Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Happy Halloween

It's Halloween. Pumpkins are everywhere!
Sugar baby variety pumpkins are delicious to bake with. Wash the dirt off, put some knife slits in the skin and pop into a 375 degree oven to bake for an hour.
When cool enough to handle (I can never seem to wait and am constantly uttering ouch, ouch, ouch...), slice down the middle, remove seeds and transfer the pumpkin pulp to a bowl to be mashed.
I have a recipe for sweet bread that is delicious anytime of day and easily frozen.

Food and Pottery Connection:

Food: Laura Moore's Maple Pumpkin Bread - makes 2 loaves

from the Mystic Seaport "A New England Table" Cookbook

4 eggs
2 cups sugar
1/2 cup veg oil
1/2 cup applesauce
2/3 cup pure maple syrup
2 cups pumpkin
3 cups flour
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp allspice

1. Combine wet ingredients. Combine dry ingredients. Add wet to dry.
2. Pour batter into 2 buttered loaf pans. Bake at 350 for at least 1 hour. 

Pottery: decorated plates with leafy design

Monday, October 29, 2012

Impressions of Reflections, Interview, Gillian Jackson

When did you start painting?

When I was a kid I used to like to copy stuff, drawings, diagrams. One time I copied a really detailed diagram of the inside of a locomotion engine! Very odd. I remember copying "Le Lac D'Annecy" by Cezanne when I was about 12. But I never really 'started' painting at all, never took a painting class. I would often start something in a fit of enthusiasm but never finish it, apparently one of the lesser appealing traits of a Gemini!

Why did you start painting?

So often people would look at one of my photos, particularly one of the more abstract ones, and ask "is that a painting?" So for years I've had the intention of painting these photos but never really found the time. But this year I decided to give it a go.

What do you like about painting vs photography?

Painting is much more relaxing especially if you are painting from a photo (as opposed to painting en plain air, I would imagine). The hard part is done already - waiting for the right light etc. Plus a certain amount of artistic license is feasible.

I'll always be a photographer. After much of a lifetime looking at the world through a viewfinder it's second nature. But I think I'm going to have fun making paintings!

Original Photos

Friday, October 26, 2012

Demo Report, Hands on Ceramics

Last night, Lisa W.B. Walker demonstrated how she makes ceramic fruit at the Gallery. It was fun to hear about her process and how she makes these beautiful objects. This is a very hands on process. Lisa walks through all the steps of formation of lovely fruits.

Pumpkins by Lisa W.B. Walker

New work by Lisa in the gallery

Leroy, The bunny, watching while Lisa work on her pieces

Eileen of Sheepskate working with clay

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Roslindale Open Studios, Guild Artists Participate

Roslindale House - 120 Poplar Street
 - Google Map
Gillian Jackson - Photography & Painting
Iris Sonnenchein - Textiles

Sacred Heart School - 1035 Canterbury Street Google Map
Monica Fairbairn - Beaded Jewelry
Barbara Trainer - Jewelry

Roslindale Business Locations
Paula Lazar (Painting)- Birch Street House & Garden, 760 South Street - Google Map
Gary Koeppel (Painting) - Sugar - 4174 Washington Street

Home Studios
Gary Koeppel, 2 Vista Street Oil Painting - Google Map

Pleasant Cafe - 4515 Washington Street - Google Map
ROS Committee Exhibit
Gary Koeppel - Painting

Roslindale Congregational Church - 25 Cummins Highway - Google Map
Melanie Guerra - Original Jewelry & Fine Art Photography

Please visit the Guild Artists at Rosindale Open Studios

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Demo by Ceramic Artist, Lisa W.B. Walker

Thursday, October 25th from 7-8pm
Ceramic Artist, Lisa W.B. Walker demonstrates handbuilding fall fruits. Starting with a ball of clay, she will create an apple and pear and maybe even a small pumpkin.

If you haven't been to our of our demos, it is a very fun learning experience. It is great to see an artist's process. It is wonderful to be able to ask questions on how an artist works, what they are inspired by, how they learned their art and much more...

Join us this Thursday this fun, free demo.

Lisa poses with one of her works

Monday, October 22, 2012

Intro. to Oil Painting – Color Theory. A new Class at the Guild

Class Description

This 3-session course will explore the the basics of Oil Painting with materials used in Color Theory. We’ll be working in miniature (2” x 3” or 4” x 6”) as these small, miniature “thumbnail” paintings will assist with shape and color placement, composition layout and establishing the “mood” of the painting. We’ll look at color harmony, warm and cool color palettes, color mixing and choosing the proper colors for a painting. Working in miniature is an excellent teaching method for learning brush control and paving the way for a larger scale painting.

Session 1
Class will open with a discussion / defining of the color-wheel, a beginning artist’s most important tool. We’ll discuss the use of “warm” and “cool” color palettes and begin our painting.

