Friday, November 30, 2007

Comparing 2 Books on Color

This month life has gotten in the way and I do not see it easing with Christmas on the horizon. So I have decided to work on exercises to keep me painting. I have two books on color in my art library. "Exploring Color" by Nita Leland (listed in favorites on right) and "Painter's Guide to Color" by Stephan Quiller. Both are award winning and published artist. They each teach workshops on color and other topics. In Nita's introduction, she states that she wants you to play and have fun as learn about color. She uses exercises along the way to help you understand and use color. Nita feels color can be taught. She states what she wants you to learn from her books as: - Develop your appreciation of color, science, history and theory - Build your colors vocabulary - Explore strengths, limitations and idiosyncrasies of your paints or medium of choice - Make intelligent choices from basic and expanded palettes - Understand and use color schemes and designs - Experiment and develop distinctive ways of using color based on sound theory Using her book, Nita feels that you can "master basic color mixing, explore compatible triads and using expanded palettes you will build a solid foundation for creative color." Stephen Quiller's book is the second book he has written on color. In this book he feels that he has "refined techniques that will help painters understand color more thoroughly." Stephen created a round painter's palette to locate and mix colors. He feels that once you learn his method to organize your palette, mix colors and understand color relationships you will have a better understanding of color. Stephen's chapters (with exercises) are as follows: - Introduction of the Quiller color wheel. - Discusses value-intensity foundation - Color relationships and the mixing of harmonious color families - Describes how color can express moods and ideas - Demonstrates how the twelve color palette and expanded palette can be used on location - Devoted to master colorists throughout history By using his book, Stephen Quiller hopes the reader becomes more confident in their palette when they paint. So there it is...two artist with two different ways at explaining color. I plan on doing some of the exercises in each book over the next several weeks. My goal is to get a better understanding on mixing and using color in my paintings. I will post my exercises and findings on each of these methods as I go along. Wish me luck :-) Gaylynn

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Happy Thanksgiving

Today I am thankful for being with my family. My children are home from college and we are off to visit with grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins. The best part of this holiday for me is tomorrow when my sisters and mom spend the day together. We use shopping to be together since we are all in town at one time. So I am thankful each year that we are able to spend this time together. I hope everyone is able to spend time with their loved ones today. Gaylynn

Monday, November 19, 2007

Vanishing Frontier: Rookwood, Farny and the American Indian

The Cincinnati Art Museum is having an exhibit showing area artists (around 1860-1900) depiction of the American Indian. They described the exhibit, "As the American Indian's traditional way of life was ending. Cincinnati's artists created legendary images that define how we view them today." Cincinnati is not now nor then anywhere near the West. So how did these area artist get their ideas of what an Indian was and how they lived? My friend and I went to this exhibit thinking we would see some paintings of lifestyle of Indians and vases with painted portraits of Indians. What we learned was that the Rookwood Pottery artist (after portrait lessons from Frank Duveneck) used photos from professional photographers. These photographers had gone to the many reservations throughout the US to take these portraits. The Rookwood artist kept the images close to the pictures they used to create the beautiful pottery. Carol Young, and a few others in this collection, seemed to be the premier pottery painter. These pieces of decorative pottery were exquisite. Not only were the portraits beautiful, the pieces were in mint condition. Henry Farny was and illustrator turned fine artist when he figured out that he could "sell" the American Indian persona. These paintings are fine paintings until you read the captions and learn that Farny created the Indian in the way the Government was portraying them which was that they were evil. Henry Farny did travel out west to see Indians up close, but as the historians note he placed items from different tribes together to create the image he wanted. One painting had an Indian sitting at dusk with a campfire, in snow, with his dogs and sled filled with items. The things a historian pointed out that was incorrect was the dogs would not have been near the fire, but snuggled together in a snow drift to conserve heat. The Indians snow shoes would not have been laying on the ground, but leaned against the tree to dry. One would think that because he had a sled that the dogs would have pulled it there. However, dogs did not pull sleds in this location of the US. Although we enjoyed the exhibit tremendously, we were surprised on how the historical aspect of the American Indian was so misrepresented. These stereotypes happened because the "white" man in the east thought that was how things were and paid to see the Indian like that. Our government wanted us to see them as the "bad" guy to they could take the land away from them. Buffalo Bill's show was how everyone in the east and around the world saw the Indian so that is what artist painted. We also learned that at our own zoo hired a tribe to put up a camp during the summer months to live and show the public that visited their dances, etc.. Artist, like Farny, hired Indians as models. I came away feeling sorry for my ancestors perpetuation of this myth of the American Indians being evil. I did not like learning that when I look at a painting about Indians they are probably all wrong from a historical aspect. The curators of this exhibit mingled in pieces that were props. Next to the paintings that Farny painted Indians with riffles in their hands was the Winchester he used. Their was a beautiful headdress displayed that Henry Farny used in a portrait. Other artifacts through out the exhibit were items decorated with beads like moccasins, pouches for flint, arrows, or to carry things and leggings; axes, a blanket, a basket and a hide of a buffalo with drawings all over it. Most of these items (or items similar) could be found in in the Rookwood and Farny paintings. Although I was surprised by the lack of historical value in these paintings, I was impressed on the execution of the work. I highly recommend seeing the exhibit. It will be at the CAM until January 20, 2008. Gaylynn

