Sunday, August 11, 2013
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!
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.
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Rising Sun Collage Workshop 2012
Thursday, April 12, 2012
Building a Platform
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.
Monday, March 12, 2012
Painting Like Seurat
Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Confident Color Workshop was a blast!
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
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.
Sunday, January 08, 2012
Two new art instruction DVDs
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
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.
Saturday, December 17, 2011
Hithergreen Center has a new look.
Saturday, December 10, 2011
Some photos from my book signing
Tuesday, December 06, 2011
American Chronicle on New Creative Collage Techniques
Thursday, December 8, 7 p.m. at Books & Co.
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
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 email@example.com. Thanks.
Saturday, November 05, 2011
Updating Web Site and Blog
Friday, November 04, 2011
Ohio Collage Society show at the Cannery tonight
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org .
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
SD Card Disaster With a 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.
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
Photos of Exploring Watercolor exhibition 2011
my class's spring watercolor exhibition at Hithergreen Center.
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.
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
A Day with Grammy
Saturday, May 21, 2011
Art-to-Art Palette Journal
Photoshop Elements class ended last week, so I have recovered one day. I'll miss the class, but I'm glad to have the time back. I learned so much.
My digital photography show is extended to June 19 and I finally got the PR sent out today. I need a manager! (Or a keeper, more like.) I'm taking tomorrow off so I'll be raring to go on Monday on a couple of other projects.
Monday, March 21, 2011
Art is Alive at Clinton-Massie Schools
I was astonished at the variety and quality of the work. Most of the work was project oriented, as with the turtles, abstractions, portraits, and a snow scene-collage, for example, but many showed delightful originality within the themes. The pictures were fairly large and very colorful. Many of the young artists have excellent observation and skills with a variety of mediums, including charcoal, pastel, oil pastel, collage, and acrylics.
Any artist will tell you what a thrill it is to see your work on display for others to enjoy. Kudos to Mr. McKay for making this happen for the students at Clinton-Massie. I hope the parents and community continue to support the school's art program and help to provide supplies for these budding artists.
Art, an endangered species in many school systems, is alive and well in Clinton County.
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Printer Test Strip
Here's the printer test strip I made to compare different printer and program settings. Numbering from left to right:
1. No Color Management (ICM setting) This one is over-saturated and too dark. Doesn't look like her. Oddly, several people liked this one best.
2. Photoshop Elements control (Adobe RGB Gamma 2.2) This has a much better skin tone, my favorite.
3. Printer Control (Adobe Vivid) This is pretty, but has a slight bluish cast.
4. Printer Control (Auto Enhance) This is slightly darker than #2, but acceptable.
5. Monitor adjusted to match #4. Too washed out.
PSEs color management tools were helpful, but I had to do a lot of cross-referencing to understand the terminology. Little by little it's beginning to sink in.
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Digital Photo Printing for Amateurs
I've learned so much from the Photoshop Elements class I'm taking at Hithergreen, but it bugs me that I have to work so darn hard to get good prints. I've been studying books and online and now I know enough to be dangerous, but still struggling with consistency. I shared what I've learned yesterday with the Digital Photography Forum at the Center. Here's a chart I made. The prints are 10.5 x 8. The top row shows what happens when you use cheap paper and the wrong print setting--you waste a lot of ink that soaks into the paper. The middle row shows printer control on better paper. I oversaturated the one on the right to see what would happen. Eeek! On the bottom row I used Photoshop Elements color controls on Office Depot Laser/injet Presentation Paper and Epson Ultra Premium Luster Paper, my favorites. The last print is the best and shows more detail than any of the others.