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Abstract Art Blog written to inspire artists, inform and teach ideas and elements of Abstract ARt.

MEET HEATHER WILCOXON

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Heather Wilcoxon is a warmhearted Bay area artist living on a houseboat in Sausalito and walks to her studio in a nearby warehouse.

Heather has an extensive and impressive background in teaching, gallery representation, grant awards, museum shows and is a modern day commentator on her inner and outer worlds. Most recently she was awarded the Distinguished Women in the Arts Award, Fresno Art Museum and the Tree of Life grant recipient, Tree of Life, North Carolina. What Heather brings to any workshop is her joy and love of drawing and painting. She also brings her vast experience and her sincere caring for each of her students.

HEATHER WILCOXON

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We are excited to be offering a two day Abstract Art Workshop on Expressive Drawing and Mark Making team taught with Heather Wilcoon and Suzanne Jacquot at Studio4404 in Sebastopol, August 24/25. The workshop will be full of exercises to help loosen the habitual behaviors and negative thinking so freedom and full expression can blossom. Drawing and mark making are basic tools that every artist needs in their toolbox to make dynamic paintings. We hope you will join us in a great workshop of exploration, getting wild, having fun and pushing the limits in a supportive environment.

 

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MEET MICHAEL CUTLIP

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I’m painting with paper. It’s totally improvised. The shapes are very impulsive.
— Michael Cutlip
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Michael Cutlip is a master at unexpected juxtapositions——Image a big, dynamic abstraction in red, orange and white, with chunks and splashes of other colors, and graphic elements taken from the street……this is Michael Cutlip’s art. Direct, Bold. Compelling……

Michael says he is inspired by the naïve gestures and honesty of children’s art, as well as the layering and weathered aspects of paint and postings on old buildings. He uses house paint, Xerox transfers, a printing press, wallpaper, book pages, and many other things not usually found at an art supply store. “In life I think I tend to be somewhat serious, but when I’m in the studio, it’s like playing. I’m having fun and putting things together. Then I find something that works and it makes me smile,” said Michael.

“I might start out just throwing down a bunch of flyers from a telephone pole, or tear up some posters just to get some stuff underneath, which a lot of times you see revealed in the edging,” he says. “What paper taught me is composition, and about color. Now I’m just dealing with the basics. Taking a piece of paper and tearing it, layering another piece on top of it, layering, layering — you start creating something you wouldn’t have imagined.”

Michael’s vocabulary has roots in the Abstract Expressionism of Franz KlineRobert Motherwell and Clyfford Still, and in Mark Tobey’s calligraphic scribbles, and have the same sort of grooving street energy, mixed with fine-art finesse.

As a teacher, Michael is very skilled at helping others see new directions. He encourages pushing edges, exploring the unknown and finding the magic that comes from the process of collage making.
Michael Cutlip and Suzanne Jacquot will be giving a 3 day Mixed Media Workshop July 19, 20, 21 and it is a rare treat to have such a talented teacher and artist make this special visit to the bay area. .

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MEET GRANT TAYLOR

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I am certain of nothing but the holiness of the Heart’s affections and the truth of the Imagination.
— John Keats
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Grant Taylor is someone you would love to meet. He is full of joy, warmheartedness, and enthusiasm for life. He has been a Creative since he was a child and continues to live in the wonder and awe and curiosity he experienced in his youth. You might like to watch this short video on what Grant says about his being a photographer:

Grant studied photography at the Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles and spent 8 years in New York City where he soaked up as much art and culture as he could. He took classes at the Art Students League, New York Academy of Art and worked at Sotheby’s as a photogrpher. Then, in his mid-thirties he moved to Santa Fe where he fell in love with the land, “Big Sky” and spaciousness.

Since his move to Santa Fe, Grant has honed his skills as a videographer by working on important documentaries on global warming and hospice and dying. And, he has developed a body of emotional photographs reflecting his own poetic views of the sky as Nature’s grand symphony, and leaves and flowers as Nature’s reminder that beauty is everywhere even in the midst of decaying.

I feel very lucky to have teamed up with Grant to create Living Your Wild Creativity. We started inspiring one another over 4 years ago creatively, spiritually, and emotionally. It has led us to sharing these gifts with others through Living Your Wild Creativity workshops and more. Grant’s keen and sensitive understanding of the subtleties of color is a special gift he brings to the workshop we do together on COLOR.

We are excited to come together to teach next month. COLOR——Moods, Rhythms, and More! February 8, 9, 10, At Studio4404, Sebastopol, CA. We are teaching it both in person and LIVE ONLINE. While our main focus will be exploring color with the heart, we also give tons of information and studio practice exercises to gain mastery of the topic. There is still room to sign up. For more information and to register:


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THE POWER AND VASTNESS OF COLOR PART 2

Suzanne Jacquot

I found I could say things with colors that I couldn’t say in any other way – things that I had no words for.
— Georgia O’Keeffe

I am surrounded by the light and color of West Sonoma County. This time of year I wake up to foggy, rainy or frosty mornings…… The palette is muted, soft, veiled. I respond by feeling quiet, maybe sleepy, some loss, going inward, even peace.

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Sunsets, by contrast, can be full of brilliance and intense color. Then, I feel emboldened, alive, radiant and full of excitement, joy and hope.

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Color is so powerful because it evokes feelings, impressions, memories. Color fills my body, heart, mind, and spirit, and then flows into my art in its own mysterious ways.

What feelings or moods do these images
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To use color skillfully is an art in itself. Some artists devote their whole careers to experiencing and expressing the power of color such as Mark Rothko, Johannes Itten and Sonia Delaunay. Color at its best opens the viewer to greater depths of life.

Grant and I will be exploring COLOR: MOODS, RHYTHMS, AND MORE! in our next workshop together———February 8, 9, 10, at Studio4404, Sebastopol, CA. We invite you to come learn, discover, and create your own world through color.
To learn more and to register: www.LivingYourWildCreativity.com.

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