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Karin Jurick's video

One of my favorite painters (and blogger) listed to the right has begun doing videos on Youtube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mt_E6RjH0CY). Her first one was about her palette. Karin's second time lapse video is a painting of a New York scene. While she paints you hear Dean Martin sing. The man walking down the street is Dustin Hoffman. It was so cool watching her lay her brush down and creating, as always, a wonderful painting. There are many other artist on Youtube doing the same thing. Robert Genn also has put some on Youtube or you can go to the link listed on the right and see them there. Each artist, that is showing you there skills, is amazing to watch. The best part is that you can learn something from each of them. I encourage everyone to check them out. Gaylynn

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Homer O Hacker, AWS at the Middletown Arts Center

"The Clan Chief" Watercolor "April at the Met" Watercolor Norm Leist and Homer at the opening of the Middletown Arts Center Annual Reunion Exhibit "A Family of Artists featuring Homer O. Hacker" Last night I met my parents at the Middeltown Arts Center Annual Reunion Exhibit featuring Homer O. Hacker and five of his family members. Sons, Thomas Hacker, FIFA (architecture); William W. Hacker (architecture); Jon Christopher Hacker, (architecture design), granddaughter Jenifer Hacker, fashion design, and grandson Kiran F. Hacker, designer. I went with my parents to the opening of this exhibit because my father, Norman Leist, knows Homer from the golf course where he works. Homer comes with his group (ages 88 to 93) to play and this summer, through conversation, they discovered a connection through my fathers uncle, Jim Harlan. Jim was a photographer at the Dayton Daily News back in the 50's and worked with Homer. Homer headed up the production department (i.e. commercial art) for the DDN. Homer is a member of the American Watercolor Society (if you go to www.americanwatercolorsociety.com, Homer wrote the history of the organization). He has been painting with watercolor since 1963. In the brochure, Homer stated, "I was attracted to paint watercolor because of its reputed difficulty. I accepted the challenge to try it. I found that it fit my personality better than oils or acrylics..." Homer's work can be described as pictorial realism. His commercial art background comes through in his strong design composition skills. Homer is 90 years old and still producing fabulous paintings. I especially enjoyed his portraits. The expressions and details in the faces were awe inspiring. Along with the pictures above, I also liked the painting when we entered the exhibit. It was of a Harley with a tarp blowing off. I could feel the wind taking the tarp and revealing the shiny motorcycle underneath. I was also fascinated with his signature on his paintings. If you click on one of the paintings above it will enlarge and you will see his signature on the right. Homer's signature is on the side with a firefly in a box. It is very oriental in its look. It reminded me of James McNeil Whistler in the way he signed his paintings with a butterfly. Homer's statement on why he began using watercolors resonated with me, because that is why I began using watercolors. I too, lean toward realism in my paintings. However, I am still working on the design skills. Homer is an inspiration and it was an honor to meet him and see his paintings. I hope everyone reading this lives to still enjoy their passions long into their nineties like Homer. Gaylynn

