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! 


Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Rocks, Markers, Paper

Class began with work done by several students, a small sampling of which is presented here owing to the Instructor's lapse until the end of class. Mary Vetere, Linda Harvey, and Chris Dougherty had well received work on the Homework Wall. Fortunately, JoAnne Fossa left behind her work of rocks now completed.

In this rendition JoAnne used a range of color on grey toned paper
highlighting the exceptional
blues and violets in Jill Levine's rocks, lent to us for the classes.

In this rendition JoAnne used a monochromatic palette
of black and white on brown toned paper
calling attention to the form of the rocks.

Katie Bull was able to send a copy of her work 
before the Blog Went to press.

Katie Bull Tackled the Work from last week
 using a strong range of color to render the green vegetation on Bailey Tract
 on Sanibel Island, Florida.

Green Line, ©2013 Laura Meilman

Artist Laura Meilman  has agreed to join us on June 17th for our last class and Annual Luncheon. She will  share her techniques for drawing with colored markers, drawing 
plein air at our iconic Train Station here in Beverly Farms. She has embarked on Project T Scapes, an artistic record of all 121 T stops on the MBTA line recently featured in a Boston Globe Article.
Garden in Malaga, Spain ©2013 Susan Connolly

In anticipation of Ms. Meilman's visit we looked at the sketchbooks of Susan Connolly, (1952-2012) sister of Garage School Artist Mary Ellen Leekley

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

How Green Is My Green

The homework wall was ablaze with bouquets of Lilacs but the Instructor was so dazzled she forgot to take a photo of the work of Linda, JoAnne, Katie, and Mary. They can be seen over the shoulders of   the artists hard at work later in the class.
Mary Vetere is beginning to sketch her most favorite flowers, peonies, brought to class
 by Beth Shipley from her garden.
The peonies as they appeared. More peonies later in the Blog.
From The Pastelist's Year
 We examined the work of two Artists who work in Pastel: Wolf Kahn and Elizabeth Mowry. The similarities and differences, advantages and disadvantages, between pastels and colored pencils was investigated both in the work of the two artists and books each of them have written on the medium: Wolf Kahn Pastels and The Pastelist's Year. Even though the pencil box we are using - Prismacolor 24 Premier Colored Pencils has 4 green pencils, we looked at the work of the artists with an eye to examining the rich ways they depicted "greens" and how convincing they were. (Remember to click on the images to enlarge them)
From Wolf Kahn Pastels

We proceeded to apply the lessons learned from the above named artists with this photograph entitled
House Seen From Bailey Tract
The Demonstration is on Bristol Vellum using Indigo for the drawing, then applying color a la Mr. Kahn. The Palm fronds are Indigo applied to the yellows of the sky. More to come next week.

Time for a tea Break before tackling the project: JoAnne, Cathy (who brought the snack) Katie, Beth Pam Morss, Ann, Mary, Beth, and Pam Price. Welcome company on a rainy morning.

Anne Pulver suggested that in the future we might consider applying the techniques of Georgia O'Keefe. So here is a Peony challenge! For anyone who wants to try.