Gosh, where has the time gone? I must really be a creature of habit - are you?? It has been a good 5 weeks since I've posted here, wow. I just went & looked back and noted that I started posting on my blog again in October 2017 . . .Read More
Did you know I have a website dedicated to my online lessons and free mixed media tutorials? Yes, I do! You'll find it here: (I've removed the site as of August 2014)
This afternoon I finished adding PayPal buttons for all of the workshops I offer there so that the lessons could be delivered to you immediately by e-junkie, via a download link. I have wanted to do this for months!
It's really so amazing how a deadline will drive me.
; 0 ) I knew it would be next to impossible for me to send the lessons as pdf files when we will only have dial-up at the cottage -- and we are leaving in a few days! So, now it is all done, hooray! This web work also gave me the chance to go over the whole site and update everything . . . I hope to add more content when we return but in the meantime, there are 4 great workshops that you can purchase anytime and do at your convenience. The lessons are very complete and I have received rave reviews! There's a fabric book/quilties workshop, a collage workshop, a photo-art journal workshop and a fabric stamping and painting workshop. I hope you check them out. Yours, lenna
Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.
~ Leonardo da Vinci
Below is one of my class pieces. I'm trying to incorporate all I have learned this afternoon . . . . movement, color, variety . . . freedom plus fun expression - go with the flow. Let the painting speak to you. Hmmmm, it's funny. No matter how it comes out, I always feel good doing it.
Nia movement instructors is to the left of Cheryl working on her collage, and Jean, another Nia student and friend is up close in the red shirt. My friend and fellow Nia student Ann is taking the photo! I would say the class was a success. It was a lot of work for me, especially since I have not done this in a while, but I received many wonderful comments and we all enjoyed.
Tom wrote, "Lenna, I greatly enjoyed meeting you and taking your class. Thank you."
He is already interested in a second class, which is in the works!
Jane wrote, "Your class was just what the doctor ordered! It really help palpitate my soul! Totally inspired."
Cheryl wrote, "Wonderful Creative Day with friends old & new. Lenna - amazing teaching, art and facilitation."
Ann said, "Creative Lenna's Collage for the Soul Workshop -we had so much fun and she is a great teacher!"
Wow! Thank you all so much. What a lovely way to be welcomed back into teaching classes in person.
It was a great experience. After I rest up I will certainly be ready to do it again!!
Thanks to all of my students for your enthusiasm & wonderful art. yours creatively, lenna
One day Dorthe remarked in a comment on my blog, how much she like the mail art I did for an exchange and that she had never received any. I thought to myself, ah ha! I could send Dorthe some mail art! I asked her for her address. It took me a little bit of time, but I made a simple mail art envelope and enclosed some lace and things I thought she might like or could use for her dolls or collage. I heard her birthday was coming up and that really spurred me on. Below is what I sent Dorthe; this simple card I made held my goodies for her:
Yesterday, I was honored by receiving from Dorthe, her first piece of mail art, which is absolutely gorgeous, look!!
I really had a wonderful time taking advantage of this workshop at Selby Gardens. It worked for me on many levels. First, I drove to Sarasota by myself. It is not that far from us in Bradenton, maybe 35 minutes but I have avoided going there by myself because it is even more "city driving" than where I live! Usually, I would tend to let my husband do any of this trickier, busy, city driving. But I wanted to go and I was ready to try it on my own and it really was not bad! I have bought a membership to Selby Gardens which means free admission, so you know I will be returning! This in itself was empowering to me. It takes a while sometimes when you move somewhere new to get used to your surroundings. This was a good step for me.
The workshop itself was great! There were 11 women in the class and 2 instructors, so the room was full of both people and energy. There were 3 writing exercises, discussion, sharing, observation and meditation -yes! I learned a simple breathing exercise that I was comfortable with because it is much like the breathing I do with some of my exercises . . . . filling up the lungs and the abdomen and then letting it all go. We were doing this to slow down and observe - and then write. I found it so helpful simply for calming purposes. I have already used it a number of times since. My instructor Gail, who is also my Nia dance teacher, told us if we could come away with one thing from the workshop we would be doing well. That was definitely my one thing.
