Sunday morning on the front porch

Mary started out as a friend of a friend on facebook and then took my Painting for Absolute Beginner’s class, then became a very close friend.  Shortly after that class, a couple years ago, I helped her create a painting for a friend.  I hadn’t realized that she had not had time since then to pick up the brushes.  A lot of life had happened.  A few weeks ago I went over to help guide her through another painting.  This time she has a new home with a wonderful front porch.  We have to paint out on the front porch because she has cats and I have allergies.

Mary painting on the front porch.

A little cramped on that table but we make it work.

Mary lives quite a way from me so we get our painting stints in sporadically and yesterday morning I was able to swing by for a couple hours before her grandson’s party and my reception for her to make progress on this sunset.

We weren’t able to finish yesterday but hope that we will do in the next session.  She made good progress.  Part of the challenge has been vision issues.  Mary recently had major eye surgery.  She can see colors better now, but the amount of light is difficult for her and towards the end as the sun came over, she had to resort to the shades.

Half finished painting

Still needs a little work in the middle, and all the clouds at the bottom need to go in.

 

Two classes in Yuma

Last week I was in Yuma to do two classes at the Yuma Fine Art Center.  On the Wednesday afternoon we had the watercolor collage and card class:

students at the watercolor collage workshop

Diving in

students at the watercolor collage workshop

They made lots of cards

… and on Thursday I had a very enthusiastic painting student for the Absolute Beginner’s class.

painting for absolute beginners student

Trying all the watercolor techniques in one painting.

 

Another fun class

fourplusteacher

Four students had a lot of fun at sm’Art Studio on Tuesday creating artworks and cards in my Watercolor Collage class.  I’m going to run the class again next month (date TBD – let me know if you’re interested) at sm’Art, but it’s also running next Wednesday at Yuma Art Center. (sign up here).

 

April’s Monthly mailing

I thought April was going to be a quiet month, but it kind of exploded, as you can see in the Monthly Newsletter.

 

Another nice little surprise

Yesterday I went to pick up my paintings from the Imperial County Fair.  I often enter about 10 paintings but this year only had four that fit the categories well (you can only enter two in each category).  I was pleasantly surprised to find that ‘Arrows‘ had won 3rd place in “Non-objective or abstract paintings, any media”, and “Hope Rising” had taken 1st place in the same category.

Following the county fair, one of our local museums, Pioneer’s Museum, hosts the first and second place winners in each category, so I had to run off to drop Hope Rising at its next venue.  My good friend Ginger Ryerson who curates the art wall there and the art shows was there for the intake.  Hope Rising is a heavier piece so I helped her hang it.

Ginger Ryerson hanging 'Hope Rising' at Pioneers' Museum in Imperial

Just leveling it a little more….

Monthly Newsletter.

Here’s the skyscapes news for March.

Watercolor collage class

I only had two students in the watercolor collage class at sm’Art Studio on Saturday, but that doesn’t limit the amount of fun that was had.

Two students working on watercolor collages

Lost in creation

Eileen and Marilyn each created a small and then a larger collage and got so lost in what they were doing, they went almost an hour longer than we’d planned.  Creation takes time!

Two students with completed collages

Look what we did!

Later, Eileen framed hers and hung it on the wall in her home.

Watercolor collage, framed

“The sun always shines above the clouds.”

Hmm, I’d better watch out, looks like I have some competition!