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Saturday, February 18, 2017

Our Blog has a New Look!

Many thanks to member, Partha Chinnasamy,  for his expertise in updating our blog header/banner. Featured are the winning entries chosen in the 2017 Texas Top Ten Competition. 


Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Edna Krueger Shares Workshop Opportunity


Thought if any may be interested to forward this on to our portrait group. Sometimes it is refreshing to get outside & do something not so studio bonded. I may not be able to go but love getting outside to paint. Thought maybe others may feel the same. Thanks for forwarding this. Edna Krueger 


Randy Sexton Workshop II - March 24, 25, 26th, Austin TX
Good morning artists,
Please feel free to share this with any fellow painters or artist groups that may be interested in participating in a plein air workshop with instructor Randy Sexton.

Exciting News!!! Plein Air Austin is hosting a workshop with Randy Sexton for Spring 2017 here in Austin, Texas. 
Randy Sextion Workshop II - March 24, 25, 26, 2017
Paint urban scenes with Plein Air Austin members and instructor Randall Sexton. Open to all levels, this 3-day workshop is especially geared to encourage the experienced artist to reach greater heights in their work. Sexton will review the basics of solid picture making, compositions, values, and shape - while sharing his own methods for simplifying the complex. Three days (weather permitting) will be spent on location in downtown Austin. Daily demonstrations will be followed up with individual assistance at the easel. Sexton works in oil medium but is open to all mediums. Workshop will run 9am – 4pm with a break for lunch.
COST: $450/ 3 Days – Class size is limited to 12 (Only 3 spots left)  

Check out Randall Sexton’s work on his website.
Contact: Alexis McCarthy / 512.695.5174/lexie@alexismccarthy.com

Spotlight on: Karen Offutt, 2017 Texas Top Ten

Name:  Karen Offutt
City:  Austin, Texas
Website:  www.karenoffutt.com

"Lighthouse", 24"x18", oil on board 




BIO:
A native Texan, figurative artist Karen Offutt was self-taught until her mid-twenties when she began to take a more formal approach to her education focusing on drawing and painting with oils at Austin Fine Arts Classes.  She has also studied with some of today's most nationally renowned artists.  While taking a few years off to raise her kids, Karen yearned to reexamine and redefine the direction of her work both in technique and content.  While Karen's previous body of work has the ethereal feel of a memory, her most recent paintings invite the viewer into a world of her creation.
Karen's work has been featured in various publications such as Southwest Art Magazine, American Art Collector, International Artist Magazine, Artist on Art among others.  Her work has also won awards and received recognition nationally from Salon International, the Portrait Society of America, and Oil Painters of America.  Over the years her work has shown in various invitational and juried shows such as Emerging Artist Show in Scottsdale, AZ, U.S. Artists Show in Philadelphia, PA, American Art Invitational in Denver, CO, Women Painting Women in Charleston, SC, Women Painting Women in Georgetown, TX, and Painters Painting Painters in Austin, TX.

She currently has work in Jack Meier Gallery in Houston, TX, Abend Gallery, Denver, CO, Principle Gallery in Charleston, SC and in the Waterhouse Gallery in Santa Barbara, CA. 

Karen and her husband, along with their two young boys, live in Austin, Texas.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Congratulations Brenda Hash!

My pastel, "Liz", is currently hanging at the Butler Institute of American Art in Youngstown, Ohio. It was one of twenty pastels selected to travel to The Butler from the Pastel Society of America's 44th Annual Enduring Brilliance Exhibition which hung at the National Arts Club in New York.
"Liz", 16"x 25", pastel   by Brenda Hash, PSA

Brenda Hash, PSA -
 Fine Art & Portraiture

Website:                   brendahash.com             Facebook:  facebook.com/BrendaHash
On My Easel Blog:  brendahash.com/blog     LinkedIn:    linkedin.com/in/brendahash










Monday, February 13, 2017

Special One-Day Portrait Workshop



 Special One-Day Portrait Workshop
D U E L I N G   
E A S E L S
Gene Dillard and Don Mullins 
February 25



Description
This will be a unique one-day workshop. 

