I was interested to see what a variety of activities took place under one roof.
We had a clay sculptor, a wood-block printer, a water-colorist, painters and a pastel artist.
I noted that some of the painters opted to use photo references, probably for convenience. Helen Herr was a notable exception to this, as she uses only her intuition and inner sense of design and artistry when creating her abstract pieces. Crystal Bashchak also had no references in sight...she relied upon her instincts and color sensibility to carry on with her artwork.
I decided to bring a mirror along to do a self-portrait. I was going to do a still-life but decided at the last minute that a self-portrait might be interesting...I have not painted one for almost thirty years, unless you count the several 'embedded' self-portraits I have snuck into murals.
|Bryce Erickson is a recent arrival in our community. He specializes in wood-cut printing and is also an oil painter.|
|Helen Herr is an abstract painter who is always willing to experiment with bold colors and shapes.|
|Toni Ambrose decided to break out the pastels for a couple of small landscape drawings.|
|There was a lot of socializing and sharing of ideas during the day. Everyone left their stations frequently to chat and visit with their fellow artists.|
|Lonnie Mason working on one of her 'surreal' figurative pieces.|
|Frank Wilson whipped up a rustic painting of an old one-room school house.|
|Sandy Christensen patiently constructed one of her "Prairie Folks" clay figurines. She is working on a tiny foot.|
|Darrell Bashchak putting the finishing touches on a finely executed lily pond in oils.|
|Sherron Reid worked on a couple of lovely watercolors based on photos from a recent trip to Italy.|
|Crystal Bashchak colorizes one of her striking abstract designs.|
|I decided to take a shot at painting a self-portrait.|
|Here's how my effort turned out.|
It was an enjoyable and constructive time.
We all know each other quite well and this was a great opportunity for bonding and strengthening our artistic community.