Tuesday, September 18, 2018

New Moon Gallery Opening

You are invited!

Join me, Pete Canfield and other New Moon artist for an evening of art, refreshments, and good conversation! Here's a sneak peak of some of my new pieces that will be on display:
"Layers in Blue"
"Shades of Summer"

My big baby"Molten Sunrise" will make her debut at the New Moon Gallery this Friday. I've been working on this painting for months, and am excited to show her off! Hope to see you there.

Monday, September 10, 2018

Art In Bloom 2018

These three painting will be on display:

12 x 12
Mixed Media

"Tree on Hill"
11 x 14
Mixed Media

"Fire on the Palouse"
15 x 24
Mixed Media

As well as this raffle item:
"Desert Sunrise"
5 x 5
Mixed Media

Sept. 21 & 22 at Corbin Art Center.
Hope to see you there!

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Where I'll be in September!

Upcoming Events. Come and see me!

Art on the Market Sept. 14 & 15
Liberty Lake Farmer's Market 
Location: Town Square Park! 1421 N. Meadowood Lane, Liberty Lake WA

Friday 5 - 8 pm & Saturday 9am - 1pm

New Moon Gallery - Opening Sept. 21 
1236 East Sprague Ave., Spokane, WA
(509) 413-9101

Artist Reception Friday Sept. 21 5pm - 9pm  You are invited!
Intuitive Painting Class, Sept 23 12 - 5pm (sign up through the moon) 
Early Bird First Friday Oct. 5th 


Art on the Ave. Saturday Sept. 29
12 - 6 pm 

Art on the Ave is an Annual Event started in 2011. It supports local artists and provides visibility to small businesses within the East Sprague Business Corridor inside the Sprague Union District in Spokane, Washington. Artists are hosted by businesses between Napa and Madelia Streets each year on the last Saturday each September from noon to 6 pm. You will see a variety of art mediums, a kid zone with emerging artist show, interactive art, and live music to name a few.
Don't miss it!

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Plein Air Painting & Drawing

Artist Meet Up!
James T. Slavin Conservation Area
Wednesday, August 29

Meet up with me and other Spokane artists for some plein air painting and drawing. The James T. Slavin Conservation area is a marshland about ten miles outside of Spokane. It has a beautiful view, Pine and Birch trees, and a lot of ducks!

Please note: 
You will need to be able to walk approximately a 1/2 mile on a mostly flat trail carrying your art supplies, water, chair, and easel (if you use one). I suggest a backpack and easy to carry chair.
There is no water at the conservation area! Bring water to drink and to clean your brushes, if you are painting. 
There is a port-o-potty at the trail head, but nothing out at the marsh.

Directions to the James T. Slavin Conservation Area
12900 S. Keeney Rd., Spokane, WA 99224

Head South from Spokane on 195 towards Spangle / Pullman. Take a Right onto E. Washington Road. At the Y take a Right again onto S. Keeney Road and the parking lot  trail head will be on your immediate Left. We will meet in the parking lot at 4:00 and hit the trail ASAP.

If you show up late, simply follow the trail map to the marsh and you will see us. The trail splits and you can take either the left or right, but don’t loop all the way around the marsh, as we will be on the East side, closest to the parking lot.

Before you go, get your supplies down the the bare necessities! 

You may also need:
Easel (or board to rest on lap)
Spray Bottle (to keep paint wet)
Water Container (for paints)
Phone or Camera (snap a pic if you don’t finish in time)
Chair (preferably easy to carry)
Water Bottle (for you!)
A few Paper Towels or Wipe Ups
Ziplock bags (for brushes and dirty paper towels, rags, etc)
Optional: snack, bug spray, sunscreen

Remember: Pack it in Pack it out! And that includes your dirty paint water

Hope to see you there!

Sunday, August 5, 2018

Impressionist Art For Kids: Sailboat Silouettes

Supplies: canvas or heavy tag board to paint on, watercolor paper, watercolor paints (liquid works best), tempera paints, black construction paper, pencil, scissors, something round to trace (for the sun), glue, salt.

Key Art Terms: tints, analogous colors, horizon line, silhouette, perspective, warm colors, cool colors.

Artist to discuss: Claude Monet

I did this project with 1st – 3rd graders over two days, as the watercolor paper takes awhile to dry. It is important to make sure your watercolor paper is either the same size, or wide enough to cover your canvas edge to edge. I used 8 x 11 canvas and paper.

