and Girault but I use many others. One can never have too many pastels! 

Q: Tell us a bit about how you plan to conduct your workshop. Will it be more structured with specific tasks for students or will be it be more free form with students exploring their own work with your guidance?

DS: I do have a structure that I follow. Each day has a different focus from creating abstract compositions, color theory, use of underpainting and ground, developing a series, finding your style and evaluating your work. Each day includes power point discussion on the days objectives, short demonstrations of techniques, exercises to help artists learn techniques, individual working time to explore the technique and ending in individual and group processing of the day. Each day builds on the day before so that by the end of the workshop artists will have a thorough understanding of how to proceed on their own. 

Q: What influences your work? 

DS: Nature influences my work. Most of my work is a reaction to time spent in nature. Sometimes you can see the evidence of more observational drawings I have created from gardens. Other times my work is memory based from a specific place. The materials also influence my work. I love the act of drawing and the physicality of making marks on paper. I really try to absorb time spent quietly in nature and allow it to come out later on paper or canvas. 

Learn more about Debora’s workshop on our website.

Five Questions for Artist Wen Redmond

Artist Wen Redmond will be teaching Digital Explorations in Fiber & Mixed Media from November 28-December 2 this year and well before her workshop, she took a moment to fill us in on her background and approach to art.

Q: What’s been your most unexpected source of inspiration?
WR: Inspiration abides everywhere! When I first started selling my work, viva a craft booth at shows, I found my work had stories, not just the construct but also the inspirations, the unconscious absorption of what I gain with my senses. As I talked, I learned about my own work and the ideas that went into it. This was the surprise! 

Q: How has teaching impacted your personal art practice? And vice versa, how does your approach to your personal art impact your teaching style?
WR: Teaching is sharing inspirations. The connection and communication one experiences when with a group of like-minded people is a precious thing. It takes time to prepare a workshop that instructs and yet allows students creativity. It takes time to gather materials. Energy required for this equals energy not available for ones own work. There has to be a balance, difficult to achieve. 

Q: What’s one tip you have or trick you use for keeping your studio space organized?
WR: Presently, I have a relatively small studio in my home. A home studio suits my mode of working. Every space is used and thoughtfully planned out. The best thing I can do is simply replace items used as I finish with them. There is nothing worst than being in the throes of creativity and not being able to find the proper tool I need! That said, I like my storage to be visible, not behind doors. Visibility reminds me of the tools I have and the possibilities of using it.

Q: Who are your art heros? Who do you admire and why?
WR: So many, all medias. So hard to nail down. I love the adventures you can have, not only making art but viewing what others have made. I love the collage works of Joan Schultz and Fran Skies, the texture of Dorothy Caldwell, Sue Hammond West, and Jill Kettulla, the photography of the Starn twins and Michael James, the grubbiness of Anselm Kiefer, the painterly work of Deidra Adams, the journals of Roxanne Evans Stout, the encaustic work of Bridgette G Mills, the paintings of Patricia Larsen, Georgia O Keefe, and abstractionists, the pottery of Paulus Berensohn and MC Richards, the mixed media work of Masha Ryskin, Seth Apter, Takahiko Hayashi, Cas Holmes and so many others, and the nameless dozens of women who made art with fabric over the centuries.

Q: What exciting projects are you working on right now or big dream projects you would love to begin exploring?
WR: I’m looking forward to returning to my art and exploring all of the ideas in my file. Some of these ideas happened as I was writing my book! I’d make a sample and get ideas for another! I had too many for the book so I saved them to explore later. Ready and waiting for me! Recently I did a short video for CT Publishing on Shiny Surfaces, an extension of that section in my book. You can find the link in this blog post

Learn more about Wen’s workshop here.
Find out more about Wen on her website and give her a follow on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, & YouTube.

Painted Fiber Art with Elizabeth Busch

Excellent class with a superb instructor! Really accomplished a great deal.” – Chris L.

