Figure Drawing at The Bascom

Come to Life Drawing at The Bascom!

Join us the first Monday of each month from 10am – 1 pm- That’s this coming Monday!

I love drawing and painting from a live model, and it is a very important part of my practice.  Here are some images of my figure drawings-ranging from 20 minute poses to a large scale, finished drawing that took 16 hours.  All drawings are charcoal or conte on paper.

Happy Friday!

-Kristina Rose Baker




During my undergraduate degree at RISD, one of the best painting teachers I have ever had told me that if there was anything that she hoped I would take away from her class, it would be how to get myself out of a painting rut.  For the duration of the semester, every time I or one of my classmates hit a major roadblock, she would be there to throw curveballs at us, getting us out of our habits and out of our own heads.  That was where innovation began, and when breakthroughs happened- at the cusp of desperation, fear, hopelessness, and the other emotions that accompany the challenges that come with being a painter.  I like to compare being “stuck” in my painting practice to climbing a mountain.  The challenges lie when you are headed towards a peak; all you can see in front of you is the uphill struggle, and all the work you have to do.  You certainly can’t see the other side or the view from the top, where things becomes clear and everything is worthwhile. But determination and perseverance pushes you forward and keeps you going.   And when you finally reach the top of the peak, when you reach resolution, the whole world shines brighter; you can sail on the downhill, knowing that when you reach the bottom, you’ll do it all over again, because the challenges are worth it.

I have systems to help me get “unstuck” in my paintings.  They are exercises I have created for myself to get me to think and work differently; essentially creative problem solving.  One of my systems right now has been to create a “color calendar”.


This is the beginning- This grid is a calendar; the month of September.  Everyday I access how I’m feeling, and imagine that feeling as a color. It has to be incredibly specific.  I mix the color with oil paint, and fill in the little space on the grid for that day of the week.  Easy.  I also established a rule for myself- whatever color I am feeling that day has to be used in another painting I am working on, whether that means continuing on a larger, long-term painting, or creating a small painting I can complete in a few hours.

These are two examples of small paintings that were completed in a single session based on this color system.  Both are self portraits.  I frequently return to self portraiture as a subject when I am having a difficult time and need to find some relief within my work.

Relying on this system has taken away a lot of the anxiety that sometimes comes with the uncertainty and decision making in painting.  I have many other systems and rules I construct for myself in order to breakthrough difficult spots.

This week, The Bascom has had the privilege of welcoming The Southern Lights to teach a 3-day abstract painting workshop.  Observing the workshop, I noticed many systems and exercises that would be useful for any painter to overcome painting challenges.

Students chose a limited color palette to work with for the remainder of the week.  They then painted the same thing multiple times, changing their placement of colors in the composition to determine the most successful proportions within their paintings.  In another exercise, they used alternative painting tools to create new and different marks instead of only those obtained from using a brush.


I was really drawn to the painting demonstration that The Southern Lights gave on the second day of the workshop.  Each of the three women took turns painting on a large horizontal surface while the class dictated the actions of the painting, shouting out abstract instructions.  “Use the color orange and paint the feeling of disgust”, “Use lime green and paint the how you feel when you sell a painting”, and “Paint the same shape three times in different sizes” were just some of the suggestions that were then applied to the painting.  It slightly reminded me of Brian Eno’s “Oblique Strategies”, which were random suggestions he gave to musicians in order to push them and get them to perform in new ways.  I use and apply those Oblique Strategies to my paintings as well, and have many times surprised myself in solutions to creative problems.

-Kristina Rose Baker


Photography: Create your own world

There isn’t a day where I go without viewing new photography or works by photographers and artist around the world. Weather it is through Instagram, Tumblr, Pinterest, or Facebook, social media is fabulous place to share your work, connect with other artist, and to get inspired. Yet, sometimes we don’t efficiently use these features of social media. If what you see and read about on your social media leaves you feeling angry, then it’s time to clean your newsfeed. If you have a passion for something go and find those people who are also crazy about the things that you do. Trust me, they are out there. Follow their blogs, like their page, subscribe to their newsletters and listen to their podcasts. Your social media will become a place where you’re constantly learning about the things that you adore, live, and breathe for.

