August – Wolf Kahn, Colorist

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In August we watched two films featuring Wolf Kahn discussing his philosophy on art and painting; and a pastel demo with Wolf at Niagara Falls.  Very inspiring!

Then we painted trying out some of the concepts – our work in progress.

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June & July

July: Bizarre & Surreal

Pam and Susie brought lots of supplies for the group to make bizarre & surreal “fleurs” for a centerpiece to be used at the opening of Franklin Park Arts Center art show Bizarre and Surreal which will be on display in the Gallery from July 7-August 6, 2017. The public is invited to a reception for participants on Sunday, July 9th from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.

For more details:
http://www.franklinparkartscenter.org/exhibitions/bizarre-and-surreal/

Here’s some of the work we created for the centerpiece…

… and the finished centerpiece

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paintings entered in the show by Pam and Susie

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broken heart syndrome by Pam
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aha she cried by Susie

June – Framing Workshop

Walta arranged for Regina Hilleary, CPF-Certified Picture Framer,  from Joan of Art Custom Framing in Marshall VA to come to the meeting to share framing information and examples.  It was very informative and everyone enjoyed the session and gained lots of tips on framing.

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At the end of the workshop, we had a framing supplies swap meet and we exchanged frames and supplies with one another.

 

 

May Social – 17 Years of BSG

May festivities included a social, an art show of each member’s favorite piece of art, and a fun project making name tags.

Thanks to all that helped: Loretta for the flowers, Gail for the yummy homemade rolls, Gwen for picking up the food, Holly for the badge supplies, and our hostess, Kenlynne, for the surprise cake to celebrate 17 years of Blandy Sketch group – plus her idea for the event and project.

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Our centerpiece and cake

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Working on badges

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and Walta – showing one of her favorites!

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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

2017 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.

Some of the samples for each aspect:

The group hard at work

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Some of our paintings trying each concept

 

 

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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SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESAugust’s topic was Grandma Moses.  Kenlynne gave a wonderful presentation during our apple pie & refreshments (thanks to Gail for the yummy individual apple tarts)!
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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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