My online art classes

https://www.alicemason.net/

Athena

Online art course with me.  Cost £90 (GBP) via Paypal, prior to the course.  We will be painting a series of paintings throughout different courses.  One painting per course.  Effectively, this is £90 per painting.  The first course contains 23 videos, available only to course participants.  I can send the video links to you all at once, so that you can watch them and paint with me in your own time. To begin with we will be painting a painting entitled The Lovers.  This is a favourite theme of mine and also a favourite theme of many noteworthy painters throughout art history, particularly Marc Chagall.

I see the painting as a kind of secular prayer for that which we wish to manifest or evoke in this life, either literally or metaphorically.   We will be painting together and I will be guiding you, holding your hand the whole way.  I will form a Facebook group page for those on the course, where we can share ideas, insights, thoughts and photographs, and I will give feedback.  To register an interest in learning with me from the comfort of your own home, please contact me or email alicejulietmason@gmail.com.  For the next online course I will be teaching how to paint a self-portrait as our symbolic / mystic-self.  I will be offering meditative, gentle guidance, setting intentions, using the painting as a form of meditation and healing,  knowing the painting as a secular prayer. Painting modern iconography. Teaching my own techniques: the methods I use such as painting my birds, or other spirit animals, how to paint a face, a figure, light and shade, a symbolic landscape, glazing, colour washes, pattern, how to bring forms forward or push them back through glazes, using under-painting through abstracted techniques, adding white, or leaving white space, using words as under-painting too. Techniques such as glazing, dry brush-work, stippling, acrylic pen-work, detailing, and stenciling. Working from my favourite themes: Iconography, Goddess archetypes, the Divine Feminine, Jungian archetypes, symbolism, mysticism, metaphysical art, shamanic and alchemical totems, sacred geometry, pattern, ornament, process and intuitive painting.
For me, there must always be the still-point. The point where you find the zone, where the painting is painting itself through you as the conduit. Or you come to a point where there is a deep meditation.  This is my intention in my art practice and in teaching.

Register an interest here via the contact form, or email me: alicejulietmason@gmail.com

 

Materials:

A selection of acylic paints.  Daler Rowney is a good make.   Colours:  cadmium red, ultramarine blue, cadmium yellow, burnt umber, yellow ochre, titanium white, sap green  Also a good make of purple.  I use Windsor and Newton purple.

A selection of brushes, from fine-tipped to slightly thicker and up to 0.5 inch, or 1 cm thickness.  Also a bristly brush.  This is for stippling and stenciling.  Make sure the end is slightly stubby.  Thickness of this bristly brush is about 1 cm, or 0.5 inch.  Also a simple household paint brush.  This is for varnishing and decoupage.

Stencils.  There are many different designs and they are available online.  I get mine from Amazon.

A selection of fine-tipped acrylic Posca pens.  A variety of colours, including white.

A selection of decoupage (decopatch) papers.  Not too many; just of your choosing, 1-3 sheets.

Decoupage (decopatch) glue.

Gold Dutch metal (much cheaper than gold leaf.)  One sheet only used in this painting but it is bought in a small booklet so you will have plenty left over.

A canvas, canvas board, or acrylic paper.  Dimensions approximately 30 cm by 40 cm, or 12 inches by 16 inches.

A 3B pencil.

A palette.  Glass jars for water.  Kitchen towel or rags to mop up or dab.

All materials can be bought online or in art shops.  I generally use Amazon.

Please see the video of all the materials.  Link here https://youtu.be/mLved_Ocy2k

During the course of approximately 23 videos, I will take you on a journey of a painting, from beginning to end.  I will make ‘mistakes’ which are all an inevitable part of the process, and how to correct them or change them, and guide you through the painting and teach you my techniques, thoughts and insights.  There will be long periods where I am simply painting, with the camera following my progress, and you can paint along with me, pausing or advancing the video when you need to.  I encourage you to make your own decisions.  The first is a painting of two lovers in a landscape, but you may choose to paint just one person.  It’s all up to you.  You may choose to use different colours to the ones I use.  I will make a Facebook group page where we can share our thoughts, pictures, questions and ideas.  Or you can email me privately with photos or questions.  I will do my best to always answer any questions you may have.  After you have made the payment to me via Paypal,  I will send you the links to all the videos, which are available only to course participants.  I believe this will be the easiest way for you to work in your own time. The cost via Paypal is £90 GBP, and the email associated with my Paypal is: alicemason367@hotmail.com

Paypal also does a currency conversion for you if you are from another country.

