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Tuesday, February 23, 2016

James Gurney

I don't remember if I've mentioned James Gurney before. He is both a realist painter and an illustrator/concept artist. If you have kids who love dinosaurs, you may have seen his book, Dinotopia.

Link to Gurney's blog: Lots to explore here!

A recent post on Lines and Colors described Gurney's Fantasy in the Wild vid and provided a link to an earlier discussion and many pics of Gurney's Watercolor in the Wild (downloadable vid):

Definitely worth a look if you would like some tips on using watercolor "en plein air."

His book Color and Light is worth looking at as well:

Friday, February 12, 2016

Abstract Art with Sara Vanderkleed

Happy Valentines Day!

Tuesday, February 16, 7:00pm TAF:  Sara Vanderkleed will be our guest artist/speaker.  Sara is a member of Artists Own, an independent artist and art teacher, specializing in abstract art.  Last fall Sara was the artist in residence at 
Breckinridge, Colorado.  She gave a workshop there on designing an abstract painting. (
The explanation of that workshop from the website: Learning to view abstract art is similar to hearing a new language. At first your eyes don’t know what you’re seeing just as your ears don’t know what to hear when hearing a new language. Learning to paint abstractly can be just as challenging. We’ll look at two aspects of abstract painting; what inspires you and how to interpret it. We’ll consider principles of design and trusting your intuition. 
Sara will give a demonstration based on that workshop.  Another WVAS program you don't want to miss!

Friday, February 5, 2016

Lars Lerin

Lerin is a Swedish watercolor artist. He has a new exhibit opening at the American Swedish Museum in Minneapolis. The link is to a gallery that represents him. His work is very atmospheric, and some of the images look like he puts two or more full-size sheets together. I think these would be awesome to see in person.

watercolor on paper
150 x 200 cm