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Archive for January, 2017

The young painters continued to come yesterday to The Studio.  This time it was the 2nd and 3rd graders from Front Royal Christian School.  They did a very good job with their paintings.  Great work!

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Yesterday was a super busy day at The Studio.  We have 3 regular weekly art classes on Wednesdays but yesterday we had two groups of painters from Front Royal Christian School come to The Studio on a field trip.  They were very excited to paint with us.  Great work everyone.

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A Dalek

dalekYesterday morning  I got a little work done for the upcoming CON-GT coming up in Tennessee in March.  We’ll be having a couple of paint parties at the convention so I need a couple of sample pieces.  Here’s the first one. It’s a little harder than what we ordinarily paint but I am betting this group can handle it.

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Ordo’s Help

ordoI am having a hard time getting my blog post done this morning.  Wonder why?  Ordo (pictured here) and his brother Luke and one of their people, Jen, are staying with us this week.  I may have more help than I need getting computer work done.  LOL

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Large Abstract 4Abstract painting is a matter of taste.  Some people love it….others not so much.  Sometimes you need a really large painting to fill a space you have or to bring color to an area and a good way to do that is with a large abstract.  And while many people think that anyone can slap some paint around and have an abstract painting to have a successful painting it takes a little more than that.  On Friday, January 27th at 5:30 pm, you can try your hand at creating a large work of art while learning the principles to develop a beautiful painting.  Click here to register.

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I always say that there is art all around us.  Every where you go you can see art if you are just looking for it.  While in Atlanta this past holiday season we visited the “World of Coca-Cola”, a museum that follows the history of Coke along with the advertising associated with it.  There was MUCH art to see there.

Most of it was Pop Art…a movement from the 1950’s and 60’s that was led by artists like Andy Warhol that was a nod to pop culture and was inspired by advertising.

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A Lesson in Seasons

20170113_132027.jpgSophia and Joey painted the same scene in different seasons this week at their lesson.  Nice work!

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Kids Paint Football

20170112_054545.jpgThe kids painted a football in class this week.  Great work!

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Inspiration is everywhere for artists even in our own backyard….at least that is how I feel. (These photos I took a few days ago as inspiration for a new painting.)  I don’t often write about the “how” of operating an art business in a small town.  It’s a challenge…and I love it….but it’s not easy.  When people tell me that I have a fun job and they wish they could work doing something fun all the time like I do I just smile and agree.  Because it is fun. But it’s a lot like making sausage….you don’t want to see what actually goes in to it.  There is so much behind the scenes to get an image that I think people might enjoy painting at a party….so much that no one ever sees.  First I go through tons of photos trying to find something that will appeal to a large number; then I have to paint it; then I usually paint it again to simplify it so that it will look good but be easy enough for beginners to paint it in a 2-3 hour paint party time; next is the promotion, the registration, the ordering of supplies, etc., etc., etc.   I only say all of this to make people aware that when you choose to attend a paint party with an artist that steals another artist’s image that you are hurting someone…the artist that created the work.  You might ask, well how do I know if its original?  Ask!  Find out if the artist leading the party has a business license.  Are they a legitimate business or just a cash business not paying taxes or licensed?  I think most people don’t want to support people who are stealing from others and probably have never even considered any of this….they just see an offering for a paint party and think, that looks like fun and I’d like to paint it.  I’m writing about this today because one of my paintings was being offered at a Paint Party without my permission.  I only knew about it because I saw it on Facebook.  When I contacted the owner of the business offering it she immediately took the image down and contacted the artist she’d hired to do the party to correct the situation.  I appreciate that.  But even more I would appreciate people offering these parties to be inspired by their surroundings or developing images of their own.  The internet has been a wonderful thing for artists to share and sell their work but it’s also made lazy artists lazier because they don’t have to work at it.  They can just lift something to use.  Don’t be lazy….CREATE!  (OK…rant over….thanks for listening!)

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It’s a very sad day as yesterday I learned that a long time art student and friend, Jean Barbour, passed away this week.  Jean painted with us for many years often creating paintings for her family members.  She enjoyed painting….she enjoyed learning.  It was always fun painting with her because she was always happy and eager to paint.  I loved hearing her stories about her family (she was especially proud of her grandchildren) and her travels.  She often painted from photos from trips she had taken.  We have her beloved Charles in our prayers as well as her entire family.  Jean will be greatly missed.  (You can read Jean’s obituary here.)

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