Thursday, February 19, 2015

One cold and windy morning...

Lee's pan pastel painting...a long way to go.


Linda's lovely first watercolor on progress.

Chris working in pastel...great color choices.

Gerri (off camera) working in colored pencil.

Gerri's colored pencil painting in cute is this?.

Betty's vibrant pastel... in progress.


Donna's stunning colored pencil painting...looks finished to me!

Gerri, Chris, and Linda...very focused.

Helga's beautiful and detailed graphite drawing...early in the process.

Lee working with pan pastels.
A few brave souls ventured out yesterday morning, determined not to let the weather interfere with painting.  Although not in the photos, but definitely present, were Betty and Pat.  We got a lot accomplished in the time allotted and look forward to getting together next month to see where our imaginations and creativity might take us.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Realistic oxymoron?

by Donna
Our Inspiration
The whole gang (almost)
Creating art and ideas.
Gerri's beginning
Donna's beginning...
Lee's beginning...
Uh-oh!  Karen, Mary Ann, and Nancy!
Betty's beginning...
Pat's beginning...
Gerri, Chris, Linda, Karen, Pat, and Mary Ann
Judy's beginning...
by Pat
by Gerri
Paula, Pat, Linda, Chris (all from behind)
Lee putting on finishing touches???
WELCOME to all of today's first timers.  How much fun was this?!  The project today was to create paintings inspired by the book Realistic Abstracts...and others pictured above.  There was a lot of energy in the room and everyone seemed to be in the groove.  It's really exciting to see what everyone comes up with.  Thanks to all of you for being here today!

A very special thank you to Betty for providing our inspiration and for her most interesting and thorough lesson!

One of the things I love about this group is that we learn from one another.  Each of us comes to the group with his or her own strengths and weaknesses, and by working together, we are able to perhaps see different, creative ways of approaching a subject, or a new way to use a medium.  We are all students and the same time.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Pastels prevail...and, colored pencils, watercolors, and acrylics too!

Betty's fabulous pastel experiment!

Pat and Gerri.

Lee, Donna, and Chris.

Chris's beginning.

Donna's landscape.

Lee's in early stage.

Pan Pastels are FUN!

Lee trying...trying...trying.

Pat busy studying.

Pat's lovely still life.

Betty working.
What a fun day!  Betty, inspired by painter Ken Elliott, created a beautiful rendering based on one of his paintings.  Some are in the very early stages, and others are more complete, but everyone was success in their attempts today.