Artist Round Table Bi-Monthly Zoom Session Follow-Up Newsletter (07-24-2022)

Greetings, you are receiving this newsletter because you are registered for our Artist Round Table Bi-Monthly Zoom Sessions. We will be sending a follow-up newsletter like this after each session to highlight the key points discussed during the roundtable.

First, we would like to welcome two new members to the group: Yana Beylinson and Mark McDermott. Please, follow the links to learn more about them and their art.

Newcomer Mark McDermott did not waste any time in sharing his achievements with us! Woot! Two of his works: Preserve, 12x14, Oil on Panel, and Once Upon a Time, 6x6, Oil on Panel will be on display at Salmagundi Club, NY, as a part of the non-members’ juried show. The show opens on August 5th., 2022.

Congratulations Mark! His painting Preserve (12x14, Oil on Panel) was awarded the Hudson Valley Art Association award! For more about the Historical Hudson Valley Art Association and its imprint on the art world, please follow the LINK.

Do not miss the opportunity to sign up for Natalie’s Featherston Trompe L’oeil Painting Workshop. Five-day oil painting workshop at the Scottsdale Artists School, Scottsdale, AZ, December 5-10th, 2022.

Another workshop not to miss is Fall Study Hall with Julie Beck. This class will be in an open format. You can choose to start or continue an independent drawing or painting project, continue one of the projects from a previous class, continue working on school projects, or start something new. Each week will be critiques, feedback, and discussion depending on each student’s need. Fall Dates: Tuesdays, Sept 13th to Dec 6th

Check out this Virtual Exhibition at The Copley Society of Art. Julie’s painting The Vocabulary of the Self (24x27x2", Oil on panel). The Copley Society of Art is proud to present this year’s National Show: Crossing Borders featuring artists from across the United States. Artworks in the exhibition explore how art assists people in seeing the world through multiple perspectives, celebrating diverse visual representations, and embracing the power of discovery. The show is on the display through August 20th, 2022.

Today is the last day to view some of Julie’s works in person at the Bowersock Gallery, Provincetown, MA. The show titled Still as a Vision looks at contemporary still life, painted by some of today’s top artists in the genre. The allegorical tradition lives on and thrives in these modern works where the traditional set alongside whimsical items speaks to more than just the immediate.

Thank you Alexandra Smith, for sharing a book list of interesting reads about performance, cognitive, and behavioral economics.

DEEP WORK by Cal Newport
MASTERY by George Leonard
RANGE by David Epstein
THE INVISIBLE GORILLA by Christopher Chabris
HOW WE DECIDE by Jonah Lehrer

More books to read - get your reading glasses out! (Please note Anthony’s rating system above the books. LOL!)

PEAK by Anders Ericsson
THE TALENT CODE by Daniel Coyle
OUTLIERS by Malcolm Gladwell
GRIT by Angela Duckworth
DEVIATE by Beau Lotto

Thank you, Wendy Wagner, for writing and sharing the article Does using your non-dominant hand unleash creativity? The article was first posted on the Portrait Society Blog.

The concept of exercising creative thinking came up this week. Here are a few activities that are often found in resources on the topic:

The Remote Associates Test (RAT) was developed by Sarnoff Mednick in the 1960s as a test used to measure creative convergent thinking. You can actually give it a try here: Remote Associates Test

The Alternative Uses Test was designed by J.P. Guilford in 1967. The test asks you to think of as many uses as possible for a simple object, like a brick or a shoe, or a paperclip. ALTERNATIVE USES TEST.
(although I don’t recommend buying the book on this site as I haven’t read it.)

Another activity that helps us to further evaluate the associations we make (which can be said to be the root of some descriptions of “creativity) is sketchnoting. Sketchnoting, also commonly referred to as visual notetaking, is the creative and graphic process through which an individual can record their thoughts with the use of illustrations, symbols, structures, and texts. By combining graphics with the traditional method of using text, the result is information that is captured and communicated visually and artistically. Sketchnoting can be used in a variety of settings and scenarios, such as at conferences, work meetings, classes in school, sporting events, and more. Some elements associated with sketchnoting techniques include using text, emphasized text, basic shapes, containers, connectors, icons and symbols, and sketches and illustrations.

Stanley Rayfield mentioned that Henry Ossawa Tanner was one of his favorite artists. You can learn more about Henry and his art from these articles:
Henry Ossawa Tanner WikiArt
Henry Ossawa Tanner
Nicodemus - Henry O. Tanner

In between our bi-weekly Artist Round Table Sessions feel free to come and join the discussions on Smartermarx.

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Thank you so much for the mention. Very glad to be part of this amazing and supportive community.