We’ve been working on our schedule to include some different mediums and techniques that we’ve wanted to play with. Note the dates because we’ve changed some of them. Plan to join us. Just let Liz know ahead of time to plan for supplies and subject.
Batik Play-days! Join us for some Batik fun whether experienced or a novice. 10am-2p.
Experienced students will work mostly on their own. If you are new to batik Liz will teach the technique and help you choose an appropriated project from Kathie George designs.
March 18, 2019, Monday
March 29, Pen and ink with watercolors. 10am – 3p. We’ve seen such beautiful loose designs using this mixed medium combination that we’re ready to create our own. Register by March 18, 2019.
May 10, Pet Portraits. 10am – 3p. Bring a photo of your pet or one you choose to paint and join us. This class will focus on capturing the personality of your pet. More details. Register by April 19, 2019. Show Liz your photo selection and discuss prep. $70
Medium, definition: the material or form used by an artist; the intervening substance through which impressions are conveyed to the senses; a liquid (e.g., oil or water) with which pigments are mixed to make paint; a means by which something is communicated or expressed (that fits, right?)
And we have been on a journey exploring different mediums this year and having such fun. All the art theory applies, it’s just learning to use the medium that is the excitement. It’s how we are exploring, gaining knowledge and learning to apply the art experience we already have to a different medium.
We started the year with our usual favorite, acrylics, but exploring how to create a mist or fog effect with our paints using glazes and layers. And they turned out very foggy just as we wanted.
Tree in the Fog, Liz Miller CDA
Next we have been playing with colored pencil this month, first with a House Finch design of mine and now each student has chosen a design they would like to create with assistance from me. I can’t wait to see the results. Again we are stretching our knowledge and learning to work with a new medium for most of us. What fun! I’m getting comments from students saying that they love colored pencils.
Italian Sailboat, Liz Miller CDA design
Next month we’ll continue our explorations of pastels which some of the students have sampled and enjoyed. We worked on Kay Witt’s awesome fox and our creations were also wonderful and exciting. I’ve just finishes an Italian Sailboat design that I think was lots of fun. We’ll start work on that on March 6.
Plan to join us on our mediums explorations and exercise your mind. We have more acrylic and watercolor classes coming up! Keep watching the schedule.
We’re excited that Ros is coming back to teach for us again in 2019.
Dates are July 24, 25, 26, & 27, 2019
Register now for our summer 2019 4 day workshop with Ros Stallcup. We always have such fun learning from Ros as she teaches 4 entirely new projects.
This year we’ll work on 4 square canvases painting designs that can be used together as a collection or individually.
It’s a south east country collection with
a barn, porch, still life, and floral.
You can register for all 4 day now for a price break until March 1. $260 for the 4 days
after March 1 $280 for 4 days
Individual days will be available April 15.
Ros 4 days early registration: $260
No deposits accepted.
Date: Fri, Feb 22, 6-9p at Artful Endeavors with Liz Miller
Class cost $45/participant
All supplies and surface will be provided.
No experience needed.
Bring your own wine and snack to share
Come join us for an evening of fun where you will paint the face of your own cat on an 8×10” canvas. Don’t have a cat? Purr Partners has many kitties you can paint. No experience is needed, just the desire to enjoy the experience with friends.
Bring a photo of your cat face for coloring. We’ll use a pattern for the face so no drawing is required. All supplies and surface are provided.
And we’ll party, so bring a bottle of wine and a snack to share.
Proceeds from our workshop go to Purr Partners Feline Rescue for the benefit of our cats.
Register Now! $45
Or mail your check to Liz Miller,
Artful Endeavors 200 Sawmill Rd, Suite 201, Raleigh, NC 27615
Excitement! I have photos of our 2018 Ros Stallcup seminar projects!
You’ll find details on the seminar page here on the web site. Plan to come join us in July.
Single day registration is open but of course you will want to be here for all four days. We always have such a great time when Ros is here.
I didn’t have any ruby slippers to click but a dark purple Chevy did the trick and brought Maggie and I back home after an inspiring week at the SDP Conference. We had a great time taking classes, seeing old friends and meeting new ones, shopping, and generally picking up ideas and inspirations.
I was pleased with all of my classes and thrilled with the teachers I learned from. I focused on color pencils but just had to take an acrylic class with Mark Menendez painting waves.
Colored pencils covered a red tailed hawk with Tina Sue Norris, a crab with Janelle Johnson, and a frog again with Mark Menendez. I learned a lot of color pencil tip and techniques to bring back and incorporate in my own designs. I can’t wait to get started. I’m on the education committee this next year for SDP and would like to hear from you about what you would like offered in the way of education from SDP, e-packets? videos? Classes to entice new painters?
The next conference will be held in Wichita KS and they have big plans for special events.
Come by the studio and I’ll tell you more and show you the paintings I completed.
The buildings and trees were the easiest part of this painting. It was clear that the light was coming from the left and shadows were on the right. I decided that I had the sunset too far behind the buildings. You can see in the following photos that I brought the sunset colors in the sky further to the left so that the light was glowing on the left sides of the buildings and rocks.
Rocks, and sky, and water. Bringing them all together along with the light on the buildings. What do you see in my painting that needs adjusting to create the late day, sunset time?
And then what do you see that I have changed?
I’ve toned down the distracting rock in the foreground. And added final lights to the rocks at the bottom of the light house. Notice the white in the sunset and the lights added to the water as reflection. Then the shadows behind the rocks in the water.
If was such a learning experience to work on this painting and exciting to think and paint through the story of the Bass Harbor Light at sunset. I hope this series has been helpful in seeing my process and progress through painting the light.
DecoArt Traditions paints were used.
Beginning the sky
Sky step 2
What next? Right away I knew that the sky wasn’t working. Did I start all over again? or make it work?
So I began to “unpaint”. Now my students are wondering how I unpaint. I’ve never been fond of starting all over again so I’ve taught myself how to use what I already had done. After all it wasn’t a disaster, just needed correcting.
Continuing with the development of the Bass Harbor Light I realized that I was pulling the attention to the left of the painting with all the detailed clouds in that area. I began by neutralizing the left sky by slip slapping in dark values, bringing the darks across the sky toward the right, and lowering the blues toward the horizon. In this way I directed attention toward the sky near the light house.
I had already added the water, lighter toward the horizon and darker toward the bottom of the design.
I based the light house with white for placement and continued to develop the sky, adding light clouds near the light house. I also added darker cloud details in the sunset and adjusted the intensity of the oranges and yellows. Then darkened the lower water area.
Now the more detailed clouds and sunset helped pull attention to my center of interest.
The sky was really key to developing my center of attention and creating the drama of this design.
Bass Harbor Light: Step 3
I’ll be back to show you about the buildings and greenery. Watch out rocks! Here we come.
My local classes are in the midst of painting this design but I have scheduled a Saturday class for those who can’t come during the week on April 7, 9a-5p. Register now to join us.
That’s right. But some how it seems to happen every year just about this same time.
My birthday is coming up!
So help me celebrate. I have a special at Creative Workshops on my video classes.
Why 29%? The first person to tell me why it’s 29% gets a video class at 50% off. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org telling me why you think it’s 29%. First person to get it right gets a class at 50% off.