Wednesday, April 16, 2014
A retreat is more than about learning to paint. While we are offering an opportunity to learn the process of painting or learning how to use a camera, to get a healthy dose of creative inspiration, you will come away with a lot more from the experience.
The process of painting isn't so much about producing artwork to sell.
It is about not being afraid of the process.
The process has HUGE benefits.
Just the motion, the letting go of your inhibitions to just put something on the paper, or in the camera, has calming properties.
Freeing yourself from the fear of getting away to a special place, with in yourself, and allowing that place to calm down enough to mark a page, snap a shot, practice a movement or technique...allows you to calm down, which in turn, allows you to plan.
Allows you to enjoy the moment, which allows you to mend your soul from the busy week.
Allows you to escape into yourself, which allows you to explore.
Explore allows you to find different paths.
Different paths might take you to a new place for vacation. Might help you find the right path to help your child or mate.
Might bring you a healing peace.
Might let you just REST.
Rest allows you to bring clarity to yourself.
Clarity helps you develop inner peace, or the avenue to project yourself further in your career.
The process of art brings all this and more to the individual.
What is happening in this special 3 day retreat is to help you explore a process, maybe become a bit more proficient in a process you are already trying to make work but just don't seem to be achieving the success you would like.
Learn a bit of history, learn to appreciate what you see when you are in the proximity of others works.
Learn to appreciate yourself!
Be patient, with yourself and others.
Learn to slow down and relax.
Learning the processes.
Gains an individual introspection, patience, appreciation, understanding.
You do not need to become an "artist" to merit from this retreat.
You WILL have fun learning "how to" or "getting better" at the curriculum you sign up under.
You WILL learn to have an appreciation and better understanding when you are presented with work from the heart.
You WILL learn to listen a bit better to Yourself.
In addition to being about "self", you will enjoy the camaraderie of the other's joining the retreat. The evenings are about sharing the day with the other members of the retreat. Tweaking it out with the instructors, enjoying the evening with friends.
There is just SOOOO much more to this retreat...
Come out and EXPERIENCE what is such a TURN ON about learning something new!
ALL the workshops are being kept SMALL only 8 spaces per class instructor.
Which means MORE instruction to EACH Student.
This retreat is all about YOU!
NOT about filling up to the max~spaces of students...as I am sure many of you have frustratingly experienced...I know I HAVE!
Join in July 25, 26, 27, 2014 The Stagecoach Retreat in Platte, SD
Choose from one of the following workshops:
Chad Phillips~ Learning about YOUR Camera: Photography. An South Dakotan Premiere Photographer, sharing his knowledge, helping you learn about the camera YOU use to document your life. Learn the features to best remember what is happening in your everyday world.
Bonnie Brahms~ Learning the skills and understanding to work in water media through Watercolor Painting. The materials needed the technical applications to learn to explore this fascinating, yet inhibiting media. She is also working you through Value and Color.
Chris Cernetisch~ Learning the mysterious medium of Pastel Painting. The materials needed and technical applications to learn and explore a misunderstood medium, chalk! She explores Value and Color.
BOTH Ladies are offering methods and exercises and the mother lode of information in 3 Days packed FULL of how to and hands on help that could take years of experimenting and frustration to gain.
Mary S Hunt~ Learning about Staining Glass. A Centuries old process for "painting glass" No glass experience in needed.
You will gain an appreciation for a method seen in many corporate buildings and most Churches (places of worship).
The "how to" process will afford ANY artist a better knowledge for Value.
Working in Monochromatic is the BEST way to afford an understanding for Value.
So not only will you achieve a better understanding of the most important building block to paint and sketch, but you gain history appreciation as well.
Concerns have been expressed about NOT being a glass technician to finish the tile executed during the class.
IF desired, I can be hired to finish your project, that can be discussed when you sign up.
The classes are SMALL, 8 people per instructor.
(there WILL be a cut off date, yet to be determined when we no longer accept sign ups due to planning)
The class is a CHOICE of~ Photography, Watercolor or Pastel Painting, Glass Staining.
THREE FULL DAYS~ July 25, 26, 27...July 24 is Welcoming Social...
Stagecoach Gallery~ Platte SD 605-337-2308
Contact for questions, a brochure, and sign up Mary~ email@example.com
Come on out!!! You KNOW you WANT to.
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
July 25, 26, 27 2014
Workshop in Platte, SD
$135/day or special 3Days for $375
Choosing just one of these 4 classes we are offering in July is really hard!
