Thursday, December 18, 2008
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
He also has a new book of his comics coming out this spring- his last book is available at
Changing Hands in Tempe, and Borders anywhere. Happy Birthday Tony
Monday, December 1, 2008
Monday, November 24, 2008
Geri's website and blog- www.geriacosta.com
Monday, November 17, 2008
I have a new home for my paintings, the
Artistic Mystic Gallery in Chandler, Az. The owner Deborah Silvis will feature my paintings, from Mid-January into February with a "Southwest Winter" theme. That allows me to paint snow in New Mexico, Arizona desert and up north in the pines. It is a cute place with a wide variety of artwork including glass and ceramics. Check it out at www.artisticmysticgallery.com and go meet Deborah at the shop in the NW corner of Warner & Alma School. I plan to paint one real large piece and several smaller pieces of winter in our Southwest. That might include snow covered cactus or little wildflowers coming up early in the season. I am real excited to have this opportunity to show my work here in the Valley.
Sunday, November 9, 2008
Monday, November 3, 2008
Monday, October 27, 2008
Friday, October 24, 2008
This image was done by Barbara Burton, a printmaker & bookmaker who's work is extraordinary! She just concluded a group show at the Chandler Center for the Arts and we are privileged to have her as one of our instructors at The Artist Studio in Phoenix. On Friday, Oct. 31st 10:am - 1:00pm she will have a workshop where students( ages 13 & up) will use objects they find at The Farm to create a small series of prints. No matter what your usual medium or even if you have no art background you will benefit from hearing how Barbara works and creates. You can call the Cottage to register at 602-268-5905. www.artstudio-thefarm.org
Sunday, October 19, 2008
What did I learn today? That it is more fun to teach students who want to learn than those who argue with you all the time! I learned to set back and not assume what I see when I put it down. After making a major blunder with one of my Cottage paintings, (perspective TOTALLY off), I am sketching and working on the basics again of perspective. It is never good to see your error in a painting that is already framed and on the wall or sent out to the public. UGH. Live and learn! Check out our new classes and try something new. And don't wait till 2009, you'll be too busy then too. The Farm: 32nd St. between Baseline & Southern in Phx.
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
One of my favorite art suppliers is Judson Art Supplies in Colorado. I have one of their little thumboxes (6"x8") that is so sturdy it has survived all kinds of abuse. This month I am the Artist of the Month on their website. It has been great in getting me connected to new students and clients. Their customer service is great being a small business they really want you to be happy with their products.
This week starts my residency at The Farm at South Mountain where I get to paint on the grounds for the next 6 weeks. I am also the Coordinator for the Art Classes held there. Starting this Sunday and also Tuesdays I will be teaching oil painting classes. I really enjoy taking people who have reached a spot and can't seem to move on and help them step up. Or the brand new beginner afraid to put paint down on that blank canvas. Check out the website for updates. Now that the weather here in Phx. has finally cooled off everyone is out. This is a gorgeous time here and yes we have a bit of fall color. www.artstudio-thefarm.org
Monday, October 6, 2008
Saturday, September 27, 2008
Sunday, September 14, 2008
I will be teaching oil painting classes on Sunday afternoons and on Tuesday mornings, children's art classes on Sat. mornings with Barbara Schoepf, and oil painting classes with Toni Perrin. The calendar is being updated every few days as we get the details ironed out.
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Estes Park is a small friendly town just outside the entrance to the Rocky Mountain National Park. A week long painting event ending with a Quick Draw on Saturday morning, Aug. 23rd. Artists had 90 minutes to pick your spot, paint and bring up your painting for auction. Alot of artist's take issue with these quick draws, I find them fun. It forces you to make decisions, good or bad, the public enjoys seeing the paint fly and I hope it give them a bit of courage to give painting a try. Besides lots of pine trees and mountains around us, there were a couple of still lifes set up. I chose a huge bouquet of sunflowers. This piece is a 12" x 12" oil and can be found at the Earthwood Collections on Elkwood Ave in Estes Park, along with 5 other paintings of the area that I completed during this event. The weather was crazy with even some snow fall and alot of rain. Everything was vibrant greens and there were still many summer flowers to be found in the meadows. Check out www.earthwoodartisans.com to learn about this gallery in Estes Park and also their gallery in Boulder, on 1213 Pearl St. You can now find my work at this location also. This link explains the event very well: www.estesarts.com/EstesParkPleinAir/index.asp
The scenery at the RMNP is amazing, snow on the peaks, spruce, huge ponderosa pines, aspen, waterfalls, elk walking around in town, moose, fox and peace and quiet. It is about 80 miles from Denver and so worth a trip to see. Oh, and the cute little guy up in the photo? He was the local art critic who walked over my wet painting, leaving his comment and foot prints in the wet oil. I had to dig out is "remarks" before framing and turning in the painting. All part of the fun of painting outdoors!
