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Watercolor and words

I have been writing up a storm… I participated in April and July Camp NaNoWriMo… wrote three stories and have corrected my Nov 2015 NaNoWriMo…

Then it was summer classes at Olympia Parks, Arts and Rec – 10 of the 12 ran.

Finally posting some new art – Win 10 automatically updated and killed my scanner software. Found  the disk last night and stayed up to 2pm after writing to 12:30 to scan some art. Slowly correcting images from light leaks. My camera died a long time ago so its the iPAD or the scanner…

Here’s some recent art:

Evergreen Mandala

© 8/2016 Ellen Miffitt


Sacred Tree

© 8/2016 Ellen Miffitt


Tree Meditation

© 8/2016 Ellen Miffitt

These were created in my age 12-16 Watercolor Techniques and Textures class this summer. I had the best kids ever in the older students offerings – very focused and inspiring. I cut a stencil for the various trees. Spattered WC over two of them and the third I traced and painted using WC and watercolor pencils. When dry I used these beautiful stencils to ink the design on top.

Will post more later back to writing
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Art Classes are a great creative gift to give friends and family.  Below is my winter schedule. There is plenty of well lighted parking at the Olympia Center.

 

Olympia Parks, Arts and Recreation –  222 Columbia Street NW, Olympia WA 98501    www.olympiawa.gov/experienceit   Call 360.753.8380

 

WINTER 2016 Class Schedule

Resolution Collage in a Container

Ages:  16 and up

Start the New Year by visualizing your desires and goals into permanence. In this workshop, we will create a work of art around and inside a container or box using a variety of intriguing techniques. Many of us have collections of memorabilia in the form of old photographs, postcards, buttons, twine and found objects from everyday life to use to collage the box. After transforming it into a work of art, students will create an altered paper doll as resident. This class will be enjoyable for both the beginner and experienced student. A supply list will print on registration receipt. Instructor: Ellen Miffitt

Sa           Jan 9                      9:00am-Noon                      $25         #3287

I actually added a lot more to this design during a second workshop…

Playing with Moonbeams

Ages:  16 and up

Jump start your creative side! Awaken the muse within no matter how dormant you may feel your muse is. With activities designed to lead you gently into a creative space, everyone will enjoy this adventure. We will work with a variety of simple materials and explore how to develop our playful personal voice. The fun projects will help you overcome the fear of the blank page and find ways to start a series or develop a theme. Instructor: Ellen Miffitt

Sa           Jan 16                    9:00am-1:00pm                  $39         #3168

Introduction to Sumi-e

Ages:  16 and up

Instructor Ellen Miffitt will introduce you to the four treasures: ink stick, ink stone, brush and paper. The simplicity and spontaneity of brush painting begins by learning to hold the brush, making the basic strokes and loading the brush to create tones and depth. The goal is to break away from logical thinking and to be spontaneous in expressing with the brush. All supplies included in class fee.

Instructor: Ellen Miffitt

Tu           Jan 19-Feb 23      6:00pm-8:00pm                  $99         #3281

 

Enticing Your Personal Writing Muse

Ages:  16 and up

This creative writing class will develop your vibrant writer’s voice by letting the words flow, stream of consciousness style. Two twenty minute writing exercises with nonjudgmental sharing encourages writing from your heart. Pen or pencil and a spiral notebook are all you need to begin this creative journey! If you wish to use an electronic device, please be sure the keyboard doesn’t make “typing” sounds. Instructor: Ellen Miffitt

W            Jan 20-Mar 9        6:00pm-8:00pm                  $89         #3144

 

Mimic the Masters

Ages:  16 and up

Paint like the Master! Each week a different artist will be featured. You will use media of your choice such as watercolor, pastel or acrylic paint to mimic the featured artist’s style. Supply list provided with registration. Instructor: Ellen Miffitt

Th           Jan 21-Feb 25      6:00pm-8:00pm                  $69         #3291

Special Effects Watercolor

Ages:  16 and up

Each week you will learn and implement a special effect to your watercolor painting-of-the-class-day. Increase skills and have fun experimenting with salt, wax paper, and more. Participants supply their watercolors and watercolor paper. Supply list will print on registration receipt. Instructor: Ellen Miffitt

M            Jan 25-Feb 8         6:00pm-8:00pm                  $39         #3253

