Painters and Storytellers


artgroup2So the first Seven Colors of Spring workshop drew to a close this evening. June’s workshop opens next week and several of the young artists in May’s workshop will continue next month–yay!

I will keep with me many moments from this workshop, but mostly I love that each and every one threw herself into her art with passion and vigor. Even the one not-so-sure artist from the start consented to extend himself more fully into his art, using blending techniques and choosing complementary colors today on his Matisse collage. The youngest in the group showed an astounding facility with pure color.

Each week we focused on one or two new artists and learned a few new techniques artgroup3with acrylics or oil pastels. Copying a Monet waterlily painting with oil pastels and an Impressionist Van Gogh landscape proved to be especially popular. This week’s focus on Matisse and Klimt also yielded some exquisite and imaginative collages and dazzling Adeles in ball gowns of various glowing colors with various symbolic creatures and patterns imprinted.

Some pics from the first day, finally, and I’ll set up the Gallery shortly, with many more examples of the truly extravagant and amazing work that this workshop elicited. artgroupThank you, all, in this very special first group, for helping create this first, most, vast, everything workshop! I wish you all Much Art always, and hope you will Paint Forever!


About Ramola D

Ramola D is the author of Invisible Season (WWPH, 1998), which co-won the Washington Writers’ Publishing House Poetry award in 1998, and Temporary Lives, awarded the 2008 AWP Grace Paley Prize in Short Fiction and finalist in the 2010 Library of Virginia Fiction awards. A Discovery/The Nation finalist and five-time Pushcart Prize nominee, she is the recipient of a 2005 National Endowment for the Arts fellowship in poetry. Her fiction, poetry, essays, and writer-interviews have appeared in various journals and anthologies including previously in Blackbird, Prairie Schooner, Agni, Northwest Review, Green Mountains Review, Writer’s Chronicle, Indiana Review, recently in Extraordinary Rendition: (American) Writers on Palestine (OR Books, 2015), All About Skin: Short Fiction by Women of Color (University of Wisconsin Press, 2014), and also in Best American Poetry 1994, Full Moon on K Street: Poems by Washington, DC Poets (Plan B Press, 2009), and Best American Fantasy 2007. Her fiction was shortlisted in Best American Stories 2007, and included in Enhanced Gravity: More Fiction by Washington DC Women Writers (Paycock Press, 2006). She holds an MFA in Poetry from George Mason University and a BS in Physics and an MBA from the University of Madras. She has most recently taught creative writing at The George Washington University and The Writer’s Center, Bethesda. She lives currently in the Boston area where she edits the online literary journal Delphi Literary Review, runs the media site and blog The Everyday Concerned Citizen, and the broadcast station Ramola D Reports (on Youtube, Vimeo, Bitchute) and teaches online art, natural science, and creative writing workshops at

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  1. Ramola, thank you so much for this wonderful idea – I know the kids liked it a lot! You are filling in a gap, and this is such a nice contrast to the all-existing soccer-etc-classes. We can’t wait to continue.

    • I am so glad the kids liked the workshop! I am having a really great time with these workshops, and learning a lot from the kids too, both re. how to teach and how to paint 🙂

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