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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

New 3-day workshop coming up November 7-9. "Adventures in Creativity" at Evendale Cultural Arts Center, near Cincinnati, Ohio. Easy access off I-75. Contact Pat Haslit, jhaslit@fuse.net. Let's Play!
Free your creative spirit. Discover how to access your creativity and capture ideas, images, and quotations in a sketchbook. Try new color and design ideas; experiment with abstraction; play with mixed media, monotype, and basic collage techniques in a fun and friendly atmosphere with helpful critiques and tips on goal-setting. Based on The New Creative Artist.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Jacqueline Sullivan's Color Letter--Fantastic Resources

Monday, April 21, 2014

A Watermedia Collage Series on Trees

One of my students in Exploring Watercolor has been working on an interesting series. Jane let snow fall on wet watercolor to make textured backgrounds. She cut the colored papers into squares and attached them to black backgrounds. Jane painted the trees with watercolors. [Note: The patterns are precisely straight, but some curvature appears in the photos.]

I love what she's doing with these. Today she used this treatment on a redbud tree and it is spectacular! My class is constantly surprising me.

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Adventures in Creativity, Collage, & Water Media May 5-9


Ocean City Center for the Arts, Maryland. Email Ann Terrell
Free your creative spirit in Nita Leland's workshop, where the emphasis is on you. Access your creativity in sketches, capturing images and quotations in a sketchbook. Try new color and design ideas; experiment with abstraction; play with mixed media, learn basic collage techniques and more. You'll benefit from helpful daily critiques tailored to every skill level and useful tips on goal setting in a fun and friendly atmosphere. A free private consultation with Nita on one or two pieces of current work is optional.

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Sunday, August 11, 2013

Meet me in Las Vegas!

Summer is flying by, but there's still time to sign up for my workshop.
It's all about color...
What's on YOUR palette?

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Sunday, June 02, 2013

Big Event at Hithergreen Center


This is the week of Hithergreen Center's gigantic garage sale. Thur. June 6 and Friday June 7 are the big days. I'm really excited about the new daylily sale. Sandy and Mike Holmes of Riverbend Daylily Garden have donated bulbs from four named varieties, shown in the photo. One is a newly registered beauty named for Hithergreen. The bulbs are only $5, while they last. The garage sale is a highly anticipated event, with books, toys and housewares, crafts and antique glassware--everything a bargain. Come early for the best selection.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Exploring Watercolor Exhibit at Hithergreen Center


Here's a new exhibit by my Exploring Watercolor Class. Please stop by Hithergreen Center to see the original paintings!
One of the ways they learn is to participate in critique at the end of each class. The discussions help artists to improve their paintings while they learn art principles that help them in their own work.


An outstanding feature of this class is their selection of a wide variety of subject matter. Each artist is developing his or her own style.
They've become a close community of artists and working with them is pure joy.

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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Rising Sun Collage Workshop 2012

Last weekend's New Creative Collage Techniques workshop at Rising Sun, Indiana, was fantastic. Here's one example. Go to the workshop page to see more of what these artists did in only two days. Many did more than two pieces. The variety of subject matter and approach is fantastic. In addition to paper collage, I had the class prepare a background with acrylic paints and then collage into it. One student worked mostly with fabrics. Most hadn't done much collage, if any, so you can see why I was impressed with the results. FYI, Rising Sun Art has more workshops through November. It's only 1 1/2 hours from Dayton, closer to Cincinnati, not far from Indianapolis--just a hop and a skip for a fun, productive two-days.

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Thursday, April 12, 2012

Building a Platform

You don't need a hammer and nails for this one. Robert Lee Brewer is helping writers build a platform for their marketing. He calls this the April Platform Challenge and it began on April 1 right here. I've been working on other projects, so just got into it today. Wow! I need lots of catching up to get up to speed. It's good to know I already have some of his recommendations in place. Now I'm checking everything out to see what I might have missed. Check it out--artists need this, too.

