Behind-The-Scenes At A Batik Workshop With Caren Hackman

What happens after a Rickie Report article announcing a class or workshop is published?  On March 2, 2018, we published “Cynthia Head And Sally Pearson Offer 1 Day Workshops To Create A Take-Home Batik Painting”.  Today, Caren Hackman reports on her own and other workshop attendees’ experiences and shares their exciting results in this article.  The Rickie Report shares this behind-the-scenes experience with our readers!

 

BEHIND   THE   SCENES    WITH  CAREN  HACKMAN:

 

Watercolor Batik on Rice Paper  1 day Workshop

 

 

Caren Hackman at Batik Workshop

 

It is great to get out of my own studio and take workshop to learn new skills or a new process. A one-day-Saturday workshop, suited me fine. I invited my sister, Naomi, friend Mara and her daughter Sarah, to take a watercolor-batik workshop with me.

 

I learned about the workshop through The Rickie Report. Rickie’s initial article about the workshop stated that all participants, regardless of experience, would be able to create a stunning work of art. The workshop was instructed by artists Sally Browning Pearson and Cynthia Head, and took place in Sally’s well-lit Port St. Lucie studio. The skill level of the 6 participants spanned from experienced watercolorists, to individuals with almost no painting experience. For the designs, Cindy and Sally offer tried and true patterns or the option to create your own design. I chose to use my own design.

 

I asked several of the workshop participants why they had chose to attend.  Barbara shared, “I was looking for something fun and I know Sally, so I knew this would be fun”.  Both Mara, an artist and instructor and Kendra, a longtime student of Sally’s, said that they were hoping the workshop would jumpstart some new creative endeavors.

 

The project begins by drawing the image on rice paper that is shot through with Mylar threads. I don’t want to give away too many of the secrets of this wonderful process, but there is a point when we crumpled our beautiful, delicate projects into fist sized balls!

 

 

Barb and Mara crumbling their paper

 

After the crumbling and another watercolor wash, we ironed the artwork to remove all of the wax. The results were delightful and varied. Each workshop participant adhered their rice paper art to a 16” x 20” stretched canvas support. I skipped this stage because I wanted to I attached my watercolor batik to a canvas scroll, as I’ve been doing for all my YogaPainter artworks.

 

 

As the workshop progressed, I asked the two least experienced “artists” in our group what they thought of their projects.  Naomi said, ” I was anxious about taking this workshop because I am a perfectionist, but I am not an artist. I absolutely love what I made”!  Sarah told me, “This is the best piece of art that I have ever created”!

 

ONE   DAY   BATIK   PAINTING   WORKSHOPS

To Register or get more information contact: cynthia.head@gmail.com or sallybpearson@gmail.com

For more information about Caren Hackman:

Caren Hackman is a graphic designer and fine artist living in Palm Beach Gardens, FL. and author of a book about Graphic Design and Good Business practice: http://www.carenhackman.com/book/.

Be sure to check out Caren’s wonderful artwork – Caren is a talented artist in her own right! She is a founding member of the Artists of Palm Beach County.

www.carenhackman.com

 yogapainter.com

 

 

 

 

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Rickie Leiter, Publisher

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17019 SW Sapri Way   Port St. Lucie, FL 34986

Cynthia Head And Sally Pearson Offer 1 Day Workshops To Create A Take-Home Batik Painting

Join Sally Pearson and Cynthia Head in an exciting one day workshop at Sally’s home studio in Stuart, FL and create your own Batik painting!  In addition to learning about batik on rice paper –design and color application – they will also show you how to mount your picture over canvas. You will go home with a picture ready to hang!  They supply the coffee and wine ( at the end of the day) in a small group setting.  Beginners are very welcome and for those of you thinking “I’m not creative”… this is FOR YOU!  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks of the Batik images, Cynthia’s original watercolors, and her own “Batik in a Bag©” kits.

 

One Day Batik Painting Workshop

 

ONE   DAY   BATIK   PAINTING   WORKSHOPS

 

Watercolor Batik on Rice Paper

1 day Workshop

Available:   Thursday, Friday or Saturday

 

“Birches”Batik © by Cynthia Head

 

Join Sally Pearson and Cynthia Head in this exciting one day workshop in Sally’s home studio!

Wear old clothes, bring a lunch, we supply coffee and lemonade, and wine at the end of day.

