Carol Nelson’s Workshop part 1

What a fun filled and technique packed workshop. So many wonderful new options learned in such a short time! It all started with this syllabus:

https://carolnelsonfineart.com/workshops

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Tony Wood’s Words of Wisdom

Like many artists and especially instructors Tony was down with the Rule of Thirs. Also like many others he encouraged us to break the rules. Though he did say, Follow the rules 1st then change if that isn’t the right answer.                                                                                                                   He said “I make mistakes, but you’ll never see them!”                                  PUSH was a key word…push yourself, push the painting, push the limits.                                                                                                                     The reason artists put odd number items in a piece? It lets the viewer do the “grouping” that they want to do instinctively.                                   Force your will on the painting.                                                                          When remixing a color but not getting the right match, use it anyway and “share the love”.                                                                                           He said “Don’t start with the Shape of the face. Start with the eyes, nose and mouth instead.

This certainly isn’t all he had to say, but what captured me and I wrote down. I’d love it if members would add to it by commenting below!

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Tony was MARVELOUS!

A rapt audience of SoMMA members and guests watched as Tony Woods masterfully walked through producing a mixed media portrait right before their eyes. He was such a good spot about his rambunctious audiences calling out suggestions like back seat drivers. Together they made a wonderful work of art. It was not certain Tony would finish before the end of the meeting, though he certainly was well on his way after only 40 minutes. He was egged on by a dare from the

crowd (more like a taunt). Sure enough the piece was at least completed as a draft. With a few tweaks he will have a portrait for sale. His many words of wisdom will be posted here later this week (If I can find my notes!)

 


 

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Great Expectations

We are so looking forward to Tony Wood’s program presentation next Saturday. Do make sure to come early to visit with fellow members and present your challenge pieces. Tony is a fabulous artist, most well known for his portrait work. He is talented and passionate. Make sure to read the interview with him in our January Newsletter.

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SoMMA Holiday Party 2016

SoMMA recently had our Christmas get to gather at our new location at the Cultural Center in Ponte Vedra.  The food was tasty and atmosphere was festive!  There were  games , diverse foods, drinks, and desserts to satisfy everyone’s palate.

Wendy Sullivan read a Christmas Story (Grinch style) as we gathered in a circle, we passed gifts to the left and right depending a on the key words from the story.  The surprise of the game was that you really didn’t know what you would end up with! FUN!

Thank you, to the wonderful cooks for the various cuisines!  Maria made wonderful empanadas, as well, others made their specialities, and of course plenty of desserts!  My favorite was the chocolate cheesecake…yummy!

Only one down moment, Santa forgot to leave some North Pole air…the air-conditioning went out!  However, so were reverted to our plein air status!

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Wendy’s Presentation

Wendy Sullivan

Wendy Sullivan

Our President Wendy Sullivan’s presentation for November, our last at the Adam Herbert University Center, was wonderful!  She presented products from Aves Studios (who donated products for the presentation).  The focus was on Aves Apoxy, a two part epoxy style clay.  The product has a clay like consistency and is moldable, sculptable, and sticks to virtually anything.  It dries rock hard and can be carved, sanded or painted when dry.

In addition to demoing the Aves Apoxy, Wendy demoed a two part silicone putty to make your own flat backed molds. Virtually any object can be made into a mold, allowing you to cast it in clay, resin, wax, plastic, low melt metals, even chocolate.

Wendy also addressed the issue of safety when using art products. As you well know, we love to work with our “naked” hands, not always the best idea!

Thank you, Wendy for an informative and interesting program!

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Challengers Galore

We had quite a turn out for our “Backscratcher” Challenge and I thought it was one of the hardest things to reimagine into some thing else. But all challengers did a fabulous job.

The winners were: Barbar Cathey 1st Place (she’s making a habit of winning these), Don Penny 2nd Place, and Barbara Milon 3rd Place.

Once again we are anxiously awaiting what happens with the Sari Ribbon Challenge. And you will be amazed at what is give to you at the November meeting for the next one!!!

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