Alexis Lavine - Watercolor Workshop – August 14-16

By Alexis Lavine

Hello to everyone who painted with me last September at Amarillo Art Institute. I hope this letter finds you well, painting well and often, and enjoying Spring in Amarillo!

Spunky and I have been planning another watercolor workshop in August, and I am so looking forward to coming back to Amarillo and AAI!  I hope that you will be in town and will sign up for it.

Here are the details:

“From Ordinary to Extraordinary”

August 14-16 @ AAI

I developed this workshop after an interesting plein air experience in St. Croix a few years ago.  I was with a large (20+) group of plein air painters, at a lovely home which had several expansive porches overlooking the ocean.  Virtually all of the painters were out on the porches, painting the “million dollar view.”  I painted inside, where my eye was attracted to an old, paint-spattered ladder with a can of paint sitting on top of it.  The other painters thought I was nuts.  Why wouldn’t I be outside painting the sparkling Caribbean sea and the shapes of the cliff?  Truly, I thought that my subject was much more interesting and it was certainly different.  Here is the result.  I called it “Redecorate.” 

So – after this experience I thought a lot about the fact that many of us feel like we have to find the PERFECT, fabulous, ideal, picturesque subject in order to make a good painting.  And that’s just not true.  Oftentimes there are fascinating, surprising, engaging subjects right at our feet – - if we just allow ourselves to see them.

So this workshop will be all about painting those humble subjects and making great paintings from them.  It’s all in the seeing, designing, and interpreting. Fun!  And exciting too!

I will have several watercolor demonstrations planned for you, using “ordinary” subjects.  I’ll paint for you and give you lots of useful information about everything that goes into making them, from my first idea to my last stroke on the paper.  We’ll have at least one group critique plus lots of individual painting time and one-on-one help.  Please tell your friends they are invited too.  And people working in other media are welcome too.  Aside from my manipulation of watercolor on paper, most of the info I will be sharing will be very useful for people using oils, acrylics, or pastels.

Spunky has three new watercolors of mine on display at AAI – ordinary subjects for you to see.  I have also updated my web site recently, so you can see lots of new paintings there.  And I’ve been using Facebook every couple of weeks, to post a new painting and some info about it.  So if you are on facebook, do look me up.

Oh, and one more thing: I have two paintings in two different juried exhibitions in Texas right now!

Southern Watercolor Society‘s annual exhibition is in Kerrvile, Texas this year!

$350.00 Register

Dyan Newton 
1-Day Acrylic Workshop August 9, 2014

9am – 5pm, Saturday, August 9th                  
Cost: $120 – Amarillo Art Institute Members $135 – Non-Members
Level: Beginner to Advanced

Dyan Newton has been painting for over 30 years, working in watercolors, pastels and oils. She has studied with well-known local and national artists. Throughout the years Dyan has developed her own impressionistic style of painting, recognizable by her lively brushwork and bright, vivid colors. Her love of painting is evident whether she is painting landscapes, portraits, animals or florals. Dyan is a signature member of West Texas Watercolor Society, has won numerous awards, and has paintings in private and corporate collections throughout the U.S. and internationally.

She also teaches classes at Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts in Lubbock, Texas and at Amarillo Art Institute in Amarillo, Texas starting in February 2013.

$135.00 Register

Guido Frick Workshop to be Held May 30 – June 1

May 30 – June 1, 2014 - 9AM – 4PM 

Members – $550 Non-Members $600

($100 deposit to hold your spot in workshop)

German impressionist artist, Guido Frick will be at the Amarillo Art Institute on MAY 30 – JUNE 1 for a three day workshop.  Guido has been referred to as one of the “up & coming” artists of our time. Guido began his art career by enrolling in an art academy in Constance, his home-town in southern Germany, Frick decided on landscapes for his subject matter, and became “absolutely dedicated to painting outdoors.” Now living in Germany as well as in USA… , Frick conducts Workshops for Student painters while he explores the land on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean. His brilliant colors and loose impressionistic style are both things that you can learn in his class.

Contact AAI at 806-354-8802 or sign up online.  We have a supply list that we can email you after you register.  But, do so soon, as time is quickly approaching.

