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Oct

05

2012

I was happy to participate in the College Park, Georgia First Annual Paint Out recently. College Park is part of the Atlanta metro area and has over 850 places listed on the National Historic Register. Talk about things to paint! Everywhere I looked I saw a painting! The organizers, especially artist Millie Gosch, were so fabulous and welcoming and all the artists were treated so well! I painted 3 paintings from 8:00 in the morning until 4:00 in the afternoon. They even had the girl scouts deliver our lunch out in the field to us!

The Annual Arts Festival was also going on and there were people everywhere! It was enjoyable for me to talk to people about painting and my art during the day. At the sale, I even sold two of my paintings! I have included my photos of me and the happy buyers below.

Also, my good friend and travel buddy, Cathleen Windham, won an Honorable Mention ribbon for one of her paintings too! It was a great trip and I look forward to this event again next year!



Sep

20

2012

For my last installment of my workshop review, I want to share some of my paintings I did while there. These were all done plein air and as studies. One of the main things I took away from this workshop with Scott is that artists need to spend more time studying their subjects and painting as practice for study than most do. He said he often goes out into the field and paints some subjects multiple times with no particular goal in mind other than to learn. That resonates so much with me because I love learning and especially through observation. I plan to do more of this in the future at his encouragement. Also, it was a joy to see the relationship between Scott and his sweet dog, Molly. I know this has nothing to do with art, but Molly went everywhere Scott did. As most of you pet lovers know, it is a special bond and it was so fun having Molly around everyday to welcome us and visit with us. She even helps Scott paint! (Just kidding!!!) All in all, I guess you can tell I really enjoyed the workshop. It was a great place to paint, I met wonderful people, and got to paint with someone I and many others consider a modern day Master. It was truly an honor though to get to know 'the man behind the paintings.' A week I will cherish forever!

Sep

18

2012

For today's post, I want to talk about Scott's teaching style and ability. Many of you know I have a teaching degree and taught for several years before I retired to raise my children. For that reason, I feel that I might be a little more "picky" than many about teaching and how someone's message is delivered. One of the things I always worry about when I go to a workshop is class size. I know that sometimes, there are so many people in a workshop that the teacher can't physically meet everyone's needs. Going into this workshop, with 22 people signed up in the class, I have to admit I was a little concerned about the class size and Scott's ability to "handle" us. Well, those fears were completely wiped out after the first couple of days with him. Let me say here, that man was everywhere! I started to think he had cloned himself somehow and I was sometimes looking at Scott #3 or something! Just check out the photos above and below: Helping a student in the field... Doing a demonstration in class about working from a previous study... Doing a demo from the back of his car... Talking about artist Carl Runguis work on a class field trip... Also, I was ECSTATIC when Scott announced on the first day of class that his good friend and fellow artist, Gene Costanza, was going to be there during the workshop walking around and just generally helping him out. I not only knew Gene's work, but have admired some of his paintings in person that he previously painted during the paint out in Apalachicola, Florida. I didn't get a photo of Gene, but so enjoyed getting to know him better and to have him help me at my easel also. He is indeed a good painter and also a really great guy. They have a lot in common and I can see why they are such good friends. I told Scott that I feel like I got "two for one" on the workshop since Gene was there and was so helpful! This is the link to his website - take a look if you are not familiar with him. I also really admired Scott's calm, thoughtful, and introspective way of delivering his message to us. It was so unique and a real joy to watch as a teacher myself. Maybe because I am not calm (ever!), but he just has a way with words. He is very funny, but you usually had to listen very closely to hear his "jokes." Some of his "Scottisms" (as I now like to call them to myself) were: * make things interesting - watch the variety in your shapes, spacing, colors, edges * don't always try to make finished paintings - always spend time in the field and studio studying and practicing if you want to improve * too much variety causes chaos and too much harmony causes boredom There were many more, but these are a few that stick out in my mind. Nothing earth shattering there and probably not anything not said by someone before, but again, his method of delivery is very powerful and his passion for his art and for teaching it is really evident in all he does. Look for more insight and review on this workshop again soon! Scott helping me in the field by a stream - talking about values!

