Friday, September 23, 2016

Demos and Plein Air!

We are fully into Fall, and the busy season has begun! This past Sunday I demonstrated watercolor painting for the Philadelphia Watercolor Society's Annual Meeting. It was a great event, and attracted several new members to the organization. As a popular bonus at the end of my demo, I gave away about 30 door prizes of art supplies, plus everyone in attendance received a free sample of Mission Gold watercolors. I'm so happy I was able to arrange for the donation of the Mission Gold watercolors for the Watercolor Society -- they were a huge hit with all the artists in the audience!
Annie Strack demonstrating watercolor painting for the Philadelphia Watercolor Society Annual Meeting.

Tomorrow, I'll be demonstrating Plein Air painting with oils and watercolors at Marshall Square Park in West Chester, Pennsylvania for Plein Air Brandywine Valley.


 Next Friday, I'll be demonstrating seascape painting with Mission Gold watercolors at Jerry's Artarama in Wilmington, Delaware.
Mission Gold watercolor demo with Annie Strack

This time of year, I often have up to 3 or 4 different events each week. Check out my Calendar Page to see where I'll be next!

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Thursday, September 15, 2016

More swag arriving for artists in the Plein Air Brandywine Valley!

More wonderful art supplies are arriving for Plein Air Brandywine Valley! The latest is a gift certificate from Blick Art Materials that one of the artists will win as a Merit Award, and...
200 paint samples of Utrecht oil and acrylic paints that will be distributed to all the participating artists! Each sample contains product information and samples of primary colors plus white. Each artist will get both sets of samples the oils and the acrylics. It will be fun to see what the artists create!


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Thursday, September 1, 2016

Philadelphia Watercolor Society Annual Meeting

Join me at the Philadelphia Watercolor Society Annual Meeting!

Come watch me paint a watercolor seascape from start to finish, and get a chance to win free door prizes of fabulous artist supplies!
Sunday, September 18th at the Community Arts Center, 414 Plush Mill Road, Wallingford, Pennsylvania. 12 noon -2 pm. Everyone is invited!
I explain my processes in great detail during my painting demonstrations, just like in my classes and workshops! Learn how I mix colors, plan a composition, use values, manipulate the properties of pigments, use different types of brushes for effects, and more! I'll be bringing some of my DVDs and some free samples of art supplies from my generous sponsors to give away, so you won't want to miss it! 

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Monday, August 15, 2016

Yay! Value Finders are Here!

For many years I've been telling my students about the benefits of using a Value Finder while painting. Unfortunately, these things are extremely hard to find! I finally found a great wholesale source, and now I'm offering them to my students and other artists.

4x6 Value Finders, $5 + S&H

4x6 Value Finder (red acrylic)
$5 plus $4 shipping and handling




You can save on the Shipping and Handling charges by buying direct from me at my demos and workshops, although I only bring a limited number of them with me to events so there is always the possibility that I may sell out early and there may not be enough to go around.

When you look at your painting through the Value Finder, the deep red color works as a filter to cancel out colors and show you the true values of your painting. It works equally well when you hold it up to look at your subject through it -- it will filter out the confusion of colors and allow you to easily see only the value transitions of what ever you are painting. These are ideal for plein air painters and studio painters alike, and work for every medium. 

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Tuesday, August 9, 2016

New pens for plein air watercolor painting!

I just tried some new products for watercolor painting en plein -- opaque white gel pens. These pens are lightfast and archival, making them ideal for watercolor painters. The Uniball pen was a given to me by my dear friend, artist Deb Watson. The Sakura and Marvy pens I found in the crafts department of a fabric store chain. Both the Uniball and the Marvy are 1.0 mil wide, and the Sakura is .04 wide. The wider ones are better for watercolor. Because these are opaque, they cover very well and can be used to add whites to a watercolor painting at the end. This makes it perfect for painting en plein air, when it's inconvenient to use masking fluid. 


 In other news, my workshop in Spain next Spring is almost full! There are only a few seats left, and prices go up after November 2016 so you don't want to wait until the last minute to reserve your space!

As an added bonus, I'm giving away white gel pens, traditional sketching pens, and a special sketchbook to each artist in this workshop!

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Thursday, July 28, 2016

Plein Air Painting at the Brandywine Museum of Art

I had a wonderful day last week at the Brandywine River Museum of Art during their "Inside Out Plein Air" event. Three other artists and I were invited to paint inside the museum, which was especially nice since the outside temperature was in the high 90's with a heat index in the triple digits. I quickly painted a couple of watercolors of my view of the river, and then a small watercolor of the vase of white hydrangeas in the lobby.

Brandywine River Plein Air, 12x9 watercolor $89.

Brandywine River Plein Air, 9x12 watercolor $89.

Brandywine River Museum Interior, 6x4 watercolor $49

I don't often get the opportunity to practice painting live figures, so I was thrilled to be able to get out my sketchbook and fill several pages. People standing around and walking about the museum lobby were perfect models, and because I was there with permission I was able to paint to my heart's content without any intrusions. Afterwards, some of my students saw my plein air figure sketches and have asked me to add the lessons to my schedule. Ask, and you shall receive! Figure Sketching in Watercolor is being added to the curriculum of my upcoming workshop in Spain, and one-day classes will be added to my lineup of studio classes.

Plein Air Figure Sketching in Watercolor

 In other news, merchandise is still arriving for the Plein Air Brandywine Valley event in October! Cheap Joe's Art Stuff just sent us a $100 Gift Card and fashionable painting apron that some lucky artist will win as a Merit Award at the event. The name of the comapany -- Cheap Joe's -- is quite an oxymoron as anyone who's ever done business with them knows they are as generous as the day is long.

