Mixed Media Class: April 27 & 29, 2015

Join Keli for an artistic adventure as you create
your very own 12″ x 12″ mixed media masterpiece.
Class will be held at at:

Poggi Bonsi at The Landing
911 N 10th Pl, Renton, WA 98057
425-988-906

Two Days: April 27 & 29, 2015, 6-9pm
Cost: $125

Fee includes 12″ x 12″ deep-edge canvas, collage materials, acrylic mediums, paints, glazes and brushes. Students will bring their own found objects to embellish their paintings.

Enjoy a glass of wine and some chocolate as you get in touch with your creative side.

This class is a blast and you won’t believe what you can create!

Call Poggi Bonsi at 425-988-3906 to reserve your spot.

Here’s some work other students have done:

You’ll start with a collage on canvas, then work with acrylic medium to add dimension. Found objects such as old jewelry, coins, and other bits and bobs are added and finally the piece is glazed with paint.

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Yoga & Art Workshop

Take a day for self discovery.

Saturday, May 9, 2015
9am – 5pm
Burien Community Center

janet-logoJanet and Keli art staying local for this one-day workshop of self-awakening that will nurture your body and inspire your creative spirit.

Chakra Cards

You will nourish your body through yoga movement, quiet your mind through meditation, discover your seven chakras, and practice self-healing techniques. Devoting time to your creative self, you will use paint and collage to disgn a personal set of chakra cardsdepicting power symbols.

Janet Crawley is a registered yoga teacher through Yoga Alliance and teaches multiple classes through Burien Parks and Recreation. She has her masters in art education and has been teaching art for over 30 years.

Keli Sim DeRitis is an entrepreneur, artist, and graphic designer. She enjoys acrylic painting and mixed media collage and sharing her creativity with others.

Keli and Janet lead creative lives and host art and yoga retreats in southern France.

Please join us for this day of relaxation, creative play, and camaraderie.

Cost: $159

Price includes:

  • Instruction
  • Art Supplies
  • Journal
  • Boxed Lunch

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Workshop is limited to 10 participants.

If you prefer to pay with a check – make it payable to Janet Crawley and send it to this address: 17803 5th Avenue Southwest, Normandy Park, WA 98166.

Venue:
Burien Community Center
14700 6th Ave SW, Burien, WA 98166
(206) 988-3700

Contact us with questions:
Janet@clayqueen.com or call Janet Crawley at 206-931-7092
keli@kelisimderitis.com or call Keli Sim DeRitis at 206-714-8278

Karma Yoga and Art Retreat: 6/23-30/2015

Experience a Unique Week in Southern France
August 23-30, 2015

Janet and Keli are teaming up with Nese Pelt, yoga practitioner, massage therapist,
chef and owner of La Cascade for this unique retreat.

Join us for a week of spiritual growth and artistic exploration in a
400-year-old house in the tiny village of Durfort in southern France.

neseWe’ll spend time nurturing our body through yoga movement, learning about chakras and self-healing techniques. We’ll have the opportunity to enjoy European cuisine with cooking lessons taught by Nese and Keli, and even schedule private massage appointments with Nese.

Janet and Keli will engage your minds during guided artistic meditation and other creative exercises including intuitive painting, designing your own chakra cards, and creating a Mala bead necklace used in meditation.

Mala NecklaceYou’ll have an opportunity to experience personalized sessions of Tarot Card, Rune readings, and quiet walking meditation. Through yoga, breathing exercises and a variety
of meditation you will practice calming your mind to find the silence within. This quiet of your inner being helps you to experience an amazing opening to your body, heart, soul
and spirit.

We will each take part in shopping local markets and preparing our delicious meals in La Cascade’s lovely kitchen. Part of our Karma Yoga experience will be caring for La Cascade and participating in daily life in a French village.

There are many charming villages, markets and artisan shops near Durfort which we will explore. Dining out at local eateries for one lunch and one dinner sampling some of the regional specialties of southern France such as cassoulet and foie gras, will round out our culinary adventures.