 

Artists who inspire me:

So many, but here are a few to look at to start with:

Henri Rousseau, Georgia O’Keeffe, Cecil Collins, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Modigliani, Marc Chagall, Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, William Blake, Pierre Bonnard, Raoul Dufy, Odilon Redon, Gustav Moreau.

 

Alice x

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Gold Moon Lovers

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Gold Moon Lovers.  Painting on canvas paper.  Here is my Etsy shop:

https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/578950992/gold-moon-lovers?ref=shop_home_active_1

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Anahita Water Goddess.

‘Drink from the well of yourself and begin again’.  Charles Bukowski.

A signed, fine art giclee print of Anahita, Water Goddess, divinity of wisdom and fertility. From an original painting by me, artist Alice Mason. Professionally printed on satin archival thick paper/card and signed and dated by me.
This print is A4 in size, 8.5 inches by 11.5 inches or 22 cm by 29 cm. It will be extremely safely and securely packaged, floated on cardboard and cello wrapped, so that it arrives in perfect condition. Ready for framing.

https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/187900810/anahita-water-goddess?ref=pr_shop

Anahita water Goddess

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Something that really resonates right now..

“Life is a repeated cycle of getting lost and then finding yourself again. There are many smaller cycles within that cycle where you get lost to a smaller degree and then remember yourself again. Sometimes you do it to yourself on purpose, consciously or unconsciously. Every time you get lost it is so that you can learn something or experience something from a different perspective.” Jay Woodman

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Olives and other stories

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Olive picking

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It was in my weakest moments
that I discovered inner-strength.
.

It was after my sincere and heartfelt
confessions, I heard untold wisdom.
.

It was when I professed my limitations,
I recognized the infinite depth within.
Throughout life and by
Love’s unseen hands,
.

I am formed and informed and
reformed with each new understanding.
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We are illustrious Beings,
shaped by what we
have survived,
healed by our own hearts…
Crafted with care,
always in the making.

Susan Frybort.

Painting by me

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From Dreamwork with Toko-Pa

In this long dark, logic and plain sight are useless. You navigate by the diffuse and reflective attention of the moon and stars. Bringing a deep, penetrating silence to the knowing that lives in your bones, stirs in your womb and emanates from your dreams, you recognize that you are no longer who you used to be and not yet still who you will become. You are both, you are neither, you are perfectly between things.

Even if distantly and dimly at first, abilities you never had during the day are coming alive. Where you used to seek leadership outside yourself, now yours is the deciding voice. Fear is becoming your strange ally, as you learn to honour and cradle its soft underbelly. Instinct and the mystical pull of your feeling leads the way. You can sense the density of objects around you, hear the songs of stones and know things are coming even before they’ve left.

For you, brave pilgrim, I hold this lantern at the crossroads. While others are anxious to see you arrive, I praise your vast withstanding of the uncertainty from which all meaning is born.   www.toko-pa.com

Painting by me :  https://www.etsy.com/people/alicejuliet?ref=hdr_user_menu

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Wild Geese

 

https://www.etsy.com/listing/515044610/fleurir-les-beaux-bloom-beautiful-ones?ref=listing_published_alert

 

You do not have to be good.
You do not have to walk on your knees
For a hundred miles through the desert, repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your body
love what it loves.
Tell me about your despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.
Meanwhile the world goes on.
Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain
are moving across the landscapes,
over the prairies and the deep trees,
the mountains and the rivers.
Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air,
are heading home again.
Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
the world offers itself to your imagination,
calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting —
over and over announcing your place
in the family of things.
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Mary Oliver.
Painting in my Etsy shop.

Mary Oliver.

Painting ‘Bloom Beautiful Ones’ by me.

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Solstice Trees and Seas

This winter solstice feels calm, gentle and quite soothing.  I walked out along the cliff path and decided that, in spite of a few party invitations, I would listen to my body/mind and seasonal rhythms and stay at home tonight.  I need quiet, time for reflection and introspection, and think about the forthcoming year and embrace the longest night.

I am painting an illustration for a Canadian author depicting woodland at night with an owl in a tree.  At the moment at night time, I hear lots of owls.  They seem quite vociferous.  Mid-winter is the perfect time to be painting owls and night trees with a full moon.

I noticed in my walk there was a deflated pink party balloon caught on the cliff’s edge, which was the perfect visual metaphor for my decision not to go partying tonight, (pictured below.)  It’s interesting, when you pay attention, and slow down to the natural pulse of nature, how the universe reflects your thoughts back to you.

 

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