If ever you have wanted to learn to stretch your skills or begin something totally new for yourself taking either Bonnie's or Chris's class is an option you do not want to miss.
Both have excellent approaches to their venue and both have great skills in teaching the techniques.
What you learn through either Chris or Bonnie can transfer to any other medium of choice.
You must have a clear basis for Value and Color theory, before you will ever begin to see any merit in your results.
Having either of them as your instructor, I can't stress enough, will be more beneficial than all the years you will go through trying to do on your own, what you will learn in their 3 days of instruction is powerfully informative!
Let's talk about Chris's approach to giving a workshop.
We are extremely lucky to have a Pastel painter in our area of Chris's level of expertise!
As many of you are aware I am not from around these parts.
Being from the East coast I have been privileged to be among grand talents.
None any grander than who we have in our midst.
Chris IS a master pastelist.
This clarified, I can not recommend a better available instructor to begin your journey in solid painting.
She will help you wisely choose from the hoards of materials on the market, what will work or not work best for Pastel application.
From paper to the paint used, she covers it.
That blank page will not remain blank for very long!
She is going to help you get through the first steps of under painting, open stretch sketch...(like scales on the piano..) These help open you up with ideas of what to paint and how to execute those ideas onto the page.
I have been to some of these workshops, so has Chris and Bonnie! one of the ways we do NOT like is when a instructor conducts the class, that is first of all way to large to properly pay any attention to the student, AND there is NO interaction with the student and teacher...they walk around and tell all the students they are doing fine, keep doing what you are doing...
we can do that much at home!
These classes are being kept SMALL no more than 8 students...
So I asked Chris...She is rather hard to find at times...so it is from her FB page...
I have a question about this workshop you are giving in Platte in July .. This is as I have experienced through one before: they take on like 20people...spread them out..then walk around and tell the student ...hmm hmm you are doing a fine job...I don't want to hear I am doing a fine job I want some interaction...how do you conduct your class?..is this class for experienced or can a total beginner join in...okay 2questions..
Her paintings are breath-takingly stunning!!! You find yourself lost in her studies...you are one in her paintings...
She is truly a master and you do not want to pass up an opportunity to explore painting through Chris's guidance into this medium.
THREE FULL days!!!
This workshop is priced like NO other workshop or class you will take anywhere!
I have taken a mother load of workshops and seminars and classes over my years...and never have I been to any as small a group, or with as much attention to details given to thought about the STUDENT.
We want you to grow spiritually as well as technically.
Come on out to this workshop you won't be sorry you did.
Three other class choices:
Photography...learning about the camera YOU use! How to gain the best from ITS features to document your life...Chad Phillips (SD PREMIERE Photographer) www.chadphilipsphotography.com
Water Painting...Learning how to incorporate success in wet media! Bonnie Brahms www.brahms-art.us
Staining Glass ... (essentially glass painting as seen on church windows) you can use the applied principals in other media but, you work on glass as the canvas in this class. No glass experience is needed. All Materials supplied in this class. Mary Hunt www.maryshuntstudio.com
any information can be sought from Stagecoach Gallery of Platte SD 605-337-2308
and from Mary at firstname.lastname@example.org
ask for a brochure
additionally read further into this blog more information throughout.
Come on out ..ya know ya want to!
Monday, April 7, 2014
July 25, 26, 27 2014
Bonnie is asked the same question: Why should a person decide to take a watercolor class from you?
Because during the workshop I plan to springboard new ideas to go deeper and find your own artistic voice with watercolor.
First you ask yourself what would I like to say?
I can help you communicate those ideas with shapes, line, repetition, and values.
There will be small exercises that will jump-start your creative side as well as help with learning how easy it is to sketch and put down what you see, expanding your abilities of observance and interpretation.
By giving you the tools, information and inspiration, new doors open and with those discoveries bring confidence and excitement to your painting experience. Bonnie Brahms
Bonnie plans to discuss materials and tools used with watercolor. The paper (this discussion alone will clear up a ton of mystery!) paint qualities (they are vast!)
A must for the beginner.
The advanced student will greatly benefit from this discussion as well.
The information will help clear up questions and may entice you to learn more about the product because you are going to see what it is good for.
Learn to stretch paper!!! Did you know that paper is stretched? Of course canvas is stretched, well so is paper!...like anything though there is a right process.
Make a color chart...this practice is a corner stone working in watercolor.
Every hue is mixed. The chart keeps the painting accurate throughout the execution.
Learning value is another indispensable practice!
The different studies that will proceed through the workshop will bring to the individual a better understanding of value, gray scale, introduction of color, blending how to keep areas dry and how to not mud the wet...
