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Summer Session Art Date 5: Sketch by the Sea

wyethNow that our local rivers and lakes are down to normal water levels, take your sketchbook to a quiet corner of a nearby lake, river, pond, stream… if you don’t live by any water elements, draw poolside, or even at the water fountain in the town square!  Check out this beautiful Andrew Wyeth watercolor painting and how he works the waves – now is the time to bust out all those aqua blues!  Using your watercolor paints, freshen up your palette with a new blue, like Liz’ fave: Holbein Cobalt Turquoise Light or Kristina’s fave: Daniel Smith Lunar Blue.

For the next two weeks, any blue watercolor paint is 10% off Wet Paint’s everyday discounted price!  Ride the wave into Wet Paint and pick out your new faves! Please Note: To receive your discount, please mention this Art Date when checking out in the store (online customers: please email sales@wetpaintart.com or call the store 651-698-6431 for discount).

These Weekly Workouts will be posted as Events in our Facebook Group, click here to join!
If you are not on Facebook, share your photos in our Flickr group
We will also post our exercises here on our blog
 Click here to see our list of suggested art supplies

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Summer Session- Art Date 4: Nocturnal Notes

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Vincent Van Gogh’s “Starry Night Over the Rhone”

Stay up late and sketch the town red!  Okay, maybe not just red, but any and all colors that lend themselves to the neon and moon glow of nighttime escapades.  Using the Van Gogh painting as inspiration, see how colors can light up the night or capture a moment like our friend, Justin Terlecki’s 4th of July print, entitled July.  Since the 4th of July is this weekend, try doing a quick sketch of the scene and, as night falls, lay in the explosive color! If you are a night owl, go out on the town and paint the city lights, or a country road and paint the night sky.  For this art date, try toning your paper with a dark color first, then layer in color with your favorite opaque paint markers for a colorful pop!

 

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Justin Terlecki’s Lithograph print “July”

Wet Paint will have the refillable Montana Paint markers on sale for 15% off MSRP from now until July15th!  Available in a great variety of colors and sizes, and now in six fluorescent colors so you can really make your paintings bright!

These Weekly Workouts will be posted as Events in our Facebook Group, click here to join!
If you are not on Facebook, share your photos in our Flickr group
We will also post our exercises here on our blog
 Click here to see our list of suggested art supplies


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Summer Session Art Date 3: Color at the Cafe

cafeTake your sketchbook to your local coffee shop, bistro, or diner (somewhere you can sit comfortably for a bit) and enjoy a cup of java.  Take time to observe the human species in its caffeinated surroundings and do a quick portrait. See Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec’s painting for inspiration of a looser, impressionist style of portrait.  If you are a little nervous about getting caught drawing your neighbor, you can always draw what you ordered!  For this workout, we suggest using gouache for great layering and brilliant color.

Now at Wet Paint, M. Graham artist quality gouache is 40% off MSRP!  This super-pigmented gouache paint is available in a nice range of colors that are perfect for mixing and at an economical price!

These Weekly Workouts will be posted as Events in our Facebook Group, click here to join!
If you are not on Facebook, share your photos in our Flickr group
We will also post our exercises here on our blog
 Click here to see our list of suggested art supplies

 

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Summer Session Art Date 2: Outdoor Observations

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Paul Cezanne “Chestnut Trees at Jas de Bouffan”

It’s springing into summer rather quickly here in MN and that means we all need to get outside and see some green! For this Art Date, take yourself (and your journal) on a nature walk. Any time of day, check out a nature preservation, take a simple stroll around a lake or just walk over to your neighborhood park. Take some time to observe the details, the scenery, and just enjoy the presence of being in nature. Document what is growing around you. Is there a unique leaf, pattern, or texture? Is there a new nest of birds nearby? Share your natural observations with the group. We suggest using watercolor pencils because they are convenient to carry, colorful, and can be used wet or dry. If adding water, don’t forget your water brush!

For the next two weeks (6/4 thru 6/17) Wet Paint will have all Caran d’Ache Museum Aquarelle Pencils in open stock and sets at 15% off MSRP!  These are available in a beautiful range of colors, are lightfast, and permanent.

These Weekly Workouts will be posted as Events in our Facebook Group, click here to join!
If you are not on Facebook, share your photos in our Flickr group
We will also post our exercises here on our blog
 Click here to see our list of suggested art supplies


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Wet Paint loves Josh & Carl

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Joshua Cunningham painting along the Northshore

We got Don Colley packed up and shipped out on the AMTRAK this morning and we are already changing gears at Wet Paint.  We’ve got a 2fer this Thursday evening.  We truly believe the weather is taking a turn toward warmth and Josh Cunningham and Carl Judson will be outside the store in full plein air regalia.  Josh Cunningham is a favorite Wet Paint customer, a well-respected painter of our Minnesota landscape and cityscape and a truly generous artist.  Josh will be working on a new painting and is ready and willing to talk shop about painting, materials and the specific issues of alla prima with any and all of you interested artists.

