September Art in Action: A Month of Free Events - Festival Pass - Free!

Sign up for all the September Art in Action Events below at once with this Festival Pass!  If you sign up for the pass, Zoom links will be emailed to you the night before each event and they’ll be accessible on the September Art in Action Festival page along with the recordings.

If you only want Zoom links and recordings for a few, you may sign up for any events individually on the festival catalog page here.

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Joe Gyurcsak – Successful Elements of Design in Painting (Online); Wednesday, September 1, 2021

Time: 10:00-11:30 AM Pacific Time/1:00-2:30 PM Eastern Time/6:00-7:30 PM London Time

Join us for this hour-long powerpoint presentation with Utrecht/Blick product specialist and award-winning painter Joe Gyurcsak. Following the presentation Joe will take time to answer design questions.

Amy Brnger – Reworking an Unsuccessful Painting (Online); Friday, September 3, 2021

Time: 10:00-11:30 AM Pacific Time/1:00-2:00 PM Eastern Time/6:00-7:30 PM London Time

Join Amy Brnger as she shares her techniques for reworking an unsuccessful painting. Reworking a bad painting is always an alternative to destroying it. Working on one of her own failed paintings, Amy will demo some of the techniques she uses. Be forewarned, it might not work out! However, participants will be able to see and discuss why the painting is unsuccessful, discuss corrective options, and watch Amy repaint an image.

David Mensing – Palette Knife Paint-Along (Online); Saturday, September 4, 2021

Time: 10:00-11:30 AM Pacific Time/1:00-2:00 PM Eastern Time/6:00-7:30 PM London Time

In this fun online paint-along with artist David Mensing, discover how the artist uses the palette knife to create his energy charged, light-filled landscape and still life paintings. Reference photo will be provided. Mensing will paint in oils.

Laura Vahlberg – Step Outdoors: Plein Air Painting Approaches (Online); Monday, September 6, 2021

Time: 10:00-11:30 AM Pacific Time/1:00-2:30 PM Eastern Time/6:00-7:30 PM London Time

Step outdoors with Laura Vahlberg as she demonstrates landscape painting on site. She will discuss materials and various approaches to painting the motif in the ever changing light. A slideshow of work by other landscape painters will follow the recorded demonstration and there will be some time for questions and discussion.

Mark Daniel Nelson – Painting with Procreate (Online); Tuesday, September 7, 2021

Time: 10:00-11:00 AM Pacific Time/1:00-2:00 PM Eastern Time/6:00-7:00 PM London Time

The iPad is a powerful and intuitive tool for examining not only your own “work in progress”,  but also the work of master artists. Exploring options for color, value, and composition using a digital approach eliminates the need to wait for paint to dry and accelerates the process of experimentation. Join us for this free introduction to the app Procreate and see for yourself how to utilize this technology to accelerate your learning.

Chris Witkowski – Concept to Creation: Creating the 2021 Wooden Boat Festival Poster (Online); Wednesday, September 8, 2021

Time: 10:00-11:30 AM Pacific Time/1:00-2:30 PM Eastern Time/6:00-7:30 PM London Time

Fine artist and illustrator Chris Witkowski will share the process of how she created the 2021 Wooden Boat Festival poster in this online presentation offered through the Winslow Art Center on Bainbridge Island. She will describe how she and the Wooden Boat Festival team came up with the concept for the poster. With photos she took using a live model, she will demonstrate how these were combined with historical photos and other reference materials to construct the vibrant pastel painting used in the poster. Experience the process of how this compelling image came to be in support of one of our most venerable Northwest traditions, the 45th Wooden Boat Festival.

Anton Nowels – There Are No Ugly Colors! (Online); Friday, September 10, 2021

Time: 10:00-11:30 AM Pacific Time/1:00-2:30 PM Eastern Time/6:00-7:30 PM London Time

Discover an experimental approach to color in this 1-1/2-hour presentation with contemporary impressionist painter Anton Nowels. Broaden your understanding of what color can do and how to use it, and find out why there are no ugly colors!

Rick Fox – Head X 2: Two Ways of Translating the Head (Online); Saturday, September 11, 2021

Time: 10:00-11:30 AM Pacific Time/1:00-2:30 PM Eastern Time/6:00-7:30 PM London Time

With masterworks as his examples, Rick Fox will share demonstrations in charcoal and pencil of two different approaches he uses to prioritize information of the head.

