April Rivulet Technique

Julie introduced a  new technique – Rivulet Watercolor painting on aquabord.

It’s interesting to see how each artist used different colors to apply the technique.  So creative!

For more info:  Susan Murphy – Rivulet Painting

New Year Workshops

Purple Challenge

In March, Noreen A. led the purple challenge.  She had several choices of still life compositions for us.

Our first challenge was to paint using only a selection of purples.  I think many of us did find this challenging and perhaps a few of us veered a bit but Noreen got us back on track – ONLY PURPLE!

Then in our second round, we had a bonus to add another color – perhaps an orange or lime to our self-composed still life.

Fun was had by all!

Luminosity Luster and Iridescence

In February we got down to business with Gail to learn some new techniques from The Dance of Watercolor: Luminosity Luster and Iridescence DVD by Julie Cohen.After watching a segment on each technique we each used the same image to try our hands applying the concept.

photos coming soon.

2017 Calendar

Lots of interesting new workshops for the year!
Click on Calendar of Events for more details.

February             
THE DANCE OF WATERCOLOR: LUMINOSITY, LUSTER & IRIDESCENCE

March  
BE PASSIONATE ABOUT PURPLE

April      
CREATING TEXTURE ON AQUABORD

May      
SOCIAL

June     
FRAMING WORKSHOP

July       
HOW MUSIC CAN INFLUENCE HOW WE RENDER OUR ART 

August 
WOLF KAHN, COLORIST – VIDEO & WORKSHOP IN ARTIST’S STYLE

September        
4 FOR 25

October              
ALCOHOL INK ART

November         
THE COLOR OF LIGHT

Fall You’All

In November, we had great fun learning about STORYTELLING THROUGH MAPS & ART with Sally Summerall.

The earliest, first known human made map in the world is from the South Pacific Islands using sticks held together with leather cord and shells representing the islands. So, anything can happen when telling your story through art and maps.

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Art Shows

Join Us for two art shows this year.

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Blandy Sketch Group 15th Annual Art Shows

Oct 7 through Dec 4
Blandy Experimental Farm
400 Blandy Farm Lane, Boyce VA

Reception – Public Invited on
Sunday, Oct 16, from 3 to 5 pm
in the Dining Room at Blandy Experimental Farm
&
Nov 5 through Dec 29
Middleburg Library
101 Reed Street, Middleburg VA

Fall Projects

In September, we had lots of fun creating paste paper.  Walta gave a demo of various techniques.

Finished paper can be used for many other projects: book making, wrapping paper, greeting cards, etc.
We tried three different methods: corn starch paste, wallpaper paste and fabric starch.

Here are just a few of our creations:

Summer Time & the Art is Easy

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As a surprise gift, each attendee selected a miniature painting in the style of Grandma Moses painted by Kenlynne, Susie or Gwen.

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June featured Perkins, the Bassett Hound.  Sally brought Perkins to the meeting – he was a big hit.

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The group had fun doing their own renditions of Perkins.

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2016 Sessions in Action

Lots of new and interesting sessions underway this year.

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In February and March, Gail led two workshops to hone our skills:
How Color Influences You and Guiding the Eye-Creating a Focal Point.


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In April: Pam, Holly & Linda conducted an intense and fun set of activities on Observation of Detail with Pam’s specialty – timed drawings!

 


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In Noreen’s May workshop, we tried out some new techniques using watercolor and rice paper to Make your own Magic Carpet.

 

 

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With the changing weather, some of us went to the Blandy Garden Fair to paint plein air during the event.


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Susie showing how to use tissue paper to transfer your design onto the tile

 

 

Next, rolling into Summer, Susie brought all the materials for an exciting Tile Painting session.

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a tile triptych

Fall – Finally

Drawing Birds & Feathers
with Doug Pifer

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Barn Owl by Doug Pifer

BSG had several special guests for our October program: Artist Doug Pifer and Briar Rose & Jennifer Burghoffer from Blue Ridge Wildlife Center

Doug gave us an overview on drawing birds and demonstrations on the movement of their wings and basic bird anatomy.

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We were then joined by Jennifer and our special bird visitor Briar Rose, a red-tailed hawk.

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Everyone learned so much about this wonderful bird – and then we each did a quick sketch from memory

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September – Gazpacho with Picasso

What a great turn-out for our September session.  Kenlynne hosted a wonderful luncheon and lots of folks brought refreshments: two different gazpachos, tortilla chips with dip and guacamole, sparkling cider, biscotti and chocolate malted candy.  A good time was had by all.

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We watched the video: The Mystery of Picasso and then everyone created a portrait in the style of Picasso – what interesting interpretations:

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