Tuesday, January 26, 2016

The Idaho Falls Textures, Techniques & Tricks Workshop at The Art Museum...

....was a success!
On January 23rd at The Art Museum in Idaho Falls, Idaho, I taught the always popular Textures, Techniques & Tricks watercolor workshop to a full class, that had a waiting list!

It was such a fun time, I always enjoy this one.

Meet & Greet...

"Meet and Greet", the descriptive title often given to art showings and special events. It is an opportunity for artists to mingle with admirers, perspective buyers, friends, relatives, other artists and the general public. When it is a show we have been juried in, we as artists are the ones on the spot to talk about our work, or at least hang around. Some of us get into the spirit of the event and engage in conversation with everyone we can. Others shrink from the activity and hope no one approaches them. Over the years I have learned to enjoy the event whether I am the artist or attending another artist’s opening. It took years of repetition for me to be comfortable at shows. Here are some thoughts when attending a show where you have a piece displaying:

1. Find an artist you know and ask them about their work. People love to discuss their work and processes. 
2. Start a conversation with an artist you’ve not met. 
3. Watch the crowd and see what the public is drawn to and let the artist know their work is being admired. 
4. Always speak graciously about artist’s work in public; this is not a time to critique others work. Buyers or the artist could hear comments. 
5. Always be considerate of the artist’s time so that you do not interrupt the potential sales. 
6. Your conversation with the artist should be short but thoughtful. 
7. Encourage other artists and their creativity. 
8. Highlight certain aspects you like about their work. 
9. Ask a question or two about their favorite piece. 
10. Thank them for showing their art. 

Rick and I have an adventure living in a townhouse in Idaho Falls for about a year as he is the interim President of Eastern Idaho Technical College (I am back and forth for classes in Idaho Falls, Oregon and our home in Star). I have been involved in a new artist community. I also teach here and am getting to know the wonderful and talented artists in the eastern region of IWS. I have also met other great artists at The Art Museum shows and Carr Gallery. I have been in shows and attending openings of other artists and it reminded me just how exciting it can be to participate in a meet and greet. Whether at home or in another city, I hope you too can get into the meet and greet with a new excitement for 2016. Thanks to all of you who display your work for all of us to experience and enjoy. Keep painting, keep showing your work we love it!

© Linda Aman January 2016

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Classes are Starting Soon...Your Chance to Win an Original Painting!

We are celebrating the start of classes & workshops in February!Your Chance to Win an Original Painting!
Sign up Now for February Classes... 
Two 6" x 6" original "Cactus Blossom" paintings on Aquabord mounted on a cradled box will be in a drawing. (seen above)
  • Eligibility is for those attending paid February classes or workshops in Oregon or Idaho
  • Your name will automatically be put into the drawing from February workshops or class lists (1 entry per person)
  • The two winners will be announced in March
  • Sign up for classes or a workshop in February ASAP for a chance to win!
For questions, or any inquiries about classes, contact Linda at linda@amanarts.com.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

What Have I Been Up To Lately...

Here's a little sample of some of the workshops I've taught in the last 3 months...I'm definitely staying busy!

At my newest place to teach, Idaho Falls, I held the "Landscape with Yupo Paper" workshop at The Art Museum....

And introduced the "Pen & Ink with Watercolor" and the annual "Christmas Gifts" workshop at the Eastern Idaho Technical College....

Plus I had a speaking engagement for the Idaho Watercolor Society in Idaho Falls as well!

In Star, Idaho in my studio, I taught the popular "Christmas Gifts" workshop for the 6th time and we all had a good time...

Busy teaching the "Triads" demo for the Nampa Art Guild...

And taught the new workshop "Exploring Color" in Star, as well as...
...in Woodburn, Oregon!

Also in Oregon, at the Tualatin Heritage Center, I taught the "Floral with Yupo Paper" workshop... (with beautiful results!)

.....as well as the "Melon & Berries" workshop....

....and the ever popular "Fall Leaves" workshop,  and tried the "Triads" workshop in Tualatin as well!

