Can getting people together to draw be a party as well? That was the idea last Thursday evening at the Sebastopol Center for the Arts when the auditorium area behind the gallery was turned into a figure studio and participants arrived in hats and scarves and some even with instruments!
(If you’ve received this by email and you can’t see the slideshow, click on the title to view it on the blog page!)
(The sketches here are my own. I have no pictures of other artists’ sketches. Next time hopefully!)
As people arrived we started seating groups of six people. Everyone took turns posing, first for one minute poses and building up to ten minute poses, while music played and a deep concentration set in. Non-drawing spouses watched and took pictures. At the break there were refreshments and a few minutes to do another thing we all enjoy, to make new artist friends!
Suddenly it was eight o’clock and the evening was over! Sketching faces can be so mesmerizing. . .it’s hard to stop.
If you missed out, don’t worry because we’ll do it again soon! The Art Center has been so supportive of this event and the response has been robust. I thought I knew most of the artist community already, but in addition to familiar faces there were many new people to meet.
As soon as we have a definite date for our next Portrait Party I will post it here. Stay tuned!
There’s always ideas percolating for mixed media lessons I’d like to teach in my Monday Muse Group and weekend workshops. For instance, inspired by Gustav Klimt, whose gilded paintings will be shown this fall in an exhibition at the Legion of Honor in S.F., we’ll be working with metallics. . .then a simple form of monotype printing and the very popular “stick painting” where we make expressive mark beginnings with carved sticks. . .then exploring color transparencies to get that eye saturating sense of depth.
If any of these interest you, you may want to reserve your spot in either the weekly Muse Group in my studio or the weekend workshop at Sebastopol Center for the Arts. Here’s the scoop!
At this writing there are two spots left in the Monday Afternoon group. For more info and to register visit my website.
And if you like a whole weekend to develop your paintings, the following workshop may appeal.
For more information and to register contact me. I hope to be painting with you this fall!
My latest experiments in the art laboratory explore the territory of “patina”. They are usually a response to the query “I wonder what would happen if. . .” and in this case. . .if I wet the watercolor paper and paint into it with iridescent paints. The metallic particles drop out of solution on the wet surface causing spontaneous “events”.
Lumiere’s Halo Blue Gold and Metallic Bronze and Golden’s Iridescent Bright Gold acrylics and Higgen’s Black India ink on w/c paper (with plaster of paris medallion)
The frustrating thing about these patina paintings is the difficulty in photographing the reflective paints, so you’ll have to use your imagination because they’ve gone flat in this image. The lovely blue is actually the blue portion of the Blue Gold as the gold is left behind by the water.
Imagine the treasures that surface on the trails we walk. Then again imagine the ones packed within the earth’s core. The restless imagination becomes a geologist digging deeper into that landscape, more wondrous and bizarre, that cannot be seen with mere eyes.
And then it surfaces again, to the just-enough-loveliness of everyday to sweeten this perplexing gift of life.
I’ll be teaching a new version of Experimental Mixed Media Painting: “Patina” at Sebastopol Center for the Arts on June 24 and 25. There’s still a couple spaces if you’re interested! For more information visit my website.
Tomorrow night, Dec 2, the Sebastopol Center for the Arts will be hosting an opening of the annual member art show 6-7:30pm with wine and appetizers and displays by the teachers who will be offering workshops in the new year.
I have a piece in the show, but will also be at a table sharing my sketchbooks and Muse Group art books along with information about two weekend workshops I’ll be teaching next year at the Center: Quick Capture Sketching in Inkand Watercolor and Experimental Mixed Media Painting. For more information about these workshops you can visit my website or just come see me at my table tomorrow evening.
Last week Bob and I attended the Healdsburg Jazz member party and were treated to the Latin grooves of Carlitos Medrano and the Cuban Descarga.
fountain pen and watercolor in 7 X 10″ Stillman and Birn Beta sketchbook
Can you tell how intrigued I was by this singer, especially her generous shape and those fabulous boots? Years ago I gave up wearing shoes with more than one inch of heal in the interest of comfort, but I can still enjoy how they look on other women and wonder how it’s even possible to walk in them.
You can never see all the musicians from where you’re sitting, but that lends itself to the process of vignetting and designing interesting edges that don’t touch the sides of the paper. I like the larger size sketchbook, but don’t want to take the time in my quick sketching to fill the surface with paint. Highlighting the skin tones and instruments tells the story will enough. And I find that most Jazz musicians wear a lot of black, a difficult color to pull off in watercolor. So I clothe them in white!
“Blown to Pieces”, acrylic, Masa paper collage on canvas, 48″X36″
The world sure feels like it’s flying into pieces sometimes, especially when you read/watch what passes for world news here. But this painting, finished a couple months ago, puts a cheerful spin on it. We went to the beach this morning, to evade the inland heat. Ocean and boats and colorful beach umbrellas with a flock of white storks thrown in and we were completely revived.
There’s still time to see the Up, Up, and Away exhibit at the Sebastopol Center for the Arts, “A joyful exhibition featuring work [including my painting above] that expresses and investigates various aspects of flight.” I had just completed this painting when I saw the prospectus for the show and realized it fit the description perfectly. This is a national juried exhibition which will be showing from June 13-July 20, at 282 S. High St. in Sebastopol, CA. The Sebastopol Center for the Arts is in the newly remodeled Veteran’s Building, hours Tues-Fri 10am-4pm, Sat. 1-4.
And while you’re there, definitely take time to see the show in Gallerie II of Connie Murray’s powerful, exotic, life sized mosaic sculptures.