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Summer Sunday, sunning, streaming.

by Catherine Walls on 06/09/16

And what am I streaming? NPR of course. Honest, I try not to start every discussion with "I heard this on NPR the other day",  but when you're a fan like me... since you're checking out an artist's blog post, I probably don't have to tell you how important the arts, all arts, are to our lives and to making this world more livable.  Public media is a major supporter, advocate and all around cheerleader for the arts. As a not for profit entity, NPR stations struggle every year to keep the lights on so they hold regular fund drives (well, you probably know that too). When they tell us that all the funding goes to programming, they're not kidding.  If you've ever visited a public radio station, you know what I mean, not particularly fancy places.

 

This year I was honored to have been asked to donate an original painting to adorn the official WDDE Fundraiser Mug given to those who donate during WDDE's June fund drive. I instantly thought of a favorite NPR moment; on the beach chair at the end of Virginia Ave, sort of in front of Edgewater House, earplugs in and listening to Delaware Public Media. Seriously, that's one of my favorite things to do. One of my friends was kind enough to model, although the sundress I painted is probably not her style.

 

So I'm asking you to help support NPR stations and become a donating member. And if you live in the WDDE listening area, please make your donation now. And consider donating at the $100 level (or even $10/month) and have coffee in the mug I designed!

 

"Summer Sunday, sunning, streaming" - watercolor painted exclusively for Delaware public Media

Figuring it Out

by Catherine Walls on 08/26/15

As you can tell, painting people is a passion of mine. Do you enjoy doodling but your people look more like flowers? Would you like to add people to your landscapes but need a little help? Perhaps you’ve been wanting to drop into an Open Figure Sketch session but want to practice a little first. Or maybe you just need a little help drawing details like hands, feet, noses and eyes.

In September, I'll be teaching a beginning class in figure drawing.  The three day class will be held on Wednesdays; Sept. 9th, 16th and 23rd from 6:00-8:00pm at the Mispillion Art League Gallery.  In this beginners class you'll learn how to draw the human figure using simple methods and a few tricks. We'll also spend one of those sessions drawing tricky hands, feet and facial features.  this isn't a portrait painting class, we won't get into that much detail.  the goal here is to help you have more success sketching the human form, whether it's just for fun or to enhance you're already lovely landscapes!

The fee for the 6 hours of instruction includes all materials: members $55, non-members $70. To register, call 430-7646, visit the website http://www.mispillionarts.org/  or stop into the Mispillion Art League Gallery at #5 N. Walnut St, Milford.

Remember how much fun art class was in 3rd grade?

by Catherine Walls on 07/31/15

I often teach art lessons to adults and children at the Mispillion Art League http://mispillionarts.org . I enjoy doing the research and developing the lesson just as much as teaching it. I sometimes use the VERY helpful site that the National Gallery of Art has set up. Registration is free and it is chock full of fun stuff. I can also access images of amazing art through this service. So if you have kids to entertain on those too-hot to go out days, go here and register and have fun: http://www.nga.gov/content/ngaweb/education.html .

Often, while I'm teaching one of the children's classes, adults linger at the door and listen. It has been requested that the Mispillion Art League offer the kids classes to adults. So August 3rd, 6pm, I'll be teaching a really fun class about Wassily Kandinsky. After a short, entertaining little biographical presentation, the real fun starts as everyone does their own version of Kandinsky's "Circles". It's the exact lesson that we do for the kids, from ages 5 to 14; so even if you're not artistically inclined, you'll have fun. Just call MAL to pre-register ($35/$45 for the 1 1/2 hr lesson) : (302)430-7646

Delaware Watercolor Society: 2015 Juried Exhibition

by Catherine Walls on 07/10/15

Great news! "Tempting Strawberries" is one of three of my paintings selected for this juried exhibit at the Biggs Museum of American Art in Dover, DE. The show runs from July 3rd until September 20th. The entries were judged by DC area artist Susan Herron. While I did not win a ribbon, it is a wonderful collection of over 60 outstanding watercolors. Many of the works selected for this exhibition will be for sale and a 25% commission on sales will directly benefit the museum’s public programs ( a very worthy cause!). There is a $5 exhibition admission fee. Free on Sundays and free for Biggs Museum Members.
The Opening Reception will be on Friday, August 7th to coincide with Dover's regular "First Friday" art tour. You'll be able to meet the artists and enjoy a concert with two ensemble members of Mélomanie. Light refreshments will be served. The reception is from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.

Change is a good thing

by Catherine Walls on 06/28/15

I admire the work of Andrew Wyeth. I admire the man for sticking with his style in the face of criticism that his work, while technically masterful, was unimportant to the art world because of its realism. In  fact I went through a phase where my paintings were moody, low color and high contrast; the painting of the earthenware crocks are an example. I really liked that painting. I carried it to show after show and no one ever gave it a second look.

This spring, as I was looking at the lilacs at the head of my driveway, my right brain flashed on the "Earthenware Crocks". These crocks now hold various types of mint so they were right there. I waited for the right lighting, cut some branches of lilacs and came up with a new composition.

Putting that first brush load of green paint on my lovely grey/white painting was hard. But I think the painting works better now. For sure it's less desolate and depressing.

It's on display in the Mispillion Art League and Gallery, #5 N Walnut St, Milford right now until July 25th.

Stop in and check it out then tell me if you think the transformation worked!

So Far in 2015

by Catherine Walls on 06/27/15

It's already the end of June. Half the year has passed! On April 3rd I broke my foot and that has proven to be a blessing and a curse. It's really slowing me down which makes teaching classes a challenge but keeps me in the studio busily painting away. So I think that helped me work harder and it paid off with some honors of which I am very proud:

In March, "Vertigo" won the 2nd place prize at the Delaware Watercolor Society's Juried Fine Arts Exhibit at the Corkran and Tubbs Gallery at Rehoboth Art League.

Then in April, I learned that I was selected as one of 12 Delaware By Hand Masters to exhibit at the Biggs Museum of American Art in Dover, DE.  Once every three years, the Biggs hosts a juried competition of their Delaware By Hand artist membership in order to select individual artists that are deemed masters of their craft. The 2015 winning members, as well as their finest submissions, are selected by Brandi P. Clark, Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen. "Beautiful Girl on Les Rambles", "Alone Together" and "Ghost Gum" were on display in the Biggs until June 14th.

More exhibits and competitions to come, I'll keep you posted...or should I say "I'll keep you blogged"

 

 

 

Vertigo
Alone Together
Ghost Gum
Beautiful Girl on
 Les Rambles; 
Barcelona
Early Spring
Earthenware Crocks
"Tempting Strawberries"21"x28", watercolor