Tuesday, November 15, 2016

New Winter Class Schedule






NEW WINTER CLASS SCHEDULE
Ann Feldman in Cooperation with
the Barrington Cultural Arts Center

I hope you can join us in the Ice House Mall Studio in Barrington for my winter classes.  We covered a lot of ground in the fall with topics such as palette knife painting, simplifying landscapes, and painting glass.  Participants try their hands at new techniques, or bring in their own projects to work with a bit of guidance.

My winter schedule will be: 

December 9th, January 13, February 3, February 24, and March 17.

Class starts at 9:30 with a demo or lecture from me, then everyone paints until noon.  We break for lunch and resume from 1:00 to 3:30.  The class fee is $65 for a full day, $35 for a half day.  Send me an email with your preference.  Prepayment will hold your spot— I even accept Paypal! 

Looking forward to seeing you there! 



  


Monday, October 31, 2016

"Early Snow, Colorado", 9x12"


"Early Snow" is a demo piece I painted for my workshop in Huntley a few weeks ago.  I used this painting to show how to simplify complex scenes into three values (light, middle, and dark)to make the job of painting a bit easier.  It was painted entirely using a palette knife, so simplification was very important!

This painting was purchased by one of the students in the class (thank you Marcie).

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

"Clementines and Blue Jar", 8x10"


This little painting is a demo piece that I did for a class on painting glass last week.  I love painting glass.  It forces me to slow way down and observe what is in front of me, rather than letting my brain say "OK I got this", and painting what I think I see.

For purchase information, please click on Ann Feldman Clementines.


Here are some basic steps I follow when I paint glass.


Here's my reference.


I start by drawing in the basic shapes of the still life, including the shape of the glass object.




I paint in the shadows of the objects, including the shadows showing through the glass.



I look for the turning edges of the glass-- sometimes these edges are lighter and sometimes they are darker than the glass object.  These edges describe the shape and transparency of the object.  The last things to add are the highlights on the glass, typically nearest the light source, such as the highlight on the rim of the bottle.

Glass is a challenge, but it is almost always a rewarding one!




Tuesday, October 18, 2016

"Illinois", 12x9"


Last weekend was misty and damp, but my little group of plein air painters decided to load up our gear and head out into the fields of Veteran's Park in Crystal Lake.  It was worth the effort-- the dampness brought out some beautiful fall color.  

After we set up and started painting, we heard a stampede of runners bearing down on us.  Little did we know we had chosen to paint in the path of a cross country competition.  We scurried out of the way, took a deep breath, and started again.  We hardly noticed the wheezing and clomping going on behind us throughout the morning.

Friday, October 14, 2016

"The Road to Somewhere", 10x8"


Last week, I taught a workshop called "Painting Dynamic Landscapes from Photos" at the Pencil and Palette Club in Huntley, Illinois.  "The Road to Somewhere" is a small demo I painted for the group.




Here is my reference photo-- with WAY too much information for me to process into a coherent design.  I needed to simplify this photo into 3 values (light, middle, and dark) to be able to see my way through it.



Have you heard of the Value Viewer App?  It's a super simple app put out by Plein Air Magazine which allows you to download your own photo into the program, and it will simplify it into 3 values for you.  Artists have been creating value studies in charcoal and monochromatic paintings for centuries to guide their painting process.  This little app just makes things easier and quicker, especially if you're outside with limited time!

I love to paint from the 3 value study-- I often put away the original photo until the very end.  This way, I can play with any colors I like (as long as they are in the correct value ranges).  And I often come up with a painting that looks more exciting than my photo.

I think that the most successful landscapes are actually quite simple and strong.  Using a three value "map" allows me to nail down the composition right from the start.

For purchase information, please click on Ann Feldman Road to Somewhere.





Thursday, September 15, 2016

"Summer Windowsill", 9x12"



There's still quite a lot of activity in my garden during these early days of fall, but the light is slanting lower which is my reminder that these days are numbered and fleeting.  I roam about with shears in hand, ready to harvest the most colorful remaining blooms.

I'm on my way to Taos, New Mexico to study with Carolyn Anderson.  A few years back, I took a workshop with her in New Harmony, and she changed the way I see and paint forever.  I felt like it was time for a refresher course, so off I go!  I will share with you new insights and approaches to painting which she shares with us next week.

For purchase information, please click on Ann Feldman Windowsill.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

"Churchladies", 14" x 11"

"Churchladies"

Last time I was visiting daughter Emily in Boston, I saw this lovely trio headed down a side street.  It was late Sunday morning, and from their white dresses and shoes (not to mention the top hat) I deduced that they were heading home from church.   I tried to capture their dignity and perhaps a bit of fatigue on that morning.

