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CLASS IS OVER--AGAIN!

     Well, we have painted through another six weeks of class! This was a large class and the students were used to painting, which meant they were serious about learning!  I liked that, because I am serious about teaching!

      After seeing the work this group produced in the first class I knew they were able to do more advanced paintings, so I switched gears and we painting more complicated paintings than the previously.  The last two classes were spent on one painting and all of the students came away with a really nice painting capable of being framed and hung in their homes.  I am glad that I made that decision because they were all thrilled with their results and each and every one said they wanted to join my next class which will begin in mid January.

     Teaching is very different from just being an artist.  It requires patience and the ability to work with different personalities, and even mo…
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"TACTILE" ART SHOW

     In St. Augustine, FL where I live, we have the FLORIDA SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF AND BLIND,  known here as FSDB.  Needless to say, we have a large number of students and their families from all over the country and many settle here permanently.  FYI, this is the school that Ray Charles, the famous singer went to.

     Every year the St. Augustine Art Association and FSDB sponsor an art show that features tactile art for the students.  I have never submitted an entry until this year.  I had entered a painting into the "Cutting Edge" show a few months ago that featured a "Carnivale" dancer with all her regalia including jewels glued to the canvas and a feather pom-pom sticking out of the canvas at her head dressing.  It didn't win anything, but it was a last minute entry that I hadn't been able to finish as I had wanted.  People liked her though, so I kept her around.

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ASKING COLLECTORS FOR REFERENCE PHOTOS

     So, you've sold a piece of your art and you would like to get a photo of it in the home of the collector.  How do you go about it?  Just ask! Ask the collector to give their address or at least an email address to send them a thank you note.  Then ask them if they don't mind, would they do you the favor of sending a photo of the piece hung in it's new home to add to your portfolio.  If they are reluctant to give theirs, just give them yours, but most are very happy to oblige!  And, don't forget to send that thank you note!  Courtesy is a very important part of business, and selling our art is definitely building a business.  People appreciate kindness and personal attention and it might even result in repeat sales to that collector, and they are more likely to tell others about your work as well!
Also, you want to have a folder dedicated to these photos, either electronic or actual photos.

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THE "FABULOUS FLORIDA" SHOW


     Next week St Augustine Art Association has another show, "FABULOUS FLORIDA". This time we are allowed two entries. The first is one I recently finished.  It is a beach scene with sand and sea oats, mostly impressionistic.  It is a very large gallery wrap canvas.

      The second one is different.  It is more a fine art painting of the Scarlet Ibis birds found here in  Florida.  They are very rare, actually on the endangered list.  They are also gorgeous bright red birds!  Native to the northern tip of South America, they migrated here to Florida and can now be found all along the Gulf Coast and Atlantic in Florida.  Some say there are a few in South Carolina and south, not sure about that, but I also decided to add a Roseate Spoonbill. The paintings are below.  Enjoy!





     The Fall MEMBERS Show is almost over. We were only allowed one entry for that, as it is very popular.  They also h…
CREATING A BEAUTIFUL PAINTING FROM A PHOTO

     You have snapped a photo of a scene and now want to turn it into a beautiful painting.  How do you go about it?  As artist's we have a big advantage over photographers in that we can literally move objects and landmarks around or even add or remove them to create a scene,  changing it to fit what we "see" in our mind's eye.

     This week in my Acrylics class, I gave everyone just such a photo.  It is of a beautiful "Royal Poinciana" tree in full bloom.  I shot the photo when we were in Argentina last December.  As a photo, it's just ok,  but as a painting, it has great potential.  The tree is full of luscious orange blooms and there is a drive curving right under it.  However, there are trees all around it that create a very busy scene.  So I will show the students how to pare down to the essentials to create the painting they can envision when looking at the photo.  I have a …
MORE ON ART CLASS AND LEARNING

     I realized with this new class that my students are different from the last group.  Not only because I have more than before, but they are more intermediate level in their skill. So I am challenged to keep them moving forward and upward.

     I thought about this for awhile and decided that each week we would do a fairly simple painting, each of which teaches a new skill/technique and the last 30 minutes will be spent on a more complicated painting that will be finished during the final class.  That way, they learn more skills in a shorter period of time and will advance faster.

     Although we didn't have time to actually start on the harder painting this week, I asked everyone to undercoat two canvases so they will be ready to start right in as soon as we get there next week.

     Below I have a photo of the painting we did in class on Tuesday.  Of course, this one is not done.  It is 24 x 30 so everyo…
ART SCHOOL IS BACK IN SESSION!

     On September 26th we started another session of Community Education.  My BEGINNING-INTERMEDIATE ACRYLICS class has one student from the previous class and many new ones too!  I have a new batch of paintings for them to do and more lessons to learn.  I had the students fill out a review sheet last class and asked if there was any particular point they wanted to learn.  I will incorporate those requests into this class.

     One asked for work on color and contrast.  That is something I will definitely increase in the curriculum.  As I posted recently on color theory, it is important.  I taught it in the last class, perhaps she wasn't there or wants more details. Either way, I'll focus more on it.

     The last class had four children aging from 9-14 and four adults.  This time I have eleven adults and one teenager. The interesting thing is that the most advanced student in this class is the teenager.…