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Taking a Second Look

Posted by on Jun 8, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

Taking a Second Look

Susan Blackwood’s tour is coming up in September and so I thought I would share one of her blogs with you.  I love that  you can learn something new, from something old … or in this case re-learn something you once thought did not work for you.  We are forever learning, and sometimes it is just about timing.   Taking a Second Look – by Susan Blackwood (February 2011)   Years ago I studied with a wonderful artist named Wynn Jones. I have mentioned him before here. He was my first painting instructor at Northern Illinois University and we were studying watercolors....

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Tour Journal for Denise Pelletier

Posted by on May 31, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

As I like to do, I have written a tour journal of our days during our workshop.  Denise’s tour was May 11-20 and unfortunately, for the first time, the weather did not cooperate.  What can you do?  At the end of the day or should I say tour, the amount of work that was produced was phenomenal, despite the weather.  Nothing fair weather about these painters! May 10 Our first arrivals in Dubrovnik were Ari and Donna and they arrive on the 9th.  Our next arrival was Marie-Helene from Paris.  Denise, Yves, Louise and Hugette were suppose to arrive at 13:10 but as we found out, during...

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Step by Step with Alan Flattmann

Posted by on Apr 5, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

Step by Step with Alan Flattmann

Painting Demo: Step by Step: Alan Flattmann’s “The Abita River” Alan Flattmann presents a quick a step by step demonstration of his painting The Abita River. Join Alan in Croatia this fall where you can get your own personal step by step demonstration!   Step 1 Flattmann toned the canvas with a thin wash of burnt-umber acrylic paint. The artist drew the landscape with vine charcoal, sprayed the drawing with Krylon Crystal Clear acrylic fixative, and let it dry. Step 2 Next, he blocked in the major values and shapes of the landscape in oil, starting with the lights and...

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Croatian Phrases

Posted by on Mar 29, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

With our first tour coming up in May, medical I thought a little language lesson may be in order… and lucky me, our friends at Chasing the Donkey posted this blog not to long ago 🙂 plus there are links throughout this blog back to their site for other language lessons….like swearing 😉 oh yes and the frustration of NOT understanding. I too have been learning the language now for going on 10 years, and am yet to master it.  The only good thing: it is phonetic… you say it like you see it… once you learn the accents above some of the letters, ofcourse.  Good luck and I...

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Traditional Filigree Jewelry – Seba Design

Posted by on Mar 15, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

Traditional Filigree Jewelry – Seba Design

Guest Blogger – Ruth Seba and Traditional Filigree Jewelry Design We, online have added Seba Dizajn as one of our local attractions. Ruth and Doka are wonderful, unhealthy friendly hosts and give each of our groups a 1/2 hr demonstration on how filigree is made. The Seba family have been working with filigree jewellery for approximately 500 years.  This addition of artisan work adds greatly to our tours, and I am thankful to Doka and Ruth for offering this opportunity.  If you are in Korcula be sure to give them a visit- located beneath Marko Polo tower, (Marko Polo’s Korcula home) and if...

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Painting the Light

Posted by on Mar 8, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

Painting the Light

Painting the Light – by Gaye Adams I am forever encouraging my students to strive to achieve accurate tonal relationships within their paintings.  Often the tendency is to see too narrow a range of tones, making it impossible to achieve believable light. Whenever the subject matter is in full light (rules change somewhat on a foggy or misty day) there is a full range on tones to deal with – miss the darks and the lights won’t seem light enough. There is a story about a little girl whose family always did large jigsaw puzzles on the kitchen table through the family holidays....

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