Altering a Kids’ Board Book

Ages:  16 and up

You will use watercolor tricks to create a series of paintings on paper (subject matter up to you). Then you will put the finishing touches on with pen, ink, pencil, gesso, charcoal, marker, collage, or whatever else the pieces need. We’ll start creating with paper and finish the day by adhering them to a kid’s board book. Most supplies included in class fee. Instructor: Ellen Miffitt

Sa           Feb 6                      9:00am-1:00pm                  $35         #3288

 

Artist Trading Cards

Ages:  16 and up

As their name indicates, ATC are collectables of miniature works of art, a brilliant idea born of the older sports-themed trading cards. The only rules being that the small works of art are, (1) exchanged and not sold, and (2) that they must be  2.5”x3.5” or 64 X 89 mm in size. The whole essence of these tiny works of art is about artists meeting (by correspondence or online if need be) and exchanging their works, thus meeting many artists and getting exposed to many personal styles. Because they are art for the sake of art, ATCs are a precious reminder to amateurs and professional alike of what creativity is about – the pleasure of working with beauty and the excitement of being surprised by experimental techniques. Instructor: Ellen Miffitt

Sa           Feb 20                    9:00am-Noon                      $25         #3203

 

Selling Art on “Print on Demand”  Sites, the Pros & Cons 

Ages:  16 and up

Print on Demand (POD) companies, like Fine Art America, Zazzle, RedBubble, Cafepress,  etc. are flourishing. Typically you create a shop front and choose what to display your work on. No physical products are created until it sells.  Products include (prints, t-shirts, mugs, home décor, and so on) within their marketplace.  Spend an evening learning the Pros, Cons & Risks of placing your images on a POD shop. Instructor: Ellen Miffitt

M            Feb 22                    6:00pm-8:00pm                  $19         #3294

Mixed Media Painting

Ages:  16 and up

This class is designed for those who want to add to their art repertoire. Break loose, play and dare to be spontaneous with unconventional materials! Use wire mesh, wood, glass beads, acrylic gel, oil pastels and other material you have saved but didn’t know what to do with! Experiment with techniques like dribbling, splashing or smearing, spattering and other methods to enhance your “creative toolbox” and work more freely. While playful experimentation is encouraged, attention to composition, use of space, concept and other relevant aspects will be explored. A course outline and materials list will be sent upon registration. Participants provide their own acrylic paint, brushes and substrate (canvas board, stretched canvas or other prepared substrate). Instructor: Ellen Miffitt

Tu           Mar 1-22               6:00pm-8:00pm  $59         #3283

 

Comics Aren’t Just for Kids 

Ages:  16 and up

Have you been wondering if you could come up with your own super characters or silly family?  Join this class to draw, doodle, and have oodles of creative fun!  Learn how develop your ideas into a story line which then is translated into character studies for your comic strip. Get the ideas out of your head and into reality through basic drawing, sequencing, writing, production, and character development techniques. Please bring drawing pad, pencils and erasers.

Instructor: Ellen Miffitt

Th           Mar 3-24               6:00pm-8:00pm                  $49         #3292

 

Zen Ink Doodles

Ages:  16 and up

Calling all artists, doodlers, and pen-wielding daydreamers! Using design principles and elements, participants will create patterns and textures. Finished drawings can be plain black and white or you can add a little color to some or all of your black and white designs. You’ll be surprised at the results! This is a great right brain activity. Supply list will print on registration receipt. Instructor: Ellen Miffitt

Sa           Mar 5                     9:00am-1:00pm                  $25         #3290

Painting with Water Soluble  Colored Pencils

Ages:  16 and up

Want the look of watercolor and the control of colored pencil? Water-soluble colored pencils can match many watercolor effects plus have the ability to create colored pencil techniques. Discover this medium’s exciting versatility using wet-on-dry, dry-on-wet, wet-on-wet and much more! At each class you will apply this information to create painting studies. Participants bring watercolor paper and watercolor pencils to class along with ideas/sketches for realistic to abstract paintings. Download supply list. Instructor: Ellen Miffitt

M            Mar 7-28               6:00pm-8:00pm                  $49         #3282

Beginning Drawing

Ages:  16 and up

Drawing is practiced observation and the goal of this beginners class is to practice observation through hand eye coordination exercises such as contour and adjusted contour line drawing. Upside down drawings of various images also increase hand eye coordination. Exercises with charcoal or graphite sticks aim to increase the skill of representing value and creating depth in a drawing. No prior art experience is required. Bring a soft pencil (4B is good), graphite stick, an eraser and a sketch pad no smaller than 11” x14” to class. Instructor: Ellen Miffitt

