Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Calligraphic Painting with Teri Martin

This past weekend I had the privilege of attending a workshop taught by Teri Martin, administrator of CyberScribes and Artist with a capital A!

If you’re familiar with Teri’s work you know that she is known for her luscious, colorful pieces.  And the subject of the workshop was “Calligraphic Painting”, her specialty.  Yummy!  J

The weekend was full of color wheels, mixing paints and letting loose.  And Teri began the time by telling us that a lot of it is
Just Doing It.  And we did it and had a blast doing so.

I took my usual copious notes (haha), and here are some of my favorite things that I wrote down:

“If you’re not having fun, then what’s the point?”

“Never say purple to a color theorist!  It’s violet.”  J

“Paint for yourself.”

“You have to take chances to be an artist.”

She talked about not worrying about “ruining” a piece, because you could always cut it up and make it into a card….  But more importantly, she said that she actually liked being in that place.  [of feeling like it’s ruined]  Because then you really have nothing to lose and you can begin to take more risks.

We played with gesso and masking fluid and learned about things like split complementary palettes, all while splashing about with beautiful colors of paint. 

Here’s another quote from Teri:

“Work like you have nothing to lose, because you don’t. 
What, a little time and a piece of paper, maybe. 
But..… what do you have to gain???”  J  J

It was a very inspiring weekend, and I plan on taking Teri’s advice, and mixing up a few color wheels with paints that I already own.

See?  If get in my studio and I don’t know what to do, I can
always pick 3 new primaries and paint a new color wheel
and get inspired.  Those tertiaries can surprise you!

Thanks, Teri, for a wonderful weekend.

Lucky Dog  ♥


  1. Wish I could have been there! It sounds like you had a very good time, and how could you not when you've up to your elbows in paint! Thanks for sharing the quotes and visuals.

  2. Looks like you had a lot of fun.

  3. Jealous! Your photos along with the class highlights are inspiring since Spring seems to be avoiding me and I have a severe case of Seasonal Affected Disorder!

    Just a bit of trivia: (speaking of color theorists,) Sheila Waters used the term "intermediary" for those colors between the primaries and secondaries, i.e. blue green, yellow orange. She had us reserve "tertiary" for colors consisting of at least a dash of all three primaries. Maybe that's what Teri meant as well. (And is it ter-she-air-ee or ter-sure-ee?? That word was a Jeopardy answer a couple days ago. :-)

    Lovely papers!