Thursday, September 30, 2010

Fall Workshops & Art of the Carolinas 2010

5 Day Watercolor Portrait Workshop
November 3 - 7,  2010
9:30 am to 4:30 pm
Fee: $750 (model fee included)
McCormack Studios, Inc.
400 Market Industrial Park, Suite 11
Wappinger Falls, NY  12590
Phone: (845) 242-9000

Art of the Carolinas 2010
With a hotel full of artists, instructors, art material vendors and the Skybox Lounge with Bass on tap the Art of the Carolinas is always a fun event. If you ever wanted to know what one of my 5 day workshops are like this is a great way to get a sampling. Each one day workshop is 6 hours long. With demonstrations and lectures given each day you will be taken through a step-by-step procedure…watch,  listen,  learn,  and then apply. Will you walk out with a completed painting? Probably not, but I can guarantee that you'll walk away with a wealth of information.
1 day Portrait Drawing Workshop
November 11, 2010
1 day Portrait in Oil Workshop
November 12, 2010
1 day Portrait in Watercolor Workshop
November 13, 2010
Art of the Carolinas 2010
3415 Wake Forest Road
Raleigh, NC 27609
Phone: 919-876-6610
Fax: 919-876-0966

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Where were you in 1989?

Last month I came across an old video recording of the NJ Watercolor Society’s 50th Anniversary Exhibition in1989. The clip below is from the television program “NJ State of the Arts”. The exhibit opened at the Montclair Art Museum and then traveled to the Noyes Museum where the filming took place, and the exhibit closed at the Morris Museum in Lincroft, NJ. I can still recall driving down a deserted NJ Parkway during the tail end of the ’89 blizzard.

There was no size limitation for the exhibit giving me the opportunity to exhibit the largest watercolor I’ve done to date. Measuring 70” x 40”, “Pamelia” took 3 attempts to accomplish what I was looking for at the time. Spending nearly 6 weeks on the first attempt, the face eventually became overworked forcing me to scrap it. The second attempt was scrapped in the early stages after one week into the process. The third and final version shown below was executed in 2 weeks. 

 1988 - Watercolor on Arches 140lb cold pressed paper, 70" x 40"

 Working on one piece for 6 weeks and scrapping it certainly can be disheartening, but this is not at all unusual for someone working in watercolor. One can view it as a thorough study of the subject before executing the final painting, and in the end this enabled me to greatly simplify many passages of the painting. 

Daughter of Hope

Daughter of Hope
Pencil - 36" x 23"

Abby Rose

Abby Rose
Graphite & White Charcoal on Toned Paper - 20" x 16"