On Location
Round Top, Texas

Artistic Voice and the Handmade Photograph

with Tami Bone and Cotton Miller

Course Description

Artistic voice is the imprint of who we are on everything we make. As photographers, it’s in our best interest to become comfortable with the elements that give form—visible and invisible—to what we create: concept, content, and mastery of technique and materials.

This workshop explores what is intrinsic and what can be learned through experimentation and practice, with the aim of creating work that encourages the viewer to be not only a spectator but also a participant.

Cotton Miller and Tami Bone guide participants through the elements of strengthening your artistic voice as you set out on a quest for the handmade. Cotton brings his deep knowledge of modern and historic printmaking processes, each with its own special beauty, as he walks us through methods that can be used to fulfill personal aesthetic and vision. Tami will demonstrate how to use the print as an opaque underpainting, in the centuries-old style of a monochromatic grisaille. Light, shadow, shape, form, and a limited palette are all emphasized.

Thought-provoking exercises help us set aside distraction, making way for focus and hands-on practice. As we clarify our concept, using content to inform and enlighten, we engage with techniques and materials that bring it all to life.

Come join this celebration of the handmade photograph in the pastoral setting of Round Top, Texas. Nestled in the gentle rolling hills between Austin and Houston, Round Top is a tiny town known all over the world as an antique mecca, which pulls many thousands of visitors twice-yearly for the Round Top Antiques Show.

Additional Information

COVID-19 Update: For all in-person workshops and trips in 2023, Santa Fe Workshops highly recommends that all participants, staff, and instructors attending be up to date with Covid vaccinations (per definition of the CDC).

Amateurs, Advanced Amateurs, Professionals
What You Should Know:

Participants should have basic proficiency in digital workflow, and a working knowledge of Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom is helpful.

Creative Vision, Fine Art, One-of-a-Kind, Pop-Ups
Tami Bone

Tami Bone is a photographic artist best known for her narrative imagery. In recent years her focus has been on learning the methods of modern oil painting, but with a knowing that she would one day meld pigmented oils with photographic prints. After realizing that she is especially drawn to paintings from the Renaissance, Tami’s focus has shifted to using the printed photographic image as a grisaille or brunaille. The print is painted with multiple layers of oil glazes and velaturas and built up over time, giving a sense of depth and luminosity to the finished work. In this way she is preserving the light and shadow, or chiaroscuro, in the photographic print, while pushing it into another realm.

Website: tamibone.com

Instagram: @tamibone

© Cotton Miller
Cotton Miller

Cotton Miller received his MFA in Photography & New Media in 2013 from Lesley University College of Art and Design, in Boston. In addition to being honored by The Boston Globe as one of six artists to watch in 2013, he had multiple exhibits in Boston and has won awards from the Society of Professional Journalists and the Texas Intercollegiate Press Association in 2007.

Cotton is the Web Manager for Santa Fe Workshops and does web consultation projects for a variety of artists. He has designed websites for Nevada Wier, Christopher James, Alison Wright, Elizabeth Opalenik, and Santa Fe Workshops. Cotton’s personal work combines traditional printing methods with digital, alternative process, mixed media, and multimedia. He worked as a master printer for Blazing Editions in Providence and Cotton was a research assistant for The Book of Alternative Photographic Processes (third edition) by Christopher James. Cotton collaborates with many artists for not only web design, but also graphic design, exhibition design, exhibition production, and printing fine art editions.

Instagram: @cottonmiller

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