Friday, December 30, 2011

Organizing for teaching my upcoming class

I'm buying easels which were on sale just before Christmas in anticipation of holding a serious beginner oil painting class at my home starting in mid-March and shopping for some other supplies as well.  I found out that my plan to advertise in the local newspapers will be financially out-of-sight.  Now it seems that flyers distributed in the area and word of mouth will have to do the trick.  I hope it works.
The flyer will give my phone number for anyone interested to call and discuss details.  978-273-3496.
I hope to have a serious beginner class in the morning and a non-beginner class in the afternoon.  The focus will be on learning and discovery in both classes.  By all means, please spread the word, thank you in advance.

Motif No. 1 Rockport MA

I'm reading the new book that is a tell-all about the sweet old fishing shack in Rockport that has put Rockport on the map, sort of speak, with tourists and provides a new understanding for me about how Rockport got to be an art colony.  It also gives me a close-up, personal view of the lives of some of those early artists that have become household names here in the area. I highly recommend it.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Lully's Series Class

I'm signed up to work with Lully Schwatz to do a series of paintings.  She likes to paint in the large format and that's what I'm planning to do because while I was organizing my supplies, I realized I had a lot of large canvases. I love to paint large and haven't done that for a while, so it should be a lot of fun.  My ideas require me to take photos at sunset or sunrise, well, I haven't been able to do that yet, either slept late or there was no sun, and it get's dark so early, it's hard to realize at 3:15 that I should run out and take a sunset photo.

Ordered easels for classes

I took advantage of the Jerry's Artarama sale and bought 4 easels for the classes I am planning for March.

Framing-hanging my collection

I painted my stairway, hallway and dining room walls and finally framed and hung my personal art collection.  And my husband bought me a painting for Christmas.  I just love looking at all my beautiful paintings.  I never realized how satisfying it is to be able to look at one's own art collection.  Now I know what people mean when they say, "don't buy it if you don't love it".

Friday, December 2, 2011

This week in my studio.

I cleaned, organized, uncluttered, revamped, etc. my studio--just about every inch.  I built on to my vertical storage unit, ordered frames, a lighting system for taking photos, and shopped for classroom/studio furniture for the classes I will start giving in the early spring.  In the meantime, a friend gave me 10 years (at least) worth of International Artist (my favorite) magazines and I've had little sleep with all the reading I am compulsively doing.  It was better than Christmas receiving these magazines. I'm also deep into writing my book on Beginner Oil Painting, which will probably never get finished, but it will be a great help with my course syllabus.

I had oral surgery the day before Thanksgiving and ripped my stitches and got an infection, so I have still been busy as you can see, all things considered.

I've been running into friends since I'm hanging in the Sage Art Gallery, Haverhill, MA.