Patti Kelley took the challenge to do 30, 5×7 fast (15 minute) studies of the subjects of her choice. The exercise is to take as long as you want to draw the image, mix the paint and think about how to execute the painting.
When all the thinking and planning was done she set the timer for 15 minutes. Patti confided that she never finished in 15 minutes but she did take a photo at the 15 minute mark and usually spent another 1/2 hour or as much a 1 hour bringing it to a place she could live with. In the past she might have taken 6 to 8 hours to paint a similar painting. Below is one of her favorites.
Patti works in oils and is aware that she sometimes overworks and adds too much detail to her paintings. Like most of us, when we first learn to paint, we try to make our paintings look like photographs. There is nothing wrong with that. It is one of the ways to learn. It is the beginning of the artistic journey for many of us.
Patti decided she wanted to go beyond copying what she sees so she took the challenge. Each week she brought one or two painting in for us to talk about. Patti & I looked at each painting to see what was working and what needed strengthening. Some weeks she felt like she was improving and some weeks she felt like she regressed but she never gave up and continued painting. Just last week she said with enthusiasm, “I feel that it is not taking me as long to figure out the colors and values I need.”
Above are 31 paintings. Patti was so proud of herself that she brought all of them in one morning, along with a cake to celebrate what she knew was a big accomplishment. Everyone clapped for joy! We were all so proud of her. Maybe she will be an inspiration for some of you.
She is now doing 30, 8×10 paintings. Wow, you can see the difference in her execution. They show so much more confidence than a year ago. Congratulations Patti for taking the time to invest in yourself.
Thanks everyone for reading our blog. Please let me know if you would like to take this challenge.
Next week is the end of the after school year for most of the classes. My granddaughter, Kate Carter, is going to hold one more set of classes (3:30 to 5pm) on 3 Mondays starting June 5th to June 19th. This is an extra set of classes because so many kids were disappointed that the classes were ending. It makes me smile to know that they love them so much. Below are a few of the recent photos we have taken of the kids. Click on the ones you like to see them larger.
We like to celebrate process over product. If we enjoy the doing we will learn to not worry about the product and then there will not be as much frustration or angst if it is not turning out the way we thought it would. Not to worry, just make it again or create something else.
As we adults know, process is tied into ego and kids, even at age 6, seem to have learned from adults or older kids (maybe in school) that something is not good if it doesn’t meet certain criteria. At our studio we try to encourage the journey and hope the reason the kids keep coming back is because they, like us, just love to create.
Sorry I didn’t take photos of everything and everyone. I just don’t remember to either take my camera (phone) or I simply forget to take photos. One of my goals is to be better at this next year.
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Posted in Colored Pencils, Creative idea, imagination, kids, little kids, Model Magic, painting, Pre-Teen, Watercolor
Tagged art school ending for the season, creating process, ego, kids and their art
Linda Germain is back with a free demo to teach us about Gelatin Printing.
See Flyer below for more information. Please call or email to save a spot.
Thanks for reading and I sure hope you can make it to the demo.
I recently finished painting a series of large portrait’s of people I am crazy about. My husband, Chuck, put them on his Facebook page. I love and appreciate that he wanted to celebrate me and the work I do.
However, I feel a little bad that I didn’t have a desire to do it myself. So I am attaching the slide show he ended the series with. At least I feel like I supported him and all the terrific people who posed for me. Click below to view the slides.
I hope you enjoy seeing them. You can also check out the blog post below to see how I go about painting portraits:
Process of Painting a Large, Colorful Portrait
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Posted in acrylic painting, adults, artwork, painting, portrait study
Tagged acrylic painting, Facebook, gift, joy, Large potraits, process painting, Steve Brown
I am happy to announce that we have a couple of openings for little kids (5-7) in the Thursday 5:00 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. art class starting April 27th. Some of you know that it is not often that we get openings so this is an excellent opportunity for a beginning at The Artists Playground.
We started offering this class last year to handle the overflow of parents wanting to send their kids with the understanding that they would have first pick to enter one of our regular classes when a spot opened up. Well, several of the children have moved into our Wed 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. class so that opens up room in the Thursday late afternoon class.
Please let us know if you or someone you know might be interested.
Thanks for reading! Contact me at info@TheArtistsPlayground.com
Sandy Turner has always loved to sketch on location. Have you ever been outside and wished you could just sit down and draw what you see? Well, if you take Sandy’s sketching class on Saturday mornings starting April 1st you can learn how. Sandy wants to share her love, joy and knowledge of how to go about sketching on location. You can read more about her on her web site www.plumislanderart.com).
The first sketch, below left, Sandy did during one of our painting trips to Ogunquit. Notice the difference between it and the drawing on the right. The second drawing is more like a rendering or more finished drawing, more like an illustration that she does for her coloring books. But even something like that starts out more like the drawing on the left.
