Thursday, May 26, 2016

First place for FF Leon Borchers

One of our loyal Friday Fanatics, Leon Borchers, won the coveted First Place ribbon in the May AAC show. Way to go, Leon!

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Friday Fanatics Celebrate April

The Friday Fanatics gave Dave Kaplan a Farewell for Now party on April 1. Hope you will come back and visit often, Dave.

Thanks to the Fanatics who made AAC Membership Renewal calls last week. They are: Deanna, Norma, Betty L, Leon, Chris S, Pat H, Louise, Clyde, Marshall, Betsy, Terri and Jane.

Saturday, January 23, 2016

January Challenges for the Friday Fanatics

Since we will not meet at our usual time for the last two weeks in January, the Fanatics have been issued two Challenges. Send me photos of your work to post to the group.

Challenge #1: Using a photo or sketch as reference, turn the image upside down and then do your painting upside down. This is a technique we saw in a John Lovett video at AAC. It helps you focus on shapes rather than your perceptions of what those shapes should look like.

Challenge #2: Paint a self portrait. Any medium is acceptable except photography. This can be from any time in your life. I'm posting the first two entries here. Can you guess who they are?

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Review of new medium by Irina Rieppi

Dear Artists, 

Let me share with you an interesting wet-medium which can work as watercolor: water-soluble graphite ArtGraf (by Portuguese producer Viarco).

I discovered it recently during one of the demos at Binders and here are the reasons why I found it a very interesting medium:
  •       Beautiful earth color palette
  •       You can take a looooot of pigment on a brush and make really thick strokes
  •       It can be lifted up from paper with an eraser once it’s completely dry
  •       Most of pigments granulate beautifully on cold press and torchon paper
  •       You can combine both techniques, usual pencil drawing and watercolor, using just one graphite disk
I think all these make it a fantastic instrument for sketching!

Here are the video demos on how to use it: 

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Holiday Greetings from the Friday Fanatics. We've started our Christmas cards. Have you?

 Dave Kaplan's Yuletide Carols Being Sung by a Choir.

 Patsy Cannon's watercolor Christmas bear.

Jane Springfield's oil-in-progress -- Patagonia Christmas Penguin.