I held a workshop last week for an amazing group of women who have been meeting for years to enjoy retreats in different locations. This year their retreat was on the Sunshine Coast, and the leader contacted me requesting something creative, in my studio, in just a four-hour session. I was inspired to create an experience allowing them to connect with their inner creative spirit, learn some technical skills, and walk away from the session with a complete painting that they could take home. Throw into the mix that some of them had painted but most had no prior experience. I also wanted the experience to be unique and fulfilling for each of them, without the competitive edge that can sometimes occur in workshops. The challenge was on!
Here's what we did. As a group, we took a complicated design and divided it into 9 sections. Each guest then completed one section in their own style (without knowing it was part of a 'greater whole'). At the end of the session, we put all of the pieces together, and the women were amazed that such different paintings could create one united, complete piece!
Part of the success of this mini-workshop related to working in triad (three primary colours, all using the same three with black and white). This is my lesson for you painters out there:
Look at the differences in the panels they painted, and then look at the finished piece. All of the colours they were mixing blended together in the end because they each used the same three pigments! Team-building and individual achievement. Amazing!
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Join well known Canadian and American artist, Sandy Kay, at the Gibsons Public Art Gallery on April 11th, 2015.
Sandy will be giving a free Acrylic Painting Demonstration along with an open Q&A Artist talk as part of the Art Azo Group “Azo Gold” Show that is on during the month of April.
Glazing, texture, mixing colours with layers directly on the canvas or paper, water-soluble pencils, “drawing” with high-flow liquid acrylics....
Ever wondered “How does she do that?” - this is your chance to ask! Sandy Kay shares all her techniques and experience with you during this popular event.
Come into the gallery and meet Sandy for a fun-and-information packed demo Saturday April 11th, noon - 3:00 pm.
The AZO GOLD Opening Reception was warmly received.
Thank you to friends, art lovers and a passionately creative community for your support. AZO GOLD continues to run throughout the month of April at the Gibsons Public Art Gallery.
Gold connotes richness, warmth, and craftsmanship. Countries base their currency on gold bullion. Some of us grew up on the prairies, seeing the shades of varied crop fields shift color with the breeze. People and plants turn themselves to the warmth of the sun, soaking in its energy for growth and expansiveness. And who doesn’t love to watch the glory of a sunset?
Utilizing glowing transparency, the reflective glow of patina, metallic pigments and leaf, or nickel azo gold paint muted to soft neutrals, the works in this exhibit will all feature some aspect of ‘gold’ and explore the connotations and possibilities that it holds for our selves and our culture.
3 Progression Images + 3 Technique Tips shared by Sandy Kay
Sunset – a View of Merry Island in Georgia Strait
#1 - I started with a very bright orange-red background to create a strong contrast with my purple/blue colour scheme. I want this to be a warm painting, even though most of the palette is cool. At this stage, I have blocked in the major areas of the sky and water, leaving bits of the ground peeking through.
#2 - More of the sky has been developed by adding some additional lighter orange. The islands are more defined - both painted in and left out. I am leaving the foreground for last, working from the sky down.
#3 - Darkest values are added in the foreground and the closest islands. This grounds the painting and leaves the warmest glow in the horizon line area. There is another layer of painting left to finish this canvas, the final details and edges. Notice where I am trying out some foliage on the right side to see if I have enough contrast to make it readable when done.
Although nearly all of the orange-red base has been covered, the painting “feels” warm and glowing. I can hardly wait to finish it!
Went to the Art Crawl last October, and was lucky to see Sandy's beautiful art, was simply amazing... I especially liked her textured & glazing art "Silver Moment".
Took Sandy's three day class to learn all about texture and glazing it was fantastic, showing the class all the techniques and stages, very helpful, a wealth of information about pigments and products to use... Absolutely the best art class. I have gotten so much out of this class that I cant stop painting its flowing out of me. Definitely taking her next classes.
I first met Sandy when she was giving a demo at an art supply store. I was immediately taken with Sandy’s vast talents but also her willingness to share so many tips and her techniques on how she created her beautiful paintings. Sandy mentioned that she might in the near future be giving a 3 day course for those that wanted to learn in a hands-on environment at her studio. I knew instantly that I wanted to attend and be an avid participant!
A couple of months later, Sandy offered the course and it was absolutely inspirational. Sandy continued to share her ideas, her knowledge, her techniques and taught us in a very friendly, positive and supportive manner. I went away from the course with a much greater understanding of basic art theory as well as learning the layers of complex details and techniques that Sandy used to create her masterpieces.
Sandy is incredibly engaging, warm, funny, bright and articulate. The hours in her spectacular studio passed by in a blink of an eye - the three days felt like mere minutes. Our course ended way too quickly!
Since the class, Sandy has continued to give me guidance and motivation with nothing but kindness!
Sandy’s knowledge is amazing, her talents are limitless, her spirit is one of true joy - it is a privilege to be around her! I feel so fortunate to have met Sandy and can not wait to see where her next project will take her……
Best of luck Sandy and thank you for everything!!!
This class was a whole lot of fun with a patient and talented instructor! I learned to use different media and how to layer paints and use assorted tools and brushes.
Overall, it was a great experience which produced a lovely piece of art for my wall.
I would love to do another class when possible.
HOPE TO SEE YOU SOON!
x Kristen Henry
Another year has passed, and once again we allow time for reflection and gratitude for accomplishments, challenges and lessons learned. We are fuelled with positive anticipation for what is yet to unfold - what we want to experience and achieve.
In my 2014 New Year’s post, I featured my painting “Dawning”. This year, I am communicating 2015 message through my “Awakening” series. Are you awake to your true purpose, your most meaningful pursuits, your individual voice? What do you want to say? Who are you as an artist. What would you like to experience and achieve creatively?
My artistic desire for the year ahead is to be mindful - to fully appreciate the opportunity I have to paint full-time, without regard or expectations to the outcome. To cultivate with full exploration the gifts I have been given.
What do you desire? Strive mindfully and truly to make that happen. Awaken to your own purpose, power and creativity.
I share gratitude for my new, bright studio with ample room to paint in all sizes and share my knowledge and joy through teaching and creative facilitation.
I share inspiration for my new very complex and challenging series; I am excited and ready! I look forward to sharing my progress with you as it comes to life.
My painting “Into the Light” was the first in the Awakening series. It was inspired by a workshop at Hollyhock on Cortez Island with Anne Mortifee... the message was about discernment. Finding our own true light through the obstacle and noise of everyday life.
My wish for all of you in 2015 is to have your own Awakening. To discern your creative path for this year and find your voice and joy.
I look forward to hearing from you all as you travel your path.
Acrylic Texturing and Glazing Workshop Review
We had three fun-packed and intense days learning how to work with layers of transparent pigment over textured grounds. This technique results in luscious colours with depth and luminosity. All the students got it! Some amazing paintings came out of this workshop.
I have two 5-day workshops planned at my studio in Halfmoon Bay in 2015. They will both expand on this same technique with time to work in a full limited palette. Endless colours can be created on the canvas by layering the three primaries and black/white. The June workshop (22nd through 26th) will focus on a summer woodland scene as the demo, and the October workshop (26th through 30th) will use a fall palette.
For those looking for warmer temperatures, I will also be offering a 2-day workshop March 4 & 5 in Palm Desert in Acrylic Techniques.
A painter's path...
Contemporary and West Coast Artist featuring new works online here and on Sandy's Art Channel.