I have photos of the gardens, the mansion, the fig & banyan trees, the koi and a few more of my art journal uploaded to this set on my flickr account. Once there, you can click on the slideshow link top right for larger photos that move along by themselves, or click on individual one in the grid. Oh! I met the woman sitting next to me during the writing workshop. Her name is Suzi and she lives on Anna Maria Island where I take Nia dance classes. When she saw my art journal sitting on the table, even just closed -she was enthralled. I encouraged her to look at it. She did- she took my card -has visited the blog and wrote me an email to say she needs to take a day off to look at everything, but in the meantime please come visit her on the island!!!
: ^ )) lenna
Have you heard of creativity classes? This is a new website put together by Zura Rickman as a "central place where students can go to learn about all online art/creative classes." I was delightfully surprised when she wrote me an email and told me she had created pages with information about my online classes, wow! You'll find my classes listed under Art Journaling (Open the Door class), Mixed Media (Collage on Canvas), and Fabric Art (Fabric Stamping & Painting, and Mini Art Fabric Quilt Book) -some samples are in the photo collage above, click on it for a larger view. Plus, there are lots of other classes listed there too for you to check out and it is all in one spot! If you have taken a class of mine before, it would be so great if you could add a comment under that particular class about what you thought of it . . . thank you in advance! This is the grand opening week for this website and Zura is having a week of give-aways! So check out creativity classes when you can. A brand new class that is not listed there yet is one I just signed up for myself: collage Coterie Online Workshop by Mary Green. I love Mary's classes!! Hope to see you in a class soon!
"featherweight" canoe he made for Steve in 2006.
Tell me More collage sheet. There are so many great words you can add to a collage on this sheet; as usual, Helga has done an awesome job! I also added a bit of rubber stamping with permanent ink on top of my masking tape background, as I often like to do for depth. To me the stamping of the branches represents the mangrove trees here and all the canoeing through tunnels, and other new adventures that Steven has been having! merry christmas, steven!
-lenna young adnrews - december 27th, 2009
A few years ago I had taken class with Frank and was absolutely charmed by him. I cannot paint anything like the way that Frank does, but he has always encouraged me to use whatever I can take from his example and combine this new knowledge with my own mixed media art, and my own style. Such a great teacher! I love watching him demo his painting techniques at the beginning of every class. I find his demo so magical! This week I've taken photos while he was demoing and created a slide show to share. In class I've also learned a lot from the other students, many who have been taking class with Frank for many years. To find out more about the artist Frank Federico, please visit his website. Besides teaching at the Art League, Frank gives many workshops around the country throughout the year. One particular workshop at the Hudson River Valley Art Workshops in New York, coming up this September, really caught my attention. The example of his painterly pastel on the workshop page is so beautiful!
Here is a slide show of Frank's demo - he's painting a dock scene in Gloucester, Massachusetts from a photograph, for our class on May 28th, 2009. Frank starts with a few pencil lines, then he adds paint with a fat brush, switches paint, switches brushes, tells us about the color palette he's using and what he's doing, and 45 minutes later, voilà! It is amazing.
I have had so much fun in this class, even though I am not a"water color artist". I usually take my attempts home and then add something very mixed media to them (see the top of this post) like fabric or I'll cut my water color papers up and create ATCs (Artist Trading cards) out of them! I did this recently with a neon painting I fooled around with in class, brought home, added rubber stamped quotes to -- and then surprised Frank and my fellow students with a few ATCs in the next class as gifts. This was all new for Frank and my classmates, and I think they really enjoyed!
