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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Moving the Eye!

To Go!, 18x24", Judy Albright
I took a wonderful workshop this past weekend with award winning pastel artist Peter Seltzer. The focus of the workshop was Still Life and I learned so many things!
Here is an example of Peter's work...
Threads 4, by Peter Seltzer

Peter says,  "Still life is so much more than painting fruit in a bowl!"  Still life can express our feelings and thoughts on life. Peter achieves this in many ways. Subject matter, use of symbolism, composition and color are just a few.

Movement is another important factor in a good painting. Notice how the eye freely moves through and around his painting? How does he make that happen?
  • The repeated use of similar shapes - the small spools of thread and the large ones
  • The repeated use of colors that dance throughout the piece
  • The use of the measuring tape and its shadow drawing the eye across the painting
  •  Interesting negative spaces moving the eye across the picture plane
See more of his work here. 

This will be the last week of class in this series.  I hope you will join me for the next series!


NEW!
I Always Wanted To Draw... 
Three Saturdays, 9:30AM - 12 Noon        7/19, 7/26, 8/2       $90

An exploration of drawing as an art form for the novice or for those with some experience.
Like learning scales in music this class will cover the building blocks for great drawing. Those with some experience will improve their skills in creating the illusion of depth including perspective and rendering of light and shadow. Without stress or pressure each student will learn to draw what they see and have fun doing it!

Beginning Drawing & Painting In Pastels  
Fridays, July 11 - August 15   1-4PM       6 classes/$225

If you have always wanted to learn to draw and paint, but are a bit afraid to try... this is the class for you! 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 drawing and painting techniques while discovering their own style. Using guided, personalized instruction students will improve their drawing skills and learn how to choose colors and tones that create harmony in their work and enhance their ability to compose their pastel paintings effectively.

E-mail me to register and for a recommended materials list.  

Judy