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ABUNDANCE- Looking Within, Looking Without: Reflecting on and expressing the Interior and exterior landscape
Instructor: Lynda McIntyre
Start Date: 8/25/19, End Date: 8/31/19
Check-In Begins at 3:00pm at the Welcome Center on 8/25/19. Dinner 5:30 – 6:30; Orientation 6:45 pm
I am so delighted to welcome you to the Abundance- Looking Within and Without workshop at Ghost Ranch this summer. Here, in the magic of the private and beautiful Casa Del Sol, we will be able to combine the quiet of a spiritual retreat with the exuberance of creative expression. This workshop, a dance between eye, hand, heart and spirit, is always inspiring and FUN – no matter what one’s skill level. Each participant will have the opportunity to engage in their own creative art making and I will lead morning workshops in drawing and painting including making one’s own paints.
We will also have generous open studio time outside under canopies or at differing sites on the ranch, along with time to explore the majestic landscape through photography, quiet meditation time, hiking trails, field trips to remote and powerful landscapes; time to horseback ride, to write, and to CREATE and REFLECT. Many differing approaches to arts are encouraged and welcomed, so bring your intent, your favorite materials and a sense of openness and bravery.
This is a place – your place – to renew and recharge. The days will be a balance of working, quiet and exploring. And the nights? Ah, the night skies — breathtaking and inspiring in themselves. There will be ample opportunity to share our works, to share writings we find inspiring and to give and get feedback. I plan to organize a visit to Georgia O’Keeffe’s Abiquiu studio/ home – which is exquisite and inspiring and you will see that each vie from the Casa del Sol hacienda, frames a familiar painting vista. I craft the workshop in response to the skills and interest areas of the participants and have found this most rewarding for everyone involved. To this end I will ask that you, if you wish, send me a sense your arts interests, experience, your passions and interests, projects you would like to explore and your self-assessed skill level. DON’T be SHY. I have had participants in this workshop who have never drawn before to professional painters, photographers, teachers, writers – even weavers, TV personalities and Buddhist monks. We all have something to learn and something to share and there is probably no more welcoming and inspiring place than working at Casa del Sol on Ghost Ranch.
I invite you to contact me directly with any questions (or possibly reading suggestions, etc.) at email@example.com I will send a suggested materials list to participants as the date approaches but I encourage people to bring their favorite materials (preferably water-based if you are using paints, though we will be working outside) and certainly a camera, a journal, open eyes, open heart and unbridled curiosity. This is always a remarkably joyous and invigorating experience.
Looking forward to creating with you.
Lynda Reeves McIntyre
Learning Outcomes: Participants will learn differing aspects of drawing including contour, value and gesture – along with gaining knowledge and experience with differing materials and various approaches in seeing. We will be exploring various water-based painting techniques and learn color mixing and numerous analytic and expressive approaches to working, along with gaining experience with differing painting materials and papers, along with making our own paints from found pigments. Participants will be encouraged to develop a a series of works based on their own chosen direction.This may take the form of a journal, collage, photographic or other approach depending upon the desire of the participant.
Course Schedule: This class will facilitate the artist/ nature/spirit collaboration. I will lead sessions in specific approaches daily — in seeing, drawing and water-based painting and will assist people at their own levels as the week progresses. Days will open with time for meditation and then I will have specific arts workshop each day for approximately 2 hours after breakfast. Participants can continue to work throughout the day though certain afternoons will have field trip opportunities to paint/draw / write at other on and off ranch sites. There will planned and spontaneous critiques throughout the week and an end of week display and sharing. Ample time will be put aside for people to explore the many aspects of Ghost Ranch. I conceive of this course as a fluid interaction with nature, spirit and the art of seeing and expressing. I will teach specific techniques and with a variety of materials including- pencils, charcoal, ebony, ink and water based paints. (Watercolor and possibly acrylic.) If it is at all possible I will give a workshop in making one’s own paints from pigments. Much time will be focused on really ‘seeing’ the relationships between objects, boundaries, shapes, edges, color and form. This vision will also be applied to our interpretation of internal vision and reflection. We will begin to attempt to not only SEE and draw natural and botanical forms but to give line LIFE to explore qualities that can enhance and expand the sense of voice and spirit. We will work toward a fluidity of expression. Each day will include time in the natural landscape, actual art instruction, art making, time for reflection and discussion and possibly evening slide shows (we still use this word, don’t we?) and/ or star gazing/ I will provide suggested readings, not required, but these can act as stimuli for discussions and artwork— as will the slide visuals. The most powerful inspiration will, of course, be the environment. Each day will have a differing flow depending upon the weather, participant’s intentions and the possibilities of field trips.
