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Ann Cooper returns with miniature scenes in lanterns that feature Ellen Rice's paintings and coastal memorabelia.
Local miniature artist Ann Cooper will be at my gallery's new location in Ocean View for her second gallery exhibit this Saturday, Sept. 16th, from 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 5 p.m.
Ann's new exhibit features tiny scenes housed in a collection of decorative lanterns made especially for my gallery. Each highlights a miniature print of one of my original paintings.
She designed the lanterns to celebrate the beauty of my art. Incredibly, each includes a battery operated dollhouse size easel light or chandelier to illuminate the miniature paintings.
Ann is a retired teacher who is enjoying the opportunity to rekindle her lifelong fascination with dollhouses and miniatures. She creates displays in 1:12 scale that evoke the happy and peaceful moments of life.
She tells the story with the details, from hand painting the furniture to adding a tiny Beach Boys album, a bottle of sand, a bowl of shells, or a sweet little pet to the scene. On the 16th, Ann will share with guests her inspiration and intricate methods for making her scaled-down creations from 10 a.m. to noon and from 1 to 5 p.m.
I think she is going to be very busy making more of these lighted lanterns. There is something so heartwarming about each, so much attention to detail. You just want to walk inside them.
The various local aspects are a wonderful added touch that will make them very special holiday gifts and conversation pieces.
Light refreshments will be served. Everyone is welcome to attend.
This is a question retiring newcomers to this area often ask me. I could give multiple answers, but for me, it all starts with one.
My first suggestion – and last – is to learn the basics of drawing and develop a strong foundation in its principles before even considering moving into color. Pablo Picasso had a strong foundation in representational drawing, and if you study the works for which he was best known, you can see his understanding of perspective, light, shadow, hues and value from his traditional training in all of it.
When I teach, basic drawing is where I start.
I have painted professionally with watercolor, pastels, pastel pencils, acrylics and oils, the latter of which I’ve stayed with for the last 15 years. (Mouse over images to see the medium used.) But before I ever worked in color, I mastered the art of drawing. My first job illustrating for publications was doing black and white drawings for a weekly newspaper for 8 years. It was great training.
Whether you want to paint realistically, impressionistically, expressionistically, abstractly or all of the above, knowing the basics of light, shadow, hue, value and perspective are key.
Here are some examples of drawings and paintings in different mediums that illustrate the importance of having a foundation in drawing. As I went through my paintings and drawings, I think I could have chosen every one for this purpose. There's not one that did not require at least basic drawing skills.
If you'd like to ask me any questions, click the word Comments at the top of this blog and I'll be happy to answer. - Ellen
Thank you to everyone who submitted names in my Name the Painting contest. There were some really good name contenders for my new puppy and crab painting, but there can only be one winner.
That winner is:
John Armstrong for his name, "Don't Pinch the Pooch!"
I laughed out loud when I read it and the vote was unanimous. Congratulations John!
The original of Don't Pinch the Pooch is available and will be in print in the gallery beginning tomorrow, Saturday, August 26, at 2 p.m.. This painting was a lot of fun. I hope you enjoy it!
Choosing a painting, its size and frame can be daunting. Here’s how I helped a long distance client recently
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The Ellen Rice Gallery
111 Atlantic Ave.,
Ocean View, DE 19970
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