Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Pamela Allen DVD

Yesterday I got all my errands done in town, and then came home to wonderful mail: my DVD of quilt artist Pamela Allen, Think Like an Artist!

I was so excited. I took Pamela's Think Like an Artist class online last winter, and really admire her work, her attitude, and her devotion to her students. You would not believe the number of e-mails exchanged during our online course. Pamela quickly answered every question. As we posted our works-in-progress online, Pamela "tweaked" them in Photoshop, showing us how we could make our work more interesting and artistic. Additionally, she generously shared lots of techniques that she uses, and imparted a bit of art history and education as we learned about Picasso, Matisse, and other artists. Not to mention line, symmetry, balance, value, and other elements of art.

In fact, this online community still exists. We have been writing to each other and sharing our work for a year now. Since we all begged for a Part II, Pamela has agreed to start a new group, beginning the enrollment with our class. This one will be called Still Life is Boring- Not!

From what I have watched of the DVD so far, it is an excellent reprise of our workshop. The photography is excellent, Pamela is a natural in front of the camera, and there is a trunkshow of her work that is mind-boggling. The publishers, Nine-Patch Press, have created a You-Tube video with some excerpts from the video. Take a look!

And here is a big get-well wish for Pamela's husband, her former art teacher, as he is currently in the hospital for quad-bypass heart surgery.

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