W            Mar 16-April 20   6:00pm-8:00pm                  $69         #3260

Spring Equinox Personal Mandala

Ages:  16 and up

The word “mandala” is a Sanskrit word that is over 2300 years old translated as “circle” or “sacred center.” Circular patterns have been used throughout time in many cultures, including the Tibetan and Native American, as tools for centering and healing. In this workshop we will explore the history of mandala patterns and you will create your own personal mandala, using oil pastel, colored pencil and collage. Using principles of geometry and symmetry present in nature, along with your own personal creativity, you will come away with new knowledge of yourself. This should be a time to let go, play with color and design, and to have fun! Most supplies included in class fee. Suggested embellishment list will print on registration receipt. Instructor: Ellen Miffitt

Sa           Mar 19                   9:00am-Noon                      $25         #3289

 

Illustrating Your Interests

Ages:  16 and up

Drawing skills are taught in conjunction with participant selected subject interest. Participants have the opportunity to design long term projects while also being taught the skills needed to express themselves visually. A variety of media will be used: graphite/pencil, pen & ink, colored pencils, watercolor pencils and a variety of paper in accord with the media to illustrate the subject matter of your choice. Developing your unique style of illustration from stylized to realistic will be emphasized. Please be thinking about what subject matter you would like to illustrate and bring in your own photographs or other images of those subjects. All supplies included in class fee.

Instructor: Ellen Miffitt

Tu           Mar 29-Apr 19     6:00pm-8:00pm                  $69         #3284

positive negative design

Design Principles: An Introduction

Ages:  16 and up

Design is the basis for all other art courses and it includes the elements and principles of art. The material will be presented through hands on studio problems in two dimensions. These will cover line, shape, texture, value and color. Also the topics of balance, unity repetition and other principles will be introduced through simple projects. These exercises will provide you with the tools to create compositions in any medium. Please bring pencil, eraser and pad of mixed media paper (11×14 inch) to first class. Instructor: Ellen Miffitt

Th           Mar 31-Apr 21     6:00pm-8:00pm                  $69         #3285

 

Drawing on your iPad

Ages:  16 and up

Among the many creative apps for iPads, there is a wonderful portable non messy way of staying creative on the go! Art Set Pro Edition has the feel of using the real materials. It’s a great way to plan projects, practice sketching and finish pieces to be used for prints. The app cost is $6.99 and must be downloaded from the Apple App store prior to class. Instructor: Ellen Miffitt

M            Apr 4-18                6:00pm-8:00pm                  $39         #3293

Simple Book Making

Ages:  16 and up

This hands-on class will focus on combining simple book structures to make small art books/journals. Easy to learn bookmaking such as the Japanese stab binding stitch, ribbon & chopstick book and other simple forms will lead students to understand the formal qualities of the book. Book covers will be created using mixed media/collage approach. Instructor: Ellen Miffitt

Sa           Apr 9                      9:00am-1:00pm                  $29         #3286

 

Made two more flower and ink drawings but something seemed lacking so I started cutting up one and gluing it to the other.


everything in place below

hmmm didn’t like the background – grabbed the scissors and mat knife….

now I need a background… found some scrapbook paper.
the mat helps it come together – I know, the photo is a little wonky.

untitled #5  © 5/5/2014 Nine Lives Studio

need to get to some Sumi-e cards…. been dragging my feet a little on those but every day for a week I have done some art!
Printing block prints counts – right?
I find getting out of this office/art room gets me away from the distracting PC.

Here are the other four images with mats and yes they are all a little crooked but the mat helps define the image I will frame if they are selected the hang in the Florabunda exhibit ay Ida Culver House Broadview, 12505 Greenwood Ave. N, Seattle

Deadline: May 17, 2014


untitled 2    waterlilies – not sure of the title yet

untitled 1

untitled 3 maybe zinneas

untitled 4

now I have to get the images and other info for the submission…

Keep arting,

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Starting to work on some images for this upcoming submission:

Exhibition: flo·ra·bun·da: Flowering freely in a profusion of botanic abundance. This exhibition will present abstract and representational depictions of flora that elicits a sense of fertility, growth, sustenance, and resilience, a feast for the eyes and nourishes the soul.

Location: Ida Culver House Broadview, 12505 Greenwood Ave. N, Seattle

Deadline: May 17, 2014

Threw water color on some scrap WC paper last night…. sprinkled salt too.
Plan to do some pen/ink and WC Pencil on them…

This is an example that I made in my Zen Ink class with the same technique.

