Get creative with the River Region Art Association

Darian Graivshark
After math of playing with the paint.

If you've ever wanted to feel like Picasso when you're creating art, then you don't have to search too far for a place to do that.

Nathalie Bagwell, an artist, offered her painting knowledge with classes sponsored by the River Region Art Association at the Deport Gallery this past Saturday on September 15. Classes will be offered every Saturday until October 6 between 11 a.m. and 12 p.m.

Bagwell's first class was called Flip and Pour. The "Flip Cup" method is a type of "Dirty Pour" technique.

"Your desired colors are added to a cup. We place the canvas painting side-down on top of the cup, then both are flipped over. Let the cup sit on top for a few moments, then remove it so that paint flows onto the canvas," Bagwell said.

Painters have to gently move the canvas side to side to fill the face of it. Be careful, though. If you don't move it quick enough, the paint will begin to dry and you won't get the desired effect.

"Excess paint will drip off onto the wax paper underneath the canvas. You can take a piece of paper and place it on top of that paint to get another creation. You can either gently place it on top and remove it, or drag it," Bagwell said.

Bagwell doesn't like to waste paint, so she finds other ways to use the excess. Another example of that is letting the paint dry on the wax paper beneath the canvas to eventually peel off. This creates a "skin," which is used to create other abstracts like acrylic earrings, bracelets, and so forth.

The canvases will continue to change as they dry due to the different densities of the paints choosen.

"We have to let them dry overnight to set. If you are keen on using varnishes or resin, the canvases must set for several weeks before we can do that," Bagwell said.

Not only did they create masterpieces on the canvas, but their fingers were full of colors and creation, too.

Bagwell also does personalized greeting and birthday cards.

Her next class will be on September 22 and is called Flip and Drag. You can register with the Depot Gallery of the River Region Art Association by calling 225-644-8496. It is $25 dollars for each class.

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