This is the piece I completed at the glass workshop last month and I'm just getting around to picking it up at the studio so here it is! This technique is very labor intensive but it is so rewarding when complete. I will be traveling to Portland OR next week and am very excited about visiting the Bullseye Glass Factory. Stay tuned for updates! To learn more about this workshop, check out this awesome post by Gloria Moses on her blog.
This piece comes framed Finished dimensions are 14x18
This past weekend I had the pleasure of attending a workshop with Qiang Huang (pronounced Chong Wong) in Carmel, Indiana. It was hosted by Renaissance Fine Art Gallery in downtown Carmel. In the past I haven't really given too much detail about my workshops other than to say/show what I've learned and how great the teachers were, but in the case of this workshop, I think it deserves special consideration and detail since it was a five star event from both the teacher and the host. It's not often you feel like you've had a life changing moment, but in this case it is true for me.
As an artist, I also like to read about other artists experience at workshops since most artist workshops can be very pricey and it's nice to know if I'm getting my $ worth. In the case of this workshop, I didn't research Qiang mostly because I've followed his work for a long time and I waited until I felt I was ready with enough painting skill to get something out of it. After taking his workshop, parts of me wish I hadn't waited so long because he is an outstanding teacher.
First and foremost, I will say that you will get the most out of this workshop if you are at least an advanced beginner so you don't waste your time struggling with the drawing/layout part of the composition and you've had a bit of experience drawing from life. Carol Marine's workshop was a great starting off point for me in this respect, although I know there are many other teachers that are good at this as well.
Qiang's workshop is the first workshop I've attended where a video camera and screen was set up so all students were able to see his demo. I cannot emphasize enough how important that is for the students, and I will look for that feature when choosing future workshops. This type of setup can be done with such little difficulty there really is no excuse for anyone to have to pay for a workshop and not be able to see the demos.
This workshop is also the first where an instructor provided a very well organized slideshow and discussion on what to expect in the days to come. Qiang's lecture, handouts, and examples are unsurpassed when learning a broad amount of information in a short amount of time. His teaching style is so easy with his very structured and direct teaching methods.
Here is his first demo:
On Day 2, Qiang reviewed the previous day's principles and went a step further emphasizing some of the major principles of art and design and the importance of their role in a painting. This is something often overlooked by other instructors as they spend most of time on technique rather than the overall success of a painting. This is so very important to include since many of the attendees of workshops are not students that have a degree in art and have never learned the elements and principles of art. If you don't have the basic foundation, it is so much more difficult and takes far longer to be a better artist. Qiang seems to fully grasp this and incorporates the most important aspects of design in his lecture, emphasizing that correct value most important of all ( i agree fully)
On Day 3, we started the day painting on our own and with a bit more autonomy, with Qiang making the rounds from student to student for specific questions and help. The afternoon was a highly informative lecture on marketing your art in today's art market.
If I had to rate this workshop on a scale of 1 to 10, I would give it a 9.5 (have to leave room in case of something greater, like the Plein Air trip to China), but in all honesty, I couldn't have asked for more in a workshop.
It's hard to believe it's been over a month since my last post. I haven't fallen off the face of the earth, I've just been so busy making art and new opportunities I can hardly stop to take a breath! Great things are going on in my art life, some I can share now, some I will share later ;) Kelly Crosser-Alge and I have partnered up to share our Inking techniques in a class we call Inks and Drinks . It's been a great hit so far so we have pre-scheduled for classes for several months ahead. Here's a photo of our first "victims"
Finished Masterpieces :)
Their first practice tiles
Right now the class is every other Tues eve in Findlay, OH, but we are looking to expand to other nights and locations as well. If you are interested in a workshop in your city, please contact me for info.
More exciting news: I am traveling to Carmel, Indiana this week for a workshop with Qiang Huang. I've admired his work for some time now and his recent works from his China visit are so inspiring. It will be an honor painting with him and my artist friends Gloria Moses and Laurie Mueller.
I've also been very busy applying for art shows in both the Inks category and oils. I am honored to have been chosen for the distinguished Crosby Festival of Art in Toledo, Ohio, one of the more difficult shows to be juried into. I'm signed up for at least 7 shows this summer at this point, probably more, so it's looking to be a very busy summer season. I will post a schedule of shows soon if you are local and would love to see you there!
