October 12, 2010

American Impressionist Society week in Nashville

It was a whirlwind week of events...First there were workshops featuring master artists Peggi Kroll Roberts and C.W. Mundy. It was my fourth workshop with Peggi, and while I wish I could say NOW I understand it all, I'm afraid I have many miles of canvas to go. She makes it look way too easy. Must be those magic brushes of hers!
Below is Peggi painting a demo:
She painted this little guy below, too. What amazes me most is how her figures "read" from across the room. The values are always perfect, making the paintings appear almost photo realistic from a distance, yet very abstract up close. It is pure magic!
We were also treated to a seminar featuring Bill Bush, of Fredricksburg Artists' School, who spoke on The Business Side of Art. Another evening was devoted to an entertaining slide presentation and lecture by C.W.Mundy; and we were given the opportunity to hear first hand how Vasari colors are handcrafted at their NYC location, much the same way the Old Masters ground their pigments centuries ago. Also, there were painting demos by AIS President Kathy Cooper and VP Mary Garrish.
And the lovely opening night reception was hosted by Richland Fine Art where we were honored to meet AIS co-founder Charlotte Dickenson.

Below: Me and my beach painting. A few years ago, instructor Camille Przewodek discussed with our class the importance of setting goals. She suggested that we choose an artist whose work we admire and then visualize our work hanging next to theirs in a gallery. Well, I'm very happy to say that while Camille's painting is not hanging next to mine; it is however, just a few feet away. How cool is that?
....and below is my friend Marian Pascuta, whose award winning painting hangs behind us.
In addition to the juried show, there are several master artists' paintings on display, including a couple of my other favorite teachers: Kevin Macpherson and Carolyn Anderson! The exhibit will continue into the first weekend of November.
"It's not our art,
but our hearts that are on display"
...Gary Holland


Rhonda Hartis Smith said...

Congrats to Faye and Marian, such a fun week to experience the arts.

Paula Cravens said...

Faye, you are so fortunate to have such great classes available to you. And keep up that visualization, it is working for you. I am longing for art classes in Santa FE.

Karen Appleton said...

Congratulations! And as always, your blog inspires. I love this idea of visualizing your painting hanging next to an artist you admire! Way to go Faye!

Mary Sheehan Winn said...

Well, you look mahvelous and your paintings are terrific.