Our last class of the 2016 season was with the wonderful Elizabeth Busch from Maine. She taught The Painted Quilt: Creating Small Works. The first couple of days was spent painting on canvas. Then the remainder of the class was spent on composition. Enjoy the photo tour! IMG 2407
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IMG 2410 Because the first day of the workshop was Halloween, the breakfast special of the day was pumpkin pancakes! Of course, the full breakfast menu was still available with a wide range of choices. IMG 2406
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IMG 2423 It was quite the marvelous week and there was even plenty of Fall colors around the grounds to be enjoyed. IMG 2424 It was a satisfying and inspiring year of workshops. We thank everyone who made it possible – students, teachers, and staff. We look forward to another exciting year in 2017. The classes are already filling up and we haven’t even sent out the brochures yet. Keep warm and we’ll see you next year!

Stitch Therapy and Luminous Illusions

First we had Rayna Gillman here for a week with her “Freeform Design Spa” where everyone was slicing, dicing, and stitching to let the design magic happen. After that was a quick 3 day workshop with Esterita Austin teaching “Luminous Illusions” – an unique method of transferring a painted image onto organza to then layer together to create your composition. IMG 2205
IMG 2206 The squirrels are busy around the inn! They left this “art installation” – Exploded Pinecone – on the little bridge to the carriage house. IMG 2207 Innovation and invention are in abundance in the workshop – is Esterita and one of her students showing how they turned a folding chair into an painting easel! IMG 2212
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Abstraction By Design with Karen Rosasco

It was a joyful week with a misty-eyed ending. Karen Rosasco was here to teach her last workshop on the road. Karen taught her first workshop with us in 2007 and has taught every year since 2009. Karen has been coming to the Hudson River Valley Art Workshops as a student since the early 1980s! So it was definitely with misty eyes we bid farewell to Karen on the last day of the workshop. Karen, formerly of New York, is now making her home in Virginia and will still be teaching but only locally to her home and also private lessons out of her home studio. You can learn more about this on Karen’s website. Enjoy this glimpse into the activity and creativity of the 5 days of Karen’s workshop. IMG 1975
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This is the Chili Verde that was served one of the nights as the alternative dish for the vegetarians. Many requested the recipe, so I’ve added it to our recipes page. IMG 2033
The grounds of the inn are looking lovely and the weather was beautiful all week, making the lawns a perfect place for spreading out painting to dry or when experimenting with a particular messing technique! IMG 1988
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Mixed Media Paper Collage with Fran Skiles

Fran has a gentle approach to teaching; she encourages & inspires her students through her lectures and kindness. Your workshops are still the best of all the others that I have attended (Maine, Vermont, NY, CT).” – Maryfran L.

Great pace, attitude! Lack of stress, love her process of day by day to avoid ‘pre-planning.’ Lets students react to the present opportunities.

Another great workshop with Fran Skiles was enjoyed a couple of weeks ago. Here are some photos for you to enjoy a glimpse into the fun things that happened. IMG 1094
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Freshly made brioche to keep the students nourished! IMG 1100
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IMG 3672 If you didn’t have the chance to get into this popular workshop, don’t worry, Fran will be back in 2017.

Re-imagined Mono-printing w/ Esterita Austin

Esterita Austin’s workshop exceeded my expectations! She is a terrific teacher – genuinely wants to facilitate her student’s creativity. Very clear, and funny!” – AnnaMarie V.

We had a wonderful mix of fiber artists and collage/mixed media artists in Esterita’s in her re-imagined mono-printing workshop. The process is fun and produces amazing results. The final painting is transferred to sheer fabric (organza) which can then be used in an art quilt or attached to watercolor paper, canvas, or whatever. Multiple paintings can be layered to creative dynamic compositions. IMG 1043
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The Brilliance of Watercolor with David Daniels

BEST CLASS EVER!!” “Absolutely met my expectations. Tremendously good instruction. Congenial and interesting group. Great workspace and environment.” – Barbara B.

It was a great week with David Daniels as he taught his popular watercolor workshop to a full house. IMG 3350
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The class had a canine mascot, Cloe, who came with one of the students. She was a very sweet dog. IMG 3353
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Cloe like to “offer” the opportunity to give her a belly rub every chance she got, plopping herself on the floor and presenting her belly. IMG 3356
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Here is a behind the scenes shot of chef Mark and Nancy rolling out dough for the Chinese soup dumplings that are being served this year. They are made and steam right be for service, so they come out hot and fresh to the table. IMG 0971 If you were on the wait list for this class or are now thoroughly intrigued about taking a workshop with David Daniels, as luck would have it David is stepping into to teach a combined watermedia collage and watercolor workshop in just a few weeks. This is sure to be a fun and informative workshop that you don’t want to miss.

