Vol. 3 - #2 Spring 2017
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Stan Kurth, NWS

Greetings  <<First Name>>,

Hope you're doing well. I'm going to do something for the first time in a newsletter. I'm going to do a step by step demo recently done for the Arizona Watercolor Association at their March meeting. But that's later, first some new work, a museum visit and some upcoming exhibitions.

Recent Work

Loner #14
21 X 14 inches
Charcoal, Crayon, Oil Pastel, Acrylic, Watercolor and Gesso on Paper
Coastal Anxiety #19  -  21 X 14 inches
Charcoal, Acrylic and Gesso on Paper
Windowpane #10  -  36 X 36 inches
Graphite, Charcoal, Acrylic and Gesso on Canvas

Things You Know
But Cannot Explain

Rick Bartow
Charles Froelick and Rick Bartow
This past Saturday, April 22, I attended the opening day of the Rick Bartow retrospective, "Things You Know But Cannot Explain", at the Heard Museum here in Phoenix along with a friend and two daughters. While at the Museum we had the good fortune to meet and talk with Charles Froelick of Froelick Gallery in Portland (Bartow's gallerist), and Danielle M. Knapp who co-curated the exhibit with Jill Hartz. Both Danielle and Jill are with the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art. I've had this day circled on my calendar since last summer not too long after Rick's passing. Rick Bartow is one of my favorite painters and this retrospective did not disappoint. It features 115 drawings, paintings, prints, mixed-media works and sculpture. It was a great day of looking at some very good art. The exhibit will be up through July 9th. If you're in the area it's a must see, and if you're not in the area the exhibit is still traveling to more destinations including Los Angeles. Rick is an extremely fine painter, printer and sculptor. For more information on Rick Bartow follow the link below in "An Artist I Admire".

Upcoming Group Exhibitions

Impact of the Abstract
April 28th through May 27th
WHAM Community Art Center
16560 N. Dysart Road, Surprise, AZ 85378
Opening Reception: May 5th 5:00 PM

2017 National Watercolor Society Annual Member Exhibition 
June 10 – July 9, 2017

NWS Gallery, 915 South Pacific Avenue, San Pedro CA 90731
Opening reception: June 10th 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Contemporary Watercolorists of Arizona
June 6, – July 13, 2017
Shemer Art Center
5005 E. Camelback Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85018
Reception - June 29, 6 - 8 pm


Step by Step Demonstration

In March I did a demonstration for the Arizona Watercolor Association. Karen Riehm photographed the event and I'm going to show a select sequence of those photos. I have flipped most of the shots horizontally since they were actually taken from the overhead mirror. I've flipped them to remove the mirrored effect.
After making some random marks on the sheet I started applying watercolor - notice the resist of the watercolor by the underlying yellow crayon.
Continued watercolor.
Continued watercolor.
Continued watercolor. Checking the image process with a mat. The white lines are the resist created by watercolor over wax marks.
Addition of some daring bold black gesso.
Spritzing, thinning and drifting the black gesso and checking the image progress now with a mat.
Adding acrylic.
Adding more acrylic. This concluded the demonstration but not the painting. You can see some acrylic that has been added which was mixed on the board just to the right of the mat.
Here is the finished painting. It was completed in the studio a few weeks after the presentation. If you look close you can see some of the under-painting applied during the demo. When viewed up close and in person the contrast between the luminous watercolor and the flat acrylic provides added interest.

Freedom in Watermedia

This workshop is designed to teach students to paint in an intuitive manner starting with no preconceived notion or outcome. There will be no preliminary planning or drawing. Emotions and feelings dictate direction as students use a variety of techniques to implement color, texture, line, shape and value. Instruction will start with arbitrary mark making and color application, working transparent to opaque building layers using a variety of mark making tools, watercolor, gesso and acrylic. There will be regular comments and evaluation of work in progress concerning relationships between shape, texture, line, color and value. It is entirely possible finished work may be representational, but the goal is a painting that is aesthetically pleasing, unique and reflective of the artist's mind. 

WHAM Community Art Center - May 20, 2017
16560 N. Dysart Road, Surprise, AZ 85378
Watermedia Techniques on Paper (Watercolor, Acrylic and Gesso) 
9:30 AM to 4:00 PM with half an hour lunch

Peoria Fine Arts Association - May 24, 2017
6:30 PM to 7:30 PM Art Talk (no demonstration)
Peoria Fine Arts Association is located at 8335 W Jefferson St, Peoria, Arizona 85345
Contact Stan Kurth

Arizona Art Supply - June 17, 2017
4025 North 16th Street Phoenix, AZ 85016
Watermedia Techniques on Paper (Watercolor, Acrylic and Gesso) 
9:30 AM to 4:00 PM with half an hour lunch
Contact Stan Kurth

Terravita Art League (2 days) - January 17 & 24, 2018
Registration information coming soon

Fanciscan Life Process Center - Sep 6-8, 2018
11650 Downes Street, Lowell, MI 49331

If you or your group are interested in sponsoring a workshop in your area and would like more information about my workshops please reply to this email or inquire through my website.

Some testimonials
An artist whose work I admire:
The art of Rick Bartow

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