Sunday, November 4, 2007

19th Century German Art Exhibit at the Taft Museum

Today a friend and I went down to the Taft Museum (on the final day) to see the exhibit Romanticism to Post-Impressionism, 19th Century German Art from the Milwaukee Art Museum. The art was from the 1800's. There were 71 pen and ink drawings, watercolors, etchings and lithographs and oils depicting German literature, the Bible, landscapes and figures. They were not only dark in color, but dark in theme. Woman with Raven at the Abyss (1803) by Caspar David Friedrich (1740-1840) is an etching that shows a woman about ready to step off a ledge at the top of a mountain pass. A raven is flying in the distance while another is perched on a tree limb above her watching and waiting for her demise. And they called this the period of Romanticism! I know that the term and time was about expressing "feelings". These works were executed very well once you looked past the dark nature of most of them. An oil, by Christian L. Bokelman (1844-1894), The Peoples Bank before the Crash (1877), shows people lined up outside a building as if they are waiting to get in. A basket of ashes has been tossed on to the street. People are gossiping as they wait. The detail of the people and their dress is amazing. The artist shows so much detail in two ladies silk shawls they sparkle in the middle of all the other dark clothes and grim faces. Another exceptional piece was done by Max Libermann (1847-1935). The black crayon sketch, Dutch Orphan Girls (1885-90), showed three female children sitting outside sewing. I really loved this drawing because of the detail that was done with the crayon. This drawing was in a double sided frame because it had unfinished sketches on the back of a woman in four different spots on the page. As always the Taft Museum does a nice job on small shows and tying the work with other works found in the permanent collection. An example is of the Dutch Orphan Girls with a painting by Jozef Israels called Sewing School at Katwijik off the Taft dinning room. This painting shows a room full of girls learning stitches from an instructor. Lots of dark shadow on the walls behind the girls and with light from the large window behind the instructor. Like the Dutch Orphan Girls, their dress is dark with white aprons and bonnets. Both paintings show the girls concentrating on their sewing. Even though there are many great pieces at the Taft, we went to see three of my favorites. They are of Robert Louis Stevenson by John Singer Sargent, Working Boy by Duveneck and At the Piano by James McNeil Whistler that are featured in the same room. At the Piano is of a woman at a piano with a little girl watching intently. I am always impressed with these three artists brushwork. They make it look so easy. Like the exhibit, the clothes are dark, but the subjects and brushwork makes them come alive. Robert Louis Stevenson has this impish look on his face as he smokes. You feel like he just told the most amazing tale. In Working Boy I like how the young boy seems to be looking straight at you as he smokes his stogy. He almost reflects Robert Louis Stevenson in his casual manor of smoking. Obviously something that was normal for a working child in the 1800's, but would be out of place today. I could sit in here and look at these paintings all day. Gaylynn

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Bobbing For Apples

"Bobbing For Apples" 8 X 10 watercolor Happy Halloween! I made my deadline, wa hoo! I think I like having this goal of a painting a month. It makes me focus. Routines, for me, are hard to establish and maintain. I am such a procrastinator. :-) For the most part I like the painting. As I stated on the last post, I have trouble keeping soft features on children. However, I think I got the feeling of the activity across. I added a new blog to my favorites to check out. It is my sisters blog. Lori likes to sew and is enjoying raising her kids. She can put monograms and logos on items, create blankets, purses, etc... Her blog is just getting started. Gaylynn

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Faces

I have one day left to finish the child bobbing for apples. I think I will it finished for tomorrows posting. I am fussing over the child's face that is watching. Faces are not my strong suit. At least I do not think so. They intimidate me. That is why I usually choose people/children that are always looking the opposite direction of the viewer. Children are so hard to keep their faces soft. Adults are not as hard... however, I do fuss if the likeness is not there to me. In the future, I will need to work on this fear. Gaylynn

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Thanks Mom

"Rosemary's Orchid" 9 X 12 Watercolor (and early painting in my WC journey) I received this book called "Love Notes to Our Moms and Other Women of Influence" handed out at Walmart by the organization Speaking For Women's Health Foundation. A national organization that was founded in Cincinnati by Diane Dunkelman (www.speakingforwomenshealth.com). This book is filled with "notes" to or about moms, grandmother's or friends that influenced and help shape the influential women featured in the book. So this book made me think about thanking my mom when it comes to shaping my artistic talents. I turned 50 in July. Therefore, I grew up when schools did not have an understanding of a student that daydreamed and was slow in understanding their lessons. My mom noticed that I loved to draw. When I was 12 she enrolled me in an oil painting class at a local art gallery. That was the beginning of my self esteem, grades and artistic abilities improving. All because my mom looked beyond my poor grades and saw my drawing abilities. She encouraged my artistic abilities by taking me to my painting classes which in turn made me feel special and want to keep painting. Thanks Carol (and Norm) for your support in my art! Gaylynn

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Bobbing for apples

WIP 8 X 10 Watercolor I have begun my October painting after a slow start. I chose a child bobbing for apples to go with the fall, even though it has been in the 80's most of the month. Making the tub look like there is water in it has been giving me pause. As you can see I have been working everywhere but there. :-) Gaylynn

