Sunday, May 25, 2014
Art at the Center Feature Show
Art at the Center presents a month-long show featuring a selection of Stems Plein Air Paint 2014 paintings.
These wonderful original plein air paintings will be on display for sale at the Tomahawk Ridge Community Center
from June 13th to July 13th 2014!
Please join us for the opening reception, June 13th at 6PM!
Artists, Art Collectors, Stems patrons,
VIPs, and ticket holders are all welcome to attend!!
Important Dates 2014
MAY 9TH-11TH - Jason Sacran's Artist Workshop.
MAY 17TH - Stems Plein Air Paint 2014 begins with Sunset Quick Paint at 5-9PM Arboretum.
May 31ST - AM Quick Paint 7-10AM at Deanna Rose Children's Farmstead. Special Painting Challenges are due at Farmstead as well.
JUNE 1ST - Last day to paint!
JUNE 2ND-5TH - Artists submit paintings for judging to The Rice Gallery of Fine Art 10:30AM-5:30PM.
JUNE 6TH - Judging, prize winners announced via web/email, and VIP preview party for Stems Patrons.
JUNE 13TH - AATC Feature Show opens 6PM at the Tomahawk Ridge Community Center (ALL ARTISTS WELCOME!).
JUNE 16TH-18TH - Artists pick up pieces NOT selected for AATC Feature Show at The Rice Gallery.
|Jason Sacran working on a nocturne in his workshop in Overland Park, KS.|
The evening we painted the nocturne was a valuable workshop class. Jason had loads of tips and ideas to help us have a successful experience. The lists below are not directly out of Jason's mouth. This is my list of which some of the items are also his suggestions.
**Ideally you can find a workshop with Jason and get first hand experience with him on this subject. Currently he does not have a nocturne workshop scheduled …but plans one in the fall of 2014! Here is his web address and you can watch for upcoming workshops!
- At least two LED book lights to attach to your easel above your canvas. One LED light on your palette. Note Jason has three attached to the top of his easel.
- Appropriate clothing layers for cooler nights.
- Mosquito spray if you are in the Mid West!
- A flashlight to use as you are packing up (when it's REAL dark).
- I suggest painting nocturnes with a buddy. Lots of people stop to see what you are doing. (Some of them have just left the bar.)
- When painting at night values are very close together, so simplify your palette if possible. Premix a nice rich dark sky color while you have natural light. Just black or blue and black doesn't work well.
- Choose subject matter that has the greatest degree of value contrast with the simplest compositional elements.
- Study carefully what you’re naturally observing.
- Make sure you angle your headlamp down at 45 degrees to avoid light bouncing back into your eyes.
- Position your easel and palette so that they have consistent lighting: if your canvas is in light make sure your palette is in light. If your canvas is in shadow, make sure your palette is in shadow. Working under a street light is ideal.
- When mixing your palette at night, remember to make the colors slightly lighter than what you’re actually seeing because they will appear much duller and darker when viewed in daylight.
- Use very little white.
- Because most of the colors you will be painting with at night will be cool, use a warm underpainting to provide greater contrast and luminosity.
- Use big brushes for better blending and to achieve the soft edges inherent in night scenes.
- There is a warm halo of ambient light around the light sources. By exaggerating the dark values surrounding that with a chiaroscuro effect, you will create the illusion that the light source is glowing.
- The farther away from the light source, the darker the sky’s value.
- As the moon rises, its reflection will spread out wider over the surface beneath it.
- The painting will dull when the darks dry. I suggest a nice workable spray varnish like Krylon Conservation retouch varnish.
Tuesday, May 13, 2014
|Day One. This was done after a morning lecture and demo. We had some bright sunlight that afternoon at the Arboretum. This was one that I came within an inch of wiping.|
|Day Two Painting in the Arboretum. This one was fun, and I think I improved it today in the studio. We had great weather, and dodged the rain.|
Monday, May 12, 2014
|Jason's demo paint-a-long for nocturnal.|
|David had a very nice painting.|
|Darla worked on a watercolor. I would think it would be a real challenge with watercolors.|
|We looked like a flash mob of nocturne painters.|
|Connie's hat looked like outer space.|
|Day one: painting the Monet garden at the Arboretum.|
|Jason had a different approach than I had used in the past for this scene.|
|A new Monet sculpture….with Jason in his space!|
|Getting some distance.|
|My block in for the afternoon painting.|
|My selected scene.|
|This was my second choice.|
|My scene selection for day two.|
|Jason's afternoon demo day two.|
Saturday, May 10, 2014
|Our model. He is Elizabeths' dad.|
|Elizabeth modeled for us in the ballerina outfit a few weeks ago. She was earning money to buy this American Girl doll! Matching outfits and all, she came to show her new doll off.|
|Can Kathy hold anything more in her hand? She is loving her new easel.|
Warm up painting in Augusta! Just as I was finishing a painting of the Airstream, the lawnmower man came and blue grass all over me and the wet painting.
|Derald relaxing after setting up the Airstream for me in Augusta. Bless his heart he drove the Airstream up, set her up, and drove home the next day. Left me for 10 days, drove back and packed the trailer back up and hauled it home.|
|Teddy Jackson won the purchase award for this painting. Congratulations Teddy!|
|I won Honorable Mention for my painting at this event. I was thrilled. It was one cold and windy day I painted this one. Note the snow pants?|
|Craig Thomas first place for acrylics.|
|Michelle Wells for mixed media. Watercolor with pastel.|
|Crystal for first in watercolor.|
|Michelle first for pastel.|
|Katherine fist in oil and Best of Show.|