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Monday, August 7, 2017

Exciting News!

Botanical and Floral Art Competition
Blossoms on Main Street, pastel, 12x12" 
I am happy to announce that I have received two awards in Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery's August 2017 show, "The 7
th Annual Botanical & Floral Art Exhibition."  "Blossoms on Main Street" won in the Special Merit Category and "Bee Still" received a Special Recognition Award.
This international art competition received submissions from17 different countries and from 37 different states. Overall, 720 entries were judged.

Bee still
Bee Still, pastel, 12x16" 
View the show here!

All participating winners of the competition have their artwork exposed and promoted online through the online gallery and through social media to thousands of visitors each month.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Playing with Pastels: It's Official...

Playing with Pastels: It's Official...: The studio is ready for art-making. Classes will start in September!     As many of you know, my husband and I mo...

It's Official...

The studio is ready for art-making.

Classes will start in September!


As many of you know, my husband and I moved to Vermont about a year ago to be closer to my daughter. We bought a fixer-upper house in Middlebury, Vermont and dove into a very huge project!

I have just formed Judy Albright Fine Art LLC and I now have a wonderful new studio space where I will be able to teach painting and drawing classes.  

In addition, I am working on developing some one-time art experiences called Creativity Uncorked! More to follow on that!

All classes will be held in my home studio
Blue Wing Studios
1 Chipman Heights, Middlebury, Vermont 

Introduction to Pastels
with Judy Albright

Love color and want to make some beautiful art? Worried about your drawing skills? Not sure if you are going to like pastels? It’s OK! There is no need to invest in materials and instruction until you think you are going to enjoy it. These two FREE classes offer guided instruction and will be fun and relaxing. All materials will be provided. No experience is required and absolute beginners are welcome! 
Ages:        Adults & mature teens welcome  
When:      2 Tuesdays, September 5th  & 12th, 6:30-8:30pm
Fee:           FREE 
Registration required. Call Judy at 802-989-7644 or email her at judyalbright@snet.net

In this stress free, fun class participants will experience a nurturing community atmosphere that will ignite artistic and personal growth whether you are a first time explorer or have had some experience.
Students in this class will develop basic pastel painting techniques while discovering their own style. Using guided, personalized instruction students will improve their drawing skills and learn how to chose colors and tones that create harmony in their work and enhance their ability to compose their pastel paintings effectively. 
Ages:        Adults & mature teens welcome
When:      5 Tuesdays, September 19th – October 24th, 6:30 – 9:00pm
Fee:          $185
Materials included 
Registration required. Call Judy at 802-989-7644 or email her at judyalbright@snet.net

DRAW, PAINT, CREATE! for two dimensional media
Designed for students with some experience in their medium - graphite, oil, pastel, acrylic, or watercolor. This class will enjoy a supporting studio atmosphere that will inspire artistic growth through individual attention. Among topics to be discussed will be color, value, composition and developing style, but will be guided by the needs and desires of those attending
Ages:        Adults & mature teens welcome  
When:      5 Mondays, September 18th – October 23rd, 1:00-3:30pm 
Fee:          $175 
Students bring the materials of their choice 
Registration required. Call Judy at 802-989-7644 or email her at judyalbright@snet.net

Monday, November 21, 2016

Stick to Your Values

"Tangled Up in Blue", oil, 12x12"
The dictionary says...

"Core values are the guiding principles that dictate behavior and action."

I hold many core values that have been defined by my faith and my upbringing. I try to stick with them in all that I do as a person and a citizen.

As an artist the concepts of value and color guide my palette choices. I try to always begin a painting with a small value study such as this one for "Tangled Up in Blue". (The tick marks guide me when I transfer my composition to my painting surface.)

I have a little trick I use to check my values as I paint...

I take a photo of the painting and use the mono filter to change it to a black and white version of the painting.

It is pretty close to the value study! Yeah! When it isn't, this trick helps me make adjustments. Notice how I added some highlight to the spoon.

Stick to your values in life and in painting!

Monday, November 14, 2016

Amazing Mistakes

"When Life Gives You Lemons", oil, 10x8"

"Go and make interesting mistakes, make amazing mistakes, make glorious and fantastic mistakes. Break rules. Leave the world more interesting for your being here. Make. Good. Art."

~Neil Gaiman

When life gives you lemons... well you know the rest! I don't know about you, but I really hate making mistakes. One of the scary things about being an artist is how easy it is to make mistakes every time you make a stroke!

The painting above went through many stages and at least one big mistake! Take a look at the "mistake phase"  of this painting...

This was actually the block in phase of the painting. Notice how I used a lot of orange in the under painting of the gold cup and the yellow lemons. Made sense to me, however...

When I started painting I got carried away with the orange in the cup and it didn't work with the composition.

Fortunately, I was able to scrape off the orange and get back to the original and much better suited color composition. I also warmed up the foreground to make everything pull together more successfully.

Embrace the mistakes! And have fun playing with your paints and pastels!

Friday, November 4, 2016

Mix It Up!

"Napkin with Pear", pastel, 5x7"
"There are always a myriad of color choices that will work in any situation, as long as the tonal value is appropriate."
Gaye Adams
Last week I shared my thumbnail value drawing in preparation for
painting. I could have made so many different color choices, but decided on a mostly blue composition with the complement of the orange pear.

Mixing colors can be surprising at times! Take some of the shock out of the process with the following color mixing exercise...

  • Use each color on the palette you commonly use or think you like. In the first row, paint the color straight from the tube. For pastels, begin with the most saturated colors corresponding to the 12 hues of the color wheel. In each subsequent row add a tint of white. See how light you can go!

  • Choose three primary colors from your palette and their complements. Gradually add the complement to each, making the color duller and darker.

    Next add white and the complement. Don't you get some amazing neutrals!?? 

    Mixing color need not be shocking if you understand the basics of color theory and are willing to experiment!

    Have fun playing with your paints and pastels!

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Good Values

"Wonderful World", oil, 6x6"
"Value does the work, color gets the glory."
Richard McKinley
Why is it so important to have a good understanding of values when you paint?

1. Values describe the scene in three important ways:
  • Whether the subject has volume or is flat.
  • What kind of texture the surface of the subject has.
  • Where the light source is located, and how bright it is.
2. Values create the visual structure of the painting
  • The darks and lights of a painting do more than just provide descriptive information-they also determine its structure.

When you look just at the values you see the movement through the painting.

Take the time to do a thoughtful value drawing thumbnail before you begin a painting. This one to the right is very small and has already helped me prepare for my next painting!

Have fun playing with your paints and pastels!