Friday, May 13, 2011

Positive, Negative, Bitter and Sweet (or Why I love Winton Marsalis)

I've been trying to decide what my "intent" will be for the Benn/Morgan workshop.  (regular readers might recall an attempt at selling this space last month...a few inquiries is all I received.  I gave it close to a month after which I decided to dig into my emotional resources and forge ahead

Here is what I'm considering:

  1. working with layering transparent colour

  2. working with a variety of transfer technique on paper and cloth

  3. breakdown printing and using thermofax screens with line/shape designs that represent fluidity and stagnation

  4. hand painting on cloth practicing negative and positive space.

The one intent I'm sure about is making the most of my time with them.  Because of on-going pulmonary challenges and trying to control diabetes,  I forsee this as my last major workshop in a long while.  (not to be grim and nothing fatal and I hope I don't sound melancholy, because I'm not.  Just trying to stay clear in my a friend says "tell them so you'll know" ).  In addition to using my personal finances, much of my ability to attend the workshops in the past have been awards from two local art agencies.  I've shown my appreciation by being a good steward.  To paraphrase a quote my Winton Marsalis: Life is a two-edged knife that can cut you bitter or sweet.  And I'll add, "at the same time".

And because there has to be pictures in a blog post, here are 2 of my images I burned into screens:

Mark making1 fluidity

DSCN1726 copy stagnation



  1. You will be so happy you have decided to go ahead with this workshop, Karen. My good friend in England takes everything she can with them. Frankly, the intent part is the hardest so I'm not sure I could ever do this - but the energy in the classroom will be great, I am sure. You deserve a treat and I can't wait to hear about it.
    Take care of yourself,

  2. What great images, I know you will have fun in the class. If you're there this coming week, I'll see you because I'm in the Dorothy Caldwell class. If you are there the following week, I envy you the master class experience, and can't wait to hear about it

  3. Karen, I know you're already in Ohio preparing to start your week with Dorothy Caldwell.  When I saw she was teaching this week I was trying to figure out how to do 2 weeks as she is a rare opportunity as well.  Please share with me what you learn in the week.
    I wish our paths would have crossed...but another time eh?!

  4. Your screens are bold and wonderful. They look like the kinds of motifs that you will be able to incorporate into many works. I totally get the balancing act of what you can afford, or not, what your health allows, or not, where your focus is, or isn't, etc., etc. I think we all have to deal with those kinds of decisions to some extent or another. I'm sure you will make the most of this workshop so you can savor it's rewards for a long time.

  5. keep on keepin' on Karen. Your work is fantastic. There's a radio show I used to listen to all the time in Chicago, a jazz show, just so I could hear Wynton Marsalis speak. His voice is so mesmerizing.