Looking for notecards with a purpose, or the chance to create for a cause? See the Online Gallery page for information on Canticle of Creation or Abundant Homes notecards! Proceeds from the sale of these cards go toward awareness of human trafficking, starting with support for Lila Mae’s House.
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One of my paintings from the workshop
Nationally-known watercolorist Janet Rogers served as judge for this year’s Iowa Watercolor Society (IWS) Annual Exhibition, and I attended one of the workshops she taught in conjunction with the IWS annual meeting. I have been teaching and drawing from a live model for a couple of years and felt I was ready to learn more from a master figure painter like Janet. I immediately felt a kinship between her painting style and mine.
Her teaching style also felt akin to how I teach my classes. We started with drawing. Then a first wash, and let it dry; second wash, and let it dry; then finish off the painting. The drying is important to achieve a layering effect — you can’t get too impatient! I enjoyed learning from Janet, and the camaraderie of seeing my painting friends.
During the watercolor workshop at La Poste,
a renovated 1914 former post office
building in Perry, Iowa
Workshop participants with
our artwork in front of La Poste
(Janet Rogers is at the railing at right)
The “teachers” visiting in my kitchen before the reunion
I was Vice President of my high school class in 1963, so it was about time I was on the reunion committee! With our high school days getting more distant, I brought along ten “teachers” to help stir our memories at my class reunion in Boone. The cutout figures are made of foamcore, painted with acrylic paint and some acrylic spray paint.
We could talk to the cutouts and let the images bring back old times. Once the stories started flowing, it was a riot what people remembered! Classmates have been sending me photos of the cutout teachers they took home, entering their houses, peeking out, etc. — fun stuff.
The reunion committee (at left) and some more of the attendees,
posing with photo props and a photobombing “teacher”
(committee photo courtesy of Fred Westfall)
Sample back and front of a card
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Prototype of pouch to hold Abundant Homes notecards. Styles will vary.
Response to the Canticle notecards has been so enthusiastic that we’re working on a whole new set! Abundant Homes is a set of 9 notecards with envelopes, each with an image from one of my paintings on the front, and some words to contemplate on the back. Once again the cards will be bundled in a hand-painted pouch, this time in the shape of a house!
Abundant Homes card styles
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PDF, approx. 570 KB)
In the photos below, I called in the reinforcements to help paint pouches for the Canticle notecards — we got into “St. Francis mode” and let the color flow. I’m looking forward to working with groups to make the new “house” style. Please contact me (email firstname.lastname@example.org) if you’d like to join in painting pouches (ages 12 and up), or to order a set of cards.
Each set of notecards, either Canticle or Abundant Homes, sells for $25.00 plus any shipping costs. Proceeds from sale of the cards will go toward awareness of human trafficking, starting with support for Lila Mae’s House.
For more informaton:
Painting pouches for a cause
(At left, buddies from a couple of different Catholic
churches in Ames; at right, fellow Franciscan Associates)
Registration has begun for Fall 2018 classes at The Center (Iowa City/Johnson County Senior Center, Iowa City, IA)! I’ll be teaching:
- Beginning Watercolor Workshop, series of classes starting Tuesday, September 11, 2018 (membership in The Center is required)
- Intermediate Watercolor Workshop, series of classes starting Monday, September 10, 2018 (membership in The Center is required)
- Plexiglas® Sitters with Grandma and Me, Sunday, December 2, 2018 (membership in The Center is not required, but registration is required)
See the Classes and Events page (links above) or The Center’s online registration site or Fall 2018 Program Guide (PDF, approx. 4.3 MB) for more information.
I’m honored to have my artwork used to make a backdrop for Simply Stellar!, the 2018 Senior Variety Show in Ames. Show organizers had this painting’s design printed onto 15' tall canvas. The design is quite abstract, so as not to detract from the performers in front of it.
Update: I had the opportunity to enjoy the Friday show, and they made my design come alive with aurora borealis and stars shooting across the backdrop. It was wonderful to see my Ames friends still performing and enjoying life to the fullest. This year’s performances are finished — keep an eye on the Senior Variety Show website for information on next year’s show.
Storefront of Iowa Artisans Gallery in Iowa City
Iowa Artisans Gallery featuring me in their window (shower curtain, pillows, and paintings). Lately the scene on the shower curtain — “Clock Tower in the Rain” — has looked just like the weather outside!
Sketching our model in front of The Java House
Looking at our sketches on a June morning
This summer I’m teaching “Figure Drawing and Painting in Downtown Iowa City,” organized by the Artifactory, and we took to the streets for our first session on June 11. You can drop in for any or all of the remaining sessions if you’d like to “venture out into the cool summer mornings, capturing the sunlight casting over the figure to show facial form and folds on clothing.”
Update: This class has ended for Summer 2018 — thank you to everyone who joined in! See the Classes and Events page for what’s coming up.
Poster and some materials for the class
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Inside the tent at the 2018 Iowa Arts Festival in downtown Iowa City
My booth at the 2018 Iowa Arts Festival earlier this month, with a little help from my friends! I needed 11 helpers setting up and taking down the tent due to the windy weather. Thank you to all my helpers, and everyone who stopped by during the Festival.
Helpers; on the right, holding onto the tent in 30 mph wind!