Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Marking our Nineteenth Year with Our Annual Luncheon

We had planned to explore markers as the modern incarnation of "Ink" to culminate our "Year of Drawing" when I read about an article in The Boston Globe about Artist Laura Meilman and her Project T Scapes. I contacted Laura and she agreed to join us on Monday, June 17th, and demonstrate her technique. She already has fifty or so T stations rendered in markers in her personal style and we were excited to see how she would tackle our own train station. We were not disappointed.
View of the train tracks from the Beverly Farms Station.

Beverly Farms Station ©Laura Meilman 2013
To read about Laura's experiences at The Garage School go to Laura's Tumblr Post. For our part we were charmed by this exquisitely trained Artist, by her poise, and by her teaching skills. 
Colored Markers, like their grandfather India and Chinese Inks, are a difficult but expressive medium. We will keep sketch books this summer using the medium with weekly reports,  so we can become more skilled drawing with them.
Laura demonstrates her technique.

Various kinds of markers we used.
As is our nineteen year tradition we ended the day by having lunch al fresco. It is also a tradition that we have a beautiful day. This year, however, we broke with tradition and everyone brought a part of the meal. We started with Gazpacho and bread, then on to Caesar Salad, Deviled Eggs,  Cape Cod Chicken Salad, Asian Salad, Fruit skewers, Lemonade and Iced tea. For dessert we had Lemon Ice Box Pie, Citrus Olive Oil Cake with Whipped Cream, Chocolate mini tarts, and strawberries.
Even the Peonies remained in bloom for our event!
Artist Joan Benotti generously donated the embellished Nautical Chart
she did when she demonstrated for our class for a prize drawing.  
Terese Melden examines the embellished Nautical Chart that was won by Ann Pulver .
To see more pictures from the day, view the Photo Album.

Summer School begins July 8th when we will take the next step by painting on paper in any medium the Artist desires, using a specific process aimed at quickly capturing the composition. We will focus on the transparency and opacity of the various mediums, learning how to tweek them for our own devices.

Last, there are a few items in the Lost and Found. If you see anything that looks familiar, stop by and pick it up!