Wednesday, December 19, 2012

December Demonstrator Jo Ellen Reinhardt

Our delightful December demonstration was Portrait and Still Life Artist Jo Ellen Reinhardt Her demonstration was to draw a charcoal portrait of her daughter as a live model. She gave the following guidelines as she drew her portrait:

 First, determine your composition: bust vs. full figure, skin vs. clothes, and the background. Positioning is also important.  For portraits, a frontal view is easier than a profile or ¾ view, which is the most challenging.  A helpful hint: Assume every line or mark is wrong, and you won’t be opposed to altering it. This helps you to let go, allowing you to erase and redraw instead of stubbornly trying to make it work.  Another mistake is not using (and keeping) a fine point. (Jo Ellen uses sandpaper affixed to a cutting board to sharpen her vine charcoal as she worked.)
Charcoal, chalk, and erasers are not the only tools.  Your brain is one too.  Artists tend to use the “Creative” right side of the brain versus the “Logical” or “Analytical” left side.  But with Portrait or Still Life, you should use both and try to see the math in the science of art. Rather than feeling overwhelmed by trying to capture the image as a whole, break the image down into patterns, shapes, geometry.  See the triangle shadow under the nose, while the shadow along cheekbone and jawline is a rhombus. To get the angles right: compare to a clock face or measure by the actual degree of the angle. Not a math fan? Use the alphabet instead:  pull out “S” shaped highlights in hair, recreate the “M” shape for lips.
Always start by measuring! Three methods are (1) relational measuring (using x & y axis), (2) comparative measuring (compare one part to another), and (3) proportional measuring (compare height to width).  Begin by marking where top and bottom line of head will be.  These give you reference marks with which to line up features. You may use a grid or cross to help map out the portrait. Using pencil and thumb as a measuring guide, extend your arm in front of you to “measure” the subject and to double check your progress on canvas.  Use other objects to measure the subject.  For example, the eye is width of eraser, or the nose is the length of thumbnail.  Mark the rough position of the top of head, bottom of chin, brow, eye, nose, and mouth.  . Placement of ears is crucial because that shows the viewer the position of head.  The top of the ear usually lines up with the top of the eyelid.  The bottom of the ear lines up with the bottom of mouth.  Faces break down into equal parts and measurements.  Helpful Hint: Lips are shaped like the letter “M”.  Mouth opening is horizontal with some curve. Also there is a shadow under the nose and bottoms of both upper and lower lip. Highlight the top of lower lip to help it “jut out”, giving it fullness and dimension. Area at the bottom and corners of the mouth has same value as skin underneath.
Symmetry is an essential factor for the beauty and accuracy of the portrait. The bottom of nose, middle line of lips, and the bottom of the chin are equal thirds.  The bottom of nose is about half way from eyebrow to chin. There is a similar amount of space from brow to hairline. As a general rule: Putting your thumb to your chin, the span of hand will reach hairline. A common mistake is to start the nose equal to iris or pupil.  It should actually be slightly higher. Eyes are generally in center of head.  Young and elderly subjects may be exceptions.  For very young children, the eyes are the largest and most noted feature. The average adult human eyeball has a 1 inch diameter, with a child’s being about 2/3 that size.  Measurement hint: the width of face is 5 “eyes” wide, with one “eye” between the eyes.  A common mistake is making too eyes too big. Eyebrows are uniquely shaped and help add definition to face/portrait.
A typical error is to use a circle for the head.  The human skull is rounded, but not perfectly round. Other common errors include using a hard outline around mouth, lips, and jaw.  Similarly the hair: no hard outline or it will look fake - like a bad wig.  These lines should be soft, especially around the temple.  Break curves down into points and connect the dots to create the proper slope for head, hairline, and jaw. Drop a plumb line to see how features line up and where.  Find the angles by simulating a clock face, e.g., 1 vs. 2 o’clock
Lighting can help define features or create effects.  You want strong lights and darks because shadow adds depth and fullness. The core of the shadow, the line where light meets dark, is incredibly important to still life and portrait art. First put in the darks, then add the highlights. Don’t  overuse white. And don’t use white for highlights in the hair. Instead use values of dark. You can use a kneaded eraser to lighten or pull out tones to create natural looking highlights. Typical highlights are bridge of nose, top of bottom lip and round of chin, and over eyebrow. There is order to how the light falls: where it hits first is lightest, everything will be a darker value. Determine which highlights are more important…too much and the face looks shiny.  And don’t use white for eyes or teeth. The “whites of the eyes” are not truly white.  Making eyes or teeth white is unnatural and will look it. Often the tint of the paper is sufficient for the middle tone.  Use the charcoal to shade or add curves, shadows, and depth. Use white for highlights – sparingly.  Keep charcoal and white chalk separate…don’t blend or mix the two because it will create a gray/muddy mess.   
Painting from a live model rather than by a photo yields a better result.  It helps capture the character or “essence” of your model.  An exception to this rule: when models, such as children or animals, tend to move.  It is also important to set up your own light source, because with natural light, the intensity and direction of the light changes and with it, the shadows. 
Composition is the key to a strong painting. Use of strong lights and darks in background, clothes, and subject will create a more dramatic and lifelike result.  For the demonstration, part of the dark shirt on the right side of the portrait was used to balance the dark length of her hair on the other. Keep in mind, too much detail can detract from the portrait, especially with patterns in backgrounds or clothes.  Knowing when the piece is done depends on the type of portrait…but don’t burn out or overwork it. Keep it simple.  Rather than draw each individual eyelash…sometimes a fuzzy line is better (for time management as well as artistic effect).
Jo Ellen Reinhardt is available for commissions and specializes in Adults, Children, Pets, Memorial, and Corporate Portraits.  Visit her website: www. or email her at for more information on Jo Ellen, her art, and workshops she offers.
-Meridith Whalen

