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Have you started your Inktober challenge? I hid in the sidelines for the last couple of years and enjoyed the work that various artists produced. Seeing the growth of each of the artists as they practice and mastered their art. But this year I plan to participate at least once a week with the prompts using my style of art.
Let’s start at the beginning, What is Inktober? Inktober is a month-long art challenge created by artist Jake Parker. It is focused on improving your drawing habits. Every day for the month of October those participating creates an ink drawing and can post it online if they choose using the following hashtags #inktober #inktober2018 if you want others to see your art.
Jake has prompts for each day to spark your creativity but you don’t need to use prompts. The point is to create, learn and grow. If you're interested in participating check out the Inktober webpage for details.
I invite you as fellow artist to pick up your ink and pen and create, learn and explore with me. Looking forward to seeing what you create. Post it on our Facebook page, Instagram or Twitter. Please add the following hashtag #FVACInktober so we can see what you’ve been up to.
Want to know a little more about Jessica? Check out her bio.
Meet Leah Hauser, the 2018 David Morris Scholarship for Students in the Arts recipient. Leah graduated with honors from Fuquay-Varina High School and plans to attend N.C. State College of Art & Design. She was a member of the National Art Honor Society and served as Vice President during her senior year at FVHS. Leah was also a co-founder of the Cinema Club, collaborated on several community service projects, and held a number of leadership roles at FVHS. “She puts her all into everything she does,” says Nancy Robinson, Leah’s art teacher and FVHS Art Instructor. “She is well respected by her teachers and her peers. She has superb social skills, and her classmates often ask for her suggestions and advice on their work.”
Photo credit: Prestige Portraits
Acrylic and glitter on canvas
20 in X 24 in
Spray paint and acrylic on canvas
11 in X 14 in
18 in X 24 in
Photo credit: Paul Wiltsey
FVAC Secretary Shirley Hunsberger, presented the scholarship to Leah on behalf of the Arts Council during the FVHS Senior night. “Thank you so much for the David Morris scholarship as I am honored to have received it this year,” Hauser recently said in an email to the Council. “I truly appreciate the support that the Arts Council provides for students majoring in the arts.” The scholarship is an annual award open to graduating high school students in the Fuquay-Varina community. For more details, check out Artists Opportunities.
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En plein air is a French term, meaning "painting in the outdoors". Some of our FVAC Members and friends gathered to paint en plein air in various locations in and around Fuquay-Varina in 2017. Read more on the "Rural Rendezvous" post, 3/181/17.
Pictured below: Cassidy English, Ann Mayer, Vickie Wilson, Judy Lucas, George Howe, Leila Hartman, Diane Knesovich, Flora Pinkham.
Holt Farm, March 17th, 2017Holland Road Sheds, March 29th, 2017
BB King at Rock Harbor Grill, April 5th, 2017
Hall Farm near Chalybeate Springs, November 18th, 2017
FV Christmas Tree Lighting, November 30th, 2017
by Vickie Wilson
St. Patrick's Day morning was full of sunshine as three local painters met on the Holt Farm property near Holly Springs. George Howe, Flora Pinkham, and Vickie Wilson plied their skills with cold fingers for several hours painting en plein air, or outdoors.
George chose to paint the old red barn beside Cass Holt Road. It is very difficult to paint with the sun directly on your painting surface and get the right values, but this was the angle he wanted.
Flora drew a crowd of curious calves as she used a sketch to plan the layout of her painting.
Flora stood sideways to her subject, the shed on the right, in order to eliminate the direct sunlight on her painting board. Vickie set up to paint the same shed, but she was in dappled light at first and more shade toward the end.
George's barn painting nailed the colors and values he was after. With many years of experience, he was able to compensate for the brilliant sunlight on his work.
Flora's shed turned out beautifully. She tweaked the colors a bit to help the shed stand out as a focal point. To the eye, the colors and values of the shed seemed almost the same as the tree patterns surrounding it.
Vickie shortened the slope to the right of the scene to create a more interesting composition. She also made the emerging dogwood blossoms more prominent to give contrast to the right side of the shed.
A special thanks to Joel Holt for allowing us access to his private property. These three plan to paint more local vistas during 2017. If you would like to join us, or if you know of places we could get permission to paint, please contact Vickie Wilson at firstname.lastname@example.org, or leave a comment below.
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