Tuesday, December 6, 2016

My Favorite Art Supplies

I'm thrilled to be a contributor for the latest article on ArtistsNetwork.com! Click here to check out what I (and other leading artists, too!) have to say about favorite art supplies, and leave a comment to tell us about your own favorites, too! 

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Wednesday, November 9, 2016

New Watercolor Classes!

Registration opens today for my new class at the Community Arts Center in Wallingford, Pennsylvania! My classes always fill up fast, so hurry up and register NOW -- before you miss your chance!

10:00 AM-12:30 AM on Thursdays, January 12 through March 2.
Everything you need to know to paint luminous watercolors with ease! Learn to capture and create the beauty and radiance of watercolor painting from a professional artist. Annie Strack is passionate about teaching watercolor painting and will provide you with personalized watercolor instruction as she walks you through the essential techniques and the foundational concepts of watercolor painting. This class is packed with demonstrations, discussions, individual help, personal and group critiques. There is something new to learn for every artists' level!

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Saturday, November 5, 2016

Niagara Frontier Watercolor Society Award

I'm proud to announce that my painting "The Gossipers" won the "Sandra Ludwig Award in Memory of Mother, Hilda Ludwig" at the 13th International Juried Exhibit of the Niagara Frontier Watercolor Society! Juror Tom Schaller complimented my painting both with the award, and with his words describing his decision to choose my work: "Outstanding storytelling by means of outstanding artistry!" I am truly humbled. 
"The Gossipers" 14x20 watercolor, Annie Strack

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Friday, October 28, 2016

More new paintings and demos from Plein Air Brandywine Valley festival!

The last couple of weeks I've been busy with the Plein Air Brandywine Valley festival. The event kicked off with a reception for the artists at the Marshallton Inn, where everyone received their welcome packets with the event schedule and artist info, and swag bags full of wonderful goodies donated by our generous sponsors. Artists started painting the very next morning and continued for four days. We started the week off by painting at farms and estates in the Greenville, Delaware area on Monday, then Marshallton, Pennsylvania on Tuesday (including a Quick Draw event!), then Chesapeake City, Maryland on Wednesday (followed by a Nocturne painting event), and finished up back in Delaware on Thursday. On Friday, we hung the show at Winterthur and the paintings were judged by Steve Doherty, editor of Plein Air Magazine and prizes were awarded during a gala reception. 

I demonstrated landscape painting using Mission Gold Watercolors provided by Martin F. Weber Fine Art Products on both Saturday and Sunday for visitors enjoying the exhibit at Winterthur.  

Painting away in Chesapeake City. Busy Bridge, 5x7 watercolor on canvas, SOLD. 

I finished 8 paintings during the event, and sold 3 of them before the paint was dry. 

Me, with Steve Doherty after the judging. As one of the event organizers, my paintings were not included in the judging, but I did get to participate in all the events and sold several paintings! 

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Thursday, October 6, 2016

New Paintings, Upcoming events, and lightfingered artists

Last weekend I demonstrated plein air painting at Marshall Square park in West Chester to promote the upcoming Plein Air Brandywine Valley. I painted two paintings of the fountain, one in oils and one in watercolor - using my new palette of watercolor pans from Mission Gold. The travel set of Mission Gold watercolors was a gift from the Weber company, who generously gave me samples to give out to all the artists who registered for Plein Air Brandywine Valley and also to all the artists who attended my demo for the Philadelphia Watercolor Society

They also gave me a set of paints to use during my demo, but another artist intercepted my box of samples when it arrived at the PWCS event and took everything, including my set of paints. She boldly announced that she was the one who got the samples for all the PWCS members, and then began handing out my samples to the audience. She even generously offered to give two of my samples to me! I was so flabbergasted by her outrageous behavior that I couldn't find the words, and I walked away. Not to worry, as I work with the Weber company on many projects and they sent me another set in the mail a few days later. It arrived in time for me to use in this demo and also the one I did for Jerry's Artarama last Friday. 

Marshall Square Park Fountain, 8x10 oil, SOLD
 Both paintings were sold off my easel before they were finished.
Marshall Square Park Fountain, 9x12 watercolor, SOLD
 Tomorrow night, I'll be at the Painted Bride Art Center in Philadelphia for the opening of the Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series Juried Show. I'm thrilled to be juried in this show, which had over 5,000 entries!
 Saturday, I'll be demonstrating plein air painting at Winterthur, beginning at 9am. If you're in the area, be sure to stop in and check it out! I'll be right near the main entrance of the museum, so you won't have to go far to find me.
Next weekend, I'll be demonstrating acrylic painting with Amsterdam Acrylics and conducting "make n take" classes at the Plaza Art Store in Towson, Maryland. This is the store's annual Hands On Creativity event, which features over a dozen different art supply companies and manufacturers displaying new products, offering free demos, and giving away samples. You won't want to miss this awesome event!

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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! Thanks to my generous sponsors, I'll be bringing some great art supplies to give away as door prizes and all attendees will receive free samples of Mission Gold Watercolors,  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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