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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

DIY – Painting Your Wood Palette Gray

DIY – Painting Your Wood Palette Gray

For awhile now I have wanted to refinish my wood palettes, opting for a painted gray rather than stained wood. I have two palettes, a large one and a medium sized one. I bought them from Turtlewood Palettes and they are so well balanced that I feel like I’m not holding a palette at all. The owner even made a custom adjustment to my medium sized palette to make the grip even more comfortable for me to hold. But I have finally decided the warm tone, the dark value, and the wood grain pattern get in the way of mixing just the right color.Turtlewood Palettes offers a gray palette now, but it appears to be the same value as their wood palettes. I believe they are shooting for a mid-value gray, but I want a lighter value. So, I took a deep breath and started my DIY project. 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.

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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...

The Vale of Dedham at the Kimbell

The Vale of Dedham at the Kimbell

Confession time… Normally I don’t spend allot of time in front of landscapes, but George Shackelford, deputy director of the Kimbell and curator of the Botticelli to Braque exhibition I recently visited, is said to have picked this painting as his favorite piece in the entire exhibit. He jokingly said  Read more...

Anatomy for the Artist

Anatomy for the Artist

It was such fun to give critiques this past weekend at the Portrait Society of America Convention and get to see what different artists are pursuing; their styles, their ideas for series, their successes and their struggles. A recurring topic of discussion addressed anatomy issues. It is a portrait convention and getting a good likeness of your client is key. Here is a list of some of the books on my shelves Read more...

Making a Still Life Box

Making a Still Life Box

My Alla Prima Still Life art class has started, and I have been faced with a problem that has plagued me in this kind of class in the past; too much ceiling light in the class room. You want to be able to control the light on your subject, whether it is a live model or a still life set-up. So, I went home and built some small, portable, still life boxes. In this post, I will show how I did it. Read more...

Pastel Demo on Bark Paper – Finishing

Pastel Demo on Bark Paper – Finishing

Well, it’s been a week of cloudy, rainy weather. Remind me not to do a reflections-on-glass-in-natural-light demonstration again…unless I can figure out Read more...

Pastel Demo on Bark Paper – Painting Glass Bottles

Pastel Demo on Bark Paper – Painting Glass Bottles

Did I say I would do one bottle at a time and not look back? Hmmm, well I am doing one bottle at a time, but Read more...

Pastel Demo on Bark Paper – Refining the Darks

Pastel Demo on Bark Paper – Refining the Darks

Before moving on to the bottles which will mostly be a study in abstract shapes and distortion, I have chosen to stick with the “dark side” a bit longer. Never fear. I know my limitations and will come back to the light in due course. I am finding that the Bark Paper is quite helpful in Read more...

Pastel Demo on Bark Paper – The Block-In

Pastel Demo on Bark Paper – The Block-In

First I will mass-in the darks. As I said before, the Mexican Bark Paper wants to hang on to dark marks, so I was careful at the edges of shapes to Read more...