And never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And auld lang syne?
One of my favourites, that one seldom hears anymore, none the less, it came to mind while attending the Arteast 25th Anniversary Gala Dinner last week.
For those of you who aren't familiar with Arteast, it is an organization of both amateur and professional artists in Eastern Ontario, generally based in the east end of Ottawa. This is one of the largest and most active art organizations in the area and they have lots to offer artists... many exhibition spaces, monthly meetings with remarkable guest speakers, juried competitions, tours to places like the Musée des Beaux-arts in Montreal and other venues that appeal to members. It is a fabulous organization to belong to if you want to learn about art and being an artist. http://www.arteastottawa.com/
I joined Arteast in the early 1990s and got talked into being president in 1994 for a two year period, which I willingly admit was a wonderful learning and growing experience for me. I would recommend it to anyone wanting to learn the ropes in the art world as well as skills for the real world.
So, back to Auld Lang Syne... It was great to see so many people that I had lost track of over the years. Former members, presidents, directors and event coordinators were there. There were also many who weren't there for various reasons, and of course those who are no longer with us... people like Brita and Wolfgang Budde, Alice Alexanian, Margaret Clyde, Klari Karpati and many others of whom we think of and remember with fondness. Throughout the whole event there was an ongoing slide show of photos of members at events. It was amazing and took us on a wonderful walk down memory lane. Memories that mean more to me than I ever imagined that they would.
The dinner was excellent, the door prizes were amazing, there were presentations to all of the volunteers who kept the organization running like a fine-tuned spinning top this year. And then there was dancing. Well, talk about bopping to the oldies! The DJ had us pegged. It was impossible to keep some of those former presidents off the dance floor! (We have pictures!)
The event was in the planning stages for a year and a half, and volunteers put in many, many hours to make it perfect. And they achieved absolute success... without a doubt! Well done everyone!
For those of you not in Arteast's area, you might want to consider joining an art organization in your own area, or if there aren't any, why not start one? Creativity doesn't have to be a solitary thing! And come this New Year's Eve we can all tak' a cup o' kindness yet, for the sake of auld lang syne.
Today's Painting Tip: Glass Christmas Tree Ornaments
Every art and craft store that I go into these days has a display of clear glass ball ornaments in a variety of sizes and shapes. Several years ago I bought a bunch of them and my granddaughter and I decorated them. We offered them for sale at my studio open house, and they sold out quickly. Being the season, I thought I'd share this simple but very effective technique with you.
I use liquid/soft body acrylic paints, which I thin slightly with water so that they flow a little easier, but not to the point that the paint is runny. Sorry, you'll have to experiment with this to get it just right.
Pour several colours of paint into the glass ball, being sure to apply each of the colours in different areas of the ball. (Pipettes can be very useful.) Then start to slowly swirl the ball to spread the paint completely over the inner surface. I find three colours work best and if you can get your hands on them, TriArt Spectoral paints are fantastic for this as they give the appearance of glitter, which creates a very festive looking ornament. Metallic acrylic paints also work really well when combined with regular paints.
I then set the ornaments top up, with the metal hanger not in place, to dry. Some people prefer to set them upside down in a disposable plastic drink cup to drain the excess paint. This helps them dry faster, but I find if you leave the paint in you can swirl it around later if you find a thin or bare spot. Six of one, half a dozen of the other really. The choice is yours.
This week I painted the appliqué leaves. Because the background will be quite dark I wanted to make them less transparent, so I painted the back side of each leaf with Cadmium Yellow Medium. I chose this particular colour because of it's opacity and also because yellow is a colour that works with the fall colouring of the finished leaves, in case there are areas where it might show through the leaf.
That done, I painted the front of the leaves, starting with green. If you have looked at fall maple leaves you will see the green undertones from the glory days of summer just trying to hang on a little longer. Over that I applied browns, oranges and reds until I had a leaf that I was happy with, always leaving some of each of the previous colours showing through.
Once that was dry I brushed on a thin coat of Interference Orange paint to give the leaves a bit of shimmer, and then finally brushed some metallic gold over the texture high points for a bit of bling and to enhance the texture. The results are below...