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

November Demonstrator Lavonne Suwalski

Author: Meridith Whalen
I will admit…watercolors are not my forte…not even close.  That is why I was looking forward to our November Association meeting, featuring a watercolor demonstration by Copley Artist Lavonne Suwalski.  I was hoping to learn some tips and techniques, anything, to help improve my pitiful watercolor attempts.

Although I am a watercolor novice, I was relieved to note that mine was not the only jaw that dropped during the demonstration.  I knew to start out by wetting the watercolor paper, but Lavonne shocked us by completely soaking the page! She says she generally wets the page three times before she starts a watercolor painting.  I’m sensing a trend in these demos… the wetter the better! Recommended tip if you follow Lavonne’s very wet technique: place a towel under easel to catch the excess that drips from the paper, or use a plastic/rubber chair mat to protect a carpeted floor.
Lavonne’s favorite starting trick is to use blue painter’s tape to mask off a neat border for her painting, laying tape to completely cover the paper from the taped border out to the edge of the paper. This will protect the edges from errant strokes or drips and create a nice clean border for the piece, which then aids in framing.

Ms. Suwalski continued to stun the audience when she estimated that she paints approximately 500 pieces a year! The number seemed unrealistic until she explained that she frequently works on several paintings at once. Given her penchant for using an extremely wet page, she will stop several times while working on a piece.  Allowing time for the piece to dry helps to “control the chaos” and keep the paint from running too much or colors becoming muddy. She moves to a second, sometimes a third piece, then back to the first (and now) dry piece.
Watercolor artists can have a rather varied toolkit.  In addition to brushes, plastic cards or palette knives can be used to scrape and move the paint to create branches, fallen trees, rocks, or grasses. Sponges or tissue can be used to strategically lift color from the paper.  Be sure to turn the tissue to expose a clean section each time you touch it to paper, or you will smear the paint on the paper rather than lift it off.

The brushes themselves do not need to be limited to specific sizes, brands, or uses.  One of Lavonne’s favorites is the “Beste” One Stroke by Creative Mark available at Jerry’s Art-A-Rama.  A simple brush technique she applied to a beautiful wooded winter scene had numerous association members asking questions and taking pictures. Lavonne would tap her brush to speckle the paper with paint or water to create interesting (and totally envied!) effects for flowers, berries, rain, and snow.
Another technique Lavonne incorporates is to paint with water, drop the color in and rock the paper back and forth. This creates interesting results for backgrounds, especially for water, sky, and mountains.  “Dauby, dauby, dauby…” Lavonne wasn’t sure of the spelling of the fun (and catchy) little phrase, but used it throughout her demonstration.  “Dauby, dauby, dauby…” with the tissue here and we have nice puffy clouds. “Dauby, dauby, dauby…” with some dark paint on the brush and a line of trees appears.

Suwalski briefly discussed and described a transfer painting technique. In some of her classes, Lavonne employed a great technique to make creating the watercolors fun, quick, and easy!  To start, place the inspiration photo under/behind a piece of clear acrylic. Using watercolors, paint directly onto the acrylic to reproduce the image from your inspiration photo.  Once your image is ready for transfer, wet your watercolor paper, lay it over the painted acrylic, and press down firmly. Gently rub with your hand or roll a burnishing tool over it to be sure of the best transfer of color.  Gently peel paper from acrylic then let dry.  Both beginners and more experienced artists can apply and enjoy this simple technique!
Feeling intimidated? Lavonne suggests we “don’t look at it as painting a scene or object…see it as the movement of color across the page”.  She reminded us all that, in art and life, it’s usually best to just “keep it simple”.  Remove the pressure and the expectation, and just see what happens. For a really eye catching finishing technique use a polymer based gloss to add shine to (dry) watercolor paintings.

