Thursday, June 14, 2012


Please let me know your opinions about the class, projects and my teaching. Thanks for the help!

Wednesday, June 13, 2012


Here are extra copies of the handouts for the essay and presentation part of the final....

Monday, June 11, 2012



I'm out of school until Wednesday- I'm with my daughter at the National History Day Event in Washington , it's a pretty cool competition for high school kids who create projects (presentations, web sites, posters, video, etc) about events in history. You guys would do well in this competition with your artistic skills and creative ideas.

If you want to see more about it go here @

Please note that your 20 X30 is due TODAY, if you want it in the competition! I set up a sign on the shelf next to our paints to show you where to leave your work. I also told the other art teachers to look for your work when they hang the show today. They are expecting you to pass in the work today! :-) If your work is very wet, you could leave it standing on edge in the art office, or on the shelf next to the sign.

Please take home your older painting work this week!

Wednesday we will be cleaning up the studio, then ALL presentations are on Thursday!

Please check the blog daily for more updates this week! Email me if you have questions.

Have a great day!


P S Check out this site of other student artists and their blogs- cool stuff!!!

See it here @

Monday, June 4, 2012


Crunch time!!!

Here are some deadlines,

20 X 30 paintings to be entered are due Monday, the 11th

Your painting does not have to be entered if it is not complete

All students are presenting on the “senior exam day”, June 14th
            5 minute presentations each

Paint the edges of your work too!

Look to edline to see handouts for the writing and presentation parts of the final exams…

I will be out of school Monday and Tuesday, June 11th and 12th-  those are work days....

Wednesday, June 13th is Room clean up day- no work during class 

Thursday, May 17, 2012


A great example of someone who has a strong foundation in painting with VALUE, Machness is also able to "loosen up" in these paintings. Notice how he manipulates the SHARP and SOFT edges to create a visual distortion of the image......very cool effect.
He was just on the cover of Communication Arts Magazine's Illustration Annual! A very high honor, that will send lots of illustration work his way-

See more of his work here @

Here's his website @

And a video of him painting the image above, here @

Listen to how he talks about "sculpting" the forms in his painting with VALUE, then playing with colors AFTERWARDS. He also talks about how creative people think "differently", and that ability to ENVISION inspires others.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012


Fantastic skill at applying paint combined with creative ideas and expression!! Check out this site to see the HUGE range of paintings created by this one man!!!

See more here @

 Woman Descending A Staircase, oil on canvas, 1965

The Artist

Monday, May 14, 2012

Elizabeth Murray

Known for her shaped canvases, Murray is a skilled painter, who uses her own "language" of shapes, colors and forms to express herself....

Learn more here @

and here @

Here is a nice video of her working and talking about her ideas....
See it here @


Another wonderful realist- Bartlett is more traditional, but uses dramatic imagery and subtle references to culture and social issues in his work.

See more of his work here @


A wildly creative realist....

Check out his web site here @

Here is some of his work, her makes drawings, mixed media pieces, and uses computer images too! Look at the scale of his work!!! Very Dramatic!

Second Blog Requirement

After developing your Theme and brainstorming info,

 • Gather at least 3 reference images, by posting them to your blog.....

• Also, choose, then gather images and info from a "mentor" artist to post to your blog- post at least three images of their work, a link to their web site, and biographical info on them ( date of birth, nationality, art style)

Use this blog as a resource for artists related to the class' "20 X 30 Challenges".

20 X 30 Project!!!!

Here are the first requirements for your 20X 30....

• Develop your "Theme" for the 20 X30

• You must choose and post which "Category, or Challenge" your theme fits under...

• Create, and post on your blog, a "brainstorm web". The web should have at least 10 "branches" working off a theme.

The branches are more specific objects that relate to the theme...

Remember that the theme is a "big idea", something you can not touch!

Here's an example of a web, some can become elaborate and beautiful!

Friday, May 4, 2012

Great Site for Realism!!

Just found this site this morning!!

What a terrific place to get directions for color, technique and composition! There's a huge ammount of information there, so dig deep!!

See more here @

Here are some sample images from the blog:

Here's the link 
 for the blog posting about the above image... @

Wednesday, May 2, 2012


This French artist, (1867-1947) built on the color mixing ideas of Monet (Impressionists) and developed these rich paintings. Look how he uses changes in color TEMPERATURE as well as COMPLEMENTS to make depth and vibrancy in these paintings.

Also, notice that his paintings are not overly detailed ( like Vermeer), but rely more on color and basic forms to describe the scene!!! These interior scenes are just his excuse to try out ideas with color.

See more here @

and here @

"The Dining Room", oil on canvas, 1923

"The Dining Room in the Country", 1913

Monday, April 30, 2012


Another artists you should know.... Vermeer is a master of light and the stillnes of the interior spaces he creates.

See more here @

 "Girl Reading A Letter By An Open Window", 1659


Wonderful place for examples of what is "PAINTING" now in America..... check it out!!!

Find it here @


Look how she has transformed from painting onto a 2D surface (linen and paper) to BUILDING the parts of a painting into 3D...... Notice the way the combines techniques, like spray paint with hand painted areas..... or sanded down painted wood surfaces.

See more at her web site @

" Cobbled", wood, foam, spray enamel, and acrylic

Detail of "Cobbled"

 "Intersection", mixed media installation, 2011

 "Repurpose", oil on particleboard, 2011

 detail of "Repurpose"

 "In The Fall Of", oil and spray enamel on linen, 2009

"Wintercircles", Oil and spray enamel on linen, 2009

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Susan Lichtman- interioir spaces

Lichtman has created these extraordinary paintings with dramatic light, space and SOLID figures. Look how she uses COLOR, VALUE and even the PAINT STROKES to push and pull the space.

See more of her work here @

 Fabric, 2008, guache on canvas, 18"X24"

" The Diligent Mother", 2006, oil on linen


Step Mother, 2004, oil on linen, 55"X59"

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Juan Genoves

This Spanish artist (b. 1930- ) creates paintings as a way to interpret memories and events in his past- and the political events that shaped Spain.
Images of individuals and groups of people show up in his work. The viewer sees them as small figures, far away and below eye level. Upon close inspection his paintings transform from photographic images into abstract paintings with texture and thick paint.
Be sure to visit his website to view the videos about his work.

Here is the link @