Flower Field 11x14 Bidding starts at $50 click HERE to bid
Poppy Field 8x8 ink on panel Bidding starts at $50 click HERE to bid
Birches 11x14 Bidding starts at $60 click HERE to bid
Ink painting again! I'm obsessed with these inks and I've been neglecting my oil painting but hey, art is art right? I'm hoping to have enough by summer to do some shows with them as well as with the oils.
12x16 oil on panel "Birches Revisited" $150 click HERE to buy
6x6 oil on panel "Cedar Point Marina" Click HERE to bid. Starts at $20
"Not all Roses are Red" 5x7 oil on panel Click HERE to bid.
As always I'm playing catch up with my blog, but I'm starting to be ok with that. Perhaps you all don't want to hear from me everyday anyway eh? Here are a few of my latest paintings, just kind of plodding along with subject matter and getting through the winter blues. I also have a link to share for a friend and fellow artist. She rec'd an offer that would could be likened to a painter getting the opportunity to study with Van Gogh or Monet. A chance of a lifetime, if you will. However, in order to accomplish this she has to raise the traveling costs herself. Click HERE to read the story/fundraising campaign if you are interested. Kelly Alge she has been a great mentor to me and has taught me everything I know about glass work art, and is just a great person all around.
Those that have followed my art for the past few years, or know me well, understand that I haven't quite found my niche or direction yet in art. I feel like I'm refining my skills and style, but have yet to settle on something, my voice, I suppose, that sets me apart from other artists. One of the topics that I enjoy and seems to elicit the most emotion is my Navy series that I started when my son was in boot camp and I was too frantic on how he was doing to focus on much else, so I painted pictures that the recruit training command posted weekly and generously gave me permission to use as reference. I really enjoy painting this series, and as a veteran myself, I often can put myself in the shoes of the subject I am painting. Perhaps this is my destiny for painting, but I'm not sure yet. While I've been given permission to use the photos, I'd like to gather my own references and material myself, perhaps the Navy would let me on a ship to get some of my own shots (ha! not likely) Another idea that hit me was, surprisingly, during the super bowl commercials. My two favorites were the Budweiser Clydesdales, and the Farmer one by Dodge. Both of them showed concepts that elicited emotion and the idea of the everyday life of hardworking Americans. I have always been drawn to the American story and the American dream and memories of how I grew up in a small town. The generations of today seem to be missing a lot of that and I hope to try to capture some of these ideas before they are gone forever. Stay tuned, likely I will still be painting random stuff until I formulate a plan but I think I'm getting closer................
Well, the 30 in 30 challenge is over and I learned a ton! Next year I would do things a little different like pick a theme and set size, and I would definately blog more. I finished more than 30 paintings and I tried to put them all in a grid but somehow ended up with only 25 in a grid. As an added bonus, the local newspaper did a write up on me and another daily painter from my town. Thanks to everyone who bought my paintings, encouraged and commented on my work, it keeps me going and truly makes the journey worth the hard work!
Well, I'll be "off" from painting for the weekend so I'll be spending today trying to get ahead or else I'll come back and race to the finish of the 30 day challenge. I feel pretty good about it so far, and overall am happy with my paintings with a few obvious exceptions ;)
Nubble Lighthouse 5x7 oil on gessoboard panel $30 starting bid click HERE to bid
Mountain Hike 6x6 oil on gessoboard panel click HERE to buy
Magnolia Spring 8x10 oil on canvas panel click HERE to buy
Winter thaw 5x7 oil on gessobaord panel Click HERE to bid
"Colonel" 8x10 oil on canvas panel click HERE to bid
I've been terrible about keeping up with my blog since I've been so busy painting. This 30 n 30 day challenge has been a God send though, as usually I am in the winter doldrums in January and February with "Cabin fever" and it doesn't help that I live in a log cabin! I'm so glad I am "forced" to go out and paint and I feel like I have grown so much just doing it so religously. How about you?
I'm doing better with the painting than with the blogging, but that's ok, because I know that sometimes when I get a blog EVERY day in my mailbox sometimes I don't even click on it! The challenge is really making me feel better about my paintings (after the first week anyway) and I'm feeling braver about tackling more difficult subjects....