ART JAM: Saturday January 23rd

Saturday January 23rd 2010
Begins: 7:00pm

Dress: Ultra Casual (i.e. wear old cloths just in case you sit in wet paint)
Artists: Bring your latest work in progress
Underground Location: E_MAIL NOW FOR DIRECTIONS!

Where artists bring their latest artwork to show and have a great time doing the things artists enjoy most - while people who love art get to experience the artist's underground.

- Artist's bring and share your latest artwork ( or work in progress )
- Exchange ideas and inspiration
- Talk about your upcoming show, class, project, installation, exhibit, challenge etc.
- Feel free to Swap / Trade / Sell / Buy work (no commission - this is for fun!)
- Bring your laptops - we google everything!
- Play a CD/DVD of your latest music/video
- Show off your website on your portfolio on your laptop, iphone etc. (Interior Designers, that means you too!)
- Musicians play your latest composition (CD , ipod)
- Take photos, shoot video, draw something
- Dance, Draw, Ponder and take Photos
- Brainstorm ideas for your next project with a kindrid spirit
- Ask someone "How did you create that effect?" or "What were you thinking?"
- Meet someone new

- Uh ... we haven't figured that out yet so don't tempt us.

Although this is a private studio event, you are welcome to bring friends you trust. If we've forgotten anyone - let us know - these jams are not organized - they just happen.


Walter's Book - "Pilgrims on the Silk Road" - Published and Ready in Time for Christmas

Walter Ratliff's documentary and corresponding book "Pilgrims on the Silk Road" (just released!) has developed a large following around the country over the last 3 years. He will be speaking at conferences in Kansas and Boston/Harvard during his book signing tour in 2010.

Visit Walter's blog to find out how to order copies for Christmas.

If you'd like to bring a book signing to a bookstore or mennonite church near you, e-mail Walter at the address below to see if that location can be added to the tour. walterratliff@gmail.com

Recent Floral Painting

Hi Everyone,

Here's a recent floral painting for your enjoyment while I focus on my skyscape paintings for an upcoming gallery exhibit up north in April 2010. Once the 2010 exhibit contracts are finalized, I will post gallery solo exhibit dates for you here (and on my website).

I've also agreed to exhibit a 30 painting solo show at the Manor house at Green Springs Garden park from March 7th - April 26th in support of their mission of horticulture and wildlife education. Please come out and enjoy the park, the paintings and this beautiful manor on the green. If you love to attend teas, I have heard there will be a formal high tea schedule on the closing day of my exhibit (Monday April 26th) at this location.


How to Digitally Photograph Your Artwork

How to Digitally Photograph Your Artwork
ArtSpace Herndon, Saturday 23 January, 9am-noon

One of the common reasons why artwork is rejected from juried exhibitions is that the submitted photographs do not accurately capture the artwork – they don’t adequately capture the color, subtleties of light and shading, or have some other technical flaw that impairs the communication of the artist to the jury. In extreme cases, the submitted image may not meet the requirements of the jury process, and be rejected out of hand.

Even more difficult issues exist for web portfolios – will web viewers accurately see what the artist has created, while conforming to reasonable expectations for web page loading times?

This class is intended for practicing artists who want to learn more about taking digital photographs of their painting, sculpture, or other artwork, so that images capture the artwork more accurately for web display or for electronic jury submission.

The class will discuss:
• how to light your artwork for photography
• how to set up your camera to capture color as accurately as possible
• what other equipment can improve the taking of your photographs
• how to perform adjustments on the computer in a systematic, color managed way
• how to format photographs on the computer to meet standards for ZAPP, Juried Art Services, and the recommendations of the National Association of Independent Artists (NAIA)
• how to adjust photographs for the web

Slides and other presentation materials will be made available electronically for future reference.

Student ages: any

Class fees: $75 per student payable at registration

Materials and supplies: Students are encouraged (but not required) to bring their camera and owner’s manual, and one piece of artwork, for hands-on practice at the end of the workshop.

To register: Call ArtSpace Herndon at 703.956.6590


Oil Painting & Drawing Lessons - Northern Virginia

Study Oil Painting & Drawing in Northern Virginia
(updated, year 2012)

CALL 703.593.6444

Realist Oil Painting and Drawing Lessons available. Learn both classical and contemporary realist techniques from an experienced teacher.

Students start with a series of private drawing lessons. After this intensive "kick-off" series, students meet regularly for individual mentoring until drawing is mastered and naturally graduate to semi-private group lessons. Specialty weekend workshops are also available but fill up quickly.

- Drawing
- Painting
- Still Life
- Portrait
- Landscape

Small group lessons are taught in an "atelier" (studio) learning environment with only 5-8 people (or fewer). Using this time honored approach (used in schools in Florance Italy), the teaching artist, Tricia Ratliff works with each student (you) to develop a tailored learning path and help you achieve your artistic goals at your own pace without the limitations of a large group class. All ages and experience levels welcome. Learn both classical and contemporary methods of drawing and painting.


Art students at Tricia's atelier learn to paint everything from still life and landscapes to complex artwork of people wearing jewelry, fur, velvet, diamonds, gold, satin and more. Call for details: 703.593.6444


Preview: Upcoming Series of New Paintings - Tricia Cherrington Ratliff

Hello Everyone,

Just a little preview of my upcoming series.

This new series of paintings to be publicly exhibited in Summer 2010

You can catch a preview of them at the artist's jam in my studio Saturday night January 23rd.

- Tricia


Sherrie McGraw workshop in Northern Virginia

A Sherrie McGraw Workshop is now scheduled in Northern VA for the week following the portrait society conference here in Reston Virginia. April 26th - 30th.

Details are still being finalized but 5 people have already reserved their places in what will be a workshop of 15 students or less for 4-5 days. The topic will be still life or portraiture (possibly both) for $750/person.

