Meet Kate Thompson
I have always been a creative person, studied and received a degree in Fiber Arts and worked as a textile print designer in the apparel business in Los Angeles for 20 years. My real education started in 2009. I started painting and I haven’t stopped. I became so focused with my work and developed a discipline to practice every day. After a couple of years of devoted practice I saw improvement. The point is I was not a natural painter. I really had to work at it and found I loved the discipline I put on myself to grow as a painter. I am a Mixed Media Artist and what that means to me is the combining of mediums. I work with watercolors and gesso, acrylics with oil, pastels with inks or all of them put together. I am an experimenter. I create my own substrates using vintage linens or painting on ledger paper. I also paint on more traditional substrates such as watercolor paper and canvas. I like adding plaster to everything! Right now my focus is on portraits and figures, but I am open to painting flowers , buildings and animals (as you will see in my new class). I like painting in muted colors and earthtones. I also love to paint color and this year every one of my paintings will have some pink in it. I really love pink which is surprising because I was always a tom girl.
I teach online as well a studio classes. I teach all over the United States, here are a few venues- Random Arts, Saluda, NC, Donna Downey Studio, Huntersville, NC, Art and Soul, Portland, Virginia Beach , Art Unraveled ,Phoenix as well as private workshops. My passion is focused on the creative process and I am as passionate about teaching as I am at creating art.
I sell my work on my website as well as at all teaching venues.
This course is filled with precious children and their friendships with animals. Kate Thompson created this class to share with you her love for animals and how they have enriched her life. There will be 4 complete painting demonstrations. Each painting has its own unique story. Mixed media art is taken to a new level by combining watercolors, pan pastels, charcoal with gesso. You will also learn how to work with graphite, charcoal, watercolor and inks with linseed oil. On top of all this goodness you will learn how to apply oil bars with a palette knife.
In this class with Kate Thompson, you will be creating fanciful girls using watercolors, pastels, and acrylics. You will make little watercolor paper books where we will explore techniques, prints, and color. Downloadable templates are provided for you to practice the painting techniques. You will learn how to draw the girls and then transform them into fanciful creatures with very different personalities. You will learn how to draw a portrait using charcoal and then layer the charcoal drawing with watercolors and white acrylic paint.
Art is sacred and creating art is such a gift to our souls. The figures we will be creating are powerful and personally meaningful for each student. The focus is on faces with abstract figures and I guide you in creating vestments that will protect and honor the figures we will be creating.
Have you ever taken an online course, gone to a retreat, purchased an art technique book and were taught an artist's techniques and mediums? Have you ever been worried about what is your style and what is "their" style? Have you ever been afraid to create art that was inspired by another artist? This course is for you! Join Katie Kendrick, Christy Tomlinson, Junelle Jacobson, Danielle Donaldson, Kate Thompson and Jeanne Oliver as we study under the masters.
The Living Studio is a FREE art video series! You will have the opportunity to watch technique and medium videos from some of your favorite artists. The hope is that you will learn what practices different artists use to make their art a daily practice and how they create their studio wherever they go.