This collage done on a canvas panel, is one that I actually finished working on a few weeks ago, but did not make time to upload it here, until now! I started working on the background of this piece for a demo during one of my
held earlier this fall. Below you will see how the collage began, far left:
After applying a wash of paints and rubbing alcohol, I was showing my student Joyce how to add things like paper napkins peeled down to the thinest layer and tissue paper for texture. I also showed her how she could rubber stamp with permanent ink on to white tissue paper and then adhere it to her canvas so that the tissue paper would not be visible.
My next step was to add some figures . . . and on the top right I added a wonderful image from ARTchix Studio's Loveliness collage sheet, which has been in the collection for many years, but is still one of my favorites.
In the bottom left corner, I added a favorite image from Alpha Stamps' British Queens 3 collage sheet. I like how both heroines are gazing outward.
From there I added a Victorian Scrap paper butterfly and words from an ARTchix collage sheet, Tell me a Story. I also cut out wings from another ARTchix Studio sheet: Wonderful Wings. I think this was perfect with the way she is looking at the butterfly and the words from the collage sheet! The gold "fence" at the bottom of the panel is a gold German scrap paper from ARTchix called Gold paper Mesh.
I ripped pieces of shiny gold paper and adhered them with gel medium, added some scrapbook and other paper bits, did more rubber stamping -- this time directly on the canvas. It was curious for me to reach for a postage related rubber stamp and find one addressed to Trieste, Italy. This is where my son Dallas is living now while doing an internship at the International School of Trieste. Pretty amazing!
I added tiny gold beads as well with glue -- click on any photo for more detail.
A real canceled postage stamp from an envelope I had received and saved because it was so cool, was also added . . . see below for a close up.
. . . . I added oval lines with a permanent marker around the word I stamped (See) to accentuate it. Finally, I framed it with a simple black frame because I plan to sell it!
Thanks for visiting my blog! : ^ ) lenna
On Wednesday, we worked on taking a blank white silk scarf, stamping it with images and words using a permanent ink and then adding colour with paints. We had fun! Here is a photo diary of our day.
There are two classes scheduled already for 2009 in my Avon, CT studio! Click on the class title for more information:
Wednesday, January 14th (New Date to be announced!):
The Star Book -10am-4pm - new date: April 18th
Saturday, February 7th, 2009: The Accordion Fabric Panel Book -10am-4pm. These classes were arranged because of student requests. I hope you will join us! (note that my studio is small & space is limited) Please E-mail me with any questions or to register for any of these classes.
Asia helps me teach in the studio! (with sherri's permission, of course)
The blue scarf here is my sample scarf for class demonstration -below, only 1 colour has been added so far and the scarf is very wet . . . Click on any photo for a larger, more detailed photo in a separate window.
To the left is Asia & Chloe with my scarf before I did any coloring at all. They like hanging out in my studio, complete with dog beds & treats : )
Sherri is sponging on colours below. We used Dye-Na-Flow paint by Jacquard ~it acts like a dye:
~my studio is a nice place to work --or to hold classes!
I almost could not believe it when I looked at this blog today, and saw it had been 2 weeks since my last post! Things may continue to be that way for a while . . . even though I'm still busy creating, it could take a while for me just to catch up and upload photos of what's been going on! These days I am putting in a number of hours each week at Stonewall Kitchen in Avon, CT for the Holidays, which shortens my time for everything else I like to do . . . . Although, I do really enjoy working there! Yummy, yummy food, great people, and all-around nice place to work.
Best wishes for a wonderful holiday with your family-hope to see you in the new year!
Image transfers are definitely tricky and an all day class (10-3) is a great way to try a number of transfer methods and different materials and get comfortable. It also gave us time for a nice break in the middle of class for lunch (homemade soup and bread, salad) and to look at all the art that has come in for the swaps I host in person. My hope with this class is that students will have a number successful transfers to bring home and use in other projects as well as find the best methods for transfering for them. So many choices and variables!