If you would like to reserve your space in advance, contact me or Vicki Blum. Our contact information is on our websites listed below.




Winter Palace Studio: Outstanding New Gallery

One of my favorite mentors, Natasha Mokina has opened a beautiful new contemporary realist gallery in Washington DC. Come to view this beautiful artwork and I'll see you there!

c o n t e m p o r a r y r e a l i s m
by natasha mokina, victor pakhomkin other artists

1054 31st Street NW Washington DC 20007 (MAP)

Gallery Reception
Friday, November 20th, 2009
from 6 to 8 pm

301 263 0000

Winter Palace Studio Opens its Doors to the Public at a New Venue in Georgetown.

Washington, DC - October 22, 2009 - Artists/Owners Natasha Mokina and Victor Pakhomkin envision their recently opened gallery, WINTER PALACE STUDIO, as a sanctuary for realist art that combines classical craftsmanship and contemporary concepts. The gallery will exhibit paintings by Mokina and Pakhomkin and group shows by local and international artists who share the gallery's philosophy. It will also hold realistic painting and drawing classes, workshops and seminars.

The two artists have worked in the Washington, DC area for nearly twenty years creating highly realistic oil paintings, murals, portraits by commission and teaching academic painting and drawing in their studio in Bethesda. Natasha Mokina is on the faculty of the Corcoran College of Art and Design.

“It still feels like a dream to see ourselves and our paintings in this beautiful historic courtyard, says Natasha Mokina. This is the prettiest place in Georgetown. I just cannot get over the sense of this fantastic mix of times and places: the C&O Canal reminiscent of canals in St. Petersburg (our birth place), old brick buildings of Georgetown evoking “The Little Street“ by Vermeer… ”

WINTER PALACE STUDIO/CONTEMPORARY REALISM gallery is located at “Galleries 1054” in Canal Square at 1054 31st Street NW. The gallery hours are Tuesday - Saturday 12:00 to 6:00 pm.

The opening reception for a new exhibition ”Black Kitchen Magic, Etc” featuring the paintings by Natasha Mokina and Victor Pakhomkin is Friday, November 20, 2009 from 6 pm to 8 pm.

More information about the gallery and the artists can be found at www.WinterPalaceStudio.com


Unapproved Copies From China ... A Long Established Practice?

Hello everyone,

See the link at the bottom of this post for an interesting story about Gilbert Stuart's George Washington.

You've probably become aware of (or even been contacted by) copyists companies who take images of paintings, recreate them and sell them as original works of art without your permission. Some of them are so bold that they've even sold the paintings on e-bay. Last year, I saw an "Originals Oil Painting of Tony Ryder" offered on-line by a seller in China for around $300 which was clearly a copy of one of Ryder's well known paintings. Hilarious!

This summer, some painting peers and I were contacted simultaneously by a group in China requesting high resolution digital images of our work and posing as buyers. At the time, I thought this phenomenon of "chinese copyists" was fairly new ... possibly in the last 20-40 years. I also assumed it was just random chance that the group contacting us was from China and because copying happens all over the world. The article below (sent by Walter Ratliff) shed new light on other possible issues associated with unapproved copying.


Check out this article above in ArtNews Magazine about copies of Gilbert Stuart's George Washington.


Proud of a student

One of my youth students was recently honored: Congratulations Ashley! After her original design for "Art in the Pages" was accepted she completed this statuette over the summer which will be displayed with other interpritations of the "Art in the Pages" theme in local libraries. Ashley is a fast learner and a talented illustrator.

Here is the caption that appeared below her photo on the school website:

Librarians Mary Wolfe and Kay Rice accept a miniature Art in the Pages statuette designed by Ashley M., student of Lesley Casey. The statuette is sponsored by the Fairfax Library Foundation, the Fairfax County Public Library and sponsors ExxonMobil and Baker & Taylor in honor of National School Libraries Month which is April. Ashley creatively designed and painted the statuette over the summer months and it will displayed during the year in the library.


NEWS & Upcoming EVENTS

Thanks again to Vicki Blum for organizing all of these great, upcoming events into one, easy to read posting.

Congratulations to the Winners and Finalists of the “Expressions” Portrait Competition
Thank you to everyone who entered the Expressions Portrait Competition and who came to the awards ceremony. It was a fun and beautiful event and I hope those who couldn’t make it will go to view the stunning exhibit which will be at ArtSpace Gallery through October 25th. Congratulations to the finalists and to the winners:
Award Winners:
1st – Loryn Brazier for “Sea Dreams”
2nd—Betsy Gosheff-Scible for “Dad”
3rd—Gavin Glakas for “Julie”
Honorable Mention – Terra Chapman “Kresten”
Honorable Mention – Petra Gerber “Woman in Red Dress”
Honorable Mention – Ted Reed “Contemplation”
Honorable Mention – Patricia Rice “Nestled In”


Open Studio Paint/Draw Live Portrait Model(s)
Wednesday Nights in Herndon
October 14th, 21st & 28th 7:00-10:00pm ($15 per night drop-in)
e-mail paintherndon@gmail.com for exact location (near Tyler Street & Park Avenue, Herndon Virginia)
Painting The Head and Hands With Loryn Brazier - October 15, 16 and 17, 2009 (9am-4pm); Cost: $425 (includes $25 model fee) For more info: Artist Bio and Workshop Information


Free Portrait Demonstration - Jonathan Linton
Thursday, October 15 7-10 pm
ArtSpace Herndon, 750 Center Street, Herndon, VA 703 956-6590

Jonathan Linton is teaching a portrait painting workshop at ArtSpace October 15-17 and has agreed to open the demonstration to the public for free. This is a great opportunity for any artist. Students enrolled in the Linton workshop get preferred/reserved seating. The demo is Thursday October 15 from 7-10 pm. Please call ArtSpace to reserve your spot: 703 956-6590. Jonathan's website: http://www.jonathanlinton.com