All that, *plus* add in a teaching trip to Sonoma, California (you can read all about that here) AND showing work around the state of Idaho in at least 5 shows...

And this is what I can remember...whew!

Thank you for a great year!
Can't wait to see what the next year holds...

Monday, November 9, 2015

You Can't Know the Moves...

... if you don't practice!

I am getting back into Zumba. I am not naturally prone to keeping a regiment of exercise and have just started back.  I am amazed at how the participants in the Zumba class are learning the moves and “keeping” up with the instructor. I am in the back of the class by choice with a few others who are looking less coordinated.  I noticed that the people up front are “with it” knowing the next move and making the moves well. Hummm…. I wonder if attending regularly and practicing has anything to do with it?

This applies to being an artist as well. I had the opportunity to travel and teach a lot of artists in Idaho, Oregon and California. I hear a lot of excuses as to why artists don’t paint. Recently at a speaking engagement I asked attendees if they felt they were painting as much as they would like. Out of 20 artists only 3 said they paint often.  This was a high skill level group, yet they claimed a low amount of painting time. I also asked other groups recently and same response.  Here are a few of the excuses…(these sound the same as the reasons I don’t exercise…)

Not in any special order, a few excuses:
         1.    Not enough time
         2.    Too many other responsibilities
         3.    I have nothing started
         4.    No inspiration
         5.    I am not a self starter
         6.    Run out of energy
         7.    Not organized
         8.    Afraid of failure
         9.    Have other interests
10.  Easily distracted
             Of course there are more……

A couple of suggestions if you want to improve…your moves:

       1.    Make painting a priority-set goals
       2.    Know your best time of working
       3.    Set studio hours
       4.    Enroll in a group or a class
       5.    Do a painting just for educational fun
       6.    Don’t compare to others…see your style as individual
       7.    Get a painting started 
       8.    Leave a painting out to work on 
       9.    Don’t wait for inspiration…paint; inspiration happens
       10.  Know the best time for your best energy, creative time    11.  Politely request friends and family respect your studio time 
       12.  Remove distractions from your work zone

Now is the time to develop a few good habits so in 2016 you can feel more creative juices flowing.  Know the moves and practice them….keep painting.


Linda is an artist and instructor who lives in Star and teaches in her studio. She also teaches in other locations in Idaho, Oregon and Washington. You can visit her website at www.amanarts.com or email linda@amanarts.com for more information. Blog www.lindaaman.blogspot.com

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Sonoma, California Watercolor Retreat...Bring the Artist to You!

I just got back from a delightful stay at the Feather Fall Retreat teaching a workshop for a talented group of ladies.  A year ago they hired me to come teach watercolor and see Sonoma for a week.  Generally they travel to take a workshop, but this time they decided to bring the artist to themselves.  This is something I contract occasionally for a specialized education workshop.

Some photo highlights from the trip...

--The welcoming day, as a feather floated from the sky

--Gift baskets for each of us at the first meal

--Picking fresh fruit and vegetables for delicious meals prepared by Barbara & Dean


--Wonderful scenery...overlooking hills, valleys, olive groves, vineyards, gardens, flowers...

--Delightful teaching & learning moments (Composition, Color Application, Glaze, En Plein Air, Pen & Ink w/watercolor)


--Wonderful painting outcomes!

--Laughter & fun getting to know one another

--Early morning & late evening walks

--En plein air drawing

--Olive oil tasting

Overall, a wonderful experience!

Think about bringing the art instructor to you!  Call for more info, these generally need to be booked at least 6 months--a year in advance.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Textures, Techniques and Tricks....oh my!

We had so much fun at this workshop!  This was held at the Gallery Northwest in Roseburg, Oregon, on Saturday August 22nd.   Have you ever wondered how watercolor artists do a certain technique or "look"?  This workshop explained it all.

We practiced numerous methods, including layered masking, how to do rocks, trees, etc., and then were able to take home a packet of over 20 samples to remind us of techniques to use in our future paintings.  

It got us all inspired!