How happy are we?! The marvelous Kelly Kilmer is road tripping across the country again and somehow made time to come to Madison. We personally think Madison is worth the trip, but acknowledge that it can be a wee bit out of the way. It's really pretty amazing to me that just a few years ago, I put a Kelly Kilmer workshop on my bucket list and here we are hosting! She'll be coming on Friday, May 11 for a day workshop and an evening workshop:
Landscapes of the Mind: Expressive Art Journaling
11 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
You can register for the workshops here.
I took a three-day weekend set of workshops from Kelly in California a few years ago. We made three different books and then painted and collaged in them. What to tell you really? First, Kelly brings an insane amount of supplies to all her workshops. I have never taken a class with so much washi tape, paint, collage paper, and stencils. Oh, and markers. She is so generous. She is equally generous with her instruction and technique-sharing.
These are a couple of my pages from those first workshops. I remember being particularly pleased with the guy with the wings...
and yet, after taking another in person workshop and being in the midst of an online workshop from Kelly, I can see the ways she has influenced me and further helped me grow as an artist since these first pages. I didn't finish all the books that we started in the first workshop, but ended up turning it into a tarot card book in the following year.
This year, I have been taking an online workshop from her (An Artist's Study). I have once again been enjoying all the input she provides in terms of creating a journal page. Though I've had limited success with online workshops, I am quite pleased with my journal so far. I selected Maira Kalman, and have been closely examining her brushstrokes and color choices, trying to incorporate Maira style into my journal.
With Kelly's words rolling around in my head, I have done more playing with paint and line, with paint markers, with a narrowed collage scrap palette... She has helped me a lot in terms of collaging, particularly in adding depth to my collages, which sometimes used to feel like very separate background, with stuff slapped on top. Well, you'll just have to come to class and learn for yourself!