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Monday, March 30, 2015

Week-long Watercolor Figurative and Portrait Workshop

It was a busy week at Santa Clara Valley Watercolor Society. We had a room full of talented, creative artists. Everyone worked hard, learned a lot and even had some fun! A bonus: coming home to 5 loads of clean laundry thanks to the amazing Yves Habets.

'Demos from the week'
Demos from the week

'It was a fun week with this group.'
Fun group!
Studies, sketches, and swatches
Sketches and color studies
'Student painting in progress'
Student painting

Monday, March 23, 2015

New Dancer Painting

Here is another painting for my upcoming exhibition, Upstage, at the Mansions on Fifth, Shadyside, Pittsburgh. 

Show dates: May 27 through August 31, 2015
Opening reception: Weds, May 27 from 5:30 - 8:30 pm.

Four Twenty Two, watercolor, artwork size 27 x 34", framed size 32 x 40"

Monday, March 16, 2015

Monday, March 9, 2015

A New Painting, An Old Drawing

Two versions of the same pose:

"Spent II", w/c, 17 x 21"
















"Spent", charcoal/pastel pencil, 12 x 16" (sold)

Monday, March 2, 2015

Into the Woods I Go

My cozy studio for the week

















Last week I ran away! Not exactly, but sort of. I spent a solo week in a cabin in the woods in the dead of winter. So quiet, not a soul around. At first, that was disconcerting, but after a few days, the chatter in my head quieted, my pace slowed, and my thoughts were clearer.

My day consisted of waking up around 5 am, throwing a log on the hot embers to get the fire going again, sitting in a chair with my coffee and mentally planning my day. After eating, I would start painting, and continued working for about 10-12 hours each day. Sometimes, I would listen to music or a podcast, and sometimes I would shut everything off and listen to the stillness. Before I knew it, it was getting dark and it was time to sit again in my chair in front of the fire; this time with my supper and a glass of wine.

The week went slowly and quickly, at the same time. It was a perfect getaway and opportunity to work, uninterrupted, for days on end.


Some of the paintings, drawings, sketches and
color studies I worked on.

Monday, February 16, 2015

Donating Artwork

When most people ask artists to donate artwork for a good cause, they are unaware of this fact: the artist can only deduct the cost of materials on their taxes, NOT the price of the artwork. (At least, I want to believe that they are unaware and not trying to take advantage of the artist.) In other words, A $900 watercolor painting is worth about $60 in the eyes of the taxman.

Don't get me wrong, I do donate artwork to a few charities that I've chosen in advance to support. But I've also been asked to donate artwork so many times that I had to come up with a better response than "Hell no." Art business consultant, Maria Brophy, addresses this in her excellent article DONATING ARTWORK

Below is a form letter I now send to expectant donation seekers:

Dear (person seeking free art for your cause),

Thank you for the opportunity to donate art to your organization. I would be honored to have my artwork and name associated with your event.

Due to the heavy volume of requests from many deserving charities, I’ve developed the following guidelines to enable me to donate artwork without incurring a loss for my business (see below). As you may know, current U.S. tax laws are unfavorable to artist donations. (There is little to no write-off for artwork, aside from materials.) By offering these terms to all artist donations, your organization will: Attract top quality, high value artwork; and over time, will become known as the go-to-organization for unique and valuable art.

If these terms are agreeable to you, please print out the form below, sign and return (you may scan and e-mail or send by mail). Regardless of your decision, I wish you much luck with your fundraiser.



Charitable Donation Guidelines

Peggi Habets will select a framed painting from her recent collection. A minimum or a reserve price will be set and will be designated by Peggi Habets. (This is required to honor the value of the artwork for our existing collectors and our partner galleries.) Peggi's paintings range in price from $900 - $3000.

The organization agrees to split the proceeds from the sale or auction 50/50 (50% to Peggi Habets and 50% to the organization). I ask for payment within 9 business days of the sale. The name, address, phone and e-mail of the buyer will be provided to Peggi Habets for her records.

In the event the artwork does not sell, it will be returned by the organization to Peggi Habets Studio within 9 business days in the same condition it was received. If the artwork is damaged, the organization agrees to compensate Pegg Habets for the cost of repairs, or if it is irreparable, for the cost of the artwork.

