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Susan Ogilvie is returning to Winston-Salem Ocober 20th - 24th. Please go under studio and then go to workshops for all of the info.

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  • Village Smith Gallery-Historic Reynolda Village, 
    Address: 119 Reynolda Village, Winston-Salem, NC 27106
    Phone:(336) 723-3653

         Contact: Sue Poovey

  • The Art Cellar,
    Address: 920 Shawneehaw Ave S, Banner Elk, NC 28604
    Phone:(828) 898-5175
    Banner Elk, NC

          Contact: Pam or Liz

  • The Little Art Gallery
    Address: 432 Daniels St, Raleigh, NC 27605
    Phone:(919) 890-4111
    Contact: Roseanne
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What's Happening This Week in the Studio

  • Finishing up an adorable portrait of Oakley, a scottish terrior, for the Richardson family in Colorado.
  • Packing up "Hattie" for her trip to her new home in Fort Worth, TEXAS!
  • Gessoing up canvas for brand new bears and cows for my fall October 4, 2014 show at The ART CELLAR in Banner Elk. 
  • Starting a big new aspen painting for the Beard family in Colorado.
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Art Quote of the Day

"First draw dog, then fleas. First paint apple, then worm holes." Sergei Bongart 

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Bright Off The Easel

The number one request I receive from my students is how to paint more loosely.  We humans have this need to take the crazy out of life and tighten everything up to be neat and organized. That’s great in your closet, but not so great when you want a loose and free painting.  I’ve found some very successful ways for my students to loosen up and they are easy for you to try.  They are a tad crazy, but they work!

  • Paint upside down. Yep, I am so serious.  Why? It turns “off” the left side of your brain, so you are painting what you see (shapes) and not what you know.  If you are painting from a photo, then turn it upside down too.
  • Paint with your opposite hand.  Now don’t moan. You will be so amazed at the results.  Again, you are a little out of control and that means your painting will be looser.  There’s a reason why kid’s art is so appealing; they don’t have the control in their hands yet.  So, let go and loosen up.
  • Put on some great music.  It’s amazing what a good rhythm will do for your brushwork.  Your brush will literally start dancing as you get swept up in the music. Two of my favorites: Vitamin String Quartet and Vivaldi.
  • Use BIG brushes.  Pick up a brush twice as big as you normally use. I like big, cheap painter brushes for my loose work. Magic!
  • Use a palette knife like I am in the photo above.
  • Use a big canvas and cover it quickly. The one I'm working on in the photo is 4 feet by 5 feet!  WHOA!
  • Hold your brush on the end like you would a violin bow.  Do NOT hold it like a pencil.  You want the brush to be loose in you hand so it can move freely.
  • Stand at arm’s length from your painting. 
  • Well, this one is kind of funny.  I’ve had a few night classes and served wine. It’s rather comical how students loosen up with a glass of wine.  I don’t recommend this for an all day painting session, but perhaps on a warm summer evening when you’re in the mood to paint, give the grapes a try! 

Happy Painting,

Carolyn Blaylock

I’m a gal who loves large canvas.  In fact, the bigger the canvas the better as far as I’m concerned.  However, I have to admit there are some great benefits to working in small size. Case in point: the 6” x 6” floral images shown above.  What fun they were to paint!  Here are the advantages I found: more