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Had fun doing a painting demo for SWA

Yesterday I was priveleged to be able to give a painting demo to the Society of Washington Artists (SWA).  It was a lot of fun, and they had tons of questions.  There were about 35 artists in attendance.  A couple of them were wandering around shooting some photos, so I'm hoping I can get a photo to drop up here.  It was good to meet other artists in the Vancouver area. Lots of good feedback and a few of them asked me if I teach lessons or workshops.  I haven't seriously thought about that really, but maybe I should.

My Materials & My Painting Process

Recently I got an email from someone who described herself as a "very novice" artist.  She was inquiring about how I work, my painting methods and my process.  It's great to be asked these questions because I love to teach others & share..  but it definitely takes time to explain and teach how I paint.  I've been studying and painting for nearly 30 years now, so it's hard to sum up everything in an email.  But maybe I can start by posting some blogs and maybe even some videos for others to learn (eventually). 

New river & rocks painting

Well I finally wrapped this one up.

A bend in the river, oil painting by Tom Wheeler

Diversions

I haven't painted in over a month.  Overall 2013 was probably my best and most productive year as an artist, I completed 9 paintings and sold 3.  And I'm even almost satisfied with the quality of some of the work!  But, the year ended by me accepting a big project from one of my website clients (I build websites for a living), and because of the scope and deadline involved it pretty much consumed me for a month and a half.  I had to put the brushes down.  

New Portrait, Garrett

I'm really happy with how this painting turned out.  This is my son Garrett, 9 years old. 

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Kassan workshop

 

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David Kassan & I at Carry Juriens home.  Carry invites everyone over for a dinner when there's a long workshop. It's really fun to hang out with all the great artists.  In the group there are artists from all over - some from Canada, one from San Francisco, several from Seattle area, and even a couple from Virginia!  Some really good artists in the group.

Few more shots from Kassan workshop

 

David's drawing tools

 

 

David's second drawing demo, this is after 3 hours into it..

 

Notes from David Kassan Drawing demo

Up at Whidbey Island this week taking a workshop from David Kassan, put on by Carry Juriens and WIFAS - It's so amazing and wonderful to have this resource here, Carry is doing such a great job bringing these fantastic artists to the Northwest. 

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Successful BGAA Art studio tour - even sold a painting!

On Saturday our local arts group - Battle Ground Art Alliance - held our 2nd annual studio tour.

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Really love this portrait breakdown

http://annawakitsch.blogspot.com/2013/09/final-stage-of-tessa-portrait-f...

By Anna Wakitsch.  It's a remarkable job, great description of how she takes a painting to the finished stage.  Working for several weeks!  I'm still amazed the painting is only 6"x6"..  not sure why anyone want's to paint that small!  Great explanations though - saving this one for future reference.

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