Cost: $1,750

Price includes:

  • Instruction and Materials
  • Charming Double-occupancy Room
  • Most meals
  • Cooking Classes
  • 24-hour Open Studio

Registration:

  • $500 deposit to reserve your space
  • Final Payment due by April 1, 2015 (If payment is received after April 1, 2015,
    the cost for the workshop will be $2,000)
  • If you wish to pay by credit card, there will be an additional 3% processing fee.
  • Registration is limited to 8 participants

To reserve your place mail your check, payable to Janet Crawley to this address: 17803 5th Avenue Southwest, Normandy Park, WA 98166.

Visit Art Affair in France for more information on this and other retreats.

Art Affair in France: 9/1-8/2015

Consummate your affair with art in the French countryside

September 1-8, 2015

Only one spot left!

Rendezvous with Keli and Janet for a women’s art retreat at La Cascade
n the charming village of Durfort which sits in the ancient Midi-Pyrenees Region.
Together we’ll experience a week of fun and inspired art-making.

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On Art Affiar in France 2014:
“This is a must do again trip! The accommodations were great, the food was wonderful,
and Janet and Keli are the best! Everyday was a new adventure filled with
historical sights and facts about the area we were in that day!”

~Sally, Olympia, Washington

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Janet and KeliWe’ll bring life to inspired creations in La Cascade’s large sky-lit art studio, working with acrylic paints, gels and mediums, building up luscious, vibrantly colored landscapes influenced by the beautiful French countryside. Together we’ll explore abstract, impressionistic and traditional painting methods, as well as experiment with design and composition.We’ll enhance our artistic senses as we dabble in paper clay sculpture creating whimsical animal characters.

Keli Painting a Scarf

One day we will stroll down the street to paint our own silk scarf with British artist Ann Mason. Each day we will unlock our creative flow through guided meditation and simple sketching exercises and sharpen our observational skills by visiting charming villages and markets.

The week will present a choice of relaxation, painting, collage, sculpting or jumping in the car for nearby field trips. Among our adventures will be the famous Saturday market in Revel, the Sunday Flea Market in Lautrec, as well as visiting the Episcopal city of Albi and visiting the Toulouse Lautrec Museum. Most mornings will be spent together in the studio, which is open 24 hours a day for artistic play. We’ll expand our palate as we dine on the wonderful food prepared by our personal chef. A French cooking class will be included, with Chef Nese sharing the intimate art of French cuisine with us. This special week will nourish your senses and feed your soul. Come stay, work and play with us at La Cascade, where you can celebrate your love affair with art.

Cost: $2,350

Pierre & Paulette Poulet

Price includes:

  • Instruction and Materials
  • Charming Double-occupancy Room
  • Most meals prepared by our own personal chef
  • Evening Cooking Class
  • 24-hour Open Studio

Registration:

  • $500 deposit to reserve your space
  • Final Payment due by February 1, 2015 (If payment is received after February 1, 2015,
    the cost for the workshop will be $2,500)
  • If you wish to pay by credit card, there will be an additional 3% processing fee.
  • Registration is limited to 8 participants
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Visit Art Affair in France for more information on this and other retreats.

Golden Mediums

Golden Mediums are the only brand I use for my mixed media paintings! My favorites are Mat Gel Medium for creating a faux encostic look and adding dimension and the Glazing Medium.

Mediums
GOLDEN Mediums offer artists infinite control of changing acrylic colors. Use Mediums to control transparency, viscosity and surface sheen. GOLDEN Mediums can be thought of as colorless paints, as they are composed of similar polymers as are the acrylic paints. They are the “glue” or binder that dry to form continuous, durable films. They are made of 100% acrylic polymers, which have proven to have excellent flexibility and chemical, water and ultraviolet radiation resistance.Admittedly, such a large number of mediums can often seem staggering and can confuse artists. However, with at least a general understanding of the various products available, and an inclination to experiment, artists can create new ways in which to express themselves, and probably apply materials in a way that GOLDEN has not thought about.

