Tuesday, March 30, 2010
The Arizona Plein Air Painters Annual Juried Show runs from April 8th - 14, 2010. The opening reception is on April 9th during the Sedona Artwalk, please join the artists to see all the artwork and the awards presentation. Our judge of awards is Betty Carr.
Artwork Delivery: 8-10Am on Thursday, April 8th
Pickup of artwork: Wednesday April 14th
Monday, March 29, 2010
Here are the artists that I picked up work for.
It is best to email me,
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
APAP Website Provides Exposure for Members
The APPA Board of Directors is continually seeking opportunities for members to show their work and to become known to the state and regional art community. The website is one of the primary tools for members to recognized and located. An example of a recent success in this process was an opportunity for several members to be invited to participate in a Phoenix Airport Museum Art Show titled, " Landscapes Under Foot". . The mission of this museum program is "to showcase
2009 was a challenging year for artists attempting to sell their work. Many of you may be as frustrated as the Board is with the lack of sales at recent shows. However, we understand that this past year was the worst year for gallery sales in over two decades and many galleries were forced to close. So we were not alone in our challenge. We encourage APAP members to not be too discouraged, but to use this slow time to effectively market yourself as an artist and the quality of your paintings. We will continue to do our best to provide you with opportunities to have your work seen by the public through shows and paint-outs. Keep your website image up to date with your best work and keep painting!
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
The 2010 Historic Festival includes a Paint the Strip plein air event. This year's event features artists such as Robert Goldman and Walter Porter. We are extending the deadline for application to .
So far the event is already garnering good press.
Please visit www.CelebrateHistoricTucson.com for the prospectus. And please share this email with your fellow painters.
Friday, March 19, 2010
Thursday, March 18, 2010
Boyce Thompson Arboretum -Jan.
As most of you already know our State Parks are hurting for funding and have closed many of our beautiful parks. The Education dept. has been closed down and all our friends that worked there no longer have jobs. We can not continue the Paint-outs as they were- but what APAP would like to do is continue to have our members regularly visit and paint the landscapes of the remaining open locations. These will be casual come when you want, no competitions or stamping of canvases, just paint and meet up with friends. Please encourage your painting buddies to join you, no they do not have to join APAP to attend. If you belong to another painting organization encourage the group to come out on these days and join us. Here are the locations that we know of as of March 18, 2010. Some have dates to be determined. If you would like to be a host (just be friendly and greet artists, answer painting questions) please let us know.
April 24th The Farm at South Mountain (not a State Park but a paintout location)
www.thefarmatsouthmountain.com and see the blog entry
April 25th Lost Dutchmen
July Fools Hollow
Sept.25/26 Dead Horse
Slide Rock- Applefest
November 27,28 Fall Festival at Boyce Thompson Arboretum
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
In an attempt to fairly and properly judge representational paintings, it is recommended that the juror consider both sides of the painting, the objective and subjective.
Idea: The first consideration might be about whether the piece speaks on an emotional level. Does it create a convincing mood? Is there some intriguing mystery or does it achieve an intangible richness? How successful is the overall idea? Is the artist's interpretation of the subject generally successful?
Opinions on these more subjective considerations may vary widely from one juror to the next, depending on personal taste, and the level of understanding and experience of the juror.
The technical considerations are only a little more easily determined. From a more objective standpoint, the juror can now begin dissecting the technical merits of the painting.
Design and Composition: Is the design interesting or static? Does the composition support the design effectively and is there an interesting division on positive and negative space? Is there a simple arrangement of the main masses with a clear dominant feature? Is there an effective lead-in to the focal point?
Values: Has the artist controlled the values or manipulated them in an interesting way? Do the values contribute to a sense of depth in the painting?
Drawing: Is the drawing good? Is the perspective correct and consistent throughout? Is there good proportion from one mass to another? Good shapes? Is the position of the focal point attractive or distracting?
Color: Is there a convincing sense of depth, perhaps richer in the foreground and more grey in the background? Does the color scheme support the overall mood of the painting? Is the color exciting or is it simply out of control? Are there interesting combinations of warms and cools? Are the temperature relationships believable?
Paint Application – Edges and brushwork: What about the surface treatment? Are the brushstrokes confident or tentative? Are all the brushstrokes the same, causing a static effect, or is there an interesting variety in the length and size of the strokes? Does the brushwork lend itself to the subject, does it create a believable sense of light and atmosphere? Is it robust or formulaic? Is there a variety of different edges? Are there some wonderful thick and thin passages? (oils and acrylics).
It is recommended that a summation or final assessment be made from the proper viewing distance for the size painting being judged. Step back and see if it works on the whole.
In the end, the jurying/judging process will always be quite subjective. None of us can escape our own personal preferences or current levels of understanding. However, a responsible juror can attempt to assess from all the major vantage points for each work considered.
Ultimately, the juror must answer the question, how well did the artist achieve that delicate balance between inspiration and skill? Both must be evident for a painting to succeed as art.
A note about CD submissions:
Many excellent paintings get rejected from shows and competitions simply because the CD was poorly prepared. Take a little time and make sure the painting is photographed well, cropped well and shows well on you computer before you burn your CD.
Remember entries are judged only on the quality of the image presented digitally.