Free Oil Painting Demonstration by Trisha Adams
Saturday, October 17 1-3pm
Trisha Adams, well-known impressionist still life artist, will be doing a painting demonstration Saturday October 17, 1-3 PM at Ayr Hill Gallery 141 Church Street NW Vienna, Virginia 22180 - Demonstration is free and BYOC (bring your own chair). Registration is recommended due to limited space. (703) 938-3880. Tisha's website: http://www.beekeepersgarden.bizland.com/

Portrait Demonstration by Cedric Egeli.
Saturday, October 24, 2009
2 PM (for approximately 3 hours)

The Maryland Society of Portrait Painters (MSPP) is pleased to announce a portrait demonstration by Cedric Egeli at:
Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts
Room 308
801 Chase Street
Annapolis, MD 21401
www.marylandhall.org (for directions)
$20, general public; FREE admission to all MSPP members (who have paid their 2009 dues)

Cedric is a nationally recognized portrait painter who not only lives in Maryland but is a founding member and first president of our Portrait Society. www.egelistudio.com. To pay, please send, no later than OCT 17, to: Diane Monday, 2334 Mount Tabor Road, Gambrills, MD 21054

Lecture by Maggie Siner

The Painter's Secret Geometry by Maggie Siner.

Washington Studio School announces
The Painter's Secret Geometry.

A lecture by artist Maggie Siner to be held on Friday, October 16th, 7pm.

About the lecture:
The Painter's Secret Geometry lecture will take the listener on a surprise journey through the structure of a Rembrandt self-portrait, revealing its beautiful and sophisticated hidden geometry that underlies the composition of many great paintings.

The Painter's Secret Geometry
Lecture: Friday, October 16th, 7pm, $15.00

Registration is required. Please contact Washington Studio School for more information and to register for the lecture.

About Maggie Siner:
Born in Providence, Rhode Island, Siner began her studies at the Art Students League of New York in 1968, then graduated from Boston University (BFA, 1973) and American University (MFA, 1976) where she studied with Robert D'Arista. She subsequently lived for extended periods in France and China. Her work has been exhibited in galleries and museums for over 30 years and is in hundreds of private collections around the world.

She has been on the faculty of l'Institute d'Universités Américaines and the Lacoste School of Art in France (Cleveland Institute of Art), a visiting professor at Xiamen University in China, artist in residence at the Savannah College of Art and Design, Dean of Faculty at the Washington Studio School and teaches master classes around the country. She is a frequent guest artist and public speaker known for her lectures on painting.

She has taught at the Washington Studio School since 1983 and is represented by several galleries in the US. To learn more about Maggie Siner and to see examples of her work visit www.maggiesiner.com.

2129 S Street NW
Washington, DC 20008


Great Falls Studios Sixth Annual Tour 2009
On Saturday, October 17 and Sunday, October 18 : 10am-5pm 44 artists in Great Falls will be opening up their studios all around our village for you to see where we work, talk to us about our art, watch us work. You can download a map and lots of info about the art and artists at the Great Falls Studios web site (www.GreatFallsStudios.com). Or, you can pick up booklets at various venues around town -- all of the studios including the Artists' Atelier- http://www.greatfallsfoundationforarts.org/Artists_Atelier.html Before you come, you are invited to register for a prize worth $50 toward purchase of art on the Tour (registration is free). Forty $50 “Art Buck” certificates will be given away in a drawing—a total value of $2000. To register, simply go to www.GreatFallsStudios.com by 5:00 pm, October 14. Hit the “Tour” button on the home page. Then follow the prompts on how to register.


Value & Color: Perception vs Reality

This site has a new "Illusion" to consider each day. Thank you to our friend and portrait model John Smith (Smitty) for sending it.


On the day John sent this to me, there was an illusion proving that the human eye can easily confuse matching values and perceive them almost at opposite ends of the spectrum. Although we were taught this in grade school, I admit that seeing it was a good reminder to pay attention to the possible illusions as I go out for another day of landscape painting today.

Enjoy the beautiful weather!


Latest "Shared Views" Painting

Artist Ann Wallace Holt and I are both artists who enjoy traveling to new locations, visiting people who love art and painting their views. Here are some of yesterday's experimental paintings from Kurt & Sage's farm in the country.

Thanks to Kurt & Sage for sharing your view(s).


Personal Portrait

Here is a photo of a portrait that is drying for a client to pick it up this week. She was a lovely sitter and I particularly liked the transluscent vail. This painting is special because the sitter (Sue) is wearing a dress that her mother purchased while living in Saudi Arabia with pretty gold details on a rick field of blue.


Sara Linda Poly workshop well worth it!

I had the pleasure of facilitating a Sara Linda Poly workshop last weekend which gave me the wonderful opportunity to see her demo, observe her teaching style and paint paint paint for two days. Sara is a great instructor who teaches a well organized but flexible fashion and encourages growth in her students. I would do it again in a heartbeat. The weekend reminded me of that John Singer Sargent painting "Reconnoitering".

She also has a "keep it simple" approach to beginning a landscape painting and provided the following challenge to her students. Finish a small 5x7 painting with either a 3/4 inch flat brush (or palette knife) in 50 strokes or less.

Below, I've provided a summery of my own interpretation of her guidelines during the demonstration. Of course, this may be my own view of her words colored by my own background. So, to reach into the mind of Sara directly, visit her website where sara shares some great tips on landscape painting.

