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I will be judging this show and demoing at this Plein Air event on May 26, 2018 at 3:00 PM in Adamsville, TN. Contact Lisa Engle to register: email@example.com
This 1 day workshop will explore different ways that various, well known portrait artists begin portraits, as well as 3 critical keys to getting likeness.
This workshop will be primarily instructional based with teaching and demoing by Susan. Students will participate through various exercises to apply what they learn.
To register, email Susan: firstname.lastname@example.org
I am excited to announce that my recent painting, “Acorn Soup”, was juried into the 2nd Annual American Impressionist Society- Impressions Small Works Showcase. This show will be held March 23 through April 21, 2018, in the Greenwich House Gallery in Cincinnati, Ohio. The opening reception is Friday, March 23 from 5-9 PM with AIS Master Kenn Backhaus as the judge of awards.
This painting, “Acorn Soup”, was begun as a demo in my recent 3 day workshop at “Dorroh Lake” campgrounds during the beautiful, cool, fall time of the year, and has a story behind the unusual name.
I brought this copper pot to the workshop to demo a still life, but I did not have a full plan for what the set up would be. As I began to set it up, I decided to walk out onto the grounds of the campsite where we were retreating for the workshop. I headed out across the grassy area out to the edge of the tree line where an old, beautiful oak tree stood with varied colors of large leaves displaying their colors. I broke off various limbs, and in the process noticed large, beautiful acorns scattered on the ground, so I grabbed a few of those, too. As I walked back inside, a flashback of my childhood came to mind. When I was about 5 years old, I had a “playhouse” to “cook” in. Mom would give me her old pie pans and scratched spoons, and I would pick “herbs” (grass), and get flour (sand) and sometimes add flavoring (bubble gum), to make “Bubblegum Soup.” So naturally, as I set up my still life, I decided to name it, “Acorn Soup,” as a nod to the simple, wonderful, days where anything is possible.
Students painting from photo with instruction
Students painting a still life with instruction
My 1st still life Demo
My 2nd still life Demo
Thank you to the wonderful staff of Dorroh Lake for the hospitality and to the awesome folks who took this workshop. What a great week!
This little boy may be going through a lot of medical issues right now, but the day he killed his first turkey was an awesome day to him. Thanks to “Hope Outdoors”, a Christian ministry that takes people hunting and shares the love of Christ, this little boy left the field “covered with feathers” in more ways than one.
1He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
2I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.
3Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence.
4He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.
5Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day;
6Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday.
7A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee.
8Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked.
9Because thou hast made the LORD, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation;
10There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling.
11For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.
12They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone.
13Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder: the young lion and the dragon shalt thou trample under feet.
14Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name.
15He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him.
16With long life will I satisfy him, and shew him my salvation.
“No paintbrush in hand?”
Not this time. This time it’s a painting of who I see when I look at Dot Courson: I see my Mom. I see her eyes that look back at me-her daughter.
Those eyes first looked at me 42 years ago and she made that face where she smiles and bites her tongue in a way that says she loves so much she can’t stand it.
She’s always loved that much. So giving and so full of a belief in you so much that she’s lined you up with more than you need to succeed before you’ve even decided you were able.
So I painted my Mom.
What an honor.