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Update Your Game with Graphite
Laurie will present her path to creativity, the phases of creative development and the benefits of sketching, including a few graphite exercises.
Laurie Szilvagyi is a graduate of the University of Texas at Dallas and is a member of the International Guild of Realism and Signature Member of the Tennessee Watercolor Society. Laurie’s work includes drawing, composition, watercolor and oil painting. Her watercolors have been recognized in national and international watercolor exhibits where she has received numerous awards including the Grumbacher Gold Medallion. She currently studies oil painting under the mentorship of Anthony Waichulis of ANI Academy. Most recently, Laurie’s ” Gentleman Jack” painting has been juried into the International Guild of Realism’s upcoming Spring Exhibition. For more details see our Member Highlights page.
Laurie was the President of the Tellico Art Guild for two years where she shared her STRETCH philosophy through Learning Labs and a variety of workshops. Over the past twelve years, Laurie has been teaching drawing, oil painting and watercolor workshops in Tennessee since retiring from a fifteen-year business career. Laurie’s teaching style is fun and expressive with written exercises and a formal presentation. Laurie demonstrates the same professionalism in her art workshops as she did as a Certified Management Consultant leading large system change projects for a major utility in Michigan.
Website: Laurie’s artwork is held in private collections and can be viewed on her Webpage: szilvagyiart.com, Facebook and Instagram.
NOTE: This meeting will be held online via Zoom. A Zoom invite will be sent out to all current members prior to the meeting on March 18.
A Family of Painters in Poland
Travel with us to Poland where Roch Urbaniak, joined by his parents, Maciej & Alicja will show us photos of their art studios in Krakow, their three different styles of artwork, and discuss how they each handle similar themes differently.
All three are graduates of the Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow, and active painters. Maciej & Alicja have been well known on the Polish art scene for over 30 years. Roch has been working as an artist since graduation in 2011. In addition to being an acrylic painter he is also a comic book creator and author of two books for children.
Alicja creates lively landscapes and still life paintings using a flattened and simplified style with a diversity of colors, shapes and textures.
Maciej’s paintings are decorative, figurative and provocative often in a color palette inspired by Tuscany and Provence
Roch, inspired by myth and legends, uses the language of magic realism to create intricate and elaborate paintings in the style of illustration.
AGTV Members will receive a Zoom invitation a few days prior to the event.
Alicja & Maciej’s website: http://urbaniak.krakow.pl/en/
Roch’s website http://rochurbaniak.com/
Telling the story of Native People with pigment
David Fadden is an artist from Onchiota, New York. He is a member of the Wolf Clan of the Mohawk Tribe, one of the Six Nations of the Iroquois Confederacy. Dave is known for his semi-abstract portraiture of Native Americans using a mosaic technique.
Dave also operates The Six Nations Museum in Onchiota, New York founded by his grandfather, Ray Fadden in 1954. Its design reflects the architecture of a traditional Haudenosaunee (Six Iroquois Nations Confederacy) bark house. The museum has over 3,000 artifacts with an emphasis on the Six Nations tribes.
This Youtube video featuring Dave’s father John Fadden provides an overview of why his father, Ray Fadden focused his life to sharing the history of the Iroquois Nation: https://youtu.be/r1gVVB8Ocyg
NOTE: This meeting will be held online via Zoom. A Zoom invite will be sent out to all current members prior to the meeting on January 21.
For our Thursday, December 17th meeting, we are very proud to feature one of our members, Claire Payne.
Claire discovered and explored her passion for art through her own personal life-journeys. As often happens, the journeys took her through good times as well as bad, and art gave her a means to survive, conquer, and rejoice in the celebration and joy of life. During the 2020 COVID pandemic, Claire focused her artistic talent to develop “Agnes and Her Escapades”, delivering an often-humorous outlook on a challenging time.
Watercolor is Claire’s favorite medium, but she also enjoys trying her hand at collage and abstract textures.
Claire’s work has been accepted into international juried shows as well as the International Society of Experimental Art. She has been recognized at the Watercolor Art Society-Houston, and she has won numerous 1st-place awards in local art-league shows.
“I love the vibrant colors and the exciting freedom of painting in watercolor. My work is impressionistic, although representational for the most part. I also enjoy abstract mixed media. I paint for pure pleasure and the fun of the art.” Claire Payne
NOTE: This meeting will be held online via Zoom. A Zoom invite will be sent out to all current members prior to the meeting on December 17.
Soon Y. Warren is a full time artist, teacher and workshop instructor nationally and internationally. She has an Associate degree in commercial art. Soon Y. had numerous exhibitions and earned numerous awards. Soon Y. is a signature member of National Watercolor Society (NWS), American Watercolor Society (AWS), Southern Watercolor Artist (SW), Texas Watercolor Society, Purple Sage Brush (TWS), Transparent Watercolor Society (TWSA) and more.
Her paintings and articles have been published in many times in Artist’s Magazine, Watercolor Magic Magazine, North Light Book, Southwest Art Magazine, Watercolor Artist Magazine, International Artist Magazine, The Art of Watercolour, and Pratique des Arts.
Also, her paintings were included in Splash: The Best of Watercolor 8, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17. 18 and 19, and published in Strokes of Genius: The Best of Drawing of 3 and 4. She published in two watercolor instructional books; “Vibrant Flowers in Watercolor” with F&W Publication, (North Light Book); “Painting Vibrant Watercolor: Discover the Magic of Light, Color and Contrast (North Light Book); Participated in the book, “Watercolor Secret,” with one chapter, “Create Drama with Bold Composition.” She also created 7 DVDs; Top Vibrant Watercolor Techniques; Vibrant Watercolor Techniques Painting Glass; Vibrant Watercolor Techniques Painting Water; Painting Silver; Painting Flowers; Color Effects; Marbles and Reflections.
Her paintings are in permanent collections of private, corporate and educational institution in national and internationally. She is represented by Your Private Collection Art Gallery Granbury, Texas and Southwest Gallery in Dallas, Texas.
NOTE: This meeting will be held online via Zoom. A Zoom invite will be sent out to all current members prior to the meeting on November 19.
Watercolors – “Loose & Impressionistic”
After studying art through High School, Doug went on to college where he applied his passion for art & architecture culminating in graduation in 1971 in Architectural Technology. For the next 30 years he enjoyed a successful business career in the Hamilton, Ontario area until early retirement in 2002. Throughout his business career he studied with several well-known Canadian and American watercolourists, which laid the groundwork for his second and current career as a watercolour artist and instructor.
Doug’s painting approach is uniquely ‘loose and impressionistic’ and he was influenced early on by the colour and compositions of John Singer Sargent and the design philosophy of Edgar Whitney. Today he follows a Whitney-like instructional style for his workshops with proven results. His daily demonstrations, lessons and critiques utilize the Design Elements and the Principles of Design, all of which form the basis for his workshops.Doug is an elected member of the prestigious – Canadian Society of Painters in Water Colour (CSPWC) and he is Past-President of the Central Ontario Art Association (COAA). His enthusiasm for the watercolour medium along with his pragmatic and light-hearted approach, all lead to a stress-free and enjoyable experience.
NOTE: This meeting will be held online via Zoom. A Zoom invite will be sent out to all current members prior to the meeting on October 15.
During Doug’s presentation, he will refer to the following images:
Here is the watercolor that Doug painted during his demonstration