So I went to Gallery 194 to pick up my art today after the close of the Merry and Bright holiday show. I parked along the side of the building and didn't notice the window displays until I was starting to pull away ... and then I promptly pulled back into my parking spot and got out of the car. One of the Court Street window boxes has a new display advertising upcoming new class offerings, and just happens to include blown up images of five of my pieces! - the three portrait paintings featured in the ad for my portrait drawing and painting class starting in January, plus two ink drawings in the upper right which I did during Mike Monville's Pen and Ink class a couple years ago. I was surprised! So of course I had to take a picture. There was no way to get a good quick shot and avoid the window glare but i think it shows up pretty well anyway. Thanks Jill, Katie Beth, and/or Amanda, whoever was responsible for this!
Almost a week after my first mandala class at Gallery 194 I am finally sharing photos! Due to a mystery technical malfunction I was not able to get the photos out of my phone until today. And even then, I ended up with greatly reduced file sizes. So I apologize for the poor image quality. But it's better thank nothing.
It ended up being a small class, only 3 participants, so it was quite a bit more tame than most "Uncorked" painting sessions. But artists left with completed paintings that they were happy with (two out of the three anyway - Pat I really hope you finish yours!) so I'll count it as a success. And I already have ideas on how to make it better next time. So hopefully after the holidays, probably after my portrait class, we'll do it again.
In the mean time, I need to get to the AT&T store and figure out what's going on with my phone.
The Lapeer County Press did it again - another very nice article about me, just a little over a year since the last one when I retired from my job. Ah the perks of living in a small town with a shortage of important news stories! Thank you Krystal Moralee for the nice write up and publicity for my classes.
In spite of all the life surprises 2016 has thrown at me, I am finally getting on track with something I've been wanting to do since I retired a little over a year ago: I am officially sticking my toes into the teaching pool. My first two classes through Gallery 194 have been scheduled!
The first, which is a week from tonight, is a 3-hour Imagination Uncorked session (you know, one of those wine & snacks paint parties that are so popular these days) on Mandala design and painting. I've taught/led this process in a couple different formats already so I feel pretty confident that it will be fun and productive.
The second one is a 5-week portrait drawing and painting class. While I've worked through a fairly detailed process and lesson plan in my head and on paper, this will be my first time trying to teach this topic to strangers. So I'm a little nervous about it. But It's not til January so I still have some time to work through my anxiety. The main thing I want people to get out of the class is that are many different ways of artistically depicting faces, and that it takes a lot of practice and experimenting to settle into one's own personal style.