August 19 to 25, Grant-Related Activities

I finally completed the task of scanning slides of my many artist in residence projects. This is a relief!

This week my new assistant, who has a BA in Marketing, and I worked on follow-up emails for a mailing sent out in the spring. She also added names to my contact list in preparation for an email that I plan to send out next week announcing the Creative Pinellas Conversations with the Fellows event at St Petersburg's freeFall Theater on Monday, September 12, 9:30 to 11:30, as well as other updates, and she prepared my studio for today's painting class.

Today was the last class of the summer and afterwards a group of us celebrated several  successful paintings, created over the course of a six weeks session, with lunch at a nearby Asian restaurant. In two weeks time, Thursday, September 8, at 9:30 a.m., we move back into the Morean Arts Center, having been banished for the summer while camp was in session. I'm looking forward to having the extra space! Our last Tuesday evening class of the summer session went well, ending in a critique of some excellent paintings (in oils, acrylics and watercolors), including those of a model who the class had been drawing, then painting, for the past four weeks.

In my blog, from time to time, I've mentioned a mixed media diptych (or possibly a future triptych), part of the Terra Firma series, that I've been working on for weeks. At last, in desperation, I took an electric sander to one of the panels and removed as much of the paint as I could. I then reworked the canvas. I'm finally happy with the way the two panels work together. At least for the time being!   

 One panel from the diptych,  Meditation on Water.   Rhoplex, acrylics, oil sticks, graphite, on canvas, 24 x 48 inches. 

One panel from the diptych, Meditation on Water.  Rhoplex, acrylics, oil sticks, graphite, on canvas, 24 x 48 inches. 

 A scene from my Tuesday evening Beginning/Intermediate Painting Course at the  Morean A  rts Center.    

A scene from my Tuesday evening Beginning/Intermediate Painting Course at the Morean Arts Center.   

 Some of the life drawings my students did during the most recent Beginning/Intermediate Painting Course at the Morean Arts Center.  Some of these were done by "old hands," others by complete novices who valiantly agreed to give drawing from life a try. 

Some of the life drawings my students did during the most recent Beginning/Intermediate Painting Course at the Morean Arts Center.  Some of these were done by "old hands," others by complete novices who valiantly agreed to give drawing from life a try. 

 Students at work in my St Petersburg  studio. It was converted from a garage with the assistance of a Professional Development Individual Artist Grant from Pinellas County Cultural Affairs Department in 2007.   

Students at work in my St Petersburg  studio. It was converted from a garage with the assistance of a Professional Development Individual Artist Grant from Pinellas County Cultural Affairs Department in 2007.

 

 Students and I taking a break on my back deck before getting back to work in my studio.

Students and I taking a break on my back deck before getting back to work in my studio.

 Work in progress-- Meditation on Water,  diptych.   Rhoplex, acrylics, oil sticks, graphite, on canvas, 48 x 48 inches.   I'm debating whether the panels will end up being horizontal or vertical.   

Work in progress--Meditation on Water, diptych.  Rhoplex, acrylics, oil sticks, graphite, on canvas, 48 x 48 inches.  I'm debating whether the panels will end up being horizontal or vertical.