Floral 2013

I’m working on four – we’ll see what comes out best and the submit for the deadline on May 17th.

Keep Arting…

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I had saved this watercolor from when I used to teach at ORLA. It was a demo showing them how to drop color onto a wet.  The paper is a half sheet 140lb Strathmore cold press paper. The project was about letting the shapes be soft and then going back in to pull images out of the dropped color and add details with a fine brush.  Mine was to be a bouquet of imaginative flowers and of course, I never finished mine.  Recently I started drawing on it with non-permanent ink black pen.

Floral with Ink (C) 2013 NLS

Last night at my Zen Ink class I added a little watercolor pencil here & there and more non-permanent ink pen work.
When adding a slight bit of water – barely a damp brush – it moved the WC pencil and the ink. So I kept playing with water on the ink on the entire painting not just where I added WC pencil… it softened the pen lines that I felt were too hard against the softness of the original colors.

Keep arting – break the rules…
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PS – I will be adding this image to my e Miffitt Studio shop on Zazzle and my Fine Art America website later today.

 

 

 

 

Now where has February gone?

Started a new mandala while I was facilitating a mandala class at a retirement community in Lacey WA. Only had 3 participants so was a nice quiet afternoon working with them and on my on project once they were well underway.

For mine, I cut five circles out of the Bristol substrate. Next I cut five pieces of scrapbook paper that featured stars, sun motif and a nice brown for the earth in the center. I have lightly traced the Fir trees in place. will work on the tracing paper to figure out the root design. I’m thinking of cutting trees and the roots out of paper… moving toward having depth and shadow from slight increase in height of cut outs.

start of mandala

here’s another mandala – I reworked to strengthen the outer colors as the center is too strong… Still thinking it through. Have a Celtic knotwork border I’m working on. I may cut the main design [Firs & center] out entirely and mount on something else… ideas are percolating.

Fir Forest

here’s a third mandala called Fir & Maples that I posted a “how-to” on Feb 9th… think I will add details with sepia/walnut ink to both tree designs to unify the overall design .

Fir & Maple Forest

 

Mittzz C cat is hogging the typing surface ^..^

ellen

Resolution Collage in a Container

Saturday Jan 7 from 9:30-3:30pm bring a lunch

Start the New Year by visualizing your desires and goals into permanence, In this workshop, we will create a work of art around and inside a container or box using a variety of intriguing techniques.  Many of us have collections of ephemera in the form of old photographs, postcards, buttons, twine and found objects from everyday life to use to collage the box. After transforming it into a work of art, students will create an altered paper doll as resident.  For the Beginner to Experienced Student.

Olympia Parks and Recreation –  222 Columbia Street NW, Olympia WA 98501 www.olympiawa.gov/experienceit    Call 360.753.8380

Introduction to Mandalas Sat. Jan 21 from 9:30 to 3:30pm

The word “mandala” is a Sanskrit word that is over 2300 years old translated as “circle” or “sacred center”.  Circular patterns have been used throughout time in many cultures, including the Tibetan and Native American, as tools for centering and healing.  In this workshop we explore the history of mandala patterns and create our own personal mandala, using oil pastel, colored pencil and collage.  Using principles of geometry and symmetry present in nature, along with your own personal creativity, you will come away with new knowledge of yourself.  This should be a time to let go, to play with color and design, and to have fun.

Olympia Parks and Recreation –  222 Columbia Street NW, Olympia WA 98501   www.olympiawa.gov/experienceit  Call 360.753.8380

Block Printing: Linoleum Cut –  Thurs Jan 5 – 26th from 6-8pm  4 weeks

Material fee Learn techniques for the relief printmaking process using the flexibility and ease of linoleum. A relief is achieved by carving into the surface using special tools to leave raised images. These images are then inked and printed without a press to create a dynamic and textured print that can have many layers and colors. Students have the option of creating a multi-block image or themed cards to exchange with students to complete an edition. Open to both teens and adults.

Olympia Parks and Recreation –  222 Columbia Street NW, Olympia WA 98501    www.olympiawa.gov/experienceit   Call 360.753.8380

Painting with Water Soluble Colored Pencils  –  4 weeks Tue Jan 10 – Jan 31 from 6 to 8pm

Want the look of watercolor and the control of colored pencil? Water-soluble colored pencils can match anything watercolor do, plus have the ability to create effects impossible with watercolor. Discover this medium’s exciting versatility. Learn about materials, tools, and techniques, and then apply this information to create a painting. Participants bring watercolor paper & watercolor pencils to class.

