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.
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.
Join me for my 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. This is meant for students who have some experience painting.
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.
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 up a 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 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. 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.
The cost of this 5-day course is only $750. Supplies are not included.
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.
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.
I want to share some comments from the last workshop I did at The Vienna Arts Society, Vienna, VA. It was a lovely group of dedicated artists who were very excited about Cold Wax Medium and oil. I will return for a week-long workshop where we can really go deeper. I’m looking forward to it! Thank you fellow artists for your supportive comments!
“This workshop was so enjoyable – nobody wanted to leave! I learned so much and will continue working on abstract compositions. I loved abstracting my landscapes and the cold wax added so much to the painting. I definitely will continue learning, working and experimenting with this medium! Love it! Hopefully you’ll come back up to teach!”NS
“Rachael, as a teacher, you are so patient, kind, and inspiring! You challenged us in ways I have not worked in years with my own art! I am so proud of the work I created- even if it isn’t quite there yet! I am so grateful for your guidance and positivity about our work. i know that the learning I experienced will carry over into my teaching and I am even more grateful for that!! Thank you a million times and I hope you come back for a week in the summer… when I can attend! :)” PC
“And may I also say what an extraordinary teacher Rachel is! She is SO talented and such a terrific teacher. She was so accommodating to each of us and met us where we are in our artistic journey. She patiently answered every question and made such insightful suggestions. I can’t wait to take another glass with her.” SH
“Rachael, thank you for a great workshop! I keep staring at my work, itching to carry it forward, when I’m not thinking “Wow! I did THAT?! ME?!“ What a crazy cool medium.” MS
“Your workshop was informative, inspiring, and fun, and I appreciated your generosity in sharing your knowledge and insights about the cold wax process, and painting and design. I do hope that I am able to take another workshop or class with you! “LM
“Rachael, thanks so very much for teaching us so many new techniques using cold wax and oil. Your class was interesting , fun and so inspiring. Thanks again for giving us your all!”HL
“Still reveling in all the “learning” from your class this weekend. You are a fabulous teacher and can’t wait to take another class with you!!” SH
“Thank YOU Rachael! I learned so much and was so grateful to be able to try so many different techniques in such a short amount of time.”KL
Hello Painters! Do you want to grow as a landscape painter and find your voice? Come paint with me for 5 mornings at Plaza in Nashville. This is a class to study the landscape but also to go deeper as artists — to take your painting to that next level. Individual critiques and meetings about your work is part of this class. Contact me with any questions about this course and come have FUN WITH ART!
Join me for a 2-Day Workshop exploring all the fascinating things you can do with Cold Wax Medium by Gamblin!
Cold Wax Medium is a wonderful product that lends itself to creating many beautiful effects with with oil paints. We will work on painting abstracts and/or abstracted landscapes. I will demonstrate the many different ways you can apply Cold Wax medium from layering, to printmaking techniques, to carving back in — reductive techniques and more. You can achieve a wide range of surfaces from mystical, atmospheric paintings to bright, highly textured paintings.
Gamblin is generously supplying the oil paints and cold wax medium materials we will use for this class. Other materials needed will be emailed to you upon registration. This class is $300 and you can register with The Vienna Arts Society–email: artcenter@ViennaArtsSociety.org.
Fridays, 9 am to Noon, August 30 – September 27, 2019
This course series examines landscape painting in oil and will include demonstrating various painting techniques, exploring mediums, glazing, cold wax medium, etc. with the intent to push your individual styles and take you to that next level as an artist. Group critiques and one-on-one discussions with each artist are included. Intermediate to advanced oil painting experience required. (To understand your painting level, feel free to contact McCampbell.) Rachael leads painting workshops in the US and Abroad. Her work is collected both nationally and internationally.
For more information or to register, email rachael: email@example.com or call her studio: 310-569-8040.