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Thursday, March 18, 2010

Carol Nelson Workshop ~ Metals and Mixed Media ~ Texas Daily Painter Nancy Standlee

"A Hole in One"
7" x 3 1/2" Mixed Media on MDF board

I loaded up with Google Maps and my GPS (Sugar Foot) and made it to Denver for the Carol Nelson Workshop on Friday and Saturday. (See the two previous posts on this blog.) She is a very kind and generous instructor and she had to keep reminding me about restraint and simple themes when she was presented with something like the above.

Carol: "Don't incorporate all the techniques you've learned in one piece". (said with a very kind voice.)
Nancy: "OK..Carol." then I'd proceed to do just that in this small piece. I brought my hammer and I was determined to use it and did by putting 3 copper nails at the top and if you use a hammer and nails then you first get to use Carol's drill to drill baby holes to get the nails started. I find it impossible to see a drill on a table without wanting to "drill" something.
We were supposed to dip the nails in the Yes glue before nailing and I forgot this step. I left my nails partially extended so I could add a little more bling and curly-Q's with some copper wire. And I did get a lot of techniques in this one piece with some Tyvek at the top with a HOLE in it (too much heat), some burlap for texture, and Gold Leaf accents. Does anyone have a spare tassel I can hang from the center?

Carol referred to these small studies as bozzettos, an Italian term for a small scale model in preparation for a larger work. See Robert Genn article from The Painter's Keys.
Oh, I love this word "Bozzetto". These are just small studies to get us warmed up and Robert Burridge would refer to them as his "little gems" and they help teach him how to paint and get warmed up for the day of painting. Myrna Wacknov in her Creativity Journey blog has several posts on the bozzetto.

Tomorrow I'll post our assignment piece. Carol thought we might be a little scattered and gave us some specific guidelines to follow. I can do that but I can't help saying.... from a Bobette and a Bozzettoist.

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Connie Michael said...

"Bozettos" ... sounds like something from an opera! It looks like Carol covered a LOT of ground in this workshop. Wish she lived close to us so all we could take her workshop with all our peeps! I'm on my way to Lowe's now. I don't have any cute nails!

devotedmomof7 said...

Nancy, This is super cool! You are such a creative artist. I hope to get more brave and try new techniques. The results are fantastic. You probably had something else in mind, but it looks like looking down into a pond of reflections to me. I love it!

Nancy Standlee said...

Connie, Guess we could fly her down but we'd definitely have to "truck" her stuff.

Nancy Standlee said...

Hello, Cheryl, It can be anything you want it to be and when I began I was clueless at to destination..just trying to use some Tyvek and texture.

Pcasso said...

Nancy, I LOVE what you're doing now. It's wonderful. Keep up the good work and please keep sharing it with us!

Nancy Standlee said...

Thanks so much Pat, for the support. Not everyone likes this type of work and it's nice to find someone who does.