Cost: $75.00 payable by cash or check

 597 SW Kaabe Avenue   Port St Lucie, FL

Time: 9:30 – 3:30

To Register or get more information contact: cynthia.head@gmail.com or sallybpearson@gmail.com

 

 

Bring your own photo reference or choose one of our drawings to use in this exciting workshop.

Two teachers for 5 students provide more individual instruction.

In addition to learning about batik on rice paper –design and color application – we will also show you how to mount your picture over canvas.

You will go home with a picture ready to hang!

Materials provided include:

· Rice paper · Drawing and or pattern · Watercolors · Designated brushes · Pens · Hot wax · Canvas · Matt medium and rollers to mount your picture

 

 

About Batik

Cynthia’s most recent work incorporate watercolor on rice paper using the ancient batik method.  Batik is a technique of wax-resist dyeing applied traditionally to whole cloth originating in Indonesia. Batik is made by drawing wax dots and lines of resist with a tool called a canting or by printing with resist with a copper stamp called a cap. The wax resists dyes and allows color to selectively soak into the cloth. Boiling water is used to remove the wax.

Cynthia tells us that wax resist dyeing of fabric is an ancient art form. It already existed in Egypt in the 400 BC, where it was used to wrap mummies, and was practiced in Asia, China, India, Japan as well as in Africa.  Different resists were used, depending on the availability of resources.  Indonesian batik from the island of Java is the best known. In October 2009, UNESCO designated Indonesian batik a a Masterpiece of Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity.  Handmade Unyru paper is made from the highly renewable resource, the mulberry tree. The particular paper I use has strands of gold or silver, pre-consumable, recycled, mylar added to it, adding interest to each piece.

 

 

Below are some patterns available for students – more being developed every week !

 

 

 

“Sidekick©” Batik  by Cynthia Head

 

 

 

“Hibiscus”Batik© by Cynthia Head

 


Cynthia shares, “Combining the vibrancy and versatility of watercolor, with the spontaneity of the batik process, embraces a sense of perfect imperfection. There is a joy in working through each piece that energizes me. It motivates me to share this artistic journey by teaching others. My goal is to work with freer, more intuitive expression”.

 

“Hydrangeas” Original Watercolor by Cynthia Head


“Having finished a career in teaching high school, I am fortunate to be able focus fully on studio art and teaching adult watercolor batik workshops. My degrees in history and education, along with fine arts courses and workshops, provide a firm basis in design, color, and composition. Living in Florida and Canada, and traveling extensively, supplies me with constant inspiration. It’s always uplifting to be able to get out with a sketch book and camera to view the world anew. My work is based on my own photography, sketch books, and imagination”, she explains.

 

“Just Leaves” Original Watercolor by Cynthia Head

 

INTRODUCING:

BATIK IN A BAG©  – Take home a DIY

Each kit contains patterns and instructions, canvas, pen, and wax, to complete a
8 X 10 canvas gallery wrapped – ready to hang – picture!

$28.00

 

 

 

 

To learn more about Batik on watercolor, Batik in a Bag© and to see more of Cynthia’s work go to her website:

Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/Cynthia-Head-Studio-330599384092514/?ref=bookmarks

Website:

https://cynthiaheadstudio.wixsite.com/mysite

Instagram

https://www.instagram.com/cynthia_head_studio

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Rickie Leiter, Publisher

Rickie@therickiereport.com   561-537-0291

17019 SW Sapri Way   Port St. Lucie, FL 34986

Palm Beach Watercolor Society Features Live Model Paint-Ins, Workshop With Carol Z. Brody And Monthly Meeting

Looking for a place to paint with other watermedia artists? The Palm Beach Watercolor Society offers many opportunities: “Paint-Ins” on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of every month ( March 8th and 22nd) with a live model at the Boca Raton Community Center. The Monthly Meeting is on March 10th with a demo by Sue Archer.  Carol Z. Brody offers a One-Day Workshop on March 17th.  Non-members are welcome! The Rickie Report shares the details and urges you to make your reservations! This is a terrific artist networking organization for artists to meet, learn new techniques and enjoy creating together.

 

 

 

 

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PALM BEACH WATERCOLOR SOCIETY

INVITES YOU:

 

 

PAINT-INS:

With Live Model

March 8th  and March 22nd

Non-Members Welcome!

$15.00

9:30 am – 12:30 pm

Boca Raton Community Center

150 Crawford Blvd. Boca Raton, FL.

Call for reservations: Dona Nenner (561) 362 – 5506

 

 

 

MONTHLY MEETING:

March 10th 6:30 pm

Meet Other Artists, Enjoy Refreshments, Watch a Demonstration!