We're now up to 14 Merit Awards, in addition to the top awards which total over $10,000 in cash! There's still time to apply, although the entries will close in a week so that notifications can begin.

$100 Merit Award for Plein Air Brandywine Valley from Cheap Joe's

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Saturday, July 16, 2016

another new painting!

Here's my latest watercolor painting! I just finished this one, and sent the image off to the National Watercolor Society for jurying. Wish me luck! I've been recovering from surgery for the past month, and spent the time in my studio working on the complexities of this painting. I'm writing a step by step tutorial using this painting, and soon I'll post the link to where you can find that free tutorial. Many thanks to my friends on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter who come to my rescue and help me with the titles for my latest paintings!
A Tug at My Heart, 20x14 watercolor $1195.
 More sponsorships are rolling in for Plein Air Brandywine Valley! We are now up to thirteen Merit Awards of fabulous merchandise and gift certificates, including the latest from Vasari Oil Colors. Vasari oils are completely hand made of the finest oil and pigments and made in the US. Two lucky artists will win $250 Gift Certificates from Vasari, who has also generously provided two $100 Gift Certificates to be used as awards in the Quick Draw and the Nocturne painting competitions!
Merit Awards provided by Vasari Oil Colors

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Wednesday, July 6, 2016

1-day workshops and classes for artists!

July is a busy month, with three classes coming up in my studio! There's still a few spaces left in all of them, so sign up now before they are all sold out!

July 12, -  "Social Media Made Simple!" 1-day workshop in my Kennett Square Studio. Learn how to improve your business and sell more art through positive interaction with potential and current customers on Facebook, Twitter, You Tube, Pinterest, Linked In, g+, Blogs, and more! Make your posts go viral and get people talking about your business all over the internet! wi-fi is available, so bring your laptop (preferred) or mobile device! 9:30 am - 3pm. Lunch included, $58 per person.  Email me to register.

July 14, - Plein Air Workshop at my studio in Kennett Square. Join me for a day of painting in my studio gardens. All mediums welcome. Learn how to choose subjects and plan plein air compositions, use color to the best advantage, strengthen values, and create better plein air paintings! 9:30 - 3 pm, lunch is included. $58 per person, email me to register.


July 28, - Mix Stunning Colors with a Limited Palette! A 1-day workshop in my Kennett Square Studio. Learn how to identify colors by temperature and value and how to mix every color needed from using a split primary palette! This applies to all color mediums, so all mediums are welcome in this workshop. Participants will gain a stronger understanding of color theory and will learn to use the right colors to create better paintings. 9:30 am - 3 pm, $58 per person, lunch included. Email me to register.

Annie Strack leading a plein air painting workshop

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Friday, July 1, 2016

Adding more awards!

I forgot to show you all my recent painting of Sheffield Mums! I strayed away from my usual painting subjects of seascapes and landscapes, and did a few florals. I entered this painting in the Philadelphia Watercolor Society juried show -- wish me luck!
A Break from Boats, 12x16 watercolor $295
 Lately I've been busy working behind the scenes on the Plein Air Brandywine Valley competition. This year is shaping up nicely, as we've secured Steve Doherty of Plein Air Magazine as our juror, and we added over a dozen extra awards and some new events. New this year, a Quick Draw in Marshallton and a Nocturne in Chesapeake City are added to the lineup. New locations are being added, too, and this year Jamie Wyeth has invited us to paint at his house! I've been working hard to get lots of additional awards for this event, and I'm working with numerous art supply retailers and wholesales to get tons of awesome merchandise for both the artist swag bags and Merit Awards. Check out the totally awesome Williamsburg Oil Colors and Qor Watercolors that will be awarded to some lucky artists!
Williamsburg Oils and Qor Watercolors, Merit Awards for Plein Air Brandywine Valley

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Monday, June 6, 2016

latest paintings!

Last month went by in a blur! I'd like to take a vacation and rest up for a week or two, but the rest of my summer is booked solid with classes, workshops, and events. Here's a few photos from my recent painting demonstration for the Glouchester County Art League in New Jersey. I started two paintings and worked on both simultaneously, but it was very humid that day and my paint just wouldn't dry so I didn't completely finish either one of them before the end of my demo. I continued my demos during the Open Studio Tour that same weekend, and finished them up.
Annie Strack beginning her demo for GCAL

Annie Strack demo at GCAL

Annie Strack Painting demo

Annie Strack demonstrating painting
Untitled boat painting demo, 12x16 $145.
 I also spent a day at Kuerner Farm with the Philadelphia Watercolor Society last week, and although I had to leave rather early to get ready for the Open Studio Tour I still managed to complete three paintings.
Kuerner Farm 1, 6x12 watercolor $79

Kuerner Farm 2, 6x12 watercolor $79

Kuerner Farm Springhouse, 7x10 watercolor $79
And in other news...
as most of you know, I work with a lot of different artist organizations as a volunteer. One of my current projects is Plein Air Brandywine Valley, and one of the things I'm doing for that group is getting merchandise donations from art supply companies that will be used as Merit Awards. In addition to sending fantastic items that will be given as awards, some of the companies are also providing samples of their products that will go into the swag bags that are given to the 100 artists who are juried into the event. I got this enormous shipment from Michael Harding Oil Paints today, containing over 100 wonderful tubes of Ultramarine Blue for the swag bags! I'm so excited to that Michael Harding Oil Paints has sent such a gift! All the artists in the event will get one!
Sample tubes of Michael Harding Oil Paints!

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