Artists Mediums Inc.
300 Cornerstone Drive
Williston Vermont Fine Art Supplies and Custom Picture Framing. Staffed by knowledgeable local artists.
Hours: Mon.-Fri. 9-6, Sat. 10-5, Closed Sunday www.VTmakeART.com
We are excited to announce our first Artist in Residence: Gwendolyn Evans. She will be creating art here at Artists’ Mediums over the course of several afternoons (dates below). This is a great opportunity to see her artistic process first hand and ask any questions you may have.
Gwendolyn Evans is an artist and muse who happens to be blind.
In 1996, Gwendolyn was introduced to the world of polymer clay and with no prior artistic experience she began creating sculptures of goddesses. Since that time, Gwendolyn has exhibited her work in a number of galleries and exhibits, including the juried “Engage” exhibit produced by VSA Vermont. Gwendolyn’s artwork is inspired by nature and spirit. It is mixed media work in clay, paper and acrylics featuring brilliant color and textures. It is most often whimsical and impressionistic. She enjoys sharing her artistic insight into the creative process and engaging in conversation about how she creates art without having sight. Stop by and visit…
“Monochromatic” is the theme of our next exhibit. We accept all media- from 2D (paintings, photography, etc.) to 3D (sculpture, jewelry, etc.). Please contact us with any questions and review our rules before submitting your art.
Drop offs are 4/28 – 5/5 and the show will hang through the end of July.
Now is a GREAT time to try M. Graham watercolors or even add to your supply of them. While supplies last, buy any 3 tubes of M. Graham watercolors and get a FREE TUBE (choose from Cerulean Blue Deep, Azo Orange and Anthraquinone Blue)!
What is so special about M. Graham? Well, it’s made in the tradition fashion- with honey! The combination of honey, gum Arabic and water creates a fluid binding medium that provides a higher pigment load for intense saturation and incredible flow.
Personally, I tend to prefer M. Graham to other brands due to the longer working time and the fact that colors stay moist on your palette for many days, even weeks. They also have some very unique colors, such as Quinacridone Rust and Azo Green.
Although they are only available in the 15ml size, they are much more economical than other artist-grade brands, such as Winsor & Newton and Holbein. Plus, they are made in America!
1. How long have you been practicing art and was there something/someone that prompted you?
I always knew I wanted to be an artist. My dad taught art at college, high school and elementary levels, so there were art materials in front of me all the time. I loved visiting his studio up on the third floor at Vermont College and seeing his large abstract paintings. I equated the smell of the oils, acrylics and turpentine with creativity and happiness. Up in his studio, he’d give me big pieces of paper to draw on (and plenty of encouragement to go with them) as I perched high up on a stool. In high school and college, Andrew Wyeth’s watercolors, which were preliminary sketches for his more “finished” oil paintings, held my attention. I marveled at how he could create such gorgeous landscapes with splatters, scrapes and minimal brush strokes. Georgia O’Keefe’s bold paintings also intrigued me.
“Mansfield Sky” watercolor 14 x 18″ $500.
2. What is your favorite medium, and how did you come to discover it?
At the moment, I’m loving watercolors. I love the fact that they are so portable, affordable, and easy to clean up. When I first started with watercolors, I used them in a very controlled style, but I now enjoy painting plein air (out of doors) in a much quicker manner. (I also love the bright colors of acrylics for mural painting. Both acrylics and watercolors dry quickly, and I find it a good challenge to speed up my painting process.)
3. What do you think sets your art apart from others?
I spent many years as an illustrator of the natural world creating with pen & ink. This helped me hone my composition and rendering skills and concentrate on line and value. Delving into color was another world entirely, so it was great to tap into my years of drawing experience as I branched out into paint. I’m currently interested in capturing landscapes in a more loose, painterly style with watercolors.
“Willow Pond Birdhouse” watercolor 11 x 14″ $230
4. Can you briefly describe the process in which you make your art?
Last year I challenged myself to paint 50 plein air watercolors in my 50th year. I invited friends and family to join me on my excursions. I had my easel and supplies packed at all times, ready to head outdoors when the weather and schedule allowed. Once at a painting location, set-up time takes me about 15 minutes, then I quickly sketch in my composition. My watercolor paper is already taped to backing board ahead of time. I try to get into the paint as soon as possible and use as big a brush as I can to keep me from getting too picky. I tend to favor large flat brushes, but switch to rounds and a rigger brush for gestural details. Average paint time is 2 hours and I try to finish as much as I can out in the field.
5. Do you have any advice for artists that are just starting out?
For years I worked alone in my studio. It helped me when I joined the Essex Art League 7 years ago to make vital connections with other artists. This helped me try new styles, get inspired by others, and receive encouragement and networking opportunities.
6. Where can one find your work?
My blog on my website at www.starflowerstudio.com shows the process of some of my 50 Project paintings. You can find my original watercolors at Artists Mediums in Williston, Bryan Gallery in Jeffersonville, Creative Space Gallery in Vergennes, Phoenix Books in Essex and Trattoria La Festa in Stowe. My cards and kids’ products at Apple Mountain Gifts on Church St, Burlington, Birds of VT Museum in Huntington, Emile Gruppe Gallery in Jericho, Flower a Day in Colchester, Green Mountain Club Visitors Center in Waterbury Ctr, Old Mill Craft Shop in Jericho, and WREN Gift Shop in Bethlehem, NH. You can also find me painting at the Jericho Plein Air Festival this July 19, 2014 at the Emile Gruppe Gallery in Jericho.
Libby Davidson will be demonstrating the logistics of setting up for plein air painting and reviewing the necessary materials for doing so. She will be setting up outside if weather cooperates or inside near one of our large windows if not*. This is a great opportunity to view her technique and pick up a few tips.
Call (802-879-1236) to sign-up!
(deadline for sign-ups is May 7th)
*If it happens to be raining, the limit for the demonstration will be 14 participants. Otherwise, there is no limit. This is why we require pre-registration- to keep you informed if changes need to be made.