Boca Raton Community Center

150 Crawford Blvd. Boca Raton, Fl

Demo Artist:Sue Archer

 

 

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“Strawberries” by Sue Archer

 

ONE- DAY WORKSHOP:

 

Carol Z. Brody

Thursday, March 17, 2016

$80. members/ $100. non-members

 

Boca Raton Community Center

150 Crawford Blvd. Boca Raton, Fl

9 am – 3:45 pm

Please contact Adrienne Walker
6442 Emerald Breeze Way Boynton Beach, FL 33437
To use a credit card please call

516-498-3605

 

 

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“Party Papers, Ribbons and Confetti IV” by Carol Z. Brody

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www.carolzbrody.com
czbrody@carolzbrody.com

 

Carol tells The Rickie Report, “My paintings reflect my love of color and my fascination with texture, and are often tied to some aspect of the real world. They begin as a flow of feelings, intuition and spirit. Rather than carefully controlling my paintings, I allow them to grow and emerge, suggesting their forms, which I develop by means of many layers of glazes.  Through my work, I try to delight the viewers’ senses and bring them joy. Many remark about the beautiful colors, telling me they love the softness and emotional quality in my work. It pleases me to know I have reached them.”

 

 

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“Papers and Images IV” by Carol Z. Brody

 

SUPPLY LIST

–several sheets of Arches paper, 140 lb. cold press, 22×30 size
(You will need a half sheet for each day’s lesson. Have extra paper for practice.)
–board for your paper (pref. masonite) slightly larger than paper—16×23
–four large metal spring clips to clip paper – get at office supply store

–assortment of watercolors – SQUEEZED OUT AND DRY – in a John Pike type palette-
(large, covered palette with large paint wells around periphery & mixing area inside)
** Fill the wells all the way, and allow about 5 days, uncovered, to DRY the paints.

–assortment of brushes: ***(I personally like synthetic brushes best.)
–1 ½” flat good painting brush – (Robert Simmons Skyflow-#278 the best of these)
(Polar Flo is a good, cheap alternative sold at Jerry’s Artarama and elsewhere)
–other flat brushes—-1″ and 1/2″, both with short hairs
–round brushes—-# 10 and # 6
–rigger brush – size 3 or 4 – optional but important (This is a thin brush with long hairs,
1″ to 1 ¼” long.)
** Watercolor brushes have short handles, as opposed to oil or acrylic brushes.

–small natural sponge

–large water container
–hair dryer

–spray bottle
–paper towels

–old toothbrush
–masking tape 1″ wide

–credit cards
–pencil and kneaded eraser

–scissors
Carol Z. Brody will bring other source material.

 

 

* If you have questions, you can call Carol at (561) 792-0806, or email czbrody@carolzbrody.com

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**Optional: Bring one of your paintings which doesn’t quite “work”, which you want me to critique.

 

 

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“Party Papers, Ribbons and Confetti V” by Carol Z. Brody

 

 

 

Carol Z. Brody

Carol Z. Brody has been painting for over 50 years. She began working in oils, then turned to watercolors, acrylics, and collage. In addition, she has experience in various drawing media. Carol is a signature member of the National Watercolor Society, the Transparent Watercolor Society of America, Watercolor West, Florida Watercolor Society and Palm Beach Watercolor Society. She also holds elected memberships in Audubon Artists, Allied Artists, the Salmagundi Club, the Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club and the National Association of Women Artists, all of which are professional multi-media organizations based in New York City, and which have annual exhibitions. Her paintings hang in numerous private and corporate spaces throughout the country.

 

 

 

Carol’s award-winning works have been published in “Splash 11,” “The Artistic Touch 4,” “Journeys to Abstraction,” and “The Best of Acrylic Painting.” They have been featured in “Watercolor Artist” Magazine and in “Watercolor” Magazine. Her work has been included in over 120 national juried shows, recently in Shenzhen, China, and has earned her over 65 awards, including 6 First Place awards.  Carol is a dynamic and inspiring teacher who has been teaching watercolor (currently at the Armory Art Center) since 1987, in addition to giving many workshops and demonstrations and serving as a show juror around the country. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Upcoming Workshops 2016

• Jorge Leon……… 2 Day-Thursday March 31st – Friday April 1, 2016

 

 

 

For more information please contact:

Adrienne Walker adriennew4199@gmail.com

or Lynn Holland laplume366@gmail.com

or visit

www.palmbeachwatermedia.org

 

 