It will be primarily a day of demonstration and instruction. 
Gene and Don, members of the Portrait Society of America,

will paint a day-long portrait side by side from a live model. Lots of commentary,

explanation of process, tips on techniques, color mixing, the whole works. 

Expect lots of banner back and forth between the two artists
…long term painter friends.
Attendees are welcome to bring samples of their work and receive expert critiques. 
They are also welcome to sketch or draw from the model (in dry media only).

The workshop is sponsored by the Plano Art Association 
and a portion of the fees will go to support the organization.

Location
1013 15th Place #105
Downtown Plano, Texas 75074
(Adjacent to the DART Rail Station)


Date and Time
Saturday, February 25
9:00 AM till 4:00 PM (with an hour break for lunch…great lunch spots in Downtown Plano)

Fee and Registration
The fee is $100
To register, make payment and reserve your attendance, go to 
www.dfwartworkshops.com and click on payment options.
Or email 
and confirm that you will be attending and will pay at the door.


Workshop Leaders
 
Don loves portrait painting because he enjoys the process of turning a blank 
canvas into a beautiful painted image. Each commission offers a new and exciting challenge
 - an adventure in art in which the client is a key collaborator. People painted 
by Don receive not only a one of a kind painting but also a one-of-a-kind experience.

All of Don's paintings are colorful and professional, but most distinctive is 
Don's ability to capture a meaningful gesture or attitude to suggest the personality of the subject. 
These skills translate seamlessly into other portrait categories. Don paints executive portraits, 
official portraits, family portraits, children portraits and posthumous portraits.

Don has a long string of awards and recognition including the 
Portrait Society of America, Oil Painters of America, The Artists Magazine, 
Salon International, and the Lyme Academy of Fine Art alumni show to name a few. 
Trained at the prestigious Lyme Academy in Old Lyme, Connecticut.
 Don lives in New Mexico with his wife Karen. 
He conducts workshops in figurative art, painting and drawing.


Gene comes to portraiture from a background of extensive academic 

training and experience in the graphics field. Growing up in Texas in a home filled 
with art by relatives, Gene began painting and drawing at an early age. 
He studied art first at Baylor University and then completed his first degree in fine art 
at the University of Texas at Austin. He then studied at 
The California Institute of The Arts in Los Angeles and completed his second degree at 
The Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles.

He ascended through a career in advertising design as an 
Art Director and Creative Director for major national and regional advertising agencies in Texas. 
His ad designs have been published throughout the U.S. in national media. 
Throughout his career in advertising he maintained a strong parallel activity 
of painting and teaching art. He has taught classes at Southern Methodist University, 
The Art Institute of Dallas and in the School of Visual Arts at The University of North Texas. 

He has conducted workshops and demos for a number or art clubs though 
out Texas plus workshops at several universities. 
Gene is on the board of directors of the Plano Art Association and is a member of the Portrait Society of America.
He manages the Rail Station Studio and Gallery in Downtown Plano. 
He leads a weekly painting and drawing group that meets at the PAA gallery. 
He is a resident of Plano with his wife Louise.




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Sunday, February 12, 2017

Congratulations Jesse Lane!


Jesse Lane's work on the cover of the April 2017 Issue of The Artist's Magazine

ARTIST BIO
“Through art, I’ve been able to find something inside myself that changed my life. 
Growing up, I often felt alone.  In school, I was struggling with the challenges of dyslexia.  I desperately wanted to find a place in life where I didn’t feel inferior. 
For years, I bottled up my feelings. Then I realized they could be a source of inspiration.  I began creating images of personal struggle and intimate emotion. 
What was hidden for so long became voiced and heard. For the first time, I felt truly seen. I took my weakness and made it my strength. 
Along the way, I’ve discovered we all share these feelings. They are universal.
When people see my portraits, they’re surprised I work in colored pencil. I love the precision and versatility of colored pencil. This medium can be as rich and nuanced as any other.  One of my goals is to advance colored pencil in the world of fine art.”
Jesse Lane (born 1990) lives in The Woodlands, Texas, near Houston.  His earliest teacher was his father, Jerry Lane, a former illustrator, courtroom artist and underground cartoonist.  
Jesse earned a degree in visualization from Texas A&M University.  He also studied art in Italy, where he was greatly influenced by the lighting and drama of the master painter Caravaggio.
Since launching his career as a professional artist, Jesse’s provocative portraits have captured attention.

