Friday, March 10, 2017

Two Enamelists All Fired Up!

 Portland, Oregon and Star, Idaho -  Artists -  Share Ideas! 

 Alisa Looney & I spent two days collaborating new ideas at her studio in Portland, Oregon.
We shared creativity in enamel techniques and thoughts on how to teach this glass-metal medium to others. Alisa and I originally met through our mentor in enamel John Killmaster in Boise.
Thank you John and Alisa for such inspiration....

We had a great time and are both looking forward to getting into our studios to teach and work!

 So much fun!

Succulents, Tulips & Irises...Must be Spring!

In Oregon this last weekend, I taught three different workshops back to back: 

Going Green in Woodburn on March 2nd,

Here's one example above...

Mixed Media Terrific Tulips in Tualatin on March 3rd,

 And, the new Painting an Iris in Tualatin on March 4th.

A couple of the artists' progress

Whew!  Lots of teaching and lots of beautiful paintings!  Keep up the good work ladies...

Brushes and then Going Green for Idaho Falls...

I've been busy!
While spending so much time in Idaho Falls, I've taught several workshops there recently; one being the ever-helpful "Does the Brush Make a Difference?" workshop on February 17th.  And then the always fun "Going Green" workshop on February 3rd, which makes one think of spring by using different mixes to make luminous greens.

Here are some of the artists' progress


You all did a lovely job!  

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Colorful Poppies in the Winter!

Last Saturday, in the middle of the cold, gray, winter at The Art Museum in Idaho Falls, a group of ladies gathered to paint some luscious, brightly colored poppies on Yupo paper!  The colors were so uplifting and they turned out so beautifully!

Lovely work, ladies!

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Who Do You Paint For...?

As I am starting the new year with goals for my paintings I ask myself :

·         What do I want to paint?
·         What methods, techniques do I want to use?
·         What mediums do I want to use?
·         Do I want a limited focus of my painting or do I want to explore new territories?
 In all these questions I come up with one common factor, who do I paint for?
 Let’s look at three possibilities……Show-Sell-Self

Shows and Competitions    
I so enjoy the opportunity we as artists have to show our work. There are endless possibilities for local, statewide, national and international shows, galleries and other venues that are available to us. I consider where my paintings fit for a particular show or entry. What is best for the venue? Who is the judge? What gets into shows? I need to know the rules and regulations of materials, size of the art, surfaces, framing or other finishing for my artwork. Keeping these factors in mind helps me stay focused.

When painting to sell I am thinking of my potential customer. I consider the subject, price, size and who my customer is. When I have a commission I plan carefully to meet the expectations of my client. I may consider trends in color and fashion.  

When I am painting for myself it is also a great challenge. My world of painting is wide open and can be overwhelming. But this is where I think I have the most freedom. I can set out one way and come up with totally other ideas that take me off into a new series, a new style or perfecting my current work. Over the years as an artist I actually found I am getting better at painting to satisfy myself (which is a hard task). I am my toughest critic. 

By working in my passion and being a little less concerned with the “Show and Sell” I find my paintings still sell and make it into shows. I believe this is because when we paint for ourselves we paint with more emotion. Most of you have found, as I have, that the paintings that sell or get into a major shows are those that express emotion, passion, creativity, imagination, interesting subjects or views of the subject. Often the paintings in competitive shows that receive acclaim are outside of the norm; the artists took risks. 

Whether you paint realism, abstractions, loose or detailed - paint your best and you will thrive. I so enjoy seeing it all. Express from your passion…paint on and share your success by allowing others to come into your world. If you are currently showing your work – great! Keep it up! If you have yet to show your work, please let us see your creations and we will applaud you.

ãLinda Aman    
Published in the Idaho Watercolor Society Newsletter January 2017         

Friday, December 30, 2016

The Christmas Gifts Workshop Raises Money for College Students...

...Supporting the scholarship program for the Eastern Idaho Technical College!

December 1st, I taught the pen with watercolor workshop for an evening of art, refreshments & fun.

This workshop's end products were a paperweight and several magnets with the artists' own artwork inside!

All the proceeds from the workshop supported the Eastern Idaho Technical College Foundation Scholarship Program, raising $850.00 for future students.

Christmas Wreath Making...

Ruthie (my daughter in law) and I want to share our Christmas wreaths we made. We had so much fun. Love her....!