Great Day for Via Colori 2008

Sitting by Venus

Artist by Her Artwork

Great fun along with the weather as I joined over 175 artists to paint Houston’s downtown streets, all for a good cause. The Institute for the speech and hearing impaired hosted the event once again. The weather was gorgeous and time just flies when you are creating a piece of temporary artwork for the masses. Lots of art-lovers stopped by to see our work and I had fun sharing a little art trivia with them to help them guess the title and artist whose original work I was representing.

The event continues through tomorrow. The artwork is on Bagby and Allen Parkway. I am a few hundred feet from the big stage.  Read more.

Dry Media & The Upcoming Show

I hope you’re coming out to the dry media show I’m hosting in December. You can read more in the Events postings of this blog.

I wanted to talk about dry media. Dry media is the classic art media. It is elementary and pure. Most of us begin our art practice with dry media. Graphite, crayon and colored pencils were my first art tools. They are simple to use and allow experimentation with different techniques. The stroke and pressure provide variations of tone. You can work with the texture of your paper or not. You can mix the media or keep it pure.

Many artists begin their work with a dry media sketch. The simplicity and ease of packaging and use make them versatile and easy to travel with. Other mediums can be added to dry media and alter the effect. Some artists incorporate dry media in their wet media projects too. The possibilities are endless yet dry media remains a pure and classic work tool for many artists. It allows the development of light and shadow to give dimension to the image. It can be applied in unicolor or a mix of light and dark tones, or even in multi-colored options.

In the upcoming show my guest artists will exhibit works in pure dry media application. They have mastered or are experimenting with a technique and apply it to create images on paper or board. These images are representational, creating a realistic image we will recognize as true; abstract, creating a derived image that is independent of our normal reference; and impressionist, representing their subject with bright color strokes and light to create the image.

Until next time,

LA

December Show at the Studio

Dry, Shaken & Stirred, A varied art mix in dry media, is the show I’ll be hosting at my studio on December 13, 2008. The show will feature guest artists: Elizabeth Cencini, with works in pastel; Suzanne Lienhart, with works in colored pencil; Cam Lu, with works in French Conte; David Pierce, with works in charcoal; and Cathy Ward, CPSA, with works in colored pencil. Some of my pieces in colored pencil will also be part of the show.

What is dry media? Dry media is just that, not wet paint. No solvents, no water or other wet mediums are used to create these pieces of art. It is pure dry media. Besides pastel, conte, colored pencil and charcoal, dry media also includes graphite. The work on display includes three different art styles: representational, abstract and impressionist.

Come and hear the artists explain their techniques and creative motivation leading to the development of these pure pieces of art. Let these dry medium works shake and stir you, just in time for the holidays.

When: Saturday, December 13, 2008
Time: 5:00 – 8:00 pm
Where: 4848 Guiton, Studio 201, Houston, Texas (off Richmond at 610, inside the Loop)

Post Event

The new studio  opening was fantastic! We were all tired at the end of the day but very excited to see our friends and invitees come to our first Art Crawl. I was very glad to see my friends and meet new people who appreciate art and came out to see what we had on our walls. That was quite a bit of art!

My fellow artist partners and I at the Guiton Artists Studios are already planning our 2009 calendar and will share those event dates so you can mark your calendar early. I am very glad to be a part of this group. I have admired the work of these artists over the years and am now glad to be one of group. The idea to join came as I searched for a group of classically trained representational and impressionist artists where I could find a home for my work. This group is awesome. I have known them for years and now we have come together to let the community know about classical art.

The evening began with a bottle of champaign in Jerrie’s studio. As visitors flocked from studio to studio, we were all thrilled to show our work, tell people about it, and just see people enjoy it. I will be telling you more about each of the artists in the group so stay tuned.

I am also planning individual and invitational exhibitions. I will tell you more about them as they get formalized. For now, you can visit my studio by appointment or by letting me know you want to be on my invitiation list. I will send you an invitation to these special showings and future Art Crawls. Portrait client appointments will be scheduled at the new studio as well.

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