- Start with a warm toned canvas and rough in your sketch with a tertiary color (they dry faster)
- Simplify your composition by selecting 4 or fewer elements (earth, water, grass, trees, mountains, sky, rock etc.)
- Use the golden triangle to find a sweet spot for your subject (again, remove any element details that don't support the subject)
- Block in color from lightest to darkest dark (sky and corresponding water are typically the lightest parts of a composition)
- Fall in love with all of the glorious shades of grey, they are your friend in a landscape painting
- Know when to step back and/or walk away (Expressive landscape paintings are often finished long before you add final details)

If there is any part of these notes that you'd like to learn more about, feel free to e-mail me and I'd be happy to expand. I try to keep the blog posts short but always enjoy a good exchange of artsy conversation.


Fall Arts Events in Northern Virginia

Thanks once again to Vicki, Jill and Gail for sharing news in the art community. Here are announcements for upcoming events.

This Friday, October 2, 7-9pm
First Friday at the Artists' Atelier
1144 Walker Road, Suites D&G, Great Falls, VA
New exhibit in the gallery: works by the Atelier artists participating in the Studio Tour

This Saturday October 3rd 7pm
750 Center Street, Herndon VA 20170 - (703)956-6590
Exhibit opening for "Expressions" portrait competition finalists

October 15-17th Jonathan Linton Portrait Workshop,
October 26th -30th Steve Early Figure Painting Workshop
750 Center Street, Herndon Va 20170 www.ArtSpaceHerndon.org (703)956-6590

Saturday October 3rd 4-8pm Sara Linda Poly exhibit opening http://berkleygallery.com/ Berkley Gallery 40 Main Street Warrenton, VA 20186 (540) 341-7367

Sunday, October 4, 10am-5pm
MPA (McLean Project for the Arts) Artfest - outdoor juried art festival McLean Central Park (located on the corner of Old Dominion Drive and Router 123 (Dolley Madison Blvd.)

October 15 — 5-8 PM Third Thursday Vienna Virginia
Ayr Hill Gallery and Applegate gallery on Church Street in Vienna Virginia are open late every third Thursday and exhibiting new artwork

Saturday, October 17 and Sunday, October 18 : 10am-5pm
Great Falls Studios Sixth Annual Tour 2009

Saturday October 17 — 1-3 PM — Oil Painting Demonstration by Trisha Adams at Ayr Hill Gallery 141 Church Street NW Vienna, Virginia 22180 - Demonstration is free and BYOC (bring your own chair). Registration is recommended due to limited space. (703) 938-3880.

Wednesday night Open Studio Paint/Draw Live Portrait Model(s)
September 30th, October 7th, 14th, 21st & 28th 7:00-10:00pm ($15 per night drop-in)
e-mail paintherndon@gmail.com for exact location (near Tyler Street & Park Avenue, Herndon Virginia)

November 7, 2009 7pm
Local Color Movie social @ ArtSpaceHerndon Sponsored by ArtSpace Herndon and Great Falls Studios
750 Center Street Herndon, VA 20124


David Bowers Artwork

I saw David Bowers work in Santa Fe last weekend and have always liked this kind of realist commentary style or work. It has a sense of being true ... just not images that one might actually see.



Bravo Star Portraits Series (and workshops in Toronto)

***Bravo! Series - Star Portraits***
Star Portraits is an all new original series by Bravo! Canada. The series was developed by PTC Productions and based on the hit BBC program. The show is hosted by Broadway star Louise Pitre.

The series begins on September 12th @ 8:00 pm on Bravo! Canada and runs every Saturday until December 12th.

In each 30 minute episode, 3 Canadian working artists are introduced to a Canadian personality. They must get work quickly in order to perform as much preliminary work as possible with the star. They have 2 weeks to complete their portrait. Louise visits each artists in their studio to see how the work is coming along. At the end of each episode, the star is presented with the 3 portraits one of which they may select for their personal collection. The remaining portraits are grouped and 6 selected for the permanent collection of the Canadian Portrait Society. The rest are auctioned off at Joyner Waddinton's Auction of Important Canadian Art. The proceeds go to a charity selected by the celebrity.

Academy of Realist Art instructor Juan Carlos Martinez has been selected as one of the artists. He will be completing the portrait of Alex Trebek on the episode aired on Saturday November 14th @ 8:00 pm.

***2009 Junction Arts Festival***

Date: September 12, 2009
Times: 11:00 to 6:00 Festival & 7:00 pm to Midnight Concerts

Date: September 13, 2009
Times: 11:00 to 6:00 Festival

Details can be found at the festival website: 2009 Festival Schedule

Attracting 200,000 visitors last year, the Junction Arts Festival 2009 (produced by the Junction Forum for Art and Culture) takes place along Dundas Street West between Keele Street and Quebec Avenue, and features five free days of artistry and innovation; Visual Art Exhibits (September 9 to 13), Live Music Concerts (September 11 and 12), and during the weekend - Street Performance Artists, Literary Artists, KidZone, Green Village and Artisan/Vendor Market (September 12 and 13).

We look forward to seeing you at the Junction Arts Festival.

Upcoming Workshops

The 2010 Workshop Schedule will shortly be posted on our blog.

Note: NEW Workshop - Animal Drawings/Portraits

ARA presents our newly developed workshop Animal Portraits. This workshop will be held September 14 - 18, 2009 at ARA Toronto studios. The instructor will be our very own Matt Sissel.

ARA Toronto
September 14-18 Animal Portraits
September 21-25 Mixed Chalk for Classical Results
September 28 - October 4 In the Studios of Bouguereau
October 12 - 23 The Portrait Head and Hands
November 9 - 20 Chiaroscuro, Masters of Tenebrism
November 23 - 27 In the Studios of Sargent
December 7 - 11 Alla Prima Portrait Painting
September 19-23 Bargue Drawings
October 26 - 30 In the Studios of Sargent


Sept 26th & 27th: Plein Air Painting with Sara Linda Poly

Sara Linda Poly is coming to Herndon/Reston!!

