Monday, January 10, 2011

the art enthusiast newsletter: january 2011


It's snowing outside right now, and it's gorgeous. This weather makes me want to curl up in front of the fire with a good book - right now I'm reading about Picasso, after visiting the exhibit in Seattle I'm even more inspired by his work.

Speaking of New Year, it's time for me to announce the winner of the drawing for a painting!
The winner is: Ashley Yonich! Congrats, Ashley! It's a 4"x4" painting of a magnolia blossom, painted in acrylics on canvas and ready to hang without framing.
Each year I draw from my class attendees at Michaels for a small work created by myself. Get in and take more than one class and you'll be entered multiple times! The next drawing will happen in June.

Here is the latest on classes and shows for you:

Class Schedules:

Michaels These are all 2-hour beginner's-intermediate acrylic workshops and you will complete a painting in class. You can bring your own supplies (supply list available at the cashier when you sign up) or you can purchase supplies at the store - don't forget your coupons!):
1. MICHAELS, KIRKLAND: 1/10/11, 6:30-8:30pm: Still Life
2) MICHAELS, KIRKLAND: 1/22/11, 12:30-2:30pm: Daisies
3) MICHAELS, BELLEVUE: 1/22/11, 4-6pm: Seascape
4) MICHAELS, KIRKLAND: 1/24/11, 6:30-8:30pm: Landscape

Corks & Canvases These classes are for fun nights out! Come and paint to music while you enjoy a class of wine. All supplies are covered in the cost - just bring yourself and your friends. Visit their website for more information and to sign up online:
1) Vovina Martini Bar, Kirkland: 1/11/11: 6:30-8:30pm: Gold branch
2) Alder Ridge Winery, Woodinville: 1/20/11: 6:30-8:30pm: Flying Heart
3) Vovina Martini Bar, Kirkland: 1/25/11: 6:30-8:30pm: Sailboats

The Art Workshop Ask your PTA to bring us to your school! Right now I'm teaching at two schools, starting later this month. The classes are 1-hour after school, and each week I will lead the students in a new project, and all supplies are included!
1) View Ridge Elementary, 6 weeks, begins January 18th
2) Penny Creek Elementary, 6 weeks, begins January 24th


1) Parklane Gallery, 130 Park Lane, Kirkland, WA: This month, through February 6th, the gallery is hung "Salon Style" - floor to ceiling. There is a LOT of work to look at. I have 2 pieces in the front, and many others on my wall as well. Come check it out :)
2) Starbucks, 196th St SW, Lynnwood, WA: I have a few pieces hanging here - grab a java and enjoy!
3) Verity Credit Union HQ and Branch, Northgate, This will likely be the last month that I have work hanging at Verity so if you have a chance to see it, now's your chance! Most of my inventory is here so its quite a big show for me :)
4) Coming next month: Artwalk in Mukilteo. I'll have work hanging in the Art Building, down by the ferry dock!

Art Tip of the Month:

Feeling frustrated with Acrylic Paints and how fast they dry? Use it to your advantage! Try to paint one area, let it dry, then glaze over it with another color. For example, if you paint a yellow-green apple, let it dry completely, then take some red paint and thin it down with matte or gloss medium (preferred) or water (ok for practicing) and paint right over the whole apple. It'll glaze the apple red! You can achieve this with oils as well, but you have to wait for the first layer to dry which can feel like forever! Acrylics are great for glazes because they do dry quickly. I've actually glazed over an entire painting before to "warm" it up!

Coming next month:
I have a wonderful piece of art that one of my students created, Claire Sturm! She did a continuous line drawing of a lily, and it's wonderful. Also coming soon: A beautiful handmade art book created by Audrie Magno - which I will contribute to and post for you all to see and enjoy!

Have a great January!

As always, I'm more or less here or there:


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