Sunday, April 6, 2014

Carol Carter Workshop, Cincinnati

I was able to attend the Carol Carter Workshop that was sponsored by the Greater Cincinnati Watercolor Society over the weekend.  Let me begin with I have followed Carol through her blog and Facebook for 5 or 6 years. I love her colors and how vibrant her watercolor paintings are. I enjoy following Carol's fun spirit as she teaches workshops all over the world and creates beautiful series/body of work.

When my friend Rhonda Carpenter posted that the Watercolor Society was bringing Carol to town, I jumped for joy when I saw that it was going to be a weekend! Taking off three days of work would not have been an option. I was thrilled when Rhonda let me know that there was an opening. Which all brought me to this weekend of fun.

This weekend was fun meeting Carol and it was fun meeting new people. There were 4 of us that were not members of the GCWS. Laura Starrett, from New Jersey, and all the ladies were so nice and fun to get to know. It was wonderful to catch up with Deb Ward and her friend Sharon.

Carol has a relaxed step by step approach. She gives us the tools and allows us to discover and make the techniques she taught us our own.
On day one we worked on the principal that less is more by using only the primary colors to create a painting. Carol showed us how wetting the paper was important. She then saturated her brush with color and applied it with fluid strokes. Carol showed us how to make the object glow.
To the right is my interpretation of that days exercise.

On day two Carol stepped her lesson up a notch by showing us how to use masking tape and liquid mask to cover a large area when we did a gradated wash for the background for our silhouette of flowers.

Carol talked about the importance of good brushes, such as, a 2 inch sable to create a gradated wash without streaks. Unfortunately, I do not have one. (*Note to self to get one)

After the wash dried we took off the the tape and mask. Carol showed us how to work from back to front to make the lighter areas stand out.
On the left is Carol's version of this exercise and the right is mine.  I obviously did not get the flow like her, but I did get some good wet-n-wet areas in the flower petals.

After class half of us met with Carol for dinner. It was a wonderful evening getting to know Carol and others in the class. Lots of good conversation.

Day three brought us to our final exercise of a bike and shadow. Today Carol showed us again to start with the background and move forward in the painting. She showed us, today and throughout the weekend, that it is a dance of back and forth to different areas of the painting to allow areas to dry before you worked on the spot next to it. At again, saturation of color on the brush is key when creating dark values. Carol stressed that value was the key even though color got all the credit.

I feel very blessed to have been able to have A) meet Carol personally after so many years of chatting on FB; B) learn some of her techniques and C) meet some interesting and fun ladies.

Thanks Rhonda for organizing this fun weekend!


Class Work from the Carol Carter Workshop

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Stillman & Birn Sketchbook

I entered a contest on Facebook that Stillman and Birn was having and I won!!! My prize came yesterday in the mail.

Stillman and Birn is a US company that specializes in sketchbooks/art journals and art paper. They pioneered the concept of art journals being black hardbound sketchbooks. Phillip Birn began the company in 1958 at a small plant in the SoHo area of Manhattan, NYC.

Stillman & Birn created their sketchbooks with the mixed media journalist in mind. Their sketchbooks and art paper come in six styles. These styles are 100 lb.-180 lb. paper in vellum, cold press and smooth surfaces. The hardbound or wirebound sketchbooks come in 4"x6" to 11"x14" depending on the series you choose. The paper comes in 22"x30"sheets also chosen through a series.

When I was selected in the drawing, Stillman & Birn gave me a choice from the Beta series or  the Zeta series. I chose Beta because it is 180lb. cold press which is good for watercolor. Along with the paper, I won Caran D'Arche Aquarelle Pencil Set. I am a lucky lady!!!

I sat down today and played with my prizes. I sketched the red toddler shoes with the Aquarelle pencils. I then used my Royal 3/8" synthetic slant brush and water to paint the shoes. I enjoyed the paper and pencils alot. I look forward to filling these pages!

If you are on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter look up and connect with @stillmanandbirn. They hold a drawing every three months. Who knows the next winner could be you! :)


The beginning is the most important part of the work.Plato

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Reception for Homer O. Hacker at DAI

Homer O. Hacker   Watercolor

Last night my sister and I attended the memorial reception for Homer O. Hacker at the Dayton Art Institute in Dayton, OH. It was a perfect back drop for a man that gave so much to his craft and art community. DAI is where Homer had studied before graduating from Ohio University. Homer also had a one man show at the DAI in 2007.

At the reception, the family displayed some of his paintings (owned by family members) around the perimeter of the round room. They offered food, drink and music to those who came to honor their patriarch. The tables were decorated with flowers and Homer's favorite quotes from masters of the art world. They even displayed  his easel with a painting in progress and his favorite supplies.