 

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Carl Judson on his last visit to Wet Paint

When I saw Carl Judson, founder of Guerrilla Painter, at the art materials show earlier this month, Carl said he could stop by Wet Paint on his road trip back to Colorado.  We lucked out to get him to come through St Paul on the same day as Josh’s demo.  So besides getting to talk with Josh about painting, you get to visit with Carl about the equipment he manufactures to make plein air painting more seamless and compact for the artist.  The last time Carl came by we had a lively conversation about collapsible palettes.  See a demonstration of all the bells and whistles of the Guerrilla Painter line of rugged pochade like boxes.

 

This is also a great opportunity for you to get Judson’s recent publication, “A Guerrilla Painter’s Notebook III.”  This volume covers such topics as the underappreciated role of the amateur painter, Judson’s own paintings, Judson’s monograph of a favorite artist, Julian Livingston Peabody, and high points of his guerrilla painter travels around the country.  This is a gem of a publication and shows Carl’s talents and appreciations as a true Renaissance individual.

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Joshua Cunningham’s Guerrilla Box and supplies

This will be a truly delightful evening with Josh and Carl talking about topics they hold dear.  Their talents and generosity of spirit will inspire and encourage you to start a new picture.  Maybe we can get Josh to paint the front of Wet Paint (he has done the parking lot view; the painting is on view at the store).  Take a look at the new value added Guerrilla Box special kits.  It’s only available in brick and mortar art supply stores.

 

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Summer Session Art Date 1: Mosey at the Museum

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A local favorite: the Minneapolis Institute of Arts

Take some time to stroll around your local museum- it doesn’t have to be an art museum, but your grandma’s basement doesn’t count!  Think something cultural or science-y, artistic or natural. What exhibit grabs your eye? Does it remind you of something?   How will this moment influence and motivate you in your art? Sketch your impressions of the exhibit or doodle your thoughts.  Be mindful of what your local museums allow in the galleries, so carry your go-to pencil to jot down your favorite works and some notes.  Post a picture of your journal entry or an influenced work done with your favorite media.

For the next two weeks, 5/21 thru 6/3, Wet Paint will have select Faber-Castell graphite pencils, mechanical pencils and sets on sale for 40% off MSRP!  These are available in a wide rage of values and grades so you will be sure to find your new go-to pencil for sketching this summer!

These Weekly Workouts will be posted as Events in our Facebook Group, click here to join!
If you are not on Facebook, share your photos in our Flickr group
We will also post our exercises here on our blog
 Click here to see our list of suggested art supplies

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WP Weekly Workouts- Upcoming Summer Session and Wet Paint Summer Postcard Project

 

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Some of Liz’ previous summer sketches

Summer Session is the perfect time for you to take your sketchbook out on Art Dates!  It’s time to finally get outside and soak up the sunshine and fresh air and we’ve got lot of suggestions for outings that are sure to spark your imagination and awaken your creativity.  Best of all, these exercises give you the chance to be completely in the moment as you enjoy the sensory stimulation of drawing outdoors.

Not ready to sketch while you’re out and about?  We know it can be intimidating to draw in public, but there’s no need to forego Summer Session – A quick snapshot on your phone and a few notes jotted in your sketchbook are a great foundation for sketching projects to tackle when you get home.

We want you to enjoy your summer adventures, so we’re giving you two weeks between each Summer Session Art Date.  With more time in between, you won’t feel rushed to get these done.

Summer Session and our first Art Date will start next week!  Stay posted for details and, in the meantime, catch up on your workouts and check out our Summer Postcard Project (see below)!

 Wet Paint Summer Postcard Project

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Fellow Wet Paint staffer, Langhan, getting excited about sending mail art!

Going somewhere fun this summer?  Or, having a productive stay-cation?  Draw, paint, or mix up your media on a postcard-sized paper and mail it to Wet Paint!  We’re putting together an exhibition of mail art from our friends and fans wherever they may be.  As postcards arrive, we will photograph them to share on our social media pages and then display them in our storefront windows.  At the end of the summer, we’ll host a public art opening here at Wet Paint for all of the contributing artists!

There’s no limit to how many postcards you can send, but in order to participate, postcards have to arrive at Wet Paint via our friendly postal carrier – - no dropping them off at the store!  Don’t forget to sign your postcard(s) and let us know how to reach you.  We want to make sure we’re crediting you when we post the work online and we want to be able to contact you with details about the end of summer art opening.

