Thursday, October 17, 2013
Catching Tanis for a brief hello, I reminded her of how much I learned from her when I took her classes years ago. She was instrumental in reinforcing the necessity of strong values in a painting, good composition and asymmetry, and always showed so much joy in just trying a new hue or experimenting with a new technique.
I heard Tanis exclaiming over the gorgeous yellows and burnt oranges in her palette, generously sharing her paints with the students. They all got to work on crafting petal shapes, shadows and centers. Kathy Cranmer, a student in the class and talented botanical artist and instructor herself, added helpful information about how sunflower centers, pinecones, pineapples and many other items from nature all follow the Fibonacci sequence in their patterns. Tanis instructed on the use of oil pastels to create texture in the middle of the sunflower to add that extra sparkle.
Friday, October 11, 2013
The themed displays upstairs made it fun to see the different interpretations each artist made for subjects such as hats, dogs, reflections and wild animals.
Friday, October 4, 2013
The second annual Artists’ Challenge deadline is finally here and the show will be hung this weekend. What started out as a fun, themed show last year among five artists has continued to grow with the addition of 2 more artists and a few more themes. The idea behind the challenge is that a few willing artists submitted 2 or 3 exhibit themes each and over the year artwork was created to creatively interpret those themes. Last year, some subjects were cows, fish, comfort, patterns, and ocean. This year the subjects are: Spiky Things, Letters, Safe Harbor, submitted by Ann Quinn; Dogs, Carnival, submitted by Gail Firmin; Wild Animals, Civilizations, submitted by Charlie Casper; Hats, Glass, Stripes, submitted by the late Kathy Berls, Reflections, Insects, Sunrise, Chairs, Oriental, Mountains and Citrus submitted by Barb Tobiska, Barb Benik and Lynnette Kupferer.
Ideally, all the work should have been created over the past year, but with busy schedules and painting time being the first activity to be bumped, it was necessary to go through my inventory to find a few existing pieces that fit the themes. My original plan was to create a new piece of artwork every month starting last October to satisfy the painting challenge and I fulfilled that requirement for a few months. So there are a number of new pieces as well as older works that are going into this show.
I know the main question that everyone wants answered is why is the show called “Charlie and the Girls”? Well, I’ll tell you. Charlie, being the token male in the group of six women, and with a joke for everything, wanted to call the show, “Charlie’s Angels”. As you can imagine, the six of us nixed that! So it remains, "Charlie and the Girls". The show will hang through the end of October, with an opening reception Thursday, October 10 from 6:30-8 pm. Come on out and see the show!