I'm happy to tell you that this painting has been juried into the Oil Painters of America national salon show.  The exhibition will be held at the Castle Gallery in Fort Wayne, Indiana from Sept 30 through October 29, 2016.  If you are in the area, it would be well worth your time to stop by and see 275 spectacular representational oil paintings from all of North America. 



Tuesday, July 5, 2016

"Jack As A Young Man", 12x16"

 "Jack As A Young Man"


"Claire"

In addition to painting en plein air once a week this summer, I am painting from models in Bill Schneider's studio.  I'm considering this time as sort of a mini-camp, to sharpen my observational skills and broaden my horizons.  Everyone in our little group has something to contribute, from a new outdoor vista to try, to introducing a new model to our group.  

Jack is the son of a friend of mine, and when I met him for the first time I thought that I would love to paint him.  He is that wonderful age somewhere between boyhood and manhood, and we all loved the challenge of trying to capture that moment.  Claire is a Barrista at Starbucks, and her coloring and translucent skin were lovely to paint. I told myself not to fuss with her portrait too much, leaving it loose and impressionistic.






Monday, June 27, 2016

"Thunderheads", 14x11"


This summer, I've been trying to get myself out there and paint "en plein air" about once a week. I have a small group of intrepid artist friends who enjoy throwing all their gear into their cars, then strapping it on their backs and hiking around until we find just the right spot.  "Thunderheads" was going quite nicely until we were pelted by hail in an open field.

"The Marsh", 7x5" oil on canvas

"The Marsh" was painted from a rickety bridge which hovered over snapping turtles.  I decided to forgo any art supplies that fell into the water that day.



"The Pond at Horizon Farms", 7x5"

Life and limb were not in jeopardy for this little study, but I thought I'd share it because it shows my equipment and my method of first completing a little black and white sketch before I dive in with paint.  You can see it above the painting in this photo.  These sketches help me map out what I want to accomplish in my painting.  I may decide to create a larger painting of my plein air piece when I get home, or I may just leave well enough alone.

We remain undaunted, and shall continue to paint outdoors, come what may.  







Tuesday, June 21, 2016

"The Cottage Garden", 8 x 10"


Last weekend I painted with some friends at the Barrington Country Garden Faire, benefitting the Hands of Hope.  There were so many little scenes to paint, we could stay there for weeks and paint our little hearts out.

I will donate the proceeds from the sale of this painting to the Hands of Hope, benefitting women and children in Africa.  Please drop me a line if you are interested.

Click on Ann Feldman Cottage for purchase information.


Sunday, May 22, 2016

"Michelle", 11x14" oil on gesso board


This painting of Michelle was done from life last week, and I painted it in Bill Schneider's studio in Crystal Lake.  The lighting there was different for me, so I found myself with a final product with colors that look different from most of my work.  I was intrigued by the way that the muted palette made the portrait appear kind of old fashioned, and maybe even a bit timeless.

For information on purchasing this portrait, please click on Ann Feldman, Michelle.

Monday, May 2, 2016

"A Slice of Life", 10 x 8", oil on gessoboard

 "A Slice of Life"

The exhibition at the J. Petter Gallery in Saugatuck was a wonderful success.  A big shout-out to my great friend and fellow artist Barb Benstein who went along with me and supported me in every way. I so enjoyed meeting all that dropped by to say hello, and I even had a chance to paint a little still life that afternoon.  A few paintings were purchased, and a great time was had by all.

Special thanks to Juli, Karen, and all my friends at the J. Petter Gallery for making the afternoon such a success.

For purchase information, please click on Ann Feldman Slice of Life.


 Here I am, getting ready to paint, surrounded by my paintings.
I feel so fortunate to have this gallery exhibiting my work.


"Les Mandarines" found a new home.

If you'll be in the Saugatuck area in the next month, I hope you'll drop by to see the exhibit!

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

"Produce From Limoux" and a Presentation in Saugatuck

"Produce From Limoux",  14x11"  Oil on Linen

I started this painting on a rainy day in France.  The produce stands in Limoux' central square were brimming with the most beautiful fruits and vegetables, so we loaded up our baskets with the intention of painting them when the weather turned inclement.  Luckily, we had a spacious basement with good lighting where we could spread out and paint whenever we wanted.  Some amazing paintings were produced in that basement that week!