Thank you Lavonne, for a great demonstration - witty and inspiring! With your tips and techniques, I am actually looking forward to working with watercolors for the first time ever!

Visit her website for information about Lavonne herself, classes and workshops that she offers, and art for sale.  Links to view videos of Lavonne demonstrating her techniques are available on her website and also on the Holliston Cable Access Television website .
Contact Information for Lavonne Suwalski :
50 Walnut Road, Holliston, MA 01746 (Phone: 774-217-8718)
Email:   Website:

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Franklin Art Show & Sale Nov. 24 & 25

The Franklin Art Association is holding it annual Art Show & Sale the weekend after Thanksgiving at Dean College's Student Center, Main Street, Franklin. Free Admission, Saturday Nov. 24, 11am-9pm, and Sunday, Nov. 25, 12pm-6pm. This is the perfect time to buy that special holiday gift.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Norwood Holiday Art Sale Nov. 10

The Norwood Art Assn will hold its Holiday Art Sale Saturday, Nov. 10, 10am - 2pm at the Civic Center, 165 Nahatan Street, Norwood. A wide selection of original art work, prints, photographs, and cards will be available for purchase as holiday gifts.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Saturday Reception at Walpole Library

Three members of the Foxboro Art Association are showing their work at the new Walpole Library, one block from the center of town, at the intersection of Stone and School Streets . The artists are pictured here, right to left, Kathy Hutchinson, Diane Scotti and Frank Quinn. More than 60 of their pieces are on display. The artists will host a reception this Saturday, Oct. 27, 12 - 2 pm. The public is invited to come and meet the artists. Light refreshments will be served.
By the way, the newly constructed Walpole Library, pictured to the left, offers a lovely exhibit space for local artists and/or members of the Foxboro Art Association, individuals or groups. Anyone interested in exhibiting there should contact Diane Scotti at

Sunday, October 14, 2012

October 10 Demonstrator - Kim Weineck

Our originally scheduled demonstrator for October 10 meeting was Deb Friedman, color pencil artist.  Since the association did not have access to power point equipment, we were unable to accommodate Ms. Friedman’s power point based presentation.
Fortunately, our own Kim Morin Weineck was able step up at the last minute to provide an entertaining and educational presentation.  While possessing a talent for watercolors, when asked if she had a preferred medium Kim claimed oil paints and pastels.  Her humble admission of moving between the two mediums when she feels “stuck” got quite a few knowing chuckles. For our October meeting, Kim introduced us to the hybrid: using pastels on an oil underpainting.
Before she began, Kim recommended that the paper be pre-mounted on acid free foam core.  This step helps by not only providing a more stable “canvas” for the artist but also makes it an easier piece for the framer to manage.  Mrs. Weineck then demonstrated creating the oil underpainting from scratch.  As she painted, one association member asked if she always used a reference photo, or worked right out of her head.  Kim immediately waved her hands and replied, “Oh! I never do it out of my head!  I have such bad imagination!”  While this statement got quite a few laughs, it was surprising since her finished pieces show such beauty, talent and creativity.  The reference photo itself became another part of the night’s lesson. Kim, an artist as well as instructor, admitted it likely in the past that she’d recommend always using a high quality reference photo.  However, we all know rules were meant to be broken! For this demonstration Kim used a “lousy” reference photo with typical “errors” like poor lighting, low resolution, and cheap paper. She said she found that this actually helped her more, since it forced her “to be more creative, to take more risks”.
Mrs. Weineck provided numerous tips including diluting the oil paint with thinner.  This helps it to dry faster and can also create interesting effects as the paint runs and blends. However, we were reminded that the more thinner we use, the runnier –and therefore messier – the paint can become.  This technique could create wonderful results…or it can go horribly wrong!
 Kim finished her oil underpainting in time for intermission, allowing members to come up close to view and discuss.  After the break, Kim continued with pastel sticks on a “pre-baked” oil underpainting she had prepared ahead of time in order to have a dry base for the pastels.  Kim provided numerous helpful tips as she worked the various colors onto the painting in small, slashing, or broad strokes:
*Wearing disposable rubber gloves while working with pastels will keep hands clean.
*Using an alcohol based fixative helps keep the pastels from “dusting” or flaking
*While any alcohol will work, including vodka and gin, don’t waste “the good stuff” on fixative.
*Always test said fixative on scrap paper, not the work in progress, to see how it affects the color and consistency of the pastels.
A sincere thanks to Kim Weineck for her amusing, clever, and informative demonstration.  Her last minute save turned into quite a delight for us.  It is easy to see why her classes and art have such a loyal following! 
Kim Morin Weineck, artist and instructor, is the founder of Neponset Valley Artists.  Mrs. Weineck is a member of the Foxboro Art Association, the Arts Foundation of Cape Cod, and the Marion Art Center.  She is also a Juried Member of the Pastel Society of America. You can visit her website: to find more information about Kim, including classes she offers and artwork for sale.

