This seminar is for all levels of artistic skill and experience. We will explore how artists, past and present, have used gold and silver leaf as compositional elements to enrich works in various media. No experience in gilding or realistic painting is required; leaf techniques can be employed in both abstract and figurative work. Our focus will be on leaf as composition and dramatic element. All painting media—oil, watercolor, etc.—are welcome. Participants may bring works-in-progress or pre-primed blank canvases or wood panels for painting from scratch. Given interest, grisaille work (traditional underpainting), alla prima (wet-on-wet), and other techniques may be discussed. This workshop-seminar will be about having fun, stretching our imaginations, and adding to our artistic toolboxes. A list of suggested materials to bring will be sent to participants at a later date and can also be found on Björklunden’s website.
There is a $50 materials fee for this course added upon registration.
Marjorie Atwood is a painter based in Oklahoma who has studied in New York and San Francisco. Through her signature gold and silver leaf backgrounds and use of pattern, Marjorie celebrates the female figure in forms that evoke both the mythical and the contemporary. When not working in her Tulsa studio or exhibiting at M.A. Doran Gallery, Marjorie can be found teaching art at Tulsa Girls Art School, a nonprofit program for underserved girls. Her art has been widely exhibited, recently at the Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center, the Tulsa Performing Arts Center, and in the Oklahoma State Capitol. Her artist-in-residences include the Pilgrim School, Los Angeles, and Chateau d’Orquevaux, France. Learn more at www.marjorieatwood.com.