Wow, what a memorable seminar we had with Mark Polomchak. We had a full house for the entire weekend whether rain, wind, or sunshine. An adventure for sure.
On Friday we actually completed 2 terrific paintings, the hummingbird and the ocean view, and were pleased with our accomplishments. Painters new to painting with Mark and repeat enthusiasts were smiling as we left for the day or went out for a group dinner, all in anticipation of a blustery next day. Friday evening was spent watching the hurricane progress up the east coast.
Saturday brought everyone back for more painting as we watched the rain and wind outside the windows. Appropriately we painted a rain scene, a group favorite. Then home early just in time, we hoped, to miss the worsening weather.
Painting with Mark Polomchak 2016
Then Sunday amidst sunshine most everyone was able to return to paint
again and share personal hurricane stories. Our bicycle paintings, a relatively new painting for Mark to teach, were not disappointing. And we kept Ryan, The Framer, busy framing our favorites.
And Mark says he come teach for us next year, hurricane or no hurricane. Watch for dates as our plans develop.
In addition to our yearly 3 day workshop, Kathie is bringing us a special surprise workshop this year, her Creative Figure. This looks like so much fun. I’m sure that this funky workshop will appeal to the creative spirit in those of you adventurous artists. Plan to join us for some Kathie type experimentation.
Thursday’s Special Workshop: Creative Figure!
This workshop requires separate registration. $100
Note From Kathie: THIS IS FUN, ACTUALLY. IT’S ABOUT DOING FIGURES, BUT NOT WORRYING ABOUT A LIKENESS. THE WONKIER THE BETTER. IT IS DONE ON GATORBOARD, BUT COULD BE DONE ON HEAVY WATERCOLOR PAPER OR A PANEL. NOT CANVAS, THOUGH. NEED A MORE RIGID SURFACE SO THINGS WON’T CRACK OFF. IT’S ACRYLIC AND COLLAGE AND TEXTURE GELS. WE USE ALL SORTS OF STUFF. ANYTHING GOES. PAST STUDENTS HAVE HAD A BLAST. THEY CAN BRING PHOTO OR I JUST USE A PHOTO OR TWO FROM A FASHION MAGAZINE. I GIVE THEM A BASIC FACE HAND-OUT – LIKE HOW TO LINE UP THE NOSE, EYES, ETC. WE CONCENTRATE ON THAT A BIT, BUT THE CLOTHING, HAIR, ETC. CAN GO WILD. THEY CAN PUT THEIR PET INTO IT, AS I DID .
Here are just a few examples of Kathie’s creations.
Now doesn’t that look like fun? Register Now!
Giraffe in progress
In Progress: Once a month I demo painting at one of the local rehab/nursing homes. I keep trying to come up with something different to demonstrate and last month I was in a giraffe mood. This is my progress, upside down because I walk around to show what I am doing, in 2-20min sessions. The residents have been very interested in seeing this painting develope. I’ll finish it now and take it back to show them. My students want to paint it now so I’ll finish it for a class project. It’s been lots of fun to design and create. From one of the giraffe’s at the NC Zoo.
Dry brushing with DecoArt Americana and Traditions acrylics.
It’s been a busy summer around here! It’s hard to believe that summer is in it’s last half and autumn is peaking around the corner. We’re scheduling fall projects and planning for our holiday and Christmas painting!
Many of our painters have been in and out of classes this summer with vacations, and visitors, so scheduling upcoming classes has been a little slow. And, I’m sure you won’t be surprised, we change our collective mind. I am in the process of updating the class schedules now so keep checking back to see what’s coming.
Winter Lighthouse, a Keith Sluder design
We’ve just finished with our seminar with Ros Stallcup and it was even more terrific this year. All the paintings turned wonderful. We met with old friends and made new ones as happens each year. Our participants helped us come up with some ideas for next year, too. It’s always fun each spring to see what Ros created from our basic ideas each year as she paints entirely new projects for us. We’ll just have to wait to find out, and it’s always a surprise. We have dates for 2017 so mark your calendars for July 19-22, 2017 and plan to join us. Seats this year filled up quickly so keep checking back for more details.
2016 Ros Stallcup Seminar
Our seminar with Mark Polomchak is coming up next, Oct 7-9. There are a couple of seats available for all 3 days. On Aug 1, next Mon, single seats will be available so if you want to participate for the 3 days, contact me this week. If you are looking for a single day, contact me next week before the seats are gone. Pay balance or register now.
I’ll have news for you on our seminar with Kathie George very soon. I’m in the process of selecting projects from some new exciting painting from Kathie. Check back just a little later.
Ros: American Country
Ros: English Country
Ros Stallcup; seminar if full. Photos and paint lists are posted. We’re excited and ready to paint.
Mark Polomchak: Oct 7-9, We’re almost full.
Mark P: Hummingbird
Single day for any remaining seats begins Aug 1.
Kathie George: Nov 14-16, Kathie is just now back in the country and we’ll have our projects chosen soon. Registration will open soon!
Kathie G: Houmas House
Watch for more exciting workshops next year. I’m in the planning process now.
I’ve been looking back at some of the photos of our past ArtFlings with Gail Schmidt and myself. We had lots of fun and played with lots of different techniques and products. You can see some of our past adventures in our photos.
Gail is now working with enamels and creating jewelry which does not travel well and is not practical for a painting workshop. However you can see her wonderful jewelry creations at Shabby Cottage Adorned, and on Face book.
Shabby Cottage Adorned
The trees… The spring trees, especially this year after so much rain, are so lush and such varied greens. This is a great time to take reference photos. Noticing the shapes, lights and darks, and how the trunk and branches peaking through the foliage help us to understand the structure and how to portray this in our artwork. See how the line of trees catch the light, how the shadows give shape, volume, and depth to the grouping of trees.
Down the street
What greens are we seeing? What colors do we see in the lights and the darks? Could we use colors other than greens to create our trees?
I took photos outside my studio in Raleigh so you can find trees willing to pose for you most anywhere.
The forest and the lake view were from my recent trip to PA to teach for a wonderful group of painters. What a terrific opportunity to see lots and lots of beautiful trees while traveling by car through WVa, Va, and NC.
Summersville Lake, W Va
Get your camera out and do some seeing.
Outside the Sawmill Studio
We have some wonderful teachers traveling to Artful Endeavors to hold seminars for us this year.
French Country chair
Our seminar with Ros Stallcup is almost full. There are just a few seats available. Contact Liz regarding availability. Register now!
We still have a couple of seats available in our seminar with Mark Polomchak.
Kathie George and I are making plans for our Nov seminar. Sure to be exciting.
Acrylic Painting Play Day! Introduction to Acrylic Painting
Waiting to Hatch
8 x 10″
June 7, Tue am 10a-1p or June 8, Wed pm 6p-9p
Join us for a fun session of acrylic painting. I’ll have all the supplies and surface ready for you to paint our Waiting To Hatch, bird’s nest.
No experience is necessary, just the desire to learn some painting techniques and have fun. I’ll teach this project in a step by step manner that is easy to follow.
Bring a friend or several and let’s enjoy a morning or evening of painting.