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Seems like late August is a good time to visit this National Park. There are lots of camping spots and the trails are busy but not like they were two weeks ago. Once the kids all get back in school the roads open up and the weather is still nice. Be ready thought for change, as I found out, sunny warm then wham in comes a big cold front. Check out the website www.wunderground.com for the latest images of weather patterns. REAL helpfull, and up to the minute information. Also check out the webcam on www.mcgregormountainlodge.com . These cabins are reasonably priced, very clean and just outside the entrance to the Park and close to town. Very quiet at night since it is located on the road going into the Park. This Park and the town of Estes Park is a great location for a getaway. Wonderful views, fun shopping, good food/brewery, hiking and overwheming painting views.
Sunday, August 10, 2008
to see some great views of the mountains. At www.earthwoodartisans.com you will see info on the hosting gallery. www.rockymountainnationalpark.com will give you a glimpse of what there is to see. Waterfalls, clean clear streams, moose, elk, and lots of green.
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Friday, July 11, 2008
Monday, July 7, 2008
4'x 5' !!! Don't let the size of the canvas be an issue at all as to what goes on it or how. Treat them the same with the same plan for strong composition, placement, no matter if it is a 6"x8" little canvas board that hardly fits on the easel or a canvas measured in feet. Easier said than done, but it does help to force yourself to switch sizes regularly with in the same week if possible. Try it. At first it will make you crazy.
Thursday, July 3, 2008
Sometimes a part-time low paying job can turn into a career. That's what happened to my eldest son Tony who did a cartoon strip for the State Press at ASU while a student there. He won an MTV contest that gave him an opportunity for a syndicated deal with United Media. His cartoon FMINUS is now all over the country. At the great independent bookstore, Changing Hands in Tempe, he is teaching teens how to draw cartoons. Check out spreadthefword.com for details or the Changing Hands website. Am I proud, you bet. He can draw unbelievable portraits and figures having studied under Henry Stinson since high school. Hard work and long hours have really paid off. Check out fminus.net, and any of the cartoons with terrible parents, are NOT us! Who said you can't make a living with an art degree. Go Ton!
Sunday, June 29, 2008
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
Plein-Air painting has it's advantages, you get to paint outdoors instead of the studio for one. It also has it's challenges, like horses that don't really like your easel. This lovely horse was sure I had a treat and just wasn't sharing, he knocked over my whole easel to get my attention. This green pastured scene is in the tiny town of Cornville Arizona. This property is bordered by Oak Creek. The painting on the easel is now at the Joyous Lake Gallery. Next time I am up there, I am bringing some carrots.
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
Saturday, June 14, 2008
This coming October -November I will be the Artist in Residence at The Farm at South Mountain. My plan is to spend as much time as I can down there painting on the old farm buildings, the rows of herbs & flowers, and teach some plein-air classes. Here is another painting called The Red Cottage, looking west at the back of the property. Even in the summer there is alot of shade, right now the flowers are everywhere and a bit of weeding needs done. Everyone who works here pitches in to help with cleaning, weeding, what ever is needed. They have alot of exciting plans for The Farm, to keep it an oasis in the urban scene. This summer in June, and in August, the restaurant right next to the Artist Studio, Quinessence , will be open on Friday & Saturday nights. The Cottage will be open at the same time, they carry the work of all the artists that teach and help out here. I'll keep you posted of the Tuesday morning class, and the one day workshops in painting being set up for Oct/Nov. Come down on a hot summer night, have a great meal and check out the artwork. You will not be disappointed.
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
The concept is simple, you log on and post your painting, and exactly where you were when you painted it. This means anywhere in the world! They are using google maps so you can actually see where the paintings were done. How cool is that! While you are at it, sign up for the Bravura Academy newsletter, they have extraordinary teachers in wonderful settings. Start saving now for a trip to Spain. Hey, life is short, and you won't be sorry for any travel you do. This painting was done in Payson, Az and is at the Joyous Lake Gallery this summer.
