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2013 WORKSHOP AT THE OMEGA INSTITUTE

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ENTER THROUGH THE IMAGE WORKSHOP
– PAINTING SACRED VISIONS IN THE MISCHTECHNIK –

When painting their sacred visions, from Buddhist thangkas to Byzantine icons, artists have learned to see the Sacred in the image they are rendering.

These contemplative techniques are still practiced today by modern Visionary artists. In this rare opportunity to study with Laurence Caruana in the United States, we too can learn how to paint – and meditate upon – our sacred visions with one of the form’s master practitioners as our guide.

As we explore images from a variety of sacred traditions, we learn how symbols can induce mystical experience. We then begin painting our own Symbolic Doorways to the Sacred. We discover that, as our vision expands, the colors brighten, perspective deepens, and the parts resonate as a whole.

Using the Mischtechnik (mixed technique), we paint in the manner of the Old Masters, exploring different perceptual modalities and visionary color harmonies. We mix oil and water-based media to alchemically pursue painting’s more ethereal qualities, like translucence, iridescence, and the jewel-like effect of glazing.

Finally, we meditate on our work to “enter through the image” to its underlying experience of the Sacred.

All levels of artistic experience are welcome.*

* Only the most basic of drawing skills are required (i.e. tracing) and the most basic of painting skills (i.e. going over the traced design with a fine brush dipped in white paint). The color areas will be glazed (i.e. applied over the whole design with a large flat brush, aided by the teacher).





AT THE OMEGA INSTITUTE IN RHINEBECK NEW YORK –

The Omega Institute is the nation's foremost educational retreat center. As a visitor to our Hudson Valley home, you join a long tradition of people who have made their way to this spectacular region known for its natural beauty, art, and cultural innovation. Enjoy the beauty of Omega's Long Pond Lake, visit the Omega Café, Bookstore, Sanctuary, or Ram Dass Library. Linger over dinner in the Dining Hall with new friends. Sample our Daily Open Classes. And treat yourself to a visit to the Omega Wellness Center.

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CURRICULUM

The workshop will include the following activities:
- An opening circle of intention
- An explanatory lesson about meditating on images
- An actual meditation on a sacred image of the participant’s choosing
- A hands on exploration of juxtaposing sacred images (collage)
- Laying down the foundation of the painting through chance (decalcomania)
- Transferring the design to a prepared panel
- Painting the design in the Mischtechnik - a “mixed technique” that builds up the painting in alternating layers, first rendering the figure in white with a water-based medium (egg tempera or casein) and then glazing it in color with an oil based medium (oil colors mixed with varnish, oil and turpentine).
- Powerpoint presentations on Visionary Color Harmonies and Contemporary Visionary Art
- A final meditation on the image rendered
- A closing circle




PRICE

- Tuition for the 7 day workshop is $695
- Accommodation for the 7 day workshop varies from $370 - $1050 (Tent, cabin or deluxe cabin - see Accommodation at Omega)
- Check in Friday May 31st at 4 pm. Check out Friday June 7th at 1 pm.
- For more information, visit the Omega Institute website: http://eomega.org/workshops/enter-through-the-image
- To register, please visit the Omega Registration page: https://www.eomega.org/omega/register/4260




ABOUT THE ARTIST

L. Caruana is an internationally recognized Visionary artist who paints highly symbolic works in the Mischtechnik (‘mixed technique’), maintaining studios in Paris and a Burgundian farmhouse in the French countryside. He learned the Mischtechnik in the traditional manner of master and apprentice, assisting the Viennese Professor Ernst Fuchs in his studio in Monaco and the Apocalypse Chapel in Austria.

Also a gifted writer, Laurence Caruana has practiced open-eye meditation on sacred images (Sanskrit: “Ekagrata,” Greek “Theoria”) for decades - both in the formulation of his own symbolic works and through travels to sacred precincts in Egypt, India, Mexico and Tibet. He has written at length on the experience in his book Enter Through the Image: The Ancient Image Language of Myth, Art & Dreams and has offered a distilled version through lectures (Chapel of Sacred Mirrors, New York; École des Hautes  Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris) and seminars (his annual Visions in the MischTechnik Seminar in Eco Villaggio di Torri Superiore, Italy).




REQUIRED MATERIALS FOR MEDITATION

- A favorite sacred image to meditate upon.
- Black and white photocopies of your favorite sacred images from different cultural traditions. For example, sculptures, jewelry, or paintings with simple iconic figures (otherwise, these are supplied).
- A small object from your environment to place on the altar (stone, leaf, card, carving etc).

REQUIRED MATERIALS FOR PAINTING

-Panels for painting and painting media (oil, varnish, turpentine etc.) are supplied. But, participants should bring the following:

- Any tubes of oil paint that you may have in colors you would like to work with (otherwise, oil paints are supplied).
- Fine, soft, long-haired watercolor brushes (synthetic or sable, with hairs at least half an inch long).
- Any soft oil painting brushes that you may have (more are supplied).
- Two extra-small jam jars with lids, or clip-on palette cups with lids.
- A plate (around 10 inches, black or dark blue) or a glass clip-picture frame (around 10 inches, with black paper slipped under the glass) as a palette for white paints.
- Any varnished wooden palette that you may have (otherwise, paper palettes are supplied). Do not buy a plastic or unvarnished wooden palette.
- Scissors
- Paper glue
- A few sheets of 8.5 x 11 inches white paper. Simple photocopy paper is fine; nothing too thick, like art paper.

REQUIRED READING

- L. Caruana, Enter Through the Image (the first three chapters).

RECOMMENDED READING:

- L. Caruana, The First Manifesto of Visionary Art
- Online article: A Mirror Delirious (in Issue No. 4 of The Visionary Revue)
- Video: The Visionary Art of L. Caruana (on vimeo.com)






...I look forward to seeing you there!












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