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Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Rising Sun Indiana Collage Workshop

Join me for New Creative Collage Techniques – April 21 & 22 at Rising Sun Art Workshops.
Learn lots of collage techniques and see how easy it is to make exciting art work with a wide assortment of odds and ends and, if you like, paint. You’ll have fun making creative magazine and newspaper collages, recycling old paintings, and creating faux-texture background supports for collage papers, including oriental papers, handmade papers and photographs, using techniques described in my new book, New Creative Collage Techniques. I'll show you how to set up your workspace and prepare your materials so your collages will last. There will be a brief demo at the start of each class, then everyone will work on suggested activities or on their own projects. You’ll also learn design tips and how to make color work in your collages. To add to the excitement bring some items to share with the class–one artist’s “trash” might be another’s treasure! Each day ends with an upbeat group critique. For all levels of experience. Hope to see you there. Contact Vera Curnow.

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Monday, March 12, 2012

Painting Like Seurat

Barb Stork, another Hithergreen instructor, assigned her students a project to paint different sections of Georges Seurat's great pointillist painting, "Sunday Afternoon at the Grand Jatte."
Here are photos of her class and of the assembled paintings, which make a delightful replication of the original artwork.

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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Confident Color Workshop was a blast!

I had a great time in Ft. Lauderdale last week. This workshop for the Gold Coast Watercolor Society is on my list of all-time favorites! The weather was fantastic--80s and sunny. Thanks to Teresa Kirk for running a great workshop and to Jennifer Kellum who handled the lunch logistics (important job!) to perfection and also to class members who kept the snack table filled to overflowing with caloric goodies.
Here's a link to some of the color sketches the artists did on the second day.
People playing with myriads of color ideas and subjects to paint with their watercolors is so energizing. The workshop (20 people) began with a review of basics (split-primary color mixing)and it was surprising to find many hadn't learned--or didn't remember--this simple, important method of avoiding mud in color mixing. Then we spent one day each on color harmony triads, color contrasts, color schemes, and painting light effects in color. On Tuesday night I gave a PowerPoint presentation for the Gold Coast Watercolor Society. This program shows how 30-plus artists in Confident Color use color creatively in different media, including graphic design, fibers, and mixed media.

GCWS has a fantastic facility for both workshops and demos. March 19-23 they are sponsoring Dave Daniels, a terrific artist and teacher who is a colorist supreme and not to be missed.
Gold Coast Watercolor Society brochure
Dave Daniels Web site

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Thursday, February 02, 2012

Keep Eyes Open for Georgia Mansur!


This Australian artist is creating a whirlwind in the watermedia world. She has a custom palette just released from Daniel Smith and when you see her gorgeous artwork on her Web site you'll want to know more about the international workshops posted on her site. Oh, and don't forget to look up her article on painting large scale acrylic landscapes in February Australian Artist magazine. You can download a pdf file of the article from her Web site. Go, Georgia, Go! I hope our paths cross some time when you're in the U.S.A.

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Sunday, January 08, 2012

Two new art instruction DVDs

These two videos were filmed in August, a month or so before the new collage book was released. I felt like I was under a lot of pressure, but they both were fun to put together. My past experience with ANTV two years ago was a little crazy. They shot two videos in one day and, as a result, one was very short. The hired crew quit at 6 p.m. and that was that. I was so tired I almost got lost driving home from Cincinnati.

This experience was altogether different. Jennifer Lepore Brune coordinated the production and an assortment of helpers popped in to swap out my materials and fetch clean water for me. Both of my editors, Stefanie Laufersweiler and Holly Davis pitched in, as well. Everything went so well. The camera guys, Phil and Ric, were fun to work with over the two days of the shoot. They were good at getting multiple close-ups and zooming in on the hands-on shots.

You can read more on my Web site about both DVDs. Creative Art Class has 100 minutes of instruction.
Collage Art Techniques is 75 minutes long. Both are packed with information and demos.

For online previews, search the titles or "Nita Leland" at ArtistsNetwork.tv

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Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Free Collage Demo


Here is the first step in my creation of "Quintana Roo" collage, which appears in New Creative Collage Techniques on page 144. The step-by-step process (only available online) is in pdf format. Open it in Adobe Reader (download free at adobe.com) and print for easy reference. This mixed-media collage contains several techniques in the book, including an ink- and paint-textured background with overlays of brayer and crystalline papers.

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Saturday, December 17, 2011

Hithergreen Center has a new look.