(Thanks to Meredith Whalen for this article.)

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Ribbon Winners

Pictured above with Donna Maclure's watercolor painting "Tangled" is Judge Carole Berren and Show Coordinator Vera Cross. Ms. Berren awarded Donna's painting the "Best in Show" ribbon. Ms. Berren found it very difficult choosing among 111 beautiful pieces of art. Neverteheless, her are her final choices in each of the 4 media categories:
Watercolor: 1st Daydre Hamilton, “Hog Heaven “
                        2nd Leslie Berman, “Rocky Bottom “
                        3rd  Brenda Hutchinson, “Strawberries in Crystal “
HM  Jerry Aissis, “Runners”
                        HM Karen Gordon, “Pears Reflecting “
                        HM Antonia Marshall, “Forgotten Dinghy” 
Oil/Acrylic:   1st Vania Noverca-Viveiros, “Giving Thanks”
                        2nd Laura Zanghetti, “Shoe Shopping”
                        3rd Tony Donovan “Spanish Mission“
                        HM Lisa Bloom, “Radiant Peach”
                        HM Marilyn Healey, “Rainbow Bottles”
                        HM Ann Gorbett, “Summer Tans, 1950” 
Pastel:            1st Kathy Hutchinson, “End of the Day “
                        2nd Kim Weineck, “Summer Sky “
                        3rd  Betty Brenton, “Swan River Sunset “
                        HM Diane Scotti, “Freeman’s Alley” 
Mixed Media: 1st Christine Ravesi-Weinstein, “Ribbon”
                           2nd Jack Gannon “Charleston Charm”
                           3rd Nancy Antico “Wake Up Newport”
                          HM Rebecca Skinner “The Golden Hour “ 

BEST IN SHOW:  Donna MacLure, “Tangled”  (w.c.)

Last weekend, 194 ballots were cast by members of the public for their favorite pieces. As it turned out, the choice was clear and there were no hanging chads. The PEOPLE’S CHOICE was awarded to Laura Zanghetti's “Shoe Shopping”, shown above.
Thanks to all 56 members of the Foxboro Art Association who participated in this wonderful show, and to those members who worked at the gallery during the 2 weekends of the show. And special thanks to Vera Cross, Paula DePierro, Meredith Whalen and Frank Quinn who helped put the show together.

Friday, October 12, 2012

Reception Saturday 2-5 pm

A reception will be held for the 2012 Fall Members Show at the Artist's Studio and Gallery at Patriot Place, this Saturday, Oct. 13, 2-5 pm. Light refreshments will be served and the public is invited. 111 works of art by 56 local artists will be on display until 6 pm Sunday, Oct. 14. Ribbons were awarded by our judge, Carole Berren, AWS. In addition, the public's many ballots will be counted Saturday and the announcement of the "People's Choice" award will be made during the reception.

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Paintout Successful

Thanks to the many members who showed up Saturday, the Paintout drew a steady crowd into the Gallery who frequently voted for the "People's Choice" award. The weather was mostly sunny, although a bit windy, and the public seemed most appreciative of the artists' efforts. The People's Choice will be announced during the reception at the Gallery next Saturday (Oct. 13) 2-5 pm, along with the other ribbons awarded by judge Carol Berren.

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Paintout Saturday Oct 6 1-5 PM

Members' Art Show

Friday evening, Oct. 6, kicked off the 2-weekends of the Members' Fall Art Show at the Artist's Studio & Gallery at Patriot Place. Some of the artists are pictured above sitting at the gallery Friday evening. This year the public is invited to vote on their favorite piece of art for a ribbon to be awarded as the "People's Choice", in addition to the ribbons to be awarded by judge Carol Berren later in the week. And with 110 pieces of art on display, it won't be easy. The ribbon winners will be revealed at the reception to be held next Saturday, Oct. 13, 2-5 pm. Light refreshements will be served and the public is invited.

Friday, October 5, 2012

Foxboro Art Association TV interview!

Check out this great video interview with our very own Frank Quinn and Jack Gannon talking all about The Foxboro Art Association and The Artist's Studio and Gallery at Patriot Place.

Jack and Frank on the set.

Fall Members' Show Now

The Fall Members' Show is on display at the Artist's Studio & Gallery at Patriot Place for the first 2 weekends in October. Over 110 pieces in all media are being exhibited and the public is invited to vote for its favorite work of art, be it a painting, a photograph, or mixed media. A reception will be held on the second Saturday, Oct. 13, from 2-5 pm. Ribbons will be awarded and the public is invited.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Paintout Postponed One Week

Due to the rainy weather forecast, the paintout scheduled for this Saturday, Sep. 29, has been postponed to the following Saturday, Oct. 6. Hope you can make it!

