Artist Round Table Bi-Monthly Zoom Sessions Follow Up Letter (06-03-2021)

Artist Round Table Bi-Monthly Zoom Sessions Follow Up Letter

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. We hope that you are having a great and art-productive week!
Last weekend was a Memorial Day weekend, and we would like to express our thanks to the brave men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice.
“Our flag does not fly because the wind moves it. It flies with the last breath of each soldier who died protecting it.” Author unknown

Congratulations to Natalie Featherston for making it to the finalists’ list in Boynes Emerging Artist Award, with her painting Queen of the Night (18x17", Oil on Panel). The Boynes Emerging Artist Award is an online independent, international artist art competition. The goal of the competition is to give artists a platform for their work and bring worldwide exposure.
Additionally, Natalie won the Award of Excellence at the American Women Artists National Online Juried Show for her painting The Truth is Out There (17x19", Oil on Panel). The show, titled Lifting the Sky: Elevating the Work of American Women Artists , will feature 150 representational and abstract works, including paintings, drawings, and sculptures.

Shawna Lampi-Legaree launched her first eBay auction!!! Her painting Street Walker (8x8", Acrylic on MDF board) is up for grabs, and there are only three days left till the end of the auction. Be sure to place your bid today to add this amazing original work to your collection!

Exhibit reminder.
Still Alive , Robert Lange Studios.
Show opening June 4th, 2021.
Our colleagues Julie Beck and Diane Davich Craig are among fifteen of the most renowned still-life painters in the country who created works with an added element of life.
“At first glance, it appears to be a traditional still-life show with shiny objects and glass vases. However, as you approach each painting you realize that there is a hint of life in each one and the viewer is struck by a “don’t move” moment. Each object has been meticulously painted into permanence including the non-still elements, creating an interesting effect for the viewer in which they need to reevaluate the idea of still life altogether”. Robert Lange

Anthony recently shared this 15-minute video that was made for a colleague on Smartermarx to further communicate the impact of “dynamic pressure” within a multi-layer drawing effort. This practice can significantly reduce small-scale material deficits (or “pits”) while helping to maintain the integrity and tooth of your drawing surface. Hopefully, some here might find it helpful. (If you know any drawing groups or friends/colleagues that might find this useful, please feel free to share at your leisure.)

Amit Shirole referenced a great story this past week regarding Melvin B. Tolson, a professor at Wiley College Texas. In 1935, he inspired students to form the school’s first debate team, which went on to challenge Harvard in the national championship. There is both a movie and a documentary regarding this story and they can be found here: The Real Great Debaters (documentary) and The Great Debaters (movie.)

In our materials corner this week: Anthony and Natalie were discussing Maroger Medium… Here is the link to the ONE that Anthony recommends.

Here is a palette knife that Natalie was raving about during our last zoom session. Oakblade Titanium palette knives are tube-handled painters’ palette knives made from Titanium. Invented in 2016 by Engraving artist Ray Oak Hyder, the knives are carefully refined with hundreds of painters lending input on what makes a desirable palette knife.

Before you start that next bonfire in the backyard–take a moment to read this article that Natalie Featherston mentioned - How to Save Your Art For Retrospectives and Retirement by Alan Bamberger. It is a insightful essay on why artists should not sell or destroy early work.

Congratulations to all our ladies whose work was chosen to be included in the Lifting the Sky: Elevating the Work of American Women Artists digital catalog. We should also extend a special hurrah to Jamie Lindholm! as her painting, The Interconnectedness of Geography and Viewpoint (18x18", Oil on Panel), has been chosen to be featured on the catalog’s cover!

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