For this weeks blog, I would like to share some of my images that aren’t necessary going to be printed, but that I just have kept because they I can’t seem to get rid of them and they are a good study of light and subject. Make sure you guys share some of your works! 🙂  you can find me on Instagram: @Chulla-vidaa

  1. The first image is of a man walking behind a waterfall in NC called Dry Falls. picssharing

2. This could be part of my street photography portfolio. I love rainy days!

3. The following are images of The Bascom’s Campus.

4. A couple of Self-Portraits

5. Some works of art that you can find when you visit The Bascom.

6. Leaves with nice patterns and color combinations.

Portraits of some of my students and art instructors who have now become my friends.

Stayed tuned for more photography news!

Byron Tenesaca, Photography Artist-in-Residence


September | Autumn | Photography !

Autumn is around the corner and there are many photography opportunities for the month of September. As a photographer FALL is my favorite season to get out in the woods and shoot landscapes and anything that this beautiful part of the world has to offer, which for this moment will sprout all the colors before again hibernating until next spring. Here at the Bascom we have prepared the ultimate photography workshops and classes that will enhance your photography skills to aid you into perfectly capturing this unique season of the year. Lets take a look at some of the upcoming events and workshops. Photo_ABA4After School Youth Photography is now being offered at The Bascom every Tuesday from 3:30-5pm. This is a great opportunity for young individuals to develop an understanding of the digital camera function and to enhance their creativity through the medium of photography.

SilloutesYouth Digital Art is held almost every Saturday of this month and the next one from 10am -12pm . Bring your kinds for a one of a kind experience as they will embark into a fun learning journey with a focus on Digital Art. From short films to stills, we will cover it all!

BlogWe also have Saturdays Adult Photography Classes


  • Saturday, September 17; 1 – 4 pm      Portraiture – Learn techniques and tips for taking better portraits in natural and artificial light.
  • Saturday, September 24; 1 – 4 pm      Criticism and Printing – Discuss considerations for selecting great photographs, manipulating them in Lightroom, and properly printing your images (2, 8×10 prints are included with tuition).

Finally join us for our monthly Photography Club Meeting. This month we have the please of having Greg Newington as our guest speaker. He will be discussing his current works on Wednesday, Sept 28th from 5p:30m-7pm. He will also be conducting the two-day  Fall Photography Workshop on the 29th and 30th from 10am-4pm. Please join us for this months photography events as we welcome the Fall Season!

Experimenting with Mishima

Recently I have been experimenting with a new technique to achieve a cleaner line quality to my work. 

I have been using an black underglaze pencil to outline my flower motifs on my pot. I find that it adds a  sketch like quality to my pots, making them more wistful and playful.

But now I’m looking for some sharpness. Thin intricate lines that will hopefully pull a bit under the glaze.

So I have taken to inlay, or mishima.

Mishima is a technique of inlaying slip, underglaze, or even clay into a contrasting clay body, the main clay body of the pottery piece.

While the pot is still green (still has moisture, leather hard preferably) I cover it in Forbes wax.

When the wax has dried, I then free hand flowers and lines, cutting through the wax and clay with an x-acto blade.

Using  black underglaze ( I prefer Jet Blck Velvet Underglaze by Amaco) I paint the incised lines using a small paint brush.

The underglaze will sink into the cut lines, and will be sucked up by the exposed clay underneath. 

I then take a soft sponge and wipe away the excess underglaze. Revealing the patterns and designs underneath.

I am very excited with this new look, and plan on continuing with it. I have yet to glaze my inlayed pieces, but will be happy to share and talk about the results when the come out.

– Samantha Oliver

Dave Drake Studio Barn Resident Artist

Barn Pottery Sale!

Come visit all of us here at the barn for our pottery sale! We will be open 10-5, then again tomorrow 10-8pm! So many awesome pots and people.

Also, throw on your dancing show for the Barn dance, tomorrow night, Saturday 6-10pm. Fun for the entire family, all ages. Dancing, face painting, tee shirt making, and lots of delicious food and drink. $5 per ticket, available at the door.


Samantha Oliver

Dave Drake Studio Barn Resident Artist

Art…By Appointment!

I have been teaching tons of Art by Appointments recently!  Art by Appointments are a unique way to have a one-on-one or small group lesson with a Bascom educator.  It is a great option if you are looking to work on specific art making skills, have personal feedback on your creative process, or if you prefer a unique and individualized class experience.  Classes are an hour and a half long.

I mostly get requests for painting ABA’s (Art By Appointments), and work with a variety of ages. Here are some images from ABA’s that I taught last week.

-Kristina Rose Baker