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Saturday, January 17, 2015

Monochromatic Spheres....One is Never Enough

Monochromatic Sphere in Oil on Mylar
Monochromatic Sphere in Oil on Panel
Every time I paint or draw a sphere I learn something new.  I found these today while cleaning up my studio & getting ready for my Beginner Oil Painting classes that start on Monday.  There are still a few spots left,  for more information and to register visit http://register.asapconnected.com/EventDetail.aspx?pk=343460

The first sphere was painted on Mylar and looks very soft and blurry which is what I was trying to achieve.  Obviously I need a lot more work on drawing and painting straight lines, you would think that would be the easy part!  This was painted in one pass and could use a second pass to push the darker values more and have a better defined terminator.  Now that I found it I may have to do a second pass.

The second sphere was done on panel and I can't recall if it was done in one pass or two.  Again it could be pushed further so I will likely do another pass on both when I find the time.

It is funny, while working on these I do recall thinking they were horrible and I had planned on throwing them out but now that I see them I think, heck, not bad.  Distance is good :)

Friday, January 16, 2015

To Stretch...Or Not To Stretch....Classes Start Monday

Stretched Arches Watercolor Paper
Nope I am not talking about yoga but watercolor paper.  For me, it is most definitely stretched!  I love the surface of Arches once it is stretched, smooth as a drum and it accepts the paint so nicely.

I am getting ready for my classes that start on Monday, half way done with stretching and thought I would take a break and show my setup. Still a couple of spots left in both my watercolor and oil classes. For more information and to register visit http://register.asapconnected.com/CourseDetail.aspx?CourseId=50001  or http://register.asapconnected.com/EventDetail.aspx?pk=343460

Once I have the paper soaked and stapled to the boards I lie them flat to dry.  I purchased some Ikea Besta bookcases and placed them on their side which replaced my file storage system I made years back.  So much nicer to look at and makes a great window seat.
Arches Watercolor Paper to be Stretched
The image on the left is my stretching table.  I bought two trays from IKEA so that I could have one piece of paper soaking while I stapled the soaked paper.  I used to have one tray and it took about 30 min give or take to stretch 10 sheets of paper, that includes cutting and measuring.  I am horrible at drawing straight lines so I am sure that takes a big chunk of my time and most people could get it done in less ;)

With two trays, I got 8 sheets done in three Snow Patrol songs, so I am guessing 15 min max! Now onto the second batch of stretching.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Shell, Leaf & Pitcher Monochromatic Painting - Classes Starting Jan 19, 2015

One of the paintings I am currently working on.  For more information on the process, please visit my Fine Art Blog http://tcostescu.blogspot.ca/2015/01/shell-leaf-pitcher-graiselle.html

If you are interested in learning this technique I am offering a class starting Jan 19, 2015.

For more information and to register visit http://register.asapconnected.com/EventDetail.aspx?pk=343460

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Non-Toxic Oil Painting for the Absolute Beginner
Registration is Open - Class start Jan 19, 2015

Quick Oil Sketches on Paper
 Painting in oils can be non-toxic and non-intimidating even for the absolute beginner. We will start with simple exercises to learn basic oil painting techniques and then move on to painting a completed simple painting.

This class is perfect for beginners.  All supplies are includes.

These are some sketches that I painted last year for fun.  These would be for more advanced students but the concepts are the same so for beginning painters, we will start with very simple subjects of the student's choice.  Each student will work on a piece or two through out the course.

If you are interested in joining the class please register at http://register.asapconnected.com/EventDetail.aspx?pk=343460  and please register early as the Arts Centre as classes are cancelled a week prior to the start date if the minimum number of students have not been reached.

To see info about the sketches please visit my Fine Art Blog http://tcostescu.blogspot.ca/2015/01/monochromatic-oil-sketches.html

Friday, January 09, 2015

Winter Blues Getting You Down..Come Out & Paint Them Away
Acrylic Abstraction for the Absolute Beginner
Classes Start Jan 13, 2015

Seafoam - Acrylic 9x11
$75 Matted & Framed"
The only thing you need for this workshop is the desire to have fun! Explore exciting and innovative approaches to painting using acrylic paint and mediums.

We will create several small paintings using a variety of surfaces and different techniques to create interesting  effects using acrylic washes, glazes, texture and layering.

This class is a fun exploration for beginners and more experienced students. All supplies are included but feel free to bring what you have.

If you would like to join me, please register at http://register.asapconnected.com/courses.aspx?coursegroupid=9898 I hope to see you there!

Registration fee is waived for members. Memberships from $20.00 plus tax.  Call us at 604-931-2008 or visit our website for further information: http://www.pomoarts.ca/get-involved/become-a-member

We encourage participants to register early for Arts Centre programs to ensure minimum class numbers are reached

Thursday, January 08, 2015

Watercolor for the Absolute Beginner is starting again on Jan 19, 2015 ....only a few spots left!

Greener Pastures - In Private Collection
I have several new projects lined up for this session and am super excited to get back at it!

Artists will learn how to choose colors wisely, control water and paint flow while creating simple paintings.

We will focus on different techniques including layering transparent glazes, using opaque and transparent colours, colour mixing, dry brush techniques, wet on wet texture tips and more.

All supplies included in the cost of the workshop.

If you are interested please register sooner than later as there are only a few spots left.   Watercolor for the Absolute Beginner