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Morocco Exhibit: Before, During & After

journey (n.) —1. a traveling from one place to another, usually taking a rather long time. 2. passage or progress from one stage to another.

Whether physical, mental or spiritual, we tend to describe our journeys in the state of “during”—what we did or felt while we went through the actual experience. But what about the “before” and “after?” There must be some sort of preparation and digestion of events that goes into the bookends of our journey.

Over the last year, that has been my mindset as I prepared for, went on, and returned from my artist’s residency in Morocco. Even before I left for the cobbled streets of Tetouan, Morocco started to inspire me—weaving its bold colors and patterns into my work. It was on my mind… and in my spirit.

During my residency, I journeyed through two major projects. The first was an Artist Book that intricately combined Gelli prints and mixed media and my second project involved creating leather tote bags with a local leather smith.

In the year since my return, I’ve been hard at play creating pieces inspired by all of the amazing connections that I made in Morocco. Some with fellow artists, some with local artisans and some with dear Moroccans. All these relationships played a pivotal role in my journey and my growth as an artist. The mixed media pieces and paintings that came out of this process are as diverse as the people who inspired them, and represent my “After.”

Now that this journey is finally complete, I would like to invite you to join me in celebration of the culmination of this exciting time at my exhibit “Before, During & After” at First Street Gallery & Custom Framing (right next to Art Lounge!). My pieces will be on display from March  24- May 5, 2017, so be sure to check it out.

This show, will feature pieces that I created in all stages of this personal journey. I’m ecstatic to share with you all the effects that this period had on me artistically and personally… It’s only just recently that I’ve been able to articulate it.

As I transition from this journey, I prepare myself for the next… and I can’t wait to see what exciting growth and changes it brings!

“Before, During & After”
by Nancy Walter
First Street Gallery & Custom Framing
820 South Coast Hwy 101, Encinitas, CA 92024
Opening Reception: March 24, 2017, 6-8 pm
March 24 thru May 5, 2017

 

Events

Abstract Collage Backgrounds

In this class, we will create messy, complex, abstract backgrounds using a variety of materials and techniques. These finished pieces can stand alone as abstract works of art, or we can further add to them using our favorite quotes or images. We will start with a blank page in our art journals and add colorful marks with oil pastels, pencil, spray inks, stamps and watercolor. The second layer involves collage (using unique paper that we will create in the beginning of class as an exercise to loosen up our creative side!), and more marks with acrylic paint pens. A final layer (if you choose to complete in class–some might want to make several backgrounds to use as inspiration for later) might include adding an inspirational quote, “word of the year”, a photo, collage or stenciled image.  
*Students are welcome to bring their lunch to class. There will be an hour lunch break with many great surrounding restaurants, all walking distance.


Nicole Austin is a mixed media artist, instructor and avid art journaler. She graduated from San Jose State University with a BA in Creative Arts and has taught art to people of all ages and skill levels. As a busy mom of 5 (2 grown, 3 at home) she looks for ways to incorporate art into her day-to-day life. Influenced by the free expression of children’s art, she aspires to awaken the often forgotten, child-like curiosity in her students. Her style is bright, layered, colorful, messy and fun and she enjoys sharing her creative knowledge and joy with others.

Messy Mixed Media Portraits

Let’s get messy and make some beautiful, art in the process! In this class, we will practice some fun and simple ways to create amazing, colorful and complex backgrounds using our own collage paper (that we will create in class) and various media (included but not limited to: oil pastels, watercolor, stamps, acrylic paint pens, stencils, and spray inks). We will work on multiple surfaces to really get the creativity flowing and allow for a kind of “in the moment” creative process that allows us to let go and loosen up a bit. Then we will draw simple faces on top of our backgrounds, letting the background “peek through” the face, giving a unique look and personality to our portraits. We will color in the faces with oil paint sticks, playing with opaque and translucent layers.

*Students are encouraged to bring their lunch to class.