For coverage of your events, to place an advertisement, or speak to Rickie about appearing in The Rickie Report, contact:

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

The Rickie Report

P.O.Box 33423

Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420

Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291

FREE Art Events Sponsored By Artists Of Palm Beach County Include Norman Berman Presentation And Art Critique By Jeff Lucas In Addition To Call For Emerging Artists

Artists of Palm Beach County announces two free Saturday events at the Art on Park Gallery plus a Call To Emerging Artists.  On Saturday, May 9thNorman Berman will present “The Metamorphosis of a Painting” with slides and discussion.  On Saturday, May 16th, Jeff Lucas will present “Improve My Art – Critique Session, Everyone is a Critic!” Participants are invited to bring up to three pieces of art and receive constructive feedback in a friendly atmosphere.  The Rickie Report shares the details and urges EMERGING ARTISTS of 2D and 3D work to apply for the next Exhibit (Deadline is May 13th)!  We want to remind ART LOVERS that this Gallery is a treasure trove of hand crafted glass, watercolors, original collages, hand crafted jewelry, original photography, oil paintings and acrylic paintings  as well as pastels. Many of the artists calling Art on Park “home” sell nationally and internationally. Stop by! Florida The Beautiful, 2015″ runs until May 16th.

 

 

 

 

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ARTISTS OF PALM BEACH COUNTY

INVITES EVERYONE

MAY EVENTS:

Art on Park Gallery

800 Park Ave.        Lake Park FL 33403

561-345-2842

Gallery Hours: Monday to Saturday, 12 to 6 PM

FLORIDA THE BEAUTIFUL 2015

An exhibit to showcase the Environmental Beauty of Florida to benefit the Sierra Club Loxahatchee Group.  15% of sales will be donated.

Exhibit Runs Until May 16, 2015

 

“Metamorphosis Of A Painting”

With Norman Berman

Saturday, May 9th

2 – 4 pm

 

On Saturday, May 9th from 2:00 to 4:00 pm the Artists of Palm Beach County (APBC) is proud to present a talk and slide presentation by award winning artist and executive board member, Norman Berman. The event entitled “The Metamorphosis of a Painting” will take place at the Art on Park Gallery, 800 Park Avenue, Lake Park, Florida.

 

Norman Berman at the easel

Norman Berman at the easel

 

 

Norman has been a member of APBC for over 4 years and has exhibited widely in Palm Beach County. In November of 2013 his “One-Man Show” at the Armory Art Center in West Palm Beach was met with much acclaim. A retired New York City teacher and supervisor/administrator, Norman exhibited in the New York City area before his move to Florida in 2003. His talk will describe how he creates a painting from start to finish and will be supplemented with a series of slides showing the progress of his work.  Norman will be exhibiting at a SOLO show at the Weisman Center, Delray Beach at the end of May.

 

 

 

 

Landscape by Jeff Lucas

Landscape by Jeff Lucas

 

 

“Improve My Art – Critique  Session

Everyone is a Critic!”

With Jeff Lucas

Saturday, May 16th

1 – 3 pm

 

 

On Saturday, May 16 from 1:00 to 3:00 pm Art on Park Gallery resident artist, Jeff Lucas, will present “Improve My Art – Critique Session, Everyone is a Critic!” Participants are invited to bring up to three pieces of art and receive constructive feedback in a friendly atmosphere. Jeff will guide the discussion as the group reviews each piece and learns more about how to look at one’s art with fresh eyes. Jeff, who has taught watercolor classes in the past, is best known for his exquisite watercolors, which can be seen in the gallery.

 

UPCOMING EXHIBITS:

 

Emerging Artists 2015

An exhibit to showcase the talent of emerging artists in Palm Beach County, Florida
An exhibition of 2D and 3D works

May 20 to June 27, 2015

Public Opening Reception:

Friday, May 22, 2015    5 – 8 pm

Everyone Welcome to:

After Party at The Brewhouse Gallery
starting at 8pm
720 Park Ave, Lake Park

 

 

Submission deadline:
Wednesday, May 13, 2015

To access the submission form go to:
http://www.artistsofpalmbeachcounty.org/eventdetail.php?266

 

 

For More Information please visit:

APBC Art on Park Gallery
800 Park Avenue, Lake Park FL 33403
561-345-2842
http://www.artistsofpalmbeachcounty.com/

For coverage of your events, to place an advertisement, or speak to Rickie about appearing in The Rickie Report, contact:

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

The Rickie Report

P.O.Box 33423

Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420

Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291