Saturday, October 13, 2007

WACC

Today I went to a Woman's Art Club of Cincinnati meeting. This woman's organization has been going since 1892. The organization is 200 members strong. Today they met at the Pendleton Arts Center. This is the first and largest building turned into artist studios in Cincinnati. The Pendleton Arts Center has a Final Friday each month showing all the artists in the buildings works. The meeting went over their funds and projects, like all organizations, then they had a speaker. The speaker was a member, Velma Morris. Velma works in acrylic and showed the group how to take a dud painting and create another painting on top and letting some of the bottom painting show through. Velma began drawing with her paint brush on the canvas from a picture of a lady that she took. In approximately an hour she had a painting on its way. It is always fun to watch a painting come to life. As we watched her work out the values, we learned that you never throw a dud away because you can turn it into something else. Not only did my friends, Dodie and Sharon, and I enjoy the speaker, we were treated very welcoming by the membership. One of the members was my drawing teacher, Marleene Steele, from the Community classes at the Art Academy of Cincinnati. I learned so much from her. I think I might consider joining in the future so that I may mingle with other women artist each month. If I join there is a yearly fee. I would have to attend meetings for one year before I can submit 4 works so as to be juried into the club. During that year I would be allowed to participate in the meetings and show work in the members show. Once juried in this allows an "active" member to obtain an office or chair a committee, show at the Pendleton studio and soon at the Woman's Art Center (in Mariemont) and enter any of the shows that the club puts on for active members. The Barn is the new Culture Art Center in Mariemont. The organization is presently renovating the building with the hopes of opening it to the public in the spring of 2008. The organization hopes to offer classes for art and dance, studio and/or office space. More information about The Barn can be seen on the clubs website or their blog. (www.womansartclub.com or www.wacc.blogspot.com) I most certainly will try to go to the November meeting which will be at a enameling museum in Northern Kentucky. Camaraderie and informative...sounds like fun! Gaylynn

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Painting Done

"Crowing About America" Watercolor 9 X 12 Although by posting tonight it seems that I did not make my deadline of a painting a month. I really did make it. I finished on the 29th. However, I have to say that yet again I have been kept from getting on line. This time by the cable company that we use. My husband and they have come to terms so hopefully this will be the last bug in my ointment. :-) I am happy with my painting for the most part. I like the atmosphere of Americana that comes across with the flag, the chicken, and the warm colors. Gaylynn

Thursday, September 27, 2007

The "Art" of Painting

Cabin In the Mountains (and early painting in my journey) When I began this blog (8/07) I stated that I took a watercolor class from the Art Academy of Cincinnati's Community classes. I signed up for class because I wanted to learn the "mysteries" of watercolor. I say mysteries because it was not offered at the university that I got my Art Education degree. Furthermore, when I read in art magazines or books, they made watercolor sound like the hardest of all mediums. I felt that only a few artist could achieve this medium especially if they used the "wet on wet" technique. Of course this is what all these artist in the magazines were doing. I wanted to try that. So on my first day of class I was nervous. Here I was, a student of oil and acrylics, entering the unknown! How silly I was to have thought that watercolor was so different. Yes, you paint light to dark, which is the opposite of my background. However, it is still painting! I still needed to use the principals of design, mix colors, use brush strokes, yada, yada, yada. What I learned was that no matter what medium I use there will always be "mysteries" to unfold through the different techniques and I will always be learning about the "Art" of painting. Gaylynn

Monday, September 24, 2007

"Crowing For America" Update

"Crowing For America" (in progress 2) I thought I would give you an update on my painting. I figure I am about half way through. I like how the tree, flag and reflection in the window are shaping up. I have about 6 days left to keep with my goal of one painting a month. I realize that it is not as lofty a a painting a day, but changing habits is a slow process. Hopefully, I will succeed this goal in the near future. Gaylynn

Saturday, September 22, 2007

Frustrating Week

I have not been able to blog since Monday. I got the brilliant(?) idea to get a gmail account to go with this blog. Doing so locked me up. It has taken me since the 18th to go through every "help" item on Blogger. I tried to send email's to the support tech (which was no support). Finally tonight I went down each question whether it pertained to my problem or not. The problem was that it would not let me log in. It kept telling me that my username was invalid. Even trying to "claim your old account" did not work. What finally worked was resetting my password. Something that never ever came up as the problem when trying to log in. I can not begin to explain how frustrated I have been. Especially since I am VERY computer illiterate. So not having some way to communicate with blogger/google was enough to give up this process all together. Hopefully I can move forward now. I also saw a hand specialist this week due to my right hand being in pain. I do daycare in my home during the week. It seems my babies are chunks and I have strained the tendon from my thumb and up my arm. I thought it was my carpal tunnel acting up. So the good doc gave me a shot and a splint to wear for awhile. Even tho I can not lift babies I can lift my paint brush :-) I am still working on Crowing For America and hope to get it finished soon. Gaylynn

