Wednesday, April 26, 2017

What Happens When Creative Women Inspire and Collaborate


What happens when creative women inspire and collaborate? 

Painted Sounds! 

Inspiration  

On March 16, 2017 several members of the CNY Branch of the National League of American Pen Women met and shared poetry and art with the intention of inspiring each other. Our goal was to create a new piece of art or poem based on a piece another artist or poet had shared. We had two months to create the new piece or pieces. It was great fun to share our words and images, but even nicer to see another Penwomen's eyes light up when they responded to something that lit the spark of creativity in their souls.


Unveiling!

On May 18, 4:30 pm at the Genesee Grande we will be unveiling new work inspired by our fellow artists and writers. You are welcome to join The CNY Branch NLAPW at our reception and have the option to stay for dinner (buffet menu and prices are on poster below). 

If you are interested in being a part of our celebration please RSVP to Janet Fagal 315 685-0429 or email jfagal@gmail.com by May 11.
I hope to see you there! And if you are there I hope you will be inspired!



Tuesday, April 25, 2017

We're baaaack...............


Arts on Genesee is back! And you'll find me there with paintings, prints, cards, silk scarves, alcohol ink designs, tote bags and what ever else I can whip up in Windy Hill Studio between now and then!

Hope to see you there!

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Introduction to Watercolor Workshop in Watertown




"Cherry Blossoms"

Watertown and North Country Friends

I will be teaching an Introduction to Watercolor 1-day Workshop for North Country Arts Council on May 6,  11:00 am - 3:30 pm.

You can read more about it below, and click on the attached link for registration information.


Class Description

The best way to learn the beautiful, luminous technique of transparent watercolor is to begin with the basics. In this class you will learn the properties of watercolor, color mixing, wet-on-wet technique, dry brush and creating texture and atmosphere in your paintings. All supplies included. 
There will be a 30-minute lunch break half way through the workshop. Pot luck lunches are encouraged.
The class is for Beginner/Intermediate students, Adults and Teens 15+”
Class fee: Non-members $67.50, NCAC members $60.70
Pre-registration is REQUIRED. Registration deadline is May 4th.


http://www.nnyart.org/site/events/watercolor-the-basics/



Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Adventures With Alcohol----------Ink

"Yellow Flower" alcohol ink on ceramic tile

Adventures With Alcohol----Ink.   I'll bet I had some of you at "alcohol"! 

About two weeks ago I had a conversation with fellow artist and Penwomen Wendy Harris about the need to change it up every now and then. To step away from our usual media and method of producing art and do some thing DIFFERENT.

Wendy currently has a show of abstractions at the Edgewood Gallery in Syracuse. These paintings, in a variety of acrylic-type paints on various surfaces were definitely a step away from her usual and she was wondering how they would be received by the people who were used to seeing her pastel landscapes. In my opinion the paintings are magnificent! And I believe they were well received.

But the point I am trying to make is that artists (my self included) from time to time need to step away from their comfort zone and try something new. When I was teaching, especially the children's classes, these experiments in different media seemed to happen organically. I seemed to always be able to adapt something from the classes to my own work. Now I need to make the effort to make the change.


Enter: the Alcohol Inks

A few weeks ago I has attended a demonstration by an artist using alcohol inks on ceramic tiles. The random mixing and separating of colors intrigued me. And the colors themselves are so intense. So I immediately went out and bought all the supplies needed with the intention of experimenting as soon as possible. It's funny how as soon as possible can be put off for a couple of weeks. At this time of the year I am gearing up for shows and sales in the Thousand Islands and Sackets Harbor vacation areas and it's hard to put away the tried and true images and media to make time to "play". The to-do list for Windy Hill Studio is always jam-packed in March and April. 



But after seeing Wendy's experiments with a new medium, I decided it was my turn to play around with something different. So over the weekend I set aside the to-do list and tried my hand at alcohol inks. The inks were dripped, dropped and blown with a straw and what ever happened, happened. Some were very interesting and others were --hmmm how shall I put it--"a lesson in what not to do". But hey, you just wash away the ink with rubbing alcohol and start over.

I photographed my favorites and am sharing them here. I'm hoping to have a little more time in the next few days to experiment some more and see what happens.

Who knows??? Maybe my piece for Penwomen's Painted Sounds will be done in Alcohol Inks! Somehow I'm seeing Bobbie's flowers and Mary's "Untangling Dark". Hmmmmmmmmm







Thursday, March 30, 2017

A Day in the Life of Windy Hill Studio




Posting a Painting Each Day.

Each day on my Facebook page I post a "Good Morning from Windy Hill Studio!" painting. Often people comment that I must be painting continually. I answer them truthfully; some paintings are new and some are old. Some of them I still have with me and some were sold long ago. But the jpeg of the image is something I will always have and I'm grateful for the technology that allows me to do this.

