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Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Alexis Lavine

Perusing Cheap Joe's workshops landed me on Lavine's site. She's a watercolor artist with a bit of a different perspective. I especially like the paintings in her Galleries--All the Rest.

Saturday, December 19, 2015

December Holiday Soiree!

The WVAS had it's 2nd annual "Holiday Soiree" with yummy finger foods and fun white elephant gifts as well as a lovely handmade Christmas card exchange.

It's been a good year!

Friday, December 11, 2015

Chris Dunn, illustrator

Lines and Colors featured Chris Dunn yesterday, in particular Dunn's series of paintings (watercolor and gouache) inspired by The Wind in the Willows, by Kenneth Grahame. My girls loved this book!

Here's a lovely peaceful example:

See more on the artist's website:

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Christmas Holiday "Soiree!"

This has been a very good year for the Wabash Valley Artists Society.  We have had great monthly programs, a very successful juried show in September, a profitable fundraiser garage sale in May and fun paint outs.  We will end the year with a fun evening together at the home of Jerie Artz.  All are invited to come and share in the yummy refreshements, card exchange and white elephant gift fun!  RSVP:

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Artem "Rhads" Chebokha

Another Lines and Colors post, this one on a Russian digital artist whose work is a refreshing blend of realism and surrealism. And clouds. And light. Go see:

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Susan Doster Offers Classes

Susan Doster, a talented local artist and member of WVAS sent this information about upcoming classes she will be teaching:

> Just getting the word out about 2 classes I'm hoping to fill which I'm teaching at Morton this Winter and Spring!
> Additionally, I'd be grateful if you would please pass this information on to someone whom you think might have an interest.
> I'm teaching a beginning egg tempera painting class on Wednesdays, from 5:30-8:30, Jan. 13-Mar 2, 2016 (8 classes). Cost is $180+$15 supply fee.
> Then, from March 23-April 27 (6 sessions), meeting at 5:15-8:15, I'm offering a Pan pastels' portrait class . The cost is $135 + split a portion of model fee.

Examples of paintings for each class.

Friday, November 6, 2015

The Painter's Keys

Some of you will have heard of Robert Genn's letters. Although he has died, his daughter continues to maintain the website and repost his letters, each of which carries much wisdom for artists, such as this one on "genius":

I encourage you to poke around the site and find some words that you need from time to time.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

November Program

At the November 17th meeting, 7:00pm, Tippecanoe Arts Federation, Temre Stancfield will share with the us process of painting for her recent series of large, nature, circular paintings. You can read on her web site:

My paintings marry the pictorial elements of both still life and landscape. The intent is to capture the perennial life cycle and to celebrate the inherent sustainability. I hope that these paintings ultimately bring to the viewer a renewed vision of our world that we live in. 

Although I work alone in the studio for hours on end to make a single painting, yet, I find the process to actually be collaborative. In this way, the artwork is the visual outcome of a whole community.

Saturday, October 24, 2015

1People's Choice Award!

Is there a drum roll? The People's Choice award ballots were tabulated when the 2015 WVAS juried show was taken down yesterday.  The $50 Colortex gift certificate and bragging rights go to Debbie Remsberg for her acrylic painting, "Boat Shack."  Congratulations Debbie!

There is no award for 2nd place People's Choice, but coming in 2nd is Michael Lockerd for his watercolor painting, "Fading America."

Friday, October 23, 2015

One Week Left to See This Exhibit!

WVAS member, Pam Lassiter's exhibit, "Dans le Jardin de Pam," or "Pam's Garden" is on display until the morning of  Friday, October 23rd.  Pam has a collection of over 30 paintings, many of which are florals, on exhibit at the Henriott Group, 250 Main Street, Suite 650 (the 6th floor of the  Lafayette Savings Bank building).  If you haven't taken a stroll in her garden, you still have a few more days left to make sure you do!

October Program - "Show and Share"

Great time sharing together last night at the meeting - a few photos....shared, pan pastels, inks, grating paints onto wet paper, collage and more!

Monday, October 19, 2015

October Program - Show and Share!

Tuesday, October 20th is the monthly WVAS meeting at TAF. The program is "Show and Share" an opportunity for members to share techniques, media, whatever is inspiring you in your art. Come and bring a friend!

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Flowers and Still Life

I was recently at the Denver Art Museum and saw In Bloom: Painting Flowers in the Age of Impressionism. The exhibit is over but you can still peruse the info on it:

Among other lovelies, it included this one by Vincent van Gogh

and this Manet:

One really fun addition to this exhibition was that it included scents of specific types of flowers as well as freshly dug earth. You could smell these throughout the exhibition rooms. There was also a whole wall from which different scents were flowing. And you could snag a small scratch and sniff card to take away.

With my interest in still life, I have been poking around looking for resources and examples, and I came across this blog:
Although there are not regular postings on the blog, there are plenty of postings in the archives, including some on contemporary artists working in the genre. Following is one by Laura Jones, an Australian artist.