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Art At Any Age

Published by Thrive Global on November 30, 2019  (Click here to see the published article)

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When I was younger I bought into the myth that you had to attend art school, earn your master’s degree, get accepted into topnotch galleries in New York and LA and finally, hallelujah, be tapped by curators who would then place your artwork into premiere art museums throughout the world. You would truly be an artist and your name would be engraved in the annals of art history. But where does that leave all the other thousands of people who like to create art but don’t take this path?

This is a painting the author created for an art exhibit benefiting The Land Trust for Tennessee. “Clouds That Whisper Your Name,” by Rachael McCampbell © 2019 Oil on Panel, 36″ x 36″
There are many types of art and artists and many venues for selling your work. Don’t buy into the limitations that some art schools, galleries and museums put on bourgeoning artists. There is no wrong way to make or sell art and you don’t have to be 20 years old to do begin. Look at the Instagram, Etsy and YouTube artists who are making a living with all sorts of art and at various stages of life.

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6-Week Acrylic and Oil Painting Landscape Class at Plaza, Jan. 15 – Feb. 19, 2020

Sign up now for my next 6-week long landscape course in both acrylic and oil painting at Plaza Art Supply in downtown Nashville. We will meet on Wednesday mornings from 9-12 to learn about many aspects of acrylic and oil painting with the focus on landscapes. We will discuss, for example, the materials we use in acrylic and oil painting, composition, perspective, color mixing, trees, water and water reflections, rocks, clouds and skies, textures, mediums, glazing and more.

I will use my knowledge as both a GOLDEN Acrylic Educator and a Gamblin Dedicated Instructor to teach you about how to get from A -Z with painting a landscape. Please register with me: rachael@rachaelmccampbell.com. I look forward to painting with you!

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3-Day Cold Wax Medium Workshop in Nashville, Jan. 24,25,26, 2020

Painting with Gamblin’s Cold Wax Medium is becoming a very popular method with artists all over the world. In the process of painting with Cold Wax, artists can build layers of paint on paper or panels, add textures, use printmaking techniques, create mark making with charcoal, pencils wax pencils, incorporate powdered pigments, R & F paint sticks, oil tube paints, draw with paint sticks or use solvent for reductive techniques along with scratching and digging techniques when the wax is dryer. You can even use these materials on top of acrylic bases and textures. The applications are numerous and highly creative.

This class, taught by Rachael McCampbell, is for beginners or intermediate level artists who want to learn about the many amazing things you can do with Gamblin’s Cold Wax Medium and oil. This process of painting lends itself beautifully to abstraction or representational art. If you like to experiment with painting techniques that can surprise and delight you, then you may want to try Cold Wax and oil. It can be used in a thin, spare way or as a thick impasto.

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“Renew” – A Creative, Spiritual Retreat for Women: April 20-23, 2020

Artistic Adventures of the Soul flyer for “Renew” retreat

Spring is the perfect time to revisit and reignite the creative spirit that lives within us. Check-out from your daily life and check-in to a beautiful, nourishing environment designed to renew your mind, heart, body and soul. This will be a time to explore what inspires us, clarify our spiritual connections and delve into painting from a prayerful point of view. “Renew” is about examining what creativity means at this juncture of our lives. What does God say about creativity? Why are we given these gifts? What have other women taught us along the way? Where are we to go from here?

These are some of the questions we will explore with Reverend Betty L. Proctor and artist Rachael McCampbell for a spring retreat focused on exploring the mysteries and blessings of the creative gifts we possess. For 3 nights and 4 days, delve into your spirituality through the painting process, journaling, nature walks and intimate circles with other creative and curious women. Betty Proctor, an accomplished speaker and a gifted leader, is the pastor at Hillsboro United Methodist Church of Leiper’s Fork, TN. Rachael McCampbell brings 35 years of experience as a professional artist to this retreat along with years of teaching art, writing and leading groups on annual painting trips to Europe and headlining painting workshops in the US.

