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One Word: Transformative

transform |transˈfôrmverb with obj. ] make a thorough or dramatic change in the form, appearance, or character of: 

I mentioned to someone that I would be attending a pastel workshop led by Dawn Emerson she said she had heard great things about her and her workshops in fact one person had told her it was “transformative to her own art”. After two days of incredible instruction and motivation, I would agree, wholeheartedly!

The title of the workshop “Dance with Pastels” was a literal description of her style of instruction. With progressive steps she led us in a dance with our artwork both figuratively and literally. “Lead with your belly button”, “feel the form and lightly describe with the charcoal”” find the rhythm and locate *******repetition in your composition

Like a party whisperer she had the energy and personality to take the wallflowers away from the edges and onto the dance floor, so to speak.

She shared the ups and downs of her career, She encourages trying various mediums and mixing multiple media, exploring and releasing creativity by letting go of pressures we put on ourselves about cost and perfection. working in series to explore all of the elements of a subject or composition.

I wish I had written this idea down verbatim she shared about painting the same thing many times. but it went something like this… if I were to paint you, the first couple times it would resemble you in appearance, then a couple more times, I would begin to pick up on your personal characteristics and your personality would begin to shine through, then after multiple sessions my feelings about you would be apparent. This idea has stuck with me and comes to mind often.

If you were to ask me one reason to take a workshop from Dawn, it would be very hard for me to narrow down. I think it would be, although there were 13 students in a two day workshop, she quickly picked up on each persons strengths, weaknesses and temperament. Then towards the end of the workshop took the time to guide each of us in ways to improve our work and enrich our artistic experiences.

I am embarrassed to say this post has been in my “drafts” folder since October 2014. I wanted to do it justice. Elaborate more, gush more over Dawns work and teaching skills and share some big plans that developed as a result of this workshop… Best laid plans.

Most of the time my ideas are bigger and more involved than I have the time to implement. Since that time I have lost a good bit of my photos and a whole lot of my recall!

Just take it from me if the opportunity arises to take a class from Dawn Emerson, jump at the chance! I promise it will be transformative,_MG_5622

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