Monday, March 24, 2014

Announcing: a New 5-Week Clothed Figure Painting Class

Abigail VanCannon, MFA graduate from the Academy of Art, will be teaching a 5-week Figure Painting Class on Thursdays from April 17 – May 16.  Classes begin at 11 am and end at 3 pm each Thursday during this highly focused and fun figure painting class series. 

She will be offering a free demo on April 10, 2014 from 1 pm – 3:30 pm to kick off the 5-week series. 

Click here to download this flier and sign up for a class that will focus on taking your figure painting skills to the next level.

Figure Class 5 week

Saturday, March 22, 2014

qiang-huang, a daily painter: “Demo at Sacramento 2" --- Sold

qiang-huang, a daily painter: “Demo at Sacramento 2" --- Sold: The second demo does not have much of color. As usual, I showed how to paint a rose.

qiang-huang, a daily painter: "Demo at Sacramento 1" --- Sold

qiang-huang, a daily painter: "Demo at Sacramento 1" --- Sold: This my third time teaching at Sacramento. I want to thank Patris Miller for organizing this workshop and thank all the artists for attend...

Fabulous 3-day workshop with Qiang Huang

It was a honor and privilege to have master artist Qiang Huang, currently residing in Austin, Texas, come teach a 3-day Still Life Painting Workshop at my studio in Oak Park.  He is amazing teacher, a superb teacher, and a wonderful friend. 
He began each day with a demo, explaining each stage of his painting and sharing with us his thoughts and ideas about color, value, edges, intensity, brushwork and so much more. 

Using a little technology, we projected his painting demo on a big screen to ensure that everyone had a good view of his painting process.
Qiang is an amazing teacher.  He shared his painting process with us from the beginning block in stage to the final details.
His demo.

A close up of his demo. 

Breakfast or lunch--Old Soul just up the block from the studio was our place to go for good coffee and fresh food.  Next time Qiang comes to do a workshop, the Triangle District will encompass many new food venue options here in Oak Park as the redevelopment continues to flourish around the studio.

We had a wonderful time of painting, learning, and hanging out together. I enjoyed meeting new artist friends from all over Northern California and hanging out local artist compatriots who took the workshop.  
Make Art!!!!

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Pop up Fridays are expiring and a new 3-hour session is beginning

 ANNOUNCING: 
SOMETHING OLD AND SOMETHING NEW
Well it's been fun to have a 3 hour pose on Fridays from 10 am - 1 pm for our POP UP FRIDAYS.  POP UP Fridays have officially expired......but we have something new for everyone to come and try!
POP UP FRIDAYS are morphing into Marvelous Mondays beginning April 7
ANNOUNCING A NEW 3 HOUR LONG POSE SESSION ON MONDAYS
12:30 pm - 3:30 pm
following our Monday Morning figure drawing session. 
BEGINNING MONDAY APRIL 7
$10 per session

WANT TO GET IN A FULL DAY OF MAKING ART?
Then join us for both sessions! Get in some shorter pose figure drawing practice between 9 am - noon.  Bring a lunch with you or grab something up at Old Soul and head back to the studio to work on a long pose -- draw, paint, sculpt, do one piece or several small studies between 12:30 - 3:30.  What can be better than a full day of art?

CUSTOMIZE YOUR OWN MARVELOUS MONDAY ART DAY!
SHORT POSES OR LONG POSES; 
MORNING SESSION OR AFTERNOON SESSION; 
ONE SESSION OR TWO SESSIONS
--starting April 7, you can choose the best way to kick off your week!




We've got Paint and Sip events this Friday (RESCHEDULED) and Sunday!

Adult Paint and Sip Friday March 14----THIS PAINT AND SIP HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED TO APRIL 4. 

Get your artistic juices flowing this Friday for our "Koi Fun" Paint and Sip for adults this Friday March 14 from 7 pm - 9 pm.  RESCHEDULED TO APRIL 4.
COME JOIN US IN APRIL!

Buy your tickets on line at http://paintandsip.blogspot.com/p/tickets.html
No experience needed--get your tickets on line, follow along with our professional Paint and Sip Instructor, and experience the process of creating art like never before.  Go to our website and Click and Print. Come to our spacious studio gallery and Paint and Sip.  

Kids Paint and Sip Sunday March 16
Purchase  tickets for the Kids Paint and Sip here on our blog at 
click here to purchase Kids Paint and Sip  tickets
Calling all kids (and they can bring their parents too)-- to paint  Koi fish masterpieces.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Second Saturday March 8--come for the art, stay for the AIM (art intersects music) party!

Long pose session with live model from 3 pm - 6 pm.  Donation-based model fee.  Come draw, paint, sculpt, or simply observe our artists in action.  All ages welcome.  Make Art! Be Art!

Our exhibit includes some of the top artists in the area including Randy Blasquez, Victoria Brooks, Patris, Paul Boehmke, Sam Liberman, David Peterson, Phyllis Kress, Trude Zmoeling, Abigail VanCannon, Bobbie Powell, Karen Fulk and many others.  Buy art!

At 6 pm, our very own Poet in Residence, Mr. M, shares his written words about the model scene he interpreted from long pose session held earlier.
Enjoy live music by talented local musicians including John Gruber, James Israel, and other musician friends.  Our 2nd Saturday Art Intersects Music (AIM) party is a great place to unwind, meet friends, take in some great artwork, and enjoy a local music vibe.  

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Another great workshop: Phillipe Gandiol Intro to Plein Air

So--the weather was inclement, but artists still learned how to set up their equipment, organize their palettes, and edit their subject matter for outdoor painting. 

When painting en plein air, there's alot to consider.  Phillipe helped each student with  different aspects of painting that are applicable to both indoor and outdoor painting. 

A fabulous teacher with a keen eye for individualized instruction, Phillipe shows his student a way to express the idea she is trying to achieve.  It was a wonderful two days of painting, in spite of the rain and even though we never made it outside due to the inclement weather, everyone left the workshop with ideas and approaches they could take with them when they do go outside to work en plein air.