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Artistic Sundays

Yesterday was an open house at Shemer Art Center.   We got to see many artists demoing their Art techniques and creations.   It was very diverse, from jewelry created from raw metals, oil painting, pencil drawing, life portraits and more.

I have a new Art Hero, his name is John Erwin and he coincidentally is the Shemer Artist of the Year (understandably so!!)  The pieces you see here are all from his mind, no images or still life or landscapes in front of him.    He was amazing to watch.   He works in other mediums but watercolor is his forte.   John is a second grade teacher and art is his passion and 'hobby'.   You can see how his students must love him and INSPIRE HIM, he is totally free in his art!

John showed us how he uses India Ink (yep the good old black stuff) and a razor to sketch out a base for a watercolor piece.   He sometimes does this and other times not.   He did a very loose floral for us too and he did it with total abandon!

John let us all with a great tip.  Always make your art 'smile'.   He makes sure his color starts off one side and dips in the center and lifts off the other side of the paper upwards.    It was totally subliminal but yes, when he said it we saw it!  

ENJOY YOUR SUNDAY wherever you are. 

(that is famed Camelback Mountain in the background)

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