Valerie Butters

"Interestingly gaudy and exuberently messy" Henry Leighman, Montreal Gazette


May
1
to May 5

Pemberton Workshop, May1-5, 2017

Synopsis

Because this workshop will take place in the Beautiful valley of Pemberton, British Columbia, we will look to focus more on landscape. 

I would like to explore the idea of responding to the environment rather than just paint what you see.  That will force you to tap into your strengths and exploit them. 

Still keeping in mind shape and value, line, colour and texture as our main design principles.  The idea is to make one of those elements the dominant one.  As this terminology becomes more familiar to you, exploring composition will become easier with more direction.  

With the focus being landscape inspired, I want to push you with design, gesture, composition and technical skills.

I especially want to focus on Composition.  When you have a strong composition, you have won half the battle.  

We will be doing little mini hiking excursions and lunches (either picnic or at the golf courses) with paper and pen (or drawing tools) where doing little quick sketches over and over again will give you a supply of composition ideas in the tent studio. 

In terms in technique, I would like to show you some glazing techniques that are not just about applying paint, but also removing paint.

This workshop is about feeling the pulse of what you see so being outside is just as important as being in the studio. (tent)

The workshop will take place in an event wedding tent with propane heaters should it be chilly.  Pemberton in known for having an early summer so let’s keep our fingers crossed.  The tent will be set up close to town, walking distance to coffee shops and restaurants.   It’s about a 5 k distance from the B and B.  So driving will be necessary.

Please contact me @ vbutters@yahoo.com for more information.

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May
30
to Jun 3

Advanced intensive Ottawa workshop

May 30 - May3 2016

SOLD OUT

Please email me to be put on a waiting list or If you are interested in the 2017 class (still to be determined)

 

Synopsis 2016 workshop

This year I would like to focus on four or five elements of design and instill a conscience awareness of these elements as we are painting, keeping in mind that although all should exist in our work, one should be dominant.   As well as learning to read the marks on the painting as a visual journey with an entry point and exit point. 

I can show demos on how to work abstractly by building up a bunch of marks and visual information, and how to intuitively edit your canvas with the design elements in mind.

This approach is more abstract, however it will inevitably help you make intuitive and logical design decisions and you work on your own series of work.

 

I would also like to explore the idea of collage, it is a great way to solve problems and immediately add a new dimension to your artwork that can serve as a directional shift in your work as you run into obstacles and creative problems.

This class will bend your brain.  The best way I can describe looking at your work and solving creative problems with abstract solutions is by learning how to walk upside down but still seeing the world right side up.

Bring your vises to help you relax, be that coffee (provided is cowboy coffee and tea) wine, beer, whatever floats your boat.

I look forward to seeing everyone soon.

-Valerie Butters

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Paint and Wine
Apr
1
to Apr 2

Paint and Wine

Join me under the Big tents in Pemberton British Columbia for a swanky wine and paint event.   I am excited to host these parties.  I will do a step by step floral in a wedding style tent with lounge furniture, great views of Mount Currie, appies, music and some heaters for the alpine glow chill. All materials supplied.  BYOW Friday April 1, 2016  party from 6-10    SOLD OUT Saturday April, 2 2016 from 6-10          SOLD OUT To be added to a waiting list please email me in my contact link.

Join me under the Big tents in Pemberton British Columbia for a swanky wine and paint event.   I am excited to host these parties.  I will do a step by step floral in a wedding style tent with lounge furniture, great views of Mount Currie, appies, music and some heaters for the alpine glow chill. All materials supplied.  BYOW

Friday April 1, 2016  party from 6-10    SOLD OUT

Saturday April, 2 2016 from 6-10          SOLD OUT

To be added to a waiting list please email me in my contact link.

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