Paradise Tattoo Gathering Seminars 2012 / Painting - Exposing the Myths and Sharing the Wealth
Painting - Exposing the Myths and Sharing the Wealth
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Sunday 9/16 4-7
For beginners to advanced artists, this seminar will include a multitude of categories covering subjects such as; translating the ink medium to paint medium, art commissions and collectors, secrets of the fine art trade, creative success in the real world, the invisible power of creating great art, marketing your work, and historical influences. During the seminar be prepared for live demonstrations on the most versatile painting medium available, soft pastels. Learn multiple wet and dry painting techniques, from using the right tools to defeating the mental challenges of applying pigment to canvas. Get inspired and discover an entirely new color packed universe to add to your arsenal.
Jessa Huebing-Reitinger was born in Wisconsin in 1971. Her career as a visual artist began at the age of 12 with her first commission. In 1989, Jessa was accepted to the Kansas City Art Institute and in 1993 she graduated with a B.F.A. degree in painting.
In late 2002, God inspired Jessa with a vision to paint large robust portraits of insects using a specimen and a microscope. Her husband James Huebing-Reitinger, in support of the idea, thought the paintings should be executed and performed within a public space so the process of the paintings would become educational. The idea grew into an interactive and creative traveling exhibition that evolves on a daily basis through live performance. After teaming up with the Kansas State University Insect Zoo and Kansas University, Project InSECT was born. Our project began in May 2003 and has been exhibited within several science museums, zoos, art centers, botanical gardens, libraries, and universities all over the Midwest. It is estimated that Jessa and her husband have interacted with over 1 million people since the birth of Project InSECT, yet they continue to build the size of the exhibition within each location. This has led Jessa to produce 18 completed insect portraits in just 3 years, and has already been revered by many as the “John James Audubon of insects”. Recently, Jessa was invited into the elite WNAG (Worldwide Nature Artists Group) in recognition of her astounding work and project.
As a live performance painter, Jessa accepts many challenges daily. Her creative aspirations have found her at center stage where the environment and focus changes from second to second. There is physical and mental pressure when painting microscopic details of an insect on an enormous canvas while balancing from a ladder in front of an audience. There is also great reward and joy when the audience interacts, learns, and understands something they haven’t seen before. With a combination of a subject that binds us as human beings and interaction with an audience who knows or cares little about them makes for a magical experience. The process and outcome of Jessa’s work has become full of life, thanks to the crazy idea of creating art for the sole purpose of education and conservation.
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