Helpful drawing materials and 101 free ideas for drawing help from Phil at Arttutor today: https://www.arttutor.com/blog/201802/how-eliminate-graphite-shine Busy week ahead for the SWG: Third Thursday afternoon Feb. 15: we'll preview some YouTube painting tutorials and make some purchasing decisions. That same night, Thursday evening beginning at 5:30, Elena Lawrence will present some lovely art and suggestions for successful negative painting. On Saturday, John Fackrell will guide us in painting snow scenes. Doors open at 9 a.m., we'll begin at 9:30. Bring your lunch and a snack to share if you like. A giant thanks to Kelly Dubuque who has offered to take over library duties. She'll be the one to see to check books in and out. We have a few books that have been out there for a while now. Please check your shelves and your bags and bring back the ones you're finished with. Thanks. See you Thursday!
Our presenter for February Third Thursday (Thursday, Feb. 15, 5:30-7:30 at SSC) will be Elena Lawrence:
She will discuss 'negative painting' among other things. See you there!
used to go to the art supply store and head straight for the watercolor
section. I was content in learning and using one medium. Watercolor travels
easily with me on my outings and can also be more serious in the studio. This
was my niche. This world then changed when I began learning new techniques and
breaking the rules I had known. I now have a studio where there is space
dedicated to watercolor, an easel for oil painting, bins with acrylic and a
table for encaustic. I have spray paint, inks, sandpaper, and collections of
different papers for mixed media. I’m no longer content with just one way to
create art. I can’t stay with one medium for very long and I try different
combinations with almost every new panel. Many artists are known for their one
type of look and their use of their brushstrokes, color, and theme. But the
more I explore, the more I realize there is more than one way to be an artist.
my childhood I’ve been drawn to trees and capturing the landscape. My favorite
place to run away to was the high tree branches where I could look down at the
world and watch from a hiding place. It was quiet and I was safe. With all the
new technology taking up all our time, I need a place to run away to again, as
an adult. I would rather be exploring on a beach, walking on a trail, or where
life is simpler and the air is clean. Along with landscapes I’ve also loved
drawing, painting portraits, still life, and abstract. Some have asked, “What’s
your favorite?” and I reply, “Whichever is currently on my easel”. Some days
I’m in the mood for a nice, tranquil watercolor and other days I want to go
crazy and make a mess. I love to create. It’s my new escape.
of my projects has a different feel, each medium has their day. This
is how I found my Niches.
Brenda Brunello has had to cancel our Third Thursday presentation in APRIL. This seems like a great chance for us to use an extended afternoon to create a composition sketchbook/workbook/collection with Virginia's guidance. I mentioned before that if you have collected some images you want to paint, or just find inspiring, you can use those. I have a number of thumbnail images I've scavenged and will share on a printed sheet so we can cut and paste, creating our own collection of composition strategies that make sense in our own work. On sketching: If you watched the Mary Gilkerson video this week, she also recommends making a 'notan,' a values sketch using a soft pencil to describe the 5 or so tones that should underlie any painting.
FEB 22, Thursday afternoon: Alicia Schilder will share a fun creation she's used before, using two paintings to make a new painting. It involves cutting one painting into strips and incorporating them onto the other painting to create a whole new look. She'll describe it better than I can, but meantime, look through your old work (we all have THAT, don't we?), find two of similar size and content, and think about whether you can use them as described above to make a third 'collage painting.' The cut strips can be glued on horizontally or vertically and this makes quite a statement. We'll need scissors, aprons and your old paintings for a start. Alicia says she already has 23 pairs of paintings that she would love to part with for your use! If you don't have 2 paintings to part with, Alicia can provide. So, more info as it develops. We'll try to make everything else available for you.
By now, all of John's paid attendees should have received the correct image to prepare for the Feb. 17 class. If you are enrolled (or intend to enroll: 2 spaces left!) and did not get a private email of the snowy creek in Big Cottonwood canyon, (not the red rock cliff with snow) please let Karla know. firstname.lastname@example.org
Meantime here is a helpful sketching exercise emphasizing the importance of values, whether you are doing a quick sketch or a serious drawing.
Yikes. Hold everything. The image I sent last week for John Fackrell's class may not be the correct image. He had suggested a 'snow scene,' but the image in the email body is a red-rock water image. Trying again as soon as I get clarification from John. Sorry! thanks. Karla
Some news from our networking genius, Barbara Glick:
(Please note: these are not the images to be used for our classes, only examples of the work of our talented presenters. kn)
first one, the radishes, is done by our April speaker, Brenda Brunello. The
second one, the Australian [Sydney kn] opera house, is painted by Roland Lee. I will have
access to his video disc this coming month for a Thursday. I will be getting it
on the first Tuesday ofFebruary. The last one
is done by Ian Ramsey, who is scheduled for the third Saturday in April.
are two more. The first one, the bottles, or done by Elena Lawrence, who will
be presenting in February. The second one is a little grainy. It is done by
Laurel Hart. She is the artist who has sent me a couple of demos by email. Her
work is available whenever we have the mastery to figure it out.