Karen Rosasco’s Watermedia Exploration

Karen’s class took over the parking lot one day to get messy with charcoal and water! IMG 0954
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This is a bird house painted by Peggy Pepmiller, one of Karen’s students (and our retreat regular!) We gave her an unadorned bird house last year at the retreat so that she could take it home to decorate. We plan to have a painted bird house topping each “post” of our flowering fence by the pool. IMG 0943
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This is Cristina Del Sol with a beautiful painting she started in Karen’s workshop last year and then finished at home. IMG 3336
The happy crew all together! Most of them have already signed up for Karen’s class with us next year. It will be the last class that Karen teaches for us because she is semi-retiring and will teach only private lessons out of her home in North Carolina. IMG 3337

Painting and Mark Making with Acrylic Inks – Judy Coates Perez

The class exceeded all expectations – fabulous & the classroom experience was practically perfect in every way. The meals were outstanding, as usual!” – Diane E.

Known for her stunning whole cloth painted art quilts, Judy Coates Perez recently taught a three day workshop for us at Hudson River Valley Art Workshops. Everyone agreed that three days were not enough time for all the gems that Judy had to offer. They kiddingly asked if maybe the next incoming class wouldn’t mind if they stayed in just one corner of the studio for a few more days! Unfortunately jobs and schedules prevented this from being a serious option.

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These two photos are close ups of some of Judy’s work. Luscious color!

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These are some of the great stamps that Judy has made and brought for the class to experiment, but she also showed them how to make their own.

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You can read more about Judy’s work in the interview on our blog.

The next workshops coming up areExpressing Yourself: One Piece at a Time,” a 5-day class taught by Sheila Frampton-Cooper (still time to join in even though it starts on Monday, April 27th!) and then The Artful Log Cabin,” a 5-day workshop taught by Katie Pasquini Masopust.

Photo + Stitch = Fun with Natalya Aiken

Natalya Aiken, a fiber artist from New York, just taught a three day workshop on her process of combining her love of photography, architecture, with art quilts.

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These are some of Natalya’s work. The detail and texture on these pieces are magnificent and the photos don’t do them justice.

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Natalya brought her printer and provided rolls of printable surfaces.

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Here is something from one of the students; images that were manipulated in PhotoShop and then printing on sheer fabric.

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A closer look at the printer, an Epson, I believe.

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More student work exploring combined images, stitching for texture, and printing.
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Here is Jane in her corner of the studio with various prints hanging on her design boards.

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You can read more about Natalya’s work in our interview with her on our blog.

An interview with Judy Coates Perez, mixed media textile artist.

Judy Coates Perez is an International award-winning mixed media textile artist, traveling globally to teach painting and mixed media techniques on fabric. Her three-day Workshop, Acrylic Inks on Fabrics, will be held at the Hudson River Valley Fiber Art Workshops April 9 to 12, 2015.


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How long have you been teaching and what got you started teaching?

Before I began teaching painting about 7 years ago, I home-schooled my kids who are now 21 and 24 years old. Having kids with very different learning styles, I learned a lot about teaching and that my main goal was to facilitate the process of learning by helping my children learn how to learn. 


I often see my role as an instructor is to be a guide for creativity, by teaching techniques that will help others create the work they visualize in their head, because they have not yet gained the skills to transfer those ideas to fabric on their own.


What is your favorite part about teaching?

I love it when students get excited about their work, when they surprise themselves with what they’ve accomplished.


I am a very relaxed teacher, and want students to also feel comfortable and enjoy the process, otherwise what’s the point? It’s about doing what you love, because when you love it, you’ll do it a lot, and when you do it a lot you will improve. The important thing to remember is, you won’t master a new technique in a day, but you might be surprised at just how much you can achieve.


What would you tell your prospective students are three best reasons for taking a workshop?

Having someone to guide you and answer questions as they come up when trying something new, or find out where the problems lie when you haven’t been successful with a technique on your own. 


Trying new things with others can also be a wonderful source of encouragement when you’re feeling out of your element.


Working within a group is a great opportunity to see how others approach the same task, learn from one another’s successes and mistakes, which can often lead to new ideas.


What are you currently working on in your own art?