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Time to plan your submissions for the Fall Members Show

Once again this year's Fall Members' Show will be displayed at the Artist's Studio & Gallery at Patriot Place and will be on display the first two weekends in October -- Oct. 5-7 and Oct. 12-14. Each member can submit two works for a fee of $5 for each entry. And if you haven’t paid your dues yet, now is the time to do so. The artist's reception is planned for the second Saturday, Oct. 13, from 2-5. A judge will award ribbons in each media sometime before the second weekend and, for the first time, the public will also be asked to vote for "The People's Choice Award". All the ribbon winners will be recognized during the reception on Oct. 13.  The drop off of entries will be at the gallery on Thursday, Oct. 4, 3-7 pm. And the pick-up will be Sunday Oct 14 at 6-7pm or Monday, Oct. 15 3-5 pm. And as we did last year, the members will be asked to help cover the gallery and greet the public for 4-hour shifts both weekends. The more the merrier!  And just so you know, the first Sunday of the exhibit (Oct. 7) will coincide with a 4:15 Patriots football game against the Denver Broncos. But no Patriot games are scheduled for Gillette Stadium the second weekend.  As usual, the forms are included with this newsletter and will also be available at the September 12 meeting. Feel free to e-mail Frank Quinn with any questions at

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Adams Farm Paintout Sep. 8

On Saturday, September 8, a Plein Air Paint Out will take place at Adams Farm, 999 North Street, Walpole, MA. The raindate will be the following day, Sunday, Sep. 9. The event, coordinated by JT Harding, will run from 10 am to 5 pm and is open to all artists using any painting medium (pastel, oil, watercolor or acrylic) for an entry fee of $30, half of which will go to the Farm and half will go to that painting judged the Best in Show. With over 700 acres of beautiful farmland, artists are guaranteed to be inspired to create something special. At the end of the day, guest juror William St. George, a Walpole resident and renowned artist, will award the grand prize to the best in the show, including a one-year membership to the Friends of Adams Farm. As an additional bonus, half of the $30 entry fee will support the Friends of Adams Farm in their mission to preserve this bucolic farmland for future generations to enjoy. Bring your painting supplies, lunch, plenty of water and bug spray.

Due to parking restrictions, registration is limited to the first 40 artists who pre-register. For more information and to pre-register, visit or contact JT Harding at 508-404-5883 or For information on guest juror William St. George, visit

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Paintout Saturday Sep. 29

We are having another Paint Out outside the Artist's Studio & Gallery at Patriot Place – maybe our last one until the Spring. If you missed our last Paint Out, you won't want to miss this one. Mark your calendar for Saturday September 29th 1pm to 5pm (rain date is Saturday October 6th same time). What is a Paint Out? A group of artists coming together to paint outdoors. It is free for both the artists and the spectators. At our last two Paint Outs (March & June) we had approximately 30 artists and hundreds of spectators. If you bring an easel you may want to bring an empty gallon jug too, which you can fill with water at the gallery, to weigh down your easel in case it gets windy. Our art gallery is located two doors down from Dunkin Donuts near Davio’s, Bar Louie’s, Skipjack’s, and Tastings. Spread the word and tell your friends about this fun event. And if it rains, we will do it the following Saturday.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Morini Gallery Photography Exhibit

The next art exhibit at the Morini Gallery in Mansfield, MA, Frame Of Mind, will run from September 8th to September 29th. MMAS invites photography for the exhibit from local photographers that “evokes emotions and may have faces that express visual emotions or tells a story with the use of light and shadows”. There is an entry fee of $7 per piece if not a member of MMAS or the Mansfield Artist Association. ($5 for members) A limit of three entries per artist. All works must be framed and have a wire on the back. Artists must submit entries September 4th & 5th.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Vera Cross at Patriot Place

Fresh off her cataract surgery, 87 year-old Vera Cross (pictured above) is displaying her exquisite watecolors at the Artist's Studio & Gallery at Patriot Place the first two weekends in August. If you haven't seen her work, you are in for a real treat. The Gallery is located behind the movie cinema, near Skipjack's, 2 doors down from Dunkin Donuts. It is open Thursday 3-6 pm (during the nearby Farmer's Market), Fridays 5-9 pm, Saturdays 1-9 pm, and Sundays 12-6 pm. Also appearing the first weekend in August is Giselle Gill, a Foxboro resident, known for her large and colorful Carribean paintings. Seven other members of the Foxboro Art Association also display their work every weekend. If you are in the neighborhood, drop by and meet Vera and Giselle and view some beautiful art, all created by members of the Foxboro Art Association.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Fall Members' Show

