Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Fun with Childrens' Art Classes

My studio partner, Judy, and I have been holding children's art classes since May and having such fun. We've been working on art projects with 7 girls who love art. Judy gives the students painting lessons and I work with them on drawing. Here are a few photos. Notice the colored pencils ...... Today we gave them each a square on our floor and had them paint a picture to decorate our floor. Here are some of the works of art they created. All are doing an incredible job of mixing paint and learning how to draw.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Providence Art Club art exhibit

I've been working so hard finishing up my work and switching work out of galleries in order to have everything ready for my Providence Art Club exhibit which is now on display. Phew! I brought 25 pieces to be hung in the show and I haven't seen it yet. My work is in the Maxwell Mays Gallery with Jim Kubiatowicz' oil paintings. In the adjacent Moite Gallery hangs watercolors by Brian Larkin. Our opening reception is on Sunday, June 28 from 2-4 p.m. Everyone is invited! The exhibit runs until July 10 and the Art Club is open Mon-Fri, noon to 4 and Sat-Sun, 2-4 pm. Closed on July 4th.

I am looking forward to getting back to work and starting some new pieces!

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Drawing Colorful Leaves

Yesterday my colored pencil class drew colorful Coleus plants on dark burgundy Canson Mi Teintes paper. The class really did beautifully and I should have taken a picture of all the pieces. The dark background really lent itself to the greens and pinks in the leaves. At first the drawing exercise seemed a little difficult for them but we took it "leaf by leaf" and color by color and they all worked a fantastic drawing!

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Boats at dock - its finished!

I put this piece on an easel in my studio and looked at it for a while. I needed to darken and work the water around the boats, it was too light. Its finally finished and going to be framed tomorrow!

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Sunday's garden tour

It was an absolutely beautiful day for the garden tour and artists in the gardens. I think the top picture is the pool and sculpture garden at the late Anthony Quinn's house. My friend took this picture. The second picture is of the two toned pink peonies growing in the garden of the house I was working at and the third picture is my friend, Sheila, and I posing in front of the peonies. The last picture is of my iris drawing in pastels ... not finished of course.

Monday, June 8, 2009

Ann Kullberg's new book

Today I received my copy of Ann Kullberg's newest book titled "Colored Pencil Secrets for Success". Ann had asked me to send her an image of my piece "Patti's New Bowl" for her book and I was delighted that she chose to include me in this project. Little did I know that Ann was also wrote about my colored pencil skills and about this piece on the facing page! This absolutely made my day today ... was not having the best day ... attended a party last night that ended very late and then had to work at the gallery today. I was a little grumpy! Thank you Ann for making me smile!

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Bristol Garden Tour

On Sunday, June 7, I will be an artist in the garden as part of the Bristol, RI garden tour sponsored by the Bristol Art Museum. I will be working in pastel and colored pencil at 22 Courageous Circle on Poppasquash Point from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Several Bristol homes have opened their gardens and each will have one or two plein air artists working in the gardens on both Saturday and Sunday. We will also have artwork with us that is for sale. Come visit if you are in the area!