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Abstracted Figures in Fluid Acrylics with Deborah Stachowic, FREE Demos, August 4th, 2012

Deborah Stachowic's
 Abstracted Figures in Fluid Acrylics demo
Abstracted Figures in Fluid Acrylics with Deborah Stachowic
Saturday, August 4th, 2012 - FREE demos!
at 11 am & 1:45 pm

Interested in learning some Abstracting Techniques for painting?
Deborah will be sharing her process for abstracting,
using the figure as her starting off point.
She will be focusing on compositional elements
while using some figure stencils
she has made out of mylar, and working with line
and textures to determine her composition.

Using GOLDEN Fluid Acrylics, she’ll work directly on both watercolor paper and stretched canvas. When working with Watercolor, Deborah’s dramatic, large scale floral are well thought out and precise, however, when using Acrylics, Deborah finds them very freeing and it allows her spontaneous side to develop. It’s through this creative process that Abstraction happens!
Come to these FREE demos and find out how
this process can help you with abstraction in your own work!

Three Non-stoppable Nonagenarians Art Exhibit at DANIEL SMITH in Bellevue, August 1st to September 3rd, 2012

3 Non-stoppable Nonagenarians Art Show
August 2012
Three Non-stoppable Nonagenarians Art Exhibit
August 1st to September 3rd, 2012
Reception: August 9th from 4:30 to 6:30

We are pleased to have “Three Non-stoppable Nonagenarians Art Exhibit”
 with Artists Lucille Berkowitz, Irene Fernandes and Doris McFarland.

Come and see the acrylic, oil and watercolor paintings of these active artists
who are painting in their 90’s...Non-stoppable Nonagenarians indeed!

You are invited to come to their reception
on August 9th from 4:30 to 6:30
with light refreshments to celebrate this Art Exhibit.

The Art Exhibit is also open for viewing at various times
during regular business hours. 
Please call the store at: 425-643-1781,
to confirm that the Art Exhibit is open during your visit,
as the space is also used for our demonstrations and workshops

Expressive Portraits in Acrylic with Che Lopez, FREE Demo, July 28th, 2012

Portrait by Che Lopez at a recent demo

Expressive Portraits in Acrylic with Che Lopez
Saturday, July 28th, 2012
at 11 am & 1:45 pm - FREE demos!

Che Lopez  at a recent demo
Expressive Portraits. Learn how to create drips, splatters and add all sorts of movement in your paintings with Che Lopez.  Find out how color can be used to add expressiveness in portraits!

Tips on how to paint the face using shapes from shadows and negative space and how shadows are wonderful areas to add reflective color.

Introduction to Acrylic Painting with Alicia Harvey, FREE Demo, July 29th, 2012

Alicia Harvey demonstrating:
Introduction to Acrylic Painting

Introduction to Acrylic Painting with Alicia Harvey
Sunday, July 29th, 2012
at 12 pm & 2 pm - FREE demo!
Curious about painting with Acrylics, but not sure how to get started?

Have a friend who would love to learn to paint?

Learn about the basics of acrylic painting in one of our two FREE, 1 hour demos with Alicia Harvey.

* Alicia will present the basic supplies, set up and clean-up, and demonstrate simple painting techniques to get you started painting with acrylics.
* You will understand what acrylic paints are made of, how they are different from watercolor & oils, and why acrylics might be a better choice for you.

Come join us and get excited about the fun things you can do with this versatile and creative art medium, and bring along a friend who has always wanted to learn how to paint!


