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Armed with an iPhone and your sense of play and spontaneity, join Karen Divine to move outside your comfort zone and make visual illustrations that comprise the foundation of who you are as well as that which makes you totally unique as creative individuals. The fabric of all our experiences exists in our imagery — the shadows, dreams, joys, doubts, and fears and, given the tools, these qualities will appear in your work. Art is an amazing tool for self-discovery.
Karen’s unique process, crafted through photographs and illustration, brings to life a world of color, symbolism, revelations, and a place where surprises unfold. She says, “my pieces begin with images of textures, gentle marks, colors that move me in the moment as well as forms from other images. I soften these experiences altogether and create a playground for my imagination to continue. On occasion, a background might hold the entire weight of the story. Most of the time a background is just a beginning, a resolve of the days mood and an opportunity to jump into the creative rabbit hole. It can be place of salvation, peace, retreat, sometimes frustration and often utter joy.”
In this four-session online workshop, Karen focuses on how to allow the creative process to drive the outcome rather than the outcome driving the process. It’s about learning to allow the image to unfold and being playful. It’s about learning what imagery you love and the kind of photographs you want to emulate in your own unique way. The workshop is an instructional and philosophical approach to the creative process.
Karen does a brief review of Superimpose X, Procreate, and Snapseed. Participants need to be proficient in at least one of these layering apps, or they may use Adobe Photoshop for compositing. Each group session is filled with demos, inspiration, image reviews, encouragement, and assignments for the next class.
The primary goal of this workshop is to learn to follow a creative intuitive process that reveals your personal experiences of the world and yourself.
You must be comfortable working with an iPhone and have experience working with apps that have multiple layering ability and blending modes, which could also include Adobe Photoshop.
For the convenience of participants, recordings of each class session are posted privately for one month after the end of each session. Santa Fe Workshops takes the recordings down after one month to protect the intellectual property of our instructors.
Karen Divine was first introduced to photography in the early 1970’s and went on to study painting, drawing, and alternative photographic processes. While she finds that creating a beautiful single image is crucial to being a fine-art photographer, it is the multi-image that speaks to her heart.
She has won numerous awards from international organizations, including the 2011 Discovery of the Year Nominee from International Photography Awards, the Julia Margaret Cameron Award for Women Photographers, the Prix de la Photographie Gold Award, and a first place WPGA Pollux Award.
A popular workshop instructor, Karen is also part of our Mentorship Program »
Get to know Karen in our Inspiration Series video »