She'll be teaching her Plein Air Painting workshop through ArtSpaceHerndon on Saturday and Sunday September 26th and 27th. To register call or stop by the ArtSpace at:

750 Center Street
Herndon VA 20170

Most exciting is the painting location. They've reserved a beautiful property with on location parking, bathrooms within walking distance and too many great scenes to paint in only one weekend! Come, enjoy the fresh air and have a great time creating art! Register early and you'll be put in touch with the other students for fun and networking.


Last Chance to see Still Life Poetry

This week (before Sunday afternoon) is your last chance to see the wonderful "Still Life Poetry" exhibit of paintings at ArtSpace Herndon. Stop by and let us know what you think!

750 Center Street, Herndon VA 20170

by a collection of artists:
Trisha Adams
Jill Banks
Vicki Blum
Petra Gerber
Robert Johnson
Virginia Johnson
Tricia Ratliff
Jordan Xu
Henry Wingate
Kurt Schwarz
Patty Rice


Who Made an Impression on Monet?

When Monet was a student, one of his teachers left such a negative impression that he and his friends left school to create the genesis of the impressionist movement. Who was that teacher?

"The Walk, Woman with a Parasol" by Claude Monet National Gallery of Art, Washington D. C.

Today, we see the influence of impressionist movement (the movement named after a critic's negative description of one of Monet's paintings) ? just about everywhere. But who impressed the impressionists? Who did they reject?

Monet's anti-inspiration was his teacher Charles Gleyre of Atelier Suisse...."http://www.artrenewal.org/asp/database/art.asp?aid=230

Yet Monet, before meeting Gleyre had already been inspired by Eugene Boudin

(see Boudin's painting to the left, compared to Monet's painting above) http://www.eugeneboudin.org/ who was a primarily self taught painter who worked from life but also studied at the Louve and was connected with a group of painters called the Barbizon School


As you peruse the links and look at the artwork, ask yourself:

"Does a movement in art exist before it is given a name?"

Does that movement become more or less valid when others respond to it and start doing it themselves? (and for how long?)

While Monet is one of the best known Impressionist artists, students interested in this form of art and it's place in history would also benefit from understanding the influences of some of his friends and contemporaries:

Claude Monet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Alfred Sisley, and Frédéric Bazille (all of which studied with Charles Gleyre) who were later joined by Camille Pissarro, Paul Cézanne, and Armand Guillaumin(later) and finally Cézanne, Berthe Morisot, and Edgar Degas, Mary Cassatt, Manet ... even others including Eugene Boudin, Monet's early influence.

I have intentionally left out many interesting points in history to encourage you to click/investigate these links and come to your own conclusions.

So wether you love or hate impressionist art - whether you think it's exciting, historically significant, evocative or trite ... at least now you have a link for your students to consider the influences on Monet - who is undoubtedly one of the impressionist movements' best known artists.


Calendar of Upcoming Artist Opportunities in HERNDON Virginia

Hi Everyone,
I've gotten involved in the newly thriving art scene in Herndon Virginia now that the new art center has opened. There are a lot of upcoming opportunities for artists. I'm listing just a subset here of the ones I know about personally.

Monday August 17th 2009: Expressions Portrait Competition Postmark Deadline. See website for entry form http://herndonarts.org - gallery location is ArtSpace Herndon http://artspaceherndon.com

Saturday and Sunday September 26th & 27th 2009 9am-4pm: Plein Air Painting Workshop with Sara Linda Poly (www.saralindapoly.com) to register, contact Robin Carroll, ArtSpace Herndon 703-956-6590, rcarroll@artspaceherndon.org 750 Center Street, Herndon Va 20170 ($185) Registration form attached

*** Monday October 26th - Friday October 30th 2009 9am-4pm: "Figure Painting" workshop with award winning artist Stephen Early - http://www.stephenearly.com Register at ArtSpace Herndon 750 Center Street, Herndon Va 20170 703-956-6590 ($650) Registration form attached. (*** HURRY workshops with this visiting teacher fill quickly)

Every Wednesday 7:00-10:00pm: Herndon Open Life Drawing/Painting with figure and portrait models $15. For weekly location, e-mail your contact information including phone number to paintherndon@gmail.com

Thursdays 7:00-10:00pm Intermediate/Advanced Oil Painting Class with Vicki Blum http://www.vickiblum.com (7 weeks $187) To register, call 703.322.9585 or e-mail info@vickiblum.com

Tuesday July 21st - Saturday July 25th 9am-3pm: 5 day summer intensive workshop for teens and emerging artists. Update your portfolio and create 3 works of art in 5 days under the guidance of professional artist Tricia Ratliff - www.TriciaRatliff.com. Registration limited to 5 students. ($400)

(Save the Date) Saturday January 23rd 2010: Artist's Jam - a party where artists of all media are welcome to show/sell/swap/buy and share art opportunity info in a private setting. Location TBD. But, let me know if you'd like to attend so we can send the address once it's confirmed.


Artist's Jam - Saturday June 27th


Saturday June 27th
7 PM
My studio

Best described by the people who came last time:

"The most fun I've had all year"
"I haven't felt like that since art school"
"I can't describe it, when is the next one?"

Bring a refreshment and your latest finished piece or work in progress ... even if it's a random idea written on a bar napkin or your painted pant leg.

Speaking of pants - Do *not* dress up - or you know you'll sit in charcoal.


Student's Car Vinishes - Way to Go

It's great to see students doing things like this - submitted by Naz Akbar.


Vanishing act

Drawing and Image Making student Sara Watson with her invisible car

Art installation sees car disappears before you eyes

A UCLan student has used her artistic talents to produce an eye catching illusion that will certainly make you look twice.

