Jun
4
2010

June 4 Update!

Yesterday, I sent follow up letters to the vendors. This gives them information about shipping in skids of art supplies to our Henderson warehouse. This is where we stage all the art supplies that are shipped in by the truck load for the show. The letter also provides information about our merchandise transfer system, hotel information, confirms their space requirements and provides information about advertising in the AOC brochure and Web site. Next on the agenda is firming up the remaining vendors, then sorting out all the artist information that I have been filing on my computer for the past couple of weeks. It’s sort of like doing a Sudoku puzzle. I have a certain number of rooms and times that workshops are taught. I have artists’ wishes as far as time frames and days go. Sometimes I wish I could put all the info into a magic box and the schedule would come out and be perfect! Then I have to think about things like trying to keep the same sort of mediums in each room as well as the same sort of set up, so we can get everything in place between classes, like cleaning up and changing the plastic on the tables and water, etc. So much work and so little time! Just over five months to get it all planned out. Yikes!
Okay, time to get back to planning…
- Sharon DiGiulio

 

Jun
3
2010

New DVD Release from Wilson Bickford

Wilson Bickford Shallow Falls DVD Cover

 

I’m happy to announce that Jerry’s has just released my newest Oil Painting Dvd, entitled “SHALLOW FALLS.”


This project utilizes an acrylic basecoat, over which oils are applied. The key to this approach is in letting the dark background show through, which yields a great deal of depth to the rocks and water areas. Tips for rendering foliage are also highlighted.

Wilson Bickford New England Winter DVD Cover


Also, for you budding Watercolorists, be on the look-out for my next instructional DVD, “NEW ENGLAND WINTER,” which will be available in the very near future.  This lesson will focus on many common Watercolor techniques, such as using “paper white,” masking fluid, wet washes and dry-brush texture.


Both videos are presented in a straightforward, step-by-step approach, which is suitable for all skill levels.


Visit www.wilsonbickford.com for more information.

 

 

Jun
1
2010

June Artist of the Month - Ranjini Venkatachari

Bio

Ranjini Venkatachari was born and raised in southern India where she completed her Bachelors degree in mathematics. Before taking up colored pencils she has extensively worked in graphite and ethnic Indian painting techniques.
Her works have been juried in many National and International shows across the US, like the Salmagundi Annual non-
member exhibition, Leading masters of Contemporary Realism (International guild of Realism), Women Painters of Washington and Colored Pencil Society of America's International show. Ranjini's works have also been published in the American Artist, the International Artist and the Southwest arts magazine.


Artist Statement


“Inspired by the finer nuances of simple everyday subjects, I embody my work with a variety of moods by using expressive color and dramatic lighting. Although I prefer to work in a realistic style, I like my art to be a passionate interpretation, rather than a replication of what I see.
I chose colored pencils because of their versatility. The medium satisfies my craving for simple drawings as well as fully saturated paintings with lots of detail. Most of my works are created on textured surfaces. I like how these surfaces handle Color pencil by allowing a lot of layering.
A recent addition to my works has been the use of Neocolor II (water soluble wax crayon) with colored Pencils. My technique of blending Neocolor II with Colored pencils speeds up the process and also imparts rich finish to my paintings. The works are then varnished, UV sprayed and framed without a glass similar to an oil/acrylic painting. ”

 

 

 

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