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Introducing Featured Artist Victoria Castillo

Artist’s Statement:
“I am a figurative painter. I like the poetry of the human form in light-infused settings.  Sometimes I paint women in bright, sunlit gardens to catch the sparkling light off the planes of their faces and collar bones. Other times I work in cool, quiet interiors where the light is soft and envelopes the model.The marvelous thing about paint is that it can be used to create the illusion of the natural world, while at the same time being obviously paint, with abstract and beautiful qualities all its own.  I never want my paintings to go too far in one direction or the other (either too polished and “realistic” or too abstract) – the tension of that middle ground excites me. I want you to see the brushstrokes and gobs of paint when you get up close to one of my canvasses.Often I dress my models in antique silk kimonos and drop-waisted dresses from the 1920’s.  I use the clothing because it fits my personal aesthetic. I like art deco lines and shapes.  I choose colors and patterns that bounce light and allow me to “riff” (like a jazz artist) with my brushwork, creating beautiful abstract patterns.

The women in my paintings are strong, they are not merely decoration as found in many impressionist paintings of the last century (though they may be dressed in similar clothes). My women own their space. They are in the garden, playing the piano or at the dining table because it gives them pleasure.  They inhabit an inner world that I hint at in each painting.”

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Tips for new Plein Air Painters from Jeremy Sams

Featured Artist, Jeremy Sams, painting in the water with Art Cocoons!

 

 

 

Jeremy Sams
Tips for New Painters: Part 2 – The Painting Stages Stage One usually begins with lots of excitement as you find a scene that inspires you and you begin to frantically sketch it out on your painting surface.

Stage Two is when you’re blocking in big shapes and color masses…still somewhat excited.

Stage Three is when you have all your shapes and your composition established and you begin the process of turning it into that which inspired you. This is usually when you say to yourself, “What was I thinking???” You battle with all of your insecurities as an artist and wonder if you bit off more than you can chew.

Luckily, Stage Four begins at that point where you actually start to see the big picture coming together…you feel happy again.

Stage five is when you’re done…you’ve narrowed your focus and captured the story with all the final details…you feel great!

Stage 6 occurs when you begin to second guess your decisions and start to overwork the painting. Here’s where we have to be reminded that just because a little of something worked, doesn’t mean that more of it will work better. That’s when we need stage 7.

This is the stage where a friend walks over and kindly pats you on the back with one hand to distract you while the other hand swipes your brushes. Now, you’re really done…and glad someone encouraged you to stop.

It’s a good idea to paint with someone else whenever you can. There’s a couple of benefits to this. First, there is strength in numbers, and you’re safer when you have someone there with you…especially in the urban scene, or when painting a nocturne. Another benefit to painting with someone else, or a group, is that inspiration is easily transferable. It’s as contagious as laughter and lice! Artists can glean so much from one another, whether it’s a fresh perspective in a critique, encouragement to keep going, or just the joy of being around like minded people sharing laughs and experiences.

—Jeremy Sams, Landscape painter, Archdale, NC, 9/8/15

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A Note from the Talented Tina Bohlman

TINA AT BIG BEND RIO GRANDE 2014We were thrilled to receive an email from Tina Bohlman!

“I don’t remember the exact year, but about 3-4 years ago, I received 3 each of the small and large as an Honorable Mention award in the Paint Historic Waxahachie plein air event. It’s a really great product. Every time I participate in an event or just a paint out gathering, artists always ask & I show them how “cool” the carriers are & give them the website. I give frequent painting demonstrations and always have my plein air gear, which includes MyArtCocoon! I have no idea how many of these I’ve “sold” for you, but I’m guessing quite a few.

Attached are some photos of my paintings on location inside the cocoon, plus a couple with me in the photo…the one showing me sketching has a fresh sheet of Arches Oil Paper in the cocoon on my easel. I paint on the new Arches Oil Paper and it’s a perfect match for the cocoon; I trim the paper to fit inside the 11×14 then place the 9×12 or 8×10 insert on that if I want to paint smaller. Same goes for carved out 12×16 – trim paper to fit & put inserts over if I want to paint smaller.”RIO GRANDEIMG_2321TINA - SKETCHING AT BIG BEND (contraband movie set)

Tina is a signature member of the following groups:
Outdoor Painters Society
Women Artists Of The West
Contemporary Fine Art International
Artists Of Texas
International Plein Air Painters

Check out her wonderful plein air work:
www.tinabohlman.com
www.tinabohlman.blogspot.com

Art Cocoons in Action

Gloria Painting Longhorns2
Gloria Chadwick, having fun painting Longhorns at Del Mar Fair.

“What a bonus it is to use the Art Cocoon while painting in a tourist setting. I have sent my paintings off to their new homes in the secure cocoon much to the relief of the traveller. I believe the carrier made the difference on whether or not a sale took place. “