This is a free webinar, but you have to be at your computer at the time you sign up for. There is a time zone change so be conscious of when you need to be all set up( 8 a.m., 11 am, 5 pm). I intend to watch without painting, but you never know. I'll have my stuff at hand in case the mood strikes! I wish we could watch it during our studio time, but it just doesn't match up timewise, so you're on your own. You do have to register your email for this, but it won't be shared. They promise.
Kelly Dubuque has some very nice art books, jewelry making materials and other items she'd like to sell at very low prices. I have cleared it with Charles at the center, and we'll have it on Thursday, Feb. 1 (next week) during our studio time. If you have a need for some very nice art books, here's your chance, and if you have something you'd like to sell, feel free to bring it. Due to the nature of our status at the center, we can't really advertise this to the general public. But I will do what I can to promote it, and you can help by word of mouth. Bring a friend! Thanks. Karla
Here's an offer we shouldn't refuse: In the wake of Cindy Baldassin's amazing presentation last week on 'composition, composition, composition,' Virginia and I have put our heads together and we plan to have a workshop day when we put all of that information into practice, and archive it. Since practice is the best way to learn and remember, attendees will each make our own "Notes on Composition" workbook, using examples from fine art, or from your own collection of photos you'd like to paint. (Come on, admit it; we all have that collection. :D) Details and dates to come, but be watching for small prints of paintings that interest you; copy, photo or "clip" them, and we'll have a day when we identify composition strategies in our favorite clippings, make a quick note page about each, and when we're done, we'll each have a book of composition strategies which may help make the difference between a good painting and a great one! More later! Karla
JOHN FACKRELL will guide us in painting a snow scene on SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 17. PLACE: Sandy Senior Center TIME: 9:00-3:30 BRING: Your regular painting gear, lunch, water, (there are drinking fountains) and a snack to share if you like. UPDATE: JOHN WOULD LIKE US TO PREPARE A QUARTER SHEET OR HALF SHEET 140 lb. minimum weight.
COST: $45 for members, $70 for non-members. Memberships available: make checks payable ($25) to SANDY SENIOR CENTER and send to Sandy Senior Center, 9310 So. 1300 East, Sandy, 84094 In Care of Karla Nye/SWG
Wasn't Cindy Baldassin's presentation on Thursday a bit like drinking from a fire hose? compositioncompositioncomposition. I felt like I'd forgotten everything I'd ever learned about painting. Or looking. Or seeing. Or something. So a bit of research into the basics seemed logical for me, and now it seems only right to share some stuff:
See you Thursday, Jan. 18 for a p.m. snow scene with Sterling Edwards 1:00-3:30. (DVD) Then at 5:30-7:30 with Cindy Baldassin for a surprise workshop--just show up; she'll bring materials. That sounds intriguing. Free.
FRIDAY Jan. 19 is Gwen Hawley's next workshop at South Jordan Community Center: 10770 So. Redwood Road (The North building). 9:30-12:30. She'll continue our work on a scene with deer and a pine/spruce tree, boulders. Many elements for good practice! $3.00 per session
First, Cindy, who will present a surprise activity for us on Jan.
18 beginning at 5:30:
Presentation Title: "Working towards Stronger
Brief Bio of Cindy Barnett Baldassin:
Cindy received her first degree in Graphic Design, thereupon
working in this industry in Canada and later in the United States. She received
her second degree in Art Studio, with her emphasis focusing on drawing,
painting and mono prints.
Cindy has taught private students in her studio, public classes
and also Non-Major Drawing classes in a university setting.
Her passion is still drawing and painting in her studio. It is her
pleasure to spend time with the Sandy Watercolor Society.
Also, John Fackrell (Feb 21) would like us to bring 1/4 sheet or 1/2 sheet for our winter landscape work with him.
COMING RIGHT UP AND YOU DON'T WANT TO MISS OUT! JOHN FACKRELL will guide us in painting a snow scene on SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 17. PLACE: Sandy Senior Center TIME: 9:00-3:30 BRING: Your regular painting gear, lunch, water, (there are drinking fountains) and a snack to share if you like. COST: $45 for members, $70 for non-members. Memberships available: make checks payable to SANDY SENIOR CENTER and mail to 8751 Oakwood Park Cir. Sandy 84094 or hand it to Karla at SSC on Monday or Thursday studio time.
