The Time Keeper

This summer I scored a vintage sewing machine from this very nice woman on Mercer Island. She was very excited to tell me that it still worked and I told her how my grandmother was a home economics teacher and had taught me how to sew at a very early age. I didn’t have the heart to tell her what I was really going to do with it. This piece is made with one of the fabulous drawers from the machine. The mannequin hand was one of my birthday gifts last year from my family.

The Time Keeper Assemblage by Kathie Vezzani

The Time Keeper Assemblage by Kathie Vezzani

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Katie Kendrick in her element

Since last October, when I attended a workshop in San Miguel de Allende, I have worked with Judy Wise and Katie Kendrick in offering artist workshops in Oaxaca, Mexico City, San Miguel and Costa Rica. Can you stand it?! Two of my favorite artists and I am organizing workshops for them. Who would have thunk it? I hadn’t even dreamed it so you can imagine how blessed I feel that they are trusting me to organize these trips for them.

Not only do I get to spend time with them, but I get to spread the word at how incredible both of these artists are. They are warm, generous, interesting women and I am learning not only about art, but also gardening, canning, making tinctures, and eating organic. Judy and Katie, along with their husbands, have great gardens that offer bounty not only for themselves, but for food banks and some of the worker bees who help them.

I went to Katie’s to drop off some of the supplies for our upcoming workshop in Oaxaca. While there, I got to walk the loop along the river and fields where Katie gets a lot of her inspiration. Yes, I saw the Mother tree and swimming hole and marveled at the many beaver homes along the short distance we walked and the telltale signs of their visits along the riverbanks.

Katie in front of her beloved river with her two companions, Sophie and Daisy.

Katie picked a few supplies for me from her garden while I was there. What a treat.


Katie Kendrick in her garden

Katie is definitely in her element when she is one with nature. If there was one word I would use to describe Katie, it is organic. This includes her artwork. She readily admits that she is not a realistic painter, instead her pieces evolve as she intuits their many layers.

I can’t wait to see what she paints in Paint Oaxaca next week. There are two more opportunities to paint with Katie, in Costa Rica where she will be teaching with Cat Bennett in February, and Mexico City with Judy in March.

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More waxy goodness from Encausticamp

It’s been a whirlwind since I returned from Encausticamp 2014. It was great catching up with friends that I made from last year, and creating new friendships. There was laughter, drinking wine in the evenings, some crazy antics with bottle openings and dancing to “Oh Mickey.” Beautiful creations were everywhere and Seattle was wax bombed by small pieces that we made while in camp.

Here are a few of my creations from the week.

Encaustic Shoe Assemblage by Kathie Vezzani

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Mother of the Universe published in Somerset Studio

I am thrilled that my illuminated manuscript Mother of the Universe that I made in Andrea Matus deMeng’s class at Art is You (AIY) Petaluma last year, has been published in the fall issue of Somerset Studio. What’s even more fun is that Andrea is the featured artist and one of her magnificent pieces graces the cover. I adore her and her projects so I am honored to be sharing this issue with her. She’s traveling in Australia so she hasn’t seen the article. She and her husband, Michael deMeng are teaching at the first AIY in Australia and I am enjoying re-living my travels through their pictures on Facebook.  Of course, they are seeing this beautiful country with artists eyes, and I was there just out of college accompanying my husband as he traveled for Alcoa. It was my college graduation hoorah. I loved our time there and it will always hold a special place in my bank of memories and the friends that we made are still friends, thirty years later.

I adored this project and made two. The second, the Good Mother has been selected as a featured Spotlight in the Winter 2014 Issue of Somerset Studio Gallery which will hit newsstands Dec. 1.; book art; assemblage

Mother of the Universe by Kathie Vezzani

Somerset Studio

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Cat Bennett wins a gold medal

Congratulations to Cat Bennett for her book Making Art a Practice winning a gold medal from Foreword Reviews, the go-to indie book review for libraries and bookstores!

Cat recently returned from a drawing workshop in Greece on the island of Skyros. She wrote about her experience there with students from around the world. Here is an excerpt.

