"Vector III", acrylic on canvas, 24" X 24"
in the Recent Work Gallery at www.susancornelis.com
Imagine With Art Newsletter

Issue No. 57                                                       Jan/Feb, 2016


In a flurry of "new years fever" I have been doing some updating, clearing, and planning. My website www.susancornelis.com has been updated with recent paintings and more, so please take a look.

In this issue I hope to entice you with a new Art Play lesson: The Guardian Angel Figure, as well as upcoming workshops and some online resources I think you might enjoy.

In the next issue I’ll have more information about three new experimental mixed media workshops I’m planning for the Pleasanton Art League April 30 and May 1, Sebastopol Center for the Arts June 25 and 26, and Mendocino Arts Assn. October 22 and 23. More details about registration coming up soon.

Susan Cornelis

Last week to see the show!

La Crema Tasting Room

235 Healdsburg Ave, Healdsburg, CA

is hosting an exhibition of thirteen of my larger canvas paintings through the end of January (last day this Sunday). I hope you’ll be able to come by and see the show, which is hanging in the tasting event area.  You may visit when the tasting room is open, daily 10:30-5:30. 
Heavy body paint/sgraffitti workshop April 9!

The Artful Muse Workshops

“Enjoy your creativity! Inspiration will overhear your pleasure and it will send ideas to your door as a reward for your enthusiasm and your loyalty.  More ideas than you could ever use.” -Elizabeth Gilbert in Big Magic

In the Artful Muse workshops each session adds a new mixed media painting technique to your repertoire, pushing the boundaries of water media, texture, collage and more.  You learn to recognize your intuitive voice as it takes you in new directions. Meditation and writing and the fellowship of the group are added into the mix to evoke that powerful Muse energy!

Saturday Mini-Workshops  (meet monthly)

    Time: 10am-2:30pm
    Cost $65/class (as space allows)

Feb 13 Spray Paint Fun: use your acrylic paints and inks in spray applications

Mar 12 Paint out from your collage pieces for dynamic results

Apr 9 Heavy body paint and Sgraffito

Monday Afternoon Muse Group (meets weekly) 
Jan 11-Feb 29

    Time: 1:30-4:30pm
    Cost: $45/drop-in class (as space allows)

New Monday Muse Group Session (8 weeks)
Starts March 14-May 2

    Cost: $280 for 8 classes

Drop ins are welcome, but registration is required!

Visit my website and blog to see more.  The blog shows demos from the classes as well as new sketch-ventures.

For more information and to register, email me
Ask about private or semi private consultations and lessons.


Art Play: Guardian Angel Figures
We're all in need of a guardian angel! So why not create one that has at least some of the qualities you want and need? Compassion, fierceness, intelligence, youthful vigor, wisdom of age, serenity, agility, and so on. And while you're at it, throw in a hefty portion of playfulness.

Start out by making a big pile of collage pieces that are a combination of body parts and clothing items from human and animal characters to use for your collage. Then play with putting unlikely pieces together to make your guardian figure. Allow your choices to be surprising, whimsical, illogical, outrageous! This lesson is a great antidote for when we get oh-so-serious about life.

Start with a playful underpainting that will be the background scene for your figure. Cut clothing /wings from colorful papers and cloth.  Draw or paint in body parts that you don't find collage pieces for. Add other atmospheric elements such as furniture, nature, other figures, etc. Include a head, wings, feet, hat, objects held in hands, feet/shoes, etc.

You don't need to cover all the bases with one Guardian Angel. Feel free to do several!

Now don't you feel more secure knowing that you are being watched over by such a sensational angel?!
Ideas to Tickle Your Art Fancy

Nevanon stainless steel scissors with special coating. These were a Christmas present from my husband, who understands the frenzy of a mixed media artist who is liable to paint and cut and paste all at the same time and burden scissors with layers of sticky acrylic that won’t come off. These scissors are nice and sharp and also coated so they are clean-able. And relatively cheap.

Fountain pens for sketching (and writing of course). These Urban Sketchers I’ve been following lately are really into drawing with fountain pens. I am always interested in trying to get a variable line without the mess of toting an ink bottle and dip pen on my sketch-ventures. But there’s a lot to learn about the various pens and inks. An inveterate blogger/sketcher, Liz Steele, has laid it all out for us. So if you have any interest in sketching with a fountain pen, check this series out. It is in several parts but starts on her blog here

Watercolor Watch: I haven’t actually tried this yet, but I am intrigued with the idea of a palette you can wear on your wrist!  How convenient. Maybe we could write to Apple and get them to build it into their next wearable phone/computer/____. Check it out here on the sketchbookskool blog.  

Meanwhile in San Francisco: The City in Its Own Words by Wendy McNaughton. This book embodies all the reasons I love urban sketching. Here’s the description:
Take a stroll through the City by the Bay with renowned artist Wendy MacNaughton in this collection of illustrated documentaries. With her beloved city as a backdrop, a sketchbook in hand, and a natural sense of curiosity, MacNaughton spent months getting to know people in their own neighborhoods, drawing them and recording their words. Her street-smart graphic journalism is as diverse and beautiful as San Francisco itself, ranging from the vendors at the farmers' market to people combing the shelves at the public library, from MUNI drivers to the bison of Golden Gate Park, and much more.   
And if you want to see the artist talk about her process for the book, you can watch this video from PBS, which got me all excited about going out and doing my own book. . . maybe I will.
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