I have been taking mixed media samples left over from one of my classes, cutting them up and sewing them together to use as a base fabric to paint imagery on top of. 


Where is your art currently being exhibited?

My house, lol. I am not the best about regularly entering exhibits. 


Is your work represented in galleries?

I haven’t pursued working with galleries, my focus for the last several years has been on teaching.




What is your favorite art quote?

I love this quote by writer Neil Gaiman, it applies to every creative pursuit:

“I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes. Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You’re doing things you’ve never done before, and more importantly, you’re doing something.”


Describe your studio.

It’s a good sized room off the back of the house with a 4’ x 8’ table in the center that my 25 year old Pfaff sits in. My daughter usually sews on my Bernina 1630. I have old school lockers that I keep my batting and bulky supplies in, flat files from my days as a graphic designer, several large shelving units, and cupboards, an old dresser to hold my hand dyed fabric and a few small filing cabinets.

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Name five of your “can’t do without” tools/products.

Paint: acrylic inks and Setacolor textile paints

High thread count white cotton fabric

A mechanical pencil


A camera (usually my phone now)


Some of our recent Instructor interviews:

Interview with Liz Kenyon, Pastel Painting Instructor

Patti Mollica discusses creating her art, and teaching

An Interview with Kim English, Oil Painter

An Interview with Barbara Nechis, Watercolor Artist

An interview with Hollis Chatelain: Fiber Artist

An Interview with Natalya Aikens: Computer + Stitch = Art Quilt

Ruth Powers: Designing and Sewing for Picture Piecing

Holographic Mixed Media Collage with Wen Redmond

What a fun workshop with Wen Redmond! Wen just taught a 3 day workshop for Hudson River Valley Art Workshops on her mixed media holographic image process.

The first part of the process was doing some screen printing, stamping, another other techniques of surface design to create the “frame” for the holographic image.

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Here is a sampling of the finished pieces created by the students. They are fabulous!

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Manon and Gerri taking a coffee break during the afternoon cookie time. Fresh baked cookies are set out in the inn dining rooms, but generally the groups tend to grab the tray and take it back to the studio. They love the cookies but don’t want to stop creating!

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More Cathy Taylor Workshop Photos

Cathy Taylor sent us these great photos from her workshop with us a couple of weeks ago.

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Cathy’s husband, Scott, came along, too, and had a good time hanging out with Charles, who is Manon’s husband.

Manon has attended many of our workshops and this last time she told me that the workshops have changed her life! They have sent her art in new and exciting directions and she is seeing the recognition in more exhibit acceptances and awards. This is the reason we have this business – to provide a nurturing, inspiring, safe and comfortable environment where artists can spread their wings, and I can’t tell you how much it means to us to hear this kind of comment from one of the students. It is what makes everything worth while.

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Amazing Alcohol Inks and Collage with Cathy Taylor

Start with inks and acrylics, add a touch of collage and a pinch of print making and you have the perfect recipe for a mixed media masterpiece!

That was the starting point of the description for Cathy Taylor‘s 3-day workshop, and from there it was just 3 days packed with Cathy sharing her expertise and passion for her medium, as well as loads of laughter and story telling.

Marcia brought with her a bunch of “failed” paintings and turned them into winners with the application of the techniques she learned from Cathy.

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The first day Cathy had the group creating masses of altered collage papers with CitraSolv and National Geographic magazines. It was amazing to see the cool effects with the colors on the different pages.

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A woven collage of altered papers.

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Next on the agenda were those amazing alcohol inks! The vibrancy of the colors was outstanding!

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This is one of the stencils that Cathy had available for the students to use.

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Another of Marcia’s transformed paintings!

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Be sure to watch for Cathy Taylor’s new book from Shiffer Publications due out in the Fall – Pigments of Your Imagination, Creating with Alcohol Inks.NewImage

Fun with Digital Printing with Kathyanne White

Mixed media artist, Kathyanne White, brought her knowledge of digital printing on alternative surfaces and dazzled us with the endless possibilities. Her enthusiasm and humor made this class a weeklong party.

These photos show just some of what they were working with, including printing on beverage cans, metal mesh, plastic milk cartons, and more. They also creating some really neat constructions by crocheting wire and bits of printed aluminum cans.

