On Friday June 6, 2014, Eileen Murray gave 2 workshops on “The Exploration of Incorporating Fabric, Yarn, Papers and Pouring Medium with Your Acrylic Paintings” at the Opus Art Supplies store in Kelowna. I was lucky enough to attend!
Eileen told us about a childhood experience that caused her to shut down creatively. She says we all have a similar story. In Grade 1, Eileen was ‘slammed’ by a teacher because she drew herself with blue hair. She was punished and this taught her that her art wasn’t good enough.
As an adult, she felt disconnected from her artistic side; yet she encouraged creativity in others and bought art supplies for her own children. Children are authentic when they play. “It’s like their soul is projected out into their art,” says Eileen.
Eileen studied Jungian psychology and dream imagery. It wasn’t until she took The Painting Experience course developed by Stewart Cubly that things changed. When she dismissed something that inspired her, she was told: “You are betraying yourself.” Eileen learned that one must dive into creative inspiration rather than run away from it.
Eileen showed us some of her artworks and what she did to achieve results, such as incorporating fabric and thread.
She showed us products that she used, such as glitter, and pouring medium with a resin-like effect.
She showed us the effect of applying bees wax.
And the tools to use with bees wax.
There was a draw for an opportunity to try this technique. Keith Routley won.
In just a few minutes Keith created this masterpiece.
Others were invited to try out the mixed media techniques.
A few people collaborated.
This resulted in a vibrant piece of artwork.
A whimsical piece was also created.
The workshop was very inspiring! I purchased a few products from Opus and have been experimenting with them at home ever since!
To find out more about Eileen Murray and her artwork, visit her website at eileenscreations.ca .