Acrylic Glazing Liquid
is a specially formulated liquid medium designed to have longer working time than typical acrylic mediums. Very useful for fine art applications where subtle blending, subtractive techniques and similar methods are desired. Also ideal for decorative painting techniques. Available in Gloss and Satin.
Polymer Medium (Gloss) – A general purpose liquid medium useful for creating glazes, extending colors, enhancing gloss and translucency and increasing film integrity. Has a unique feel that is much more oil-like or resinous in nature and that promotes flow and leveling.
Fluid Matte Medium – A liquid medium useful for extending colors, decreasing gloss and increasing film integrity. Useful for blending with GOLDEN Fluid Acrylics to decrease the gloss, without increasing viscosity.
Matte Medium A general purpose, pourable medium useful for extending colors, decreasing gloss and increasing film integrity. Can be used as a ground, instead of gesso.
Super Loaded Matte Medium – Super Loaded Matte Medium is useful for reducing gloss. Because of its high level of matting agents, it will lower sheen of another product with a minimal addition, thereby changing other paint attributes the least, such as color strength and viscosity. Super Loaded Matte Medium should always be blended with other acrylic paints or mediums as this product is not intended to be used by itself.
Airbrush Transparent Extender GOLDEN Airbrush Transparent Extender is a 100% acrylic binder system that is designed to modify GOLDEN Airbrush Colors for increased transparency and film hardness. Engineered to meet the highest standards of professional airbrush illustrators, Airbrush Transparent Extender possesses excellent spraying properties and is formulated to minimize tip build-up, clogging and surface defects.
Airbrush Medium Designed for modifying the GOLDEN Fluid Acrylics for airbrush/spray application. Blends with minimal effort with the Fluid Acrylics to yield a paint mixture with the proper viscosity for airbrushing. Effectively decreases clogging and tip buildup during spraying, eliminating the largest drawback to airbrushing with acrylics. While designed with the Fluid Acrylics in mind, Airbrush Medium will also reduce the Heavy Body, Matte, High Load, Iridescent/Interference and Fluorescent Acrylics for spray applications. GOLDEN Mediums and Gessos can also be blended with Airbrush Medium for spraying.
Silkscreen Medium A water-borne system designed to blend with acrylic paints for silkscreen application. Increases working time and retards paint from drying in the screen. Safe to use with minimal odor. Mix 1 part Silkscreen Medium with 1 part GOLDEN Acrylic colors (Heavy Body, Matte or Fluid) and use this mixture to screen with. The Silkscreen Medium is not designed to impart opacity, hence the opacity of the mixture will be determined by the nature of color being used and the ratio of paint to Medium used.

Art Affair in France

Consummate your affair with art in the French countryside

June 11-18, 2014

Rendezvous with Keli Sim DeRitis and Janet Crawley at La Cascade
in the charming village of Durfort which sits in the ancient Midi-Pyrenees Region.
Together we’ll experience a week of fun and inspired art-making.

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We’ll bring life to inspired creations in La Cascade’s large sky-lit art studio, working with acrylic paints, gels and mediums, building up luscious, vibrantly colored scenes from our village walkabouts, adding interesting little treasures that we collect on our trips to the local flea markets. We’ll enhance our artistic senses as we dabble in paper clay sculpture capturing the animal characters of the French countryside. Each day we will stretch our bodies and minds with a gentle yoga practice and sharpen our observational skills, unlocking our creative flow through guided meditation and simple sketching exercises. Using charcoal in shades of gray, we will capture the lusciousness of the fruits and vegetables found in village markets, while learning about highlight, shadow, contrast and blending.

Pierre & Paulette PouletThe week will present a choice of relaxation, painting, collage, sculpting or jumping in the car for nearby field trips. Among our adventures will be the famous Saturday market in Revel, the Sunday Flea Market in Albi, as well as visiting En Calcat Monastery, famous for its collection of art books.

