Thursday, September 27, 2012

Shows and Parties

Last weekend Kelli and I had the privilege of judging the Colored Pencil Painters Guild art show in the Villages. Judging an art show is never an easy task. It becomes harder when there's so much good work to make decisions about. This is a new group in the Villages but very fast growing and they have an incredible amount of talent. Here are the top 3 award winners.... and my apologies to the artists for the poor photos but it's very difficult to shoot pics of paintings behind glass in a well lit room. The reflections are crazy!

Sue Franz
Golf in Azalea and Spanish Moss

Donna Caputo
Southwest Silver Dance

Audrey Hodges
On the Rocks

Congrats to the top awards! These folks are masterful in their handling of the colored pencil. It was lovely to see the textures they achieved along with the beautiful range of strong color and value. I have to share one more piece, an Honorable Mention winner......

Jan Jones
Rum Punch Anyone?

Just like the other 3 pieces I posted, I wish you could see this in person. It makes you want to just grab one of those cold refreshing drinks right off the tray. If you get a chance, take yourself and a friend down to the Lake Miona Recreation Center and check out their show. For more info about the Colored Pencil Painters Guild visit their website.

A quick reminder.....

Tomorrow night is the Friday Night Painting Party. There are still a couple of seats available so if you want to join us it's not too late to sign up. Send us a note at


Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Pumpkins, Paintings and Parties

This is September so do you know what that means, besides the fact that we're all really, really ready for the weather to cool off? It's time to paint pumpkins. This month at the Friday Night Painting Party on September 28th, we're going to paint an original 11x14 acrylic of 3 pumpkins that would be great for holiday decor. For the students that were here last month (see below) this one will be a little easier, I promise :) For $50 we provide everything you need - all tools and materials. Just bring your happy self and whatever you want to drink. It's a great way to have fun on Friday night and do something creative.

Here's the group from last month's painting party. They're getting busy on a floral landscape.

I gave them quite the challenge with this painting. They all jumped in with both feet and did a great job! And, they're still smiling.

One more thing to mention....... There will be a fundraiser special event for downtown Ocala's First Friday Art Walk this Thursday at Gateway Bank. Kelli and I will be there to share info about the studio, our work and our classes. We're also offering a very special auction item. Check out the poster for more info and check out the First Friday Art Walk Facebook page to get the latest on each month's Art Walk downtown.