Sep

16

2012

As most of you know by now if you have been following my art journey, I am a workshop junkie. I love learning anything really, and I especially love learning about art and painting. Plus, traveling to new places and meeting new people who love art as much as I do is also a huge reason for me to continue to take workshops. I have been fortunate to be able to study with some of the country's best artists in the style of painting that I love most - impressionist or painterly type painters. I have always admired (okay, LOVED!) Scott's work, but was a little apprehensive about trekking all the way to Idaho to study with him. It just seemed a little daunting and intimidating for some reason. Plus, I just didn't think I was "ready," whatever that means! However, since my husband LOVES to fly fish, I figured it would be a great trip for both of us, so after hearing Scott speak at the Plein Air Convention in Las Vegas earlier this year, I went out in the hallway and immediately signed up for his September workshop. It was truly a workshop that I will never regret taking. First of all, the surroundings are amazing. Immediately off the plane in Jackson, Wyoming, I told my husband that I "recognized" some of the trees from Scott's paintings. I'm sure he thought that was a little strange, but it wasn't the last strange thing I said all week! Being surrounded by scenes like the one above and the ones below is inspiring indeed. Also, walking into Scott's studio for the first time was almost a spiritual experience. I am not kidding - to sit there everyday and be surrounded with his paintings, some of which I had admired online or from magazines for years, was just amazing! Everywhere I looked, it was a feast for the eyes! Below are just a few of the photos I took of my daily view.[caption id="attachment_902" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Looking up..."]Looking up...[/caption] [caption id="attachment_903" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Looking down..."][/caption][caption id="attachment_915" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Looking all around!"][/caption] Since I took so many photos and have so much to share about this workshop, I will break up my review into a few separate blog posts. Look for more on this workshop to come!

Aug

31

2012

There are a few categories of Art books--those that offer instruction in some medium or technique, and those that offer inspiration. I think visual artists need some of both types. Scott's books fall into the latter category. They are both collections of his selected works. The blue cover is an older book, published sometime in early 2000s, and the maroon one is more recent. They are both collections of color photos of his fabulous paintings. I often just pick them up and browse through them, looking at his brushstrokes, colors, and painting design. As a visual artist, it is not surprising that I learn most easily by visual observation. Scott is a big promoter of direct observation as a learning tool for artists. He spends many hours out in the field just observing and painting studies to help him see better in order to become a better painter. I can't think of better advice. I am fortunate to be heading to Idaho next week to study in a workshop with Scott. I look forward to his painting demos but also to his "words of wisdom." After hearing him speak in Las Vegas earlier this year at the Plein Air Convention, I knew that his style of teaching would be good for me. His gentle and thoughtful way of speaking and choosing his words was inspiring to me, and I look forward to more of the same while in his workshop. Plus, just the opportunity to paint in the Tetons is an experience for someone who lives in the flat lands here in the South! If you have an opportunity and you admire Scott's work, check out these books for inspiration. "Iseltwald" 28x34 oil on canvas - One of my favorite paintings in Scott's maroon book

Aug

23

2012

I am honored and excited to now have my work represented by this fabulous gallery in Tupelo, Mississippi! It is such a cool place with lots of variety of art and artists and all have a Mississippi connection, which is cool! I grew up there and spent most of my childhood in Mississippi, and attended school there until my Mother remarried and we moved just north to Memphis. However, I spent all of my summers and most every Sunday until I went to college in Mississippi visiting relatives and all, and I will always feel I am from the "country." That makes being in this gallery even more special to me! I have been talking with Kim Caron for a couple of months now about having my art there and was so looking forward to meeting her in person. She is a lovely woman and really intelligent and energetic and a smart business woman also! I hope to meet her partner in the business, Ashley Prince, tonight when I return to Tupelo for their Second Anniversary Party! I am sure Ashley is as wonderful as Kim is! You gotta love a party that involves art, food, drink, and music in a cool town like Tupelo! You can check out their website at Caron-Prince Gallery. Ashley Prince (left) and Kim Caron (right), owners of the Caron-Prince Art Gallery.

