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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

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: 

  1. Small can be freeing.  You don’t get bogged down in detail and the results are loose and lovely.  Study days feel like play days to me; there are no mistakes, just opportunities for exploring and having fun.
  2. You can see in a quick amount of time if your composition, values, and shapes are going to work.  If not, trash it, take it as a learned lesson, and move on to the next study. 
  3. Plan on doing at least six quick pieces.  First of all, WOW you have six pieces to add to your body of work.  Second, you’ve learned a lot about your subject by studying the lights and darks,your color notes and composition.
  4. Viola, you have a map for a big painting.  You KNOW it’s going to work and you know how you got there.
  5. Lastly, your small gems will be affordable treasures for new collectors who may not otherwise be able to afford your larger pieces.  It’s nice to be able to have something for everyone.

Would you like to come to my studio and take a one day class on small studies?  Check out my Studio Workshop Page for the next available class. I'd love to share the fun with you!

Happy Painting,

Caolyn Blaylock