...is when we are treated to multiple demonstrations by our own MVAL members. This year's slate is listed below with a representative image: click to enlarge
November 2019 Demonstration
I did my graduation in Electrical and Electronics from Anna University, Chennai, India. My childhood passion was arts, especially Drawing and Painting made me to learn things on my own. I had been fortunate to learn a few additional things through the classes and workshops I attended in Los Angeles, California.
Though I try my hands on most of the media like Oil, Acrylic and Watercolor etc., I am in love with watercolor. I like the challenge it poses to bring out the brilliant, colorful rhapsody that watercolor alone can bring to the canvas. I share my joy of watercolor with the classes I teach and the new perspective I bring in them makes it worth all the hurdles I face. It is a long journey and probably the distance I need to cover is still a big one. The good thing is that the treasure is not at the end of the journey, but all along the way we travel.
Wish you a good time with watercolors.
October 2019 Demonstration
Kathleen Scoggin (kathleenscoggin.com) is a multimedia artist and instructor located in the Southern California desert.
Kathleen is a contemporary abstract artist working in watercolor, acrylic and mixed media. Her work is inspired by nature and expresses organic subjects inviting the viewer to see and be aware of the beauty around them. The work is based on unique texture techniques to describe the varied earth forms that are all around us. Her art is created to help the viewer see and be aware of the electrifying beauty of nature but still create mystery. She paints commissioned portraits of dogs and cats of all breeds.JURIED & JUDGED EXHIBITIONS: San Diego Watercolor Society, Coachella Valley Watercolor, Palm Springs Art Museum Artist Council Exhibition, Riverside County Date Festival, Lake Oswego Festival of Arts, Watercolor Society of Oregon, Village Gallery of Art, Pacific Northwest Plein Air Show, Oregon Society of Artists, Rose Festival Art Show.
INVITATIONAL AND GROUP EXHIBITS: Two Woman Exhibit – Two Babes With Brushes, Palm Desert Visitors Center & Desert Art Center; Art On The Edge Group Show UCR -Palm Desert; Lake Oswego Visions Invitational, Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts, Lakewood Art Association; Art in the Burbs, Frame Central Solo Exhibition; Art Media Show, Art Exhibit in Portland City Commissioner’s Offices.
AWARDS: Multiple Awards, San Diego Watercolor Society; Multiple Best in Shows, Coachella Valley Watercolor Society; Best in Show & Judges Award of Excellence, Riverside County Date Festival; Best in Show, Coachella Valley Watercolor Society Plein Air Show
EDUCATION: Basic Design, Fine Arts Coursework & Art History, Oregon State University, Portland State University & Chemeketa Community College, Dietetic Internship, Massachusetts General Hospital, B.S. Dietetics and Institution Management, Oregon State University
September 2019 Demonstration
Pasadena-based Danielak Fine Art (www.danielakfineart.com) is an innovative art sales and consulting services company which specializes in producing art-related events in alternative venues. Founded in 2000 as DanielakArt, the company is owned by curator Margaret Danielak. Danielak Fine Art advises collectors and artists alike and conducts museum tours focusing on women-made art. Clients include the California Art Club, the Southern California Women’s Caucus for Art (SCWCA), La Galeria Gitana, the San Diego Fine Art Society, Avenue 50 Studio, Towns Burr Gallery, Silvana Gallery and the Monrovia Association of Fine Arts, among others.
Margaret Danielak holds a B.A. in History from the University of California at Berkeley and was a Producer Fellow at the American Film Institute. She is the author of A Gallery without Walls: Selling Art in Alternative Venues (ArtNetwork Press). The book was a featured selection of North Light Book Club.
An active volunteer in the Pasadena community, Ms. Danielak served on the Junior League of Pasadena’s ART SMART Committee, in association with The Armory Center for the Arts, on art projects for disadvantaged youth. Ms. Danielak has received numerous grants to conduct Feminist Museum Tours at California Museums including The Norton Simon Museum, The de Young Museum, and most recently, The Huntington Library-Virginia Steele Scott Galleries of American Art.
An artist career coach, she also conducts The Art of Selling Art Workshops with award-winning artist, Julie Snyder, founder of Workshops in France, (www.workshopsinfrance.com).
May 2019 Demonstration
Photography for Artists with MVAL member John Taggart, who is currently doing watercolor art. He retired as a photographer doing many types of photography—from weddings, portraits to advertising and commercial photography. During the last 26 year of his career he did photography for Los Angeles Police Department. (Who is OJ Simpson?) John's watercolor art is not trying to paint the realistic world. It has been his desire to paint a feeling or use the real to create new visions or recreate elements to a painterly design. “If I want to paint a scene that looks like the scene—I would take a photograph.”
