Sunday, August 31, 2014

The Artists Gallery

On Friday I received a call from the Artists Gallery letting me know that one of the studio artists is leaving and would I be interested in her space.  I went down to the gallery and looked at the studio and decided to take it.  It is a shared studio but there is plenty of room.  I will be able to hang my paintings in the studio and I will have a space to paint.

I am thrilled that this is happening.  It is a great opportunity and I intend to make the best of it.  I'm mentally preparing for the move, planning of setting up the space and making lists of what I need to bring in.  I want to make it a special place for me to paint, and think, and dream, and be inspired by the other artists surrounding me and even find time to work on my lap top.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Fall Watercolor Classes

The fall is approaching and so are my Watercolor Classes. Come and paint with me!!!
Here's my schedule:

The Art Studio Virginia Beach
Thursdays and Saturdays 10:00 am to 1:00 pm Intermediate Watercolors
(Thursdays an Saturdays at 9:00 am I will be happy to take in any Beginning students.  I will give an hour class with assignments and you are welcome to stay and work on your assignments.)
Cost:  $110.00 for eight classes, $70.00 for four classes or $25.00 for a drop in.
Contact me at or 757 650-5765 for more information or registration.

The Artists Gallery Virginia Beach
Watercolor Texture classes:  We will explore doing different textures with watercolor techniques, tricks and other media.  I will provide all the texture tools so you only have to bring your watercolor supplies.
September 14 from 12:30 pm to 4:30 pm Textured Seashells in the sand
October 19 from 12:30 pm to 4:30 pm Textures Rocks on the Ground
November 16 from 12:30 pm to 4:30 pm Textured Colorful Autumn Leaves
These classes cost $45.00 and registration goes through the Artists Gallery at 425-6671

My primary goal as a teacher is to help you to relax and enjoy the painting process.  I teach the basics and then I encourage my students to develop their own style.  In my classes I do demos and give technical and artistic information , I assist my students individually as needed and then we have a constructive critique.  I teach my students the rules then I encourage them to break them!

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Upside Down

I started painting this beautiful Dahlia in the May workshop with Suzanna Winton.  She offered this painting on her first day of teaching.  I really felt like I came home.  For the past year or two I've been struggling with my style.  I have taken workshops and tryed to learn ways to "loosen up" with no success.  When I attempt to paint loosely I just get a mess.  My natural inclination is to paint realistically.  I am not a hyperrealistic painter and I love painting more abstract backgrounds but I'm more of a contemporary realist.  I do not know why I'm like this but I am coming to accept that is the way I am.  Now I feel like I can concentrate on my style and try and develop it more fully.

I have recently joined the Artists Gallery at 608 Norfolk Ave., Virginia Beach, VA.  The gallery is a coop and it represents local artists.  Currently there are two shows running.  The first show is themed Surf and Sand and it's at the Artists Gallery which is open for viewing Tuesday through Friday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, Saturday from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm and Sunday from noon to 4:00 pm until Sunday 9/7/14.  The second one is at the Pavilion Gallery and the Towne Bank Building at 600 22nd St., Virginia Beach.  It runs until September 25th and is open for visitors from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm Mondays through Fridays.   If your in the area please check it out.  The gallery's website is

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