I am a narrative mixed media artist, writer and educator. I am also a mad art scientist who pushes products beyond their normal use and that is what this class is all about. The most important thing I can teach anyone is to think outside the box. You probably thought gesso was all the same and just used to prime a canvas. That barely touches on all the possibilities of this wonderful product. We cover the types, colors, grades of gesso and learn that not all gesso is created equal along with a huge variety of gesso techniques. When you have finished the tutorials, you will know many of my tricks plus more about gesso than almost anyone else on the planet.
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The richly textured mixed media paintings of Darlene Olivia McElroy reflect the vision of an artist whose involvement with man’s primal origins, sins, and religious conflicts has developed an imagery at once sensuously primitive and startlingly sophisticated. Weaving through textural surfaces, found objects, and rich symbolism, the viewer is drawn into a visual world where color plays the role of an atmospheric veil encompassing the personal myths of the artist.
McElroy, born and raised in Southern California, is descended from an old New Mexico family of artists and storytellers. She has been deeply influenced by the summers she spent growing up on her family’s ranch in Santa Fe where the rich tapestry of Hispanic life filled the nights and brightly colored the days. She currently lives in Santa Fe where she enjoys the skies, the color and the art.
Darlene’s Artful Gathering workshops include, Make Your Art Speak, Clay Casting, Impressionable, Incredible Clay, Metallic Hocus Pocus, and Adding to Your Arsenal. Available now on DVD.