As many of my students know I stopped using sable brushes long ago. I began to question how the sable hair was acquired and never received a satisfactory answer. I became uncomfortable with the product. I found the new synthetic watercolor brushes to handle beautifully so I happily stopped purchasing any animal hair brushes of any sort.
Below is a great link about he fur trade and Kolinsky Sable brushes….why they are getting hard to find and why we should consider alternative brushes that give a wonderful effect without effecting wildlife. :O)
A new session begins this week and with it comes a change in the season. After a long grey winter it is nice to turn our attention to the things beginning to pop as the days lengthen and slowly warm. Subjects to consider are bulbs like daffodils, crocus and tulips and buds popping on branches of trees. Iris and Pussy Willows will be coming soon and the Which Hazel is already if full bloom! So put on your thinking caps and consider what’s around you as winter finally begins to loosen it’s grip…..
Margaret Anne Robinson first studied classical painting and drawing from 1950 to 1952 with teachers from the Accademia delle Belle Arti at the Pius XII Institute, Villa Schifanoia, Florence, Italy. Upon her return to New York, she pursued a career as a copyeditor, first at American Heritage Books, and later as a freelancer for Art in America magazine and other publications. Returning to painting in her sixties, she earned a certificate in Botanical Art and Illustration at the New York Botanical Garden and participated regularly in juried botanical exhibitions and group shows around the United States including a solo exhibit at the New York Botanical Garden in 1999. She also exhibited regularly in local shows in Croton and other Westchester venues, and was a published botanical illustrator and member of the American Society of Botanical Artists and the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators. There will be a reception on Sunday, February 3, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Because of the devastation of our parks, the power outages, gas shortages and a Nor’easter moving in this Wednesday (ugh!) we will begin classes next week….hopefully life will return to normal for most of us by then…
We will begin a 5 weeks session for $225.00 on Nov. 14th. We will take Thanksgiving week off for travel and cooking! The last classes of the session will be the week before Christmas week followed by our winter break. Classes will start up again the end of January. For details please go to the “classes” section at the top of this page.
I am going to offer a watercolor class in January. It will a basic class in color, washes and mastering details with dry brush. There is no prerequisite. This will be a three day workshop. Supplies and dates and times will be posted in the next few weeks.
We will have a reception this year to celebrate your work over the last two years…a chance for you all to see each others work, and enjoy holiday treats :O) The reception will be December 9th from noon until 3pm. Family and friends are welcome! Bring in you framed pieces the week following Thanksgiving so I can hang the show =) Please bring one or two pieces framed in a simple light wood frames with white mats and wire hangers.
Please donate, if you can, to the Red Cross to help those that are still suffering and have lost so much.
Just to remind everyone we are having the weekday classes (12:30-3:30) and the Saturday class (10:00-1:00) through November 3rd at Pound Ridge. We will return to Lasdon for classes the week on November 7th.
I’ve been working on an Indian Corn. Making friends with my tiny tiny brush :O)