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Restorative Painting: The Architecture of Memory - A Dual Approach

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Restorative Painting: The Architecture of Memory - A Dual Approach
Dayna Collins
Date and Time:
10:00am - 4:00pm
$450 plus $25 Materials Fee
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February 27, 2018
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Workshop Overview

**Unfortunately, Patricia Wheeler will not be able to teach this summer due to health issues. Dayna Collins will be taking over instructor responsibilities, following Pat’s lesson plan’s, and using Pat’s inspirational methods. Dayna is a much loved and experienced Sitka instructor and we know you’ll love her too!**

Learn to paint from your intuitive side exploring and restoring your personal center in the natural surrounds of Sitka. Patricia will show you how she processes memory by creating small abstract works on paper using acrylics, cold wax, photo transfers, etc. These completed small paintings can be be stored in a lidded box to use as studies for larger works. By day two transform your personal vision into large abstract paintings on wooden cradle-panels. Students will learn how to create their own vocabulary of symbols integrating them into multiple paintings, moving quickly from paper to panels.

About the Instructor(s)

I paint intuitively and abstractly, laying down bold swaths of color in oil paint mixed with cold wax, then going back in, scraping, layering, adding, subtracting, refining the composition and finally discovering the story buried in the paint. I love making marks using oil pigment sticks, graphite, or by scratching into the surface with a sharp object, each mark reflecting my eclectic personality. My work  can be found in two Northwest galleries and is  featured in several books.  I am an energetic teacher and provide a safe place for students to experiment and learn new techniques.

Materials List: Students Bring


• SUBSTRATES (wood panels to paint on): 4 total per student

• (2) 24" x 24" x 2"

• (1) 30" x 30" x 2"

• box 8 1/2"x 9"x 4" with lid

• PAINT: Good quality acrylics: Preferred colors: cadmium red, light and medium, carbon black, transparent yellow iron oxide, transparent red iron oxide, ultramarine blue/light, nickel azo gold, Indian yellow hue, phthalo blue/green.

• PAPERS: 3 watercolor blocks (6" to 8" squares, heavyweight cold press)

• Charcoal pencils(generals 557-HB hard) and felt tip pens students prefer for sketching

• A few photos, high contrast black & white or color for transfers. We will use a copier so the photos will not be damaged.

• BRUSHES: Small watercolor brushes you prefer, one rounded , one square tip and several large, flat, cheap brushes from hardware store

• Several spackle knives, metal and plastic for the application of paint, cold wax and wall compound (purchase from hardware store.)

• Your favorite drawing and mark making tools

• Scissors and /or exacto knife

• Sponges, large plastic bucket, old hand towels, cotton (lint free) rags for wax application

• Paint tray (white enamel tray from any art store)

• Clear jars for mixing colors (large mouth so big brushes fit into them easily)

• Sandpaper blocks, at least 2 size grits, large & fine.

• 1 small bottle of Citrasolv for transfers (exact product : from health food store/ cleaning supplies)

For substrates: Pat uses Luan (a tropical wood) as surface with 2" cradle (frame) using strips of wood on back (built like a box, like a canvas would be constructed). You can use scrap lumber.

Students can order substrates from Matt McCalmont at or call: 971-222-5710. Matt will be delivering some substrates for Pat Wheeler to Sitka, so if people order and pay in advance they can be brought at the same time. THIS IS MOST IMPORTANT. Good boards are critical for the process.

Materials List Provided by Instructor(s)

• Matte medium (Golden)

• Cold wax medium (Dorland’s)

•  Limestone Clay (sheet rock all purpose joint compound)

•  Demo paint: house paint and acrylic (Golden)

•  Tools

•  Stencils

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