All these techniques are important to watercolor...they also cross to acrylic and somewhat to oil...the lessons will become a value that follows you in many directions.
Come on and join in the workshop...don't miss an opportunity like this they are few of this magnitude!
THREE days of being with an accomplished artist to pick her brain, hone your skills, and learn a new love ...passion is a painter!
Come on and join in...you know you want to.
for more information
contact: Mary at the Stagecoach Gallery 605-337-2308
email @ email@example.com
Photography~Chad Phillips www.chadphillipsphotography.com
Pastel Painting~Chris Cernetisch www.pastelchris.com
Glass Staining~Mary Hunt www.maryshuntstudio.com
Wednesday, April 2, 2014
July 25, 26, 27 2014
Mary: Why would I want to take YOUR class Chad?
Because I am going to force you to step out of our box.
You are going to learn how to open up and really use your camera for how it was designed.
Too often we jump out of the car, shoot a photo and leave.
I am going to help you open your mind's eye to visualize an image.
Not just what's in front of you, but how the image will look when you are done with it.
Something may catch your eye, but you don't feel it.
I will help you to learn how to make that connection with the landscape.
In the true art of photography there is so much more than just snapping a photo.
You will learn how to create images that you will be proud of.
Not make excuses for.
You will learn how to open your senses.
Is it hot, Where is the sun, is the wind blowing.
All of that needs to be translated into the actual photo.
Much like taking a painters thought process and applying it into creating photographic art. Taking the actual photo is only the start.
Next we will learn how to correctly adjust the image in Adobe Lightroom.
How to get true color balance and adjust for the effect you want.
Then we will take it into Photoshop to correct any issues and play a bit with HDR.
We will not be creating or photoshoping images to look cute or fun. No trends here.
We will focus on creating images that can be viewed and cherrished 100 years from now.
We won't be learning how to copy someone elses work.
We will be learning how to create images that are inspired from within ourselves.
Everyone is unique. So should the images.
Much of what will be learned can be applied to other forms of art as well.
A great example is my Brookside school photo under the stars. People can see and feel the emotion I did creating the image.
That was one of my absolute favorite times photographing landscapes.
Out there under the stars, no light, no moon, no noise.
Only the coyotes in the distance. In that image you can see the passing low clouds.
I swear I could here them float by.
Photographic art needs to project emotion. Good, bad, happy or sad it needs to show emotion...
And YOU have the opportunity to gain all these passionate insights...
Come and join us this weekend!!
You KNOW you want to!
any questions..contact Mary at the Stagecoach Gallery 605-337-2308
or email firstname.lastname@example.org
or contact Chad through his website.
Traditional Glass Staining Methods
The transformation in the kiln is always amazing ! Look at the character and life the stains take on once they are fired in the kiln.
Remember, we are using ground glass and pigments to create "paint" the stain that when fired in the kiln, the designs become permanently imbedded within the glass substrate.
Creating new glass!
Essentially the artisan is making glass...okay maybe not technically but yeah new glass is being made.
You WILL be able to achieve these same results!
Here are the pieces before being fired in the kiln.
After reaching maturing temps of 1200 F.
We have a bunny.
Both of these projects will take the student the day to day and a half to make ready for the kiln.
If you achieve the results you are after faster than what I am thinking it might take, then you should pick another pattern to work on!
Complete as many as you might be able to in the 3 day period!
All the patterns cover a vast range necessary to accomplish, bringing life to the design.
Only 1 color has been used! there is not white, not gray, not buff...only 1 color!
From that color we achieve the scale of lights to darks and highlights, learning the ALL IMPORTANT~ Value! Value achieves the painter high and low tones, the shading.
These techniques I have found transfer to any subject matter or medium being used, as painting or sketching.
Say painting in acrylics.
Mastering the brush work, provides a steady working hand and better coordination when applying paint say, to your canvas.
Control of brush strokes renders a better process for detail and image.
Patience...oh yeah, you learn that!
Learning paint consistency.
Important in this application, yet just as important in other medium, especially watercolor or acrylic and oils. Consistency of paints gives the painter the correct potential to provide the image they want to portray.
Working on glass a painter is provided a pattern however, knowing the proper executing techniques are important to make the work recognizable.
So, coming to this class, transcends multiple purposes as well as learning a historical process.
Glass staining dates to the Egyptian era.
Come and join us July 25, 26, 27 2014 and gain growth from the arts, and from the surrounding where the retreat is being held, River Hills Lodge~ EAST.