Once again this year's Fall Members' Show will be displayed at the Artist's Studio & Gallery at Patriot Place and will be on display for the first two weekends in October, Oct. 5-7 and Oct. 12-14. Each member is allowed to submit two works for a fee of $5/entry. The artist's reception is tentatively planned for the second Saturday, Oct. 13, from 2-5. A judge will award ribbons in each media some time between the first and second weekend and the public will be asked to vote for "The Peopl's Choice Award" which will then be announced during the reception on Oct. 13. The drop off will be Thursday, Oct. 4, 3-7 pm. And pick-up will be Sunday Oct 14 at 6-7pm or Monday, Oct. 15 3-5 pm. Members will be asked to help cover the gallery and greet the public for 4-hour shifts both weekends. The more the merrier! Just so you know, the first Sunday of the exhibit (Oct. 7) will coincide with a 4:15 Patriots football game against the Denver Broncos. But there are no football games scheduled for the second weekend. As usual, the forms will be mailed out with the September newsletter and made available at the September 12 meeting. Feel free to e-mail Frank Quinn with any questions at

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Renew Your Membership

The Foxboro Art Association has been an important part of the local art scene for more than 55 years. It helped raise $15,000 for the Boyden (Foxboro) Library; subsidized art workshops; maintained a blog through our website; published informative monthly newsletters; supported the new Artist’s Studio and Gallery at Patriot Place; awarded annual scholarships to deserving high school students and artists; and hosted wonderful demonstrators (see the photos above and below) at our monthly meetings -- to say nothing about giving our members the chance to rub elbows with some of the nicest people around.
Our mission is to encourage local art and local artistsBut we need your dues and your participation to be effective.  Please renew your membership now for the upcoming year and send in your dues of $30 to the Foxboro Art Association, PO Box 440, Foxboro MA 02035.
And if you are considering joining for the first time, this is all it takes: just your dues and contact information. It's that easy. Mail it now. You will be glad you did. Our first meeting of the new year is September 12th, 7 - 9 pm at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church (aside of Foxboro High School at 116 South Street). But we encourage you to come early, say at about 6:30, so you can meet other members and enjoy some snacks. Hope you can come.

Friday, June 29, 2012

Zullo Gallery Invitation

The Zullo Gallery in downtown Medfield invites all artists to enter its 18th annual Juried Exhibit Sep. 15-Nov. 4. Artists can submit up to 3 entries for consideraton, either by CD or e-mail. Entries must be submitted by Aug. 22 and artists will be informed by e-mail of the juror's decision by Aug. 31. The work can be in any medium, must be for sale (with a 35% commission), and must have been done within the last two years. A $20 donation is requested. The application must include the artist's name, address, phone number and e-mail address, plus the title, size, medium, price, and the date each work was completed. The Zullo Gallery is located on the second floor at 456A Main Street (Rte. 109) Medfield, MA 02052. Phone 508 359-3711. E-mail

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Paintout at Patriot Place June 24

Patriot Place has invited all artists to participate in a paintout Sunday afternoon, June 24, from about 1 pm to about 5 pm. This is our chance to strut our stuff and promote the talents of local artists to the general public, weather permitting. If it rains, the paintout will be postponed until the following Saturday, June 30. Please join us for what promises to be a fun afternoon of networking with other artists and the art-appreciating public.

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Reception in Mansfield June 16

The Next Door Gallery is hosting an artist's reception Saturday evening June 16, 7-9 pm for exhibiting artists, many of whom are members of the Foxboro Art Association. Refreshments will be served. The gallery is located in downtown Mansfield at 250 North Main Street.

Friday, June 1, 2012

Norwood Art in the Park June 9

The Norwood Art Association is holding their annual sale and exhibit "Art in the Park" on the Norwood Town Common Saturday June 9th 10am to 2pm (Rain Date June 10th) Original Art Paintings! Prints! Photographs! Cards! And more! "Come view the N.A.A Scholarship Winner's Artwork!"

Monday, May 14, 2012

UPDATE :: Christine Bodnar

As mentioned in my prior post, Christine Bodnar left our meeting intending to rework the piece back in the studio.

Yesterday she messaged me this completed piece.
Christine Bodnar
completed pastel 

And the demo piece.

Christine Bodnar
pastel demonstration FAA
Thank you for a great demonstration, Christine!