Monday, June 9, 2008
Sunday, May 25, 2008
The letter came and I made it into the Estes Park Plein-Air Event this August. This was so much fun last year, and such a challenge for me. The subject matter could not be more different, the greens are crazy bright, skys cool blues, everything is vivid. A good reason to apply to shows in places far from home is to get out of your comfort zone, both in climate, people, colors and scenes. You have to really look at the values and colors, not make fast assumptions. You often see painters who painted a scene on a tropical beach with their favorite palette. Not the colors they see but what they are used to using. That is why there are so many terrible desert paintings, often done by artists still using their west coast colors - not really looking at the desert plants but assuming too much about what they think they see. Both the Frank Bette Event and Estes Park will be a stretch. The first couple of days are usually very frustrating, without much success. Lots of scraping. Once that is out of my system, I paint for me. Then it works. Hopefully this year I will only have to scrape off one day, we will see. I plan to post my paintings that are keepers on my website and blog during my trips. I hope that you might learn from what I learned, the good, bad and the ugly. Let's hope for more good! The Paint-out starts on Aug.9th with the Quick Draw & Receptions on Saturday, Aug. 23.
Sunday, May 18, 2008
Thursday, May 15, 2008
Saturday, May 10, 2008
For all you ladies that braved the heat to start your venture into watercolor today- thank you. I was so worried that May 10th would be a record high in the 100's, it got warm, but everyone seemed to have fun anyway. I hope you were able to relax, just paint and not worry about how good it was, or any one making a judgment on your work. Hold next Mothers Day as the day you will pull out this first journal and look at your first watercolor. Even if you can only draw in your journal once a week or less, you will still see improvement. Don't hesitate to write me with any problems or just maybe you need a little push to the next level. If I can't answer your questions I will find out who can! Read further down this blog to see more into on other watercolor artists who are great with journals and some cool assignments to try with your paints. Watch my website and this blog for info on next fall at The Farm. I will be the artist in res. there in late October. Plans are in the works for some day long workshops in oils, watercolors and maybe some printmaking. Oil painting lessons will be once a week during that time, set around the beginner, or someone who used to work in oils but it was a very loooooong time ago. You can write me at cindyLcarrillo@yahoo.com or email@example.com. My website is www.cindycarrillo.com. Keep your w/c bag with you all the time, the heat in the car won't have any effect on it at all. Everyone has to start somewhere, the best artists all were beginners at one time. Put away your expectations and paint. Stop by Jerry's Art store and check out all the cool watercolors & supplies. Have fun, and just Paint!
Sunday, April 27, 2008
Thursday, April 24, 2008
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Friday, April 18, 2008
hope to never again see a lime green desert painting----- So, check out the websites and the artwork of fellow artists who paint in lands far different from your own. Like Hawaii- If you have a trip coming up there check out any shows that might be going on, or a paint-out you could attend. Contact the group for information. Artist are generally a friendly, sharing bunch, with the few crabby exceptions. www.pleinairpaintersofhawaii.com
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
Sunday, April 13, 2008
Wednesday, April 9, 2008
One cool thing but somewhat dangerous thing about having a comic strip author as your son is you might get a personal comic for your birthday. Here was my gift I saw when I opened up this mornings Tribune- he pokes fun at us artists and how overly serious we take our profession. You can see more of his comics at www.fminus.net or just look in your local paper each morning. No he is not sensitive, but FUNNY! Thank you Tony for letting me start my day with a laugh, again.
Tuesday, April 8, 2008
Oprah's Big Give
My submission was selected by ABC5/KECY-TV/Fox 9 for Oprah's Big Give. My project is to raise enough money to fully remodel/repair the kitchen and dining area of Crossroads Mission in . The Mission's kitchen serves 400 meals a day. In fact, they provide 100,000 meals a year. It needs mold resistent materials, more basic silverware, a convection oven that cooks evenly and consistently, a salad area with 'sneeze guards', tables and chairs, the list goes on.
If Crossroads raises more money or in-kind donations than the other groups in the competition, the Big Give will give another $4000 on top of whatever we make. I want not only to enable the Crossroads Mission kitchen to pass needed inspections, but to go beyond that and really upgrade the kitchen capabilities. The thing is we need to have any gift in no later than . By winning, Crossroads Mission will also be recognized nationally on Oprah's Big Give program on ABC-TV.
Crossroads Mission is a non-profit organization approaching its 50th anniversary. It addresses the needs of the homeless, the displaced, those broken by dependency on alcohol or drug abuse. Wherever they are from, they come to Crossroads looking to make a new start in life. Crossroads maintains a family shelter and a mens shelter, A drug and alcohol recovery program. A career center and a thrift store. A great deal in the way of clothing, furniture and other necessities are given to the needy thanks to the generosity of the community. The Mission reaches out to the disadvantaged and displaced to help them refocus on their life's goals. Crossroads Mission is there to provide love and support when oftentimes no one else seems to care.
If you are moved to help financially, make out the check to Crossroads Mission, with 'Big Give' in the memo section. A receipt for tax purposes will be provided. Please pass on this message to others you believe would be interested.