Most mornings will be spent together in the studio, which is open 24 hours a day for artistic play. We’ll expand our palate as we dine on the wonderful food prepared by our personal chef. A French cooking class will be included, with Chef Nese sharing the intimate art of French cuisine with us, as we create an evening meal. This special week will nourish your senses and feed your soul. Come stay, work and play with us at La Cascade, where you can celebrate your love affair with art.

 

Cost: $2,100

French Pig Paper SculpturePrice includes:

  • Instruction and Materials
  • Charming Double-occupancy Room
  • 7 Breakfasts / 6 Lunches / 5 Dinners
  • Meals prepared by our own personal chef
  • Evening Cooking Class
  • 24-hour Open Studio

Registration:

  • $500 deposit to reserve your space
  • Final Payment due by February 1,2014
    (If payment is recieved after February 1, 2014, the cost for the workshop will be $2,350)
  • Registration is limited to 8 participants
  • Participants will be mailed a registration packet with detailed itinerary
    and more information.

hedgehog paper clay sculptureTo reserve your place mail your check, payable to  Keli Sim DeRitis to this address: 17626 7th Place Southwest, Normandy Park, WA 98166.

Email frenchartaffair@gmail.com or call Keli Sim DeRitis at 206.714.8278
for more information.

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Acrylic Class

Acrylic Painting Studio at Moshier Community Art Center
Monday Evenings 6-8:30pm
April 15 – June 10, 2013

Acrylic paint is an incredibly versatile medium.
The first three weeks we’ll explore different
painting techniques while experimenting with
a variety mediums and other materials.

The last four weeks of the class
students will design and paint a final project
using the techniques learned throughout the course.

I’ll help you develop your painting style whether
it’s funky, traditional or something in between!

The fee and include most supplies needed
to create several paintings
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Visit  Moshier Art Community Center
Acrylic Painting Studio
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Students will need to bring a canvas for the final project
at least 16″ x 20″ in size.

Questions? Call me at 206.714.8278

~ Keli

Pantone Color 2012

I’ve always loved orange and now Pantone agrees with me!
Pantone Color of the Year for 2012: Tangerine Tango

The 2011 color of the year, PANTONE 18-2120 Honeysuckle, encouraged us to face everyday troubles with verve and vigor. Tangerine Tango, a spirited reddish orange, continues to provide the energy boost we need to recharge and move forward.

“Sophisticated but at the same time dramatic and seductive, Tangerine Tango is an orange with a lot of depth to it,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute®. “Reminiscent of the radiant shadings of a sunset, Tangerine Tango marries the vivaciousness and adrenaline rush of red with the friendliness and warmth of yellow, to form a high-visibility, magnetic hue that emanates heat and energy.”


Over the past several years, orange has grown in popularity and acceptance among designers and consumers alike. A provocative attention-getter, Tangerine Tango is especially appealing in men’s and women’s fashion. Fashion designers featured in the PANTONE Fashion Color Report Spring 2012, including Tommy Hilfiger, Nanette Lepore, Cynthia Steffe by Shaun Kearney, Elie Tahari and Adrienne Vittadini, are incorporating this attractive orange into their spring collections. A fun, lively take on a traditional autumnal hue, Tangerine Tango will surely carry through to fall fashion as well.

A winner in cosmetics because of its versatility, Tangerine Tango is a bit exotic, but in a very friendly, non-threatening way. Add a sultry flair to lips, cheeks and nails with Tangerine Tango. An unexpected eye shadow color, Tangerine Tango is a complementary opposite that flatters blue or green eyes. When paired with brown eyes, it brings out an amber cast.

SEPHORA + PANTONE UNIVERSE
Sharing a strong passion for how color can transform a face, mood or even an attitude, Pantone has partnered with Sephora, the leading beauty specialty retailer, to create an extraordinary collection that will change how consumers wear, feel and think about color. Launching in spring 2012, SEPHORA + PANTONE UNIVERSE™ delivers insightful color forecasting, timely trends and powerful seasonal product collections. To celebrate the launch, SEPHORA + PANTONE UNIVERSE proudly presents the first Color of the Year beauty collection.