Mark Russell – Abstraction in Nature: Painting with Cold Wax (Online); Monday, September 13, 2021

Time: 10:00-11:30 AM Pacific Time/1:00-2:30 PM Eastern Time/6:00-7:30 PM London Time

Join contemporary painter Mark Russell to discover some of the basics of painting with cold wax. Mark will talk about materials and processes that he uses for painting with this medium, then demo techniques for creating his often imagined landscapes, most often described as serene and calming.

Chris Bennett & Haidee-Jo Summers – The Challenge of Teaching Painting, a Non-Verbal Language (Online); Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Time: 11:00 AM-12:30 PM Pacific Time/2:00-3:30 PM Eastern Time/ 7:00-8:30 PM London Time

Join teaching artists Chris Bennett and Haidee-Jo Summers, both members of the Royal Institute of Oil Painters, for this stimulating conversation about the challenges of teaching the non-verbal language of art. Both artists will share their ideas and approaches.

Sarah Hansen – Landscape Watercolor Paint-Along (Online); Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Time: 10:00-11:30 AM Pacific Time/1:00-2:30 PM Eastern Time/6:00-7:30 PM London Time

Get your paints ready for this fun 1-1/2-hour Paint-Along with watercolor and acrylic artist Sarah Hansen. Working from photo reference, Sarah will share techniques for creating fast and loose watercolor landscapes. Paint in watercolor, gouache or acrylic.

Jane Davies – The Repeated Mark: Pattern as Image (Online); Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Time: 10:30-11:30 AM Pacific Time/1:30-2:30 PM Eastern Time/6:30-7:30 PM London Time

The repeated mark or motif that is repeated results in what we call a pattern. Pattern is ubiquitous as decoration or adornment for clothing, bedding, rugs, dishes, notebooks, and so many other things we use in everyday life. But some patterns are called upon to be images in their own right. A painting using pattern as its predominant format does not adorn something else. It invites you to be drawn into the repeated motif for its own sake.

In this presentation I will show you some examples of all-over design or pattern that, to me, are strong images in themselves. Then I will demonstrate a few approaches that I have used to create images that derive from a repeated mark. I would love to get your comments and thoughts on pattern and image as well, so I will leave time for discussion.

Jean Mackay – Facing Birds Head On (Online); Friday, September 17, 2021

Time: 10:00-11:30 AM Pacific Time/1:00-2:30 PM Eastern Time/6:00-7:30 PM London Time

Join nature artist Jean Mackay to take a closer look at bird eyes, beaks, feather groups, and anatomy. In this 1-1/2-hour presentation/work-along, Jean will show you how to render bird heads quickly and accurately in multiple poses. Jean will work primarily in pencil, but will add ink and watercolor to enliven a few of her sketches. Work along with Jean or just watch!

Bernard Dellario – Gouache Paint-Along (Online); Monday, September 20, 2021

Time: 11:00 AM-12:30 PM Pacific Time/2:00-3:30 PM Eastern Time/7:00-8:30 PM London Time

Grab your paints for this 1-1/2-hour paint-along with plein air and studio painter Bernard “Bernie” Dellario. Bernie will paint in gouache from photo reference, sharing how he uses this versatile medium. He will be doing 2- 8×10 paintings. Not a gouache painter? No worries! Paint along in the medium of your choice.

Drawing in Colour: a Conversation with Artist Sarah Spackman and Gallery Owner Sarah Wiseman (Online); Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Time: 9:30-11:00 AM Pacific Time/12:30-2:00 PM Eastern Time/5:30-7:00 PM London Time

Join us for this live online tour of British artist Sarah Spackman’s new gallery exhibition Drawing in Colour at the Sarah Wiseman Gallery in Oxford, England. This conversation between Spackman and gallery owner Sarah Wiseman will cover the artist’s latest works and offer insight into the working relationship between artist and gallery owner.

