Artist Round Table Bi-Monthly Zoom Session Follow-Up Newsletter (11.26.2023)

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.

You all guys been very busy despite the holiday!
Check out all the exhibitions you guys and gals are in below-WOW!.

Congratulations to Paul Beckingham. A few of his works are part of the Holiday Small Works 2023 show at the Copley Society of Art, Boston. The show features work from over 300 artists and is easily one of Co So’s most eagerly anticipated exhibitions each year. The works are on display till December 23, 2023.

Deborah Kommalan is busy again for the holidays. She has works at the McBride Gallery in Annapolis, MD, and the Crystal Moll Gallery in Baltimore, MD. So, if you are in Maryland - be sure to stop by and check them out!

Congratulations to Debra Keirce! Two of her paintings (Absolutely and Blues Bros) were juried into the 115th Annual Thumb-box Exhibition and Sale at Salmagundi Club. The exhibition is the 115th time the show of small works is presented by the organization, a tradition begun by club founders in 1908.
“Small works are a chance for artists to explore their greatest ideas before committing to a larger finished work.”
Exhibition dates: December 11 - January 5, 2023 - 2024

Congratulations to Laurie Szilvagyi! Her most recent Trompe L’oeil painting Smokin’ and Jokin’ was selected for exhibition in the upcoming [Arts at the Knoxville Tyson Airport](,support%20of%20our%20local%20artists!) exhibition. Forty-three pieces were selected from 709 works of art and will be on display from November through January 2024.

Laurie’s painting Balance (16x20", Oil on Panel) will be on display at the Knoxville Art Emporium in the month of December 2023!!!

Check out Julie’s new video on Gumroad - Oil Painting Tip: The Makeup Brush. Gumroad is an e-commerce platform that allows creators to sell products directly to their audience. Gumroad enables creators to sell digital products, such as e-books, music, videos, software, and physical goods.

Julie’s painting Ashes and Embers was recently featured in Realism Today magazine. You can read the full article - Contemporary Realism Painting of the Week: Ashes and Embers - HERE.

PAINTING AND DRAWING REALISM - Date 6.2.2024 - 6.2.2024. This workshop will be a painting demonstration where Debra discusses what it’s important to think about when painting realism, beginning with the drawing, then hue, value and saturation, ending with the details.
COPY A MASTER OIL PAINTING - 6.12.2024 - 6.14.2024. All skill levels invited, learning how to copy a master painting.
PAINTING AND DRAWING REALISM IN TUSCANY - 9.18.2024 - 9.25.2024. This workshop is an all inclusive art retreat to the beautiful Tuscan countryside. Lodging in an upscale hotel with private rooms and baths, food, wine, excursions, transportation to and from Florence airport are all included. And of course, the workshop instruction will include fun painting experiences that emphasize how accurate drawings result in more realistic paintings.
A DAY PAINTING WITH DEBRA KEIRCE - 11.1.2024. More information to come.

Julie will be available for social media, marketing, or art business-related questions on December 14 from 5:30 to 8 PM. Julie will be happy to address questions and offer suggestions and recommendations for many of the things not directly related to the act of art making. Come on by and get some input! If you plan to stop by, please sign up HERE.

Holiday Alla Prima Challenge! Anthony is organizing a seasonal reunion for all of you challenge takers, so we hope you can join us for more anxiety-driven, panicked mayhem. The event will kick off on Wednesday, December 13th, at 2 pm EST.
For more information, please follow the LINK.

This week, Anthony mentioned a few concepts that are included in his paper “What Does Realistic Look Like?” You can read the full paper HERE.

We also spoke about the practice of artists visiting certain subjects time and again. Elizaveta mentioned Hokusai’s Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji. Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji is a series of landscape prints by the Japanese ukiyo-e artist Hokusai (1760–1849). The series depicts Mount Fuji from different locations and in various seasons and weather conditions

On this front, Deborah Kommalan mentioned that she once did a project that was “Van Gogh meets Hokusai”. Check it out below!!!

Regarding aesthetics, Anthony mentioned the project by Komar & Melamid - “Most Wanted Paintings.” They are fascinatingly bad. LOL! See them here: THEORY OF LITERATURE.

Last week, Anthony asked the group to send in a “Pivotal painting” from their career. These would be paintings that impacted your career in a way that differentiated it from all of your others. Please see the paintings that were submitted below.

The online Alla Prima Challenge sessions for 2024 start this January 18th.
For those looking to connect, hang out, and delve into some artsy “talk shop” with a bunch of hard-working artists, then consider registering for our bi-monthly Sunday morning Zoom round table. We meet every other Sunday from 10 am-12 noon (EST) and cover a great many topics relevant to today’s artists.

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