This is his sketchbook journal with a seagull and a house in Key West that Homer sketched in 1993. I have been to Key West enough to know exactly where this house is.

On the easel is the house from the sketchbook enlarged.
On the table are some of his favorite supplies from his studio.  A travel palette, three palettes, spritzer bottle, many brushes and other various items.

I was able to talk with one of Homer's sons (along with two other family members) to express my condolences and admiration of his father. I felt truly blessed to have been able to express that.

I was thankful that the snow and cold subsided here in SW Ohio so that I was able to travel north for this touching service.


Friday, January 3, 2014

Artist Homer Hacker dies at 96

One of my artist heroes passed away on December 20, 2013. I admired his watercolors and acrylic paintings.

Homer O. Hacker  WC  The Clan Chief
I met Homer at The Middletown Arts Center (MAC) in 2007. The center was housing a family exhibit of Homer, his sons, granddaughter and grandson's work.  I went with my parents to the opening of this exhibit because my father, Norman Leist, knew Homer from the golf course where he worked (at that time) and from dad's uncle Jim Harlan. Uncle Jim was a photographer for Homer at the Dayton Daily news. 

I was thrilled at meeting this fascinating man and seeing his work up close. He has a illustrative background that shows in his style, but his watercolors flowed so

I ran into Homer at the MAC when he had come to see the traveling exhibit of the 2010 American Watercolor Society. We had a lovely conversation about the art and family. I was privileged to have gotten into a MAC Annual show when Homer was the guest judge. I was so honored.

My dad kept me updated when he saw or heard about Homer as their paths no longer crossed at the golf course. We recently spoke how he was visiting a friend a a local retirement village/healthcare facility and found out that Homer was a patron. Then he emailed me the following information and I now pass it onto you.

If you have not heard of Homer O. Hacker, I encourage you to google him and his work. 

Rest In Peace, Mr. Hacker, A.W.S.  
My painting of Homer, age 88   WC  2013

Your admirer,                       

Homer Hacker
Staff Writer, Dayton Daily News
Artist Homer Hacker, dubbed a “Dayton Treasure” by the Dayton Art Institute when his work was featured in the museum’s cafe two years ago, died at his home in Centerville on Dec. 20 at the age of 96.
“Homer Hacker was a highly accomplished practitioner of the watercolor medium, an artist whose work was much-admired for its technical skills, effective compositions, and appealing subjects,” said Carol Nathanson, professor emeritus of art history at Wright State University. “The paintings he created reflected his love of nature and close observation of the visible world.”
The Dayton native held leadership roles in both national and regional art organizations and throughout the years had more than 30 one-man shows in museums and galleries across the country. He was awarded the Montgomery County Cultural Arts District Lifetime Achievement Award in 2007, received the Elizabeth Callan medal in 2009 at the American Watercolor International Exhibition, and was presented with the Jim Brower Lifetime Achievement Award by the Ohio Watercolor Society in 2013.
Hacker was elected a signature member of the American Watercolor Society and served as its historian. He was president of the Western Ohio Watercolor Society, co-founded Art Center, Dayton, helped establish Kettering’s Rosewood Gallery, and was a charter member and president of the Ohio Watercolor Society.
The Roosevelt High School graduate studied art at the Dayton Art Institute and graduated cum laude from Ohio University. His varied career included 22 years at the Dayton Daily News where he served as art director/chief photographer and promotion manager. He also worked as director of creative services and special events at Top Value Enterprises.
An exhibit of his work and gathering of friends and family will be held in the Gothic Cloister of the DAI from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Friday, January 31.
“Hack was associated with the museum from the time he was a teenager until his death,” said the DAI’s director of engagement, Jane Black. “He was one of the most positive thinking, community-minded artists in this area.”
A memorial service for Hacker will be held at Sugar Creek Presbyterian Church in Kettering at 10 a.m. on Feb. 1.
“Hack was associated with the museum from the time he was a teenager until his death,” said the DAI’s director of engagement, Jane Black. “He was one of the most positive thinking, community-minded artists in this area.”
A memorial service for Hacker will be held at Sugar Creek Presbyterian Church in Kettering at 10 a.m. on Feb. 1.

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Happy News and WIP Flamingo Boat

Here, school began on August 15th. It has been a good start. 
We have 5 interns (2 new) and they are very good workers so far.
Our building FINALY got wifi and computers in our classrooms. 
you have no idea how that helps me with making 
manipulatives and do my paperwork. :)
my happy news is that
                                        on September 6th my daughter gave birth to a boy!
All 9 lbs. 8 oz. !

