Jeff Gorrell, an award-winning artist, has a studio and exhibit space at the Workhouse Arts Center in Lorton (Building 10) and exhibits regularly with the Vienna Arts Society and the Potomac Valley Watercolorists. Recently, he was named to be one of 10 artists at the Workhouse Arts Center to have his works in the Director’s Collection, which is on exhibit in Building 16 of the Workhouse. He has exhibited watercolors and mixed media paintings in several venues in Virginia and Alabama, including the Virginia Watercolor Society Annual Show, the Central Virginia Watercolor Guild, and the Potomac Valley Watercolorists Annual Show.
Although he paints with oils and acrylics, his primary medium for painting is watercolor, especially painting on Yupo, a synthetic paper (100% polypropylene) which permits dramatic flow and mixing of vibrant colors. The range of his works can be seen at his web site: www.jeffgorrell.com.
The demonstration will focus on painting large, non-objective abstracts in watercolor on Yupo. The interactive demonstration will give the audience a chance to see a few finished paintings on Yupo, to observe a variety of effects that can be achieved, and to get their own personal feel for the medium.
From light-drenched land and seascapes to vibrant floral blooms, Susan Moses’ paintings express her passion for nature, color, and composition. Other subjects she paints include portraits of people, animals, and houses.
Sue’s interest in still-life and landscape painting emerged in childhood, when she joined her mother on painting trips in Pennsylvania and Maryland. Later, East Coast and Finger Lake water scenes inspired her. In 1976, Sue earned a Master of Fine Arts degree at The Maryland Institute. At the same time, she taught art and shop in Maryland public schools, and pursued her own interest in silver jewelry, batik, and watercolor.
Today, with her children grown, and more than 30 years of art and teaching experience, Sue is again focused on her art. She has steadily gained local attention, being juried into the 2008 and 2009 BWS Mid-Atlantic Regional Watercolor Exhibition, receiving an award in the 2009 exhibit, winning the “Lucy Kramer Award” in the 2007 Vienna Arts Show, “Best-in-Show” at the 2005 Kensington Labor Day Festival, and the 2002 Chevy Chase Women’s Club Art Show. Her work has been published; Maryland’s Great Gardens, Poems by Dorothy V. Fleming, March 2007 Altered I Altared Eye, and July 2008 KD Publications. Sue has conducted watercolor workshops and has been artist in residence at a local school.
Her inspirations include artists Rachel Collins, Ross Merrill, Walt Bartman, and Firouzeh Sadeghi. She has studied extensively with local artists Carolyn Grosse Gawarecki, Martha Seigel, and Skip Lawrence.
Sue’s paintings have been featured at juried shows and galleries throughout Maryland, Virginia, and Washington DC, including Brookside Gardens, Glenview Mansion, The Woman’s National Democratic Club, and Strathmore Hall. Professional memberships include Baltimore Watercolor Society, recently juried into the Potomac Valley Watercolorists, Washington Water Color Association, Montgomery Art Association, Strathmore Hall Arts Center, and Rockville Art League. She is represented by The Tidewater Gallery, Swansboro, NC.
Painting Animals Demo
Sample paintings with animal subjects will be on display to illustrate my style of painting. The intro will include the basics of how I go about choosing, planning, and painting, also printed on a hand out.
I plan to work on a painting that has been started (with frisket to save the whites). I may have two paintings in the works. I’ll talk about my palette and technique and show my sketchbook with examples of planning technique with previous paintings, some of which will be of finished ones I have brought. There will be images showing various stages of my work.
There will be other examples of my work in the form of a gardening book, poetry book, and cards.
Nancy Murphree Davis is an artist who works in many mediums. Originally from Alabama, Nancy is an Air Force spouse in the DC area for the second time in her husband's career. She has lived all over the United States and her work often depicts scenes from these experiences. She has a degree in fine arts from Auburn University.
Nancy is a member of the Potomac Valley Watercolorists, the Arlington Artists Alliance and The Art League and is a gallery member at Gallery Underground. Her awards include Best of Show in both the Arlington Artists Alliance Washington Color Field Show and the Pintores Art League Spring Fling, first place in the Audi of Arlington Art Showcase as well as honorable mentions with the Springfield Art Guild and the Art League Gallery.
My watercolor paintings are a cacophony of color. I mean to convey beauty in the mundane or give a whole new perspective to the already interesting or beautiful. I am drawn to industrial towers and structures, architectural facades, and landscapes with bold shapes or anything with a strong pattern. I work from photographs (usually my own), which I manipulate digitally to simplify and abstract. When I take out the paints, I use an extensive palette, but rhythm and repetition make a harmonious melody of the color. I often flip flop negative space with positive space. This adds interest and creates a strong visual path.
Besides watercolor, I adore printmaking, especially monotypes. Although some of these monotypes are complete off the press, they sometimes serve as a rich, textured backdrop for mixed media pieces that contain etchings, drawings, watercolors and collage.
"I work in many different mediums, but I tend to concentrate on one for several months and then something will inspire me to switch. I find that I do more watercolors in the summer when it is sunny and more alcohol ink painting in the winter because the bright colors are cheerful during the cold and gray days. I'm always open to trying something new! I learned about alcohol inks looking at paintings by a fellow artist on Facebook. This friend added me to several groups of alcohol ink artists and I could see the possibilities and dove right in. At first the lack of control was frustrating, but after some experimentation, I learned to use the unique flow to create interesting shape and texture.
I make art because I love to paint and create and because I have so many ideas that I feel a need to express! When an art collector truly loves a piece and wants to own it, my heart overflows with joy. I want my art to make people see the subject in a new way. I want them to bring their own feelings and emotions to the piece and have it radiate good thoughts or memories into their lives. I want them to feel joy (or peace) every time they see it on their wall. I also make art because I love artists and the communities that artists create. They are some of the kindest and most giving people on Earth."
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