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Sunday, April 26, 2015

Ettore Roesler Franz

Just a quick post on this 19th century Italian watercolorist.

Link to Lines and Colors blog post:

And dedicated site, in Italian but navigable by non-Italian speakers:

Monday, April 13, 2015

Porcelain Painting - April 2015 Program

Hello everyone!

Our guest artist for April is Jerie Artz.  Many of you may not know Jerie is an awesome porcelain painter.
Porcelain painting was her first love and foundation for watercolor painting. She began porcelain painting in the 70’s at Jenks Rest in Lafayette, Indiana and continued learning from Ann Cochenower also of Lafayette, Indiana, Joan Cress of Okemos, Michigan, Carlos Spina, Brazil, and MarJean Bastian, California .  Her porcelain work was featured in the 2010 spring issue of“Porcelain Artist”, an international magazine for porcelain painters.
Jerie will demonstrate painting roses on white glazed porcelain and explain the process involved from grinding the paints to the necessary multiple kiln firings to produce a finished piece.  She will also bring vases, plates, and other hand-painted items.
Here is the page on her web site about porcelain painting:

ALSO during our April program......
rtists are prone to collect art books, brushes, paints, supplies, and art gadgets.  Does your studio space need to be cleaned out? Bring your unwanted surplus to the April WVAS meeting for a silent auction. You may have items that will be recycled as someone else's treasure! If you can, come a bit early, pick up a silent auction bid sheet at the door for each item (or group of items), write name of item, suggested value and place them on the tables.  During the evening you will have opportunity to bid on items until 8:15 when the sheets will be collected and tallied.  Our treasurer, Verna Ritz, will collect the money. Any items not sold, will go to the May garage sale. 

I'm looking forward to watching Jerie's magical porcelain painting, and I hope you will come join me!

WVAS President

Tuesday, April 21, 2015 at 7:00pm at TAF.
Call me with any questions:  765-237-1252.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Pastels workshop

In honor of our broader organizational title, I thought I'd post this info on a pastels workshop I'll be attending October 26-28 in Ann Arbor. This will be the third time I've taken a workshop with Marla Baggetta. The Oct. one will focus on color.

Here's Marla's blog:
and website:

It's great that we have such an accomplished pastels instructor here, with Ron Burgess at the Art Museum, but sometimes it's good to step out of the local comfort zone.

If interested in Marla's Ann Arbor workshop, contact Debra at

The following is a flier for a workshop in Oregon but will give you an idea of what she'll cover in Ann Arbor.

Friday, April 3, 2015

How to Write an Artist Statement

People enjoy reading a statement by the artist.  Here is a great link that explains how to create one.