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If you missed this wonderful class, you’ll have to watch for your next opportunity. In the meantime, Kathyanne’s new book, “Digital Printing Alternative Surfaces“, is a great resource. It really is as the title says, “The Definitive Source.”

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Around the inn, Spring is taking shape in the form of loads of blooming daffodils and the greening of lawns and trees.

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Interview with Mixed Media Artist – Cathy Taylor

IMG 1276Cathy Taylor is an award winning mixed media artist and popular workshop instructor. She is teaching a workshop for us at the end of June and we are so looking forward to sharing her enthusiasm for art!

Her water media artwork is a celebration of the patterns, textures, and color found in the natural environment. Cathy is known for her ability to interpret a subject in a variety of styles, from her whimsical collages to multi-dimensional abstracts.

We were introduced to Cathy through the CitraSolv company, the makers of CitraSolv household cleaners, which also happens to be a fabulous product for creating altered paper, image transfers, and more! We use a number of these fabulous natural cleaning products at our inn.

Here are Cathy’s responses to our interview questions:

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How long have you been teaching and what got you started teaching?

I started teaching because I wanted to share my new found love of water media. I was having way too much fun to keep it to myself!I started teaching on a local basis in 1995. The class was called No Mistakes Watermedia and had weekly titles like the fear of white paper, risk a glorious failure and Imagination constipation! The class sold out. I LOVED teaching and knew then I had found my passion.

What is your favorite part about teaching?

The pure joy when a student creates a wonderful piece of artwork. And the HUGS

What would you tell your prospective students are three best reasons for taking a workshop?

  1. The support, encouragement, and sharing that happens in a workshop environment.
  2. The opportunity to do something just for you!

What are you currently working on in your own art?

I am in LOVE with alcohol inks. I am still discovering new ways to work with them. I also have been working on a series of large collages using circuit boards and old watch and clock parts. One was featured in the current Cloth Paper Scissors magazine. They have also been juried into the National Collage Society shows and the International Society of Experimental Artist shows.100 2396

Where is your art currently being exhibited?

I am represented by several galleries including the 2103 NICHE award winner KALA gallery in Morganton NC. I also belong to the world’s best co-op The Main Street Gallery in Blowing Rock NC.

Is your work represented in galleries, and if so, what hints would you give to artists looking for gallery representation?

Get together a body of work that represents your style. Seek out cooperative galleries where you will receive the support and advice from other artists. Most galleries have an online application process and will contact you if interested.

Do you sell your work in any online gallery?

FASO is my web support. Their web site is designed specifically for artists and is very user friendly. I have my work featured on my site and have sold several pieces through my site.

What is your favorite art quote?

”Discovery consists of seeing what everybody has seen and thinking what nobody has thought.” Albert Szent100 2377

Describe your studio.

Controlled chaos. My studio is on the second floor with a view of our surrounding woods. It is full of light with a high ceiling and lots of room. It is filled with my collection of inspiring Stuff including a paper wasp nest (minus wasps), old clock parts, leaf skeletons, sea glass, and old weaving spindles. I also have a mini trampoline to bounce out new ideas, and my two Doodles, Elle and Gracie May who serve as my muses and my squirrel alert team.

Name five of your “can’t” do without tools/products

  1. Alcohol inks
  2. cotton swabs
  3. gel medium
  4. light
  5. Music
  6. assorted junk

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You can see lots of great videos by Cathy Taylor on her YouTube channel!

More Recent Instructor Interviews:


Fran Skiles – Constructed Canvas Mixed Media Workshop

Fran Skiles recently taught a workshop for us. This was one of those great classes that spans the world of fiber artists and mixed media painters. It was a wonderful group and everyone “connected.”

The studio was a hub of activity.


Some people preferred to work large, which caused them to abandon their table for the floor!


Fran was always available for plenty of one-on-one discussion during the class.



It was nice to have sunny days so that work in progress could be hung to dry outside.


Brommer’s Stain Papers and Collage

Stained Papers and Collage was the 5-day workshop that was recently taught here by Gerald Brommer.

Loved it! He is such an excellent teacher and a lovely man. Learned so much!” – Toni & Lorraine


The weather was beautiful all week.


Every evening before dinner the gang gathered on the front porch for a little fruit of the vine and lively conversation. Jerry Brommer hosted the wine for the dinner on Monday night, as is his usual, and each night after that another student hosted the wine. A very congenial and generous group!