Upcoming studio classes:
Sunday, November 16th, 2008: Collage - Techniques on Canvas 11am-4pm
Wednesday, December 3rd, 2008: Painting & Stamping Silk Scarves 10:00am-1:30pm
Saturday, December 6th, 2008: Painting & Stamping Silk Scarves 10:00am-1:30pm
Wednesday, January 14th (New Date to be announced!): The Star Book 10am-4pm
Saturday, February 7th, 2009: The Accordion Fabric Panel Book 10am-4pm
E-mail me with questions or to register!
yours, creatively, Lenna
Beverley was a participant in two of my recent studio classes. This was an extra special case because Bev was here visiting from British Columbia, Canada! While her husband was working, she got to play. In fact, we arranged two classes that Bev could take while she was here. I wrote about the collage class she took in an earlier post, and on October 18th, Bev took Nature Printing & Paintstik Techniques with me in my studio. I made a small collage for her as thanks for coming all this way and taking my classes, and that is what she is holding in her hands. : ) Bev is also a frequent participant in my creative swaps.
So, if you are traveling and know you will be near Avon, CT - let me know! We may be able to meet or to arrange a class for you, in my studio. I do have a number of workshops scheduled through December -check my website for more details. There is an Image Transfer class in November, as well as another Collage class, and two silk scarf classes are scheduled for early December.
To the left you'll see 2 of my shiva oil paintstik 'rubbings' as well as a number of nature prints. Below is Carla with one of our paintstik exercises/experiments, just as she was just getting started:
And here is her piece as she added more, adding mono printing and stenciling on top of her wonderful masked background.
I love the colors Carla choose and the way she did her masking! I went for a much straighter masking line for my demo . . . .
The Nature Printing leftovers . . . .
they are so beautiful still tinted with Lumiere paint.
The scarf to the left was created this past summer while I was on vacation, and features printed grape vine leaves from Wolfe Island, Ontario, Canada. The dogs Asia & Chloe were part and parcel of this private class (Carla welcomed them!) : )
I am teaching this class again next Saturday (October 18th) in my studio located in Avon, CT ~ please email me if you are interested in joining us!
This is what one of my studio tables looked like after I finished teaching class . . . kind of messy. But, I did not clean it all up right away. I thought if I left everything out I might continue working on the canvas that I had started in class as a demo. Well, this philosophy worked for me & I did finish that collage! (see below) Then a few days later, I created another one; and this one is for my dad. His 75th birthday is on Friday! He has certainly had quite a rough year with a lot of health related problems. But, he is truthfully a fighter and I would say he is cautiously optimistic these days . . . . we just take it one step at a time. I will be going to Florida to visit my parents again for a few days, at the end of the month - yay!
Below is a progression of the first collage I worked on and finished while all my collage class supplies were out:
I am amazed at the way I cover up a lot of the work that I do to start with. Steven says this adds to the texture of my pieces.
I used lots of skeleton leaves, tissue paper, marbled papers . . . the image of the bird & the girl is on the M is for Magpie collage sheet from Alpha Stamps. I added green dye-na-flow with a sponge, in the photo to your right.
Rubber stamping was done with StazOn ink and more paint was added to the top of the collage in pinks & purple - click on any photo for more details.
green leaf ribbon was added . . .
~ The finished collage, complete with a favorite quote (Right)
This is how it started! (below)
And here is the collage I created for my dad, on a gallery type stretched canvas . . .
It started out like this (below left) -
I used lots of handmade papers, watercolour crayons and gel medium . . . gold metallic ink . . .
This collage for my dad incorporates a photo of my dad and my mom sailing the melonseed sailboat he built (cedar strip) on the little lake near where Steven & I lived, about 2 years ago. I printed it out on matte photo paper along with about 5 others, and chose this one because I liked the quality of it and the fact that it was of my mom & dad sailing together. I added a bit of watercolor crayon and white Lumiere paint to the photo. You may also be able to see my 2 nephews and my sister behind my mom & dad, paddling 3 canoes that my dad built! Pretty amazing. He is a very special man, my dad. Happy birthday, dad. xo