Friday, April 15, 2016

Career Night - Artist


It was so much fun to be a presenter at 
Career Night 
at Dorsa Elementary, 
in the Alum Rock School District
(this is where I used to teach 25 years ago)
 on April 14, 2016.

Getting ready to present!

Pam is the organizer of the Career Night at Dorsa Elementary.
She volunteers her time to support this school 
in so many ways,
Even though she doesn't live in this area,

I'm all set...

I brought several of my paintings, my easel and paints,

2 handout for the kids (see below)

& a Google-Slide Presentation (see below)

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Ideas to help inspire drawing in sketchbooks

Artist Careers - Word Search

2 points I emphasized

1) There are many careers in art....

not just being a painter!

2) If you want to be an artist...

Fill your sketchbooks


Focus on what you love!

Career Night - Artist

Monday, April 4, 2016

Watercolor Sketchbook Journal Workshop

My Watercolor Sketchbook Journal
Such a fun way to capture special moments!

Below you will find: 

  1. Supply List for the class which includes a link to Amazon where you can buy what items you want or at least look at them more in depth.  
  2. A bibliography of books and a DVD
  3. The Slideshow I will present during the workshop

Our 30th Anniversary Trip to Italy!

Sitting out on the terrace...aaahhh!
La Dolche Vita 
Our Lake Como Apartment Terrace

Hiking in Ortesei, Italy


You have 3 options
1 - Bring what you have

2 - Buy new materials  (I have made a list at Amazon with some ideas for you - you can buy online by using the link below - or look at the list and head to your favorite art store.)

3 - I will have some supplies at the Workshop 
         + a starter sketchbook made of watercolor paper
         + some watercolor paints 
         + pencils and erasers
         + water containers
         + Ultra-fine Sharpies 

Note the duplicate suggestions with cost considerations.  
You can choose what you prefer.

Here is the supply list... In Order of Necessity

  • Paper (sketchbook) - at least 80 lb. or more
  • Mechanical Pencil
  • Brushes - 1 or 2 smaller watercolor
  • Paints
  • Water Container
  • Paper Towels
  • Camera (Cell Phone)
  • Ultra Fine Sharpie
  • Carrying Bag
  • Kneaded Eraser
  • Other Permanent Ink Pens (colors, different sizes)

Optional Items

  • Small Ruler
  • Toothbrush
  • Saran Wrap
  • Sticky Notes
  • Q-tips
  • Sponge
  • Glue Stick
  • Small Scissors
  • Salt

(They are listed on my Supply (Amazon) List as well.)

 The Artist's Way  by Julia Cameron (Paperback)

 Beginning Watercolor Journaling  Starring Christina Lopp, Gay Kraeger, Jerome Domurat (DVD)

The Creative License: Giving Yourself Permission to Be the Artist You Truly Are
by Danny Gregory 

Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear
by Elizabeth Gilbert

Peter Reynolds Creatrilogy Box Set (Dot, Ish, Sky Color)
by Peter H. Reynolds


Below is the slide show for the 
Watercolor Sketchbook Journal Workshop 
(use the arrow at the bottom to move the slides)

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Finishing a Painting!

20 x 24 Oil
by Julie Ferrario

It was time to finish this painting!!
I had started it just before I remodeled our kitchen.
I worked on it during the remodel, 
but my life and home were so interrupted with a remodel and a move 
that I just couldn't focus on a more complex painting.

The trick is to just keep plugging along.  
Don't give up.
Get back to it when you can.


 I was inspired by a magazine cover I saved from a trip to Georgia.
Several years later sketched it out in a value study
There was just something about the 
flowers, the sign and the brick wall that I loved.

As I studied the picture I was curious to find out more about the poster.  
What a delight to find ...

Berthe Hoola Van Nooten

She was a Dutch botanical artist, 
noted for her botanical plates illustrating 
"Fleurs, Fruits et Feuillages Choisis de l'Ile de Java" in 1863-64. 

Born: October 12, 1817, Utrecht, Netherlands
Died: April 12, 1892

Van Nooten had accompanied her husband on a trip to Jakarta, 
the capital of Java, one of the largest islands in Indonesia. 
When he died unexpectedly, however, 
the young widow found herself alone 
in a strange country, deeply in debt, with a family to support.

Though unable to afford passage back to Belgium for her family, 
Van Nooten was undeterred by her bleak situation. 
She realized that flower books were all the rage in Europe, and decided to put her artistic skills to good use by painting the exotic plants and flowers of her home in exile.  
With Queen Mathilde-Sophie of the Netherlands as her patron, 
van Nooten produced 40 detailed illustrations of the island's flora, 
which were subsequently printed in Belgium by famous printmaker P. Depannemaeker. The result of her hard work,
 Fleurs, Fruits et Feuillages Choisis de l'Ile de Java, was first published in 1863-64 using the new technique of chromolithography.  

"Van Nooten was clearly a more than competent artist, for the splendid tropical plants, with their lush foliage, vividly colored flowers and exotic fruit, have been depicted with great skill. She managed to accentuate the splendor of each species by adopting a style that combined great precision and clarity with a touch of neo-Baroque exuberance, reveling in the rich forms and colors of the tropics." — Lucia Tongiorgi Tomasi, 


It is a testament to Berthe Hoola van Nooten's 
strength, creativity and perseverance
 that she accomplished such a daunting task under the most difficult of circumstances. 

Today, van Nooten's work is among 
the most sought-after of female artists 
from the 19th century; 
original prints from 
Fleurs, Fruits et Feuillages typically sell for upwards of 
$500-1,000 each.


Okay so back to the painting....I think I got stalled on the writing I had to do on the poster.

I simply took out my ruler, pencil, eraser and bravery and just got started.

 Step by step you get it done.  
Yes I had to erase.
Yes I had to paint loosely even on the lettering.
Yes I had to wipe off some lettering & start over.

 Then I got to play with the flowers....FLEURS!

There is sumthin about playing with FLEURS that I just love to do!

Thanks to...
Berthe Hoola Van Nooten

Her story helped me find my
strength, creativity and perseverance
to accomplish my painting
after a year of upheavals!