Nicole Austin is a mixed media artist, instructor and avid art journaler. She graduated from San Jose State University with a BA in Creative Arts and has taught art to people of all ages and skill levels. As a busy mom of 5 (2 grown, 3 at home) she looks for ways to incorporate art into her day-to-day life. Influenced by the free expression of children’s art, she aspires to awaken the often forgotten, child-like curiosity in her students. Her style is bright, layered, colorful, messy and fun and she enjoys sharing her creative knowledge and joy with others.

Reversed Painting on Glass Plates

Why buy gifts for family and friends when you can paint these beautiful glass plates? So beautiful, you will want to make one for yourself or perhaps a set. Learn how to apply layers of beautiful metallic paints on a textured glass plate for a one of a kind masterpiece.


Artist Roberta Veatch studied fine arts at Arizona State University. She has been painting and working with oils and acrylics for over 25 years. Her love for color and design prompted a certification in Color Therapy and most recently Expressive Arts. In addition to being an accomplished artist she has owned and operated an art gallery in Arizona with her partner Vicki, where they supported artists and taught a variety of workshops. She served as a docent for the ASU Fine Arts Museum and has a degree in Spiritual Counseling from The Ageless Wisdom University in Scottsdale, AZ. She has taught art to children and adults in the pursuit of helping others find their creative spirit!

Igniting the Creative Fire / Jump Start Your Creativity

This is a 4 session course that teaches by engaging you in the creative process.

The course prepares you to recognize and express your creative talents and live a more creative life. All assignments use the visual journal format. Prepare to paint, paste, collage and just have fun in discovering the joys of welcoming creativity into your world. You do not need to be an artist to be creative and if you are already an artist you will find a fun way to remind yourself to ignite the creative fire that is within us all!


Artist Roberta Veatch studied fine arts at Arizona State University. She has been painting and working with oils and acrylics for over 25 years. Her love for color and design prompted a certification in Color Therapy and most recently Expressive Arts. In addition to being an accomplished artist she has owned and operated an art gallery in Arizona with her partner Vicki, where they supported artists and taught a variety of workshops. She served as a docent for the ASU Fine Arts Museum and has a degree in Spiritual Counseling from The Ageless Wisdom University in Scottsdale, AZ. She has taught art to children and adults in the pursuit of helping others find their creative spirit!

Reversed Painting on Glass Plates

Why buy gifts for family and friends when you can paint these beautiful glass plates? So beautiful, you will want to make one for yourself or perhaps a set. Learn how to apply layers of beautiful metallic paints on a textured glass plate for a one of a kind masterpiece.


Artist Roberta Veatch studied fine arts at Arizona State University. She has been painting and working with oils and acrylics for over 25 years. Her love for color and design prompted a certification in Color Therapy and most recently Expressive Arts. In addition to being an accomplished artist she has owned and operated an art gallery in Arizona with her partner Vicki, where they supported artists and taught a variety of workshops. She served as a docent for the ASU Fine Arts Museum and has a degree in Spiritual Counseling from The Ageless Wisdom University in Scottsdale, AZ. She has taught art to children and adults in the pursuit of helping others find their creative spirit!

Poetic Expressions of the Self

Our journals hold bits and pieces of ourselves. So often they sit on our shelves ready to unveil their beauty and secrets to us. What if we took the book form and created an art journal that could be shared and displayed (if, and when, we wanted to share?) How do we let go and create authentic and vibrant pages that buzz with our creative spirit?

You will create an accordion fold book with layers of paint, paper, text and more. Learn how to open up authentically and visually onto your pages. We will also discuss other possible structures before we work on the pages. Step outside of your box and comfort zone in this creative and enriching workshop.


Kelly loves teaching and truly believes that deep down inside everyone is an artist, capable of creating something. There is power and knowledge in the act of creating something with your own hands, made from your own heart and head.

