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!
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.
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.
Our seminar with Susan Crouch is now full and I’m not surprised because Susan is such a wonderful, sharing artist. We had such a great time last May and learned so much.
And registrations for our seminar with Kathie George are coming in quickly. Reserve your seat now so that you don’t miss out. Register Now!
Kathie George is ready to teach for us again Nov 16, 17, and 18 2015!
We have our projects chosen and registration is open.
Monday, watercolor, Sunflower and Chickadee
Tue, Batik, Strutting.
Wed, Pastel over watercolor. Rooster
Registration is open for our seminar with Susan Crouch, April 28, 29, and 30, 2016!
Our 2015 seminar with Susan was wonderfully educational and we all learned a lot. Our watercolor paintings turned out beautiful and we are excited to have Susan back with us for 2016. Susan is a wonderful teacher and beautiful artist.
From our 2015 seminar
Susan Crouch Watercolor Workshops 2016
Level: Beginner with basic watercolor skills / Intermediate
With a focus on light and color, we will explore ideas for interpreting the subjects of nature in watercolor. You’ll learn a step-by-step approach for planning your composition that includes working with photos, creating a value pattern, and selecting colors for your painting. Possible projects include flowers, birds, or other animals. Drawings and reference photos are provided so you can paint along as I demonstrate – or if you prefer, bring you own reference material and paint the subject of your choice. Each year new demos are created to provide practical experience with various subjects and watercolor techniques.
Susan lives in North Carolina where she has been painting in watercolor for over 20 years. She is a signature member of the Watercolor Society of North Carolina and her artwork has received numerous awards. Susan has created designs for the Dayspring Division of Hallmark Cards, and her paintings have been selected for publication in Splash 12: Celebrating Artistic Vision and Splash 14: Light and Color (North Light Books)
Susan’s techniques are featured in her DVD, Painting in Living Color: Carolina Morning (Artist Palette Productions). In addition to teaching workshops, Susan has exhibited in juried outdoor art festivals throughout the Southeast.
Summer is usually referred to as the time to be lazy. I’ll interpret lazy as a time to enjoy something for yourself, those activities that we often put off because we have to do this or that other thing. So far summer has been far from lazy here at Artful Endeavors, instead it has been full of special events, enjoying out of the ordinary painting occasions. And, there are more of these special times to come!
Liz Miller painted with Susan Crouch from her design
The end of May brought Susan Crouch with her in-depth watercolor workshop. We learned so much and painted so much. Every painting by our participants was lovely, no “need to do overs” in the lot. Of course we now understand how to go about creating our own similar designs, and that’s even better. And we have Susan scheduled for next spring! I’ll have details later for you.
Liz Miller painted with Susan Crouch from her design
I’m editing more photos from the seminar and will have those to show you soon.
This week I’m off to a watercolor seminar, learning and increasing my skill. Maggie and I are headed to Charlotte to paint with Anne Abgott for a colorful 3 days of learning and painting. I’ve painted with Anne once before, before I knew much of anything about watercolors, and she is an excellent teacher. She loves vibrant color so her style is just fine for me. We’ll be mingling colors.
More when we return.