Thursday, April 23, 2015

Upcoming events and classes!

I'll be teaching a few classes soon..the first is an exploration of watercolor techniques and materials at the YSArts Council - May 17, 2-5p for $20 Contact YSAC
   I'll also teach my second class at YS senior Center...this time on "Flowers in WC" on a donation basis...bring your supplies to paint with me..I'll bring paper.
  In June, I'm helping put up a display for Monday Morning Artist group at the YS Library.
  In July MMA will host a group show  of "Reflections" with an opening 7/17, 6-9p at YSAC. I'll teach a class Sat., 7/18, 2-3p "Watercolor Tricks" for $12 pp.  Many others in the group will teach classes too! Yuki Hall, Sandy Kinnamon, Mary Cargan...even a kid-class with Clara Rose...: )
 Happy Spring...

Friday, March 27, 2015

More flowers...and joining the Ohio Watercolor Society

  As I amble along the shores of the Little Miami River here in OH, I often come across things I simply must paint,,,,now!  I've made a painting of the Spring Beauties that emerge first in the brown mud and bracken of winter.
'First Spring Beauties' wc - Libby Rudolf

  I've decided to rejoin the Ohio Watercolor Society so that I can submit a few paintings for their annual competition.  It is somewhat stressful, submitting work to organizations, hoping that the judge sees the excellence in your painting...the spirit/essence that you have endeavored to capture.  I wonder if this one will catch the eye and heart of the judge.  Even if it doesn't, I still love it.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Painting flowers with Hake brushes

  I took a workshop recently with S Korean artist Buong-Kil Joung. He worked with wide Hake brushes, sweeping color onto the stretched watercolor paper and adding multiple layers to refine the shapes and colors.
  In his last demo, he did an exquisite painting of the 'lowly' yet intricately beautiful thistle. We all thought that he must surely have used miskit to retain the crisp whites of bristles. However, he showed us that he brushed in the main shape structure and continued to cut in with a succession of color to find the bristle shapes...negative painting.
It is inate for us to paint positively, not the shape around or in between the object. I am consciously trying to be more aware of the relationship of positive/negative space now...
  Here is my latest!
Flowers for today. WC....L Rudolf

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Tropical Fun in the Deep Freeze of OH

It is a tremendous bit of good fortune to be able to escape winter for a bit, to swim and play in the sun and paint all the beauty of a tropical place.  I took way way too many pictures but it's all reference for future paintings, right?  

Friday, I will share some of the fun in the sun in a mini Watercolor workshop at the YS Senior Center.  People will bring their paints and brushes (hopefully) and we'll make paintings of some sunrise/sunsets, flowers, shells, beach and water, etc.  I think it will be fun,

I tell myself I'm not comfortable demo-ing in front of people
and it's mostly because I sometimes freeze up while giving a speech, etc, but.....this will be ok.  I need to stop telling myself the story of being afraid.  It only leads to a dead end street/quiet back water.   I'm sure all will be well.

Wish me luck - maybe you'll be there : )

Friday, January 9, 2015

A Mermaid swum onto my WC paper...

I am minding the Village Artisans gallery today and it is way too quiet. So..bring out the paint and wc-doodle. I need to paint something related to 'family of animals' for the Art Council little mermaid swam in with her friends.  Well...I always wanted to grow up to be a mermaid....

This painting is in the YSArts Council Member Show: “Family and Other Animals”
February 20 – March 15. 
 There is an opening on Friday, Feb 20 with awards, snacks, etc.