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Friday, December 26, 2014

Largest watercolor of the 19th century

Edward Burne-Jones's painting, The Star of Bethlehem, was a huge watercolor, about 8 x 10 feet! Here's the Wiki page about it. Click on the painting for a larger view.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Jane Dunnewold on Seeking Grace

This summer I took Artist Strength Training (an online course) with Jane Dunnewold. I've been fortunate to take a couple of in-person workshops as well. She is a really thoughtful, kind artist with whom I've always felt privileged to entrust my own ideas and struggles.

On her website is an inspiring talk called "Seeking Grace" (recording). She talks about a lot of things I suspect many artists think about, from our feelings of vulnerability in making art to creating work that is authentically our own. She summarizes many of the ideas we discussed in Artist Strength Training: cultivating trust in yourself, raising your energy in the studio, creative stamina, and, of course, seeking grace.

I highly recommend listening to her recording (it's about 30 mins.), and I hope it will send you all into 2015 with fresh determination for art making.

"Christmas Soiree!"

Last night we celebrated a wonderful Christmas party at Jerie Artz's home.  There was plenty of food and laughter to go around as well as white elephant gifts and a card exchange.  We're already thinking about next year's party!

Saturday, December 6, 2014

YUPO Workshop

YUPO Workshop - WVWS member, Becky Brody will be presenting a watercolor workshop on Yupo at the art museum in January.  If you've always wanted to try your hand at Yupo, check out the website.  You might want to give a hint to someone who is looking for the right Christmas present for you!

She will also be offering one-day workshops in beginning watercolors, each one independent of
the others but a person could take all of them and paint different pictures, learn other information.