I’m excited to announce a new mixed media workshop for February! Join Carrie Moore and Ruth Armitage for a joint workshop combining colorful acrylic painting and dimensional paper clay. You’ll create two shallow frieze – one more formal, the other more fluid. Learn to use pattern and depth merged with movement and color to express the spirit of spring!
Enjoy the comfort and light at Studio on the Knoll . Carrie’s studio is beautifully situated amid the rolling hills and vistas of rural Oregon City. The workshop will meet from 9-4, Wednesday through Friday. Download the registration form below, complete and mail along with your $350 tuition to register.
Don’t delay – space is limited for this one-time opportunity, and will be reserved on a first-come first-served basis!
Welcome to the next in my series of posts called “Art Is.” As a kid I loved the comic strip “Love Is…” It was corny, but so true. So each post in this series will explore a different facet, inspired by different quotes about what Art Is. If you’re not subscribed to updates by email, this would be a great time to add your name to the list on my contact page or in the sidebar on my site.
I’ve just come up for air after teaching 4 3-day workshops in the last month. One thing I’ve learned by repeating some of the same lessons to different groups is that the students who let go of certainty were more successful and more creative. Getting used to exploring with an open mind, rather than repeating yourself, takes courage. I feel that fear of failure when I start a demonstration, and I know that my students feel it when they make changes to their subjects with abstraction.
What to expect from my workshops:
My litmus test for a successful class is not necessarily a group of artists creating masterpieces. (more…)
I’d like to know: where have you been? As I’m planning my workshop in the Dordogne Valley next June, I’m thinking of extending my trip before or after to a nearby country or two. While I’ve spent time in Paris and loved every minute of it, I’d like to broaden my horizons.
If you’ve enjoyed some side trips in Europe, I’d love to hear your experiences! Please share in the comments or via the survey below, what you’d recommend. If you’ve considered traveling for a workshop, there are some great offerings listed below!
I’d love to see you soon at one of these upcoming events… it’s been too long!
Cold Wax & Oil Workshop – October 15 – 17, 2018 in my studio in Oregon City. Register here: http://rutharmitage.com/art-workshops/
The word Nefelibata has drawn my attention recently. The word originates in Portugese, derived from ‘nephele’ (cloud) and ‘batha’ (a place to walk.) It refers to one who lives in their own imagination or dreams, or one who does not abide by the precepts of society, literature or art; an unconventional, unorthodox person. (more…)
How does a painter capture the colors of France? 13 lucky artists will have a chance to find out when they travel with me next June to the Dordogne and Lot Valley and Domaine du Haut Baran. It will be a dream come true- painting the colors of France together!
Domaine du Haut Baran
We’ll have a 7 day workshop – June 15-21, 2019 leaving on the 22nd.
Domaine du Haut Baran is ideally situated in the region of France called the Perigord, Dordogne, Quercy. The area is known for small villages, prehistoric art, wine, wonderful food and antiques. You’ll find links to some of the many nearby attractions here. Our hosts, William and Rosalie will take care of everything. They will pick up our group in Toulouse, and transport us to the chateau, about 90 minutes north. Haut Baran offers modern accommodations in historical surroundings.
You’ll enjoy continental breakfast on the terrace, evenings by the pool and jacuzzzi, an air-conditioned studio complete with french easels, dinners featuring regional cuisine and personalized tours to surrounding attractions.
Pool & Spa at Haut Baran
The Colors of France
We’ll combine painting In watercolor on location with time in the studio. Our focus for the week will be color – glorious color…. from the buff and russets of time-worn stone and tile roofs to the brilliantly blooming lavender and vivid greens of the lush hills and valleys, you’ll explore it all.
Beautiful Studio Space at Haut Baran
You deserve to explore with a group of like-minded artists, guided by a jovial host and expert instructor. You’ll find yourself immersed in color. The rhythm of the days will be both stimulating to artistic growth, and enjoyable.
$3200 USD Artist / $3000 USD Non-Artist
Instruction and Demonstrations with Ruth Armitage, NWS
7 nights at Domaine du Haut Baran
Transportation from and return to Toulouse Blagnac Airport
Transportation to/from all painting sites, tours and restaurants
Daily continental breakfast
3 dinners at Haut Baran including wine
Use of the spacious studio, including full French easels, tables and chairs
All applicable taxes
What’s not Included?
Some meals, personal items, tips, phone calls, and alcohol other than wine with dinner.
Travel Insurance – Highly Recommended!
