General Meeting Info for the 2022-2023 Season!!!!
Next Monthly Meeting!
February 15, 2023
2 - 4 PM
Embrace the Unexpected
Creating art is a visual dialogue between the artist and their artwork. The
conversation can feel comfortable or exciting some days and other times it can feel
strained or repetitive. Join Lisa as she shares simple tips and demonstrates how to let
in a bit of the unexpected to add a new spark to your creative process.
The Artist of the Month
Bring a work of art, ready to hang, for the Artist of the Month
2023 January Program
Our January program starred our own long term member and construction guru, Brian Freeman. Brian demonstrated portrait painting with one of his beautiful (and patient) daughters as his model. Brian asked members to come up and select pastels from his box according to a 10 value chart he drew on the flip chart. His point was that the color selection was irrelevant – value was everything. It was a challenge selecting mid tone values but finally Brian had his 10 pastels that made up the value scale with colors ranging from pinks, greens, blues, creams to cranberry. On gray canson paper Brian drew a box and sketched the outline of his model, looking for shapes, where the light caught. As he worked, he modified the shape, layering and adjusting for smaller and smaller shapes that matched values he saw in the model’s face. Each section had a “nested” result from a variety of values, shapes and strokes. The end product was delightful. It was wonderful to meet in person again and look forward to February’s program featuring well known community artist and teacher, Lisa Larrabee with “Embrace the Unexpected.” See you February 15th at 2pm for the next General Meeting. - Karyn Vampotic
This demo was not so much about a portrait as it was an exercise in value selection. Value being the light/dark property of color. The purpose of the lesson was to create a palette with a selection of seven random hues with evenly graduated values. The goal is to emphasize the importance of the use of value (light/dark) in a representational painting with color choice being a much more relative and liberal decision.
Some benefits from the exercise are:
· the forced use of a limited palette
· emphasis on translating hues to a value counterpart
This forced palette is not necessarily to be adhered to for the completion of a piece. As a follow-up, I added eight more pastels in opposing hues for additional accents. - Brian Freeman
Thank you so much, Brian, for a great demo!
2022 Member Contest
Thank you all that participated in the 2022 Member Contest at the Holiday Potluck Luncheon. Great food and fabulous art. We couldn't ask for more.
November Paint Around!!!
The program for November’s general meeting was a Paint Around with the participating artists being Donna Lynch, Virginia Belser, Brian Freeman, Becky Neideffer, and Ellen Cholski. All the artists chose a variety of landscapes to paint. There was a building in a rural setting, a person walking and holding an umbrella, as well as views of some SW mountains, a NW salt-water bay, and the San Pedro River. Each artist started with 10 minutes at her or his easel and then rotated every 10 minutes to another painting. Although each artist had a different approach, it all ended well at the end. A fun time was had by all.
Each painting is signed by all artists in the collaboration. Artworks will be displayed in the building and will part of a silent auction. All proceeds from the auction go to fund TPS building restoration.
Five finished paintings by artists: Brian Freeman, Ellen Cholski, Virginia Belser, Donna Lynch and Becky Neideffer.
The return of Plein Air at Vistoso Trails Nature Preserve in Oro Valley -
Thank you, Morgan Canady, for hosting the event. - Check out the photos!
Artist of the Month Contest!
Artist of the Month/Artist of the Year Blog Page
For AOM/AOY rules and guidelines CLICK HERE!
Membership Directories Available
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For Call to Artists CLICK HERE!
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