Beersheba Springs, TN is a gorgeous area on the Cumberland Plateau with distant views, waterfalls, beautiful hikes and cool fresh air that enlivens the soul. The historic and charming Beersheba Springs Assembly, built in 1854, is the centerpiece of this small community. Each guest will have their own private room and bath plus 10 full meals and snacks while on this retreat. The group will gather for vespers outside and/or in the chapel each morning, meet for circle gatherings for lessons, journaling and conversation, followed by painting, silent walks in nature, painting some more and finally joining around a campfire in the evening to recap each day. This will be a time of creative exploration, resting, learning, growing in your faith combined with lots of laughter as friendships will be made to last a lifetime.

Space is very limited, so if you are interested, contact Rachael soon. She is accepting $200 non-refundable deposits now to hold your place. To register and sign-up, contact Rachael McCampbell. Email: rachael@rachaelmccampbell.com Continue reading “Renew” – A Creative, Spiritual Retreat for Women: April 20-23, 2020

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Landscape Painting Class at Plaza Mar 13 – April 17, 2020

Join me for my beginner to intermediate 6-week long landscape course in both acrylic and oil painting at Plaza Art Supply in downtown Nashville. We will meet on Friday mornings from 9-12 to learn about many aspects of acrylic and oil painting with the focus on landscapes.

We will discuss, for example, the materials we use in acrylic and oil painting, composition, perspective, color mixing, trees, water and water reflections, rocks, clouds and skies, textures, mediums, glazing and more.

I will use my knowledge as both a GOLDEN Acrylic Educator and a Gamblin Dedicated Instructor to teach you about how to get from A -Z with painting a landscape. Please register with me: rachael@rachaelmccampbell.com. I look forward to painting with you!

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Cold Wax Medium Workshop at “The Barn” in Cincinnati June 26 -29, 2020

Join me for a 4-day workshop in Cold Wax Medium and Oil in Cincinnati, Ohio!

Painting with Gamblin’s Cold Wax Medium is becoming a very popular method with artists all over the world. In the process of painting with Cold Wax, you can build layers of paint on paper or panels, add textures, use printmaking techniques, add mark making with charcoal, pencils wax pencils, incorporate powdered pigments, R & F paint sticks, oil paints, draw with paint sticks or use solvent for reductive techniques along with scratching and digging techniques when the wax is dryer. You can even use these materials on top of acrylic bases and textures.

This class is for beginners or intermediate level artists who want to learn about the many amazing things you can do with Gamblin’s Cold Wax Medium and oil. This process of painting lends itself to abstraction or representational art.

Material list: Materials for students to bring will be supplied upon registration.

The instructor will provide some supplies like Gamsol odorless mineral spirits, marble dust, tissue paper, pigments to share, paper towels, wax paper, palette paper, gloves, garbage bags and some oil paints.

Fee: $625 per person, paid by check before first day of class

To Register: Contact Rachael at 310-569-8040 or Rachael@rachaelmccampbell.com

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Landscape Painting Class- 6 Weeks, July 10 – August 14, “Abstracting the Landscape”

Painting in my creek by Rachael McCampbell, acrylic and oil on panel, 36 x 48″ h

Join me for my beginner to intermediate 6-week long landscape course in both acrylic and oil painting at Plaza Art Supply in downtown Nashville. We will meet on Friday mornings from 9-12 to learn about many aspects of acrylic and oil painting with the focus on abstracting landscapes.

We will discuss, for example, the materials we use in acrylic and oil painting, composition, perspective, color mixing, trees, water and water reflections, rocks, clouds and skies, textures, mediums, glazing and more but with the focus on pushing yourself to use tools that help force you toward abstraction. We will use untraditional compositions, color palettes, textures, mark-making and more to find that abstract painting you want to express that is landscape inspired.

I will use my knowledge as both a GOLDEN Acrylic Educator and a Gamblin Dedicated Instructor to teach you about how to get from A -Z with painting a landscape. Please register with me: rachael@rachaelmccampbell.com. I look forward to painting with you!

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A Weeklong Cold Wax Medium Workshop in Vienna, VA! Aug. 24-28, 2020

Come paint with me at The Vienna Arts Society, Aug 24, 25, 26, 27 28, 2020!

