Artist Round Table Bi-Monthly Zoom Session Follow-Up Newsletter (08.20.2023)

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Julie Beck is testing new waters in her latest venture - short instructional or informative videos through Gumroad. Gumroad is an e-commerce platform that allows creators to sell products directly to their audience. Julie has videos, exercises, or PDFs that range from free to $10. Once purchased, you’ll have them forever. Check them out HERE.

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.”

Congratulations to Tanja Gant! Her drawing Queen in Training II (14x21", Graphite) will be part of the Allied Artists of America 110th Exhibition at the Butler Institute of American Art in Youngstown, OH.

Debra will have a few works at WaterWorks Art Museum’s 48th Annual Art Auction. The Annual Art Auction exhibition highlights the work of artists local, regional, and beyond, connecting them with enthusiasts, collectors, and other creators. This exhibit and the Harvest Gala live auction are crucial to raising the support the museum needs to continue providing the WaterWorks community with educational and cultural events, opportunities, and exhibitions.

Congratulations to Debra Keirce! Her work was juried into the 38th Annual Bosque Art Classic. The Bosque Art Classic is an annual juried & judged national art show & sale hosted by the BAC Art Council. Begun in 1986 and over the years, it has also drawn entries from international artists as well. The show is open to all artists who create realistic/representational art.

Some of the sources for Aluminum Composite Material (ACM):
Piedmont Plastics
Fast Signs
Laird Plastics
Here are a few papers on the strength and resilience of the honeycomb core configuration:
The strength characteristics of aluminum honeycomb sandwich panels.
Analysis of Physical and Mechanical Properties of Aluminum Honeycomb Core Sandwich Panels (paywall).

We also spoke a bit about the nature of Polycanvas or Polyester Canvas:
Poly Canvas Fabric: All You Need To Know
Polyester Vs. Nylon Vs. Canvas

Additional material issues discussed:
Voodoo Darkening.
The Aggregate Problem.

Lead whites preferred by Julie Beck (in order):
Natural Pigments
Michael Harding
Old Holland (very pigment-dense but also pricey!)

Thank you, Christine Young, for recommending a budget-friendly Lightbox: Julius Studio 24 x 24 Table Top White Cube Shooting Tent Diffuse Soft Light Box with 4 Color Backgrounds.

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

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.

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

" I have begun exploring a series of paintings in which I leave part of the process visible. This is an extreme version… a preliminary drawing I did for a painting years ago. I glued it down to a wood panel and rendered a single object, allowing the drawing to remain."

Julie Beck

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