Monday, September 17, 2007

"Crowing for America"

Watercolor in progress I have begun the above painting. I took the picture for this in Key West at Hogs Breath Saloon. While my husband and I were eating dinner, there were several chickens hoping from place to place above us. Chickens and cats run freely through out the island. I happened to like this rooster and the look of his perch. I am having fun painting this subject because it reminds me of the great time we had. The subject is very "Americana". Gaylynn

Saturday, September 15, 2007

Favorite blogs

Yesterday I wrote about deconstructing a blog. Today I want to tell you what brings me back to their pages. I will begin with Maggie Stiefvater's blog that I read often. Maggie has others, but I like greywarenart. What drew me to this site was her and fellow bloggers, on Fine Line Artist, were naming an artist each month, doing research on that artist style of painting and life, then doing a painting with the information that they learned. Maggie does colored pencil paintings and I am amazed with her skill on her horses and her humor when she draws her pets. Maggie states on her title that her "blog on the creative life: being a professional artist and author, raising 2 kids, eating lots of cookie dough and a painting a day." Right away you see her humor. Maggie just received a nod from a publisher and will have a book out in 2008. It will be a young adult fantasy (as in fairies) read. Karin Jurick is an awesome painter! I love her almost "voyeuristic" style of painting people, as she states, "being themselves in public places." Her blog is simple and consistent with her work produced daily. Karin's title states that her blog is, "the results of the life of a paintaholic." I just feel the excitement she gets from painting when I check her blog/paintings. Karin's blog is a great model of a "good" blog. Peter Yesis and Belinda del Pesco are enjoyable blogs because they show the process of their work. I have learned so much just by clicking in. Peter has done oil still lifes on a daily basis for the past year. At the end of his daily anniversary he had a gallery showing. This years daily paintings are en plien air. I can not wait to see his subjects and how he deals with the elements. Belinda does small paintings daily. They are either in watercolor, etchings, mono type, collographs, lino cuts, woodcuts, drawings or mixed media. I find the detail she puts in her 3.5 x 3.5 or 4 x 6 paintings outstanding. I also enjoy when she explains the process of her paintings. I went to see Degas' mono types at the Columbus Museum last winter and Belinda happened to explain "how-to" that very week. It really made the show for me. Nita Leland, like me, is from southwest Ohio. When I began using watercolors I picked up her books "The Creative Artist" and "Exploring Color" published by North Light. I first watched her website then switched to her blog when she announced it. Her blog and website gives book reviews; art links; tutorials on watercolor, color, mixed media; new tool reviews; art topics; her workshops and her family (she is a proud grandma). I began looking at Casey Klahn's blog through Alyson Stanfield (artbizblog.com). I signed up for her help for two months. Casey was also on the group site. Since he spoke often and listed his blog I checked it out. I liked his pastel paintings bright colors and impressionistic work. I also liked the he says that he is "Mr. Mom" with a wife that supports his passion. That leaves Stacy Rowan and Carol Marine. Stacy is a watercolor painter that does art shows and fairs largely with her father, Bob Govett, and sister, Denise Mennella, both artist. Stacy does watercolors and posts them on her blog as well as talking about her latest show and family life. Carol paints small oil still lifes and posts them daily. She also posts and lists her workshops. I really like her vibrant colors. These are only the few that I return to often that I have listed on my blog. However, I have loads that are listed in my bookmark and I usually peak at them a few times a month. I also have listed Alyson Stanfield (who I have already mentioned) and Robert Genn's "The Painter's Keys" If you have not heard of his twice weekly newsletters please check this site out. Robert's newsletters are helpful, thought provoking and sometimes controversial, but always enjoyable to receive in my e-mailbox on Tuesdays and Fridays. His acrylic paintings are excellent and you can see his process through "The Painter's Keys" or on "You Tube -Artist". I hope you check these artist out and enjoy their work as much as I do. Gaylynn

