teaching / learning

Weekend With the Masters

This year's "Weekend With the Masters" was held in late September nearby LA in Laguna Beach, making me one very lucky gal!  While I was too cheap to get the entire weekend pass, I was able to rub elbows with some of my idols and attend various lectures and painting demonstrations by many "masters."  I listened to Daniel Graves, founder of the Florence Academy of Art, give an insightful lecture, saw Morgan Weistling paint an exquisite portrait, and witnessed Scott Burdick and Daniel Gerhartz paint portraits of the beautiful and talented painter Michelle Dunaway side by side in the annual "face-off." IMAGE BELOW: Morgan Weistling

IMAGE BELOW: Portrait to the right by Daniel Gerhartz

IMAGE BELOW L - R: Scott Burdick, Michelle Dunaway, Daniel Gerhartz

IMAGE BELOW: Scott Burdick's painting

back home - newspaper article about teaching & artist in residence

I was invited back to my hometown (Libertyville, Illinois - an hour north of Chicago) to teach the AP art students as an "artist in residence." Libertyville High School is blessed with support for the arts from the school and community and they also have wonderful teachers. Mr. Raymond Gossell, who inspired me as a high school AP art student, is still there inspiring new generations of young artists. I had such a great time in the last two weeks of February working with the students in pastels from a live model. I instructed the class to draw a pastel portrait - teaching them a bit about drawing the figure and color theory. The Daily Herald newspaper wrote a nice feature on my stint as an artist in residence. The printed article appeared on the third page of the front section...apparently they were desperate for news that day! : ) The printed feature was accompanied by two images of my new paintings, which was nice. You can read the online version HERE.