The Ghost Ranch experience is unique to each visitor, and this workshop is a chance for you to respond to your experience through word and image. The landscape will influence our paintings, whether you work abstractly or realistically; whether your focus is large or small. In The Painted Word, work with the Neuland alphabet to supplement our paintings with text. There are no prerequisites for this class; rather we’ll begin with the skills you have, whether in drawing, painting or lettering, and work to develop your own vision. We’ll work with watercolor, gouache and drawing media, and choose texts that complement our ideas. You may want to use your own texts, or you may choose writers who inspire you.
Review the fundamentals of drawing and painting, with the goal of experiencing the surroundings of Ghost Ranch more intensely. You may focus on landscape or on the local flora, or just work abstractly. Start with a number of studies and then work to achieve a series of paintings or an artist’s book. You may not be experienced with all the media we will be using. Learn a bit of paint chemistry along with many techniques for making watercolor work for you. Lettering with various media, such as designers gouache, will allow you to bring harmony to word and image. You may also choose to work with dry media, such as colored pencil, for more delicate work. An option will include making your own paint from the many colors of soil in the Ghost Ranch area.
To integrate text with your images, we’ll work with the Neuland alphabet, learning its fundamental principles, which make it ideal for incorporating with your images. Annie will bring other options for lettering your texts, from using your own handwriting to drawn letter forms. You’ll leave Ghost Ranch with a collection of studies that will enhance your memories of a wonderful week.