Sunday, December 9, 2018

Registration now open for Winter Semester classes!

It's time to sign up for Winter Semester classes! My classes at the Community Arts Center always fill up fast, so don't wait. Space is limited!
Also, there is still a couple of spaces left in one of my workshops in Charleston, South Carolina. I'm teaching two workshops back to back, one is already sold out and the second one is almost full. Check out my CALENDAR PAGE for details about upcoming classes and workshops, and links to registration pages. 
As I posted the last photo, I noticed I forgot to tell you about my latest Signature Membership award! I recently earned Signature Membership in the Niagara Frontier Watercolor Society (NFWS), which is the twelfth organization in which I've earned Signature status! 

Calella de Palafrugell, 4x6 watercolor, $49.

I've added several new mini paintings to my $49 page, be sure to check them out and order now to get one in time for the holidays!

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Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Happy Holidays

The holidays are fast approaching and for me, that means I get to take a little break from my work as an artist. I don't have any classes, workshops, shows, plein air competitions, or demos until after the first of the year. I love being an artist, but I always enjoy taking time off from my hectic schedule over the holidays!
Annie Strack with friends at the Unionville Art Gala

Annie Strack with friends painting en plein air a the Brandywine River

Taking a little break to go to the beach!

Annie Strack teaching a watercolor workshop in her studio
 I am shipping orders daily, right up to Christmas. My red value finders are $5, Painting Seascapes in Watercolor DVDs are $29.95, and there is a great selection of small original paintings for $49 and $79. Order now for Christmas!

Wading, 6x4 watercolor $49.

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Friday, November 23, 2018

Happy Thanksgiving!

I am very grateful that my work as an artist keeps me busy, and that I have enough work to keep busy.
Plein Air Brandywine Valley was a huge success again this year, with great sales and marvelous weather.
Blacksmith Shoppe, SOLD. My quickdraw painting from PABV.

Judging the Milton Art League exhibit down in southern Delaware. 

Judging the art at the Unionville Fair.

Demonstrating plein air painting at the PABV exhibit at Winterthur.

St Remy, 12x16 watercolor. One of my demo paintings from PABV.

Visiting the Jerry's Artarama store in Raleigh, during the Art of the Carolinas convention. 

Demonstrating with Chartpak artist supplies during the Grand Opening celebration of Jerry's Artarama store in Newark, Delaware. 

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Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Chartpak Artist Ambassador!

I'm super excited to tell you that I've just joined the Chartpak team as an Artist Ambassador! Like, just NOW! I just signed the contract this morning, and you are the first to know!

The Chartpak company includes many of the most respected artist supplies in America. These lines include Grumbacher, Higgens, Weber, Mission Mijello, Molotow, Pelikan, Schmincke, AD Markers, Clearprint, Indigo Art Papers, Koh-i-noor, Martin Universal Design, Maco, Craft House, Frances Meyer, Skilcraft, Thalo Artist Community, and Chartpak.

I'm starting my adventure this weekend at the Jerry's Artarama store in Newark, Delaware. I'll be demonstrating Higgens inks and Grumbacher watercolors during the store's Grand Opening celebration on Saturday.

Be sure to come out and see me! There will be lot's of fun activities all day long, door prizes, giveaways, celebrities, and more. All the cool artists will be there.

Jerry's Artarama 
269 S. Main Street
Newark, DE 19711

(302) 268-1238

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Sunday, October 21, 2018

Plein Air and Other Shows

I just finished jurying the American Artists Professional League's 90th Annual International Juried Exhibit. As always, this show is huge -- the accepted artworks filling both galleries of the Salmagundi Club. As a Board Member and Juror, I have one of my own paintings in the exhibit. I actually ran out of shipping boxes and had to go out and buy more, with so many paintings all over the country in various juried shows this month.
Garden Jewels, 9x12 watercolor by Annie Strack
The week after next is the start of Plein Air Brandywine Valley! This juried event draws artists from all over the country. I don't do a lot of plein air events, and limit myself to only the top ones in the country. This one is one of my all time faves, and not just because I'm on the Board, lol! As always, I am also hosting a couple of visiting artists for this event, so in between workshops, exhibits, classes, etc, I'm cleaning like mad so my house won't look like a total disaster. Fortunately, my guest artists this year are men -- so I won't have to clean to woman standards!

Annie Strack, Plein Air Brandywine Valley
And finally, next week I'm going down to Lewes for a few days, to jury the Milton Arts Guild Annual Exhibit. If it's not too cold I plan on going to the beach while I'm there, to wiggle my toes in the surf and get my fix of salt water.

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Thursday, October 4, 2018

More paintings and events!

October has started off with a bang! This week, I worked on developing lessons for my up coming classes, judged an art exhibit, and shipped more paintings off to juried shows.

Creating more color wheels for references in my classes.
In Unionville, I spent the first part of the morning judging the Adult Art entries, and then moved on to the Youth Art to finish up the judging there. I've been doing this for several years, and always enjoy seeing the artwork created in my own community.

Judging the art entries at the Unionville Fair
I worked on creating samples in my Stillman & Birn sketchbook for reference when I travel to teach workshops. I have large samples that I keep in my studio for teaching, but when I travel I need something a little more portable. My sketchbook works perfectly, as I can fill the pages with all sorts of references, studies, samples, and lessons that I can use for teaching. 

Value scales in my Stillman & Birn Sketchbook
Perhaps the biggest thing of the week was a surprise box from Dynasty Brush, containing 100 of their synthetic watercolor brushes! I've been using the brushes all week, and I must say, I'm very impressed by these brushes! The Faux Kolinsky line offers a wonderful selection of brushes that perform very close to their natural hair counterparts. They hold quite a lot of fluid and have a wonderful spring, all while maintaining a fine point for detail. I was quite surprised to discover that I like the Kalel line of brushes even MORE! They are slightly softer, and seem to hold just as much fluid, if not more. Both lines of brushes are also suitable for acrylics, and highly desirable for fine work in oils. 