The two lighthouse sketches were done years apart, with different materials and different perspectives but you can see that they are sketches and not renderings. Sketching is fun! Rendering, on the other hand, is more like work. – more like the images in the coloring books she has been working on of Newburyport, Plum Island, and the Cape.
After you learn to sketch then you may want to add a watercolor wash like Sandy did below. They sure look like she had fun doing them. Sandy did them in Argentina.
Give us a call at 978-462-5366 or email info@TheArtistsPlayground.com if you would like to join Sandy sketching around town.
Thanks for reading and I hope we hear from you real soon.
Rob Brun has been teaching our watercolor classes and sees that most of his students need to learn that drawing for painting is different than drawing for something like illustration. So he came up with this new class, “Drawing for Painting”. We both think it is going to be a really good class for everyone whether they are doing oils, acrylics or watercolors. You still need an understanding of proportion and perspective but you only suggest the placement of the objects on the paper or canvas whether it is a landscape, still life or even the beginning of an abstracted arrangement of shapes. His flyer is below. Please let me know (email@example.com) if you are interested in joining Rob.
I sure appreciate that so many of you read our blog. Thanks!
Wow, I am still so excited from yesterdays demo with Gerry Willging. Below are some of the photos. She was her usual delightful and extraordinary self. She touched on the underlying structure of painting whether it be realistic or abstract.
We got a preview of what she is going to be teaching in her class. Gerry is an incredible teacher, she has had over 45 years of experience and knowledge! I might have, in a previous post, mentioned that she has been in many national shows and won gold medals for her work. We already have 7 people signed up for the artistic adventure of their life. Even if everyone goes back to doing traditional work, it will never be the same after taking Gerry’s class. Their new work will take on an elevated or professional look.
The piece above shows the four stages of Gerry’s work. The first stage takes only a little while – anywhere from 10 to 2o minutes. During the middle 2 stages she uses opaque and transparent paint, stamping, colored pencils and caran d’ache to decorate the underlying surface of the painting. The last stage could take as long as 3 weeks. Look below. I cropped the above teaching aid so you could see her finished piece more clearly.
Wow, isn’t it incredibly interesting to look at! No ho-hum here! No dreary passages. Nothing boring. Click on the pic and feel the excitement, prepare to delight your eye.
As you can see from the above photos, Gerry uses fabulous examples with which to teach. Gerry says she does not want people to paint like her. she is looking to help everyone paint to express themselves. What she teaches is the underlying structure of collage and painting. If you want to read and see more about her go to our blog of September 2, 2013.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to join the fun.
Thanks, as always, for taking your time to read our blog.
Posted in acrylic painting, adults, artwork, Caran d'Ache, classes, collage, Colored Pencils, painting, stamping, Watercolor, Workshops
Tagged abstract painting, collage, Gerry Willging, new class, watermedia
It is my absolute pleasure to let you all know that Gerry Willging is coming back to teach a 6 week class. Gerry is really expert in composition and design – not to mention energetic and enthusiastic.
If you haven’t already taken one of her weekend workshops, you are invited to come to the studio for a free demonstration. You will love her and her work. Gerry is simply incredible! She is the best abstract artist I have ever meet. She teaches with strength and confidence plus lots of patience and compassion. Everything she says you will want to write down because it is so valuable and important – to both abstract and realistic work. Remember, composition is the underpinning of a good painting or drawing.
Posted in acrylic painting, adults, artwork, Caran D'Asche, classes, Creative idea, mini demo, painting, stamping, Watercolor, Workshops
Tagged abstract, acrylic, collage, compostion, design, Gerry Willging, realistic, water-media, watercolor
Haylie wanted to make a gift for her little brother for his 5th birthday. He loves Ninja Turtles and particularly the one below. She did the drawing to show us what it looked like and Wendy found a photo on her phone. Because the wire is hard to bend Wendy whipped it up with Haylie’s direction and approval. From there, Haylie chose the stuffing. She wanted it to be mostly soft and chose colored felt. She cut it into strips and wrapped it around the frame, gluing it down with the glue gun as she went along. Wendy had recently made an incredible stuffed Elephant like this for me for Christmas so she was a big help to Haylie. But for sure, Haylie is a gal who knows what she wants. She appreciates our support and encouragement but wants to do it herself.
We recently saw an article in the Arts and Activities Magazine on the Choice-Based Art style of teaching. We were so happy to see that there were actual words to describe the way we go about helping the kids in the studio. I’ll post the article on the bulletin board outside the studio if you would like to read it. Or you can click on the web site below.
Haylie looks really proud of her accomplishment. I am sure her brother is going to be over–the-top thrilled that she made this for him.
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