Jul

28

2012

Often artists will do a studio tour of their working space, and I always enjoy seeing where others work and how they organize their stuff. I recently had some shelving made for my studio after seeing some online from another artist, so after I got all my stuff organized into them, I decided to do a studio tour too! My studio is above my garage and it is a great space! It is far enough away and separated from the rest of the house that I don't try to do other stuff while working, like laundry or cooking. And, I can leave it any way I want and nobody sees it! So, now for the tour. The photo above is a shot of my new "big girl" easel that I have just had for a couple of months. It is by Sienna and I love it. I have my brushes and paints on the left on a rolling stand that you get at home improvement stores that is used for microwaves. I have a little folding table on the right where I lay my palette while I work. I use a french mistress in the studio. [caption id="attachment_822" align="alignnone" width="575" caption="This photo shows the microwave cart with my brushes all sorted into metal canisters (WalMart purchase!). The little Coleman Mustard tin holds my vine charcoal - got this great idea from my teacher, Lori Putnam! It is so funny how you pick up little things like this along the way. "][/caption] [caption id="attachment_816" align="alignnone" width="575" caption="This photo shows a table that is next to my easel area that I use for my computer and just for laying stuff on and for sitting and resting when I am painting. It has my Ken Dewaard church painting hanging right there for inspiration! "][/caption] [caption id="attachment_812" align="alignnone" width="575" caption="This photo shows the wall of windows that are over the built in cabinets and stainless steel sink that are behind my easel area. It is nice to have this light, but in the late afternoon in the summer, I often have to shut the blinds because of the direction of the sun. It is great having a sink and the lower storage cabinets too. "][/caption] [caption id="attachment_811" align="alignnone" width="575" caption="In this photo you see a drying/display rack for paintings. It was previously used for something else, but I repurposed it for my studio. My talented and helpful husband made it for me. "][/caption] [caption id="attachment_810" align="alignnone" width="575" caption="Next to the drying rack is a sitting area with tv, comfy chair, couch, and an old trunk of my husbands I use for storage and a coffee table. "][/caption] [caption id="attachment_815" align="alignnone" width="575" caption="Another shot of my sitting area with the tables against the wall that I use for wrapping paintings and storage of frame boxes and other cardboard boxes. "][/caption] [caption id="attachment_807" align="alignnone" width="575" caption="This photo shows my new shelving that has adjustable shelves where I can store supplies, frames, and canvases. It also shows my two work tables for framing, making panels, etc."][/caption] [caption id="attachment_808" align="alignnone" width="575" caption="Another view of the shelves."][/caption] [caption id="attachment_809" align="alignnone" width="575" caption="Yet another shot of my shelves! Can you tell I love my new shelves!"][/caption] Well, that concludes the tour. I hope you enjoyed it and got a few ideas for your own studio!

Jul

25

2012

The opening of the show "Southern Women Artists" at Greg Thompson Fine Art in North Little Rock, Arkansas, was so fun! Above you see my sweet husband and me in front of my paintings. I was excited to meet so many of the art collectors in the area at the private opening on Thursday evening, and then to meet the crowd of art lovers on Friday evening during the Art Walk was fun too! One of my favorite parts was getting to know Ann Rogers who works with Greg and is so sweet and helpful! She made me feel so comfortable and I felt like we were old friends from the time we met. Also meeting the other artists, like Sheila Cantrell, Shelia Cotton, Dolores Justus, and Laura Raborn. Everyone has a different style and process of painting and it was fun to talk art with others! The show is open until September 15th so stop by if you are in the area, or contact Greg or Ann at the gallery if you are interested in purchasing any of the work there!

Jul

10

2012

I am so excited to announce that I am included in a wonderful show of "Southern Women Artists" at a FABULOUS gallery in North Little Rock, Arkansas this summer! The gallery is GREG THOMPSON FINE ART and the opening is July 19 and it hangs until September 15th. The gallery is located at 429 Main Street in North Little Rock. I am so honored to be included in this show with the other talented women artists. I love meeting new people, especially artists, and I know this will be a great opportunity! I hope some of you can make it if you are in the area sometime this summer!

Jun

27

2012

"Mastering Composition" by artist Ian Roberts is another of my favorite art books. I came across this book early on in my painting and really wasn't ready at that time to "hear" some of the great things he talks about in this book. It is one of those that I go back to time and again to read and remind myself of how important design really is in a painting. The book is well organized, which always makes me happy! The chapter titles include: "Armatures (which Ian describes as the shapes that determine the overall movement through the painting), "Abstract Masses:Cropping and Framing", "Color Shapes", Guiding the Eye Through the Picture Plane", "Gallery of Greats", and Expressing Your Artistic Voice." The pages are full of demonstrations and illustrations included by Ian to explain the concepts visually, which for an art book, is always helpful! I can literally just open up the book and start reading almost anywhere and feel like I got my money's worth on this book. As with workshops and other books, some of the things you have heard or seen before, but his explanations are so well done that sometimes I understand a concept better after reading his explanation and seeing his visual examples and demonstrations. The book also comes with a 40 minute instructional DVD included in the back of the book. This DVD has examples of Ian's paintings where he expands and puts into practice the concepts he introduces in the book. It is great practice for the artist/viewer and it makes transferring the concepts to your own work even easier after viewing these examples. As an artist, this book is a great tool for help with designing a painting before picking up a brush. So many times, we get excited to paint and ignore these concepts. This book is a great reminder and one that is an asset to any artist's collection. Ian also has a website which you can view here: Ian Roberts.