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Happy Labor Day

Today, instead of sharing a note card, I want to encourage you to go out and explore.  Becoming a better artist involves a lot of attention to detail and effort on slowly developing your craft.  However, an artist must also be in tune with the myriad feelings and experiences that occur in the day-to-day.  

On days like this in the US, I like to utilize the festive spirit of the holiday to explore a bit.  

So I hope you too use this day to explore.  Here are a few ideas:

. Go out and just observe something quietly for a few minutes, while doing this, in your mind, think about how you would draw or paint the scene.  Identify all the variations in color and value, and how you would complete it.

. Try a new medium.  Something that is not in your typical wheelhouse, and give yourself grace to try it out and make mistakes.

. Sketch, and go as fast or as slow as you want.  It is a vacation day for most people, so also give yourself a vacation on what an outcome should be.

Enjoy the day and I will be back soon with more notes to share,

Liz

COME PAINT WITH ME!


WEEKLY CLASSES AND A WORKSHOP ARE SCHEDULED FOR THE 2019-2020 ACADEMIC YEAR.

Weekly Art Classes

 

Floral Still Life with Oils

This class concentrates on capturing the natural beauty found in flowers and the vases they partner with, working directly from life using oils. Specific lessons will cover all aspects of painting with flowers, learning to work with the individual characteristics of the different flowers available for each season as well as working to capture the silver, pewter or glass vases they are in.  Alla-prima painting techniques will be taught and demonstrated to emphasize the importance of color and form when expressing the unique beauty found in flowers.  All levels are welcome, however some experience with oil painting and accuracy in drawing will garner more realistic representations.  Supply list provided upon request or with registration.  *During the growing season, flowers will be provided from the instructor’s garden. During the offseason, a flower supply fee will be collected to purchase fresh flowers.

TAUGHT AT THE ARTS OF GREAT FALLS, WEDNESDAYS FROM 1:30 TO 4:30PM
 


Still Life with Oils

This class concentrates on capturing the beauty found in simple things, elevating them into something more significant.  Still-life painting is fun in all aspects, whether you are exploring color, value, and composition, or whether you want to investigate how to paint the different textures and patterns found in objects, such as the shiny reflections of glass or the variegated colors found in a Macintosh apple.  Setups are designed to teach painting fundamentals such as: seeing the big shapes, analyzing value shifts, controlling edge quality, and color mixing.  All levels are welcome. 

TAUGHT AT THE ART LEAGUE IN ALEXANDRIA, VA, TUESDAYS FROM 9:30AM TO 12:30PM
 


Workshops

 

Painting Silver and Pewter with Oils

Join in on a 2-day intensive workshop focusing on capturing the dynamic and reflective glory of silver and pewter.  Painting metals asks you the artist to observe with intention while also seeking ways to simplify and abstract the color shapes seen.  Demonstrations will be given each day, with the first day focusing on laying in the base layers of oil paint, and the second day will show how to apply transparent and opaque glazes to further heighten the shine and visual depth found in silver and pewter objects. All levels are welcome.

TAUGHT AT THE ARTS OF GREAT FALLS, SEPTEMBER 18 & 19, 2019 FROM 10:00AM TO 4:00PM
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