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Chris Cozen, Artist
Pasadena, CA
Mixed Media Artist, Author, and Teacher, Certified Working Artist, Golden Artist Colors, Inc.
Interests: Anything and everything related to Acrylic painting, art, and color.
Recent Activity
It began in the garden I recently took an online class with Pauline Agnew which was totally out of my wheelbox. It was about painting the face and the figure. An interesting exercise for me all around as this is not what motivates me. But I must say that it... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2015 at Artful Thinking
It's once again December, and as of last night the days will once again begin to get longer and my time in the studio will increase. I prefer to paint in natural light and when we built the studio space I opted for sky lights. It was a wonderful decision... Continue reading
Posted Dec 22, 2014 at Artful Thinking
These cast shadows are such a great metaphor for life transitions. As long as you don't move the objects casting the shadows they will appear in some form everyday. That's reassuring, isn't it? Or is it really? For the last nine years I have been a part of the Working... Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2014 at Artful Thinking
There is that eternal question? Am I done? I usually answer one of two ways. Either "not yet" or "for now." What is the difference? If I am at the "not yet" place I am still thinking about the piece, it feels like it hasn't finished speaking to me. That's... Continue reading
Posted Oct 19, 2014 at Artful Thinking
Shannon, I always tried to find time to do something creative especially with my girls. Art was always part of my classroom as well. Thanks for stopping by.
Thank you, Lauren. It means a lot to hear from you!
View from the studio, 2014 I have probably shared this before, but it bears saying again. I am a teaching artist. My formal training is in Education and for more than 30 years it was my profession. Art was my escape and was woven in and out of my years... Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2014 at Artful Thinking
Whenever I teach I am always asked if I have a plan or if I know what I am going to paint. The answer is generally no to both of those questions. My plan if there is one is first to play with paint. Play with the properties of paint... Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2014 at Artful Thinking
Jill, your story touches me. Thank you for sharing it. Just remember that making those mistakes is a GOOD thing! All the best.
Toggle Commented Jul 15, 2014 on Pushing the process... at Artful Thinking
Bring it along! I love them too.
I make a habit of walking away from things from time to time. Abandoning overused techniques, retiring favorite stencils and stashing them away. When I think about it, this is a good thing. Leaving some things behind but not totally allows us to one day re-discover them in a new... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2014 at Artful Thinking
I've been too comfortable in my process for awhile now. In fact, I got to the point where I automatically started approaching every canvas in exactly the same way. I always ask myself the same question: Should I continue with developing a particular genre of painting associated with myself or... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2014 at Artful Thinking
I have been hopping about a lot lately both figuratively and physically! Over the last few weeks I have been dealing with knee issues due to my arthritis being out of control and truly have been hopping about or hobbling from place to place. No fun at all. So I'm... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2014 at Artful Thinking
I have been hopping about a lot lately both figuratively and physically! Over the last few weeks I have been dealing with knee issues due to my arthritis being out of control and truly have been hopping about or hobbling from place to place. No fun at all. So I'm... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2014 at Artful Thinking
April always brings my beautiful garden and my birthday! Julie and I decided that we would have an amazing Online Workshop sale to celebrate our birthdays (her's is in two weeks!). So from April 25 through May 13 all of the workshops that we teach together are on sale for... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2014 at Artful Thinking
Victoria, If you are using acrylics on Yupo there is no need of a fixative. They are permanent.
Toggle Commented Apr 16, 2014 on Playing with color... at Artful Thinking
There is such exuberance in this piece done on Yupo using both High Flow Acrylics and Fluid acrylics from Golden Artist Colors, Inc. When I go to the studio and I need to unwind these are the products I reach for these days. The Yupo surface is smooth and non-absorbent... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2014 at Artful Thinking
Thanks so much!
It's been a banner year for stencils and I'm enjoying the opportunity to play with the new designs coming my way from Lisa and Michael are releasing more wonderful designs this month named Quasicrystals in a set of four individual stencils: Penrose, Fibo,Infra, & Quasi. Naturally you can purchase... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2014 at Artful Thinking
I've had so much fun playing with some new stencils from over the last couple of weeks. This new stencil set is called "Sacred Hearts" and typically would not be something I might pick up to work with in my usual style. As you already know, I'm usually into... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2014 at Artful Thinking
It is spring and the world is awakening in all shades of green. I love green. I think of it as magical and life-affirming. When I was a small child and my only art materials were crayons and a coloring book I would co,or all the page with other colors... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2014 at Artful Thinking
Hi Marisa, I'm sorry to say this has already been sold. Thank you so much for your interest in my work.
Toggle Commented Mar 10, 2014 on Here's to tenacity... at Artful Thinking
Lately I seem to be painting a lot of landscapes. There is something quite expansive about a horizon line that develops across the canvas, allowing me to reach far beyond where I can see from where I stand. Rarely are these compositions based on someplace real. Mostly they are an... Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2014 at Artful Thinking
I am often asked "how do you begin a painting?" I think it is time to offer an answer. My first decision is always about what surface I am going to paint upon. Why? Because different surfaces call for different products or techniques. Yes, it is true that you can... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2014 at Artful Thinking
It's nearing the end of another year. 2013 has been amazing all around. The success of our book Acrylic Solutions and the DVD's that pair with it has been energizing, along with the fun project of designing stencils with Artistcellar. I've done more than my share of teaching this year... Continue reading
Posted Dec 24, 2013 at Artful Thinking