Sara Watson, a second year student studying Drawing and Image Making, has transformed a Skoda Fabia into a canvas which matches the background of a parking space outside her studio in UCLan’s Hanover Building.

She was given the car out of the breakers' yard at Preston recycling firm Recycling Lives last month, and has been working non stop for three weeks to ensure that every inch of the vehicle matched the background.

Now the company which donated the car is looking at using her trickery to advertise its own disappearing act by recycling unwanted cars.

Sara commented: "I was experimenting with the whole concept of illusion but needed something a bit more physical to make a real impact." she said.

Steve Jackson, the founder of Recycling Lives said: "Sara has taken a slightly less brutal approach to making a car disappear, we break them up and recycle them while Sara has used a more novel way of making them vanish.

"When I first saw the photos I was convinced it was something which had been done on the computer, but when you look more closely you see the effort and attention to detail she has put into it. It is just amazing."



Having been inspired by Honore Daumier's caricatures (photo of his work here) at the Smithsonion along with the exaggeration of life in a good portrait - I'm caricatures researching them today.

Here are a few new artists for reference:



They have vastly different styles.

Extra: (a link to footnotes about french caricature)


Art Resources

Well, I was searching for information on grants for religious art and found this. I thought some of you might find it useful. If any of you know of an organization that does support religious art, please drop me a line and I'll credit you on this blog.


Some of the links are no long live but there were some resources there that I hadn't heard of yet.


Through the Desert - Documentary viewing THIS Saturday May 16th 7:30pm @ArtSpace Herndon

Hi Everyone,

I hope to see you at the area's premier showing of Walter's documentary recently shown on PBS. Now you can watch it live with the cast.

Click here to view info and the trailer:

Saturday May 16th 7:30pm
"Through the Desert Goes our Journey"
documentary by Walter Ratliff
@ ArtSpace Herndon 750 Center Street, Herndon Va 20170
Tickets $10
Limited seating available

This is not only a documentary viewing it is also the *only* opportunity to meet the director and voice cast of this PBS documentary in one room. Some of the cast were in the sound studio on different days and haven't even met each other yet. So, you can be here for this special, limited seating event. If you've ever wondered about anything from "How is a documentary made?" to "Why were Mennonites living in Kiva and why was that kept a secret for over 100 years?" show up on Saturday night to satisfy your curiosity.

ArtSpace presents the area's premier showing of a documentary film written and directed by Herndon's own Walter Ratliff, who works for the Associated Press. His film takes the viewer on an adventure on the Silk Road, following a group of Russian Mennonites seeking a divine refuge in central Asia. After crossing endless desert and confronting hostile rulers, the travelers lead us to the unfolding of a story about Muslim-Christian relationships. A discussion with the director along with Russian teas and pastries will follow the showing on ArtSpace's large screen.


Saturday May 9th - come to my "Unfolding the Kimono" exhibit at ArtSpace!!

Fresh New Oil Paintings by Tricia Cherrington Ratliff
- Satuday May 9th 2009
- 6:00pm - 9:00pm
- ARTSPACE Gallery 750 Center Street Herndon Va 20170
- Refreshments & Live Music by Al Robertson
- Gallery Talk
- www.ArtSpaceHerndon.org

Directions: Take route 267 (Dulles Toll Road) to Herndon. Exit onto 7100 (Fairfax County Parkway) North. Take the Baron Cameron / Elden street exit and turn left at the bottom of the ramp onto Elden street. You'll be going West. As you find yourself in the historic district, turn RIGHT onto Center Street. The ArtSpace is a converted warehouse building on the right at 750 Center Street. If you pass under the little bridge, you've gone about 100 feet too far.


Ed Hahn - ** Elements ** Photography exhibit at ArtSpace Herndon

Hello Everyone,

My friend Ed Hahn just knocked one out of the park with his first solo gallery exhibit of fine art photography. It's now showing at ArtSpace Herndon. Come to his opening reception on Saturday April 18th 7:00-9:00pm. I'll be there. The new ArtSpace with is also a must see.

750 Center Street
Herndon Va 20170

Tues - Sat 10-2
Fridays 10-8pm
Sundays 1-3pm

Ed recently dedicated himself to his photography full time and has already been invited to show his work at another gallery after ArtSpace. So, his work is gaining attention quickly.


Stillness - A Timeless approach to painting.

I spent the weekend with 5 other artists practicing an old master technique under the guidance of Ryan Bongers who studied as Florence Academy and in a private Atelier. The model here was very still, meditative which could be perfectly captured using this approach. This is a close up photo taken on my blackberry. The entire painting is about 4 times large than the surface area shown here.

One Earth tone like vandyke brown, trans red oxide or burnt umber
Ivory Black
Blue (cobalt which is fast drying or ultramarine)
Yellow Ochre
Perm Rose

First day:
Use lightly, neutral toned canvas
The first day or longer is spent creating a strong underdrawing in fast drying colors. (Red Oxide or Burnt Umber). I used regular oils, no medium, just terpenoid. Complete the drawing as you begin to fold in a little black or blue if you need it to make the darkest darks clearer - use color sparingly. I didn't use any blue or white (too slow drying). ** The most important thing to establish before the next step is the quality and delicacy of the terminator edges.

Beginning of Second day:
Calibrate the values: Paint the background and *shadow side*. Now it's ok to use ivory black and add a touch of the other colors on the palette to get the correct color/temperature. I added the color of the shirt early because cool reds were my slowest drying color and needed extra time to set up.

Select three values of grey skin tones to sculpt out the light side of the head. These should toggle slightly in temperature: darkest coolest light grey value, middle, warmest grey value, slightly cooler but lighter value. This part, I'd need to show you in person. Use those three to sculpt in three values and create the most accurate transitions in your drawing from the terminator, leaving the lightest light areas until later (highlights and areas around the highlights). This also leaves warm shades in the shadows. The area around the terminator should generally be from your greyest or coolest/darkest pool of lights.

