Tuesday, November 9, 2010

My Week Away

If I could have managed time for blogging last week, I surely would have. I thought I'd catch up when I returned to my hut - when I'd make more sense. Still a tad out of it, I think I caught me a cold. Not surprising given at one point, I'm teaching in shorts with sunshine and 82 degree days - then painting outside in 43 degrees by the weekend. Wacky.

I arrived in Hilton Head a few days ahead of schedule - my guy and Petey joining me. Petey got the best seat.

The workshop began Monday morning - the studio we painted in was excellent, spacious and plenty of elbow room for 17 artists, my assistant Vince Fazio (from the Sedona Arts Center and also an artist) and me. Fabulous space - I really enjoyed it.

8 x 10"
my demo on Monday

Some of my talented painters at work.

4 x 4"

My demo on Tuesday morning - very quick, very loose
and painterly, the way I love to paint.

Another talented participant.

A quick note about the desktop easel Kris and others are using - my guy custom-made these for my students who were interested - he made 10 and sold out at the workshop. They're a deluxe version of the one I've used for the past five years - very sturdy, you can set it to a dozen different angles and it folds flat for traveling in luggage. A new batch will be built soon and I'll offer them for sale in my eBay store - so I'll holler as soon as they're ready to purchase.

8 x 8"

A demo I painted on Tuesday afternoon, from a student's
photo taken around Palmetto Bluff.

Tuesday evening, Ben Whiteside of the Morris & Whiteside Gallery in Hilton Head, hosted a get-together for all of my students and guests at the gallery - thank you Ben. We really loved that experience.

A very talented participant who used her iPad as a tool to paint from.
Smart girl, I was so envious.

6 x 6"

My demo for Wednesday, a happy dog I met on the beach.

Another talented artist painting from her own photo.

6 x 6"

My demo for Thursday, a longer day in the studio,
so I spent a little more time with it.

Not only one of my talented participants, Jerry is also the writer of the award winning comic strip Zits, creator of Baby Blues and one-time cartoonist for Nancy - we were thrilled to have him paint with all of us.

A fabulous, unique painting done by one of my talented students.

5 x 7"

My demo for Friday.

I'm not kidding when I say I lucked out with 17 talented, eager, friendly, optimistic artists.

I enjoyed every minute of the time we worked together. It totally inspired me to get back to my hut and start painting as soon as possible.

After the workshop wrapped up on Friday, I headed straight to Charleston, met up with my good friends, Neil and Karen Hollingsworth - both extraordinary painters.

Above Neil and Karen was the view from our terrace at the crack of dawn on Saturday morning - I'm off to paint in Washington Park, something completely new for me.

A Charleston artist, Rhett Thurman - painting in the park. Rhett and I shared a model that morning.

That's the tip of my head and several folks watching me paint in the park, including a Charleston artist, Tate Nation (second from the right). Great guy, great painter.

6 x 8"

8 x 10"

These are the two paintings I did in the park, which were included in the auction that night along with all the other artists who participated - proceeds going to the local public school's art departments - a great cause. On Charleston Today's website, there's a cool video of the Painting in the Park - take a look.

The auction was so exciting - a big Thank You to both the Morris & Whiteside Gallery and the Sylvan Gallery for representing my work in the event - makes me very proud.

For now, I'm happy to be back to my hut and have a lot of catching up to do. If there are future workshops scheduled, I'll post that info on the right hand column - also take some time to visit the blogs and websites of those artists who shared their time with me, both in New York and Hilton Head.

I'm grateful to those who joined me last week, as well as Vince Fazio for the help in not only arranging the workshops but assisting me and the artists during the week - couldn't have done it without you Vince.

Back to the paints ~


Anne Marie Propst said...

And those of us fortunate enough to have spent the week with you thank you so much for the knowledge and friendship you generously shared.

Linda Nickles said...

Karin, you are truly amazing! I felt honored to be a part of this Hilton Head workshop. Sorry you have a cold. Take care and get better soon.

Kathy Cousart said...

Karin, I am the luckiest new artist wanna be in the world to have gotten a kick start from the "Rock Star" of the oil painting world and to have been part of the best workshop ever! Enjoyed seeing your recap and made me miss you all-
Special shout out to your quiet wingman, Vince- I need his autotgraph also! New tradition:)
I plan to come back next year for the fun and fellowship and to dazzle you all with my skill at figuratives. Take care of yourself!

Sonya Johnson said...

How fun to read about your week and see all the photos of both the wonderful paintings and the people. I can only imagine how fun it was to interact with so many artists in one place - inspiring and energizing!

Thanks for sharing all of this from your trip - it was fun to read.

Mitzi Easley said...

I loved our week together Karin - it was truly a privilege. A big thanks also to Vince and all the other kids in the class! Happy Painting All!

Marian Fortunati said...


Wish I could have been there.

Randall said...

Wow, lots of work here Karin. Love the paintings especially the landscape with the stream running through. I had a go at painting from photo again a couple days ago and really took my time on it and to my astonishment it turned out to look even better than the photo. Now if I could just do that plein air I'd be a happy man.


Maria Kovalenko Leysens said...

Sounds like a wonderful time away from your studio filled with teaching, sharing and inspiration. Thanks for sharing and inspiring!

Catherine Olander said...

I love the Palmetto Bluff Painting!! I enjoy seeing all your paintings - they are inspirational!! Thanks for sharing your work.

carol morgan carmichael said...

Thanks for sharing the workshop photos teach. You have been an inspiration to so many of us and to get to work and learn from you was incredible. Feel better.
Loving my easel!

Unknown said...

What a great time. Glad you're home safe and sound and painting! Feel better.

Mary Sheehan Winn said...

You never fail to thrill me with your beautiful work. Stunning!

Pam Holnback said...

What a week!

Amy Hillenbrand said...

I feel so grateful to have gone to the workshop, to learn from my painting idol and meet so many wonderful artists. A big huge thank you to you Karin. Loved seeing what your paintings from Charleston.

Linda Popple said...

Looks like such fun and a wonderful learning experience! Wish I could have been there!! Love your paintings and inspired by your stretching into plein aire.

The table easels look like they would be nice to have. Where could I get one?

Geri said...

I've just started following your blog and haven't had much time to read through it all but was wondering if you have any teaching DVDs or online courses? Thank you

Karin Jurick said...

Geri - no, I don't have DVD's or online teaching - but I will have future workshops posted on my blog.

The desktop easels are custom built by my guy - he'll be starting on a new batch that will be for sale soon.
They're awesome, a must-have.