Posting a "Good Morning" painting is the way I start my day in Windy Hill Studio. It is the first item on the daily list, which sometimes includes painting, but also includes paperwork, marketing, lesson plans, photographing artwork and correspondence. So although the "Good Morning" painting might not be a new painting, the act of posting an image each day gets me into the right frame of mind for the daily tasks for Windy Hill Studio.


Daily Tasks

This morning's tasks included ordering frames in time for upcoming shows (and taking advantage of framing supply coupons before they expire), sending out jpegs for Cazenovia Counterpoint in July, and deciding on a couple of paintings for Associated Artists "Of Light and Shadow" show going up this weekend. In this list of tasks I should also include getting a start on this blog post which I will probably have to leave unfinished while I attend a meeting.  And now I've gotta go----------

Roundtable Discussion

And now I'm back after attending a Roundtable discussion at the Wise Women's Business Center. Today's topic: 5 Ways to Get Unstuck in the Face of Creative Burnout--always a timely topic for artists balancing the creative and business life. Sometimes after doing the business of art it is hard to jump back into the creative mode. At this time of year I am gearing up for the Spring/Summer/Fall tourist season along the St. Lawrence River/Thousand Islands as well as participating in a number of shows in Central New York. So creative energy is sometimes sapped by the business part of maintaining a successful studio. Taking advantage of things like the roundtable discussions definitely helps to put me back on track.

So What Am I Working on Now?

Currently in my studio I have four paintings in progress and one finished. Three of the in-progress paintings are pictured here along with Amy the Studio Assistant Cat. After last week's purple paint incident Amy has been surprisingly docile in the studio.

Two of the paintings (lighthouses) are earmarked for shops in the Thousand Islands area. Reproductions of the paintings will become prints and cards sold in the shops. Another painting needs to be finished by tomorrow to go in to a show this weekend. A few color adjustments need to be made and the wrap around canvas sides need to be painted. And the very soft watercolor was a demo piece for my Watercolor: the Basics class at the Eye Studio. It is quietly beckoning me to finish the piece.

There is one more in-progress painting, not pictured here, just lightly sketched on watercolor paper. Another by-product of teaching--always need to have a demo ready to go.

So it looks like I will be pleasantly busy for a while. Stay tuned. There should be some new paintings posted soon!











Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Watercolor Class Beginning March 14





For anyone looking for a Watercolor Class in the Syracuse area--

I will be teaching at the Eye Studio 712-714 West Manlius St in East Syracuse.
Watercolor: the Basics
Beginning March 14, ending May 9 (no class on April 18)
Adults/teens 15+
Tuesdays, 4:00 - 6:00 pm
All supplies included
Cost: $200
The best way to learn the beautiful luminous technique of transparent watercolor is to begin with the Basics. In this class you will learn the properties of watercolor, color mixing, wet-on-wet technique, dry brush and creating texture. In each class there will be a demonstration by the instructor, with ample time for students to experiment with techniques. 
Contact Ilene Layow at the Eye Studio for registration information.
315 396-0519 or 315 345-4576.



Thursday, January 26, 2017

Reaching for the Light

"When Trees Rest" watercolor

Reaching for the Light

In my last post I referenced the idea of chasing the light as the hours of daylight grow longer. I had been working with a series of winter paintings in acrylic and watercolor. The two paintings in the last post were very different in approach: one with a dramatic winter lighting, the sun low in the sky but still lending enough light to bounce colors off the snow and cast long purpley-blue shadows. 



The second painting was more subdued with a pale winter sun and limited palette. It also made use of some abstract elements which teased our perception of foreground, middle ground, background.

In the third painting I had planned on a towering tree with bare branches against a powerful gray sky. But somehow "gray" never happened. 

I had sketched the tree on watercolor paper, and instead of pulling out the Payne's Gray, murky blues, and a little Raw Sienna, I filled my palette with bright cheerful colors and began dropping them onto a piece of crumpled tissue paper spread over my wet watercolor paper. I wasn't sure how much color would soak through the tissue paper but there was certainly enough to create the vibrant sky in the final painting. The crumpled tissue paper I had painted over, left a wonderful pattern of crinkly lines and blotchy spaces. The pattern and the push/pull of warm and cool colors created a sense of depth in the sky. The use of atmospheric perspective (branches reaching endlessly to the sky) re-inforced that concept.

I realized at some point that the tree and sky reminded me of the these words by Greta Crosby: "When trees rest, growing no leaves, gathering no light, 
They let in sky and trace themselves delicately against 
dawns and sunsets".

And so instead of a painting of a tree against a dark overcast sky, we have a tree at rest. Not growing, but still reaching for the light against a glorious sky filled with hope for the coming Spring.

The Art of Winter

You can see all three of these paintings in The Art of Winter at the Thousand Islands Arts Center, in Clayton NY. The show opens February 3 and runs through March 17.

Related Posts:

http://joanapplebaumart.blogspot.com/2017/01/two-views-of-winter.html