Saturday, November 15, 2008

Alvaro Castagnet Workshop

From Sunday Nov 9 through Thursday Nov 13 I attended a watercolor workshop in Columbus, Ohio by Alvaro Castagnet.  He is a fantastic artist, and quite a character.  Alvaro believes the primary goal of an artist is to interpret the world around him.  He paints with subdued, or grayed, hues, with some bright color as accents.  He uses squirrel mops almost exclusively.  He enjoys painting plein air, but the Columbus weather did not cooperate, so we painted inside all five days.  He basically did paint-alongs, where he repainted a painting he had done previously, and we followed along in two or three steps.  I don't normally like paint-alongs, but because of his unique style and approach, it was a very valuable exercise.  Using the mop brushes, and concentrating on soft and dry brush strokes and deep darks, I finally painted loose paintings, and paintings of city scenes - both of which I have been working to accomplish.  I was exhausted by the end of the week.  It will be exciting to work to incorporate Alvaro's approaches into my own paintings during the coming months.  I've included images of alvaro and of two of the eight paintings I completed during the workshop.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Exhibit at ArtChurch

Beginning this month, I will exhibit paintings at ArtChurch at 301 Whittington Avenue in Hot Springs.  ArtChurch is a new art venue created by Terri and Marc Menefee by renovating the old Haven United Methodist Church.  It includes display space, space for art classes, studios, a performance stage, and the Menefee's living quarters.  I've provided eight paintings that should be hanging by gallery walk on Friday, November 7.  Unfortunately, I'll be out of town then, so the first gallery walk when I'll be present at ArtChurch will be on December 5.  Please stop by ArtChurch anytime and take a look - it's quite an unusual venue.