“For collectors interested in a quickly ascending star in the art world, Lane is one surely to watch.”
Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine
Southwest Art Magazine recently recognized Jesse as one of the nation’s leading young emerging artists. 
His numerous awards include top honors from the Salmagundi Club, International Artist Magazine, the Colored Pencil Society of America and the Hudson Valley Art Association.  He was also a finalist in the 2016 International Art Renewal Center Salon.
Jesse’s work has been featured in publications including American Art Collector, Southwest Art, International Artist and The Artist’s Magazine. 
“Jesse Lane is taking the colored pencil world by storm.”
Colored Pencil Magazine

Artist Statement

In my art, I turn the ordinary into the extraordinary.
My work captures intimate moments and gives glimpses of an inner private world… providing a window to our own introspective thoughts and our own mystery. 
My drawings capture emotions and stories wrapped into a single instant.
These stories are open-ended.  I want the viewer to create the narrative, to feel the power and vulnerability of that unique moment in time. 
My aim is to ignite the imagination and touch the viewer’s soul.
I call my body of work “Anatomy of Light.”  My figures emerge into light and disappear into darkness… both literally and figuratively. Black backgrounds isolate the figures and put them in their own world, the world of their thoughts.  Nothing is there except what they’re feeling.

At best, I hope my work continues to be both contemporary and timeless. If there is a theme, it is personal struggle. This struggle is universal, but also unique to each of us

Curriculum Vitae 

SELECTED AWARDS & HONORS

2016
Best of Show, The Salmagundi Club 38th Annual Juried Painting & Sculpture Exhibition for Non-Members, Salmagundi Club, New York, New York
Grand Prize, International Artist Magazine “Favorite Subjects Challenge”
Finalist, 12th International Art Renewal Center Salon
Mrs. John Newington Award for Excellence, Hudson Valley Art Association 83rd Annual National Juried Exhibition, Salmagundi Club, New York, New York
First Place Colored Pencil, The Artist’s Magazine All-Media Competition
Award for Exceptional Merit, Colored Pencil Society of America 24th Annual International Exhibition, The American Art Company, Tacoma, Washington
First Place, Jerry’s Artarama National Self-Portrait Contest
First Place, National Society of Artists 32nd National Juried Show, Rosenberg Library, Galveston, Texas 
Finalist, The Hunting Art Prize, Friedkin Corporate Campus, Houston, Texas
Honorable Mention, Colored Pencil Society of America ArtSpectations
Best of Show, Texas & Neighbors Regional Art Competition, Irving Arts Center, Irving, Texas
First Place Pastel/Graphics, Richardson Civic Art Society 50th Regional Juried Exhibition, Charles Eismann Center for the Performing Arts, Richardson, Texas
2015
Derwent / Conte a Paris – ColArt Americas Award for Exceptional Merit, Colored Pencil Society of America 23rd International Exhibition, Oglethorpe Museum of Art, Atlanta, Georgia
Best of Show, Colored Pencil Society of America Fall ArtSpectations
Best of Show, Pencil Art Society Member International Juried Exhibition
Second Place Other Media, Richeson75 International Figure/Portrait Art Exhibit, Richeson School of Art and Gallery, Kimberly, Wisconsin 
National Finalist, The Williams Prize in Drawing for Emerging Artists, The Artists for Artists Project
Best of Show, ArTexas Competition, Salado Village Artists, Salado Civic Center, Salado, Texas 
Honorable Mention, Colored Pencil Society of America Spring ArtSpectiations
Judge’s Choice Award, Richardson Civic Art Society 49th Regional Juried Exhibition, Charles Eismann Center for the Performing Arts, Richardson, Texas

