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Sunday, August 28, 2011

We heading for Decatur!

The Decatur Area Arts Council designed, printed and distributed 1000 postcards for our exhibit, announced it in their 4000 mailing newsletter, on radio and TV. We were even interviewed by James Vorel for the Herald & Review, a local paper in Decatur about our upcoming exhibit!

Decatur is about 180 miles southwest of Chicago, 45 miles east of Springfield, and about 800 miles west of Milford. We were introduced to Sue Powell, the director of the Decatur Area Arts Council by a friend of our daughter who suggested we show her our work. Sue asked us for a disc of our images, we sent them, she offered us a show and we accepted! We've been getting ready for this exhibit - a joint exhibit of 25 of my paintings and 25 of Bob's photographs - for about the last year.

I am also scheduled to teach a Watercolor Journaling Workshop Oct 1, when we return to Decatur to take-down the show at the end of its run.

If you know anyone in the Decatur area, please pass this information on to them!

Wish us luck!
Labels: art exhibit, Decatur, Illinois, joint exhibit, Travel Art exhibit

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Tomatoes in a Bowl

A page from my Watercolor Journal. A friend gave us a big bag full of fresh tomatoes from their garden. I made some slow roasted tomatoes yesterday and had lots of suggestions from other friends about what to do with them. I decided to add them to my watercolor journal! Preserved forever now!

(Milford, DE, urban sketches)

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Breathe, Create, Nourish, Watercolor Journaling and Yoga Workshop, Vinyard Shipyard, Milford DE

The air in the early morning was still slightly cool with a nice breeze coming off the river that shone like glass. Gwen and I prepared the lawn and the porch, setting up chairs for her Yoga class and arranging things for my Watercolor Journaling. Everyone showed up on time and we wove the Yoga into Journaling, with lunch from Abbott's Grill topping off the day.

At the end, everyone shared what they had done and went away happy and full. Filled with creativity and nourishment - from the gently yoga poses that stretched the body and quieted the mind, to the watercolor journaling that absorbed the mind and touched the heart, to the very ample lunch that stimulated our taste buds and filled our hungry tummies. (sorry, no photos of the lunch - I guess we were all too hungry to take photos! Abbott's Grill created a delightfully yummy spinach wrap with chicken salad and a scrumptious chocolate chip cookie!)

We started the day with Yoga and a nice breeze off the River

Gentle Stretching

Then, on the porch, Introductions all around - think I had a Yoga "buzz" on!

Getting to know each other

Leslie's tree

Linda's river scene

Joan sharing her watercolor journal page - this old Wood Plane ( the subject of my lesson) - came from the Machine Shop

Gwen led our second Yoga session, after our first Watercolor Journaling Session

Yoga along the Mispillion River

Sudler with "Kismet" - originally built at the Vinyard Shipyards, brought home and lovingly restored by the Loflands

Rosemary and Sher in the Machine Shop

With Leslie at the Machine Shop door

With Leslie at the other The Machine Shop door

Jim's boat

Marylou's journal page - she composed a Haiku (poem)!

Joan's scale - a favorite artifact of hers

Journals - sharing the day's work

Next up is "Sketch, Cook, Enjoy" - this time combining Watercolor Journaling with a Cooking Class at Abbott's Grill Saturday, August 27, 8:30 - 1pm! You can register on our website for the Watercolor Journaling portion and on Abbott's website for the Cooking Class.

Eat your Art Out!

Friday, August 5, 2011

Watercolor Journaling and a Cooking Class!

My next Workshop will take place on Saturday, August 27, 2011 from 8:30-10:30am at Abbott's Grill where we will sketch and watercolor journal all the fresh produce that the chefs are preparing for the Cooking Class: "Canning and Preserving" that will follow immediately after.

I'm gearing this more towards artists who have some drawing and watercolor experience, (sorry, beginners) and we'll focus on design and composition of the page of a watercolor journal with simple fruits and vegetables.

You can register online for just my Watercolor Journaling Workshop (click here for the link) or by sending me your check for $20 per person. If you want to stick around, for an additional $35 (payable to Abbott's) you can attend the Cooking Class (preferred!) It will be a lot of fun and I hope you can make both ($55). And, if you don't want to participate in the Watercolor portion, you can register for just the Cooking Class by going to their website. Here's the direct link to the page for the cooking class: http://www.abbottsgrillde.com/events/cooking-classes.html

Either way, it's going to be a fun morning! Bring a friend!

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Marcia Reed's Workshop at MAL

I recently participated in a workshop at Mispillion Art League - "Aqueous Media" with Marcia Reed (Marcia Reed teaches painting and design at the Williston Northampton School. Since 2001 she has been teaching workshops and painting retreats in Italy and France. Most recently she has been on the summer faculty teaching painting mediums in the Elder Hostel program at Snow Farm New England Craft Center. She has exhibited her landscapes in watercolors and oils in juried shows in NYC and in galleries across the Northeast. Marcia owns the Railroad Street Gallery in Easthampton, MA.)

This is a little slide show of the last day of the workshop and you can see some of the works completed during the 4-week session on the white wall in the classroom. It was a blast! I can't wait to get back in my studio this week and let the creative juices flow!!

Our Decatur Exhibit is 1 month away!

"Summer, Verona"

Bob and I are busily finalizing and framing our work for the Exhibit "Travel Art: Italy and Beyond" for the Decatur Area Arts Council in the Anne Lloyd Gallery at the Madden Center in downtown Decatur, Illinois. We're bringing about 50 works and among these are 6 full sheet watercolors I have focused on for about the past 7 months. The three paintings (30" x 22") and Bob's photographs shown here will be part of the exhibition. Bob has been printing many new images that are really powerful and exciting!

The Opening Reception will be Friday evening, September 2, 2011 from 5-7:30pm. Our work will be on display throughout the month of September. We'll take it all there, attend the Opening Reception and use the opportunity of being in the general area to visit our daughter Jessica in Milwaukee before heading home.

We'll return again towards the end of the month to pick up the work and I am scheduled to teach a one-day Watercolor Journaling Workshop at Rock Springs Nature Center, 9-4 on Saturday, October 1. If you are in the area and wish to register for this workshop, call 217-423-3189. I'm excited about meeting some new people and journaling in this new area!

A few of the works in the exhibit:

Bob's "Castello Aragonese, Ischia"

My "Sunrise, Amalfi Coast"

Bob's "Mt. Etna"

My "Laundry Day, Puglia" (we'll also be showing Bob's version of this same image!)