We agree to the above terms:
  
Name _________________________________________________________    
  
Title ___________________________________________________________ 

Date _______________________

Monday, February 9, 2015

Watercolor Portrait Demo

I gave a painting demo at Bethel Park Artists League, using washes and layers to show how I define the facial features and build structure of the face. The first image is the demo after 1 1/2 hours, which included discussion and taking questions from the group.

The second image is the finished version after another hour in my studio.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

New Dancer Painting

Here's my latest watercolor painting for "Upstage", a exploratory exhibition of dance. This is a group show with each of four artists working in their own style and medium. My focus in this series is the solitary dancer and the work and preparation behind the scenes. Each painting uses color, texture, and gesture to create a specific mood and emotion.


The exhibition will be in May, 2015 at Galerie Werner at the Mansions on Fifth, Pittsburgh, Pa. Details to come!

Quiet Persistance, watercolor, 23 x 20" before framing

Monday, December 1, 2014

Commissioned Pet Portrait

I rarely take commissioned pet portraits these days, but every once in a while a former client will return with a request for an additional portrait--usually because they have a new addition to the family.

Below are two paintings I did for a client: The top one is recent; the bottom one was done two years ago. 
































Monday, November 24, 2014

New Painting from the Dance series

Coming this May, myself and three artists will be presenting an exhibition of paintings at Galerie Werner at the Mansions on Fifth in Pittsburgh, Pa. The theme is dance and we have some exciting artwork to share from four unique perspectives and a variety of media.

Stay tuned for more info as we develop the show. In the meantime, I will share a sneak preview of one of my paintings.

Solitary Pursuit, watercolor, 23 x 16" framed






Monday, November 17, 2014

Workshop Students' Paintings

I always encourage my students to continue working on their paintings after the workshop and invite them to send me their images. I received these after my last workshop in Charlotte and thought it might be nice to share them. 

The students were at all levels of experience and each had a different goal for their art. I love how they stayed true to their own unique style while incorporating what they learned. I try to emphasize that the workshop is not to teach students to paint like me, but for them to take what I teach and add it to their personal toolbox.

Below you can see that is the case. Aren't they wonderful?

KC, 1

KC, 2


Norie
Wanda

Susan, color study
Leah





































Nancy

Monday, November 10, 2014

New Painting

Here is my latest painting from the Dance series:

"Willow Wisp"
25 x 17" before framing
mixed media on paper

Willow Wisp       $1062.00



















Monday, November 3, 2014

Nifty, New Easel Setup

I'm pretty geeked out about my new easel setup for figure sessions or plein air. After researching easels and attachments for over a year, I've come up with a pretty nice system that is lightweight, easy to assemble, and perfect for watercolor.

This is the setup


The painting area has a cup holder for my water cup. There is plenty of room
for my travel palette, a roll of paper towels, and an area to mix paints.
I've attached a cup with a bungee chord to 
hold my brushes. 


Here is the easel without the painting supplies




These two arms did not come with the easel. My husband and I cut and stained
the wood to match. They are attached through the back with a wing nut and bolt.
I added velcro to keep the board from slipping around when I am painting.



This 12 x 16"  painting board was designed by a student's husband. It is a smooth
surface and ideal for mixing colors.It usually comes without the hole, but he
added it after I requested a cup holder. This board is also great for use as a
drawing board to tape your paintings or drawings. If you would like to order one, 
you can contact Enrique at enrique13@bellsouth.net

Monday, October 27, 2014

3-Day Watercolor Workshop in Charlotte, NC

I just returned from teaching a three-day watercolor workshop at Nancy Couick Studios in Charlotte, NC. It was a great workshop; the students were enthusiastic and willing to try new things.

I arrived on Thursday and gave a painting demo for 30 members of the Charlotte Artists Society. 

My demo after an hour and a half
 The finished demo. "Make Me" 11 x 14" watercolor

During the workshop, we worked on value sketches, color studies, and then proceeded to our larger paintings. The students did an incredible job with all the exercises and challenges.

A student self critiques her work for the group












The students' color studies in preparation for their larger paintings.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Watercolor Workshop in Charlotte, NC this Weekend















Leaving Thursday for Charlotte, NC to give a demo and to teach a three-day workshop at Nancy Couick Studios. The workshop, "Going Beyond A Likeness", will focus on solid design and color harmonies to create an expressive work of art, as opposed to a merely copying a photo. Above are thumbnail sketches, color studies and color strips that we will be working on. Stayed posted for an update from the workshop.