“These products allow for on-trend, uninhibited expression, while being exceptionally wearable,” commented Gilbert Soliz, lead artist for Sephora PRO. “Whether she is looking to create a bold look featuring Tangerine Tango, or if demure trend expression is more her style, the collection allows for customized wearability.”

The limited edition collection features a variety of products including eye shadow, lipstick, lip gloss, nail polish and accessories, and will be available in Sephora Americas beginning March 2012.

Tangerine Tango for Interiors and More
Energize interior spaces with Tangerine Tango patterned home accessories. Pillows, bedspreads and tabletop accessories in this high-impact hue add spice to any room. Or incorporate Tangerine Tango appliances and personal electronics for an unexpected pop of color. Looking for an inexpensive way to perk up your home? Paint a wall in Tangerine Tango for a dynamic burst of energy in the kitchen, entryway or hallway.

Tangerine Tango products are also available from Chronicle Books (publisher of “Pantone: The Twentieth Century in Color” and creator of Pantone paperback journals), Dessy (a leading manufacturer of bridesmaid, social-occasion and flower-girl dresses), MyColor inspired by Pantone (a spirited new collection of grab-and-go paints), PANTONE PAINTS (Pantone’s line of superior-quality, eco-friendly paint), Rickshaw of San Francisco (lightweight and stylish messenger bag created especially for Pantone) and W2 (creator of the iconic PANTONE Chip mug).

Cross-Referencing to Other PANTONE Libraries
PANTONE 17-1463 Tangerine Tango can also be cross-referenced to all other PANTONE Libraries including PANTONE PLUS and PANTONE Goe™ for graphic design. For cross-referencing information, see www.pantone.com/COY2012.

About the PANTONE Color of the Year
The color of the year selection is a very thoughtful process. To arrive at the selection, Pantone quite literally combs the world looking for color influences. This can include the entertainment industry and films that are in production, traveling art collections, hot new artists, popular travel destinations and other socio-economic conditions. Influences may also stem from technology, availability of new textures and effects that impact color, and even upcoming sports events that capture worldwide attention.

For more than a decade, Pantone’s Color of the Year has influenced product development and purchasing decisions in multiple industries, including fashion, home and industrial design, as well as product packaging and graphic design. Past colors include:

• PANTONE 18-2120 Honeysuckle (2011)
• PANTONE 15-5519 Turquoise (2010)
• PANTONE 14-0848 Mimosa (2009)
• PANTONE 18-3943 Blue Iris (2008)
• PANTONE 19-1557 Chili Pepper (2007)
• PANTONE 13-1106 Sand Dollar (2006)
• PANTONE 15-5217 Blue Turquoise (2005)
• PANTONE 17-1456 Tigerlily (2004)
• PANTONE 14-4811 Aqua Sky (2003)
• PANTONE 19-1664 True Red (2002)
• PANTONE 17-2031 Fuchsia Rose (2001)
• PANTONE 15-4020 Cerulean (2000)

About Pantone
Pantone LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of X-Rite, Incorporated, has been the world’s color authority for nearly 50 years, providing design professionals with products and services for the colorful exploration and expression of creativity. Always a source for color inspiration, Pantone also offers paint and designer-inspired products and services for consumers. More information is available at www.pantone.com.

About X-Rite
(NASDAQ: XRIT) X-Rite is the global leader in color science and technology. The company, which now includes color industry leader Pantone, develops, manufacturers, markets and supports innovative color solutions through measurement systems, software, color standards and services. X-Rite’s expertise in inspiring, selecting, measuring, formulating, communicating and matching color helps users get color right the first time and every time, which translates to better quality and reduced costs. X-Rite serves a range of industries, including printing, packaging, photography, graphic design, video, automotive, paints, plastics, textiles, dental and medical. For further information, please visit www.xrite.com.

Mixed Media Gallery

Mixed Media Workshop Moshier Community Art Center February, 2012

Eight great students at my Mixed Media Class at Moshier Community Art Center in February, 2012. Everyone did a fabulous job and created a unique mixed media piece.