Friends visit in the recently updated reception area. Hithergreen members Fran Doster and Dwight Glover donated funds to purchase the new coffee bar; Washington Township installed the water line and electrical connections. The Dayton Foundation, the Leland Foundation, Ruetschle Architecture and Design, and Aydelotte Equipment provided grants and services to make this project possible, along with updated chairs and tables throughout the center. An original abstract collage by the late Virginia Lee Williams of Centerville, Ohio, adds to the sleek and modern look of the area. Hithergreen is a friendly, busy place with recreational and fitness activities, in addition to art classes and more. Members can save $10 off the 2012 membership fee by joining next week before the center closes for the holidays. Stop by Monday, Dec. 19 through Thursday, Dec. 22 to see what Hithergreen is all about or check out Hithergreen's Web Site.

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Saturday, December 10, 2011

Some photos from my book signing

Books & Co., Dec. 8, 2011 We had a nice crowd of nearly 50 people for my demo and book signing of New Creative Collage Techniques. I enjoyed sharing some of collage techniques in my demo.

Tuesday, December 06, 2011

American Chronicle on New Creative Collage Techniques

Thursday, December 8, 7 p.m. at Books & Co.

Art-to-Art Palette features my book signing! I'm going to demo an Egyptian theme collage and I hope to see you there. Thanks to AAP publisher Ben Rayman for this article.

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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Book signing coming up soon

I'm working on a collage demo for this event. Come on by at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 8 at Books & Co. in the Greene Towne Center, 4453 Walnut St., Dayton, Ohio, 45440--just off I-675 at Indian Ripple Road. Location maps

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Thanks and Kudos

I'd like to thank these artists, whose work appears in New Creative Collage Techniques: Annis Allen, Donna Baspaly, Karen Becker Benedetti, Gretchen Bierbaum, Dodie Bluck, Chispa Bluntzer, Gerald Brommer, Pat Clark, Jane Cook, Marilyn Coppel, Patricia Cox, Leslie Crespin, Bing Davis, Jean Deemer, Pat Dews, Frances Dezzany, Carolyn Dubiel, Brian L. Dunning, Sharon Eley, Maya Farber, Thelma Frame, Ann Hartley, Rosie Huart, Betty Kiesel, Bob Kilvert, Debby Krejsa, Mary Langston, Marta Light, Katherine Chang Liu, Phyllis Lloyd, Cheryl McClure, Cody Miller, Shirley Eley Nachtrieb, Stephanie Nadolski, Alexander Nepote, Richard Newman, Rochelle Newman, Lynn Lynn Lawson Pajunen, Tomoko Parry, Robert Paschal, Joanne Peltz, Roy Ray, Jeny Reynolds, Merle Rosen, Susan Pickering Rothamel, Arthur Secunda, Delta Skinner, David L. Smith, Aki Sogabe, Marilyn Stocker, Sharon Stolzenberger, Elaine Szelestey, Jonathan Talbot, Peter Tytla, Jan Upp, Virginia Lee Williams, Jeanette Wolff, Edwin Wordell, Pam Brooks Hamilton.
Several have passed away since Creative Collage Techniques was published in 1994, but their work is still representative of good collage techniques and design. I'm so grateful for the generosity of all these artists in contributing their work so others might learn from it.

I haven't been able to contact the 7 artists whose names are underlined, so if you know anything about them, please email me at nita@nitaleland.com. Thanks.

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Saturday, November 05, 2011

Updating Web Site and Blog

I've been at it for hours, but I have only myself to blame. When my Web editing program was discontinued I let it slide, then I got a new computer and it got even worse. I've been using a bare bones text editing program that wasn't much help, but I discovered it has an inexpensive "pro" version--EditPadPro. Much better--a far cry from Dream Weaver, but costs under $50. I'm just a cut-and-paster, anyway, not a Web designer. It can drive you nuts, though. I never had a problem with upper and lower case letters in my previous program and most of the blocks I ran into were caused by that. Be aware! And if you find errors on my Web and Blog sites, please let me know. I tried to check everything before I went live with the pages, but my eyes are crossed by now and I'm sure I missed something. Oh, yeah, it was a beautiful day and I got out this morning before I fell into computer hell.

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Friday, November 04, 2011

Ohio Collage Society show at the Cannery tonight

I'm excited about visiting this show, which I judged for awards to be given at 7 p.m. tonight (Nov. 4) during the First Friday art walk. I'll be signing copies of my new book, New Creative Collage Techniques, and I hope to meet some of the artists in the show. Jerry Edwards of the Dayton Society of Painters and Sculptors will be demonstrating portrait painting and the gallery is filled with fine work by many area artists. Christy Jennewein, gallery manager, will be hosting the event.