Faux Kolinsky and Kalel from Dynasty Brush
Galer Winery, 8x10 watercolor by Annie Strack
I also performed a live painting demonstration for patrons and invited guests of the Plein Air Brandywine Valley, at Galer Estate and Winery near Longwood Gardens. After my demo, my framed painting was given away as a door prize at the event. Our patrons have been very supported of the arts over the years, and I'm delighted to participate in this pre-event party to thank our sponsors.

Annie Strack starting her plein air painting demo. 
And finally, here's another little sketchbook painting from my trip to Provence. This is in my Hahnemuhle Carnet sketchbook, which is a really nice cold pressed watercolor paper with an ivory color. I like the base color for sketching, and it works beautifully with watercolors and other mediums. I used a white gel pen to create highlights and the contrast on the toned paper is lovely. This painting is of one of the medieval buildings along the Rhone river in the ancient town of Arles, where my students and I stayed during my recent trip. I'm taking another group back to France for a workshop in 2020 -- be sure to let me know if you want to come!

Medieval Arles, 6x9 ink and watercolor by Annie Strack

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Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Busy Season for Art

The Fall season is traditionally the busy season for artists, and this year is no exception. Tonight I'm painting live at at the Plein Air Brandywine Valley's patron party at Galer Estate Winery. Next week I'm judging the art entries at the Unionville Fair, next weekend I'm jurying Signature Membership applicants into the Baltimore Watercolor Society, then delivering my painting to the Philadelphia Watercolor Society's Juried International Exhibit, then a board meeting for the American Artists Professional League, and on and on! I hardly have time to come up for air. I can't even think of all of the events I have coming up in the next couple of weeks -- check out my calendar page for the full listing!
I was thrilled to receive the catalog of the Kentucky Watercolor Society's Aqueous 2018 in the mail, and with it, a cash award! This show does not award much cash, so I was honored to receive the third highest cash award.
Last week, I invited some of my local students to my studio for a post-Provence painting party. We finished up our paintings from my workshop in Provence, and had a Provencal theme lunch of French inspired foods. We had so much fun, we're planning to do it again soon!
Pond at the Chateaux, 8x12 watercolor by Annie Strack

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Monday, September 10, 2018

Sennelier Art Supplies

I'm so honored that Yves-marie from Sennelier posted this video of me on Sennelier's social media sites! My next workshop in France will be in 2020, and will be in the Brittany region of France to include a collaboration with Sennelier and tours of their factory!

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Friday, September 7, 2018

painting in Provence

I've just returned from teaching a plein air workshop in Provence, France, and I'm still jet-lagged. And, somewhat disappointed that no one brought me fresh croissants when I woke up this morning in Pennsylvania.
Mas de la Boheme in Arles, Provence, France.
Our trip was absolutely amazing. Our tour operator, Mathieu of Provence Art Experience took care of every every need and desire. We walked in the footsteps of the great French Impressionist painters, and painted the scenes and views that they made famous.
Ochre hills of Rousillon
Every day was a new adventure of painting, shopping, eating, and more.
painting the mountain behind Cezanne's studio, using the Cezanne watercolor paper from Hahnemuhle.
There was so much to see, and so much to do! I spent 10 days in Provence with my students, and could have spent 10 years. 

the Roman amphitheater in Arles at night
We stayed at Mas de la Boheme, a beautiful 18th century guesthouse nestled in the countryside just outside of Arles. Turns out, the owner and his son were members of the famous band, Gipsy Kings...

And, to top it all off, I ran into Yves-marie from Sennelier while my group and I were painting in the streets of Rousillon. We weren't even going to paint in Rousillon that day. We went there in the morning to tour the ochre sites and shop in the local market, but we loved it so much we stayed to paint in the afternoon. Yves-marie lives on the other side of the country, and had just flown in for the day to visit the exhibit of the Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour. So it was pure serendipity that he just happened to walk by on the same street that I was painting, and recognized me. Although we have known each other for at least a decade, we had never actually met in person. Many years ago, I helped Yves-marie test and formulate the new line of watercolors for Sennelier, and we've been friends ever since.
Yves-marie Salanson of Sennelier and Annie Strack in Provence
So, I will be going back to France in 2020 to teach another plein air painting workshop with Provence Art Experience, and we will be collaborating with Sennelier to paint in the Brittany region so we can visit the factory and include Sennelier in our project.

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Wednesday, August 22, 2018

More paintings!

This is my demo painting for my class last week. We've been drawing and painting glass for three weeks, starting with plain clear glass in the first lesson, progressing to colored liquid in glass for the second lesson, and finishing up with colored glass. Students are never eager to start lessons on drawing or painting glass, but I teach methods that make it easy and fun to learn -- they always end up wanting to paint more glass!

Colored Glass, 12x9 watercolor by Annie Strack $85
Some of my students who are going with me to Provence met up for lunch at Terrain. Although all of them know me, most of them have met each other before now. The rest of my students will meet up at the airport, or after we arrive at the chalet in France. I finished packing today for my journey, and was amazed that I managed to fit all my art supplies and equipment (including all the supplies that I bring to give away to my students!) along with enough clothing to last two weeks in just one medium size suitcase. And I kept it all under 50 pounds! Yay!

Today I received an email notifying me that my painting in the Kentucky Watercolor Society's Annual Juried National Show won a top award! I don't know which award, yet. That info is top secret until the awards ceremony on September 7th. I plan on attending the reception in person, if my flight from France is not delayed.

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