Instructor Background: Lynda Reeves McIntyre was trained as a painter and a dancer at the University of Massachusetts, Hunter College and Yale University. She holds a Doctorate in Aesthetics. She weaves her training in painting, dance, Buddhist study and aesthetics into her teaching. McIntyre had her first major show in New York at 21. She has since received numerous awards including those from the NEA, the MacDowell Foundation, the JFK Center, the ICCE, the VCCA and the Getty Foundation. She has been awarded art fellowships abroad to Australia, the former Soviet Union, China, Cuba, Vietnam, Bhutan, Mexico and Italy where she teaches painting in the summers. Her work is shown throughout the U.S, Europe and the Pacific Rim. Her works are held in corporate and private collections in the U.S, Europe and Australia. McIntyre is a Professor Emeritus in Studio Art and formerly the Chairman of the University of Vermont Department of Art and Art History.McIntyre is a painter whose acrylic and watercolor works find their sources in personal, visceral and visual experiences. McIntyre often works outside, backpacking to sites in all weather conditions, taking notes from ocean, desert, and mountain and built environments.
In a recent television interview McIntyre stated, “The actual visceral experience combined with the energy of the land is what I attempt to project and provoke in the viewer. At this time all of my work is a continuation of my personal exploration and participation in the compelling spiritual qualities of nature. I realize that I delight in exploring the stillness, the power, the surprise, the disquieting edge and the accepting humor of this world. My love of gesture, light, color, layering, history, change and growth combine in the physical, emotional and for me spiritual act of painting.”
Of her recent works U.S. critics have said, “She dances with paint,” “Delicious color, eloquent gesture and luxuriant talent radiate from these paintings,” “A sensuous feast.” European critics have said, “Sensuous, subtle. Intimate paintings that sometimes slap you in the face but more often caress,” “Revealing spiritual and artistic brilliance,” “This show inspires joy and surprise.” firstname.lastname@example.org Mount Philo Road, Shelburne, Vermont 05482 1 802 985-2019 WWW.LYNDAREEVESMCINTYRE.COM
What to Bring: Because GHOST RANCH has a limited art store i encourage each person to bring their own supplies. I am including a suggested materials list. Each participant is bringing a differing background and experience in making art. We have a lot to share. I invite each of you to bring along your own favorite materials and possibly materials you would like to explore. You may choose to bring supplies with you, purchase them in Santa Fe (where there are very good art stores) or you can ship them from your favorite supplier ahead of time to Ghost Ranch (contact GR to make sure you have the correct address – include your name, name of workshop, dates and Casa del Sol)
PLEASE THINK PORTABLE for working on site and for ease of shipping. Do speak with your local ART MATERIALS SUPPLIER and get recommendations as to sizes, weights and brands of materials and papers.
• Paper (for drawing and painting)
• Watercolor or multi-medium sketch book and/or Watercolor block and/or watercolor paper of 80lb to 140 lb. weight (the heavier a weight and cold pressed gives best results but is also more expensive.)
• Vellum finished paper for sketching and inkalsoa paper palette for mixing paints
• MARK MAKERS 2H, HB and Ebony Pencils
• Compressed Charcoal
• Vine charcoal
• Rust, brown and white Conte Crayon
• Pink Pearl Erasure, kneed erasure
• Small pencil sharpener or exacto/knife
• Flexible tipped markers (optional)
• India Ink with brushes (optional)
• Watercolor pencils (Derwent is a good brand) select colors that reflect an arid landscape if buying separately. Include a white, green and purple as complements
• Small Container for Supplies
• Watercolors: If buying individual tubes– think “arid landscape” and full color range (if in doubt ask art supplier)
• Plastic water tray
• Small water bottle
• One can also buy a Windsor Newton or parallel watercolor packet – portable, full color range, with brushes and palette – easy for onsight painting.
• 2-4 variable sized good quality pointed watercolor brushes
• Acrylics: Golden or good quality small tubes of arid colors along with white, black, greens, purple and blue-
• 2-4 good quality acrylic brushes – very thin to broad, pointed and flat.
• Water spritzer to keep paints wet
• Case/Backpack/Carrier for materials and paper
• Paper towels
• Small test pad for colors
• Waxed paper to separate art work for packing
• Blue painters tape for crisp edges.
• Some people like to bring a small portable stool or easel (your choice).
• But certainly, bring CURIOUSITY and ENTHUSIASM