1.     First, I handed out watercolor paper and had students sign their names (they will look very similar a day later!) I gave each set of partners liquid watercolor paints in three colors: blue, green, and purple (cool colors) plus a small container of salt. We turned the paper vertical and I encouraged them to use horizontal brush strokes and to avoid blending all the colors together. Encourage students to paint all the way to the edge. 

2.     TIPS FOR ADDING SALT. Students should sprinkle the salt as they paint, not at the end! For the salt effect to work, the paint must be nice and juicy. Also, if they use too much salt, it won’t brush off later. When done, set aside to dry.

3.     Next, I handed each student a 8 x 11 canvas, which we turned vertical. They traced a circle with a yellow colored pencil (no ugly graphite lines to try and hide later), and painted the center of it with light yellow paint. Instead of giving them another color, I just added a little more yellow for the next step and they painted around the sun with dabs, dots, or swirls. Then I added a little pink (making light orange), and they did it again, getting further out from the sun.  I switched to adding a little red, and a little more, and a little more until they painted the last color all the way to edge of the canvas and below the middle where the waterline will be. This is a good way to learn about mixing tints and analogous colors!
4.     We set the canvas sunset aside, and I handed out small squares of black construction paper. We looked at Claude Monet’s seaside paintings and talked about what a silhouette is. I showed them how to draw a simple sailboat, but let them choose their own design. We cut our sailboats out and set them aside. Make sure there are pencil lines on only one side! As the “clean” side will face out on the painting.

5.     The next day, students brushed the salt off their watercolor paper, and we gathered up all three pieces. We talked about the horizon line and perspective (waves look smaller far away, and bigger close up) before tearing our paper into strips. I encouraged them to have a flat horizon line (waves are too far away to see in the distance) and to make wider rips for the paper up close. Make sure they have the paper facing the right direction before they start ripping.
6.     Once the paper was ripped, I handed out glue. They must glue working from the horizon line down! The ripped edges should face up, to look like whitecaps. It is important to remind them to glue their boat in before they reach the bottom of the canvas, as the boat should be tucked between two waves so it looks like it is actually in the water, not hovering above it.
7.     Lastly, we trimmed a few edges and signed our masterpieces! I was amazed. This was a zero-failure project. Every single painting looked great and had individual style!

Monday, July 30, 2018

Art for Kids: Indian Elephants

Supplies: watercolor paper, pencils, erasers, black sharpies, colored pencils (you could also use colored sharpies, crayons or pastels), watercolor paints, salt (optional)

1.     First, I led the class through a how to draw an elephant on watercolor paper. We used pencils to start and drew light, erasing as needed. DRAW LIGHT UNTIL YOU GET IT RIGHT is the mantra for my art room.
2.     We looked at pictures of Indian elephants (some are grey and some are brown) and talked about the designs and patterns painted on them for celebrations in India. You can go as culturally deep with this as you like, there is a lot of great information. Students drew their own patterns and designs on the elephants.
3.     When everything was drawn, I gave them a black sharpie to go over their designs. We erased any pencil marks that did not line up with our sharpie lines.
4.     Next, we colored in the patterns - ONLY THE PATTERNS - on the elephants with colored pencils, but in the past I’ve used colored sharpies, crayons, and oil pastels.
5.     Lastly, we used watercolor paints to paint the elephant’s skin, the ground, and the sky. Some students chose to sprinkle salt on their sky or grass. I thought it looked great for the elephants skin. For the salt effect to work, you must sprinkle the salt while the watercolor is nice and juicy on the paper, and brush it off only after it has dried completely. If it goes on too thick, it will not brush off. But this is just a “happy accident” as now their art has texture.

This project takes about 45min to an hour. Have fun!

Friday, June 29, 2018

Plein Air Paint Class Spokane


Painting: Plein Air  
Whether you work in watercolors, acrylics, or oils there are some great advantages to painting on site. Learn simple techniques for success such as how to simplify a landscape and interpret color relationships and value. Our first meeting will be indoors where you will get a list of class locations, learn about the necessary supplies, and create a few useful tools. The next four classes will be on location at various parks in and around Spokane.

Wednesdays 4:30 - 6:30 pm
Corbin Art Center & Spokane Parks

#2361   July 11 - Aug.8 (5 weeks) $46

To sign up for this Act2 class please call: 
(509) 279-6030. 

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