Olympia Parks and Recreation –  222 Columbia Street NW, Olympia WA 98501  www.olympiawa.gov/experienceit   Call 360.753.8380

 

 

“You-Don’t-Need-To-Know-A-Thing” Collage  4 weeks

Mondays, January 23 – Feb 13th  from 6:00 to 8:00pm    Collage offers versatility and flexibility. Free your creative spirit with this fast-paced, upbeat “You-Don’t-Need-To-Know-A-Thing” Introduction to Collage. Come prepared to learn the basics of collage, materials, and techniques in a supportive environment. Emphasizing fun – catch the spontaneity of a child: finding objects, bits & pieces in the most unlikely places and putting a puzzle together.

Collage Part Two – 4 weeks  Feb 27 – March 19th  from 6:00 to 8:00pm 

Gorilla Enameling   Wednesday Jan 25 to Feb 8 from 6 to 8pm –  Participants will learn basic enameling procedure on copper – “gorilla” style – quick and easy. Come to this workshop to create several pendants and pins.  No prior metalwork experience necessary…

Olympia Parks and Recreation –  222 Columbia Street NW, Olympia WA 98501   www.olympiawa.gov/experienceit  Call 360.753.8380

Ready, set, draw…. Drawing Class     Tuesday  Feb 14- March 13  6 to 8 pm five classes   

Have you always wanted to draw – are looking for a way to express your creativity? This basic course in drawing will introduce the participant to a number different exercises that help you understand how an artist sees. These will include: upside down drawing; contour and gesture drawing; the value scale and blending techniques; and using a basic unit and sighting.  Suggested reading The New Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain by Betty Edwards. Bring a soft pencil (4B is good), an eraser and a sketch pad no smaller than 8 x 11 to class.

Olympia Parks and Recreation –  222 Columbia Street NW, Olympia WA 98501   www.olympiawa.gov/experienceit  Call 360.753.8380

Make Prints, Make Books –  Sat. Feb 18 from 9:30-3:30 pm – bring a lunch 

This hands-on class will focus on combining simple book structures and beginning printmaking techniques to make small edition arts books. Easy to learn bookmaking such as the Japanese stab binding stitch book will lead students to understand the formal qualities of the book. Simple printing processes like linoleum cut and monoprint will be covered for students to learn how to combine text with image.

Olympia Parks and Recreation –  222 Columbia Street NW, Olympia WA 98501   www.olympiawa.gov/experienceit  Call 360.753.8380

Introduction to Sumi-e Wed Feb 22- March 14 from 6:00 to 8:00pm  4 classes 

Instructor Ellen Miffitt will introduce you to the four treasures: ink stick, ink stone, brush and paper. The simplicity and spontaneity of brush painting begins by learning to hold the brush, making the basic strokes, and loading the brush to create tones and depth. The goal is to break away from logical thinking and to be spontaneous in expressing with the brush.

Olympia Parks and Recreation –  222 Columbia Street NW, Olympia WA 98501   www.olympiawa.gov/experienceit  Call 360.753.8380

Children’s Book Illustration  Thursday Feb 2 – Mar 1 from 6 to 8pm – 5 classes –  

Enroll in this information packed class and become acquainted with the concepts of design, storyboarding and dummy construction of a children’s picture book. At first the participants will work to illustrate popular fairytales, folktales, fables and legends from around the world. Discussion with a simple critique checklist will improve storyline, characters, setting and dialogues. Class time and handouts provide students with the basic tools to continue working on projects at home. For the first class, please bring pencils and a medium sized drawing pad additional materials and supplies will be discussed in class.

Olympia Parks and Recreation –  222 Columbia Street NW, Olympia WA 98501  www.olympiawa.gov/experienceit   Call 360.753.8380

Watercolor: Textures and Techniques    Sat. March 10 from 9:30 to 3:30pm

Bring watercolor paper, brushes, watercolors [dry or tube], water dishes and a bag lunch – Some painting experience required.

In this workshop you will try 15-20 techniques for achieving textures and special effects in your watercolors. You will employ colored pencils in the wash, ink line, markers, salt, wax paper, crayon, and other materials with the washes, both while wet and when dry. The morning will be spent exploring these materials and in the afternoon you will complete a work combining 5 or 6 different techniques.

Olympia Parks and Recreation –  222 Columbia Street NW, Olympia WA 98501   www.olympiawa.gov/experienceit  Call 360.753.8380