Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Happy Holidays! December Newsletter

December Newsletter

Paintings, a magazine feature and a free story at Terry Strickland Art.
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Happy Holidays!
December 2011 Issue
Thanks for signing up to receive my monthly newsletter. Here's a bit of news from our corner of the art world.

My work is featured in this month's
Poets and Artists Magazine, Issue #30!
Poets and Artists is a gorgeous and very cool print-on-demand and digital publication, self described as Publishing as an Art Form. The print version will be available only until the next issue is out in Jan, the digital version will remain available indefinitely.
I'm thrilled to have my work shown alongside some very awesome artists and poets. This magazine is an exciting example of the current dynamic changes in the world of publishing.
You can see more about it on a blog post I did featuring the work of some of the other artists featured this month.
A Holiday Sale - Oil Sketches From the Studio
Amy Reading, 12x9, oil on linen, $450
I'm offering small alla prima oil sketches for the first time this holiday season. These paintings are priced $400-$450, framed and shipped, sales tax will be applied within the state of Alabama, US.
Magnolia Gardens-Charleston, 8x10, oil on panel, $400
See all 11 oil sketches with information about prices and sizes here.

Holiday Small Works Show at Principle Gallery
I have two paintings in this Holiday Show at Principle Gallery, this one is Fire Dance. The show opened Dec. 4 and runs through the end of the month in Alexandria, VA.

Holiday Show at Peterson-Cody Gallery
The Bribe, 11x14, oil on panel
Check out the gallery's small works show if you're in Santa Fe, NM or on-line.

In Cincinnati, OH, see my work at Miller Gallery
See you in the New Year!

Teaching Spotlight

Well not really, but I do use white and black as a last resort.  Try this for more luminous and less chalky oil paintings.

Start with your most transparent paints and mix up a BIG puddle of mid to dark tones. Take part of that puddle of pure color and modify it lighter.

Instead of adding white, try this:

1. Add a lighter color from the same color family. Add an orange, for instance, if you want to mix a lighter red.
2. Add a lighter color from a different color family. Ask yourself “Is the color I’m after also warmer?” if so then add an opaque yellow like Yellow Ochre or Cad Yellow, “Is the color I’m after also cooler?” in that case use Cerulean or Chromium Oxide Green.

Once you do that NEVER try to get the color back to the original color. The color is forever polluted by the white and will result in chalky mid-tones and shadows.

INSTEAD go back to your original puddle, take part of that puddle and modify it darker.

Instead of adding black, try this:

1. Add a darker color from the same color family. Need a darker blue? add a Thalo blue. Something darker red? add Alizarin or Red Madder Deep
2. Add a darker color from a different color family. Need a darker red that also needs to be less intense add a Thalo Green.
3. Add a dark brown earth tone such as Burnt Umber.

This keeps your painting’s shadows and mid-tones more transparent which results in more luminous paintings.
Here's a blog post about my Inspiration Quotient for a recent painting.

Feel free to email me with topics you’d like to read about here!

Ongoing Oil Painting Class at Forstall Art Center
Birmingham, AL, Tuesdays, 9:30-12:30, to register email terrystr@terrystricklandart.com
Class size limited to 10 students.

Strickland Family Biz News

A Creative and Independent Company
The Stricklands at Matter Deep Publishing invite you to enjoy a FREE story on us for the holidays. Kyle's story about working retail at Christmas will make you smile for sure, so take a moment for yourself and enjoy Smile and Greet the Customer in ePub, Kindle or PDF formats.

Sunshine's Night Out is on SALE through Amazon for $9.35 (down from $12.99) and free shipping with a $25 purchase. And here's another great Sunshine review and giveaway.

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