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Friday, July 24, 2015

Acrylic Abstraction for the Absolute Beginner Starting Sep 24, 2015 - Some New Projects

Acrylic on Wrapped Canvas
These are some of the fun projects will be working on at the next Acrylic Abstraction class starting Sep 24 at the Port Moody Arts Center.

We will explore fun and innovative approaches to painting using a variety of surfaces and different techniques to create interesting effects using acrylic washes, glazes, texture and layering. This class will be a fun exploration for beginners and more experienced students. 

If you would like to join me, please register online at Port Moody Arts Center Online Link or call 604-931-2008.  Please register at least 5 days prior to class start date.

Acrylic on Wrapped Canvas

Acrylic on Wrapped Canvas

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Student Work from my Acrylic Abstraction Class - Next Class Starts Sep 24, 2015

Check out my Fine Art Page for more images of my student's work.

If you are interested, I have another Acrylic Abstraction class starting Sep 24 on Thur nights from 7-9pm.  You can register online at Port Moody Arts Center Online Link or call 604-931-2008 to register.

Friday, July 17, 2015

Registration for Fall Art Classes Has Begun

Still Life Sea Shell - Oil on Panel $350 Framed
Please check out my Workshops & Classes page to see a full list of classes I am offering this September.

We will be doing several new projects and some fun exercises to get the creative juices flowing, I am so excited!

If you are thinking of joining me, please don't wait too long to decide as spaces are limited and students have already started signing up for several of the classes.

Looking forward to another fun fall of teaching and sharing my love of art with all the art lovers out there :)

Tuesday, July 07, 2015

Drawing From Life - Student Drawing Critique

Student Drawing - Graphite on Paper
This is a beautiful drawing one of my students completed and was brave enough to bring to class for a critique.  We used onions as part of our still life set ups during the class.  She followed the process we used in class and drew the onions from life and did an amazing job!

We did the critique during class but a few areas that the drawing could be improved are listed below:
  •  increasing the value range to create more depth on the onions paying close attention to how the light is hitting the object (we went over light logic in depth during class)
  • the cast shadow on the table especially where the onions meet the table need to be darker and help to ground the onions on the table
  • shading across forms to help objects feel like they are occupying the same space (and are just super fun to draw)
  • the center of the onion should not have such a strong value contrast, this area needs to be darkened as it is not receiving direct light
  • avoid solid lines such as in the stem on the smaller onion, they flatten the object and draw the viewers eye
 I look forward to seeing more of her drawings and paintings, they are a treat for the eyes :)  If you are interested in attending a drawing class with me, please visit http://www.stateofartportraits.com/art-workshops-lessons.htm for dates & times.