This above FREE demo is an excellent way to preview  Alicia’s 5 hour Painting Workshop:
Introduction to Acrylic Painting with Alicia Harvey
on Sunday, August 12th, 2012.
Please click HERE for more details about Alicia's
Introduction to Acrylic Painting Workshop.
Space is limited, please call 425-643-1781 to pre-register

Supplies used for Introduction to Acrylic Painting:
DANIEL SMITH Acrylic Travel Kit
Canvas Pad and Paper Palette

Christmas Cards in July with Susie Short! FREE Watercolor Demo July 22nd, 2012

Susie Short Holiday Cards DVSs

WATERCOLOR: Christmas Cards in July with Susie Short!
Sunday, July 22nd, 2012
at 12 pm & 2 pm

Christmas will be here before we know it! 
Time to get some watercolor greeting cards painted.  Susie Short will help get you in a painting mood with her Christmas Cards in July...come and get some Holiday Card ideas!
Whether you want to paint individual cards for those special people on your list
or paint one card to scan and reproduce to send to everyone don’t miss this demo!
Susie uses many basic watercolor techniques along with several tricks and short cuts to create her Christmas & Holiday Cards.
Learn some new formulas for mixing winter colors. You will be amazed at how easy you can create Aspen or Birch trees using a credit card.
Susie will also share tips for using a sponge to lit highlights and paint evergreens. She will also share some special tips for using Daniel Smith masking fluid. Come watch Susie paint Winter Landscapes and Winter Birds!


This FREE demo is a great preview to Susie’ Watercolor Workshop at our Seattle Store
Christmas Cards in July Watercolor Workshop with Susie Short
Sunday, July 29th, 2012, 11 am to 4 pm
$75 for the 1 day workshop

Let’s get a jump on painting those Christmas Cards!
How many time have you run out of time and wish you had started sooner?
Not this year! Join Susie Short and learn not only how to paint your
own watercolor greeting cards but also learn more about
printing and selling your cards too.
This one day workshop is for the beginner to advanced watercolorist.
Learn how to paint seasonal cards and gift tags using
Susie’s patterns and ideas to get you started.

Space is limited for the workshop, please call the
Seattle store to register at: 206-223-9599

Drawing, the Heart of All Art with Joe Mac Kenchnie, FREE Demos, July 21st, 2012

"Atonement" by Joe MacKechnie

Drawing, the Heart of All Art with Joe Mac Kenchnie
Saturday, July 21st, 2012
at 11 am & 1:45 pm - FREE demos!

Why is it important to learn how to draw?

Well, drawing is the basis of all that we, as visual artists, do. However,the act of drawing isn’t simply to make a drawing. A lot of drawing practice helps your visual, motor, and mental processes to grow and be in sync. Recent brain research suggests that new neural pathways get made and frequent practice makes those pathways stick. You’re also building vast amounts of knowledge, even though you’re not consciously aware of it.

  Practice and time will also make you comfortable with your own drawing actions. After awhile, drawing begins to reveal your true “artistic” style that will be unique only to you.

Joe will introduce various drawing techniques and tools that have helped him develop his unique style. He will also share with you his many insights learned from the drawing process and his research into how drawing is the communicative link to creativity.

Joe will demonstrate the drawing tools and techniques he uses to help him make the mental shift into the drawing “zone” (what Betty Edwards calls the R-Mode).

Pear Scape by Joe MacKenchie

Acrylics & Mixed Media using Rabbit Skin Glue with Judy Selogy, FREE Demos, July 14th, 2012

"Genesis" by  Judy Selogy

Acrylics & Mixed Media using Rabbit Skin Glue
with Judy Selogy
Saturday, July 14th, 2012
at 11 am & 1:45 pm
FREE demos!

Rabbit Skin Glue with DS Acrylics
Judy Selogy will be demonstrating how you can use Rabbit Skin Glue and Fabric to create sculptural elements that add dimension to acrylic paintings. Judy will talk about the historical use of Rabbit Skin Glue in Art and her UN-traditional approach for using as an active part of the artwork.

She’ll show you how to mix it up (she uses a crock pot to keep it warm while working with it) and how to use it by dipping fabric into it. As the Rabbit Skin Glue thickens or “jells” at room temperature, it holds the shapes that you sculpt it into. It quickly sets, then after a week to cure, it’s ready to be gessoed, then for painting.

