Artist Round Table Bi-Monthly Zoom Session Follow-Up Newsletter (08.06.2023)

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.

Photoshop 101 and Basic Digital Imaging for Artists.
In this 12-week course, Anthony covers a number of topics related to digital imaging of traditional artworks, the development of reference materials and promotional imagery, navigating image submission protocols, along a host of other practical concerns. Registration for this course will open on September 15th. We are currently planning for this class to take the same spot as this past year’s Alla Prima Challenge (Thursdays at 2 PM EST.) Please forward any additional questions to Anya Dribas, at

Online Alla Prima Challenges 2024.
20 live painting alla prima sessions over 20 weeks (plus an introductory orientation) beginning on January 4th (orientation), 2024! (Registration starts December 5th!) For all my painter pals–I’m once again going to be hosting 20 weekly alla prima challenges via Zoom starting in January 2024. Sessions will be carried out each Thursday at 2 p.m. EST. Each session will last about 1 hour, which includes 30-45 minutes of painting time (depending on the challenge for that week) and 15-20 minutes of discussion about the goals of the exercise and some tips to make the effort more successful. After each session, participants will have one hour to share a photograph of their effort in a shared Dropbox folder that will serve as a private learning gallery for all participants. Links to the folder will be made available in an email like this one that precedes the session.

Prior to the first painting session, I will be hosting an “Orientation” session on January 4th. This will serve as an introduction to the challenges, a walkthrough of the primary goals, what is needed to participate, the role of the Dropbox gallery, and a general Q&A to ensure everyone is ready to go on January 11th!

If you are interested in learning about each challenge ahead of time, you can see the full schedule here: Alla Prima Challenges. Also, if you are interested, Smartermarx has additional info on the general strategies that I often use to approach the alla prima (specifically the SNAG concept – Survey, Notan, Anchors, and Gradations.) If you wish to join us, please sign up today! (You can unsubscribe from the list at any time.) To subscribe, follow the LINK. Please forward any additional questions to Anya Dribas, at

Do not miss out on this opportunity! FREE in-Person Intro to Oil Painting class at ARA Boston with Julie Beck.
“This in-person class is open to everyone. We will be covering the basic info that our students need in order to begin oil painting with us here in our main Atelier program. We will cover all the technical information that can be helpful when it comes to getting started in oil painting.”

For more information and to register, please follow the LINK.

Making Their Mark Exhibition at Susan Powell Gallery. Opening Friday, August 18, 2023
“For decades, women have pushed themselves towards innovation and excellence to be noticed in a traditionally male arena. Whether creating landscapes, seascapes, still life, figures, or animals, each artist imbues her subject with lessons from the past and a creative focus on the future. This show celebrates the exciting advances in subject matter and techniques that these artists offer.”

Thomas Nash mentioned the Pomodoro Technique. The Pomodoro Technique is a time management method based on 25-minute stretches of focused work broken by five-minute breaks. Longer breaks, typically 15 to 30 minutes, are taken after four consecutive work intervals. For more information on this technique and time management, please follow the LINK.

Thank you, Diane Davich Craig, for recommending this time management app - Office Time. The app is an intuitive time tracker, that balances features and ease of use, allowing you to easily track exactly what you do each day.

Let’s talk printers. For many years, here at ÀNI Waichulis, we have been using Canon Pixma T series printers. We are hard-core Canon fans :). We have to buy a new one every few years because of the amount of photo printing we do for all of the apprentices. We currently have a Canon Pixma TS 8320 printer, but unfortunately, Canon stopped making those. You can still find them on Amazon, but for a ridiculous amount of money. After doing some research, we have found a new, updated Canon photo printer, that we will be purchasing, once our TS8320 bites the dust. We found two models that will work for us: Canon PIXMA PRO-200 Wireless Professional Inkjet Photo Printer and PIXMA iP8720 Wireless Inkjet Photo Printer.

NEEWER Photo Studio Light Box is the box that Lorena Pugh recommended for photographing artwork. As of today, the box is 15% off on Amazon.

This October, Denver’s Gallery 1261 proudly presents a special showcase of contemporary artworks that explores the realm of high-definition realism. Curated by Anthony Waichulis, this new exhibition aims a spotlight on works some may often describe as “tight.” The exhibition will open on October 21, and the opening reception will be from 4 -6 PM. Don’t miss this opportunity to see some of the best in realism in person!
Representational painters have long had their efforts categorized along a spectrum of definition or abstraction. On one end of that spectrum, dubbed loose, we tend to find artwork with wonderfully bold abstractions and incredibly masterful brevity. In contrast, the other end, dubbed tight, is populated with impressive realizations of great complexity and meticulous precision. Virtuosity can be found equally across the entirety of this spectrum; in the artists that can abstract a subject down to ten brushstrokes, the artists that choose to manifest that same subject with a thousand, and the countless artists chasing their own blend of definition and abstraction in between.
Tight celebrates those that continue to redefine the landscape on the high-definition end of this spectrum of representation. The artists selected for this special showcase continue to awe and inspire with their endeavors, achieving levels of resolution and depth that elicit experiences of wonder and fascination for any viewer. Demonstrable virtuosity, compelling subject matter, and mind-blowing levels of resolution are sure to be present in many combinations—so do not miss this amazing collection of work.
Participating artists include Julie Beck, Helen Crispino, Tony Curanaj, Rodney O’Dell Davis, Natalie Featherston, Scott Fraser, Serge Marshennikov, Kevin A. Moore, Renato Muccillo, Duffy Sheridan, Joseph Todorovitch, Anthony Waichulis (among others.)
Exhibition Dates: October 21 - November 4, 2023

Color Bootcamp - A Practical Guide to Dynamic Color. Dates: 12/15/2023-12/17/2023. In this three-day in-person workshop (great for absolute beginners or veteran painters), we will dive into the complex world of color mixing, perception, and relationships.

The Fabric of Still Life Oil Painting - 9/1/2023 - 9/3/2023, River Valley Arts Center, Arkansas.
The Fabric of Still Life Oil Painting - 9/13/2023 - 9/15/2023, Florence Thomas Art School, North Carolina

“Master artists have studied fabrics for centuries. When you learn to draw and paint the folds in fabric realistically, you are learning to “turn form” or paint realism. That means you are learning magic. In this, students will spend the exploring of different fabric textures and folds in a still life. By the end of the workshop, students will have learned the essential steps to creating a realistic painting. Students will be working from photographs provided by the teacher in order to focus on painting techniques instead of drawing.”

BOULDER: Boulder Art Association - October 24-28th, 2023
SCOTTSDALE: Scottsdale Artists School - December 4-8th, 2023
Natalie’s painting workshops explore foundational oil painting skills through the genre of trompe l’oeil, where paintings deceive the eye by making a flat surface appear three-dimensional and hyper-realistic.

Join instructor Anthony Waichulis for his lecture, “Building a Better Artist,” which he will present at the 16th Annual Imaginative Realism art show in Reading PA. The talk will be about a basic framework to better navigate the ever-growing ocean of art education resources out there.
“From the many different formal curricula/programs to “how-to” books to YouTube videos—the amount of information for aspiring artists to sift through can be staggering. Consider joining me this October to explore how one might better illuminate an ideal development path by examining several aspects of the art experience and how different resources can impact your engagement with it.”
Date and time: Thursday, October 19th at 11 am.

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