Day three:
Continue building up to the lightest lights. I started to use my knowledge of juxtoposing yellows with purples, pinks, greens and blues to build up to the highlight areas. Each day, you continue to make major corrections in the drawing because we still haven't gotten to detail. Details are added during the *last* hour of final day once everything else is correct.

I find this method useful for things that have a kind of still, timeless beauty because it looks so old world european.


Phillippe Faraut sculpture video - meth amorphasis

Sculptor and teacher Phillippe Faraut of Grand Central Academy in New York transformed one of his sculptures on video to make a point. It's called "Meth-amorphasis"

Other Sculpting Tutorials and Videos by Mr. Faraut:

Slideshow of his work

Ageing Process



"Sub" Culture Gallery

If you've ever considered opening an art gallery in a high traffic area, here's a great video to consider. Enjoy.


New Liberace Video Clips

Hi Everyone,
I'm in Rob's anatomy workshop this weekend and learned that he put some clips from his upcoming video series on youtube. Here's the link. Enjoy.

I immediately noticed that the video on the second clip below is more a accurate depiction of his work than any of the still photography I've seen. You can see significantly more shimmer and variety in his color on the video than the still photos.


Simple Taboret for Painters

Painters - Here's my design for a simple taboret that can straddle your easel. It has just enough space for a palette, a few brushes and cup of terpenoid. Total cost - $11 each. You can buy tray tables for less ... but the reason I like these is that they line up neatly, stack well and double as a wall of shelves.

22"x11"x1" (top)
20"x11"x1" (shelf)
22"x8"x1" (brace)
30"x11"x1" (sides)
2"x4"x11"(optional 2x4's at base of sides for stability)

Screw the top, sides, shelf and brace. We're making a few of these for my studio because they stack.

The shelf should be 10 inches above the floor.


Awesome Interactive map of DC Art Scene

Looking for something new or something to do in the DC art scene? This map rocks! It takes 40 seconds to load/show up ... wait for it ... it's worth it.

CommunityWalk Map - Washington, DC Art

Spread the word ... as more people find it - it will become populated with everything "Artsy" in the area.



Spread the Word!!

The new ArtSpace Herndon gallery and event space is now OPEN! Come see exhibits/shows at 750 Center Street, Herndon Virginia 20170. This large space with museum quality gallery hanging system, solux lighting, viewing screen and professional sound system is designed for a combination of 2D/3D art, performance, installation, dance, poetry, photography, sculpture, music, video/film and many other art forms.

The ArtSpace Herndon offers many opportunities for artists to connect, exhibit and grow.


750 Center Street, Herndon Va 20170

- Fine Art Exhibits
- First Friday Gallery talks and lectures (free)
- Open life drawing with live figure models - off site at nearby studio ($15)
- Open studio sessions (free)
- Classes & Workshops
- "The Chamber" salon style meeting and critique for artists (free)

Open 10-2 Tuesdays - Saturdays
Open 1:30 - 3:00 Sundays


Painting in Tuscany with Kurt Schwarz

Travel and Paint Sept 9th - 16th.
I've heard great things about Kurt Schwarz's painting workshop in Tuscany/Montorno. Immerse yourself in the artistic life!

CLICK on the IMAGE TO THE RIGHT to enlarge and see details


A little Sleep Walking Music

As a lifetime sleep walker, I found this video a pleasure to watch.


(Sorry it's not embedded - yahoo published an error in the embed code)

Thanks to Trisha Adams for sending it.


Artist's Jam

A few artists came over to show their work at an Artist's Jam in my studio last night - THANKS everyone ... it was great to see your latest artwork!

Cindy, one of the artist's who participated for the first time wrote about her experience on her blog here: http://mongoose1.wordpress.com/2009/02/01/art-jam/

If you're an artist who would like to participate and show your work at a jam ... drop me a line. It's a great time for everyone to see the artistic underground, share ideas, learn and catch a glimpse of fresh work.


Microscopic Art

I love this - microscopic art.

Mclean Artist Thomas Cranmer e-mailed this to me. Thanks Tom!


Free e-book on Still Life Painting

Although no amount of reading can replace the benefits of actual painting practice, it's often useful to see and read different points of view. This free e-book is actually a series of short articles about painting still life. Select the link below and you can download it free.



Larry Kagan's Shadow Art

I'm constantly searching for art with a twist. Here's something interesting. Larry Kagan arranges objects in 3D space to create recognizable 2D shadows.


His personal website doesn't do his work justice but the link above shows his work in its best "light".

Check it out and let me know what you think


Experience the Artist's Underground: "Art Jam" - January 23rd 2010


Saturday January 23rd 2010
Begins: 7:00pm
Dress: Ultra Casual (i.e. wear old cloths just in case you sit in wet paint)
Contact me directly for location.

Experience the artist's underground. See fresh new artwork and ideas before anyone else. You'll discover a whole new world of art talk here. Professional artists bring their latest artwork and have a great time doing the things artists enjoy most.

- Artist's bring and show latest artwork ( or work in progress )
- Exchange ideas and inspiration
- Buy / Sell Art
- Swap / Trade with other artists
- Bring your laptops - we google everything!
- Play a CD/DVD of your latest music/video
- Show off your website on your portfolio - ipod/iphone
- Take photos, shoot video, draw something
- Dance, Draw, Ponder and take Photos
- Brainstorm ideas for your next project with a kindrid spirit
- Ask someone how they did something
- Meet someone new

- Uh ... we haven't figured that out yet so don't tempt us.

Although this is a private studio event, you are welcome to bring friends you trust. If we've forgotten anyone - let us know - these jams are not organized - they just happen.


