"Germinatio", mixed media on canvas, dyptich 48"X72"
Imagine With Art Newsletter

Issue No. 52                                                        Jan, Feb, 2015

Instant Image Transfers, Show Openingsnew Workshop Schedule

I hope January has been an art filled month for you! Lately my own art-path leads me from small pocket sketchbooks and tiny palettes to large canvases with every size in between!

The above image is the latest in a series of larger works which are abstract depictions of organic processes in flux.  The surface is textured with many layers of acrylic mediums, inks, gold leaf, graphite and gesso.  I literally "feel" my way into the painting with fingers applying paint over the earth-like textures and let the symbols emerge on their own.

We are so blessed with snowy egrets in this Russian River and Laguna de Santa Rosa area.The picture to the left is the banner image I painted for the Forestville banner project.  The original painting is hanging, along with those of the other local artists who participated, at Tiny Town Cafe, 6544 Front Street, Forestville, CA.  The paintings are being auctioned off to support the project.

My three day Experimental Painting workshop at Sebastopol Center for the Arts was last weekend.  I demonstrated mixed media techniques, including acrylic medium textures, "skins" and metallics.  A dynamic group of artists with backgrounds in sculpture, assemblage, encaustic, oils, watercolors and heavy body acrylics attended, making for a rich interaction.

I hope you'll be able to join me for an upcoming workshop or art opening! Included in this newsletter is a schedule of my upcoming shows and workshops.  


-Susan Cornelis


Upcoming Shows!



February 6-March 5, 2015

Corrick's Gallery at 637 fourth Street in Downtown Santa Rosa, CA is featuring my paintings along with the jewelry of Yvonne Giambrone Martin.  

You are invited to the opening reception next Friday, February 6 from 5-7 pm.



March 21-May 15, 2015

Moshin Vineyards and Winery on 10295 Westside Road in Healdsburg, CA will be featuring my mixed media paintings in the tasting room.

You are invited to the artist reception on Saturday, March 21, 5:30-7:30pm. 

Spring Workshops

The Playful Muse

at the Sebastopol, CA studio of Susan Cornelis

Put the PLAY factor back into your painting. Learn to recognize your intuitive voice as it takes you in new directions.

Each session adds a new mixed media painting technique to your repertoire, pushing the boundaries of inks and acrylics, adding textures, collage, image transfers and more.

Meditation and writing are added into the mix to evoke that powerful Muse energy!

New Saturday Workshop Series (monthly)

April 11, May 9, June 13, July 11, Aug. 8, 2015

10am-2:30pm, $275 for 5 months, $65/drop-in class if space allows

New Monday Afternoon Muses 

(meets weekly for 8 weeks)

Mar 16, 23, 30, Apr 6, 13, 20, 27, May 4, 2015

1:30-4:30pm, $280 for 8 weeks, $45/drop-in class if space allows

Visit Susan's website and blog to see more.

For more information or to register, email Susan or call 707-824-8163.

Ask about private or semi private consultations and lessons.

Art Play:  Instant Image Transfer

For years I've been doing image transfers using acrylic gel in different ways.  But lately I've been experimenting with instant transfers using the thinner matte medium, and found a wonderful video on the Golden website with tips on how to make this work.  

A black and white image transferred onto a painted surface  creates a surprise contrast or a bit of mystery. Now I can do it in a couple easy steps without waiting.

Try this out!  For materials you need a laser or toner based copy of the image, and a thin medium such as Matte Medium, GAC 500, or Polymer Medium (Gloss).  (I use Matte Medium).  

Paint a fun acrylic underpainting. Trim the white paper border from the toner based printed image. Pour the medium onto the painting surface and spread evenly in the area where you want the transfer.  You can also coat the image (though I'm not sure that's necessary).  

Place the image face down on the medium, cover with wax paper,  and gently squeegee over the back, working from the center out to get all the air pockets out.

Wait a minute or so for the paper to begin to go opaque, and then check a corner.  Peal the paper up slowly and carefully starting at a corner, and make sure the image (ink) is not pealing up.  If it is, stop and wait another minute or so.

After you've pealed the first layer of paper up, wait another 1-2 minutes before gently rubbing the rest of the paper off with a finger.  When most of the paper is removed, stop rubbing and let it dry.  Then lightly rewet the surface and remove the last bits of paper.  Any small amount of residue should disappear with a coat of the medium on top.

The trick is to be gentle until the medium is completely dry.  But this way you can see the results quickly and get on with the next stage of your mixed media painting!