Join us for a seven day painting intensive with artist Amanda Sage at CoSM, Alex & Allyson Greys art sanctuary just one hour north of New York City.
The time has come to take things to the next level. This workshop is for those of you who want to dive deep. It doesn’t mean you have to be a professional or already proficient in the Mischtechnik, but if you are this will be an opportunity to expand understanding within the approach.
The ‘Mischtechnik’, translated simply to ‘Mixed Technique’, originates with the Van Eyck brothers in the early renaissance and was revived by the Austrian painter Ernst Fuchs in the 1950’s. It was originally taught to me by Michael Fuchs and Philip Rubinov-Jacobson through workshops and independent study, which led to 10 years as a painting assistant to Ernst Fuchs himself. Fundamentals of the Mischtechnik has been adopted by many painters working with fantastic and visionary subject matter, as the transparencies and use of light in developing a painting are exquisite.
Traditionally one uses white egg tempera to build up volume on a dark ground, then glazing in thin layers of oil. There are many contemporary variations of the Mischtechnik, and the wisdom and genius behind the layers has much to reveal. During the intensive we will explore various uses and examples of materials through presentations and hands on experience, as well as creating a painting using basic concepts of the Mischtechnik.
A variety of approaches will be visited as grasping the diversity of application is sometimes the most baffling. Exploring the possibilities through basic framework allows us to help define our own path, as each of us is unique in our expression. Participants will be welcomed to work in oil or acrylic or both.
During the past 7 years of teaching I have done my best to straddle the vast landscape of beginners and advanced artists in my workshops. I find the alchemy of individuals in all levels of their experience to be incredibly enhancing to everyone. For what happens in these intensive environments transcends all degrees of separation as we adventure through the non-linear experience of arting…
We will take at least one painting from start to finish through the guidance of demonstrations, presentations, one on one instruction and open studio time. You will also be invited to bring a couple current pieces that you are working on and are looking for guidance with. Often the setting of the group offers a wide spectrum of experts and support, as we all end up learning from each other.
This being said, YOU are invited to participate, no matter your ‘experience’ level in paint. Although you shall be dutifully warned that we are going to go deeper then your threshold may register. I only state this in necessity, as I do not want to promise integration of all of the information. Through experience, the process of understanding the subtleties of the Mischtechnik, let alone control of pigment and brush, are forthcoming… sometimes taking years.
Through attaining a blissful timeless state of connection with source, one becomes a transmitter, a conduit for creative expression. And once a taste of this has been had we crave to return to that state. Through exploring other perspectives, placing ourselves in new environments and being open to experience, we find our lives enhanced as painting with fresh light illuminates the path.
To participate in the first Master Class of Painting with Light, we are asking that you first submit a short email stating your intention and brief background in art as well as some images of your work. You will then receive a more detailed description of the Workshop program and materials list.
Please send to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Amanda Sage an artist, ambassador, and visionary icon, Amanda Sage brings her own unique mix of painterly wisdom and intuitive insight to the canvas. After attending the Waldorf school of Boulder Colorado, her adventurous spirit brought her first to Bali, then Vienna, eventually landing in Michael Fuchs’ studio, where Sage apprenticed for two years in the Old Master’s techniques of etching and painting. Michael Fuchs introduced her to his father, Ernst Fuchs, whom Sage began assisting on different projects in Vienna, Monaco and the Apocalypse Chapel in Klagenfurt.
In the year 2000, she was awarded a studio at the WUK (Werkstätten- und Kulturhaus), a Viennese cultural center and artists’ collective, where Sage served as administrator and member of the board, organizing open studios and cultural events. In 2007, she began to exhibit with the growing Visionary Art movement in the US. This led to her relocating to Los Angeles and becoming an influential personality in the transformational festival culture, as well as participating in multiple exhibitions & initiatives world wide.
The art of Amanda Sage is characterized by strong figure-work and portraiture, accompanied by energetic waves of intense color. Each of her paintings is like a portal, opening unto infinite possibilities of seeing and expression. Amanda Sage is at the forefront of a new breed of visionary artists, using art as a tool for personal, spiritual and planetary transformation.
An adept of Live Painting, she now tours the world, delivering lectures, holding workshops in Colorado, Chicago, Los Angeles, Australia, Italy and Vienna and painting live while exhibiting her works. She has been instrumental in the founding of the Vienna Academy of Visionary Art that will open its doors in the fall of 2013.
‘Through my work I aim to shatter the ‘illusion of separation’, to challenge the viewer to question, and evolve out of ignorance, conditioning and ingrained genetic habits.
In life I strive to take responsibility for the effect of my existence, and through my actions and images, inspire others to think/dream beyond their immediate capacity. Ultimately I seek to create portals that open to the infinite possibilities of being and expressing, so that we may remember and re-discover who we are, where we originate from and where we are headed.
My aspiration is to paint messages, visions and narratives that communicate with an ‘older & wiser us’, awakening ancient memory; as well as the ‘present us’, that we may grow up and accept the responsibilities towards ourselves, each other and the rest of existence on this planet… now :)’
Born 1978 in Denver, Colorado; her adventurous spirit carried her to Bali, then on to Vienna, Austria to study classical painting with Michael Fuchs, resulting in becoming a long time painting assistant to Ernst Fuchs.
When not traveling to teach workshops or for projects & exhibitions, she currently spends most of her time in her studio above the HIVE Gallery & Studio’s and the Temple of Visions Gallery in downtown Los Angeles.
Rooms are available for rent in Grey House, CoSM’s fully renovated Visionary Victorian guest house.
CoSM, Chapel of Sacred Mirrors, 46 Deer Hill Road, Wappingers Falls, NY 12590.