Monday, April 21, 2014

Twice the Fun with Transfers

Gayle's mending tape transfer of ancient text
onto hand painted fabric
I have been having fun with transferred images since I was a little girl playing with Silly Putty and the Sunday comics borrowed from the newspaper my daddy was reading. I learned early on how lighter fluid squirted on the back of a magazine picture would transfer it to another surface. (You might cringe at thinking about lighter fluid, but I grew up in the 1960s when many people smoked, including my parents, and they always had a container of lighter fluid to refill their  lighters.)
I love the layering possibilities, and how personal images and photography can be transformed.

I will be teaching an introductory Image Transfer workshop at Small Studio in May. I hope you can join me to learn these fun techniques!

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Making Shrines at Small Studio

Friends and fellow artists joined Gayle for the Enshrined class.
 As promised, the Enshrined workshop at Small Studio Productions was loads of fun. Gail Crum joined me to co-teach the class, and Ginny at Small Studio has affectionately dubbed us The Gales, and now in her new blog post, Gale Force. That about sums it up! Gail was in the very first Shrines class that I taught some twenty years ago. She says the class changed her life. All I know is that she has been creating shrines, assemblages and collages ever since, and is an amazing artist. It was fun to teach a class together.
There were several long-time friends in the class: Phyllis, Karen and Clare from the "Dye Group", a cadre of women artists who have played together for decades and still keep a journal about what they are doing. Clare just retired from the art department at Malone College, but is teaching her amazing encaustic techniques and other workshops around northeast Ohio and in Columbus at QSDS.
Phyllis, Karen and Clare are "Dye Group" buddies. Gail Crum
co-taught Enshrined with me.
Former studio mate and amazing painter Pam Dills came with two of her friends, neither of whom had done artwork before, but both of whom made amazing pieces. In addition, Zelda, Kim and Denette joined us, and made absolutely stunning shrines with their selected objects and stories.

Enshrined class students working away.
Kim's shrine about her garden-loving grandmother, in progress
More workshops to come, the next on May 17th. Hope to see you there!

Friday, February 28, 2014


Detail, Gayle Pritchard's
Pharmacy Shrine
I am so happy to be teaching a new workshop, Enshrined, at the end of March. I hope you will join me and my teaching partner, Gail Crum, for this fun workshop! Your choice of two shrines (styles shown below) is included in the workshop fee. Gail and I will show you how to develop your theme, make it meaningful and personal, all while building your shrine in class. Can't wait!
When: Saturday, March 29th, 12 - 4 p.m.
Where: Small Studio Productions, 26113 Detroit Rd., Westlake, OH
Phone (call to sign up): 440-808-8599
$50 includes the half day workshop with two amazing teachers
and your choice of the shrine styles, shown below.

Gail's Paris shrine
Front view, Gayle's Pharmacy shrine. It has many
movable parts. Check it out at the shop!

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Back at Last

Gayle's TagTalk card, one of many created over the decades from
upcycled materials. See more at NoMoonNight
Back at last ... yes! I cannot begin to express to you how happy I am to have access to my blogs again! Special thank yous to Haley at Blue Mountain Reiki and my husband, Chris, whose efforts thwarted google's universal log-in quagmire and set me free! Hurrah!

So yes, nothing earth-shattering to report today. I am suffering from some sort of wintertime malaise that involves nausea and a muddled head in the midst of sub-zero temperatures, unusual in degree and duration even for northern Ohio.

Undeterred, however, I am so very happy to be back and to have THIS frustration resolved. Can't wait to "talk" some more.


Thursday, September 12, 2013

At a Loss

Rest in peace, Cheri.
You will be missed.

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Playing is Crucial for Artists

Goof off, and don't worry about the end result
Aside from creating artwork, I cannot think of anything much more important for an artist than PLAYING. Yes, you heard me...playtime. We have playdates for kids, and recreational time for grown-ups. We need set play days for artists!

Serendipity and maybe fate brought me back together recently which a group of artists I met when teaching my class Spirit Boxes, Sacred Vessels and Shrines for the very first time many, many years ago. These amazing women are now all accomplished artists, and I remain honored to know them. When one of the group was recently diagnosed with cancer, she requested that we re-form the artist group we had back in the day. These are the pictures from our first play day get together, where we played around with collage papers and paint. We were joined by another artist's sister, the fabulous Linda Lenart McNulty, and had us a time!

Fellow artists Gail Crum and Cheri Lenart Cann at play.

Jill Milenski finishes up her collage while Gail Crum searches her stash.

Old friends Jill and Cheri

No, Gail's not reading the newspaper. She is working with her collage papers!

Thanks for hosting, Cheri. Sending you love and light!

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Speaking of Flying

The past several months I have been very busy with a design project for hire, which I can't tell you more about right now! In the meantime, though, here is a small collage I finished recently, Flying Man. It utilizes found paper, photo transfer images, hand printed cyanotype imagery on paper, hand made crystalline paper, all on a nice, heavy weight watercolor paper background. It sold recently, and has been shipped to the buyer, so I wanted to show you a picture of it while it was on my mind.

The new year is here, and I have high hopes for 2013. Hope it's a great year for you, as well. Here's to making lots of art this year. Get busy!

Flying Man, a collage by Gayle Pritchard