Friday, September 14, 2007

Deconstruct a blog

Alyson Stanfield (artbizblog.com), on Monday's weekly Art Marketing Action Newsletter, she talked about deconstructing a blog to help create your own blog. Alyson said, "Do you want to know what makes a good artists blog good?...To find your answers, all you need to do is deconstruct one." Being new to posting I thought I would take her challenge using my list of favorites (listed on the right). Armed with Alyson's questions I began my research. Going through my list of eight I discovered that all do not use bells and whistles on their blog. They only use a simple format. Five have a colored background and three are white. Most posted six or more times a week with the average of two to three paragraphs. Six out of the eight post a painting daily and they sell on ebay. Two review books. Five are represented by one or more galleries and five talked about their family/daily life as well as their art. All had links either to their websites, other blogs, galleries, ebay, favorite bloggers/websites and informative sites. I could summarize that I learned through this exercise about how these artist use organization and marketing skills with their art and families so they can get on with their need to create. Although none of my eight raise debates or are controversial they do teach me something just by posting. Some are funny and some are straight forward, but all are informative in the process of art. Next time I will tell more about each artist. Gaylynn

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Latest Painting

Found It! Watercolor 11 x 14 I recently finished this painting. When I was asked in July to participate in the "Paint in the Park" I did not have a painting in progress so I went through my pics and found this one of my daughter 17 years ago. I was drawn to it because she was heading off to college in a month. This painting took me approximately 5 weeks to paint. I then let it sit for 3 weeks to see if I still felt it was done. Yesterday, I finally signed it and gave it a title. Gaylynn

Sunday, September 9, 2007

Organization

I spent some time yesterday morning organizing my files on the computer. Now I will be able to pull art business info, etc up more efficiently when I need them. I was amazed how quickly the files filled up without meaning, which in turn makes it hard to find anything. I think my management skills will have to improve or the feeling of being overwhelmed will take over and defeat my goals of moving ahead with creating more time to paint. Baby steps. Gaylynn

Friday, September 7, 2007

Stage Fright

It has been two weeks since I last posted. I guess you might call it stage fright. I know unless I tell people about this blog only those who happen upon it will see what I have written. The thought of this brings on so many emotions. Fear is at the top. Fear...to write or perform because so many other blogs are entertaining or informative. Trying to think of something to say that I would want someone to read. Then I got a piece of advice from a friend. Like the Nike slogan, she said "just do it", once you begin and get into the routine it will get easier. "Aha" Such a simple statement and I knew she was right. Actually on artbizblog.com Alyson Stanfield has said the same thing many times. So I have to remember that I am taking this journey to keep me more focused on my painting and moving forward in my abilities. Gaylynn

Thursday, August 30, 2007

A little about me

In the last post I placed an example of my artistry. Please do not judge me on my photographic skills. I am still trying to figure that out. I paint from photos and this one came to me from the child's parent via grandparents. I know the child and that intimidates me because of trying to "get it right". However, the child intrigued me on how intent he was at building his sand castle. I tried to capture this "feeling" in my painting. This piece was juried into a galleries show. This meant a lot to me because it was at the gallery that I had learned to paint. I have had the opportunity to get three paintings into two shows there. Like working on this blog, getting into shows are ways to let me share my hobby of painting. Gaylynn

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Learning

Playing In the Sand Watercolor 9 x 12 Hello, I am trying my hand at this blog phenomenon in the art community. I am a watercolor artist. I began my painting career when I was 12 with oils at a local community gallery south of Dayton, Ohio. I earned a degree in art education where I used acrylics to get my projects done on time. I have been married for 26 years to my high school sweetheart and we have three daughters. I began doing watercolors after taking a class through the Cincinnati Art Academy's community classes. Watercolor painting was not part of my college experience. Watercolors have the reputation as being the hardest of mediums to learn. After taking my first class from Ken L. Buck I knew this was the medium for me. I enjoyed the challenge that watercolor painting can be. It also works with my day job which is childcare in my home for teachers children in our school district. This past summer I met a local group of painters, Legendary Artists Group, that have invited me to join their weekly painting sessions. They have encouraged me to paint more on my own and with the thought of selling my work. I paint with this eclectic group, on a regular basis, during the summer months when I am off work. However, they will be including me at their fall sale at a local business. So I need to keep working. The group painted en plein air in our village park on two occasions. It was promotional for the riverfront business' as well as for the group. I had a really good time talking to the people that came by to check out our work. I even had a few ask me about commissions. That was exciting! Because the first "Artists In the Park" was successful, several from this group have rented a space in our village to create a studio and gallery. When they get it going full time I am hoping they will accept work on commission from the rest of the group. I have lots to think about and lots to create. I hope you will not mind following my journey. Gaylynn
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