Announcements

Spring Classes – Open Enrollment

Spring Classes – Open Enrollment

Emily, charcoal, 16×14″ by Brenda Hash, PSA

I will be offering two studio classes this spring on Thursdays at the Gates Fine Art Building in Rosenburg, TX. Classes start on February 2nd. We will be “Painting with Charcoal” in the morning class and doing the “Art of Your Choice” in the afternoons. Complete information on each class is found here and here.

2-Day Georgetown Workshop in December

2-Day Georgetown Workshop in December

After all the Thanksgiving hustle and bustle is over and before the Christmas rush begins, give yourself a much needed artistic retreat. I’ll be teaching a two-day workshop in a quaint little town right outside of Austin, Texas. Georgetown has it all; great restaurants, numerous antique shops and the best cappuccino I have ever tasted. Oh, but you probably want to know about the workshop. Read more...

“Liz” Wins Award at New York Exhibition

“Liz” Wins Award at New York Exhibition

What fun to be in New York getting an award at the National Arts Club from the President of the Pastel Society of America, Jimmy Wright.

Accepting Award from Jimmy Wright

The PSA hosts its Enduring Brilliance Exhibition each year at the National Arts Club in New York and it’s a great excuse to visit Manhattan and see a few Broadway plays. My pastel painting, Liz, received the Allied Artists of America Award this year and was selected as one of twenty pieces from the exhibit to travel to The Butler Institute of American Art in Youngstown, Ohio. I’m so pleased that “Liz” is on the road and getting to be seen by a larger audience. If you’re in Ohio, December through February 2017, go check out the exhibit.

Many thanks to my little sister for making the trip fun and memorable. Here we are with our favorite building…The Flat Iron! Check out the red “No Standing Anytime” sign behind us…oops!

Sisters

Fall 2016 Art Classes

Fall 2016 Art Classes

Announcing my Fall 2016 Art Classes beginning in August. A semester includes twelve, three-hour studio style classes where beginner to advanced artists may work in oil or soft pastel. Both a morning  class and an afternoon class are being offered. The morning class will study “Getting the Right Perspective”, where we will copy a master painting and tackle topics such as aerial and linear perspective to improve our depictions of the landscape. The afternoon class will have an open format where artists will bring in their current projects and receive on-going critiques aimed at improving their skills on the subjects they have chosen.

For more information on these classes follow the links below:

Morning Class (9am – NOON) – Getting the Right Perspective
Afternoon Class (1:30pm – 4:30pm) – Art of Your Choice

Portrait of Janie Hengst

Portrait of Janie Hengst

My portrait of Janie Hengst, retiring Principal of John Paul II Catholic School, was unveiled May 20th during a special mass and program honoring her many years of dedication to the school. I have yet to meet Ms. Hengst, but I know without a doubt that she is loved and admired by her peers. This portrait was quite a challenge, and I’d like to give you some insight into how I handled a couple of issues. Read more...

Researching a Posthumous Portrait

The rain left and it was a beautiful, blue-sky, October afternoon at Baylor University for the unveiling of my posthumous portrait of Dr. Gordon K. Teal in their brand new Elliston Chapel.

UnveilingWithDrGravagne

The portrait will hang in the lobby of Baylor’s Gordon Teal Residential College which houses their Engineering and Computer Science students. Here is the portrait (48 x 36, oil on linen).

Original oil painting by Brenda Hash. Photographed by Alvin W. Gee. The portrait is hanging in the entry of Teal Residential College at Baylor University.

Dr. Teal was a fascinating man to research, and I thought it would be helpful to portrait artists out there to walk through my research  Read more...

2-Day Portrait Workshop in June

2-Day Portrait Workshop in June

I am so pleased to be giving a portrait workshop in conjunction with the Women Painting Women – Texas Exhibition at the Georgetown Art Center in Georgetown, TX. This is just 28 miles north of Austin, TX. The title of the workshop is Perfecting a Likeness: The Commissioned Portrait in Soft Pastel or Oil and will take place June 26 & 27, 2015 (Friday/Saturday). In these two days we will study from the model and learn to recognize and produce correct anatomy of the face, neck and shoulders. We will also discuss classical proportions of the head and common mistakes made in their construction. Go to my Short Courses & Demos page and click on this workshop to learn more and to register.

Spring Semester Art Classes In Two Weeks

Spring Semester Art Classes In Two Weeks

I hope all of you have resolved to push your art skills to the next level in this new year. My art classes start in two weeks. I’m looking forward to being back in the classroom. My students are such an inspiration to me. My portrait class is already full, but there are a few seats left in my afternoon class where you can dream up your own topic and I will be there to guide you in achieving your goals. Go to my Group Instruction page to find out more. Happy Painting!!

Traveling Girl

Traveling Girl

I am so pleased to announce that Thoughts of Elberta was selected from the Pastel Society of America’s Enduring Brilliance Exhibition to travel to the Butler Institute of American Art to be on view Read more...

Thoughts of Elberta Wins Award in New York

Thoughts of Elberta Wins Award in New York

I was very pleased to receive a call from Jimmy Wright, President of the Pastel Society of America, who informed me that my pastel painting, Thoughts of Elberta, which is currently hanging in the Enduring Brilliance Exhibition at the National Arts Club in New York will be receiving the Pastel Society of America Award in Memory of F lora B. Giffuni. I am so very honored to be receiving this award, and so pleased that I will be able to make the trip to New York to receive the award at the Awards Ceremony on September 21st.