I have returned. A most glorious week at Ghost Ranch in Abiquiu, New Mexico, made all the sweeter by the sharing with my sister, who came in from far away .This was my first visit. I have wanted to attend for 20 years. Finally, I achieved my dream.
Here I am with my teacher, Nancy Culmone.The course was titled Observation and Memory: Conveying Depth with Calligraphy, Marks, and Images. She is demonstrating her technique of using paste paper and acrylic paints. This is a new one for me. Well, I did it once before on end papers to make a book, but this was different.
We covered the entire page, sometimes with marks; sometimes with contour writing; sometimes with actual writing, usually my own scribble, hardly calligraphy as I was formally trained. I do see myself adding the formal writing later. Besides, there wasn't time.There is always the time crunch the last day to complete your project in most workshops, I find.
Really I consider this was a painting course and what a new medium and glorious adventure that was for me.. We used Arches text wove, a lovely handmade paper I wrote on years ago when I lived in a city and such things were easy to buy. We mixed our colors, Golden brand acrylic, with a handmade paste, Then came the adventure of spreading it on the page. Speaking of which, I think I have completed enough for today on this page. More to follow..