August 2020 National Artist Workshop: 
Karen Margulis PSA IAPS-MC
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November 30, 2017

Several years ago, I prepared a presentation for a CPPS meeting on:  “How to Pack a Painting for Shipping”.  I am updating this presentation and including “How Much it Costs”!

  1. Read all the information regarding shipping that comes from the exhibitor. You may need to contact the shipper; you may need to provide a return address label, a prepaid return shipping label etc. If you need to provide documents or labels that need to be in the box get them ready first. Get a box that is both strong enough and big enough, allow several inches of...

July 31, 2017

We conclude our introduction of The Principles of Organization with the consideration of Dominance, Movement and Economy. *Please see archived newsletters for previous topics.

The Principles of Organization:
These are the principles that guide the employment of the elements in achieving unity within the visual arts:

  1. Harmony

  2. Variety

  3. Balance

  4. Proportion

  5. Dominance

  6. Movement

  7. Economy

Last month, we ended with the idea of Proportion being so innate with our sense of seeing that it is worthy of separate investigation in re...

April 30, 2017

Last month, we began our visual vocabulary series, especially in regard to formal analysis for the visual arts, beginning with the basic components. We continue this month with a look into:

The Essential Elements of Visual Art:
Creating composition is a type of construction requiring specific structural elements which include:

  • Line

  • Shape

  • Value

  • Color

  • Texture

These elements are regarded as essential to artists, who utilize them separately or in combination for the generation of artistic imagery and are considered to be the st...

March 31, 2017

Last month’s "Thoughts from the Studio" topic of self-critique started by stating “Every artist needs to learn to do a self -critique – to look at his or her painting and be able to see what the painting may need to improve or finish it.”  This is obviously a deep topic of interest among our members, sparking discussion at last month’s member-led workshop.  Inquiries into the critique process, criteria and styles, along with the vocabulary of visual art were some of the topics gleaned from the conversations.  After the workshop, Jill asked me to sha...

February 26, 2017

Every artist needs to learn to do a self critique - to look at his or her painting and be able to see what your painting may need to improve or finish it.

This information comes from Kathleen Dunphy's blog. Kathleen is a wonderful west coast oil painter who also paints the Maine coast. I had the privilege of seeing her work when the Plein Air Painters of America exhibited at the Cape Cod Museum of Art a couple summers ago.

Kathleen Dunphy keeps a "Critique Notebook". She records the date, size and location of her painting.

Kathleen assesses how effecti...

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