Andrew Wyeth just passed away - painter of "Master Bedroom" and "Christina's World"

Artist Andrew Wyeth, 91 years old, passed away early this (Friday) morning in his home in Chadds Ford with his family at his side. Wyeth is best known for his American landscape paintings and farmhouses. My favorite of his works include the famous "Christina's World" and "Master Bedroom", a poetic statement about a dog's beloved place in a family because the pet looked so much like our yellow Labrador retriever when I was in high school.

A website of his work maintained by his wife Betsy James Andrew Wyeth

The full article / news story with more detail about his life.

Wyeth work is currently exhibiting in Japan. His wife was with him when he accepted a Gold Medal from the National Portrait Society at the 2006 conference in Dallas Texas (photo here).


Juried into DailyPainters.com today - sharing my thoughts.

This week, I was juried into another major daily painters group - dailypainters.com (THANK YOU) and thought this would be a good time to talk about my thoughts on the experience of painting every day. First, all artists have been encouraged by teachers to paint or draw every day for a good reason - it works! Creating daily is the best way to learn, practice, grow, stay fit, get bored with the same old thing and then challenge yourself with something new the next day.

Painting/drawing every day can't hurt you - it can only do you good. Right?

If you are thinking about becoming a "daily painter", here's another side of the "daily painting" blogging genre to consider: artists are expected to produce at least one finished work of art per day. Often, to meet these deadlines, the paintings are small (4"x4" is common) which also makes them charming and affordable. This activity of painting a large quantity of over 300 good, finished paintings a year naturally can take time away from other types of projects. Taking daily photos, posting on blogs, submitting a new product to ebay, responding to e-mails, shipping paintings and self advertising can turn this into a full time job. So, plenty of daily painters have advertised that they are "taking a break" to work on larger or more complex paintings.

Given some of the disadvantages, I decided to participate anyway by tailoring my approach with my style in mind (as every painter must). First, working to my advantage is the fact that I do go through intensely inspired periods of where I paint very quickly and finish many paintings a day. That yields other days to slow down and work on larger, more complex projects and still be able to share new artwork steadily. So, instead of promising to create one small or simple painting every day, I decided to commit myself to doing "something" every day and become comfortable letting people see my experiments and works in progress if I'm working on a larger painting for multiple days. Some may argue that this doesn't follow the strict definition of today's "daily painter" or "painting a day" genre. I guess I'm ok with that criticism. As an artist - I've never really cared about fitting any definition or strictly following the rules anyway.

I'm doing what I'm most passionate about and that is what makes any activity satisfying. Let's see how it goes.


Chelsea 32 Gallery - New York City

On Thursday, my art was accepted into Chelsea 32 Art Gallery in New York City. If you're in the area, please stop by between January 16th and February 16th to see my paintings hanging there - Including the "Red Dress" painting which is big hit with the purples in the background background and many shades of warm and cool reds. Although all of the color doesn't show up in my photographs, the gallery director said this was her favorite painting in person.


Gene Pool - and the coat of many pennies

Many artists e-mail me interesting finds for consideration on the Agile Arts blog. Here is a submission by avid Agile Arts reader Trisha Adams.


Apparently, the coat covered with pennies is too heavy to realistically wear but I personally find the grass suits and car more interesting anyway.
Thanks Trisha!


Oriental Rugs - A Wonderful Art Form

We have spent many hours researching oriental rugs and talking to experts in order to learn about this wonderful art form and select rugs for our home. Over time, I realized the analogy between selecting a one of a kind hand woven carpet and the way my clients select a one of kind oil painting from my portfolio. By looking at each rug the way we shop for art, we found it much easier to find the perfect oriental rugs for our needs. I have fond memories of living in an old victorian home with hardwood floors covered with red oriental carpets from the 1930's. The styles and colors (even the patina) have changed over time but the same principles that made those rugs beautiful still apply. Here's the Wiki page on oriental rugs if you are in the market or just want to learn more about this art form.


photo:Tabriz rug from Sotheby's


Robert Liberace Demo (FREE EVENT)

VAS is hosting their monthly meeting on Thursday, January 14th at 10am with a free demonstration by Robert Liberace...http://www.robertliberace.com/portraitsOil/gallery.htm

Free to the public. People with disabilities may have trouble getting into the center.

Vienna Art center
115 Pleasant St NW
Vienna, VA 22180



Daily Painter's Blog: http://triciaratliff.blogspot.com

I've been painting about 5-6 paintings a week and needed a place to share them - so I have started posting daily painting results on a daily painting blog. If you're curious and would like to see new paintings, here they are:

Many of the small 4x4 paintings have already been delivered to Applegate gallery in Vienna (with more to come) and I'm working on a group of larger paintings for upcoming exhibits in 2009. Please take a look, enjoy and let me know which one is your favorite.


Classes & Private Study with Tricia Ratliff

Opportunities to study with artist Tricia Ratliff -----
e-mail: triciasart@gmail.com

Private Lessons:
$40-$50/hour dependent upon location

Atelier Style Mentoring
Wednesdays 9:30am-12:30am
Saturdays 9:00am-12:00pm
During these small, atelier style sessions, students are individually mentored through projects tailored for your personal artistic growth. Therefore, only 2-5 people are accepted into a group in order to assure that each person receives the same level of attention and mentoring as you would in a private lesson. This is a flexible week to week arrangement and students are not asked to make any long term commitment. Eventually, students are invited to use the well equipped studio *free* outside of class time for personal or class projects. (Special discount available for students who participate as pairs.)

Group Classes:
Drawing for Enjoyment:
January 13th - February 24th 2009
minimum enrollment: 8
maximum enrollment: 13
$187 (7 weeks)
Students learn to capture the dimension, light and strong shadow along objects that make them look real. Working through a series of classical and contemporary exercises, students of all experience levels can use this course to practice and improve their drawing skills.