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Today we have a special feature from Rick, himself:
Hi , Today I was asked to share some work from my students that I teach at The Center O C.
I was fortunate to win a grant to support the classes from THE KENNETH A PICERNE Foundation, a wonderful company that supports the arts in Orange and North San Diego Counties.
It has been so gratifying for me to have a group of wonderful folks from early 20's to 75 years young, many of whom have never held an artists brush or used watercolours or acrylics.
We were asked by The Center O C to participate in the annual BOO BOWL fundraising event; each group decorates a faux pumpkin-the pumpkins are sold at silent auction with the proceeds going to The Center-the group whose entry garners the highest bid amount gets treated to a Pizza Party.
My Art group is decorating 3 pumpkins-one for the Tuesday Art Class, One for The Thursday Workshop and one for the Tuesday Morning Senior social (since they didn't have anyone willing to do one for them.
Its hard to get good pictures because of poor lighting but one of my students "RON" is an accomplished photographer and he took the shots I am sharing with my little digital camera.
We also finished late on some items so Vaughn used her phone for the last minute shots.
Here are some shots of the "SCENIC" pumpkin we did. This was worked on by Ted Mowry who did much of the major blocking in of the "folk art" scene-once Ted had worked on it for several days I added some details like the cornfield with the scarecrow and most of the figures of witches and goblins etc-we have a great time working together on things-at times 3 or 4 people will contribute to one project!
I try to make sure that my magic wand is not always available and sometimes I do make them finish things themselves.
Next we have The ZENTANGLE Pumpkin - the original ides was to have each student do a section but as we progressed it became obvious that such a route would be almost impossible so Vaughn who had started the Zentangle pumpkin handed off to me-I added some large motifs -she connected them with intricate Zentangle designs and finally I added some colour washes-Judy varnished it and added some sparkles-I think this is my favorite of the three projects!!! Thanks to Vaughn for her hard work!
The pumpkin was painted with Buttermilk Americana Acrylic-the lobe work was done with various Sharpies and the colour was added with watered down washes of various Americana Acrylics from Deco Art.
We also did a Hallowen Monster Pumpkin which was passed around between Ted, Alberta, Myself and others-Ted did the traditional Witch, Iadded ghosrs and goblins and Alberta did the rest.
We also decided to hand paint some MASKS-I figured that at an event such as this some people will not want to wear a costume so they will feel left out-so if we have some fun masks they can grab one at the party and help support the programs at The Center!
Ted Mowry's "broken Doll" and a scenic mask:
Judy's Wisteria Mask that she and I worked on together-its encrusted with pink and purple rhinestones and her swirl mask-this is Judy's personal style and people love it-we haven't got the rhinestones on this one yet:
Here's a couple I did with folk art roses and tendrils-we added a few stones just for a bit of sparkle (everyone wants to sparkle at a Halloween party).
This one is BLACK and the next one is Venetian Gold
On Thursday Alberta, Judy, Leah and Vaughn all really pitched in and we got a huge amount done.
Judy on beads, Vaughn on Zentangle Pumpkin, Alberta doing various motifs on the folk art pumpkin-Leah lending moral support-I just painted projects as fast as I could to get things finished up.
Here are some pics from Thursday:
Alberta showing the vampire, mummy and ghosts she freehanded onto the folk art pumpkin
The wonderful traditional witch is by TED and Rick did the Halloween spirit
Judy rhinestoneing away with her tweezers
One side of the zentangle pumpkin which Vaughn has done most of-we are adding some light transparent washes to "pop" some of the larger motifs
Vaughn shows off the Harvest pumpkin mask complete with cornstalks and an owl
That's RON's silver mask laying on the table
Wayne Petit did all of the foundation work on this Zombie I just added to gory gashes-I think its very successful-the red areas are varnished with triple thick glass while the rest is matte finish-That makes the wounds looks "wet" - Judy added some tiny stones in red and Zombie green that give a subtle twinkle that really brings the project alive
Ron's mask after being worked over by Myself, Donna and others:
Finally a great original design by Zavis
and a sparkling beauty by JUDY
All of these projects are painted with DECO ART AMERICANA products:
Premium Acrylics, Craft Twinkles, Metallic, Triple Thick and Matte Varnish.
The masks came from AMAZON and were pre-primed in matte white-the pumpkins are the Faux Foam type that can be "carved" and were originally orange.
For more information about Rick's classes at THE CENTER O C you can visit his Artist Outreach Blog HERE.
The ART classes at The Center O C are open to adults interested in exploring their artistic talents and are held Tuesday and Thursday afternoons- in 2015 it is hoped that classes may be expanded to 3 times a week including one evening class.
If you would care to make a tax deductible contribution to this worthwhile program please contact The Center O C HERE.
Enjoy the hop and we will see you tomorrow!