For purchase information, please click on Ann Feldman Limoux

Do you have plans on April 16th?  Consider a road trip to Saugatuck, Michigan to visit me as I paint at the J. Petter Gallery from 3 to 6pm.  Enjoy tasting some new wine and meander through the gallery to see all their beautiful new art.  I would love to see you there!  The details are below:



J. PETTER GALLERIES
April 2016 Events
Petter Art Gallery & Petter Wine Gallery
One of the largest and oldest fine art galleries in West Michigan with a cozy boutique wine bar and gourmet retail shop.

Sat. April 16th 3 to 6pm - Artist Demo & Reception, Ann Feldman
All Month April 1 to 30 - Art Exhibition, Still Lives in Focus
Sat. April 30 4 to 6pm - Wine School, Spring Sips and Picks

with Ann Feldman
Still Lifes, Landscapes, Portraits

Saturday - April 16th from 3pm to 6pm
We are pleased to invite you to an artist reception and open house for Ann Feldman.  Meet Ann and enjoy delicious refreshments while she paints on site.  Stop in to see how her varying techniques with pallet knife and brush allow her to convey light and shadow.


Featuring art from Philomene Bennett, Ann Feldman and Cindy Peterson
A still life experience.

On exhibition all month - April 1 to 30, 2016
This April we celebrate our artists who live in the moment at our 'Still Lives in Focus'.  Philomene's large scale paintings are splashed with vibrant and bold color.  Ann's work is filled with touches of light and composed of rich beauty.  Cindy creates still life contemporary work with an 'old master' feel.  Join us as we celebrate 'Still Lives in Focus'.

    

Live in the moment this month at J. Petter Galleries.
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Featuring Sommelier Stuart
Spring & Summer Picks

Saturday - April 30, 2016 from 4 to 6pm
It is time for our April Wine School with some exciting wines for the upcoming spring and summer season.  Join us with Sommelier Stuart for a fun and educational afternoon of tasting wines.  Price is $25 per person, includes wine tastes and appetizer pairings.  Take advantage of special pricing on wine school selections. To RSVP phone 269-857-2230 or emailinfo@jpettergalleries.com with name(s) and contact information to save your place at the table.
Cheers wineaux!

Monday, March 28, 2016

Sunday, March 20, 2016

"Montmartre Impression", 9x12" and a Letter to the Atlantic Monthly

 I created this painting of Montmartre very loosely, using a palette knife for most of it.  I loved the juxtaposition of the serene domes of Sacre Couer overlooking the hustle and bustle of the merchants and tourists below.  For purchase information, please click on Ann Feldman Montmartre.

I was shocked to learn recently that a letter I sent to the editor of the Atlantic Monthly had been published.  I wrote it hastily and emotionally, then clicked "send" and thought nothing more of it.  My doctor told me that he was pleased to read my letter in the latest issue, and you could have knocked me over with a feather.  It dealt with the topic of Art in the Marketplace, so you may find it interesting.  Here it is:




Monday, March 14, 2016

"A Paris Cafe", 12x9"


The warm days were numbered as fall took hold in Paris.  Cafe goers took their time enjoying the last rays of sunshine in this restaurant next to the Siene River.  I love painting my memories of France.  Moments like this one become vivid, and I feel as if I'm experiencing them all over again.

For purchase information, please click on Ann Feldman Paris Cafe.


Monday, January 11, 2016

"Old Town", 8x10"

"Old Town", 8x10", oil on gesso board 

With the frigid weather tapping at our windows here in Chicago, I felt the need to paint a memory from balmy, tropical Puerto Rico.  Did you know that the bricks that pave the streets in San Juan are blue ceramic?  I also learned that it is an unspoken rule in this colonial area that no two buildings or houses should be painted the same color.  Everywhere you look is a cacophony of riotous color: canary yellow, cantaloupe orange, aqua blue, parrot green.

As is the Feldman way, we packed into rental cars, left San Juan and traveled to the tiny town of Rincon on the other side of the island.  I dared myself to learn to body surf in the crashing waves, and succeeded with my pride and bathing suit intact.  I also bit into the best Cuban sandwich ever made at a roadside diner while my nephew learned the fine art of lunchtime gambling.  

The blaring music, the open smiles, and the rapid staccato Spanish of the Puerto Rican people stay with me even now.  And these memories sustain me as I pull on my boots to face the unrelenting  ice and snow outside my door.

For purchase information, please click on Ann Feldman Old Town.


Sunday, December 20, 2015

"Steamboat Snow", 9x12"

"Steamboat Snow"
oil on canvas, 9x12" (sold)


Snow has been very scarce here in the midwest this year.  I painted this piece after walking in the mountains in Steamboat Springs over Thanksgiving while we were visiting our sons there.

