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Tuesday Night Painting #25

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Hello painters,

I hope you didn't miss Tuesday Night Painting too badly last week. If you did, I have good news that you've already realized if you've opened this email: I'm back. Fresh off my road trip through the heartland, I'm now writing to you from sunny Austin, TX.

There were a lot of sights to see on my trip, including this very large ball of twine (world's largest, in fact) on a very wet day. This was spotted in Cawker City, Kansas (population: 463), during a day that also included a visit to Lucas, KS (population: 391).

Lucas is considered the Grassroots Art Capital of Kansas, since there are a number of different attractions around town that were created by all manner of self-taught artists.

There's the Garden of Eden, the site of a "log-cabin" built out of sandstone and decorated with loads of sculptures constructed by the retired farmer and civil war veteran S. P. Dinsmoor. There's also Bowl Plaza, home to the most artistically decorated public toilet in the country and possibly the world.

In the Grassroots Art Center, the permanent exhibitions focus on highlighting the self-taught artists of Kansas. The staff of the GAC scours the state with the mission of discovering new creators. Most of the artists in the collection only picked up art-making in retirement, and for many it's simply a pastime; they have no interest in marketing or advertising themselves as artists.

But what started out as a hobby for these retirees became an all-consuming passion, and resulted in houses, yards, and farms completely covered with artwork, to the delight of the GAC and sometimes to the chagrin of neighbors.
Nothing really abstract on offer here but I can't help sharing these pieces. Fabric, reused/recycled material, stone, metal, wood: these artists use anything around them. Oftentimes it starts out as whittling or tinkering to pass the time, but these artists can't help themselves and their urge to create entirely takes over.

What was remarkable to me is that many of the artists featured in this collection lived deep into their 90's. I'm convinced that finding and committing yourself to artwork in your older age, retirement, or whenever, does three important things: 1) it gives you a project that you look forward to working on, 2) it gives your brain a puzzle to solve and work on, 3) it gives your fingers and hands something to do. All of it keeps you active and fit in body and mind.
If you ever find yourself in northern central Kansas (near the geographic center of the contiguous United States) then I'd recommend a visit to the Grassroots Art Center. Across the street you could also visit the World's Largest Collection of the World's Smallest Versions of the World's Largest Things.

So there you go: a little slice of my roadtrip for you. If you've been stuck at home and haven't gone anywhere for the past six months, sorry to rub it in. But if you keep scrolling, you're about to find out all about the opening salvo of online art courses I'm offering this October.
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Online Courses
with Tuesday Night Painting

I'm excited to announce that I'll be offering a run of three online classes this coming October, which is fast approaching! We'll tackle abstraction from different angles, giving you a deeper look into the themes discussed in this letter. We'll look at how to take an abstract painting from start to finish, how to handle color choices and color theory, along with an extended course to allow you to explore your abstract ideas alongside other painters and makers.

(Click the course title for registration options. Courses have limited capacity to make time for every artist so don't hesitate!)

Landscape to Abstraction
6 Mondays, 7:00 to 9:00 PM Eastern
Class begins October 5th

Explore how color, shape, and brushwork can transform a typical landscape image into an abstract work. Learn how to analyze, compose, and construct an abstract creation from a photo reference from your neighborhood, your childhood, or your favorite vacation spot. Examine artists whose abstract work has a connection to the landscape, and understand how they progressed from the literal to the abstract.

Nicolas Party, Sunset, 2018
An example of some of the work we'll examine in our Landscape class
Finding your Palette
6 Thursdays, 7:00 to 9:00 PM Eastern
Class begins October 8th

Learn the intricacies of color mixing and color theory, then expand your range and your palette. We'll look at how to find color inspiration all around us, and then how to act on that inspiration through color mixing exercises. You'll acquire a variety of tips and tricks to develop your own unique color palette.

Independent Study
8 Tuesdays, 7:00 to 9:00 PM Eastern
Class begins October 6th

The online version of my favorite Tuesday Night Painting class. We'll begin by examining contemporary abstract painting alongside historical artists and works. You'll be encouraged to come to class with ideas either in mind or already in progress, working in the medium or mediums of your choice. You'll have plenty of time to learn and discuss your works with the group and with me personally.
My specialty is in acrylic paints, but for these classes, your preferred medium is up to you. You can also mix and match and see how it feels to explore these exercises in a variety of mediums, whether it's watercolors, oil paints, or something else.

If you are interested in any of these classes but have any questions, I'd love to talk more with you. Reply to this email and I'll respond straight away. And soon you'll be able to find more information about classes here on my website.
Learn to build up layers, textures, and colors, like I've done in this piece.
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Eye candy for this week
We didn't go into depth on any particular artist today, so here's some images to fill up your eyeballs with until next week.
So once again, take some time to examine my course offerings and consider taking one (or two, or three) classes with my this fall.

For tunes this week, check out this great album, Sidewalk Strollers, from musician and artist Alex (Al) Marantz. And while you're at it, check out his extremely cool abstract acrylic works.

It's good to be back, hope to hear from you soon, and I'll see you next time!
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