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     The gentleman with the St Johns County Schools who was in charge of the Community Education program has retired.  The program will now be run by the Florida Community Technical College (FCTC)  that's here in St. Augustine.  They are calling it the Community Enrichment program and it will be expanded to offer more classes.  NICE!

     FCTC held a meeting to go over all the plans with the teachers and to find rooms that match the needs of each.  They showed me a room that I really like.  It has water and room for plenty of students.  That is great for me because each student needs an entire table for their supplies.  Even better, there's also a large screen and a projector that can be used to show my canvas work up high and enlarged so everyone can easily see what I am doing.  All in all a very nice arrangement. Needless to say, I am really excited to get started in this new program!

     I also want to eventua…
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     One of my galleries decided to move to a new town.  It took them several months to find a suitable location and then move all the artwork.  Actually there was much more work involved than I had thought possible.  Frank Gromling, the gallery owner, also took the opportunity to add several features to the new space.  He added a frame shop, an area to hold art classes, and also a nice viewing room for the possible clients to see the artwork in a quiet and private setting.

     Of course, the new showroom is outstanding and he had room to add more artists as well.  His vision was wonderful and the final result is beautiful.  There was an open house on the evening of August 24th and the turnout was remarkable!  It was so crowded that it was hard to move around, and that's a good thing.  I managed to get a few photos for you to see, but I must go back to get nice photos of the area when not crowded for you to see the g…

     I recently posted on the two types of color wheel.  It is very important to learn how to use a color wheel in order to be proficient in mixing our colors as we paint.  Many top artists work with a limited palette.  The purpose is that when we use just a few colors and mix our paints, everything coordinates and there is harmony in our paintings, and it also saves money!  Some artists work with as few as four colors, others use eight, and then, there are those who use a lot of colors, choosing to purchase the colors already mixed to save time and perhaps out of fear of getting the wrong color if they try mixing.

     I have been studying Betty Edwards book, "COLOR, A Course in Mastering the Art of Mixing Colors".  In it she states the importance of memorizing the color wheel.  Then keeping it close by as we paint for quick referral.  She has a doctorate in art and teaches in a California college, so if we …

     My husband and I recently returned from a vacation to the mountains.  Having grown up in West Virginia, I was thrilled to be going back to my "roots".  We stayed for a week in Snowshoe, WV with average temperatures in the low 70's. And being right on top of the mountain, the sunrises and sunsets were gorgeous! It was such a nice break from our Florida heat.  We also took the opportunity to drive the Blue Ridge Parkway; so beautiful, even in the rain and fog.  In fact, those elements just added to the beauty and mystery of the mountains.  We saw deer galore, and one mama had twins.

     On the trip I took a LOT of photos for reference material.  And, I decided that I want to start painting some mountains!  Of course,  I will have to find a place to sell them.  Florida is NOT the market for them.  So, along with creating artwork, I must represent my artwork by promoting it to dealers.


     We are familiar with the traditional Triadic color wheel, with the blocks of colors and all the arrows to help you set up color schemes, tints and shades, etc.  the color wheel concept was invented by Sir Issac Newton in 1666 and the color wheel was printed 100 years later. It is something that I have alway kept close by when painting.

     However,  I have recently discovered another type of color wheel that is much more accurate and can make our paintings sing with color!  It is called the MUNSELL color wheel. Created by Albert Munsell in 1898, it is actually a color sphere that simultaneously shows all the properties of color: value (light/dark), hue (especially warm'cool), and intensity (bright/dull). Looking totally different from the Triadic one, it requires a little learning in how to use it, but we had to learn the Triadic wheel also.

     I learned about the Munsel wheel while reading a book called…

      Many artists will not start painting until they first do thumbnail sketches for that painting.  Just what is a thumbnail sketch and why do we take the time to do them?

      Thumbnails, as they are typically called, are small sketches of the prospective painting done on paper in order to design the composition. They are also used to determine the values in the painting. If you draw out your scene and it doesn't look like you had imagined, then it's easy to change by simply sketching another one. Often on an 8 x 11 piece of paper an artist can have between 4 - 8 sketches of the scene, each can have only slightly differences, but even small changes can make it look completely different. It is a good way to ensure that your paintings have a strong composition and the light and dark areas are balanced before you even put paint on the canvas. Thus the artist greatly reduces the risk of getting frustrated with their…

     This may be jumping the gun a little, but suddenly after 49 years, I get a friend request on one of the social media sites.  I immediately recognized the name of one of my best friends from high school!  Of course, I agreed to accept the request and she then told me that they are getting the 50th high school reunion plans started for next year.  We got into a nice conversation about where I now lived and what I was doing with my life while commenting that several had mentioned my artwork in our high school yearbook.  Do they even print those anymore?

     I told her that I was now a professional artist and she got excited.  Turns out the class is sponsoring a silent auction during the reunion to support scholarship funds for the school. She then asked if I would be willing to donate a small painting to the auction. Kentucky is a different art world from Florida in that I paint mostly Fl scenes!  But I told …