Send to: Mike Shelton,
Monday, April 7, 2008
Tuesday, April 1, 2008
I have always done crafts of some sort, from the time I was little making my Barbies clothes, paperdolls, and it's not that different now. One fascination I have had is with beautiful papers. Many years ago a dear friend of mine and I had a small greeting card Co., we used handmade papers and anything cool to create our cards. That is when I learned to really enjoy paper as much as fabric. I still enjoy it and work with papers to create my yearly ornaments that I send my friends and clients at Christmas. Just this week I made Awards for the Tucson Plein Air Painter show coming up on Saturday. This morning I got news that the place I get my paper and get so much inspiration from , the Paper Studio in Tempe was burglarized. Their insurance policy does not cover that so they are really hurting. Being a small business owner I know how devastating something like this can be. They are forced now to only be open on Saturdays and they had to let staff go. I know that my husband's business is like a family so we know this is tough. Cindy Iverson and her husband have worked very hard to get their business going with quality product and good customer service. If you have never been to their store in Tempe, then please set aside some time and go by. Shop their online service if possible. Buy a friend a gift certificate, or sign up for a class.
www.paperstudio.com The Paper Studio 480-557-5700
We are open to the public on Saturdays 10am to 5pm. We are located at 520 E. Southern Avenue in beautiful Tempe, Arizona. The cross streets are Southern Avenue, one block west of Rural Road at the NWC of Southern and McAllister. If you take the I-60 freeway, exit at Rural road and head about a mile north to Southern Avenue.
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
*Sunday, April 13th to $20.00/$30.00Kit
Watercolor Journals & Sketchbooks
* Saturday, April 26th -11:00am $20.00
Plein-Air Painting-How to prepare? What do I pack?
Thursday, March 20, 2008
On Saturday April 5th the Tucson Plein Air Painters will be having their Distinguished Artist Show at the Arizona Desert Sonora Museum in Tucson. If you haven't been down to the Museum you should go. It is 12 miles west (take Speedway west)of Tucson. It is really a desert zoo with animal exhibits and incredible lush desert views and trails. Check their website to see all the events happening there at www.desertmuseum.org/arts. There is a real nice restaurant there also. The TPAPS artists show is an annual show with paintings from the juried Artist members. There are 30 artists participating with 90 paintings. On Saturday, the 5th starting early in the morning the artists will be painting on the grounds, they will turn in their wet paintings around noon. Those paintings will be shown along with 90 other works already hanging. At 2:00pm the Reception starts where the awards will be announced for 1,2,3rd and a special award given by the director of the Ironwood Gallery. Top prize is $1,000. so it should be fun. The reception will have finger foods, and a wine bar. It is rare to be able to watch this many artist of this level at one location painting. If you would like a free pass for April5th for two, email me your snail mail address and I will get one out to you. There will be an Online Show on www.tpaps.com site where you can enjoy the paintings. But remember the images are only as good as your monitor, you can't see brush strokes or bits of dirt in the paint. Not that you'll ever see that in my paintings- Actually one artist Bill Hartmann mixes the dirt at the scene in with his paint. The show opens on the 5th and runs till May 18th. Make a day trip out of it, if you come down for a weekend, Old Tucson movie studios are located just a couple of miles from the Museum and that is fun.
Friday, March 14, 2008
Some time ago I was introduced to watercolor journals. The class I took made us go and sketch in our little sketchbook down at terminal 4 at the Px airport. It was scary but it sure got me over the jitters about drawing/painting in front of people. It forced me to draw, and to realize that I do have time to improve my drawing. I didn't have to set aside a chunk of my valuable time to do it. I kept my little watercolor book with me all the time, even while waiting for kids to come out of practice, in my car, at the doctors office, just everywhere. Even a few minutes here and there helped me improve, and it made me relax, allowed me even if for just a few minutes to do something for myself. Now I am very fortunate that I can focus my time on my artwork, but through those years of juggling kids, job, house, kids, oh, I said that one, I couldn't use them as an excuse for why I wasn't drawing. On Sat. May 10th down at the Farm I am teaching a watercolor journal class for people who are intimidated, with drawing and painting but want to just give it a try. You will get a bag with tiny travel size watercolor supplies, lunch will come down from the Santa Barbara Catering Co. there on the grounds. We will eat, meet each other, and I will get you started on how to use all the wonderful little goodies in the travel bag. My hope is that you will draw, you will paint, even if it is just a little at a time. Then when a time comes that you can devote more time to your artwork, you will be at a much more controlled level in your ability. Don't let the years go by just waiting till all the stars fall into place, that ain't going to happen. Try it you just might like it. Call the Farm (602-268-5905) to make your reservation, call your mom or a good girl friend and ask her to join you. If you come alone, you will make a new friend during the class.