Friday, June 27, 2014

Commission finished: Deimling Homestead

I started this day working on the greens and enhancing the shadows and lines of the house.

I wanted the canopy of the trees to ring true, as well as, frame the home.
Deimling Homestead     11x14     Watercolor     GaylynnM. Robinson

I am pleased with the finished painting. I hope my client is too.


Art is the only way to run away without leaving home.” Twyla Tharp 

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Commission WIP day2

Today I started working on the shadows and leaves. Greens are always tuff. I just kept playing with them until they were heading in the direction I wanted.

At days end I am enjoying the play of the leaves on the house. I used Daniel Smiths Shadow Violet that I had picked up for Carol Carter's workshop in April. I really liked it on the house shadows.


Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Commission WIP

I received a commission to paint a home that the customer grew up in. I had never painted a house before so I accepted the challenge. When I took pictures of the house there were not any leaves on the trees yet. This was good for placement and drawing purposes.

 However, I knew that it would be a cold and bland painting. So after I drew the house and was ready to begin, I went back and took a few more pictures with everything beautiful and green.

Now I had color and shadows which gave the house some personality.

I think it is headed in the right direction.


It is not the form that dictates the color, but the color that brings out the form. 
Hans Hofman

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Carol Carter @GCWS June Meeting

Today I was a guest of Rhonda Carpenter at the Greater Cincinnati Watercolor Society's June meeting to listen to Carol Carter talk about her body of work.

Carol generously showed us paintings from her swimming, self portraits,  floral, Florida, insect and France themes and gave wonderful marketing tips.

Carol had an opening called "Bubbles" recently in St. Louis where she is from. The one women show is at ARCH Framing & Design, Inc.   Check it out if you are in the area. Carol is having a 3 day workshop at her studio in St. Louis June 20-22, 2014. Click here for information.

Carol also showed us the Norwegian magazine that her insect series is featured in. They had the article in Norwegian and in English. Very cool to read. Carol is on Facebook and explained how social media helps artist to get their work out to a potential customer.

After Carol's informative talk, she provided a few items from her "Bubbles" show. I bought a scarf with her fishes on it as did a few of the GCWS members. I also received a charm with a blue fish and some bubbles from Carol. (Thank you so much Carol) 

If you have not seen Carol's colorful vibrant paintings, I invite you to check her work out by clicking the highlighted words in this post.

I have enjoyed getting to know Carol over the years on FB, her blog and in person. She is genuine, sweet and frank in what she has to say. I look forward to many talks with her in the future.

Happy Painting,

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.
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