SOLO EXHIBITION

“Face Reality,” RJD Gallery, Sag Harbor, New York, October 10 – December 15, 2016

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2016
“The Princess and the Provocateur,” RJD Gallery, Sag Harbor, New York 
Colored Pencil Society of American 24th Annual International Exhibition, The American Art Company, Tacoma, Washington 
Salmagundi Annual Painting & Sculpture Exhibition for Non-Members, Salmagundi Club, New York, New York 
Hudson Valley Art Association 83rd Annual National Juried Exhibition, Salmagundi Club, New York, New York
INDA 11, International Drawing Annual Exhibitions in Print, Manifest Drawing Center, Cincinnati, Ohio
The Hunting Art Prize, Friedkin Corporate Campus, Houston, Texas
Texas National Art Competition & Exhibition, Stephen F. Austin University Gallery, Nacogdoches, Texas
Richardson Civic Art Society 50th Annual Regional Juried Exhibit, Charles Eismann Center for the Performing Arts, Richardson, Texas 
Texas & Neighbors 31st Regional Art Exhibition, Irving Arts Center, Irving, Texas
2015
American Artists Professional League 87th Grand National Exhibition, Salmagundi Club, New York, New York
Colored Pencil Society of America International Exhibition, Oglethorpe Museum of Art, Atlanta, Georgia
Pencil Art Society Member International Juried Exhibition
The Richeson75 International Figure/Portrait Art Exhibit, Richeson School of Art and Gallery, Kimberly, Wisconsin
Artspectations, Colored Pencil Society of America
National Society of Artists Juried National Show, The Center for the Arts & Sciences, Clute, Texas 
Visual Arts Alliance Juried Membership Exhibition, 1600 Smith Street Gallery, Houston, Texas 
Art Hop Juried Exhibition, Georgetown Art Center, Georgetown, Texas 
ArTexas, Salado Village Artists, Salado Civic Center, Salado, Texas 

MEMBERSHIPS

Colored Pencil Society of America
International Guild of Realism
Portrait Society of America
Woodlands Art League 

ARTICLES & PUBLICATIONS

2017
“Strokes of Genius 9: Creative Discoveries,” North Light Books
2016
International Artist Magazine, “Precision with Pencils,” December Issue, pgs. 4-5
American Art Collector Magazine, “Anatomy of Light” December Issue, pgs. 116-119
American Art Collector Magazine, “Jesse Lane: Face Reality,” October Issue, pgs. 78-79
Southwest Art Magazine, “21 Under 31,” September Issue, pg. 97
“INDA 11, International Drawing Annual,” published by Manifest Drawing Center, Cincinnati, Ohio
DRAW Portraits in Colored Pencil: The Ultimate Step by Step Guide, co-authored with Ann Kullberg and others, pgs. 64-73
The Artist’s Magazine, “A Stroke Above the Rest,” July/August Issue, pg. 77
CP Treasures: Colored Pencil Masterworks from Around the Globe, Volume 4, by Ann Kullberg, pg 61
Color Magazine, Cover Artist, September Issue, pgs. 4-7
The Woodlands Lifestyles & Homes, “Jesse Lane Now Represented by New York Art Gallery,” ” August Issue, pg. 101
2015
Colored Pencil Magazine, Featured Cover Artist, December Issue, pgs. 10-13
The 2015 Winners’ Catalog, The Williams Prize in Drawing for Emerging Artists, The Artist For Artists Project, pgs. 44-45
The Richeson75 International Figure/Portrait 2015 Book, Richeson School of Art & Gallery, pgs. 63-64
The Woodlands Lifestyles & Homes, “Colored Pencil Artwork Drawing Attention,” October Issue, pgs. 122-123
The Woodlands Villager, “Seeing Things: Local Artist Studies Abroad,” August 13, pg. 12A

EDUCATION

Bachelor of Science in Visualization, Texas A&M University, 2014
Santa Chiara Study Center, semester-abroad art classes, Castiglion Fiorentino, Italy, 2013