Monday, June 17, 2013

Tie Dye Fun

Had a lot of fun organizing a Tie-Dye picnic project and doing tie-dyes with 1Presby families this sunday - we had hoped to do it outside on my yard but into the garage we sallied.  I had cleaned it scrupiously the day before (gave the cleaning as a present to Dan for Father's Day).  We all came out as colorful as our shirts.  Melanie asked me to do a sheet so we now have custom-created linens too...

Here are some photos of the process and results. 

working on dying tees,etc

I hope that everyone wears their tees next week!  Wish we'd done it a week earlier so we could have worn them for the rainbow week-end here in Yellow Springs....ah well - next year.

Friday, June 7, 2013

Workshop fun and Yellow Springs Art Stoll this coming Friday!

Had an absolute blast painting with Fred Graff and 14 others this week.  We  did all sorts of exercises to help us think outside the box or should I say, design a better box?

We painted on illustration board, w.c. paper, yupo, etc, experimenting...One of the best things was the way he worked with each artist to help them 'see' a better way to design their values, composition & colors.

 Fred also held 2 group critique sessions where he spoke about each piece - the strengths and weaknesses of it.  He inspired confidence in his critiques, no derision or belittling.  He gave inside secrets about getting into shows, framing, etc. 

One of our homework assignments was to create a composition with a styrofoam coffee cup in black and white that features the coffee cup.  We turned them in and he spoke to the dynamicds of each persons piece.  He then assigned the same for the next night.

 Here is what I came up with....Fred had to turn it around a few time to 'see' what it was.  Hope you can see it right away.  he liked it.

I have a piece in the 'Would You, Could You' gallery in Yellow Springs in their Miniature Show.  I hope you can come by during the opening on June 14!  There will lots of art-happenings in YS then.