Tuesday, May 31, 2016

The Experimental Experience in Tualatin...

While in Oregon, back in April, a group of some adventurous artists tried one of my newest workshops, The Experimental Experience.  For some it was easy, and for some it was difficult to take a step into a different way of creating art, but we all had fun with it!  

I think they turned out great, and it was a wonderful education for all.

Didn't they all turn out nicely??

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Nearing Our 2,000th Student...Invite Someone New to Linda's Classes!

Celebrating our 2,000th Watercolor Student!

Two Events

We are giving away brand new tubes of M. Graham watercolor paint $125.00 value (A very big Thank You to M. Graham)

Our 2,000th student is coming up very soon...
Invite someone new to Linda's classes... 
They could be the lucky 2,000th student and receive the paint!
The 2,000th student will be announced soon!

Also celebrating this event...drawing for a FREE class!
All students who take a class or workshop during the months of May, June or July are eligible to win. 


Sign up Now for May, June or July Classes in Oregon or Idaho!
  • Eligibility is for those attending paid May/June/July classes or workshops in Oregon or Idaho
  • Your name will automatically be put into the drawing from May/June/July workshops or class lists (1 entry per person)
  • The winner for the free class will be announced at the end of July
  • Sign up for classes or a workshop May-July ASAP for a chance to win!

Roses Being Painted Everywhere!

All over Oregon & Idaho (or at least Woodburn, OR and Twin Falls, ID) groups of painters are having fun tackling and succeeding painting the luminous colors and curves of a rose!

First, in Woodburn, Oregon on April 22, a group of painters tried out one of my many roses I enjoy painting and they turned out great!  They know the steps to take to finish the painting, so I'm excited to see them all done!  Be sure to show me when they are completed!

Then in Twin Falls, Idaho on May 14th, I taught the same class, different rose!  

Excellent work ladies!

Painting Small or Painting Large...

Years ago as a beginning painter, I only painted small, I figured the mistakes would not show up as much, and it was easier to paint. As time has gone by I found I like to paint larger and larger to use the expanse in new ways. 
Whether painting small, medium or large pieces we generally feel more comfortable painting a particular way. I always challenge myself to try new techniques, surfaces, colors, mediums, composition, style etc. I also find changing up the size I paint on helps me discover new areas in my work. 

The last couple years I have been painting a series of 8”x8” paintings in all kinds of media and subjects and mounting them on cradled wooden boards. (So far about 75 with another 25 planned). I have also painted a watercolor 45”x65” and a number of large acrylic paintings on canvas. I am enjoying the challenge of a large surface. I recently sold a painting 48”x72”!

Let’s look at thoughts for painting different sizes: 

Painting Small  
Fewer materials-less cost Less time to create
Can experiment
Use as gifts
Simplify images
Practice for a larger piece
Sells for less-more marketable
Easy to ship
Storage easier
Mounts well on surfaces
Work out issues
Test new materials
Smaller homes…smaller paintings
Miniatures are the “big thing” 

Painting Large
Impressive and expressive
Corporate use
Larger homes-larger paintings
New clientele
Large work space
Try new invented style
Some images demand a larger venue
Bigger than life
Paint abstractions and exaggerations
Bold – courageous-adventurous

Try painting diptychs or triptychs, two or three good size paintings making a large statement (composed to sell singly or as a set) 

Most artists have a scale or size they prefer to paint – try opposite. Painting large or small pieces is different, one is not better than the other. They both have their place. Go for the professional and impressive give your customers a choice. As they become familiar with your work, they may want variety and you have offered it. 

I would enjoy hearing of your explorations. Let me know what you discover in the small and large world. 

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Thrilled to Announce my Newest Award Winner...

...from the Nampa Art Guild 2016 Spring Show!  

My painting "After the Storm" won Judges Choice!

Here are some general comments made by the judge about the painting:
  • I saw the work of an artist who worked thoughtfully & planned one line at a time
  • She made conscious abstract design & composition choices, slowly and deliberately
  • Good color, alot of texture, use of line, good movement, layers & glazes
  • Can be interpreted a number of ways
  • Most who work abstract work fast and loose; it's great if it works, but most don't know why

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

The Golden Pears....(in Oregon & Idaho!)....

.... (on absorbent ground that is) were a big hit!
While in Oregon, I taught a group of ladies how to paint pears on a different medium, absorbent ground, all while mixing in other media, including gold leaf.

Then they all looked so professional on the cradled wood boards....!

Lovely job, ladies!

Now.....the results from the Idaho Gold Leaf Pears workshop...
On May 21st at my studio in Star, Idaho, I taught the same class to a wonderful group of ladies who also did a fantastic job, quickly picking up on the secrets of painting the curves of pears.  The gold leaf makes them so fun.

                                       I love how these always turn out so different!