We feel very blessed and could not be happier
for our daughter and son-in-law! 

Gaylynn M. Robinson   Watercolor   Flamingo Boat WIP

As for my painting, I have added some more to the background and the ladies hair/hat.
This painting's subject is near the Ohio River edge at the Coney Island Park boat ramp entrance.
The entrance is a beautiful rock wall and faux lighthouse gate.
I think it makes a nice back drop to these ladies.
I may not be working very diligently on this painting,
but I am enjoying it.

Gaylynn Robinson

“Always be on the lookout for the presence of wonder.” ~E.B. White

Monday, August 5, 2013

Morris & Whiteside Gallery, Hilton Head

I just returned from a much needed and wonderful vacation. We (as in my hubby and me) lucked into a sweet condo on the marina of Shelter Cove, Hilton Head, South Carolina. I enjoyed watching the boats, canoes, kayaks, and paddle board traffic daily. It was interesting watching the tide ebb and flow and how it affected the marshes in Broad Creek.

Morris & Whiteside Gallery Hilton Head, SC

One of the places I wanted to go to in HH was to see Karin Jurrick's paintings at Morris &Whiteside Gallery. I follow Karin Jurrick on her blog so I knew that this gallery carried her oil paintings. I enjoy reading her blog and wanted to see her fabulous paintings in person.

Karin Jurrick/Behind the News/oil/8X10 inches

Before coming to HH, I looked up the address for the Morris & Whiteside Gallery. When we went looking for the gallery, we were surprised that this prominent gallery was in a secluded spot off the beaten path. Once inside, I found that the owners were very friendly and proud of their stable of artists.

The gallery was in the process of collecting works from artists from all over the country for a charity auction. The charity auction is October 5, 2013 at the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina in Shelter Cove, HH. The auction will offer significant paintings, sculpture and vintage prints by deceased and contemporary masters of the south. They even showed me a Andrew Wyeth that will be in the auction. :)

I found Karin's group of paintings and I was enthralled with how bright her colors are. They were rich and glowing. I have always enjoyed seeing Karin's work on her blog, but to see her brush strokes in person was amazing. She paints with such precision and confidence in each stroke. Knowing that she puts brush to canvas with out drawing and completes the painting by seeing the shapes, makes each stroke yummy to look at.

Karin likes to paint people and landscapes. Her people are on the beach, looking at paintings in museums, dining or sipping coffee. She is always working on her mugshot series. This series is of people that have been arrested. This exercise has sharpened Karin's portrait skills. Karin's landscapes have been cityscapes of NYC and towns of places that she has given workshops. Presently she is doing a series of landscapes of Lincoln Highway. Karin read an article on how the highway, beginning at Lincoln Park in San Francisco across the country to NYC, Times Square, was turning 100 years old. So she set out to paint the architecture and landscapes along this route that she has seen.
Stephen Scott Young/Lefty/Dry Brush Watercolor/14 3/8X22

After checking out all of Karin's work, I began to look around the gallery. I was blown away that Karin was in the company of Stephen Scott Young and Dean Mitchell!! These two watercolor artist are (in my opinion) the best of the best. To be able to study Stephen Scott Young's dry brush strokes and try to figure out how he created the texture in his paintings at a close proximity was a pleasure. I then took in Dean Mitchell's style with relish. I love his Wyeth-esq style. Both Young and Mitchell  have a way with texture, light and shadow. Both gentleman reside in Florida and paint their surroundings, Bermuda and the Caribbean. Both touch my heart and peak my curiosity of the areas they explore in their paintings.
Dean Mitchell/One Way Out/Watercolor

Other artist on display were, Joe Bowler, Addison Palmer, Michael B. Kara's, Michael Harrell, Joseph Orr, Jim Palmer, Joesph Lorusso, Dan Gerhartz, and Jonathan Green. They have so many more listed on their website. Morris &Whiteside have galleries in Savannah and Arizona.

I thank Morris & Whiteside Gallery for their hospitality and letting me enjoy their collection.


If I could say it in words there would be no reason to paint.”Edward Hopper 

Thursday, July 25, 2013

WIP Flamingo Boat

With todays washes I began defining the skorts, life jacket, boats, legs and sandals. I moved from those areas to the stone wall, trees and grass.

As you can see I made the skorts darker and added the folds of the material. I then moved to the boats, grass, trees and stone wall with washes that show where everything will be. The red boat is beginning to take shape as is the shadows of the grass. I see a bloom has developed in the grass above the red boat. I will have to work with it for the shadows to work. 


Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.” Scott Adams 

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