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                                          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.  He is very talented and has recently moved in from another part of the country where he studied under another artist. I will enjoy working with him, and all the students!

   Some of the paintings we will be doing are shown below.  Each one is pretty but teaches a lesson.
Perspective, composition, and color are my main focus.

     "SEAGRASS and GULLS"
                      
"SUNNY MEADOWS"
"THE SENTINEL"

     These are the paintings I have chosen for the class to do.  Some have expressed interest in water, therefore two water scenes.  Of course, I always have alternatives if someone prefers something different.  Sand can also be a challenge, but each can teach a lesson.

     We will do four + the fifth if we have time.
The one at the bottom was done in the last class, but not everyone was there that day. Plus it was very popular and all did a great job on it.  So, it is back on the agenda as an alternative.

     If you live in the area, we'd love to have you join us for the class,  or possibly at a future time.

"PATHWAY BY THE MATANZAS"
"IMPRESSIONS OF A GARDEN"

BELOW IS THE FIRST CLASS.  WE WERE GOING OVER TERMS USED IN ACRYLIC PAINTING.  AND AT THIS PARTICULAR MOMENT WE WERE DISCUSSING THE COLOR WHEEL  AND HOW TO USE IT.  THEN WE WENT OVER THE PROPER EQUIPMENT. LATER ON, WE  PRACTICED DIFFERENT BRUSH STROKES ON OUR CANVASES.  NEXT WEEK WE WILL DO OUR FIRST PAINTING!







































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DESIGNING A SERIES

     So I wanted to come up with a new series that I thought would be popular.  I decided they needed to be large and showy, but not too complicated.  Since we live in a tropical area, I came up with the idea of "Looking Up", literally!

     I took some pictures of palm trees from below and began painting them in a simplified form on canvas that is 36 x 48 ( huge!)  I love it!  I only have one done so far, but I know that they will be popular judging from comments I have received on social media.  Of course I have photos below of the first ones for you to see.

     I am not the first person to try this, but mine are different from other artists.  Mine are just a little bit more realistic, yet still fantastic and fun.  Larger than life, so to speak in a painting.  I focused in on the area at the top of the trunk where the palm fronds branch out making the structure very strong and making it easy to see …
THE" PROCESS" OF PRODUCING A PAINTING

     It has been a while since I showed the steps I go through to produce a painting.  I am working on a large one right now, so I decided this one would be a good candidate to go through this process again for those of you that are not familiar with it.

     A friend posted a photograph on social media of a scene on the central coast of Florida.  I really liked it, so I asked her permission to paint it and she readily agreed.  This scene is of huge cumulus clouds over the sand dunes.  I knew I wanted to focus on the clouds so I chose a canvas that is 36 x 48 gallery wrap.  I have the photo below.  This is a really nice photo, but the painting will be done in lighter colors I decided.




     I painted the entire canvas a light blue for the sky including the sides.  After it dried, I went back and it was darker than I wanted (acrylics dry darker, remember) so I went back over the top third with a shade lighter…