Jerry will return to us in 2015 to teach another one of his wonderful workshops.

Paul George

New England artist Paul George, a signature member of the National Watercolor Society and an active member of the New England Watercolor Society just taught a 3-day workshop for us this past weekend.

While the weather report kept suggesting that thunder storms were heading our way, they never showed up, so the class was able to enjoy painting outdoors quite a bit. This shot was taken during one of Paul’s morning demos.


The pool was open and inviting, although it is still a bit brisk! However, with a couple of 90 degree days, it is warming up quickly and several folks jumped in for a swim after class.


It is the time for purple flowers in the forest. Its seems like each month a different wild flower is blooming in the forest.


On the final day of the workshop, the class was learning how to add figures into their landscapes/cityscapes.


Peggy G showed me all of the wonderful paintings she worked on during the class. Nice!


Here this week is Liz Kenyon, teaching pastel still life.

Then coming up in the next several weeks are:

BBQ, Rain, and Digital Printing on Alternative Surfaces

The always fun and amazing Kathyanne White was here the week of the 4th of July to teach a 5-day workshop on digital printing on alternative surfaces. Kathyanne brought an Epson printer and a whole bunch of fun supplies for printing on things like Lutradur, aluminum cans, tyvek, watercolor paper, and more.

She also brought along a number of examples of her work in which she used printed images is a material for her collaged and assembled pieces.


The first 3 days were spent experimenting with the printing – printing the same image on multiple types of surfaces. Each person pinned up their images on their design wall.


The final two days were spent working on using the images in assemblages and collage.

Some folks used sewing to add line and texture to the images, as well as a means to assemble the images.


Here is a piece that will use a tree branch of a means to hang a number of small related pieces.


In the middle of all this workshop creativity, we had a 4th of July BBQ, even though I think half the class was Canadian!

We have tried doing a BBQ in previous years when a workshop has fallen on the 4th, but all agreed that this year was the best. This year the BBQ was moved poolside. This made it much easier to cook and serve everyone, rather than asking people to pick up their food up by the Main Inn and then bring it down to the poolside tables.

Here is Chef “Tex” Mark ready at the grill.


And here are the class members hanging by the pool just waiting for the dinner bell to be sounded.


Regina, Kadi, and Bob (our staff) were also ready to serve up the BBQ feast.


The menu was grill Jamacian chicken, chicken sausages, and brutwurst. Along with fresh corn on the cob, baked beans, and blueberry pie with ice cream for dessert.


Let the feasting begin!


Then silence descended over the pool area as everyone set to enjoying their meal. Nothing could stop this crew from having a marvelous time, not even the “refresher course” of a bit of a 2 minute rain shower! Luckily most people had chosen to sit at a table with an umbrella over it. Those that weren’t so lucky dried off quickly in the sun that came out shining immediately after the shower.


The poolside party continued long after dinner.

The 2012 Workshop Season is About to Begin

Where has the time gone? 2012 will be our 8th workshop season, although Hudson River Valley Art Workshops has been at this location since the 1980s!

We are enjoying a brief bit of snow, which is due to melt away tomorrow. Today, however, it is gorgeous.


Every year is exciting but as I start to put together everything for the current season, it always seem that THIS year will be the best ever!

This is the line up for 2012:

  • Paula Nadelstern: Mar. 18-24. Kaleidoscope Quilts, 5-day workshop
  • Carol Taylor: Mar. 25-31. Improvisational Scrap Quilts, 5-day workshop
  • Laura Wasilowski: Mar. 31-Apr. 3. Couching Thread, Hidden Needle, 3-day workshop
  • Esterita Austin: Apr. 12-15. Exploring Sheers, 3-day workshop
  • John MacDonald: Apr. 15-21. Oil Painting, 5-day workshop
  • Susan Shie: Apr. 22-28. Diary Painting for Art Quilts, 5-day workshop
  • Hollis Chatelain: Apr. 29-May 5. Dye-Painting on Fabric, 5-day workshop
  • Karen Rosasco: May 6-12, Experimental Watermedia, 5-day workshop
  • Jean Uhl Spicer: May 17-20, Florals in Watercolor, 3-day workshop
  • Robert Burridge: May 20-26. Acrylic Painting and Collage, 5-day workshop
  • Elizabeth Apgar-Smith: May 31-Jun. 3. Composing from Field Sketches, 3-day workshop
  • Ted Nuttall: Jun. 3-9. Watercolor Portraits from Photos, 5-day workshop
  • Carol Marine: Jun. 10-16. Oil Still Life, 5-day workshop
  • Richard McKinley: Jun. 17-23. Pastel Landscapes, 5-day workshop
  • Jane Sassaman: Jun. 24-30. Abstracting From Nature, 5-day workshop
  • Kathyanne White: Jul. 1-7. Digital Printing on Alternative Surfaces, 5-day workshop
  • Valerie Goodwin: Jul. 12-15. Mixed Media Maps, 3-day workshop
  • David Dunlop: Jul. 15-21. On Location with Past Masters, 5-day workshop
  • Frank Webb: Jul. 22-28. Studio Watercolor, 5-day workshop
  • Summer Retreat: Jul. 29-Aug. 4. Self-Directed retreat, 3- or 6-nights
  • Mel Stabin: Aug. 5-11. Watercolor Landscapes, 5-day workshop
  • Peter Fiore. Aug. 12-18. Landscape Painting: Beyond the Photograph, 5-day workshop
  • Margaret Evans: Aug. 18-21. The Versatility of Pastel, 3-day workshop
  • Elin Pendleton: Aug. 23-26. Color – Getting it Right!, 3-day workshop
  • Judi Betts: Aug. 26-Sep. 1. Studio Watercolor, 5-day workshop
  • Lorenzo Chavez: Sep. 9-15. Landscapes in Pastel or Oil, 5-day workshop
  • Donna Zagotta: Sep. 16-22. Adding the You Factor to Your Paintings, 5-day workshop
  • Pat Dews: Sep. 23-29. Watermedia, 5-day workshop
  • Skip Lawrence: Sep. 30-Oct. 6. Watermedia, 5-day workshop
  • Kenn Backhaus: Oct. 7-13. Composition and Brushwork in Oil, 5-day workshop
  • Alvaro Castagnet: Oct. 14-20. Landscapes in Watercolor, 5-day workshop
  • Charotte Warr Andersen: Oct. 21-27. Portraits in Fabric, 5-day workshop
  • Margaret Dyer: Oct. 27-30. Figures in Pastel, 3-day workshop
  • Rosalie Dace: Nov. 4-10. Cross Currents, 5-day workshop
  • Jane Davila: Nov. 10-13. Irresistible Surface Design, 3-day workshop
  • Larkin Van Horn: Nov. 29-Dec. 2. Vessels, Shrines, Reliquaries, 3-day workshop
  • Sue Benner: Dec. 2-8. Techniques for Fused Quilts, 5-day workshop
  • Susan Brubaker Knapp. Dec. 9-15. Paint, Fuse, Stitch!, 5-day workshop

Karen Rosasco Playing to a Full House

Karen Rosasco, the award-winning watermedia artist, is here this week teaching an experimental watermedia workshop.

Already some students have expressed interest in signing up for her class here in 2012!

This is only day 2, but Karen has everyone working hard with the various challenges she has issued.


Students have come from far and wide. On this table we have Texas, Minnesota, and Quebec represented, but the prize for the farthest goes to Leo S., who is from Chile.


Karen continually circulates around the room, answering questions and offering individual critiques on the works in progress.


Susan insists that she is not being secretive, just trying to prevent stuff from falling off her table!


This is a great little piece by Sue St John.


A riot of color and materials! Call me crazy, but I just love seeing all that STUFF massed on the tables. Makes you want to just dive in and start creating.


After a full day (and then some) of painting, the group is hungry! Last night’s dinner was a braised short ribs Moroccan style – the short ribs are under all of those savory vegetables . . .


. . . . and fresh corn on the cob. Fresh Blueberry Pie was the topper for the evening.


Tonight’s dish is a favorite from last season – Chicken Thigh on a Portobello Mushroom with an Orange-Soy Glaze. Dessert is chocolate layer cake with a fresh strawberry cream filling. All of the desserts are made fresh in our kitchen each day.

The Spring weather has been wonderful the gardens around the inn. If you are interested in the happenings and gardens around the inn, check out our inn blog – Inn and Around