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.