Cherokee Cellars, a new art gallery and winery opening in Murphy, NC, is looking for a gallery artist. If interested, please send samples of your work to Cathy Cammick at firstname.lastname@example.org. She can also be reached at (941) 627-0055 or in the evenings at (828) 835-9565.
The new Artist Directory is a successor to the popular Touring Artist Directory, but expands the type of activities artists can promote to include not only performances, residencies and workshops but also a range of other ways artists share their work and expertise with the public, such as commissions, consultancies, festivals, guest curatorial work and artistic direction, mentoring and panel service. Selection for the directory is based on artistic merit and quality of experience in the activities artists wish to list in their profiles. North Carolina artists who are at least 18 years of age and have been year-round residents of the state for at least one year immediately prior to the application deadline may apply. Students are not eligible. Applications are only accepted electronically using Arts Grants Online.
Deadline: August 15
The Franciscan was one of the larger of the hotel’s meeting rooms and it was packed when Richard McKinley walked in the room. A tall, slim, rather good-looking man, who reminded me of George Clooney once he started speaking. His delivery was funny, personable and clever.
One of the more interesting of the demos, Richard McKinley’s approach was entertaining and well-planned. In his approach, he uses watercolor as an under painting, and in today’s demo it was a scene in Oregon showing an interesting line of tall pine trees along the horizon with a stream and ditch coming forward in the picture plane. His process has three parts to it: Sensitivity, the concept and the drawing stage; Serendipity, the intuitive rendering of your under-painting; and Solution, finishing the painting.
During the Sensitivity stage, Richard draws in his subject, using pencil. He places a dot in the center of his paper so he is aware where the center lies. The he draws in his subject, keeping it very loose, though he is very conscious of the perspective of the land and the trees, indicating this with concentric lines for trees going upward and simultaneously curved lines that follow hollows of the land. Richard uses a very sketchy style in his drawing because as he says, “There are no lines in nature. We are the ones that finish the closures.” Also in this stage, he figures out where his area of interest will be. During this conceptual stage, he decides on the horizon level, so he is mentally placing himself in the scene. Where one places the horizon says something about your feelings. If one is looking down, the feeling of the piece will be introspective whereas above the line is more ethereal. You, the artist, are in control of the placement. He relies on the rule of thirds: field of vision, field of view and depth and breadth.
The Serendipity or under-painting stage is the set up of your idea. This is where you set up the majority of your values and edges, soft to sharp and dark to light. “Be Playful,” he advises. In his watercolor under painting, he used: warm yellow, alizarin crimson, ultramarine blue, sap green and burnt sienna to make all his mixtures. Richard puts his darks in first and says that when in doubt use Payne’s grey or a neutral. He was working wet in wet on sanded paper and was allowing the all the drips to remain. He used warmer tones in the foreground and bluer ones in the background, using a “sfumato” technique where the transition between the lights and darks was smoky. He likes his under painting to be perceived as through a veil once he has applied his pastel. He feels this gives a feeling of depth in the landscape, so one has the subtle perception of things underneath. Richard uses complimentary colors in areas of luminosity like sky or water to create that quality of light that is opalescent. He uses orange and alizarin crimson in the sky and adds blue across part of it. He also adds green near the horizon but also uses this cool somewhere else in the painting.
Richard McKinley adds most of his pastel in the Solution part of his painting process. He advises that dark is a weight and suggests adding the darks and lights at the same time into the area of interest. Develop them simultaneously, and never get your dark darker than value three. He tries to use values that are close to the under painting, and advises trying to repeat the color whenever possible and weave other colors through it. When he uses his softer pastels, he uses it like staccato in music with pings of accents like dots or dashes.
Richard McKinley relies on field sketches, rather than photography, to understand the way the light and dark on the land works and also to finish his pieces in the studio. When out in the field, he has another bunch of 3’s he considers: where to paint, where to pee and where to park. His audience roared when he told us that one, as it is so true when one is working in plein-air.
