I have been team-teaching at Art Camp with some of my talented colleagues from the Arlington Artists Academy this week. It's been alot of fun to see the kids creating. My lessons were: Summer Critters in Wax Resist, and Drawing with Scissors like Henri Matisse. Check out the Arlington Artists Academy for more great classes for children and adults!
The nights are cooler, the sun sets earlier, the leaves are starting to change color.... And I start looking at leaves I want to paint! Really, as I am walking along, all of a sudden I look down and see leaf shapes and patterns, so I pick them up and make my watercolor monotype paintings that I like to call Leaf Impressions.
"Sycamore" which is printed from a HUGE Sycamore leaf, will be on exhibit at the Gallery Underground for the month of October.
I love painting these Leaf Impressions, because there is that unknown element.... the mystery and surprise of not quite knowing what the outcome will be. Here's a Painting Demo how I do it....
We had hardly hung the show in the Arlington Offices of SAIC when I got a nice email from the Venue Coordinator to say my painting, Gingko III had been sold. That's always a nice email to get. This is one of my "Leaf Impression" paintings. I start the process with a very wet sheet of watercolor paper, then apply paint to the leaves I have gathered. As I paint each one, I press it down into the wet paper. Once many leaves are on the paper, I paint over the whole sheet in a different "background" color. Then comes the hard part.... I have to let the whole thing dry overnight, without lifting the leaves to see what is happening on the paper. Once dry, I remove all the leaves and look at my image, some beautiful patterns have taken shape. Sometimes I will go back in and add more color, darken some leaves, put details on others. I apply more paint to the actual leaves and use them as stamps, pressing them into the paper and leaving behind vein lines and impressions. I have printed up sets of notecards from these paintings. They are available at Stifel & Capra, and at the gift shop at the American Horticultural Society at River Farm in Alexandria. Or you may order some here, just send me an email....A set of 8 is $14.00 plus postage.
Corn Bouquet by Elisabeth Hudgins
This watercolor painting, "Corn Bouquet" is a commissioned piece I did last winter. It has an interesting story... A patron of mine wanted to give his wife an anniversary gift that reminded her of a piece of "family lore". When they first started dating, he was asked to her home to have dinner with her family to Meet The Parents. He, thoughtfully, brought along some..........Corn. Ever since, her family has teased him about how romantic he was to bring her a Bouquet of Corn. Well, I say he more than made up for it, 25 years later, when he commissioned a painting for his bride of the famous Corn Bouquet. Extra husband points!!
My paintings are on sale at Stifel & Capra! This is the once a year Anniversary Sale, and many of the artists celebrate by putting some of their paintings on sale (not normally something artists do!). I have a selection of my framed watercolor paintings on display, all marked down. This watercolor, titled "Purple and Gold" is included in the sale.
Stifel & Capra is located at 260 West Broad Street in Falls Church, VA 22046.
My art studio is locate there, along with about a dozen other artist, and it's a vibrant place. Theresa and her husband, Bob run the place, and Theresa is an artist too. She came up with the vision of combining Local Art with Funky Vintage Finds to create Stifel & Capra. You can find Art, cards, jewelry, stained glass pieces, CeCe Caldwell paint, vintage furniture, Art, antique tools, mid century cocktail shakers, Art, frames, upcycled clothing, stylish hats, and, did I mention Art?
And this weekend, alot of it is on sale! So go and have fun!
Dark Irises by Elisabeth Hudgins
Here's an inside scoop... Every year Stifel & Capra has an Birthday Sale, and many of the Artists (including me) have marked down special items. I have looked through some of my framed watercolor paintings, and decided to mark them down by 50% . There are bargains to be had! But here's the catch, this is for one weekend only, Friday, July 19th through Sunday July 21st. If you like to be the Early Bird, you are invited to the Sneak Preview Party on Thursday, but you must RSVP.
All the details are below...
Thursday, July 18, 2013
6 to 9pm
Private "Sneak Preview" of Stifel & Capra's 6th Annual Birthday Sale
Enjoy birthday cake, a toast and general merriment as you tour the 19th century storefront and peruse the eclectic offerings of the resident artists & artisans at Stifel & Capra as we celebrate our 6th birthday. Special sale items marked from 10-50% off, including selected artwork. This event is free but you MUST rsvp to be admitted. Say you will join us at firstname.lastname@example.org . If you miss the party Thursday, the sale continues through Sunday, July 21st.
I have been an artist all of my life. I can't help it. Drew on the walls in kindergarten, painted pictures in high school, went to Art School, worked as an art director, started painting again. And am loving it.