I can't tell you how much I appreciate your support through the year by following my blog, and maybe giving me a bit of feedback now and then.  One of the greatest gifts to me is when one of you passes my blog on to another friend that you think might enjoy it.  Knowing that you are "out there", reading what I say and seeing what I've painted makes everything I do worthwhile.  Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!


Saturday, December 12, 2015

"Autumn in Giverny", 16x20", oil on linen


"Autumn in Giverny", 16x20", oil on linen
At the Petter Gallery, Saugatuck, Michigan
(269) 857-2230

I'm continuing to work from my references from France.  I knew when I saw this scene in Monet's garden that it had many elements which would make it recognizable as Giverny: the lily pads, the little pink and green building, and the purple/pink reflections in the water.  The leaves had just started to turn and to begin dropping into the water like colorful little jewels.  I enjoyed painting this piece so much-- I hope you enjoy it too!



Sunday, November 22, 2015

"The Gathering", 10x8"

It has snowed over a foot here in Illinois, so I thought it was time to paint some flowers to remind myself that spring is still in our future!

For purchase information, please click on Ann Feldman The Gathering.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

"A Little Something", 6x8"


Last week, a friend of mine from the Grameen Foundation gave me this little bottle filled with coffee beans from a farm in Colombia.  As we chatted, I thought it would make a nice little painting subject.  I couldn't wait to get it home and put it under the lights!

For purchase information, please click on Ann Feldman "Little Something".


Sunday, November 1, 2015

"Les Mandarins", 9x12", Painting in a Secret Garden

Les Mandarins, 9x12"

During our first few days in Limoux, we would stroll by huge cement walls that lined the sidewalk near the river.  Our hosts told us that there were some incredibly beautiful gardens behind those walls, and what a pity it was that we would never see what treasures were there.

And then our fortune changed!  A neighbor couple befriended us one day as we were painting the river behind their house.  They invited us to come to their home a few days hence to paint their garden.  From the elated look on our host's face, this was indeed going to be a rare treat.

Painting "Les Mandarines" in the secret garden


The view from our neighbor's window

 Winding paths led from one garden treat to another

Persimmons weighed down the branches of this tree

How fortunate we were that our neighbors opened their door to us.  We were able to see (and paint!) a secret part of Limoux that very few get to see.

Monday, October 26, 2015

"Tiny White House, Limoux", 7x5" (study)

 "Tiny White House, Limoux", 7x5"  oil on linen



"Early Fall, Vineyards of Limoux", 7x5", oil on linen

Painting in the vineyards near Limoux was so easy with the help of our hosts at Montfaucon.  Penny and Nicolina knew which vineyard to visit in the morning, and which in the evening, because the light was best at those times of day.  They made arrangements with the landowners for us to set up amongst the vines, and plopped us down in the most incredibly picturesque areas we could imagine.  From there, we would hike about and eventually settle on the view that spoke to each one of us.

These two studies were painted on the spot, and I'll be using them to develop some larger paintings.  I tried to capture the feeling of the light hitting the vineyards in the foreground and the misty foothills in the back.



More to come, mes chers amis!  Next, I'll tell you about painting in a secret garden...

Monday, October 19, 2015

Limoux, France


Hello Everyone, I am safely back from my painting trip to France.  Our group was led by Jeff Legg, the extraordinary artist from Estes Park, Colorado.  Before I tell you about our painting experiences, I thought I'd give you a sense of where we were based.  The photo above shows you the bridge that leads into the town of Limoux, and if you step out of our backdoor, this is pretty much the scene that greets you everyday.



We would cross the bridge to shop, take photos, or have lunch in the town square and people watch.  I kept going back to the same little bistro that made a lasagna with fluffy white French cheese and a huge salad on the side.  The waiter there knew that I wanted a Coke as soon as I sat down, and that we wouldn't be staying for the typical 2.5 hour French lunch.  We were here to WORK!  (Ah, typical Americans, I can hear him thinking).


Here is the view from our bedroom window at Montfaucon, the name of our house.  It was originally used as a toll house for boats coming down the river.  


One French tradition that I adapted to very quickly was having blanquette, a bubbly wine made from the grapes in the region before every meal, along with a selection of cheeses from the market and sweet jams.  

And then came DINNER.  Here is the dining room in our house, where we often sat for our three hour, many coursed dinner.  After the first couple of nights where we squirmed in our seats and eyed the door, we settled in to the dining experience and actually enjoyed chatting with friends and our hosts.  I thought we would run out of things to talk about, but that never happened!  Silence always descended upon us when dessert was served.  Our focus was turned elsewhere during that course!


Here we all are, with Jean Francois, our chef.  Do we look happy?  Oh you betcha!