A wonderful demo, full of interest, hilarity and earnestness as one feels he cares very much about his art and about imparting helpful information to other artists.
This is part 1 of the 2011 IAPS recap by our treasurer, Anne Kiefaber.
When I decided to go to the International Association of Pastel Societies (IAPS for short) I did not know what to expect since the only other convention I had attended was the National Portrait Society. It exceeded expectations beyond anything I had imagined and I have come away with new ideas to try as well as the realization that entering juried shows is very important from the standpoint of any sort of recognition.
Since there is so much to tell, I have decided to write a series of articles on IAPS in order to do justice to all my impressions of my first—but definitely not my only—IAPS convention.
Hotel Albuquerque stands on the outskirts of Old Town, the oldest part of Albuquerque, whose adobe construction and winding alleyways are charming and fun to explore. The 12-story hotel itself is constructed in a similar style with an adobe-like material and laid out in the traditional spanish style around a cloister-like courtyard.
The courtyard reminded me of monasteries since a lovely porch or walkway ran all the way around an enclosed grassy space whose outskirts were profuse with flowers. At the far end was a lovely arbor where trumpet vines climbed happily in profusion. Near there is another little courtyard where you find Luana and me in this photo above. Behind us is the pool but, of course, we didn’t figure that out till nearly our last day.
Inside the hotel are tiled floors, a casual café and restaurants where we ended up eating many of our meals. There was also another higher-end eating area, complete with white tablecloths, adjacent to the café. Then, there was the candy store, a euphemism for the vendors room. You can of course imagine why- we were all like kids in a candy store when we entered that room.
Terry Ludwig was well represented with a sensual array of all his pastels in all their wonderful nuances. Girault, Schminke, Holbien, Unison and the wonderful if pricey Henri Roche pastels were well represented. Vendors featuring papers of U-art, Richeson and the lovely pastelmat were also there. There were all sorts of artists demonstrating at the various booths, which was interesting to watch.
In our free time, we wandered through “Old Town” with its winding streets, fun shops and interesting courtyards. There is also a museum, which is both an art museum and a bit of a historical museum as well.
May Program: Painting in Plein Air
When the Impressionists ventured out of their studios into nature to investigate and capture the effects of sunlight it was revolutionary. Today painting from life is a pursuit that challenges the novice as well as the finest artists in the world. For our May meeting, we learned all about plein air painting from two members of the Piedmont Outdoor Society (POPS). Judy Meyler discussed oils and our own Addren Doss emphasized pastels.
The Pastel Society of North Carolina would like to host a Statewide Exhibition sometime in the next 2 – 3 years. Since this fall, Patricia Savage, with the representatives of our sister organizations, has been working on how to coordinate our different groups and establishing and writing up guidelines.
We have a list of prospective places to show and have started submitting work to find a venue. Along with the opening reception we would also like to run one or two workshops and possibly also have a day filled with presentations and mini-workshops. This is still in the planning stage, so there’s no guarantee we will be able to do a day of presentations. We know that one workshop is doable.
We want this event to help educate the general public about pastels and to promote our groups. We also want this to be a time where we can get to know other members in our societies and provide an opportunity to learn more about pastels and to learn from each other about how we work.
In order to make this work, though, we will need volunteers from our group to help her out!
Main committees will help with:
- establishing and maintaining a budget
- selecting and hosting a juror
- planning a workshop
- publicizing our event.
Please let Patricia know if you would like to help organize this exciting event!
As the IAPS Convention gets closer, we frequently think of things we’d like to communicate to people who are planning to attend or considering attending, but we don’t want to barrage you with lots of emails. Instead, we’ve created an IAPS Convention blog, and we’ll be posting to it frequently, with updates, news, a sneak peek at planning progress, and information that will help you prepare for the convention: http://iapsconvention.blogspot.com/. We suggest you bookmark this page, and check it frequently. We hope you’ll enjoy the posts!
