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VIRTUAL GALLERY

“Pause and Reflect” by Susan Kounanis
10×8
Oil painting 

“Zip 3” by Susan Robinson
Pen and Ink
“Cricket” by Susan Robinson
8 x 10 in pastel

“Exposed.”
by William Talamantes
graphite and charcoal.
 “Pagoda of Bagan.”
by William Talamantes
Micron sakura on a Moleskine sketchbook.

“Art has always been an extremely frustrating and even at times
exhausting form of escape for me. From the constant comparisons to
other artists’ work, as well spending hours staring at the paper
trying to find inspiration. While also dealing with the fact that I
try to now get my work Instagram ready, to be consumed by viewers who
show their appreciation through the tapping of a screen. Then I
further place the value of my art and inevitably myself on the number
of likes and interactions I get. It was easier drawing as a kid for
me, because in those days I cared so much less about the final product
and just loved the process of my art. And I unknowingly placed my
value not in the quality, but in the effort applied. However, my love
for expressing myself and escaping supersedes the frustrations I
experience through the process. And each stroke or movement of the
pencil feels like a breath of fresh air too. So, there is always this
constant conflict that I imagine many artists and/or creators feel as
well. So, I guess we can only really try to just do the best we can,
and try to not simply use other people’s opinions to legitimize or
delegitimize the art piece (easier said than done).”

William Talamantes

“Self-Reflection.”
by William Talamantes
Watercolor and Micron Sakuras on 140lbs watercolor paper.
“Reclusivity.”
by William Talamantes
Watercolor on 140 lbs watercolor paper.
“Lençóis Maranhenses.”
by William Talamantes
Micron sakura on a Moleskine sketchbook.
“Yellow Mountain, China.”
by William Talamantes
Micron sakura on a Moleskine sketchbook.

“Unicorn Birthday Cake” by Marjory Abeyta

“This was a really fun painting done as a birthday card for my granddaughter who loves all things unicorn. 5″x7″ watercolor on Arches hot press paper.  Then for a little magic, light shimmery washes of iridescent white and gold acrylic paint.”  – Marjory Abeyta
“Blue Heron For Mike’s” by Marjory Abeyta

“This was made as a 30th birthday card for the son of my best friend. It’s small, 4″x5″ and it was fun to work something so small and under a time constraint.  Watercolor on 140 lb Arches paper.” – Marjory Abeyta
“Fantasy Coral Reef” by Barbara Cohen
“Saguaro Cacti at Sunset” by Barbara Cohen

“Here are two of my mixed media works on watercolor paper. Acrylics, Posca pens, and pastels. 

From the desert to the sea!” – Barbara Cohen


Upcoming Workshops and Demos at Art Central

Be sure to read the information and register with the correct contact for the classes you are interested in.

Discovering Italic Calligraphy with Mary Lou Johnson

Sat, Aug 7th, 10:30am-3:30pm
AND Sun, Aug 8th from 1-3:30pm

In this 2-day workshop, Mary Lou Johnson will start with an intro to the basics of the italic script, a good review for intermediate level, and a great start for beginners. Then Learn the use of broad edge pen proportion, pen angle, and letter spacing using Pilot Parallel Pens. Practice will result in finished weather grams ready to hang in your yard or patio. See her website here: https://www.mjohnsondesign.com/

Ages: Teen and Adult
Price: $45 per student, payable by check
To Register: Contact Mary Lou by email: mljohnson805@att.net or text: (805)441-3246

Provided Materials: Paper and other tools for trial
Required Materials: Pilot Parallel Pen(s) 2.4mm (available for purchase at Art Central) 


Bees Watercolor Workshop with Hilda Vandergriff

Friday, August 13th from 10:30am – 12:30pm

Learn how to paint Bees with Daniel Smith Genuine colors.  In this lesson, you will learn how to paint a loose background and how to bring out blossoms. Your main star attraction will be the bees. The bees will have greater delicate details.  A lesson handout will be emailed to you so you can prepare your watercolor paper once payment is received. You will watch demo steps on the painting process. This is a class for anyone, no experience is required. Come have fun painting and learn about watercolors. 

Fee: $49.00 per person payable by cash or check
To enroll contact: Hilda Vandergriff
Phone: 559-679-5099
Email: Hvandergri@aol.com
Ages: 8 Years and older

*To reserve your spot mail the lesson fee to Hilda Vandergriff, 1854 N. Pamela Ave., Clovis, CA 93619. Fees will not be processed until after the art lesson.  A credit wavier certificate will be issued if you cancel 24 hours before date of lesson. 

Materials Needed (available thru Art Central, please note that some colors must be ordered in advance): 

-Daniel Smith Watercolor Paint for this Lesson: Rhodonite Genuine, Amethyst Genuine, Turquoise Genuine, New Gamboge, Burnt Sienna, Paynes Grey

-Watercolor brush sizes round #8, #4, a rigger brush, 1” flat brush

-9×12 watercolor pad or Arches 140 lb. paper 

-Watercolor palette 

-Water container 

-Paper Towels 


Layer-On-Layer with Shirley Horacek

Saturday, August 14th from 10:30am – 1:30pm

Watercolor, Elegant Writers, colored tissue collage and watercolor crayons equals a colorful “layer-on-layer” painting. Learn how to combine a variety of materials to enjoy in all your painting ventures!

