Our final meeting before the summer break was held this past Saturday at Wendy Tatter's gallery in St. Augustine. Our president, Lyn Asselta, gave a very educational demo on organizing your pastel box. And, quite incidentally, showed us a fabulous Heilman pastel box.
She stressed that if you use the correct values then color is actually less important, so that it's good to organize not only by color or similar method, but by value also, so that you can pick up almost any color from your box, and and as long as the value is correct it should work in your painting.
We had a good attendance and even had three new members sign up and pay their dues at the meeting on Saturday. We now have 21 paid members which is pretty good for an organization that is only 5 months old. We hope to continue to grow, and have many exciting events upcoming later in the year and in 2013. Workshops, shows ... Come join us!
Member news from the meeting:
- Adele Horton has been accepted into the Canaveral Plein-Air paintout, which is only accepting 28 artists.
- Debbie Cusick, Lisa Fiore and Richard Lundgren all have paintings in the annual Honors Show at the St. Augustine Art Association and not only that, but Richard's painting won Best in Show! Not only is the award well deserved for Richard, but it's a great spotlight on our beloved pastel medium as well.
- Richard will also be teaching an upcoming workshop in Bucks County, PA, Sept. 7-9, with a theme of painting water. I wish he would teach it here too! Or at least consider doing a demo for us. :-)
- Lyn Asselta has an upcoming show at the First Street Gallery in Neptune Beach, with opening reception on Friday, June 22, 7-9 PM.
(artwork by Kim Daniel)
To close out our meeting we did something that was a lot of fun, and I hope we can repeat in the future. We had a painting exchange. Ten member brought in wrapped paintings which were each assigned a number, and we then drew numbers from a basket to see whose painting we would go home with.
Luckily no one drew their own painting, LOL. And we all got mementos of small artwork from other FCPS members. I hope we can do an exchange again like this, maybe at Christmas time.
Note: If any artists would like to send me information about news or shows please email me with the information and I can post it on the blog!