Sunday, October 13, 2013

Midwest Museum of American Art ~ Awards Reception

Two watercolor paintings are currently on display at the  Midwest Museum of American Art 35th Annual Juried Regional Art Exhibit in Elkhart, Indiana until December 8, 2013. I have not entered this show in a number of years and I am very pleased that I did! 
'White Wine Still Life' won a Purchase Award!
'Creperie in Montmartre, Paris'
Hundreds were in attendance at the awards presentation October 11, 2013

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

I Am Going Backwards!


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Last month, I was asked to give a speech to a watercolor society about my journey as an artist and the supplies I use and why. Writing that speech gave me time to reflect and I realized that I am going backwards.....but in a good way!
One of the perks of getting older is I have more time to LEARN.
When the kids were young, and painting time was limited, I grabbed my paints and jumped right in. There was no time to study and understand 'paint properties' or how each color responded. In fact, ignorance was bliss!
The amazing artists that I have met over the last few years have studied and know their paints and have shown me the importance of knowing. I am basically self-taught, never went to college, and have fumbled along on my own. I readily admit to my students that I bought and used colors because they 'looked pretty'! For the last several years I have been on a quest to learn more about my paints.
I like to think of it as continued ‘research’ rather than seeing myself going in ‘reverse’. I have the life experience and technical skill and now I am learning why I need to make certain choices and save myself and my students’ frustration.
Creating color charts are a helpful tool. I note the brand and indicate if the colors are transparent,
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semi-transparent, opaque, staining, granulating etc, and encourage students to do the same.
Many of my fellow artists paint with opaque watercolors, many are purist and use only transparent pigments, and others like myself, mix it up and use both. I like to think there is not a right way or a wrong way, (consider all that you learn from instructors, blogs, books, videos and magazines,) and find your way! The bulk of my ‘research’ is from these very sources and I keep 'Post-it' notes on hand to record the invaluable information that I come across on a daily basis.
Whether you contribute to a blog, have authored a book or article, or have been a student, you have all shared in my growth and I want to express my sincere and heartfelt gratitude for filling my 'Post-it notes' with knowledge which has helped me to become a better artist and teacher. Thank you!
Richard Back said “You teach best what you most need to learn.”

“Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.” Benjamin Franklin

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Heartland Artist Show



Today I attended the reception for The 25th Heartland Artists Regional Show in Plymouth, Indiana. Two pencils (seen in top photo) and four watercolors were accepted into the show and my drawing of Window in the Cotswolds won a Merit Award and a Purchase Award 8.25" x 10.75".  What a delightful surprise!

Friday, October 4, 2013

Portrait Workshop ~ Headwaters School of Music & Arts - Bemidji, Minnesota

                                        
My students did a fabulous job with a tough subject. Many students have studied under my talented friend, and Bemidji native, Jane Freeman for many years. They learned from one of the best and were way ahead of the game! Thank you Janie. Their strong foundation made my job much easier.

While I was teaching, the host had arranged for a PBS taping of the workshop to promote the arts at the school. I will post a link to the interview when it becomes available....unless I made a fool of myself!


 Beautiful flowers from one of my students, straight from her garden. 
Standing beside them is the host of the workshop, the incredible Janet Brademan

 Here are my wild, crazy and amazing artists and dear friends from the Artcolony.
Left to Right: Janie Freeman, me, Mary Jansen and Janet Belich.


 My first canoe ride with 'experienced canoeist', Mary. 
We enjoyed the setting sun on the lake that Janie lives on. 
Now we know why Janie paints as beautifully as she does.
Her home setting is an artist paradise.

These gals are a hoot! 
Nothing better than being able to mix business and pleasure...a joy and a blessing.