Tuesday Nights is the name of our class and The Game Room is where we meet when we are not together.

Got a idea that just can't wait...tell us about it.
You need to hash something out, maybe we can help.
Or maybe you just want to see what everybody else is up to.
Post links, post pictures, post questions or just ask one.

My Philosophy.
I teach through action and immersion. Just keep moving, contemplate later. In art, for me at least, there are times of rest and contemplation, and times of work. Art making is a time for work. It is the time to pull from the mental and make physical. Create a reality, a piece of art. For this the contemplative brain needs to move over, the art critic side isn’t even invited to the party. Learn to ask and answer your own questions on the move. The sooner I can get you making art the better. Get something done and then we have something to talk about.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Next Project...Couch Paintings

Real art doesn’t match the sofa...or does it?


So what’s a Couch Painting you ask? Why yes, just as simple as it sounds, a painting that goes over the couch. Something has to fill that space, right? Historically it is a large rectangular painting in landscape position, most often just that a landscape. Often it’s a Twenty-dollar poster in a Two hundred dollar frame.

Couch Paintings have also been the concurred realm of Abstract Expressionist or Minimalist work of moderate color schemes that of course match the rest of the furniture in the room. The oft goal of a Couch Painting is to state, “yes I have taste,” while not risking too much. It is not often a conversation starter. So, Couch Paintings have long been tied to wall and furniture color as well as style. So lets take that rule to heart and tie them together.

The rules
  1. It needs to be big enough to fill the space behind a sofa.
  2. A couch or a chair must be part of the subject matter. Even if it is out of place, tiny or well hidden.
  3. You must have fun.

Does a large canvas intimidate you? We are going to overcome the fear of going big, while we paint a new painting for your living room wall that will have you trading in that sofa for something that will match your new work of art.

Tuesday come with a canvas or an old couch painting to alter. Also you will need a thumbnail sketch of you composition. We will start with a slide show lecture and then a demo of how to get started painting large.  It really is only enough time to get an under painting started, but start we will. Think about color scheme and painting style from the beginning. I have added several links. One article on the history of Couch Paintings from the New York Times and one on Color Schemes and Painting Styles. The finish date is the end of January.
New Project
This project may need a play date or two.

Only when he no longer knows what he is doing does the painter do good things                                                                                                  Edgar Degas

Exquisite Corpse Reception

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Friday, October 15, 2010


TIME: 6:30 TO 9:00PM
Highland Valley Studios, Inc.
18528 Highland Valley Road
Ramona, CA  92065
Come dressed as your favorite Artist!
This is a one night exhibition so don’t miss it!
            We’re at it again, a group of Ramona Artists has gotten together to play Exquisite Corpse, and the results just seemed perfect for a Halloween Exhibition.
In August I (Helen Wilson) invited 20 artists to play the game "Exquisite Corpse." This is a method by which a collection of words or images (images in our case) is collectively assembled. The game was invented by the Surrealists and is similar to an old parlor game called Consequences in which players write in turn on a sheet of paper, fold it to conceal part of the writing, and then pass it to the next player for a further contribution. The technique got its name from one of the initial writings, "Le cadavre / exquis / boira / le vin / nouveau" (The exquisite corpse will drink the young wine). It seemed like the perfect game for fall and Halloween.
            We played with a bit of a twist. The body was broken into proportionally correct sheets of paper, i.e. the head is around 1/8 of the body. First we word associated body parts to warm up. For example, what does an arm make you think of? Then we all drew, one section at a time. The results were then put on the floor where each of us chose our body, one part at a time.
            This is where we really changed the game, everyone went home with their body and we agreed to reassemble for the exhibition. Once home, your body was the inspiration for a piece of art. Everyone is working with a 2’ x 4’ format, but matters are open ended. The only obligation was to your art and to keep the sense of play - after all it is a game. We have had one play date, but really no one has seen the finished work.
            In the mean time in Sept we started a new game, reconstructing toys. So it looks like the Exquisite Corpses are going to be joined by remade toys. We picked a toy and built a sculpture using it.
            The players are Susie Amundson, Carole Anderson, Liz Boggeln, Deb Briggs, Antonia Cosentino, Cindy Dodson, Nancy Ferguson, Lyn Feudner, Andrea Forgnone, John Gardner, Janene Hanson, Karen James, Ralph Jenson, Bob Norman, Tracy Potter, Kathi Rothe, Heidi Schlotfeldt, Annie Shields, Nancy Winslow and myself. We have Painters, Sculptress’, Quitters, a Mosaic artist, Glass Artists and Mixed Media Artists in this group - so the show is sure to be interesting.
            These artists are all part of a class/group called Tuesday Nights. Lead by myself, it meets once a month (sometimes more when we want a play date.) Each meeting is built around one project idea. Some of the projects end in exhibitions but mostly it is a way to advance your creative skills while socializing with others of your artistic ilk.
                        The Groups Goals are: The building of an artistic community through socialization with other artists. (There is something to be said about breathing the air of other creative souls.) Building artistic community through exhibitions. (It’s not about selling; it is about developing artistic energy through sharing with a larger community. Think of it as A Happening.) To learn to critique your own and others work effectively. To develop technical proficiency in a variety of media and/or methods, by planning, designing and completing projects. And it’s just fun to play!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010