Photography for Artists will start with how to photograph/document your artwork with the tools that you may have. Often we are asked to make photographs of our paintings for submissions or just our own records. Sometimes there are shortcomings and procedures will be discussed as to how to make a good representation of your original art. Another feature of the presentation will be using a “photographers eye” which is really an artist eye. A camera or smartphone can be used as a tool to establish and develop compositions in your paintings. An artist can use photographs to visualize the world and make new visions for your art. Time permitted, copyright will be touched on and use of digital tools to help with your visual journey. Keep painting.
April 2019 Demonstration
MVAL member John Byram is a local architect and artist who has been painting in transparent watercolor for over twenty-five years. John teaches watercolor classes through the Glendale Lifelong Learning Program, and conducts the occasional workshop.
John seeks the energy in his subjects, using a balance of deliberate and loose brush strokes to push the balance in a painting between representation and chaos, often blending colors directly on the paper. Frequently using black and white reference photos, he selects a color temperature dominance for a painting, developing a range of values, over entirely local color, with his chosen palette.
John’s work has appeared in the Annual Arroyo Arts Discovery Tour, the Mohave County Museum, the Southwest Museum and the Acorn Gallery in Los Angeles. He studied under noted aquarellists Fealing Lin, Robert J. Uecker, and Robert S. Oliver. He is also a member of the Mount Washington Plein Air Painters.
March 2019 Demonstration
Sharon Weaver grew up in a small town in post-industrial Pennsylvania where the winters were cold and monotone. The use of bold colors in her art is a direct rebellion against that drab landscape.After finishing a Fashion Design degree at Parsons School of Design, Sharon worked in the garment industry as a designer and merchandiser. Her career took her to Europe and Asia on business trips where the rich culture and people influenced her creativity.
Sharon's art combines her understanding of nature with her exceptional talent for drawing to create unforgettable images. The bold and unique colors in her work, much like the California Impressionists who first inspired her, are a feast for the eyes and touch the soul. Using new techniques, working with other artists and teaching help Sharon continue to grow as an artist and push her limits.
Sharon was juried into the Oil Painters of America 20th Annual National Exhibition and an award winner at the Carmel Art Festival. She is a founding member of PAC6 Painters; a group dedicated to painting the beauty and grandeur of the American landscape. A museum exhibition and gallery shows were the result of a pack trip into the Eastern Sierra Nevada Mountains. Her art was featured in a four page article in the February-March 2017 issue of Plein Air Magazine and she was invited to the San Dimas Art Festival and was awarded the Bronze Medal for her work. Sharon teaches an ongoing studio landscape class with Kline Academy of Fine Art.
February 2019 Demonstration
Risë Parberry: After earning a Bachelor of Arts degree with Painting Emphasis from the University of Idaho, I also earned a secondary teaching certificate from Boise State University. For 25 years, my husband, Gary, and I operated our grain farm along the Washington/Idaho border where we raised our family. Meanwhile, I taught oil and watercolor painting through the Washington State Community College Continuing Education Program and the Corbin Art Center for Spokane City Parks and Recreation as well as for various other entities and art societies. I continued to burn the midnight oil, painting and entering juried exhibitions. We relocated to San Diego, California, a treasure trove of visual inspiration and artistic cooperation.
Along the way, I have been fortunate to benefit greatly from my affiliations with a number of watercolor societies, serving as President of the Spokane Watercolor Society, Workshop Director for the Idaho Watercolor Society, and, finally, President, First Vice President and Past President Advisor of the San Diego Watercolor Society. Through these all volunteer non-profit organizations, I met many wonderful instructors who mentored me and shared the methods and techniques to achieve my artistic goals. I have earned Signature Memberships through repeated juried selection for International Exhibitions in the San Diego Watercolor Society, the Northwest Watercolor Society, and the Idaho Watercolor Society. I am also a juried member of Watercolor West and have been included in the American Watercolor Society Exhibition
January 2019 Demonstration
Lynn Attig “I am a country girl at heart. Which is why plein air painting makes me tick. My best day ever is spent standing on a hilltop with miles of horizon beyond my easel, a rainbow of pastel sticks in my hand. Art is a transcendent experience, a virtual tour for my mind and soul. When I paint, I am galloping my horse through endless fields of wild oats, feeling the wind caress my face. Or crossing a footbridge over a tranquil pond. You might say I am a dreamer. And I am. I get to escape from the roar of the world, if only for a moment, and dwell in the places I have created. I hope when you look at my paintings, you will find yourself transported there, too.”
December 2018 Demonstrations—Six Simultaneous Members!