8/16/10

NICHOLAS SIMMONS

Last weekend my studio was electric with energy and creativity. Nicholas Simmons (website link) challenged us to try many new processes to develop our paintings. Nick had already taught a workshop here almost three years ago which was awesome, and since I'd done all the things Nick taught then and learned so much, I didn't anticipate painting as much this time. WRONG!
Nick (blog link) led us through four intense days, packed with exciting possibilities, showing us how he uses FLUID ACRYLICS and TRANSPARENT WATERCOLOR. It was impossible to tell the difference between the two mediums unless you rewet the paint to see if it moved.
This painting is one of many that I worked on in Nick's workshop. Staying up late at night to do our homework was a requirement that we didn't know about ahead of time... but worth the effort.
And here is a 'newly painted' wall in my studio, painted by the 18 people who were here. The actual paintings that resulted from this artsy wall were astounding. Most remembered to sign their names somewhere on the wall, too. A taped up sheet of plastic with towels under it caught the paint as it flowed to the ground, but we still managed to add color to the studio's concrete floor. Think I may have to frame the wall.....
Nick's teaching skills are only surpassed by how well he paints. THANKS SO MUCH, Nick, for an awesome and incredibly great four days. Nick will be returning for another four day workshop here in 2012, beginning on Sept. 28 going through Oct. 1. A couple of people have already put a deposit down for their spot in the workshop! They'll be glad they did.
Nick's not making coffee in these cups, but getting ready to paint a new painting. He uses Da Vinci brand paints, both watercolors and fluid acrylics, and knows how to make them look so good on paper. The previous workshop with Nick was dynamite for sure. In my opinion, it was on top. This workshop was actually even better. Nick's a natural teacher, able to convey ideas and processes in a fluent way, while staying in touch with what the class and individual artists need. He's an amazing guy. Everyone went home with tons of notes and exciting possibilities to explore. It was a great workshop. Thanks goes to all who were here for helping make this workshop a wonderful success.

14 comments:

Patty said...

Your painting is awesome, Sandy! Is it a collage?

Sandy Maudlin said...

It's all paint, Patty, mostly transparent fluid acrylics except for the dark, smeared lettering on the borders. That's watercolor. I LOVE collage and am pleased that you thought it looked collaged.

Patty said...

I'm even more impressed...that blue part with the sunflower looks like a separate piece! Very well done!!!

Cynnie said...

Well this just sounds like you all had a very productive and great time. ....this wall piece is stunning and PLEASE don´t cover up the "mess" underneath either!!!
Cynthia Schelzig

Dawn said...

sounds and looks like a great weekend! You painting is so cool Sandy!

Peggy Stermer-Cox said...

What an exciting painting Sandy, and intriguing. And that wall! I'm impressed by your enthusiasm. It will be interesting to see how you incorporate new ideas into your work.

RHCarpenter said...

I really like this painting, Sandy. Interesting - makes me want to decipher the "words" but I know it's not necessary. Lovely dimensional quality to it, too. Looks like you got a good 4-days out of Nick and glad to hear he's returning again.

AK said...

Lovely work sandy. Thanks for sharing.

debwardart said...

In all my years of framing I never framed a wall - let me know how that works (LOL). Nick said he had a great w/s with many good students!

Christiane Kingsley said...

That must have been a wonderful workshop, Sandy! Your painting is so alive and vibrant with the use of the complementary colors.

Mary Sonya Conti said...

have been looking forward to your posting Sandy. The work is beautiful. Am sure it was powerful week for you and your left with a "high" when he leaves. Excitement and possibilities are what Nick's wake! You know will be watching closely next year if not picked up here in Dayton will be there next year for the workshop!

Nick said...

Thank you for all (too many) of the nice words, and I agree it was the perfect group in the best studio. It's nice when the coordinator creates a friendly, no-nonsense atmosphere that puts everyone at ease and in the mood to work. No loose cannons or insurgent groups at Greentree, it's all art and learning. Oh, did I forget "fun"?! heh Also great when the person running the show is a heavy hitter artist who isn't afraid to show the crowd that nobody ever stops learning (except those who already know it all!).

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jane minter said...

hope you frame the wall sandy :) thankyou for your wonderful insite and sharing your workshop with nick ..must have be alot of fun and inspiring