I've mentioned Rosemary's Newsletter before. Rosemary's is a small English brushmaker used by many fine artists. She has a comprehensive website, and a monthly newsletter that is always interesting to read. Her August newsletter just came out and profiles several artists with illustrations of their work. There is an article about the Egbert brush, used by the Old Masters. I had never heard of it before, but it looks like a long filbert. Here is a link to the newsletter.
Finerworks is an internet fine art and photography printing service. I've used their services and I like some of their prints even better than my original oils! I am mentioning them in this post because of the tutorials they have on their website that get us as artists up to speed on how to make professional prints of our works. Check them out here.
There is a wonderful new alternative program to the horrendously expensive Adobe Photoshop called Affinity Photo. It has just been released for $39 on the Mac through the App Store. It has a very similar layout to Photoshop so the learning curve for a Photoshop user will not be steep. For those of you who don't have Photoshop because its too expensive here is an opportunity to discover the fun of image manipulation with a program that seems to be Photoshop's equal at a fraction of the price. The bad news is it only in a Mac format, so those of you with PC's are out of luck!
After much discussion, the OAA Board has decided to change the membership year to coincide with the calendar year, January 1 through December 31st. We are also changing our financial year to a calendar year, thus aligning the Association with OVA and most other Oakmont organizations.
Historically, we have always recruited members and renewed memberships at the September meeting, which is our first meeting of the year after the summer hiatus. We will continue to do that, and the only change will be that new and renewed memberships will be for the following calendar year beginning January 1st. The membership fee remains unchanged at $10 per person and $15 per couple.
If you have further questions about this, contact our Membership Chairperson Jackie Smith, at email@example.com.
We will send out several informational emails in the next few months regarding this process, which is largely a book keeping change. You may have received the first of these already.
James Gurney and His BLAST Rule for Painting
Looking at your path and the paths of other artists you know, it's easy to realize that unexpected turns are often what lead people to where they're meant to be. Such is the case with the renown artist James Gurney, who is famous for painting realistic images of subjects that aren't real themselves. You may know Gurney from his groundbreaking book, Color and Light: A Guide for the Realist Painter, and his Dinotopia series.
"I had to drop out of art school because I got a job working in the movie industry as a background painter," says Gurney. "Here was my situation: I was broke; my fiancée wanted to finish art school; and I already had a college degree (in archaeology). My plan was to find an art job to pay off her loans, while I would just crib off of her class notes. It wasn't so easy! I couldn't find work in the freelance world. So I made cold calls to all the animation studios I could think of: Disney, Bluth, and Hanna Barbera. None of them wanted to hire me, and my portfolio was not too impressive anyway. I was OK at drawing, but had never really painted. I thought my art career was over at age 21.
"Then I stumbled into Ralph Bakshi Productions. The studio was staffing up for an animated sword and sorcery film called "Fire and Ice," with Frank Frazetta co-producing. Bakshi gave me a chance as a background painter, even though I didn't know much about the business. It was like art school under a shotgun--with a paycheck. I had to produce about 600 paintings in a little over a year, at a rate of about 11 per week. Paint or die! It was a great education, much better than I would have gotten at an art school."
Gurney is proof that diving in head-first is one way to become a master artist. But following certain guidelines is also a helpful way to learn techniques, such as Gurney's "BLAST rule." "This rule consists of five general pointers that lead to happier results in just about any kind of painting," says Gurney.
James Gurney's BLAST Rule for Painting
1. Use the Biggest brush possible for a given passage.
2. Paint Large shapes first, followed by small shapes.
3. Save your tonal and chromatic Accents until the last.
4. Try to Soften any edge that doesn't need to be sharp.
5. Take Time to get the center of interest right.
Kathy won 1st place in the watercolor division for her painting "Pots for Sale" at the Art Workshop of Western Sonoma County's Apple Blossom Fair show that was held on April 17- 19th. Here is the painting.
David took some pictures at his recent workshop. Here they are.. Click on them for a bigger picture.