I’m excited to announce that I get to return to the Vienna Arts Society, in Vienna, VA to teach a weeklong workshop in Cold Wax Medium. This will be a course for both beginners and intermediate artists too. We will delve deeper into the methods and application of Cold Wax Medium and explore the theories of abstraction. Cold Wax Medium, mixed with oils, offers an endless combination of methods that result in unexpected and beautiful surprises. I’m always amazed at what happens when I work in this magical process. “There is some planning involved but often, the process and play take over and what I had intended to create morphs into a whole new and much more exciting painting than anticipated.”

Join me for a week of exploring this exciting painting method where you can build layers of paint on paper or panels, add textures, use printmaking techniques, add mark making with charcoal, pencils wax pencils, incorporate powdered pigments, R & F paint sticks, marble dust, oil paints, draw with paint sticks or use solvent for reductive techniques along with scratching and digging techniques when the wax is dryer. You can even use these materials on top of acrylic bases and textures. It’s immediate, it’s experimental and it’s just plain fun! Come play with Cold Wax Medium with me and find get to know your deepest creative self.

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Women’s Trip to Italy – May 23-30, 2020!

A toast to a Cortona sunset after a long day of painting and traveling with great women!

Hello Artists!

I’d love to have you join me for a week in Tuscany — in Cortona, Italy to be precise! Come for a week of plein-air painting, hiking, eating amazing food, taking wonderful photos, wine tastings, seeing world class art the Uffizi in Florence, making new friends and generally having a creative trip that will inspire and excite you for years to come!

Cortona, home of “Under the Tuscan Sun” fame, is a beautiful medieval city up on a hillside that overlooks the Chiana Valley. We will stay in a villa that is walking distance to the village which has many beautiful shops, restaurants, churches, museums and picturesque views to photograph and paint. The village is a lively town full of locals and tourists all mingling in the piazzas each day and evening enjoying the gorgeous views from each angle, the cobblestone streets, pealing church bells and delicious pasta dishes at the many open air restaurants.

We will paint in different locations close to the villa and in town. I teach in both acrylic and oil and will meet every artist where they are to encourage their own individual style and voice–from realism to abstraction. All painting levels are welcome and if you are someone who likes to work in pen and ink, pencil, pastel etc…I encourage you to work in whatever medium you feel comfortable in with the understanding that I will only be teaching acrylic and oil. This is YOUR Artistic Adventure Abroad and I am here to help you fine and create your vision.

The food is always amazing, the villa has outstanding views and the camaraderie is life-changing! Painting there in Italy is a sensual delight–the smells, the sounds, the sites…it’s something everyone should experience at least once in their life!

I am now accepting deposits to hold your spot. I have attached a two-page flyer with more information below–please click further to see. Let me know if you have any questions.

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Come to Santa Fe and Paint with me at Georgia O’Keefe’s Ghost Ranch!

I hope you can join me for an amazing trip to New Mexico, Sept. 17  – 27, 2020, to see Santa Fe and paint at Georgia O’Keeffe’s former property, Ghost Ranch, in Abiquiú.

Santa Fe Painting Trip with Artist Rachael McCampbell 2020

We will explore Santa Fe, visiting of course the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, plus the multitude of art galleries. We will visit and tour Los Alamos, Chimayo and the Puye’ Cliff Dwellings and Santa Clara Pueblo before settling into Ghost Ranch for 5 nights of painting. We will do the “Landscape Tour” and see the spots where O’Keeffe herself painted some of her most memorable paintings. There will be optional horseback riding, hiking, massages, swimming and other activities. Guests will have a choice of private or shared rooms.

After spending 5 days of painting, there will be an optional 2 nights at Ojo Caliente, close to Ghost Ranch, where we will relax in their world famous natural, hot springs. A multitude of spa treatments are available. This is not part of my trip, just a suggestion for those who want to join me for some relaxation time.

We will study landscapes when we are there. The artwork can range from realistic to more impressionistic or abstraction — that’s an individual choice. I will be there to support each artist’s style and particular needs. We will work in acrylic, oil and also cold wax medium.

For more information about this trip and for costs and itinerary, please contact Rachael McCampbell at email: rachael@rachaelmccampbell.com. Sign up soon, as spots are limited and will be filled. I am accepting $500 non-refundable deposits. Continue reading Come to Santa Fe and Paint with me at Georgia O’Keefe’s Ghost Ranch!