Upcoming CAFEs

    • Tuesday, February 27, 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • MAL Studio
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    Jan Pini and Anne Trimble will share the four-part video they bought showing the pastel landscape painter Barbara Jaenicke's technique (although this is not necessarily a pastel class). $3 studio fee. After watching the session video, we will do recommended exercises for each session (details for this session below).

    2/20 - Composition
    2/27 - Color Harmony
    3/13 - Color Temperature
    3/21 - Edges and Editing

    Color Harmony Exercise (see below for supplies):

    Developing (and keeping) a harmonious palette (using pastels)

    Work from one of your own landscape reference photos that has a dominant color contrast. Create your thumbnail sketch and underpainting as explained in the lesson.

    Select 3-5 pastels that will best represent those more saturated, dominant colors. Then select warmer & cooler, lighter & darker, and greyer versions of those initial colors according to the values, temperature and chroma indicated in your landscape. 

    Try to keep your total number of pastels less than 20. After you’ve selected your initial color palette, if you have the capability, switch your reference photo to black & white.

    Proceed with your painting, choosing additional or alternate pastel selections for your initial palette only when absolutely necessary to make corrections to value, temperature or chroma, referencing only the information you can glean from the black & white version. (Remember, sunlit areas—regardless of the local color—will need warm color temperatures relative to the cooler shadow areas.) As you complete your painting, be sure to repeat variations of existing colors rather than adding more hues.  

    • Tuesday, March 13, 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • MAL Studio
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    Jan Pini and Anne Trimble will share the four-part video they bought showing the pastel landscape painter Barbara Jaenicke's technique (although this is not necessarily a pastel class). $3 studio fee. After watching the session video, we will do recommended exercises for each session (details for this session below).

    2/20 - Composition
    2/27 - Color Harmony
    3/13 - Color Temperature
    3/21 - Edges and Editing

    Color Temperature Exercise (see below for supplies):

    Light illumination and reflections 

    Choose one of your own reference photos that has a highly reflective lighting situation, such as light and shadow on water or snow, and/or a lower sky that’s illuminating very bright light (ideally late afternoon/early evening light). As I mentioned on the previous page, the lightest areas of reflected or illuminated light will probably lose accurate color information in the photographic process and appear white. 

    Create your thumbnail sketch and underpainting as explained in the lesson. As you choose some of your initial colors for your palette, select light-value warms such as pinks, peaches and yellows that you’ll use where your photo shows white for those very light, reflective or illuminated areas. 

    As you choose the rest of your palette, test those chosen colors up against those light-value warms to see if they accurately cause those warms to appear even warmer by surrounding them with cooler color temperatures where necessary. 

    If your light-value sunlit/illuminated areas still don’t have the glow they should, try adjusting the value slightly darker and/or the chroma more saturated. If your choices for your warms and cools are accurate, your reflected light and/or illuminated sky should appear to have a warm glow effect.

    • Wednesday, March 21, 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • MAL Studio
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    Jan Pini and Anne Trimble will share the four-part video they bought showing the pastel landscape painter Barbara Jaenicke's technique (although this is not necessarily a pastel class). $3 studio fee. After watching the session video, we will do recommended exercises for each session (details for this session below).

    2/20 - Composition
    2/27 - Color Harmony
    3/13 - Color Temperature
    3/21 - Edges and Editing

    Edges & Editing Exercise (see below for supplies):

    Editing leafless trees 

    Choose one of your own reference photos that has a cluster of leafless trees no closer than middle ground. 

    Create a thumbnail sketch according to the composition segment using either the tracing paper method or a sketchbook, reducing the composition to about five shapes. Squint hard at your photo and connect similar-value sections of the landscape wherever you can in order to reduce the number of shapes. 

    Remember to combine the mass of leafless trees into ONE SHAPE (or each mass into one shape if more than one). The initial generalized value you assign for this type of tree mass should be slightly lighter than what you see when you squint. You can allow for dark-to-light gradations within a shape if needed, otherwise each of your shapes should be FLAT VALUES without detail or indication of form. (Squint harder if you’re having trouble with that.) 

    Using a small size painting surface (such as 8” x 10” ), follow your sketch (not your photo!) to block in your painting with hard pastels in the colors shown in the lesson. Wet down the painting with alcohol, holding a bristle brush (a #8 or #10) fairly loosely toward the end, especially for the leafless tree mass. Use the skinny side of the bristles to apply the alcohol in a loose, drippy manner so that your edges are very vague. 

    This takes practice! Try several attempts until you become in control of achieving the edges you want. Back up frequently from your painting! Edges that look soft and loose close up, will look stiffer from further back.

    • Monday, March 26, 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • MAL Studio
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    Darlene Sanders will teach us how to do dry felting. We will be making an eyeglasses case. There will be a small materials fee plus the usual $3 studio fee.

    • Wednesday, March 28, 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • MAL Studio
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     Nancy Hokaj will be showing us how to fold origami items with a spring/Easter theme.

    • Tuesday, April 03, 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • MAL Studio
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     Viewing of the film “Tim’s Vermeer”, how Tim Jennison figured out how Vermeer created his iconic life-like paintings. Betty Roseborough hosting. 

Past CAFEs

Tuesday, February 20, 2018 CAFE - Group watch of Barbara Jaenicke video (Composition)
Monday, February 05, 2018 Award Ribbon-Making Party
Wednesday, January 24, 2018 CAFE - Popup greeting cards
Wednesday, January 17, 2018 CANCELLED (Weather) - CAFE - Origami figures
Monday, November 13, 2017 CAFE--Make a box from a card
Thursday, November 02, 2017 CAFE - Group watch of Barbara Jaenicke pastel video
Wednesday, August 02, 2017 CAFE--Alcohol Inks on Tile
Wednesday, July 19, 2017 CAFE--Ink and Gouache
Wednesday, March 15, 2017 CAFE--Watercolor Collage
Friday, February 19, 2016 CAFE-Grape Cluster Beaded Wine Charms with Jan Pini
Monday, September 21, 2015 A Collaboration of Art and Poetry Meeting
Wednesday, July 30, 2014 CLASS FULL-CAFE-Creative Art for Everyone, Botanical Drawings using Colored Pencils
Tuesday, June 17, 2014 CANCELLED - CAFE Away at Sandscrest Retreat 6/17
Monday, June 16, 2014 CANCELLED - CAFE Away at Sandscrest Retreat 6/16
Tuesday, April 29, 2014 CAFE - "Greeting Cards with Micron Pen and Watercolors" with Darlene Sanders
Thursday, December 12, 2013 CAFE - "Simple Bracelets" with Theresa
Thursday, December 05, 2013 CAFE-Polymer Clay Gingerbread Ornaments with Denise
Wednesday, November 13, 2013 CAFE - 'Altered Papers" with Darlene
Friday, October 25, 2013 CAFE Away 10/25
Thursday, October 24, 2013 CAFE Away 10/24
Wednesday, October 23, 2013 CAFE Away 10/23
Thursday, September 19, 2013 CAFE--Zentangle with Polly
Thursday, August 08, 2013 CAFE - Collage II with Darlene
Thursday, July 11, 2013 CAFE - Acrylic gel with Catherine POSTPONED
Thursday, June 13, 2013 CAFE - Collage with Darlene

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