Meet up with old friends and meet new friends, pick an instructors brain for 3 FULL days! in a vast range of medium choice to take:
Photography~ learning how to make the most of THE camera YOU use; phone camera, mid range point and shoot, or that fancy model you received for Christmas, bring it and learn how to use the features, correctly and gain the best results to begin documenting your life!
Chad can you with this!
Chad Phillips~ www.chadphillipsphotography.com
Pastel Painting~ learn how to use soft pastel sticks to create design and images, the proper substrate, how to begin...learn the proper techniques (pastel is not about smearing the chalks that is a misconception) Chris's study plans to be of trees and water, 2 of the most beguiling subjects many artist struggle with.
Learn a new process to expand your range, or become a bit more proficient in your study of pastel, as well as practice up to recharge your pasteling spirit.
Chris can help you with this!
Chris Cernetisch~ www.pastelchris.com
Water Media ~ Learn how to mix your paints to create your palette for a painting, how to prepare the paper, the proper use of tools. How to map out what your subject matter will be TO paint. Bonnie is going to take you on a journey working with water and color.
Watercolor process is another mystery many artists steer from because they aren't exactly sure where to begin.
Bonnie can help you with this!
Bonnie Brahms~ www.brahms-art.us
Traditional Glass Staining~ Mary Hunt www.maryshuntstudio.com
Direct your questions to Mary Hunt at the Stagecoach Gallery 605-337-2308
or email email@example.com
All this in ONE weekend!!!!
the evening will be active as well:
Gather around the fire-pit and with choice of beverage commune with the fellow students and gain insight from their classes different from the one you are taking or your classmate of the same, sharing is essential building spirituality and gaining personal growth and insight.
Coming from out of the area, there is lodging available AT the retreat (inquire) as well as several places in town, that is but 3 miles from the retreat.
Come on and join in~ you KNOW you want to!
Monday, March 31, 2014
Staining Glass In the Traditional Technique
July 25,26,27 2014
Through Stagecoach Gallery
Beginning with the basic line drawing on the left. The transfer is made to the glass on the right.
Enhanced with details...the picture above shows details before highlight removal.
The student may or may not know how to finish such a piece. To make it a panel to hang, or any other finished project. I can be hired to finish your pieces so you have a viable show piece.
Won't this make a delightful box lid.
Read further into the blog for information about the 3 other retreat workshops.
Chad Phillips www.chadphillipsphotography.com come learn all about YOUR camera!!!
Chris Cernetisch www.pastelchris.com always wanted to get a handle on pastel painting!????
Bonnie Brahms www.brahms-art.us stumped about how to begin the water approach in watercolor???
THIS IS an AWESOME retreat provided where these retreats just do not occur...come take advantage of these talents!
YOU KNOW you WANT to!!! JUST DO IT...
the classes are being kept small so each student gains the MOST from this experience and classes are already filling...do not wait too long, and wish you hadn't.
Thursday, March 27, 2014
Staining Glass Workshop
July 25,26,27 2014
3 FULL day workshop
In Platte SD
Lets look at the rest of the steps to get to this point, ready to fire in the kiln.
Yesterdays post left us matted. With scrub brushes (stiff bristled brushes) a scrape tip and a soft brush to remove dust without disturbing the image, I remove matt to highlight the piece.
Then flood the surround with paint. How do I keep the piece neat and the paint from running all over the place...???
You learn all that in class!
This is the first example that we tackle in class. Everyone is going to begin with this project. We will break for lunch. Then, you choose from the patterns your next project.
The Bunny example will done next...
I am ready to fire this piece but the kiln is not full so after I have all the samples in the kiln we will unveil them all in the kiln opening...patience please...
Any questions about this class,
Bonnie Brahms watercolor class
Chris Cernetisch Pastel class
Chad Phillips photography class
Call Mary at the Stagecoach 605-337-2308
or email @ firstname.lastname@example.org
or ask for a brochure
have a great day!
Wednesday, March 26, 2014
What YOU will learn in this workshop
Staining Glass in Traditional Method
with Mary Hunt
in Platte SD
July 25,26,27 2014
The paint formula is wet...not mixed yet. Notice the lumpy texture. You might not with the untrained experience but, you WILL after the first morning. By the 3rd day you are going to be very experienced in working your paint.
Notice my test there on the palette to gauge if it is smooth enough to matt the substrate.
I deem it ready.
The substrate has been prepared and matted...the trace is ready to begin...need to load the brush and test.
This project will be matted and softened a few more times then, the shading begins. Unfortunately my camera battery has played out for the day.