Fee: $40 per person payable by cash or check
To enroll contact: Shirley Horacek
Email:  bnshoracek@gmail.com
Ages: 18 Years and older

Required materials – (available at Art Central)

Arches 140 lb Watercolor Paper Cold press, Elegant Writer 1.3 extra fine black pen, transfer paper, *Watercolor crayons or pencils (*Since these are a bit expensive, I am willing to share mine)


Live demo with David Limrite
Expressive Figure Drawing using oil paint sticks 

August 15th, 1pm – 3pm

In this two-hour demo, David will demonstrate creating an emotionally charged, expressive figure drawing with oil paint sticks from a live model.

FREE DEMO

To register, please contact us at artcentralslo@yahoo.com, please include your phone number.

LIMITED TO 12 in-person participants. We still have room, register now!

*This Demo will be streamed LIVE on our Instagram account @artcentralslo so if you can’t make it or we run out of room, please go and watch the demo on our Instagram.


Imaginative masks with Dorothy
 FOR KIDS

Aug 21st from 10:30am-12:30pm
Ages 7yrs -11 yrs old (parents may participate)
Cost: $20 per student, plus purchase a mask from Art Central ($4 ea)

What: Come join in the fun! Use brightly colored paper, maps, feathers, pictures and text from magazines, beads and all kinds of bling to adorn your mask!  Make it happy, spooky, silly… make it a reflection of yourself or something or someone you’d want to be.  The possibilities are endless!

*we will photograph images of completed projects to use as advertising in future classes

(Children must wear masks)

To register, contact Dorothy by email:
timdorothy60@charter.net


In Stitches – Bookbinding Workshop with Mary Lou Johnson

August 28th from 10:30am – 4:30pm with an hour lunch break


Learn the basics of bookbinding, paper folding, punching, and stitching for 3 book structures: Stab Binding, Long Stitch File Folder Book and a Clarkson Book made from one sheet of paper. Limited to 6. Complete kits to be provided. Bring tools. Tools list available for those registered. 
materials available at Art Central.

Fee: $45 plus $10 material fee

Stab Binding
Clarkson Binding

To register, Contact Mary Lou by email: mljohnson805@att.net or text: (805)441-3246


Hilda Vandergriff – Bird of Paradise Watercolor Lesson

Thursday, September 9th 10:30am – 12:30pm

Learn how to paint a beautiful Bird of Paradise flower painting using watercolors.  In this lesson, you will learn how to paint a loose background and how to bring out flowers with vibrant colors. Your main star attraction will be the colorful flowers. A lesson handout will be emailed to you so you can prepare your watercolor paper once payment is received. You will watch demo steps on the painting process. This is a class for anyone, no experience is required. Come have fun painting and learn about watercolors. 

To enroll contact: Hilda Vandergriff
Phone: 559-679-5099
Email: Hvandergri@aol.com
Fee: $49.00 per person, payable by cash or check
Ages: 8 Years and older

To reserve your spot mail the lesson fee to Hilda Vandergriff, 1854 N. Pamela Ave., Clovis, CA 93619. Fees will not be processed until after the art lesson.  A credit waiver certificate will be issued if you cancel 24 hours before the date of the lesson. 

Materials Needed for Lesson:  (available thru Art Central, please note that some colors must be ordered in advance): 

-Daniel Smith Watercolor Paint: New Gamboge, Imperial Purple, Cobalt Teal Blue, Ultra Marine Blue, Permanent Rose, Payne’s Grey

   -Watercolor brush sizes round #10, #8, #4, and a rigger brush

   -9×12 watercolor pad or Arches 140 lb. paper  

   -Watercolor palette 

   -Water container 

   -Paper Towels 


Monthly Printmaking workshop with the Central Coast Printmakers

Cost: $15 per person
(High School and College students will receive a discount if they show student ID).

The first workshop is NOW FULL on Tuesday, August 10th from 10am-4pm 

Register now for the next available workshop, September 14th from 10am-4pm

To register: Contact Tricia Reichert at Tricia@tricia-reichert.com

For more about this opportunity and the group click HERE


Be sure to check out the new page on our website – lists of other local Art Classes, Demonstrations, online sessions, gallery exhibits, artist opportunities, and more. Press this button:


NEW Gallery Opening!
The Enchanted Gallery of Wonders by Amy T. Won Gallery

“To all explorer hearts aching for an unknown more, sail with me on a wonder-filled journey of re-embracing our humanity, our wildness, our very essence of aliveness.

– Amy T. Won


Hours: Monday-Friday By Appointment
Address: 2280 Sunset Dr. Suite E (for Enchantment!), Los Osos, CA 93402
Phone: (Eight Oh Five)-242-6887
Instagram @amytwon Website www.amytwon.com
Art medium: watercolor, oil, and words. 


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Art Central’s R&F ArtyFacts:

Can you combine Pigment Sticks with tube oil paint?

Yes, in fact, we recommend giving it a try. Our Pigment Sticks® offer a terrific tool for painting and “drawing” directly onto your support. Beyond this, as you play and push their limits, and combine them with items you may already have in your studio, you’ll find out just how much you can do.

One way you can try this is by building up an abstract ground, or the general shapes, values, and contrast of a representational scene with a brush and tube oil paints. Once you have these forms established, apply Pigment Sticks® to build up layers and apply the “final touches”. This could be the glimmering light in a plein-air scene, the heavier contrast of a still life, or visual textures easily achieved with our sticks.
Underpainting with tube oil paints.
Building up layers and texture with R&F Pigment Sticks.

You can also integrate oil painting mediums traditionally made for tube oil paints. Oil painting mediums have long been used to alter the state of oil paint, such as transparency, consistency, drying time and so on. You can use any of these mediums, varnishes, solvents if you choose the same way you would with tube oil paints. We have a plethora of colors of these amazing oil sticks here at Art Central – Try them out today!

HAPPY PAINTING!

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