Dyan Newton – Develop Luminous Paintings with Vibrant Crisp Colors – May 10, 2014

1⁄2-Day Acrylic Workshop May 10, 2014
May 10 (Saturday) & May 22 (Thursday) 1pm – 5pm
Cost: $60 – Members $75 – Non-Members
Level: Beginner to Advanced

Dyan Newton has been painting for over 30 years, working in watercolors, pastels, acrylics and oils. She has studied with well-known local and national artists. Throughout the years, Dyan has developed her own impressionistic style of painting, recognizable by her lively brushwork and bright, vivid colors. Her love of painting is evident whether she is painting landscapes, portraits, animals or florals. Visit Dyan’s website at dyannewton.com

$135.00 Register

Ned Mueller – The Art of Seeing – Making a Painting Work – May 23-25, 2014

The Art of Seeing – Making a Painting Work

3-day Indoor painting workshop

May 23-25, 2014 (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday) 9:30am – 4:00pm daily

Cost $300 – Members $350 Non-Members
($100 deposit required to reserve spot in workshop)

All Paint Mediums Welcome

nedmueller.com

A good painting is a very personal statement by the artist and tells as much about the artist as the painting itself. We will talk about the whole process of putting a painting together, from the first concept to small idea, value or color studies to a more finished product. The emphasis will not be so much on a finished painting as the process of achieving it. Most paintings are ruined at the start because of little thought and idea of what to paint and how one will do it. We will work on color harmony and the balance of shapes and edges in size, value, and color. We will work on seeing things in a more “abstract” way instead of more literally. In other words, to not see things as sky, water, trees, and ground, but as an interesting and compelling arrangement of shapes and colors. This opens up to seeing more options of what to paint, seeing more as an artist and being able to find your own voice. Bring a good sense of humor and we will have a grand time, making mistakes, working hard, and enjoying the whole experience. Artists may work from their own photos and Ned will have a large selection and variety of great photos to paint from, including landscapes, figures, and portraits from all over the country and world for you to use.

Recently Ned was a finalist in the 2014 PLein Air Salon Contest and was awarded second place in the 2014 Outdoor Painters Salon Show in Dallas going on now.

$350.00 Register

Ned Muller Workshop Rescheduled from April 25-27 to May 23-25

Last Light St. Ives - England- Ned Mueller

Last Light St. Ives – England- Ned Mueller

Dear Artists and Friends,

I’m super excited that Ned Muller is joining us in Amarillo!  However, our scheduled workshop date of April 25-27 must be rescheduled for Ned.  He has asked that we schedule the workshop next month on May 23-25.  I am hoping that is a great weekend for you to get in here and learn from a really special master artist and man who will change your life as an artist forever!  A reminder of the incredibly affordable workshop price of $300 for Members and $350 for Non-Members.  Please let me know asap if this workshop date in May will work for all of you!

Make plans to join us for a once-in-a-lifetime workshop at a wonderful workshop price!

Thanks,

Spunky

Ned Mueller how to Work From Studies in Oil

Ned Mueller

Ned Mueller

Friday – Sunday, May 23-25, 2014, 9:30am – 4:00 daily
Cost: $300.00-Members $350-Non-Members

All Paint Media Welcome
($100 deposit required to reserve spot in workshop)

Born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Ned Mueller was raised in the Gallatin Valley near Bozeman, Montana. His excellent skills in depicting the human figure, animals and landscapes have earned him prestige and numerous awards. He graduated from the Art Center School of Design in Los Angeles, and worked as an illustrator for twenty-five years including work for Disney Imagineering before becoming a full-time painter. He has been inspired by such greats as Harley Brown, Richard Scmid, Bettina Steinke, and Sergei Bongart. Ned is a member of the Northwest Rendezvous Group, the Oil Painters of America, the Plein Air Painters of America, the Knickerbocker Society, and the California Art Club. Ned is a very accomplished and highly respected artist who has been drawing and painting for over 60 years. He is a graduate of the prestigious Art Center School of Design in Los Angeles. He has participated in many of the major invitational shows in the country, including the “Artists of America,” Great American Artists’,” “Prix de West,” “Oil Painters of America,” “Pastel Society of America,” “The Northwest Rendezvous,” and the annual “Plein Air Painters of America Exhibition.” His work has been on display in some of the Finest Galleries in the country, and his award-winning work is included in many private fine art collections. [Read more...]

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