The examples of the softening mats will be seen on other examples to be used as references in class.
Consider coming to the workshop. For this class, or
Pastel Painting with Chris Cernetisch www.pastelchris.com
Watercolor Painting with Bonnie Brahms www.brahms-art.us
Photography with Chad Phillips www.chadphillipsphotography.com
Any questions contact Mary at the Stagecoach gallery 605-337-2308
Thank you and have a great day.
Tuesday, March 25, 2014
Glass Staining Class
July 25, 26, 27 2014
Mary S Hunt www.maryshuntstudio.com
in Platte South Dakota
I am preparing to begin developing the samples that I will use during the glass staining class July 25, 26, 27.
Step one is to gather the necessary tools that are used to mix the paints and apply them, substrates, patterns and glass stains.
Set everything up and I am ready to begin.
The light-box is an important piece of equipment.
The back lighting illuminates the pattern making the transfer of the trace lines accurate.
The glass mixing palette is necessary because the stains that are used contain glass chips. The glass palette doesn't disintegrate as the "paints" are mixed.
Palette knife for mixing and brushes for applying the stains.
And in today's world we use prepared packages of stain in a powder. Binders are used within the mix to keep the "paint" on the glass.
This pattern the shell, will be the first project and everyone will do this.
So, lets get ready to mix the stain and begin painting.
Check back to watch the progress.
For information about this class ~ Glass staining
Photography ~ with Chad Phillips ~ www.chadphillipsphotography.com
Paste painting ~ with Chris Cernetish ~ www.pastelchris.com
Water painting ~ with Bonnie Brahms~ www.brahms-art.us.
email Mary~ email@example.com or phone the Stagecoach Gallery 605-337-2308
Monday, March 24, 2014
Atargatis was in love with a human shepherd but accidentally killed him. Out of guilt, the goddess flung herself into the ocean hoping to become a fish. But her beauty was so great, that she never could fully become a fish. Instead she became half goddess, half fish, with a tail below the waist and human body above the waist. (excerpt from Sea-thos)
She is shown as her original sketch then with tail texture added, using plaster (additionally a stiff medium can be substituted for texturing)
more color layers have been applied and jelly fish have shown up.
She is finished, with 2 varnish coats and ready to hang...
Thank you for looking today.
Friday, March 14, 2014
Traditional Glass Staining Techniques
Mary S Hunt
July 25, 26, 27, 2014
in Platte, SD
3 day workshop
all materials provided
When admiring the glass windows in church, have you wondered how they made them?
Have you thought about the longevity of the work?
Have you reflected on the skills that must be involved in creating such glorious works?
Going to church as youngster I did.
When I became old enough to seek out instruction...and seek I did, staining glass instruction is not an easily found class, gaining instruction in the mysteriously cloaked techniques involved in this AGE old profession, A profession that dates back to the Egyptian Era!. A profession that is not readily shared therefore, not much information can be found about it.
Through seminars and workshops and tutor studies I took throughout the country, I gained the knowledge for the guarded and mysterious technical processes...and then mastered these techniques through the years.
What IS staining glass about? Giving the glass color, design and value.
Using chips of glass,
mineral and ore (the colors come from)
flux ... the formula becomes the stain or "paint".
Applied to a glass substrate in a precise manner, when ready will then go into a kiln (or oven that accepts high heat).
The piece is taken up to 1300-1500 F until it matures.
At this point the glass melts down into the glass substrate, leaking down the color from the mineral with the residue from the binders burning off in the flux vapor.
Leaving you a design in the newly made glass.
It is such a magical process.
This workshop is for 3 days only and includes all the materials within the fee. The instruction begins early on Friday the 25th of July at the River Hills Lodge just south of the town of Platte.
Come and join us this weekend and learn about this magical process the ancients left us with!
Take home your own piece of the mystery.
For more information about this fantastic retreat, call the Stagecoach Gallery 605-337-2308 or email mary ~ firstname.lastname@example.org
3 additional workshop offerings this weekend are:
Pastel painting with Chris Cernetisch www.pastelcrhis.com $135/for 1 day or $375/special discount for all three days
Watercolors with Bonnie Brahms www.brahms-art.us $135/for 1 day or $375/special discount for all three days
Photography with Chad Phillips www.chadphillipsphotography.com $135/for 1 day or $375/special discount for all three days
There IS available lodging, enquire if needed.
Lots of BONUS activities in the evening around the fire-pit sharing the day...
COME on and JOIN us you KNOW you want to!