Welcome to the new year! 2018 promises to be an exciting time for the Guild. We have a plethora of talented artists willing to share their expertise and talents with us. I hope you can join us! Here's how our calendar is shaping up for now:
JANUARY 18: (Third Thursday) Cindy Baldassin. She says she has a surprise for us and she will provide the materials! So just come, ready to charge ahead at 5:30 p.m. at the Sandy Senior Center. FEBRUARY 15: (Third Thursday) Elena Lawrence. Have a look!
LOOKING AHEAD: We hope to have a plein air experience with Maggie Harrison in September; something always fun from Virginia Kimball, and Mary Pusey will be with us October 18 (Third Thursday) and again in November for a daytime series.
NEW BUSINESS: Membership this year will be $25 and will include a directory. Please get your membership dues in and your (new) contact information to Karla. If you're already in the old directory, we'll keep you in the new one unless you have a new phone number or address. Thank you!
Our contribution to the Sandy Center at the end of 2017 was the purchase of a new overhead camera which will be very convenient for our demonstrations! We also contributed to the purchase of John Fackrell's beautiful and amazing painting of Monarch Butterflies which now hangs above the mantel in the gathering room at the center. As always, we express our gratitude to the Sandy Senior Center for providing a perfect space for our adventures.
We are gearing up again for Monday studio time 1:00-3:30 and Thursday tutorials or free painting in the café 1:00-3:30. Check the studio door downstairs (our "bulletin board") for the weekly plans for Thursdays. Feel free to make requests for topics we might share from online resources or through the use of our DVD library, which I hope to grow this year. In the past we've had fun following along with Bev Jozwiak, Jean Haines, Geoff Kersey and others.
I hope to see you there! Memberships, $25, can be paid at any time now. Please make checks payable to Sandy Senior Center. They can be handed to Karla or mailed to 8751 Oakwood Park Cir. Sandy, UT 84094 Thanks! Karla
I hope you've had a chance to wet those brushes and pigments this winter. In January, we will resume our Mondays-and-Thursdays studio time 1:00-3:30 at Sandy Senior Center. It will also be time to renew our memberships, which will be $25 this year, but you will also receive a free SWG directory which will be published in February or March, when we have all of our new members in place. If you want to be in the directory, contact Karla Nye via messenger on my personal Facebook page, in the comments below, or if you have my personal info, use that. If you are in the current directory, we'll keep you there, no effort on your part unless you want a new photo, you've moved or have a new phone number. Huge thanks go to Vicki Scharman who has taken on the creation of the directory. Meantime, here's our virtual friend, Jean Haines.
More from Alicia Schilder: she has a show or two to share! This from the Sandy Library Art Exhibit:
years of public school teaching in both regular education and special
education, I retired to a life of “busy leisure,” which includes biking,
hiking, skiing, pickle ball, yoga, travelling, and painting. Although I had
dabbled in watercolor for 20 years, it was not until my retirement that I made
time to get serious about acrylic fun, and finding my voice in playful
exploration. This exhibition is primarily landscape, but I have also branched
out into abstractions of people, places and ideas, as well as discovering
different mediums, including sculpting mediums, collage materials, and weaving
participated in various Utah Watercolor Society exhibitions and small craft
fairs. Currently, 5 of my abstracts are displayed for sale at the gift shop at
the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art in downtown Salt Lake City. Contact me to
Need some stocking
stuffers and last minute gifts? Visit Alicia’s holiday art boutique for some
unusual, one of a kind gifts: Greeting cards, miniature quotation plaques, small
watercolor/acrylic paintings, jewelry.
Snacks and drinks on hand to warm you up!
Sad news this morning. I have just received word that our friend Kathleen Lamb passed away this morning. If there is information regarding a memorial service, I'll pass that along.
She was so happy painting, and she told me recently that her only regret about the Watercolor Guild is that she didn't find us sooner. The year she did spend with us was a fun one for me, driving her to and fro, and chatting and goofing off. She was funny and brave, and never complained about her health challenges. She will be missed.
Something fun from Brenda Swenson and Daniel Smith Primatek pigments:
Another reminder coming your way! This week is Third Thursday, 5:30 at SSC. We'll be creating miniature cards, bookmarks and gift cards with Virginia Kimball's guidance. This is timely! We'll have an opportunity to get lots of little projects together and finished. Bring paints, markers, pencils, whatever you want to use. Virginia will have some papers cut, but maybe you have scraps and bits to use up as well. Free to members and guests. See you there!
I have just received distressing and tragic news about one of our own.
Dawn Childs' son was killed in a traffic accident in Oklahoma City on Monday, October 16, 2017.
Maybe a card or an expression of support would be possible?
This is the son with whom she lives in Saratoga Springs, so her life is about to become even more complicated.
1524 Trapper Road Saratoga Springs, UT 84045