Fine Dining in Local Restaurants
Sample Itinerary – This will be customized to weather & group interests!
Day 1: Arrival – Meet our group at Toulouse Blagnac Airport in front of the Information desk on the ground floor at 2:30 pm for our transfer to Haut Baran. Settle into your accomodations and relax, then enjoy a welcoming dinner at Haut Baran.
Day 2: Breakfast 9:00 a.m. Orientation and settle in to the studio. Lunch at Haut Baran. Afternoon painting at Montcabriere.Dinner organized at a local restaurant.
Day 3: Breakfast 8:00 a.m. Leave at 9:00 a.m. for our painting site at pont Valentre. Lunch in Cahors. Dinner in a local restaurant.
Day 4: Breakfast 7:30 a.m. Leave at 8:00 a.m. for Saint Cirq LaPopie and Pech Merle (about 1 hour drive) Saint Cirq LaPopie is voted most beautiful village in France! Lunch in Saint Cirq. Afternoon tour of Pech Merle cave and 29,000 yr old prehistoric art. Evening dinner at Haut Baran
Day 5: Breakfast 8:00 a.m. 9:00 a.m. travel to painting site at Caillau (a 17th centry farm clos.) At 1 pm, we lunch at the Caillau. Afternoon in the studio and evening dinner at a local restaurant.
Day 6: Breakfast 8:00 a.m. Drive to Monpazier, a beautiful bastide town built by English King Edward the 1st. Lunch in Monpazier. After lunch work in the studio. Dinner is Pizza night.
Day 7: Breakfast 8:00 a.m., travel to Domme for our morning painting site. A pique nique lunch is provided. Afternoon in the studio and review of the week’s painting. Evening farewell dinner with champagne.
Day 8: Depart Haut Baran at 6:00 a.m., arriving at Toulouse Blagnac Airport at 8:00 a.m, in time to check in for flights departing at 10:00 a.m.
There has never been a better time to immerse yourself in the colors of France! Don’t be disappointed, space is limited for this trip.
Register Here Click here to register now! I can’t wait to explore this beautiful region with YOU!
My Top 12 Titles for Creatives – Thought Provoking work on Creativity
I find myself sharing many of the gems of wisdom found within these books with students, and thought that having a reading list resource for creatives would be a good addition to my blog. I hope you enjoy! The links are affiliate links: If you order, I receive a tiny credit from Amazon. I have listed them in no particular order….
First: A Whack on the Side of the Head by Roger von Oech – This is a look at some of the psychological processes that happen during creativity. If I had to pick just one of these books for students to read, this might be the one!
A Kick in the Seat of the Pants by Roger von Oech – More wisdom and creativity exercises from the author of A Whack on the Side of the Head.
The War of Art by Steven Pressfield – This is a quick read, and a very motivational look at what holds us back from creating. I would probably rate this book as the 2nd most important on the list!
The Art Spirit by Robert Henri – a true classic.
Robert Genn Letters Vol. 1 & 2 – Short essays on creativity, painting, art, galleries and life. Genn attracted a cult following by writing ‘letters’ to his blog followers each week.
Bird by Bird by Anne LaMott – This book is about writing, but everything LaMott describes about creative writing also applies to painting and other creative pursuits. I love her sense of humor and self-deprecating wit. I can honestly say, this book helped me solidify my identity as an artist.
Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert – Gilbert somehow gets the nitty gritty of the mystical parts of the creative process. A very enjoyable read, and a new way to think about the ego.
Strictly for inspiration
Upstream: Selected Essays by Mary Oliver – Mary Oliver always inspires. She is a true creative genius.
Art and Fear by David Bayles & Ted Orland – a great read about the psychology of creativity.
The Creative Habit by Twyla Tharp – Though Tharp describes her creative process as a choreographer and dancer, there are pearls of wisdom for all creatives in this fascinating peek into her world.
Steal Like an Artist by Austin Kleon – A quick read with lots of food for thought.
For the Practical Minded:
I’d Rather Be in the Studio by Alyson B. Stanfield – This is a classic manual for how to create a business from your art. Artists don’t always think of themselves as business people. Alyson helps turn that thinking around with practical guidance to take you from hobbyist to professional.
Finally, The Creative Curve by Allen Gannett – I’ll admit, I haven’t read this one yet, but it will be next on my list. Gannett, founder and CEO of the marketing analytics firm TrackMaven examines the science behind whether ideas sink or swim in this fast-paced environment.
Do you have any favorite books on creativity or art? If I’ve missed your favorite, please share in the comments below!