Messy Mixed Media Portraits

Let’s get messy and make some beautiful, art in the process! In this class, we will practice some fun and simple ways to create amazing, colorful and complex backgrounds using our own collage paper (that we will create in class) and various media (included but not limited to: oil pastels, watercolor, stamps, acrylic paint pens, stencils, and spray inks). We will work on multiple surfaces to really get the creativity flowing and allow for a kind of “in the moment” creative process that allows us to let go and loosen up a bit. Then we will draw simple faces on top of our backgrounds, letting the background “peek through” the face, giving a unique look and personality to our portraits. We will color in the faces with oil paint sticks, playing with opaque and translucent layers.

*Students are encouraged to bring their lunch to class.


Nicole Austin is a mixed media artist, instructor and avid art journaler. She graduated from San Jose State University with a BA in Creative Arts and has taught art to people of all ages and skill levels. As a busy mom of 5 (2 grown, 3 at home) she looks for ways to incorporate art into her day-to-day life. Influenced by the free expression of children’s art, she aspires to awaken the often forgotten, child-like curiosity in her students. Her style is bright, layered, colorful, messy and fun and she enjoys sharing her creative knowledge and joy with others.

Abstract Collage Backgrounds

In this class, we will create messy, complex, abstract backgrounds using a variety of materials and techniques. These finished pieces can stand alone as abstract works of art, or we can further add to them using our favorite quotes or images. We will start with a blank page in our art journals and add colorful marks with oil pastels, pencil, spray inks, stamps and watercolor. The second layer involves collage (using unique paper that we will create in the beginning of class as an exercise to loosen up our creative side!), and more marks with acrylic paint pens. A final layer (if you choose to complete in class–some might want to make several backgrounds to use as inspiration for later) might include adding an inspirational quote, “word of the year”, a photo, collage or stenciled image.  
*Students are welcome to bring their lunch to class. There will be an hour lunch break with many great surrounding restaurants, all walking distance.


Nicole Austin is a mixed media artist, instructor and avid art journaler. She graduated from San Jose State University with a BA in Creative Arts and has taught art to people of all ages and skill levels. As a busy mom of 5 (2 grown, 3 at home) she looks for ways to incorporate art into her day-to-day life. Influenced by the free expression of children’s art, she aspires to awaken the often forgotten, child-like curiosity in her students. Her style is bright, layered, colorful, messy and fun and she enjoys sharing her creative knowledge and joy with others.

Juicy Journal Pages

This fresh, new workshop teaches a variety of NEW ideas. This is a class that teaches and experiments with ideas involving collage, creative processing, creative brainstorming, self expression, composition, color theory, design, layering, painting and much, much more.

In this special workshop, we will be working quick and fast, without judgment, the idea being to keep your inner critic silent. You will create a series of pages that are unique to you while learning a variety of new layering techniques involving collage, acrylics, markers, stencils, stamps and more.

After some time spent creating this way, we will step back and think about our pages. Learn to look and process your pages with new eyes. We’ll then rework our pages into all new original journal pages.

Kelly’s workshops are always process-based learning while creating a unique product. She is well known for not traveling light and brings a large variety of supplies including (but not limited to) acrylics, gel medium, collage material, rubber stamps, stencils, pens, markers, decorative tapes and more.

Please note there is a small supply list.
Beginners to advanced are welcome in ALL of her classes.


Kelly loves teaching and truly believes that deep down inside everyone is an artist, capable of creating something. There is power and knowledge in the act of creating something with your own hands, made from your own heart and head.

Inner Voice: A Conversation in Art Journaling

Why limit our journal pages to one or even two page spreads? Let’s burst out of our creative comfort zones as we dive deep into our pages. Let’s work large, creating a series of out of your box journal pages. You will combine layers of paper, paint and more to form your own artistic voice on the page. Learn how to push, pull and coax ideas on the page. Learn how to express yourself with layers of paper, paint, pens, stencils and much, much more. You will have a conversation in color, pattern, shape, design, text, texture and more using mixed mixed techniques on the pages of your new journal.


Kelly loves teaching and truly believes that deep down inside everyone is an artist, capable of creating something. There is power and knowledge in the act of creating something with your own hands, made from your own heart and head.