Session 2
Class will continue with a discussion of color mixing and building color harmony within a painting. We’ll continue work on our paintings using techniques discussed in Lessons One and Two.

Session 3
Primary focus of class will be the continuation / finalization of our paintings with a question and answer session to follow.

Instructor Bio
Richard Humphrey, a life-long Dedham resident and self-taught Oil Color Artist since 2003. His approach to each new painting is a welcomed learning experience as it is an opportunity to experience new brushstrokes, create a new color mixture, experience an entirely different was to create “texture.” “Paintings can evoke moods and emotions, and with the proper color combinations and techniques, these results can easily be achieved.” He has participated in two Dedham Open Studios events and currently has work on display at the Dedham Square Artist Guild gallery.
December 3rd, 10th, & 17th— Monday Evenings – 6pm / 8pm

$125 for entire 3-session class, cash or check made payable to DSAG
$40 materials fee, cash or check made payable to Richard Humphrey
This Materials Fee will include the following materials:
Starter Oil Paint Set
Color Wheel
Note/Sketch Book
Canvas Board (4"x6" and 5"x7")
Starter Brush Set
Palette Knives (2)
Paper Towels

Min of 2 and maximum of 8 people per Class -- Must have minimum enrollment to offer class. Registered students will be notified at the end of the registration period if there are adequate numbers.

Location of classes will be decided based of number of attendees. Location will be in Dedham

October 15th thru November 29th
Pre-registration is required. Please make Class Fee ($125) checks payable to DSAG and Materials Fee ($40) checks payable to Richard Humphrey, and mail both with Registration Form (download available at bottom of page).

Dedham Square Artist Guild
553 High Street
Dedham, MA 02026

The Dedham Square Artist Guild reserves the right to cancel any class with insufficient enrollment. We will refund the full registration fee and materials fee of the class if you are unable to attend the proposed make up date. Cancellations on participants behalf or no-shows are non-refundable.

By Richard Humphrey

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Camera Obscura by Dennis Stein

The camera obscura is the simplest method of image-taking. A small hole is made in a box and the image coming in is inverted on the far interior side of the box. By placing film or photographic paper on that side, the image can be recorded and seen later on. I have used pinhole cameras with film in the past.

Recently, I purchased a pinhole lens for my Lumix GX-1 digital camera. These images here are the result of holding the camera in my hands for a few seconds of exposure. The great part about digital is that I can see the results immediately and alter the variables for a better exposure and composition.

By Dennis Stein

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Artist Inspiration, Dedham Guild

By Richard Humphrey

The Cape Cod Challenge is up in the gallery and looking great. It is wonderful to see all the different art and based on one theme. We have jewelry, pottery, painting, mosaics and more..

We also think it is a great theme to remember summer by, now that the season is turning to fall.

By Gary Koeppel

By Marietta Apollonio

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Cape Cod, Artist Challenge

Cape Cod is the theme of the Dedham Square Artist Guild's first Artist Challenge. The reception is Thursday, October 18th at 553 High Street in Dedham Square from 6-8 PM.

This is my submission in it's "green" state.  The clay color is white and the slip is grey (but really blue).  The image is of a sandy beach, the tide rolling in, the shells visible under the clear Cape Cod water.

Adding the right glaze makes the final piece come alive!

Join me and the 28 Dedham Square Artist Guild Members for our reception on Thursday.

Food and Pottery Connection~
Food~ something sweet for the reception....

Cape Cod Oatmeal Cookies - makes 35
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 3/4 cups rolled oats
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1 cup melted butter
1 egg
1/4 cup milk
1 tablespoon molasses
1.Preheat oven to 350 degree.
2.In large bowl stir together flour, cinnamon, baking soda and salt. Stir in remaining ingredients.
3.Drop by teaspoon 1-1/2 inches apart on ungreased sheets. Bake for 12 minutes or until brown.

Pottery~Cape Cod plates are food safe and beautiful - for wall and tabletop!

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Art Night, Monotype Demo by Cindy Mootz

On Thursday, Guild Member,  Cindy Mootz held a monotype demo. It as a fun demo with lots of participation by people who attended. Cindy explained materials and process before starting the demo.

Some of her materials were leaves from her yard.

The thick paper when pressed onto the  gelatin block and leave really capture all the veins and details of the leaf.

Cindy added color using a roller and even placing color onto the block

She added templates and different objects and colors to from layers on her artwork

It was fun to see her use all the materials such as bubble wrap. The possibilities are endless. It is great you can find most of these materials around your home

Participants were able to make there own monotypes and pick out materials and stencils to use in their designs.

One of the ladies that attended demo choose herbs for her work. She used Rosemary and other leafy plants. She had fun layering them on the paper and also using stencils to add more interest.

The results were beautiful.

Stay tuned for future demos and maybe a class by Cindy Mootz

You can see her monoprints at the Dedham Guild.