Monday, July 14, 2014

The Art League of Alexandria, Va

July 12, 2014

 I titled this blog The Art League.  I am trying to decide which class to take there in the Fall.  My goal has been to improve my paintings of children, but overall just improving has always been my goal.  Here is a link the catalog if you are interested. 

The Art League Catalog

When I lived there it was so convenient to take classes from The Art League and there were so many outstanding teachers.  One semester I even took three classes.  Now that I live about an hour away, it is more difficult to drive to Northern Virginia from Fredericksburg. 

I've included notes from some of those classes in past blogs.  One blog was about Robert Johnson (if you use the search button you can find that post).  I took his workshops because I admired his paintings of flowers so much and have been painting some flowers from my garden lately.  Following what I learned from him here is  series of photos that loosely show the steps he uses. 
Loose placement of flowers and shadows

 Worked on front flower, continue to work all over canvas
Applied background

Decided to use carpet in foreground.  The vase looked better in earlier demo, might go back and rework the vase. 

By the way Robert Johnson has great demos on his website.

His book On Becoming a Painter is worth getting, too.  You can purchase it from his website.  I've almost worn out this book which I got autographed when I took the workshop.  I guess I'm a "groupie", at least one who greatly admires this artist's work. 



  1. Carol,

    Thanks for the write-up! I always love seeing different stages of paintings like this. Hope you are able to make it up for a class in the fall — for anyone else wondering about the catalog, we're working on the next one right now. It comes out at the end of July, and it will have classes for the fall through next summer.

    — George at The Art League

    1. Thank you for your helpful comment. We are watching for the catalog. There is a group from Fredericksburg ready to sign up and car pool to Alexandria. I can't wait to get back to the classes at The Art League. I loved every class I took there. Thanks again.

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