What’s Been Going on in the Studio Lately and Workshop News

Happy Memorial Day/ Happy Summer! 


Franciscan Life Process Center, Lowell, Michigan

I wanted to let you know that I have added a summer workshop to my schedule this year. It will be held in Lowell, Michigan on July 18-20, 2019. The setting is the beautiful 230 acre campus of the Franciscan Life Process Center. This rural campus also has a variety of settings for creative programs and artist retreats. So if you’re looking for an art vacation in a retreat like setting, this is the workshop for you! And if you’re craving even more private time with your inner artist and creative muse, you can arrange for a personal artist retreat before or after the workshop. For more information on the workshop, click here https://lifeprocesscenter.org/calendar/cat_ids~3/ and scroll down to my name.


Currently I’m working hard on a new series of paintings that will be shown later this year at Studio West Gallery in Brighton, Michigan. My daughter, Tracy Lyons, and I will be exhibiting our work together for the very first time. We have both been painting the same model – my granddaughter and Tracy’s niece – Amelia, for three years now. Presenting our work together has been an ongoing dream for both of us. We’re very excited! Stay tuned for updates! 

Donna’s chaotic studio earlier this year.

Earlier this year, I started a collage project. My goal was to strengthen my design sense and work more effective with color value and color intensity in my paintings.  I had to put away all of my painting gear, and as you can see in the photo at left, my small studio quickly went from reasonably organized chaos to totally out of control chaos! It was fun though, and I loved being totally absorbed in the process.  

Collage Process Photo

Here is an in-progress photo of one of my 10×10 inch collages. Working with the collage medium for the first time and learning how to paint my own papers with another medium that was new to me – acrylics – was humbling, to say the least. It was also enlightening to find myself struggling with the same obstacles and missing links that I struggle with in my watercolor and gouache paintings. What a “dah” moment that was for me!

Bye for now ….. Donna

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