Thanks for reading, ~Kim Weineck

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Call for Artists :: RIWS

Call for Artists Announcement

 The following announcement is a press release from the RIWS:

The Rhode Island Watercolor Society (RIWS) is seeking artists for the following upcoming open, juried shows. Works selected for the shows will be on display and for sale at the Society’s Gallery, located at the J. C. Potter Casino (Boat House) in Slater Memorial Park, Armistice Boulevard, Pawtucket, RI.  Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10 AM to 4 PM and Sunday from 1 to 5 PM. 

l                    July 22 - August 9: “Water”. Hand delivery of entries to RIWS July 9  – 15 during gallery hours. Juror: Nancy Friese - Leading Rhode Island landscape painter and printmaker who also teaches at the Rhode Island School of Design.
l                    October 21 - 8, “18th Annual National Watermedia Competition”. Digital entries on CD only – deadline July 15.  Juror: Internationally acclaimed watercolorist, author, and instructor, Alvaro Castagnet, AWS.
Entry forms for both shows are available at For more information on the Rhode Island Watercolor Society and its programs and activities, contact Alyssa Wood, Gallery Director, at (401) 726-1876 and or visit the Society's web site at
Publicity Contact: Rick Cardoza, (508) 883-8250 or

Friday, May 11, 2012

Franklin Art Center:: Calendar Project

The following is an announcement from the Franklin Art Center:

2013 Artist Calendar Project Open Call


The Franklin Art Center is looking for 

local artists who have done work based 

on the Town of Franklin. We are accepting 

all mediums and will be working with a 

professional photographer to capture 

high quality imagery for the calendar.

More information:  
Or call Linda at  508 887-2797.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

May Demonstrator :: Christine Bodnar

At the FAA May meeting, Christine Bodnar was our demonstrator, and she showed us step-by-step her process to make a loose, expressionist, pastel landscape painting. 

She started with a drawing in three colors. For a landscape she said she often focuses on magentas and purples for her underpainting colors. 

The drawing complete and Christine Bodnar lays in her underpainting tones. 

Christine uses PastelMat which has been dry mounted. After her drawing is complete, she uses water and a big brush from the hardware store. She wets the pastel, and the pastel becomes a loose watercolor underpainting of the wet pastel pigment.

Christine Bodnar's completed underpainting

Christine worked quickly and efficiently. The members were interested in watching the piece develop, asking pertinent questions about the work and the pastel medium. 

Members watch in rapt attention

Christine's demonstration at the end of her demo wasn't complete because she had left some of her required colors at home. Even without those select color notes, this painting is a wonderful example of the medium and her preferred technique. 

Christine Bodnar's demonstration painting at meeting's end

Christine's smaller pastel study

Some of Christine Bodnar's supplies, imagery, and her pastel study

Discussing her work with her pastel demonstration on easel

Christine Bodnar's demo piece

Christine Bodnar's small pastel sketch 

Christine mentioned she was going to rework her piece. When she does, I'll be sure to post it here as a follow up. 

Thanks for reading!
Kim Morin Weineck 

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

New Officers Elected

The Foxboro Art Association have elected new officers for the year September 2012-May 2013: After a one year hiatus, the "new" president is Kathy Hutchinson; Jack Gannon returns as Vice President and Paula DePierro as Treasurer (for the 9th year!); the new Secretary is Lisa Bloom. Outgoing president Frank Quinn and former secretary Haydi Hurley promise to stay involved in Association activiities.

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Meeting Tuesday May 8

The last meeting for this [school] year is this Tuesday evening May 8 at 7 pm. We will elect new officers for next year and transition back to meeting on the the second Wednesdays of the month, starting on September 12. The meetings will continue at St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 116 South Street, Foxboro (next door to Foxboro High School) until completion of the "new" Boyden Library, which is scheduled to be finished by the spring/summer of 2013.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

April Notes & Deadlines

Here is some info for those of you who missed our April meeting:
(1) We must elect officers at our next (May 8) meeting. And since we are switching our meeting days back to Wednesdays next Fall, Frank Quinn will be stepping down and Kathy Hutchinson has agreed to return as president -- unless somebody else wants to vie for the position. Also stepping down after 3 years as our secretary is Haydi Hurley. But she plans to remain active and help whoever replaces her. Karole Nicholson, our intrepid demonstrator-scheduler will also be stepping down. To replace her might require two volunteers. Finally, we are hoping to find one or more volunteers to arrange for our monthly refreshments, a sort of "Martha Stewart Committee". We hope you will consider getting involved in one of these positions and adding new blood to our activities. Afterall, we are only as good as our members.
(2) For those who participated in our exhibition at the Walpole Library, you can pick up your art (or ask someone to do it for you) on Monday April 30, 4-7 pm. Thanks to all who participated in the new Library's first show. The official dedication of the new building is Saturday, April 28, 10:30 am. All are invited.
(3) Every year the Art Association awards 2 scholarships under the name of David Withers, an active member who passed away about 11 years ago. One scholarship of $600 is awarded to a graduating student from Foxboro High School who is pursuing further education in the visual arts. The other is for $200 which is awarded to an active member for a workshop or similar educational experience. The deadline for both applications is April 30. The application should be mailed to our Association, PO Box 440, Foxboro, MA 02035. The recipients will be announced at our next meeting, May 8. Please try to attend. After May, our next meeting will be in September.
Questions? Contact Frank Quinn at or (508) 668-7031.