“Most of the students were from England, Ireland, Scandinavia and Italy. I was impressed how quickly everyone allowed themselves to abandon traditional ideas about drawing with accuracy and getting things “right.” We drew in abstract ways, with our eyes only on what we were drawing and we drew even with our eyes closed. We drew from memory too. We got interested in what we were seeing and discovering, and the ways we could go into uncharted territory to create new experiences and invent. We looked at the things we were telling ourselves as so many of those things can hold us back. Part of our work became watching the mind and changing any negatives to positives. This really opened us up to boldness. And we learned to ask good questions. Why? Why not? What do we see, what can we do with it, what can we offer of ourselves? And what do we see of ourselves in the work too? We each have a unique perspective, our own story and sensibility, so working together is a great way to see our perspective as well as appreciate that of others. Working in a situation like this brought people from different parts of the world together and our assumptions became more evident. It was great. Art is so wonderfully immediate as a way of sharing insight and spirit.”

Cat standing in front of her bamboo hut on Skyros

While this hut is “cute,” this is the hut where we will be practicing our art at the The Jungle Lodge at the Costa Rica Yoga Spa in February.

Costa Rica Yoga Spa

A pleasant surprise is that during our retreat, we will have the chance to dance with Amber Ryan, a frequent teacher at the Yoga Center. Amber is a healing artist with an embodiment and articulation of the 5Rhythms® that inspires depth and expansion. The 5Rhythms® is a simple yet profound moving meditation practice created by Gabrielle Roth. It is designed to bring out each individual’s creative potential as well as being a catalyst for deep healing in the body, mind, and soul regardless of your age, shape, gender, or physical endurance level.

With a rich background in theatre and dance, Amber’s professional credits include two time dance captain to Emmy award winning choreographer Mia Michaels, Manager of Productions at The Moving Center New York, and faculty for Gabrielle Roth’s first 5Rhythms Reach Out program for kids.

Paint with Cat and Katie, eat organic food picked from the finca (farm), dance with Amber, practice yoga, fly through the treetops and kayak? Sounds wonderful to me, especially in February.

We still have space left for Create Costa Rica with Cat Bennett and Katie Kendrick scheduled for Feb. 6-13, 2015. If you would like to join us, please use the contact form below.

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Lisa Pressman – Painting the Light Within

Lisa Pressman discusses the changes in her work with John Thornton at the Rosenfeld Gallery in Philadelphia.

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Paint Mexico City

Judy Wise and Katie Kendrick are so excited to have you join them in Mexico City next March. They can hardly contain themselves as they busily weed and harvest their gardens with their husbands this summer while thinking of their time next March with all of you. You know, there is a lot of time to be thinking while you are canning, preserving and freezing your bounty for the winter months. Who knows what they are going to come up with, I just know it’s going to be fabulous. Our projects in San Miguel last fall were so much fun and I know that this September in Oaxaca we have a full schedule of exciting activities. Mexico City is going to be even more over the top just because it is Mexico City. We are going to float down the canals, visit Frida and Diego’s homes, visit markets and eat our way through the Condesa neighborhood. Oh, and did I mention chocolate will be involved? Award winning chocolatier in Condesa, people.

Paint, draw, plaster, shopping, eating, floating, observing–all your senses will be tested on this trip.

We’d love to have you join us. If you have any questions, feel free to ask! There are more details here.

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Create Costa Rica with Cat Bennett and Katie Kendrick

Create Costa Rica Art Retreat with Cat Bennett and Katie Kendrick –Artwork by Cat Bennett

It may be sunny and warm right now, but it is going to be wet and cold in February. Think sun, dipping pool, expansive vistas, howler monkeys, delicious organic meals, a glass of wine at the end of the day as we talk about what we created that day. Oh, and then there is going to be that rip roaring zip line ride through the tree tops and a little kayaking in the estuary. And don’t forget more art and trips to the beach. What are you waiting for? Come play in the tree tops with us. More details about the trip here. Isn’t this on your bucket list?

February 6-13, 2014, Create Costa Rica with Cat Bennett and Katie Kendrick.

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See San Sebastián, Spain the Moore Way

8/5/14  This trip has been cancelled.

San Sebastian, a jewel of a city by the shimmering Cantabrian sea, ringed by the Pyrennes, is shrouded in mystery. Donostia, as it is known in the Basque native language, offers visitors a rich tangle of history and intrigue and who better than Tracy and Teesha Moore to lead us through this beautiful Spanish coastal city that will bear the title of European City of Culture in 2016. San Sebastian with the Moores

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Painting a portrait with Jon Houglum

Through the wonders of Pinterest, I found these videos by Jon Houglum that I wanted to share with my students from my Plaster and Wax class. The class is ongoing and up for a year (from May) so you can still join in the fun.

To my students, although he is working with oils, you can apply the same technique using acrylics. This is a fantastic lesson.

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