Wednesday, April 17, 2019

More workshops!

I just added another workshop to my schedule, this one is in Pennsville, New Jersey! I'll be teaching my popular "Skies - Scrumptious to Moody" workshop June 15 - 16. This workshop has limited seating and will sell out fast, so register NOW if you want to get in on it!

In other news, I've finalized my workshops for this year's Art of the Carolinas. This major trade show and expo is put on by Jerry's Artarama in Raleigh, and takes place November 14 - 17. I'll be teaching two workshops about mastering the art of painting seascapes, one with watercolors and the other with acrylics.
Agat Beach (Guam), Acrylic by Annie Strack

Red Dinghy at Ft Christiansted, watercolor by Annie Strack

I am an Artist Ambassador for the Chartpak company, and they are sponsoring my workshops at the Art of the Carolinas and providing my students with Grumbacher paints and Indigo watercolor papers. All materials are provided in my workshops at the AOC, and in addition to painting gorgeous works of art, students get to keep the supplies!
Annie Strack, Grumbacher Brand Ambassador 

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Friday, April 12, 2019

new paintings!

I had an incredibly busy winter semester of teaching, and then I taught 4 workshops last month. With all the painting demonstrations that I did to conduct lessons, I have already painted over 4 dozen paintings this year. I painted 22 in March, alone! Here's a small sampling of some of my recent paintings...


















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Saturday, April 6, 2019

Car Shopping

My hubby's car is worn out and no longer worth the cost of maintenance, much less the cost of major repairs (It leaks oil so badly that we've nicknamed it "the Exxon Valdez") so it is time to get a new one. My old car is still in perfect condition but it's a sedan and I really want something with more cargo space, so hubby gets my old car and I've been shopping for a replacement. I looked at over a dozen cars this week, and finally settled on this one...


I get to pick it up and take it home next weekend!

I've been so busy with teaching classes and workshops, and then when I finally had a week off I spent every day of it shopping for cars. Now I finally have a few days off, to "paint for myself" and have a little quality "me time!" Weekend after next I'm driving down to Rehoboth to stay at a friend's beach house and paint en plein air with a few of my besties. I'm so happy to have my new SUV for traveling -- now I can take more art supplies with me!

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Monday, April 1, 2019

Beach Tripping

I just got back from my workshops in Ocean City, Maryland, where I had a wonderful time! My students totally rocked and we averaged three paintings each day.

 A couple of photos of my students holding up some of their finished paintings!


Some of my demos from my workshops in Ocean City: 



I also taught an additional workshop at the art center on Business and Marketing for Artists. These artists soaked up information like sponges, and worked updating their promotional materials and learned to use social media while in my class. Another fun group!



I kinda sorta have this week off -- except I'm spending the week car shopping. I hope to make my decision and buy a car by the weekend, because next week it's back to works for me!


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Monday, March 25, 2019

Maryland's Eastern Shore

This week I'm in Ocean City, Maryland, teaching a couple of workshops at the Art League of O.C. The beach is cold this time of year, but hey -- a cold beach is better than NO beach! O.C. is absolutely FABULOUS! Even in winter! The Art League is putting me up a the posh oceanfront Princess Royale Hotel. The art center is just around the corner, only a few blocks away. I totally freakin LOVE this place!


View from the balcony of my hotel room.


Finding the Art Center was easy-peasy! They are right underneath the water tower, which can be seen for miles!

The Art Center is on the back bay, right on the water. This is the view from my classroom. Yeah. It's that good!

Some of my wonderful, talented students in my workshop today! We had a complete BLAST! What a fun group! <3 p="">
and after class, I have to go back to my room and this view again. I LOVE my job!!!!
We finished two paintings today, but I forgot to take a group photo. I'll be posting those later!

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Saturday, March 16, 2019

workshops and more workshops!

I'm down in Charleston right now, teaching a second week of workshops. I head back north next week to teach a week in Ocean City, Maryland. There's a last minute opening for a couple of seats in my workshop in Ocean City! Act NOW if you want to get in!

Here's a photo from last week's workshop in Charleston!

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Sunday, March 10, 2019

Glazing with perceived colors on monochromatic complementary under-paintings

In my winter semester classes, my students learn to glaze with perceived colors over complementary monochromatic underpaintings. This is a classical technique that is most familiar to oil or acrylic painting, but can be used to add dramatic colors to any medium, including watercolor.
Below are some examples of what my students did this semester!

Here, my student painted green for the apple and then painted red over it. Next they painted Violet for the pear, and glazed with yellow. The last one is blue for the pumpkin, with orange as the glaze.

This is one of my demos that I painted, to show the technique to my students. I painted the apple in violet, first. Then I glazed over it in yellow. 




My students had a blast with this lesson! I use this lesson to reinforce their learning of color theory, light and values, color mixing, and more. In addition to setting the values, letting some of the underpainting show through the glaze layer adds a dramatic pop of complementary color to paintings.


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Wednesday, February 20, 2019

gestural figures

Last week in my watercolor classes I taught my students how to draw and paint gestural figures. Here's a few photos of their studies! 








I project photos of people on the wall, for my students to use as references. Here, my reference is Susan Kideo -- one of my students in my workshop in Provence. Below is my demo painting of her. 


This photo is from last week's plein air event in Chadds Ford. I was painting out on the Brandywine Battlefield with my good friends Yvonne Mucci and George Gallatig when the event photographer, Fred Weyman, stopped by and shot this photo. 

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Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Chadds Ford Winter Plein Air

This past weekend I painted in the Winter Plein Air in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania. This juried event is a small one, with less than 30 artists painting over the course of two and a half days. The weather was warm when I painted my first one on Thursday afternoon (I teach classes on Thursday mornings, so got a late start!) and I painted with oils at Brandywine Battlefield.

Lafayette's Headquarters, 11x14 oil $295
Friday was marred by rain, but artists were allowed to paint indoors at some of the approved locations. I enjoyed a nice cuppa coffee while painting the view from inside the cafeteria at the Brandywine Museum of Art. My friend and fellow artist Yvonne Mucci braved the cold rain and was outside, painting on the banks of the river, so I included her in my painting.
The Artist, 12x6 watercolor $165
In the afternoon, I went back to the Battlefield and painted another watercolor on paper. This one is of the public bathrooms in the parking lot -- a lovely building in a lovely setting!

Silver Mist, 12x16 watercolor $295.
The last painting had to be turned in before 3pm on Saturday, but fortunately I only had to do one so I had plenty of time. The temperature never got above freezing, so I stayed in my car and used watercolors to paint the view through my windshield at the Battlefield. This one sold right away at the opening reception, the others are available at the Chadds Ford Historical Society's visitor center through March 1st.
Washington's Hdqtrs (Gilpin House), 11x14 WC on canvas SOLD
 I always host other artists for events in my area, and here I am at the reception with Kirk Larsen, my guest artist for the event.

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