See you in June,
Have some extra paintings that need a home for a month or two? Martin’s Curry Rice, a new Restaurant in Cary, is looking for artists to exhibit their work in their restaurant. For address and details go to www.martinscurryrice.com or call Martin at (919) 349-2363.
Check out the new art website by Google – the Google Art Project. It is much like Google Earth giving a “street view” of 15+ major museums around the world. Not only can you get the feeling that you are walking from room to room in the Museum but you can also zoom in on each individual painting close enough to see details down to the brush stroke. If that wasn’t enough you can also select your favorites and make your own private museum with up to a 1000 paintings.
Colleen Howe, PSA will be teaching a landscape painting workshop on March 5 & 6 in Florham, NJ. Interested students may contact Christina Debarry, PSA at email@example.com or 973-525-2544. Questions? Please contact Colleen directly at Colleen directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or 435-232-2470.
Pastel Society of America Juried Exhibition Award Winner, New York City, September, 2010
The Pastel Journal Magazine Top 100, International Juried Exhibition Award Winner, 2010
©Colleen Howe, All Rights Reserved
Date: Saturday, April 23
Time: 11am – 5pm
Location: Raffaldini Vineyards, 450 Groce Road, Ronda, NC 28670
Raffaldini Vineyards has asked us to display our work in an upstairs room of their vineyard. We may NOT hang our work in their walls, but will display our work on our own tables or full size easels. If you have 10’ x 10’ booths, you may set it up. You, or a friend, must stay for the entire event and your table should not be left unattended. The vineyard will take a 6% commission on sold work and you are required to collect sales tax. There is no insurance available.
This is a great opportunity for those of us who have merchandise for sale. Space is limited and will be assigned first come, first serve.
Arts writer/publisher Michelle Morton will provide you with the knowledge and tools you’ll need to impress your readers with an art book that has the look and feel of a big publishing house title. In her PowerPoint presentation, Michelle will discuss the do’s and don’ts of cover graphic design, interior page design & typography, photography and written content. Her publishing company, Morton Arts Media, LLC, specializes in writing and publishing art books of exceptional quality. From experience, Michelle has seen what an elegant, eye-catching book can do for an artist’s career success and personal confidence.
Thursday, February 10, 2011 or Thursday, February 17, 2011 from 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Ambleside Art Gallery, 528 South Elm Street, Greensboro, NC 27406
$75.00 per person (pay at the door or send a check to Morton Arts Media, LLC, P.O. Box 10466, Greensboro, NC 27408)
Please call (336) 312-8264 or e-mail email@example.com to reserve a seat for one of the two dates listed above.
M. Theresa Brown is giving an Art Marketing workshop, Setting Your Art Career in Motion, on Sunday, January 16 from 1-6pm at Jerry’s Artarama in Raleigh.
She will also be leading two pastel workshops at Jerry’s this spring and summer.
The deadline for entry for the IAPS 2011 Convention Poster Competition is February 1, 2011. Only one piece of art will be selected, and it will appear on the poster to be sold at the 2011 Convention and on the IAPS web site. It’s a great opportunity for an artist to get wide exposure for his or her work. It’s also an easy competition to enter, as no paintings will need to be shipped and the work does not have to be available or for sale.
At the same time as the 2011 convention, IAPS will host its 18th Juried Exhibition; the entry deadline for that event is March 30, 2011. IAPS is working on expanded local publicity for this event and we expect a good turnout of art collectors. The First Master Circle Exhibition (open only to IAPS Master Circle members) will hang at the same time in the same facility, increasing the interest for potential buyers.
Members of member societies can download a prospectus for either event on the IAPS web site, www.pastelinternational.com, under the Exhibitions tab on the site.
Finally, those who have not yet registered for the 2011 Convention are encouraged to do so; full information and online registration is available on the web site, www.pastelinternational.com.
Various items are now available for purchase through our new CafePress storefront! Please let us know if there are items you would like us to add. This is a great way to support the Pastel Society of North Carolina and pick up some gifts for fellow pastelists for the holidays!