Sunday, December 18, 2011

December 17, 2011

Here it is, the last class of 2011, marking the end of another year for us. We wish you all the peace, beauty and joy of the season and look forward to seeing you again in the new year. All our best!

Saturday, December 10, 2011

December 10, 2011

Only one more class to go before break and you can feel the pace quickening! Between finals, vacations, and shopping, attendance was a little sparse--but we had a wonderful time nonetheless. So slow down, relax, hum a holiday tune and enjoy the art below. See you next week!

Saturday, December 3, 2011

December 3, 2011

It was gray and rainy outside, but spirits were high inside. We're getting ready for winter with a last flurry of fall landscapes and warm, fuzzy kittens. There were joyous bursts of color (despite it being "paper towel" day). And we're looking ahead to snow days and Christmas sleds. Enjoy yourself. We certainly did!

Saturday, November 19, 2011

November 19, 2011

Today, fall showed her other side. The weather was gray and chill--the opposite of last week's clear, crisp, sun. But we more than made up for it with a glorious burst of color. Everything we painted--landscapes, cityscapes, fruit, classic colorwheels and even cats and concrete--was vibrant and lovely. Look below and see.

While some of us forgot about swap-o-rama, all the paper was snatched up and we look forward to seeing some fine new works on that paper.

If you're following along with our artist paint-alongs, click here for a chance to see Ken paint the award-winning cats he's known for.

We'll be taking next week off for Thanksgiving, but look forward to seeing you the week after that.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

November 12, 2011

It's another beautiful fall day, and we all seemed drawn to painting fall scenery (even if some of it was urban fall scenery!). But the overarching theme seemed to be "plaid." We had great watercolor plaids by our talented newbies--they all started from the same place and everyone's paintings were unique and lovely. Even our teacher wore plaid--a plaid that combined the colors of fall leaves and a handcrafted touch. Look here to see her plaid pants! Then scroll down and see our paintings.

Finally, we have something to look forward to next week--a return of last year's popular "Swap-o-rama." We all bring an art supply (or two) that we're not using or that doesn't seem to work for us. Everything goes on a giant table and everyone takes something. It's a great chance to learn and try new materials. And how timely--as we're moving into the holiday season, this is definitely something to give thanks for!

Sunday, November 6, 2011

November 5, 2011

Another glorious fall day! We had a great time painting--and some wonderful paintings to show. Even the beginning exercises are amazing--same materials, same instructions, wonderfully unique results. Check them out.

Sadly, the video gremlins continue to haunt us. We only managed to capture part of our circle. And part 2 of our "watching the artists at work" series has completely evaporated. So you'll miss the nature walk through Sara's trees and Susan's beach. But at least you'll see the still photos--and they're all well worth the scroll. Wait, maybe they're video zombies instead of gremlins...and they eat video instead of blood...who knows?! Just keep scrolling!

Saturday, October 29, 2011

October 29, 2011

What a beautiful crisp fall day! A perfect time for "back-to-school," isn't it? Apparently so, as we have six new students you'll meet next week. Meanwhile, look at all the inspired fall paintings with trees, leaves and colorful foliage--although some of us take a last look back at summer with summer homes on the beach. Ken's painting of his cats got the class seal of approval. Look and see if you too don't feel compelled to say "Awww!" They're just too cute!

And if you're following our artist paint-alongs, click here to see Elaine O. paint pictures at a gallery.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

October 22, 2011

It's a lovely fall day, the last day of our semester...and we had some problems! Nothing serious, but we were camera-less. While we managed to get video and photos on one of those new-fangled phones, only the still photos turned out. For some reason, we could only get audio from the video file. Since we know you don't tune in to hear us paint, we eliminated the video this time.

There's a good news side of the story. Class starts again next week, so you won't have to wait long for a video. But if you really need to see us in motion, here's the promised video of Susan painting an apple (part 2). And next week, we've been offered a new challenge/opportunity/theme by the teacher. Let's see who takes her up on it--and what part of the challenge we may accept! See you next week!