Karen Knutson Workshop

Join us in January for an amazing workshop with Karen Knutson!

“Painting With Wild Abandon”
January 21-23, 2019
This three Day Acrylic/Permanent Marker Workshop 
will be held at the Pinellas Park Church of Christ Annex Building6045 Park Blvd., Pinellas Park, FL
“Wire drawings are my new favorite thing to do! They are done with permanent markers, but they look like they are wire sculptures! That’s why I invented the name, wire drawings.” -Karen

If you struggle with drawing, that’s good, because wrong lines actually make these better. There are many steps to create the look of a 3 dimensional image. It has to be seen to be understood. Watercolor and acrylic will enhance these paintings. One day we will be working in acrylics to produce paintings that resemble Gustav Klimt patterns. We will actually be using a credit card to spread the paint! Subjects will include birds, animals, dragonflies, people, or student’s choice. By the end of the workshop, we will learn how to think abstractly, and do a wire drawing design for an abstract painting. Wire drawing will make all of your paintings better in a speedy manner. This workshop has been a hit with all of Karen’s students! Karen is a very popular workshop instructor who believes that painting should be fun and easy, but with good design!

Visit https://arttrysts.com/workshops to learn more and sign up!

Florida State Homes Article

Thanks to Florida State Homes for the feature article about Art Trysts Studio, Joyous Tryst: Uniting Makers and Beholders of Art.

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Nicholas Simmons Signature Series Escoda Brushes

We found this great deal on Nicholas Simmons Signature Series Escoda Brush sets – just in time for his upcoming workshop. 

There is still time to sign up for Nick's workshp and save $25! Savings offer ends October 4th! Click here to register!

We Are Moving!!

After two wonderful years in our studio at the corner of Kapp Drive and Range Road, we will start our third year in a beautiful new studio at the corner of Belcher and Range Roads. 

We hope you'll plan to join us for our First Friday open studio on October 4th to see our new studio, help us celebrate our second anniversary, and start our next year off right in the company of good friends!

New address: 

1490 N Belcher Road, Suite K
Clearwater, FL 33765

The studio is in the building at the corner of Belcher Road and Range Road. Access to the parking lot is on Range Road. We are right next to Lincare. If you have any questions, feel free to call (888)727-1190 or email studio@arttrysts.com. 



New Workshop!

We added a great new workshop to our already fantastic line up! 

Art Trysts Studio's own Toni Young will conduct a gel printing workshop on May 17, 2014. 
Check out all of our workshops here. 


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By Toni Young

"expressive Drawing" by Steven Aimone


I was first drawn to this book because I LOVE line work. I was so energized by the exercises in the book that I had my husband, Tom, put up a huge bulletin board in my studio. I found a couple of long sticks and I walked and painted my way to a very FREEING and ENERGIZING art journey! I use is most mornings to jump start my painting adventures.


This exercise from the book will open your eyes and help get you in a creative mood. 



Hard pencil, sharpener, broad marker, ruler, scissors

Copier paper or any blank sheet (8 1/2 x 11 will do)

Glue stick



1. Take a sheet of paper and lay down in landscape orientation. On the sheet of paper, draw a horizontal line 1/2" down from the top of the paper and a vertical line 3" in from the right side of the paper. These two lines will form an 8" square. 


2. With your marker or drawing pencil, start near the top and draw a horizontal line that runs from the left to the right edge of the 8" square. Don't worry about perfection: your line can wiggle and wobble. Try to vary the line size – thick, thin, etc. Continue drawing horizontal lines as you move down the paper, remembering to vary the thickness of the lines. Keep going until you reach the bottom of the 8" square and it is filled with varied horizontal lines. 


3. Take your hard pencil and ruler and draw a grid over the lines, 1" apart. You will end up with 64 one inch squares, eight rows up and eight across. 


4. Cut off and discard the 1/2 border at the top and the 3" border on the side. 


5. Cut your 8" square drawing into 64 one inch squares using the grid as your guide. 



6, On a separate sheet of paper, draw another 8" square. Fill this one with a grid of one inch squares. (No horizontal lines on this one, just the grid.) Make a copy of it  for later use. 


7 Now you are ready to RECONSTRUCT your drawing! Take your cut up squares and play with arranging them on the grid. Use your glue stick to glue them down. Continue until the grid is at least half filled, then look at it. 


Questions to ask yourself:

How are the squares similar? How are they different? How do they appeal to you and why? Does each row tell a story all it's own? Does it have rhythm? Look at Ellsworth Kelly's non- objective work. This applies to traditional work as well (horizontal and vertical lines). Look at Rembrandt's "Jeroboam Interrupted by the Prophet".

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This may seem like a lot of work, but it's well worth it!  I hope you enjoy this exercise! My next blog to you will be an exercise using color and shapes that you will enjoy. In the meantime: "TAKE IT EASEL!"



Art Tryx: My Wild Backgrounds

​Lorraine Ulen

No… I'm not referring to my wild youth!
I am often asked how I achieve the texture in the background of my Lorrealism paintings. It isn't an easy question to answer because I use a variety of methods and products, but one of my favorite products to use to create texture is Golden  Soft Gel. Soft Gel is a clear acrylic polymer that can be used to create rich texture, but it's magic doesn't stop there! It can be tinted for glazing, thinned to create a barrier coat, or even used as an adhesive for collage. Golden Soft Gel is probably my favorite acrylic product; so much so that I buy it by the gallon!

Feel free to ask any questions you might have about using this product, or you can contact me to find out about my classes at Art Trysts Studio in Clearwater, FL.