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"Kevin Campeau is an illuminating teacher with a compassionate approach. He offered me options of what I could do with my painting at critical moments and he also fully supported how to best reach my own ideas. Kevin provides neutral feedback that improved my work and inspired me to get back into the studio after learning with him. Kevin holds a deep knowledge of materials, art history, and he is unhindered when demonstrating and sharing his technique. I would recommend anyone who is interested in improving their technical painting skills and willing to journey deeper into their visionary practices to learn with Kevin."
Cory Seyler - Berlin, Germany

Secret Fire Workshop Vienna March 2020 Secret Fire
The Alchemy of Inner Journeying & Painting

Vienna, Austria


This workshop is two in one – it amalgamates my latest Inner Journeying workshop 'Chronicles of the Immaterial' and teachings on painting that I've been giving in my 'Alchemist's Guide Workshop Series' and during seminars and courses since 2017.

Inner Journeying
An important part of the Inner Journeying process is writing. This is where we can record images, symbols, impressions, feelings and dialogues that arise during the process to be able to decode, study, memorize and reference later. How quickly do the details of a sleeping dream fade from memory when you do not write them down or record them somehow? It is the same with an Inner Journey, which is a kind of waking dreaming. These writings, as they accumulate, become your own 'Chronicles of the Immaterial'. As an artist you can also spend some time creating quick sketches next to your writings.

I will first guide you in meditation and teach you the Trifold Approach to Inner Journeying. This is the way, the steps to take. In this initial Journey I will show you how to discover and connect directly with your own Spirit Guides/Allies and how to begin connecting with and exercising your subtle inner senses as you explore your imaginal inner realms and spaces. I will then teach you how to decode the content of your Inner Journeys and distill their deeper meanings. This becomes part of developing your own symbolic language over time, based on your own intuitive understandings.

In the second Inner Journey I will guide you to discovering and exploring your own Alchemical Memory Palace. This will be a place for you to continuously return to within your imagination, a hub for your internal activity concerned with the practice of exploration and transformation through Inner Journeying.

I will also present to you some of my own important discoveries about Inner Journeying that I've uncovered over the past 17+ years of dedicated practice to provide insight into what this practice has brought to my life.

At the end of both Inner Journeys you will have the opportunity to share your experience with the group. I have found this to be an enriching and important part of the process, the group distillation. As we are invited to imagine one anothers inner spaces and to observe the psychic operations within them we can begin to empathize more with each other and connect in a deeper way. It is of course optional for every individual to share or not and choosing not to share is respected.

During this workshop I will teach you my own painting approach in acrylics. You will first learn how to create a textural imprimatura or base layer in a mid tone, the 'Prima Materia' of your painting, inviting unexpected elements to appear. You will learn how to transfer your composition and begin a monochromatic underpainting, mixing your own neutral tint and developing values and creating volume and depth with shadows and highlights. You will further learn about colour glazing and adding layers of refinement. I will also teach my 'glasslike' Vitreous Technique, a way of creating fluid glasslike and gemlike effects which can be incorporated into your piece if you choose.

Preparation for painting:
I ask that before the workshop you develop an idea or two for a composition for yourself. At the very least, prepare a set of photo references and/or drawn references for yourself. Background elements can often come spontaneously through the paint. You can also print your references at the correct size for the gessobord that I am providing you (24x30cm). If you choose to draw something to use as reference please also bring the photo reference along for later comparisons and adjustments. There will be no drawing time specifically set aside. Bring other photos that might inspire forms and colour choices/combinations for you. You are welcome to bring your laptop/tablet to view your references on. Feel free to send me a message if you need some advice with your references.
Your Inner Journeys will give you inspiration during the painting process for colour scheme, background elements and the overall tone of your piece.You must choose your subject(s) beforehand only due to time constraints.

Materials I provide you:
One Ampersand gessoboard per student – size is 24x30cm, acrylic painting medium, tracing paper, transfer paper, masking tape, paper towels, light table if needed, cups, spray bottles and access to my collection of Old Holland and Golden Acrylic paints for a small fee if you do not have your own. Refer to the separate Materials List on my website to know what you need to bring with you.
This workshop is a safe space for anyone of the LGBTQ+ community to join. I identify as queer/gay and no form of judgment, prejudice or hate toward anyone will ever be tolerated here.
I intend to make 'Secret Fire' a recurring workshop, so if you cannot make it to this one there will be more opportunities to join this year!

March 7, 8, 14 & 15, 2020
11 am – 7 pm each day (One hour lunch break from 1-2pm)
My cozy, private atelier in the 3rd district of Vienna.
I have a fridge for you to store any food or drinks you bring with you. Supermarkets are closed in the vicinity on Sundays. There are a variety of restaurants in the area as well.
€350 (US $390) per student
You can choose between PayPal (credit card option available) or Bank Transfer (details given upon request).

** This workshop is limited to 6 people. A deposit of €100 (US $110) must be made at the time of registration in order to reserve a spot. Registration must take place through my website form. This deposit is non-refundable. The rest of the fee must be paid at least one week prior to March 7th, 2020. **

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