Watercolor Exhibition April 19-May 12

The New England Watercolor Society is holding ita 13th Biennial North American Open Show at the Attleboro Arts Museum, 86 Park St., Attleboro, Aprril 19-May 12. The opening reception and awards presentation is Saturday April 28 2-4 pm. Free and open to the public. For more information consult

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Mass Audubon Reception April 12

Mass Audubon will hold an art reception and gallery talk for its new exhibit at 293 Moose Hill St., Sharon, on Thursday evening, April 12, 6-8 pm featuring the work of 5 artists: Sherrill Hannon, Katrina Kirkland-Cornia, Katrina Majkut, Sheila Pallay and Mary Wilkas. The exhibit is entitled “Captivating Landscapes – Visions and Views”. View their compelling work executed in oil, photography, monoprint and mixed media. The exhibit runs April 12 - June 19.

Saturday, March 31, 2012

April Show at Walpole Library

Members are now exhibiting their work at the brand new Walpole Public Library during the month of April. Members dropped off their work Saturday, March 31, and thanks to Haydi Hurley, Paula DePierro and Ellen Goetz, the work was immediately hung in the Community Room. The official dedication of the new library will be Saturday morning at 10:30, April 28, and our members work will be on display for all to see.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Pick Up & Drop Off

Members are reminded to pick up their pieces at the Patriot Place Gallery this Sunday, March 25 between 6 and 7 pm or the next day, Monday, March 26 between 4 and 8pm. Also, you can exhibit 2 pieces at the new Walpole Public Library, 143 School Street, Walpole (one block from the center of town and adjacent to town hall). The drop off is Saturday, March 31, 10 am-noon. The exhibit is free and will remain up until Saturday, May 5. You can sign the library waiver and provide title information when you drop off your piece(s). Because of space limitations, you can only submit 2 pieces which are smaller than 16x20 or one piece if it is 16x20 (excluding the frame). There is no room for pieces larger than 16x20.

Monday, March 19, 2012

2 Receptions Saturday

There will be two back-to-back receptions this Saturday March 24 for exhibiting members of the Foxboro Art Association in Mansfield, MA. The first one is at the Morini Gallery/Black Box Theater, 377 North Main St., 5-7 pm (for the Breakout Exhibit)and the second one is afterwards, 7-9 pm down the street at the Next Door Gallery, 250 North Main Street. Once again free food and music for all of us art lovers!

Pastel workshop overview :: Deb Quinn-Munson

Saturday, St Patrick's Day, Foxboro Art Association offered a pastel workshop with Deb Quinn-Munson. The focus was on underpainting and Deb demonstrated the technique of underpainting with oil for a pastel painting. Very interesting and vibrant!

Cindy Kerr listens to Deb's demo

Those in attendance were privy to a plethora of helpful information about painting, composition, underpainting options, etc. Deb even provided each participating artist with a sample piece of Ampersand PastelBord. How wonderful free gifts are! 

Deb mixes her underpainting colors in oil. 

Deb is an acclaimed artist and was well-known to many workshop participants. She's been the cover artist for the Artist's magazine and will be featured in an article in the same magazine this coming fall. 

The cover was beautiful and only the light on the water
and the boater is done in pastel - the rest is oil underpaiting! 

Deb is a consummate professional and came to the workshop thoroughly prepared with examples of her planned demonstration. Watching her develop her sheet of blank Wallis paper to nearly the level of completed pastel she brought to show us was a wonderful learning experience for everyone there.

Deb's pastel demo on easel and the completed piece near the window. 

Personally I was so busy working I didn't get to take photos of everyone working or their individual pieces except for this one of Kathy working on her successful venture and mine below. 

Kathy Hutchinson's successful workshop creation. 

Kim Weineck's workshop creation. What fun this was! 

Some pearls of wisdom from the workshop:
Put as little pastel on the piece as you can. 
Use a light touch at the beginning.
Flirt with applying the pastel at the onset. 
To remove a mistaken application of pastel, just brush it off. 
No color exists in a vacuum. 
Something is appealing about lighter colors on top of darker ones. 
Skies are good places to experiment with color. 
Always watch shapes and marks you create. 
Museum glass is wonderful but expensive. 
Think about the re-doing something as losing it and finding it again. 
Move around the painting so things develop at a consistent pace. 
Go for it and don't be afraid!
Blue tape can adversely affect your color decisions. 
Remove the wrappers to your pastels and break them up!
Color gets all the glory. Value does all the work. 
Start with the focal point. Don't paint yourself into a corner. 

Thank you, Nancy Bacevich, for organizing this fantastic day!