Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Journey to Sedona, AZ

This week I taught collage at the Sedona Art Center, as I have been doing for four years. Read about my class, the town, and how I found gallery representation there as well. A business trip in the true sense of the word. 

Thank You
for being a part of my
Art Journey,


Friday, April 4, 2014

Madeline Island School of the Arts

signature sun tea

classroom in the milk house studio

I have been asked to "test the waters" by the folks at Madeline Island School of the Arts. They are hoping to put me on the class list next year. As it turns out, mixed media classes are not filling up as well as others on the Island. Why is that?

In my class we have so much fun, slinging paint, stamping, stenciling, dry brushing, texture rubbing, winging it… And that's just making the paper.

making the most of found and purchased papers

After we create our own collage papers, we organize them according to color and then we hit the ground running. Since you arrive at class with your under painting in hand. (oh yes, there is homework in this class!) we are ready to glue this wonderful paper down on day two.

Collage is very forgiving because if you don't like how it looks, you can pull it off or go over it with a new piece. There is no stress in collage. The one comment I hear more than any other  in class is "Oh, this is so much fun!"

class sizes are small with a lot of one-on-one attention

Even if you are not an artist, you can have fun in my workshop. I have had many mother and daughter, best friends, long lost college roommates come together in my class to experience collage and to spend time together with someone they enjoy being with. Often times one of these two people are artistic and talked the other into coming!

cliff jumping, I wonder how cold that water is?

Madeline Island looks like an amazing place, you can see why I want to meet you there in 2015 with my bag of tricks (and colorful papers).

ferry crossing to Madeline Island

aerial view of the island

the milk house studios

I encourage you to look up Madeline Island School of the Arts website and learn a little bit about them. They are, in fact, on an island. Their season is in the summer, when it's warm and beautiful in Wisconsin. You know I can't go anywhere cold.

Tell them I sent you, and if you think you would be interested in taking my collage workshop up there, let them know that as well. We are "testing the waters" to see if we could fill a class. I think we can. 

I'll watch you jump off that cliff while I'm sipping sun tea on the shore. 

Thank YOU
for being a part of
My Art Journey,


Visit my page on Growing Bolder's Elite Blog to read all about the wild ride I had getting my artist table and centerpiece setup at the Maitland Art Center fundraiser, despite rain, hail, and tornado warnings!

Click Here. It's a great story!

Monday, March 17, 2014

Cherie's Progress

Cherie and I in October at her home in Vero Beach

A quick note to tell you that Cherie is doing well in South FL and staying warm (note the wrap and at the fancy matching jewelry that I picked out this morning I stayed over to see her in October). 

For those of you who do not know Cherie's story, read about her journey and battle with spinal cord injury here:

Currently her PT and OT therapists are busy filming her standing up in the standing frame and filling out forms to apply for her to return to Shepherd Center for Spinal Cord Rehab in Atlanta where she could gain more training and therapy.

Cherie spent some time there after getting out of intensive care in Florida, but now that she has gained a bit more strength and movement, we are hoping that she is a candidate for even more therapy. 

Keep her in your thoughts and in your heart that she will soon be on the road to Atlanta. She will have to buy a new handicapped van in order to get there, her current one is old and won't make the trip. 

We love you Cherie!! Well wishers can email her or mail her notes and cards of encouragement, which she absolutely LOVES! Cherie's mother was a fine artist who gave me some of my first exposure to museums and art when she and I were just kids. I've know Cherie all my life. 

If you want to send Cherie and art card or words of encouragement, email me for more info:

Thank You for being a part of my Art Journey,

Friday, March 7, 2014

Sedona Workshop April 18/19/20

It's that time of year again, Sedona is calling! Join me in my favorite place on the planet, we still have a couple of spots left for my April Workshop Weekend at the lovely Sedona Art Center, located right in Uptown. 

Sedona, AZ is one of the most beautiful places on earth. If you have never been to Sedona, you are in for a treat. The amazing 360ยบ views of red rocks will take your breath away. There are plenty hiking and walking trails among the rocks as well. There are still slots left in this class!

The Sedona Arts Center (above) offers workshops and classes in every medium and is located in the heart of this art community. They feature a gallery of student work where you can see some fantastic samples of what folks are creating in class.

Interior Photograph of Lark Art Gallery [Sedona, Arizona]

You will also enjoy art abounding in a number of galleries and shops such as the LARK art gallery pictured above. They carry some of my Paper Paintings animal collages and are located in the Hozho Center. There will be an opening reception at LARK gallery I'll be there sipping wine and visiting with fans of my collage art and whimsical animal art, which Lark is known for.

Click here for information about the Lark ARt Gallery

Sedona Art and Shopping Tours: Director, Tatia Fick
The last time I was in Sedona, I took an art tour of three working artists studios with Tatia Flick (above) and I have to say that it was a fantastic way to spend the day! Tatia is an amazing host and she drives you around to the artists studios, giving you a view of Sedona neighborhoods and back roads. She also does shopping tours! What could be better. ? Tatia is a sweetheart, you will love spending the day with her.

Click here for Sedona Art Tours Website

About 45 min from Sedona is Jerome, an amazing old mining town that is now a plethora of art galleries and unique shops and restaurants that wind their way straight up a mountain! If you have time, it's a great day trip!

Click here for Jerome, AZ info

We took the kids to Slide Rock State Park in Oak Creek Canyon and went in slipping down the rock water slide! It was tons of fun and would make a great half day in addition to your Paper Paintings collage workshop at the Arts Center!

Click here for Slide Rock State Park Info

Don't delay. Book today!
I'll see you in Sedona April 18/19/20

Thursday, February 13, 2014

What's on my Easel

Jazz Singer / 16x20 / collage on cradled panel / in progress

Jazz Singer

The Jazz Singer is a piece I created previously and sold. Every now and then I have someone ask me to recreate a piece because they love it so much and they ask so nicely. I explain that there will never be any two collages alike, but I am willing to give it a whirl a second time.

This week I have been working on The Jazz Singer for a student who took my collage workshop in Longwood, FL at the Craft Shack.


I start with a pencil sketch on wood panel, I sort out my composition and a little bit of shading in this stage. After I have a good drawing to go by, I start painting in my composition with acrylic paints. The painting is going to help guide me in gluing my papers on top.

©St. Hilaire Nelson 2014

©St. Hilaire Nelson 2014

A good solid foundation of shading is important in the under-painting stage. Here I have established my lights, darks, highlights, shadows, and expanded on my sketch. When I begin to apply the paper I will push the colors and textures even further.

Hand-painted papers hang on the line in my studio

I paint all my own collage papers by hand, I use a variety of different techniques and paper resources to create my own palette. I often use found or discarded papers in addition to exquisite purchased papers. Nothing is off limits when it comes to collage!

©Douglas Nelson Photography


I travel the country teaching workshops and may be near you in 2014. I have a full list of workshops along the right hand side of this blog with links out to the host venue. My next class will be held in my home state of Florida at the Mount Dora Center for the Arts

click: Mount Dora Center For The Arts Workshop Info
February 28 - March 2nd

Typical 3-day class schedule / click to enlarge

Historic Downtown Mount Dora

See you in Mount Dora or your neck of the woods!

Thank You
for being a part of my
Art Journey,

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

InnSane: An Interview with Elizabeth St Hilaire Nelson

InnSane: An Interview with Elizabeth St Hilaire Nelson: Meticulously torn bits of hand-painted papers, delicately put together, form the exceptionally vibrant collages created by Artist Elizabe...

Thank Youfor being a part of myArt Journey,Elizabeth