Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Class Notes for October 2017

Hi Everyone!

We quickly ran through a pen exercise building a zentangle form in our last class.  I didn't have a handout nor do I have a link to Pinterest where I found this design. As we did in class, you begin at the center of the design and work your way out in radial fashion. Everyone will develop a slightly different version based on their style and personality. Think about adding shading and/or color to spiff it up. Have fun!


November and December 2017 Teaching Schedule at KAA

Monday, June 26, 2017

June Botanical and Landscape Projects

We've been working on compositions inspired by lovely shapes and repeating patterns. I suggested Calla Lilllies and here's some of what has been demo'd. Beyond that, we did some negative painting exercises that develop into landscapes.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Crab, anyone?

We've painted sea horses and turtles, so why not a crab? Here is a proposed project to get us playing with color and experimenting with technique... this sample of mine is not finished ...I want to deepen the color and add pen (of course.) By the time we are done with this, it will be off to Red Lobster for crab fest....

See you Thursday! --Angie

Monday, March 6, 2017

Some Mt. Hood Paintings completed and new Alpine Lake projects

You continue to dazzle me with your artwork! Today some folks finished their Mt. Hood paintings and we started our Alpine Lake project with gradated washes and reflections in water. Looking good all!

Friday, February 17, 2017

More Mt. Hood Paintings

We never made it to the portrait project, so that is still coming up for next week. Here are some of the results of our work on Thursday completing our landscape paintings of Mt. Hood as well as a cool, moody seascape by Sharon.


Saturday, February 11, 2017

Misty Mt. Hood Landscapes

We put it all together...flat washes, mist, trees, wet-into-wet and the results were really great. Here are some highlights from AM and PM...



When we meet on the 16th, we will complete work on current projects and begin projects going in a new direction. We will turn inward and contemplate faces...our own faces. We'll come up with silhouettes and/or conceptual line drawings and add symbols and washes of color to create interesting self-portraits. If you'd rather work on the face of someone you love, that's OK too. The thing about doing yourself is, you know yourself best...and you'll have all kinds of material to draw from just thinking about what you love, your favorite memories and things that will all go into your work. Every artists paints him or herself along the way... Now is your turn if you haven't done it already...and with a modern edge. I showed some samples of face art a couple of weeks ago for inspiration. Some of that is below along with some initial sketching on the computer using myself as a subject. Photoshop is a great place to begin to alter photos from your phone to begin the process. Get started and bring your drafts to class.
My prep work includes this... this is just a beginning. The sketches are the jumping off point for abstraction and symbolism as you'll see when you look at the inspirations below.
And here are those inspiration pieces I mentioned. You can see how some of these ideas lend themselves to pen and ink combined with watercolor of. Click on any of these to print at home. 


Where does your imagination take you????
If the pen and ink drawing seems daunting, you can go more in the direction of pure watercolor....


Friday, February 3, 2017

Class Notes for AM & PM at KAA

You did great with your flat washes in the "Cat in the Window" project. Thank you to Mr. Garcia for his wonderful inspiration painting. Next week after we complete this project, we will begin to put some of what we've learned together in a new Mt. Hood Landscape project which will incorporate flat washes, mist, and tall trees. Below you will find two inspiration photos we will use and try to translate into realistic interpretations of what we see.  If this is not your cup of tea, you can of course go in a different direction.

The Mt. Hood scenes that follow are similar, one with mist and one without. We'll work on painting trees some more for those of you who misted those demos in January.

 There's room in the PM class for any of you who want to bring a friend. Have a good week all!

Friday, January 27, 2017

Bears In the Mist

Here are some happy moments from our last class where it seemed like it was all laughter and a good time. I love that about our class. Everyone is there to have a good time in addition to doing art. Although the next class is the start of a "new month," we will take time to complete our January projects before moving on to other projects.