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Friday, May 22, 2015

Day 5 our final Day...Dillman's part 2.

 Susan, whom I met for the first time in Kalamazoo this early spring made a 10 hour trip to come to the workshop...what a delight it was to see her.  Amazing work and we all want a sheet of her hand calligraphy to use in our collage works...
 Mara, again I had to share another photo of that smile.  So proud.
 Kaye, a friend and grandmother of Mara here sharing her inspiration from the collage meditation book.  How cool is that?


 Pam, which I shared a photo of her collage she's doing for her grandson has a wonderful spirited palette. Of course we were all using our large collage paper now in our work.. Love it !!
 Bette...has made a collage for her granddaughters about sisters and used a copy of her granddaughters collage and hand print as a transfer.  Exploring all avenues of this collage process.
 Bette is sharing some of her larger piece in process.  We work in as we need to in this workshop. As of different approaches each and everyone explored.  Bette was afraid at first as we all are to cut the large abstract paper and use in our collages but once done...look out as you can see here.
 Carol our birthday girl...really was prolific this year and the progress is amazing.  The piece she is point to in the photo her is an inspiration of walking back to her room from the studio and what she saw...I'm so happy she was able to capture that.

And one more of Carol's...this is a larger size for her to work in and we talked about allowing space in our work and this a great start for her.

I know I took hundreds of picture but I'm not a photographer so some were too blurry to post.  What an amazing week...So grateful and thankful to have the experience again to share what I love to do with some warm and wonderful women. Till next year ladies....keep the Red Roof Society going. 

Our Last Day at Dillman's Day 5

It's Friday Morning and all has been packed up, it's a feeling of sadness but one of also accomplishment.  We are living new and old friends. I know I don't do very well with Good-bye's. Had lot of them in my life...so to true this into a wonderful positive I would like to say each hear gets better. I'm witnessing the progress in all of there creative works and that is why I teach...sharing techniques come natural to me as I personal want everyone to be creative and share their gifts. It's when you can witness growth and another person sense of accomplishment and they did this they problem solved their way through. That right there is so very special to me. 

Thank you all and We are booked for May 21's till May 26th 2016...


 Jill, used her Morning Collage Meditation as inspiration for her larger piece.  Working with the dark and light contrast from top to bottom.

 Mona, is working from a small square she cut from her Larger abstract collage papers as inspiration for this collage. Some time it's not so important that it looks just like it but there some that sparks memory and color that you want to capture.
 Adela, is showing many of her exercise piece there...I think this year she has made great progress...seems fear has walked out the door.

 In process, Adela is sharing her piece there.  I don't do a final critique, because I move around through the workshop time and help them independently...so I don't feel they need to have me do it now.  This is for them to show and tell.  it's about "Product, process, production" which was achieved this week.
 Mary Jo...which I lapsed in calling her Mary Lou and Mary Beth...silly of me...when I know her well...Oh keeps me human and grounded right?   Sorry Mary Jo..."MJ"  Wonderful adventurous work coming from her this week. And I think whole lot of Aha moments in the creative process of problem solving.   What is that all about...we it's the part where we as artist work out way through a piece seeking the use of the elements and principals of design...because most of our composition are coming from a inner sources then an outer subject matter.

 Jane...what a Free Bird, I'm just loving her creative spirit. One of our new gals to the workshop and she jumped right in exploring all avenues of process and paper making..we all loved her Large Abstract collage paper she made a the beginning of the workshop.

 Roz a local gal to this Northwoods, was with her Husband while he took a watercolor class with Joyce Hicks,   She had watched my demo on Saturday when I got her and next thing I know she was in my workshop. Her enthusiasm was contagious.  Loved what she was doing..and she's coming back for next weeks workshop with Tammy Deck,  
Here's our Gal..Look at that Smile...I would look up and see her watching me as I was finishing up some demo piece and she' would flash the biggest smile...She took off with the Red Roof them and even created a Tree house...What a great delight for us all to see this young one create. "Picasso said, " It takes one a long time to become young again."  I think she was our inspiration and reminder for the week. 

Dillman's Day 4 part 2

 Susan....carries this little collage around with her and I had to take a picture of it...how many times a day do we need to be reminded...well some of us like myself a bit more...But as we started really collaging on our own stuff this couldn't be more important.

 Mona's Kachina figure,  their small and I would love to see a whole series of them I told her.

 Here is Mara...our Courage one this weekend, boldly jumping in with both feet and making a whole series of Red Roof pieces.  This looks like a town or a little villa she's creating.
 Pam has taken the workshops a few times and she's using this time to create the most beautiful Baptism Gift for her Son, Daughter in Law and her new Grandson. There's a difference from scrapebooking and an artistic collage.

 Kaye's piece is in process and she's done a dark blue glazing.. She share that this piece could be the other way around too. funny how abstract compositions can work like that.
 Mona shared that she finally used the Yellow car...so cool,  we learned bit about embedding photos in so the don't look like they've just been place on the top of all the pieces. Here's laying it out to see how it will work and there in her left hand is some great paper...we all liked it.

Bette's Wonderful large pieces...She almost doesn't have any Large Abstract collage paper left...Which was made from the Kraft paper at the beginning of the workshops as inspirations. 

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Dillman's Day 4



What Happy Goofy bunch we are...Some of have been coming for over 5 years...and I think we have formed the Red Roof Society here.


Our first exercise in Composition.





Right now you are seeing my work from the Large Abstract collage paper I made...More photo's coming of the student's work...My wifi is in the studio and can't be sitting on the computer instead of teaching the workshop....

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Dillman Day 3 part 2.

 Kaye Palette paper
 Susan's exercise pieces...
 Jane's exercise pieces
 Roz's
 Roz's working on one of her exerices.
Mara's three piece of paper collage exercise. 
 Demo piece unfinished and in process...using some of the papers from my large Abstract collage paper I made and other papers that I built -Palette.  Image transfers were shown... This will be Mary Jane soon as I add more images transfers.

Demo for first day when there was a Children's Three hour special around the Dillman's Lodge. 

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Dillman's Day 3

 Mara, adding paint to her Big Abstract collage paper.

 Adela's big abstract piece in process.

 Susan's Grunge Resist paper.
 Carol's grunge and printed papers.
We are working on our final papers out side with the smells of Nevr Dull and the Citra Solv.   A bit chilly today... mid Forties today. 

Dillman's Day 2

 Roz Making the mark on the papers.
 Jan here marking up her page.

 Jill Bring  color with Crayons

Carol working with a drawing tool of some sort...


My abstracts inspires piece  

 Mona, is going to add turquoises

 Pam is adding more to her Primary colors.. and marks on top of the paint.

Mary Jo's great drip and splatter.