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Saturday, October 15, 2011

Exploring Watercolor 3-Way Challenge

Here is some of the work from a recent series on painting a subject three different ways: realistic, stylistic, and abstract. They caught on right away--even the beginners "got it." That's what I love about this class. They're willing to try just about anything I ask them to do.

This activity is in The New Creative Artist on page 167.

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Friday, September 23, 2011

Girl Scouts learn about art


On Wednesday I was invited to accompany my granddaughter's Girl Scout troop to visit an art exhibit by Professor Hal Shunk at Wilmington (OH) College. Shunk's colorful, gestural encaustics and oil pastels filled the Harcum Art Gallery space, along with fellow faculty member Terry Inlow's large format digital photographs.


Shunk welcomed the girls, then suggested they look at all his paintings and think about what they liked best. When the group settled on benches for his talk, he explained the encaustic process and how he had come up with the quirky titles for his works. The artist is as good a teacher as he is an artist; he held their attention and several asked questions about his work.



I first met Hal more than 20 years ago when I asked him to contribute art to The Creative Artist. I haven't seen him since then, but my daughter met him at her church and learned of our connection. He invited the Girl Scouts to join another group that had scheduled a gallery visit. I appreciated this opportunity to see his colorful work and I'm sure the visit to the gallery was a great experience for the girls.

The faculty show runs through October 21. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and by appointment. The gallery is in the Boyd Cultural Arts Center at the corner of Withrow Circle and College Street on the Wilmington College campus. For more information, email hal_shunk@wilmington.edu .

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

SD Card Disaster With a Deadline

Have you ever inadvertently formatted an SD card in-camera, erasing an entire day's images of art demonstrations that can't be replicated before the deadline falls? Last Friday I finished shooting demos and artwork for my new collage and creativity DVDs. I planned to edit and resize images on Saturday, ship on Sunday so they would arrive on my Tuesday deadline. Except for a few shots I took before I went to bed Friday night, everything was gone from my SD card. I was in shock. After a while I realized that I'd formatted the card, thinking that I'd saved my files on my hard drive--but I hadn't. Somehow, when I thought I was saving the files they were actually being written back to the SD card instead of the hard drive. I blame i-Tunes. I think the program reset the Auto-play on my drives. Well, I'd heard it might be possible to retrieve the files, but it would take an expert to do it. I didn't have time to make phone calls or bother my son-an-law, so I googled the Web. In short order, I found Stellar Phoenix.The neat feature of this program is that it first checks your SD card for files and shows you what is available for retrieval. Then, if you find what you need is still there, for $39 you can download the program and retrieve your files with it. I recovered 171 files and went straight to work on my editing. I noticed that there are a lot of free programs that claim to do this, but I didn't see anything that shows you the files before you commit to the retrieval. I hope this helps someone--and if you know of other resources for this service, please share a comment.  p.s. I met my deadline.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Painting the Essence of France


Check out this exciting travel workshop for 2012. Rosie and Trish have led two previous trips to Tuscany and Greece. Attend their presentation on Wed., Sept. 21 at 6-8 p.m. at the Town & Country Fine Art Center in Kettering.

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Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Photos of Exploring Watercolor exhibition 2011

Tuesday, June 07, 2011

Exploring Watercolor Spring Show 2011


Please visit our show. Hithergreen hours are 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, with extended hours to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday. This is a wonderful exhibition of artists' work at all skill levels, from intermediate to professional. I'll post photos next week.

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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

A Day with Grammy

Jenna spent the night with us on Monday, and on Tuesday her first day of summer vacation as a third grader entailed a visit to my digital photography show and a fine juried exhibition of the Western Ohio Watercolor Society (WOWS)at the Town & Country Fine Art Center in Kettering. She loves to look at art and point out what she likes--she has a discerning eye. In her suitcase she had packed a picture she drew over the weekend--a big, juicy apple and a bunch of bananas, life-size and in color. I was astonished. An artist at the gallery recognized her from the watercolor I included in The New Creative Artist>. She's used to that. We ran a few errands, then picked up a kit from JoAnn Fabrics so I could begin teaching her to sew. She made a monkey and named him "Banana-Split."

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