Apr 10, 2014

Many interpretations

What would you think of with the theme "Surf & Turf"??
Hmmm....I think food mostly...lol  Shrimp & steak...ymmm!
Well....in the Westport area, about 85% think ocean, water, shore, beach...or anything that comes close to that.
Soo, when the latest art show was themed Surf & Turf...there was an abundance of beach/water paintings.
Never let it be said, that just because many artists are painting the same subject using the same medium, that they are at all "alike". Actually...far from it.
With each artist having their own style in their approach ...this was a show of many lovely water/beach/sea paintings!!  Subject & medium may have been the same, but none "alike"

Funny part....the winner for "best interpretation"...turned out to include "food"...lol

Best Interpretation

Apr 1, 2014

Thank you Martha

I must give credit to where credit is due. This time...it's to Martha. Yes...Martha Stewart.
Wow...honestly never thought I'd say that. I know...she has put out some lovely things and has a nice magazine, but I'm honestly not one of those people who goes out there buying "all things Martha".
Well....the other day I was out looking in the arts & crafts store (with coupon in hand) for whatever fun mark making things I could find to work with my new Gelli plate.
Any of you who have one knows that the surface has to be treated carefully and so you don't want anything that can damage it.
Just as I was giving up, I walked past the aisle where all of the Martha products were....and discovered what is now my MOST favorite art tool. Yes...favorite!!!
I found these amazing long handled "Squeegee" brushes. They are all molded rubber and completely soft in feel and movement. They can't damage the surface of the Gelli, you can use "both" ends, and can wash clean with soap & water!!
AND....as if that wasn't enough....they are the best thing I've ever used for my Torn Paper Paintings as well. I work with lots....yes Lots...of gel medium. For anyone who uses the stuff, you'll know that it can get pretty crusty and difficult to clean. If left on a regular paint brush for a bit to long it can take forever to clean it. In fact, after a while...you really do need to replace that brush.
Well....these little darlings do the job like a champ.
I gave them a try just to see how they felt and was amazed at how well they worked. They are flexible and move like a brush, and being a squeegee as well, they actually spread the gel far better than any normal brush I've tried.
Needless to say...they also wash clean with ease. And...if you should forget to wash it right away, or get distracted and forget....the gel peels right off of them!!!
These silly little rubber brushes have almost made me giddy with their usefulness!!!
Soo...if you see yourself having a use for these beauties....better get out there and get some....because something tells me...when more folks discover them....they'll become hard to get!!
Again....thanks Martha!!

Mar 25, 2014

A "Golden" evening

Just attended a fun and very informative evening at our local art association building for a lecture on all things "Golden". Golden acrylic products that is.
It's simply amazing how many products they actually have and how many ways there are in which to use them all.
If you think you know all about acrylic paint....I doubt it.  Our Golden rep was Adria Arch, a delightful and extremely well informed rep.  She was able to demonstrate and discuss such a vast collection of products in a 2hr gathering....that literally flew by.
While having worked with a number of acrylic products for quite a long time...I was able to still learn many new and interesting tidbits throughout this lecture.
And hey...what could be more fun than receiving little goodie bags of samples!!
Nice touch Golden!!

Mar 12, 2014

The Schedule....so far

The long hard winter may finally be breaking!! Spring seems to be trying really hard to make it's way back.
I've been trying to summon up spring in my art room as well. Spring birds landed upon some recent canvases with little music notes visible in their bodies!!
With the season starting to change....it is time to be gearing up for new workshops. I am happy to report I've had more interest happening this year and folks requesting more info.  I hope that means we'll have more workshops to look forward to.
Right now....here are the first few happenings...

April 8th....7pm  Talk/Demo at Wickford Art Assoc., RI
May 10th...10 - 5 pm  Full one day workshop at Peace Dale Neighborhood Guild, RI
June 7th... 10 - 5pm  Full one day workshop  at Wickford Art Assoc., RI
Here is the fun colorful flier that the folks for the Peace Dale workshop created...
Aug 8th...10 - 5  Full one day workshop at Peace Dale Neighborhood Guild, RI

There are a couple of other workshops being planned right now to schedule into the summer....but I wanted to give you a chance to book ahead for these now!!
As always...space is limited.
Love teaching these classes and hope to add many more to the list as time goes on.  It would be fun to add some longer workshops into the mix. Certainly, if I line some up that I need to travel for, they will be multi day workshops.

Soo...if you want to keep up with the latest news...the newest artwork...and up-to-date events....go to the Torn Paper Paintings FaceBook fan page and "like" it. You will then get all the updates on classes by clicking on the "events/workshops" tab at the top of the page! All the information and links will be posted there for being able to register.
Hope to meet you at a future workshop!

Mar 4, 2014

OK....still trying

to think "spring" that is!!
What a horribly cold nasty winter we've been having. I am sooo beyond ready for this to break!
Been keeping myself busy in the art room surrounding myself with "warm" images. Figure if I stay there and look at the images all day I'll stay warm and forget the frozen tundra outside.
Must say, there are some days that this works better than others.
Working on Soft Serve ice-cream can be a real challenge at this time of year....but I have a pretty active imagination....and lots of sweaters...lol
This weekend is daylight saving time....time for the clocks to spring ahead.
Lets hope the weather does the same thing!