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Creative Illustration Workshop for Mixed-Media Artists: Seeing, Sketching, Storytelling, and Using Found Materials Spiral-bound – November 1, 2010
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ISBN 978-0-9898271-1-9 Available at http://misfits-of-love.com
An illustrated memoir - the author journeys through the death of her father, all the time hospicing her own elder goats and "Misfits" of her barnyard. Working with them allows her to explore her feelings and memories, in a safe, quiet place, as she and the animals have internal conversations together. With over 65 of the artist's art and photographs-A perfect gift for those suffering through the loss of a parent or loved one; for those who believe in the healing power of animal and farm, and for lovers of Chagall like art that emotes and heals.
Katherine Dunn says that her world is a 'collision of art, animals and farm'. She has been a full time artist since 1996, but when she moved to Oregon in 2002 her world changed. There she had meant a landscaper, married him, and the two set out to buy property and....well, they kind of had a plan. They opted to grow 4000 lavender plants as a crop, and the rest of their acreage they developed into grazing fields for their young flock of sheep. Their goal was to be more sustainable, improve the land, and work and live on something that had a heartbeat.
Besides raising sheep, Katherine began adopting old and needy barn animals into her farm - old and handicapped goats, blind ponies, elder donkeys, grumpy pigs and wandering roosters. The animal muses from her farm inspire both art and writing, and she also creates puppets and felted creatures to use in her puppet movies.
Her first book, "Creative illustration Workshop" [Quarry Books] inspired readers to look at their worlds as a stage of stories to paint and share. Her paintings are also showcased on Sundance. Visit her art at www.katherinedunn.us, follow her life as artist-farmer-pig mother-pie maker-donkey lover at www.apiferafarm.blogspot.com
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I find the paintings themselves to be almost magical. There's a depth to Dunn's work that captures one's attention and holds it. The application of pastel drawing set against deeply-colored acrylic backgrounds conveys a sense of mystery. At the same time, there is a joyful exuberance in many of the pieces, which often combine human and animal subjects in a whimsical rapport, as in her piece, "New Year's Couple," which features a woman in a red cocktail dress raising her glass in a mutual toast with a very dapper-looking donkey.
I would have been happy enough with just a book of Dunn's artwork; the fact that this is a how-to book in which Dunn explicates her process is beyond fantastic. Other how-to books often focus on a step-by-step approach that can be helpful but is usually limited. What Dunn does here is completely different in that she walks the reader through her thought process as a piece progresses from one stage to another. We see a piece evolve from a few scribbled words and shapes she first makes as a note to herself on through to a completed composition. Along the way, Dunn shares plenty of techniques she has honed through the years, like boldly painting a deep background (which may very well be painted over) as a kind of "warm up" exercise to sidestep the intimidation that often accompanies a blank canvas.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I just love this book. Granted, it's not for the snooty of heart who think that art has to be perfect or even realistic. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Jmarieart
Like another reviewer, I feel "nothing but insane amounts of love for this book"... I've looked at it for inspiration hundreds (probably thousands) of times since I... Read morePublished 16 months ago by florine
I have to admit her work is different. Her style is illustration: putting a drawn, painted, or a collage picture to go with a story. Read morePublished on January 11, 2014 by Kay R.
I had bought this book for inspiration to try out new ways of illustrating. It is wonderful, full of interesting techniques, beautiful illustration and very clear cut. Read morePublished on May 5, 2013 by Kimberley
I really like the stylistic and playful way the author demonstrates various ideas and techniques. The illustrations are beautiful and the ideas are inspiring to my own personal art... Read morePublished on January 26, 2013 by Carol D Parker
This "workshop" did not meet my expectations at all. Fortunately I purchased used for less than the list price. Read morePublished on December 17, 2012 by Jodi Evans
It wasn't what i thought it would be. I will keep it and gleen some ideas from it. Okay bookPublished on November 22, 2012 by Inga
I am a middle school art teacher. I bought this book for my classroom collection as soon as I saw it at Barnes and Noble. Read morePublished on July 3, 2012 by Andrew Wales