A journey of art and creativity.

Friday, September 16, 2016

Alla Prima, meaning wet-on-wet.  A painting technique used mostly in oil painting, in which layers of wet paint are applied to previously administered layers of wet paint.



I just returned from a three day Alla Prima workshop, creating and learning with Kelly Berkley at her studio just outside Kansas City.  This was the second workshop I have attended in her lovely country studio.  The drive is a little less than three hours.  That is unless you are with a good friend and the two of you miss the turn off because you are engaged in stimulating conversation.

We went up a day early to take advantage of the spa amenities at the historic Elms hotel where we stayed.  It is the largest spa of it's kind in the state of Missouri.  The experience was like none other!




We had a smaller group this year and it was so good to see familiar faces and to meet new friends. 



                  Here we are with our completed pieces, missing Lisa, who had to leave early.

We had time to relax and sit out by the creek, walk on her land and enjoy the gourmet coffee and treats that were served each morning.

Just being around other creatives is a learning experience in itself.  Having a community (tribe) to help and support you, throw ideas out, share their journey, all make for a great time of learning and fun.

The evenings were always entertaining and Tryphena even played the piano for us inside the restaurant.  The weather was so mild that we were able to eat outside in the garden surrounded by flowers, urns and statues.


This was my favorite piece that I created.  Learning to use the oils and mediums was a bit of a challenge for me.  Even though I have been using the water soluble oils at home, I had to think a little differently.  We all chose various Malcolm Liepke images.  It was most fun to see everyone's choices and the finished paintings.


Lauri's grandson was just born a few days prior to the workshop and she chose the technique on her own photo of this precious boy.  She did a remarkable job!


                                       This was my final piece, full of challenge and learning.


                            Here is a table full of completed paintings, joy and inspiration.

I hope you enjoyed this brief journey of my weekend workshop/retreat.  It was worth every penny and I will remember, the fun and laughter (lots of laughter) the three days produced.

The final evening was spent out on the large deck, overlooking the woods and creek.  Enjoying music, food and home made wine.  Priceless!

I hope to return next year for our guest artist, Stanka Kordic.   Same time, same place........................

Until next time!
xo
Ursula


2 comments:

  1. Love you Ursula, so much. Your artwork may have been "inspired" by Malcolm this past weekend, but your essence was what landed onto the canvas. Thank you for all the love and laughter and I cannot wait to get tougher again to paint and drink coffee...or wine...with you! xo

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  2. This was so amazing to read Ursula - just so encouraging to see you all together creating such incredibly beautiful portraits. Each one is just wonderful. And to hear that you were able to relax and laugh as well - you are right - priceless. Thank you so much for sharing. I am smiling - thinking of it. Xj.

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