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Mother’s Day presents

WB drawingI thought the concept of giving Mom an afternoon of nude figure drawing for her day might be odd. At least for my mother—I am sure that there are Mom’s who it wouldn’t be. Like me.

So, in the pouring rain, I carted paper, charcoals, and pastels to Dover and spent 3 hours on a drawing horse. We did 1 minute to 30 minute drawings. A flashback, to be sure. By the time we started the longest drawing, I was ready to be done, but the results (shown here) are respectable.

Happy Mother’s Day!

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Examples for classes

I am now contracted to teach 3 adult education classes. I have on occasion sold classes without good examples for advertising. So, this week I played with doing a self-portrait in pastel. I know how, just haven’t in…probably 20 years. The first wasn’t a failure-actually a good drawing-but the face was me at 19.

Selfie in Pastel, 11" x 15", pastel on Rives BFK

Selfie in Pastel, 11″ x 15″,
pastel on Rives BFK

I finished this today. More like it. I will be teaching several classes in the southern Maine and New Hampshire area, from watercolor, plein air, mixed media, and pastel portraits.

Workshops set to begin at Blackbird Studio and Gallery, North Berwick, Maine

"The Cobweb", watercolor on paper (c)Daryl-Ann Hurst

“The Cobweb”, watercolor on paper (c)Daryl-Ann Hurst

Painting Realism in Watercolor, I

Daryl-Ann Hurst, instructor, at Blackbird Studio and Gallery

 

Every realist painter I have ever known who has not been given instruction on how to make watercolors behave “the way they want them to” has become frustrated  with the “mind-of-its-own” quality of the medium. The paint runs and puddles, and leaves weird marks that its opaque cousins don’t.  It behaves very differently when you work on a wet surface or a dry surface.

I can’t teach patience, but I can give you the fundamentals of how to control the medium. Most of the two sessions of these workshops  will involve layering thin paint over thin paint, on a wet surface. I will teach techniques for correcting mistakes, developing highlights, and creating deep, rich large expanses of flat color. We will work from a very simple still life.

All supplies will be provided. The class will meet on two consecutive Tuesdays, September 23 and September 30, from 6-8 pm. The price for both classes is $45 per person, and is due at on the first night. The class size is limited, so please sign up early!

I have been showing my work for nearly 40 years nationally, and was recently asked to contribute an oil painting to the Rochester Museum of Fine Art. I was also given the Artistic Achievement Award in the Visual Arts for my 2014 show at the Rochester Library, in Rochester, NH. I am primarily an abstract painter, but I am classically trained and can work in a realistic style, as well. My “Woven Tribute” is on display at Blackbird this month.

Let’s make some art!! The Blackbird Studio and Gallery is located at 387  Somersworth Road, North Berwick-right across the road from Noble High School.

We are also planning other workshops, so please stay tuned. Also please like our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/blackbirdnorthberwick?ref=br_tf

For further information: artinsmallplaces@gmail.com and type “Blackbird class info” in the subject box. The class is almost full!

Workshops set to begin at Blackbird Studio and Gallery, North Berwick, Maine

"The Cobweb", watercolor on paper (c)Daryl-Ann Hurst

“The Cobweb”, watercolor on paper (c)Daryl-Ann Hurst

Painting Realism in Watercolor, I

Daryl-Ann Hurst, instructor, at Blackbird Studio and Gallery

 

Every realist painter I have ever known who has not been given instruction on how to make watercolors behave “the way they want them to” has become frustrated  with the “mind-of-its-own” quality of the medium. The paint runs and puddles, and leaves weird marks that its opaque cousins don’t.  It behaves very differently when you work on a wet surface or a dry surface.

I can’t teach patience, but I can give you the fundamentals of how to control the medium. Most of the two sessions of these workshops  will involve layering thin paint over thin paint, on a wet surface. I will teach techniques for correcting mistakes, developing highlights, and creating deep, rich large expanses of flat color. We will work from a very simple still life.

All supplies will be provided. The class will meet on two consecutive Tuesdays, September 23 and September 30, from 6-8 pm. The price for both classes is $45 per person, and is due at on the first night. The class size is limited, so please sign up early!

I have been showing my work for nearly 40 years nationally, and was recently asked to contribute an oil painting to the Rochester Museum of Fine Art. I was also given the Artistic Achievement Award in the Visual Arts for my 2014 show at the Rochester Library, in Rochester, NH. I am primarily an abstract painter, but I am classically trained and can work in a realistic style, as well. My “Woven Tribute” is on display at Blackbird this month.

Let’s make some art!! The Blackbird Studio and Gallery is located at 387  Somersworth Road, North Berwick-right across the road from Noble High School.

We are also planning other workshops, so please stay tuned. Also please like our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/blackbirdnorthberwick?ref=br_tf

For further information: artinsmallplaces@gmail.com and type “Blackbird class info” in the subject box.