Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Twenty Portraits of American Veterans, New Look and New Shows

I gathered all 20 completed portraits on my studio and found it challenging to hang all of them together at once. However, it was worth the time and effort to bring them all together like a gathering of friends. They all seem to be silently communicating their stories to one another with the eyes and gestures. I'll be creating some new promotional materials from the photo to let everyone know about upcoming exhibits.

In the future the Portraits of American Veterans will no longer be exhibited with the large, cumbersome, overdone profiles that appeared with the paintings in past exhibits. Most exhibition spaces are not large enough to show all of the paintings, much less the additional profiles. I will create new brief information cards that will not take up valuable wall space or distract from the paintings. In another words, the PAVP is moving into the next level of professional level presentation. There will be a notebook with the exhibits, providing freshly edited biographical info about each of the veterans. This will clean-up the overall look of the show and focus the viewer on the veterans and their images.

Friday, September 9, 2011

New Classes and Workshops Coming this Fall

As the end of summer has approached it's time to think about the Fall and Winter art class sessions in my studio. I've been intensely focused on the "Portraits of American Veterans Project" for the last two years, with the 20th painting completed last month. Now I am turning my studio time over to new work and some new classes. I will continue developing the PAVP, moving into the writing, research and promotional phase with a few more portraits to add in the following months. I will post the new works as they are completed.


Oil Painting: A Fresh Approach Class: Adults and High School/ College

Thursdays 5:00 –8:00, 6 weeks sessions. 180.00 Begins 9/ 15- 10/27 (no class 10/6) I have taught this class at the Fine Line School of Art in St. Charles. Set-up a full color palette, mix and explore color theory, paint nomenclature,mediums and brush work, we will create a painting on canvas. Learn healthy alternatives to toxic solvents (no turpentine) while creating original and beautiful paintings. Materials list provided during registration. Minimum 4 students.

Portrait Painting Workshops: Adult Saturday Oct 1 & 8 , 10 am-3pm $120.00 A professional model will provide one 5 hour pose in Jeanine’s spacious and inspiring studio. Easels, tables, coffee. Bring your oils or acrylics and be ready to focus on understanding the skills required to capture the likeness of the model. Bring a sack lunch, beverages and snacks will be provided. Tuition includes model fee. Minimum 4 students.

Teen and Children Classes:Classes for teens will be posted soon, please check my web site or stop by my studio for info.Contact me to schedule a group art class for young children. BSA Qualified Merit Badge Counselor

Contact me if you are interested in a presentation in your classroom or for your civic group or artist meeting.