Tracy Everly – The One-Hour Painting “Warm-Up” – Demo & Paint-Along (Online); Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Time: 10:00-11:30 AM Pacific Time/1:00-2:30 PM Eastern Time/6:00-7:30 PM London Time

Join Tracy Everly in her studio as she paints a still life from direct observation. Tracy’s goal will be to see how far she can get in this one-hour demo. Bypassing any kind of planning, this kind of quick painting exercise may be used as a warm-up before an extended painting session, as the start of a painting you continue to work on, or as a fun way to let go of expectations and accept what happens. Fell free to watch or work along. If you would like to paint along, set up any still life in your studio and have paint and materials ready, or paint from the photo of Tracy’s setup that will be provided. You will have access to Tracy’s materials list.

Sarah Dennis – The Art of the Paper Cut (Online); Friday, September 24, 2021

Time: 9:30-11:00 AM Pacific Time/12:30-2:00 PM Eastern Time/5:30-7:00 PM London Time

Sarah Dennis joins us from her London-based studio to share her knowledge of the centuries-old art form of paper cutting and to demonstrate how she creates her ornate show-stopping work. The paper cut’s subtractive drawing process allows the remaining paper to appear as dynamic lines and shapes. Sarah will share some of the techniques and tips you need to know before embarking on your own artistic journey into paper cutting.

Gage Opdenbrouw – Inside/Outside: An Artist Talk (Online); Saturday, September 25, 2021

Time: 10:30 AM-12:00 PM Pacific Time/1:30-3:00 PM Eastern Time/6:30-8:00 PM London Time

Join Gage Opdenbrouw as he explores the evocative potential of color, space, and light in works from recent and modern art history. Gage will share his own work, along with that of the many painters who have influenced and inspired him on this enduring theme, There will be time for questions and answers at the end.

Lucie Duclos – Working with Stencils and Transparency (Online); Monday, September 27, 2021

Time: 11:30AM-12:30PM Pacific Time/2:30-3:30 PM Eastern Time/7:30-8:30 PM London Time

Join Lucie Duclos for this fun and informative demo/presentation and discover how she uses stencils to create beautiful and interesting backgrounds in her mixed media artwork. Lucie will play with transparency and build up layers on printmaking paper while exploring different mixed media techniques to create a floral piece. Lucie’s materials for this presentation will include acrylic paints, collage papers, stencils, and maybe a few other things lying around on her desk!

Jane Barton – Plein Air Sketch to Studio Painting – Tips to Make it Work (Online); Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Time: 10:00-11:30 AM Pacific Time/1:00-2:30 PM Eastern Time/6:00-7:30 PM London Time

Plein Air Sketch to Studio Painting – Tips to Make it Work
Join painter Jane Barton to discover tips to help you turn your plein air sketches into successful studio paintings that keep their original freshness! Topics discussed will include how to transfer a small sketch to larger studio canvas, using grids, using limited values and more.

Edmond Praybe – Still Life: More than Nature Morte (Online); Wednesday, September 29, 2021

Time: 10:00-11:00 AM Pacific Time/1:00-2:00 PM Eastern Time/6:00-7:00 PM London Time

Join Edmond Praybe for a slide talk and discussion focusing on artists that have taken the still life beyond the traditional expectations of the genre. This presentation will consider painters that expand our conception of the still life motif with unconventional subjects, exciting modes of approach or a poetic sensitivity. We will investigate both contemporary and art historical works. An opportunity for Q & A and open discussion will follow the talk.

Randy Sexton – Painting the Figure in a Scene, an Artist Demo (Online); Wednesday, September 29, 2021

Time: 12:00-1:30 PM Pacific Time/3:00-4:30 PM Eastern Time/8:00-9:30 PM London Time

California-based artist, Randall “Randy” Sexton, is nationally known for the use of color and expressive brushwork in his oil paintings of “everyday” scenes. Working from the photo reference, Randy will demonstrate his technique for painting the figure in a scene in this 1-1/2 hour presentation.

September Art in Action: A Month of Free Events

  • Talks will be presented live via Zoom. To participate, you need Zoom on your computer, iPad /smart tablet or smart phone (android or IOS) and a strong internet connection.
  • Participants will receive an email with Zoom links and class details the night before each presentation (don’t forget to check your junk folder). Zoom links and recordings will also be posted on the September Art in Action Festival Page
  • If you are unable to watch in real time, you will have access to the recording.