This is a very interesting technique that you might like to add to your Art Technique Knowledge, and see how you might use them in your own Mixed Media work!

Plein Air Oil Painting, Packing, Tips & How To's with Paula Ensign, FREE Demos. July 8th, 2012

"Burnt Cove" by Paula Ensign

Plein Air Oil Painting, Packing, Tips & How To's with Paula Ensign
Sunday, July 8th, 2012
at 12 pm & 2 pm - FREE demos!

Want to paint in the Great Outdoors? Find out how and learn some great tips from Paula Ensign (current President of Plein Air Washington Artists) as she shares her knowledge and experience for Plein Air Painting!  This is a good demo for ALL painting mdediums.

Paula will bring in her entire plein air set up, and explain why, and how she uses her equipment. She will also cover additional considerations for painting outside - things like clean up supplies, sunblock, bug repellent, layered clothing. Paula will describe how she packs everything so she can travel lightly and be able to walk into locations. If there's time, she will set up a small canvas and get started on a painting.

Now that summer weather is here and it’s nice to spend some time outside rather than in the studio!

"Morning Walk" by Paula Ensign

Here's a list of Paula’s Plein Air Supplies:

Palette - I use paper palettes.
Oil Paints - colors I may use include: Titanium white, Cadmium Yellow Light, Viridian Green, Sap Green, Thalo Green,Cerulean Blue, Cobalt Blue, Ultramarine Blue, Dioxizine Purple, Alizarin Crimson, Cadmium Red, Cadmium Orange, Burnt Sienna, Yellow Ochre
Brushes - I have an assortment of sizes and brands (I'm still trying to find ones I like).
Solvent - I use mineral spirits as a medium and for clean up.
Paper Towels
A garbage bag or container
Canvases, and a wet canvas carrier
Sketchbook and pens or pencils
Hat and layers of clothing
Insect Repellent
Drinking Water and food
folding chair is optional
umbrella is optional

“Yes, one does rather need a large suitcase, I'll explain how I manage it all, as well as talk about the options available. It will be fun!” -Paula Ensign

Colorful Shadows Celebrate Light with Pastels with Barbara VanDyke Shuman, FREE Demos, July 7th, 2012

"Rendezvous Hills" by Barbara VanDyke Shuman
Colorful Shadows Celebrate Light with Pastels 
with Barbara VanDyke Shuman
Saturday, July 7th, 2012
at 11 am & 1:45 pm

For her demo, Barbara will have a landscape value study and painting laid-out, with the basic composition sketched out. Much thought and planning is given to composition and arrangements of darks and light. Darks are already underpainted. Barbara will explain the process thus far and discuss objectives of the composition and the value study.

As she progresses into the demonstration, working brilliant deep color into the dark shadow areas will be explained, especially showing how the deep complementary color in the darks works to pop out the bright colors next to them. Emphasis will be on color use and theory, and the last part of the demo will show how holding back on detail helps develop the painting’s harmony. The details are like the icing on the cake, being put in last and with great restraint.

At the demo you’ll learn composition, effective use of color value, color theory and the most exciting, how to use these principles to achieve more drama in pastel landscape painting.

"Sweeping Silence" by Barbara VanDyke Shuman

This FREE Juluy 7th demo is a great preview to
Barbara’s Pastel Workshop on August 5th:

PASTEL: Colorful Shadows Celebrate Light
with Barbara VanDyke Shuman
Sunday, August 5th, 2012
12 pm to 4:30 pm
$75 per day
When looking at your favorite paintings, have you ever wondered what makes some wonderful paintings seem so vibrant? Look again! It's the shadows that make the "lights and brights" just pop. This pastel workshop will focus on those shadows and how to infuse shadows with color to enhance the mystery and vibrancy of your artwork. Barbara will share her wealth of pastel techniques.

Space is limited, please register early by
calling the Bellevue Store at: 425-643-1781

"Twilight" by Barbara VanDyke Shuman