RileyStreet Art Supply - Next Coffee Painting class

 It all starts with one strong cup of coffee, a paint brush and a piece of watercolor paper.

It all starts with one strong cup of coffee, a paint brush and a piece of watercolor paper.

Next Coffee Painting Workshop
Wednesday November 30th    2:00pm - 4:00pm

New Location!!!
RileyStreet Art Supply

4th St, San Rafael, CA
Cost is $45.  
Class time is 2 hours. - Includes all supplies.

This will be the first time for a class to be taught in an Art Store. What a perfect and inspiring environment to explore your creativity. Jump to the Coffee Workshop page for more information.
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Coffee Painting Workshop October 19th

 New to painting? Don't think it's possible. The student above needed to reconsider the things that had been stopping her from having fun with her creativity.

New to painting? Don't think it's possible. The student above needed to reconsider the things that had been stopping her from having fun with her creativity.

Artworks Downtown Class Description
Wednesday October 19th  3:30pm - 5:30pm
Cost is $45. - includes all supplies.  
Class time is 2 hours.
ArtWorks Downtown
1337 4th St, San Rafael, CA
Space is limited to ensure one-on-one attention

 

This will be the first Classroom workshop this year and the room provides lots of room to spread out and get creative. How to paint with coffee is becoming easier and easier as former students return to the workshop at a special discounted price.

Wake Up to Coffee

Rolling into the Autumn two with Hot Coffee workshops held in the first month. These gatherings took place in the home of Eileen Ormiston. There was a mix of beginners and well seasoned painters. Clearly something new and inspirationalawakened everyone. More proof for me that there is something about painting with coffee that puts in into a new Comfort Zone. Beginners are encouraged because they realize that they really can paint and those more advanced are surprised by the new possibilities that coffee brings to their palette. 

Eileen is an established watercolor painter eileenormiston.com and will continue to make her home available for future workshops. Meanwhile, the next workshop will be held at Artworks Downtown in San Rafael on Wednesday October 5th.

House Coffee painting workshop in the home of Eileen Ormiston was fun and inspirational.

Coffee Painter's websites

 Victor Hugo  Octopus with the initials V.H  1866

Victor Hugo
Octopus with the initials V.H 1866

Artists have been painting with coffee for centuries. Here's a short list of current coffee painters I have located.

Please let me know of others I can add to the list..

So, you think you can't paint.

It's surprising how many people are fascinated with the idea of painting with coffee. I continue to enjoy hearing  their comments and questions because I believe if they are drawn to a painting there is something within them that is triggering the potential within them that could be expressed. So many people who love art are afraid of even talking about it — much less ever trying it for themselves. This is unfortunate because Art is not limited to a "chosen few" or to create "masterpieces." Coffee seems to provide an unexpected comfort zone and people are willing to give it a try. That's why I call it User-Friendly. 

 I'm watching "wannabes" getting their feet wet with coffee. My Coffee Painting Workshops. provide an easy first step to test the waters.  I can add a little hand-holding when doubt gets in the way of their progress. My success rate is currently 100% because every one who has attended one of my workshops has walked away with a painting — their painting. 

Don't cry over Spilt coffee

These coffee cartoons quickly show how coffee can be used with many different methods of artist expression.Beautiful color and depth in a simple Splat.

Coffee Cartoons

I was quoted earlier this year in the Marin Independent Journal "There’s something about coffee. I mean, you could practically spill it on the paper and make something out of it. It’s easier than watercolors because you only have one color."  I love hearing about  french cartoon artist. Stefan Kuhnigk  His website is in french but his cartoon art is universally whimsical.  His drawings are based on coffee stains. This way of drawing came to him one day when he made a spot unintentionally, and looking at it, he saw a baby monster, he took his pencil and gave free rein to his imagination, and since then it's became one of his passions.

List of Coffee Painters

Coffee Painting Workshop

A combination of coffee and pencil is used n the workshops.

The participants in my first workshop didn't really believe that they could "make art" but they were willing to show up and give it a shot. I asked each person to bring a shot of espresso and I believed that if they were willing to give it a try they were going to see in a matter of an hour that they could express themselves with painting. It worked for them and that confirmed my belief. Now I am planning my next coffee painting workshop. More about Coffee Painting Workshops.

So you think you can't paint!

 If you have even a slight passion for looking at art it is being triggered from a place within—you just need to access it.  I still can't figure out what is so safe about painting with coffee but I can clearly see it's potential. Painting with coffee can erase inhibiting beliefs of creative doubt.