Looking for ideas?  Check out the Postcard Travel Kit that Liz and Kristina put together for this project.  See below for more info.

General Guidelines:

-We are a family-friendly shop, so please tailor your images & words to be suitable for viewers of all ages.

-We reserve the right to not display postcards that we feel are inappropriate for this activity.

-All artwork must be original.

-In order to have your postcard displayed in our end of summer exhibition, you’ll need to have it postmarked by August 8th, 2014.

-All participating mail art must arrive at Wet Paint via US Mail.

-Keep in mind that postcards will “wear” a bit depending on how far they travel- which is part of the fun of mail art!

-Contact your local post office for shipping and postage information.

-Send one or send one every week!  We’ve got big windows!

More info about the end of summer exhibition and opening to follow.

 

The Postcard Travel Kit includes the basic tools to capture all of your summer moments on the perfect postcard-sized paper!  Items include:

-Faber Castell Albrecht Durer watercolor pencils in 5 fun summery colors

-a trusty Faber Castell Pitt Artist Pen fine liner in Superfine Black

-the easy-to-use Pentel Aquash water brush (medium point)

-a tablet of Strathmore 140lb cold press 4”x6” watercolor postcards (15 cards!)

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Two “postcards” that Wet Paint received last summer from friendly customers

WET PAINT’S ADDRESS:

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Summer Postcard Project

1684 Grand Ave

St. Paul, MN 55105


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Wet Paint loves Don Colley

DON-COLLEY-Darin-NAMTAThree years ago I returned from a workshop all excited about a product demonstrator working with Faber-Castell.  Don Colley not only knows his product line but knows how to use these materials with great nuance, sketches with daily obsession and shares his sketchbooks for mutual inspiration.  After checking his website we found Don had captured our own manager, Darin Rinne, in a sketch at a recent trade show.  It seemed everything was pointing toward a great relationship between Don Colley and Wet Paint.  Don has visited us many times and offered many programs with great success.  This year’s visit has 3 diverse components.  Hopefully one will fit into your drawing schedule.

On_the_Go_with_PITT_Artist_PensThe Mini Master Class with Don Colley takes place at Wet Paint this Friday May 16th.  In this small group session Don will share his drawing techniques and urban sketching strategies.  You will learn how to capture the figure in everyday settings, shading with markers and the use of the sketchbook page.  Time is also set aside to share your sketchbook for individualized consultation.  This workshop requires advanced registration and a fee.  Space is available but limited.

springcon14Saturday and Sunday Don will join Wet Paint’s mini-store at SpringCon, the Midwest Comic Book Association’s spring celebration at the State Fair Grounds.  Besides being available all day for drawing and chat, Don has a “Big Drawing Session”  4-5 on Saturday.  There will be live costumed characters to draw and everyone is encouraged to join in this drawing session.  Just show a sign at the ticket booth that says “I’m here to draw with Don Colley” and you will get $1 off the admission price.  You may also donate your drawing to the charity auction where 100% of the proceeds benefit the Minnesota Lupus Foundation.

bellmuseumsmallDon has created his own night at the museum with the Bell at the U of MN on Monday May 19th.  This is the last day of the Minnesota legislative session which will determine funding for a new home for the Bell, so this event may have some editorial content.  Join Don for an all-night sketch-a-thon.  Bring your sketching materials as well as camping gear.  Contact Wet Paint or the Bell Museum for entry time and further details.

As you can tell from this lineup, Don is an artist with extreme talent, a true sense of artistic adventure, limitless energy and a big heart.  It’s just the right time for you to collaborate with Don at Wet Paint, SpringCon and/or the Bell Museum.

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WP Weekly Workout- Week 12: Petal Painting with Paul (Cezanne)

Paul_Cézanne_207Dip, draw or paint your favorite blooms or the whole bouquet! Looking at this Paul Cezanne painting for inspiration, notice the focus on color and form.   Don’t get caught up in the details, try to concentrate on the larger shapes and the interplay between outlines and blocked-in color.  Need some inspiration?  Swing by your local florist or, if you’re lucky enough, maybe you have something growing in your flower beds already. Set them where natural light will enhance their splendor and sit back and paint the view. Caran d’Ache Neo-color II crayons are the happy medium between drawing and painting! Just add water!  Have some fun with these crayons and really see all that they can do.

This week at Wet Paint Caran d’Ache Neo-color II crayons are 15% off our everyday price, in both open stock and sets! They are a great addition to any travel kit, plein air set up or every day tool box! Also great for mixed media and art journaling!

A note on our last workout:

Hey Weekly Workouters!

Stay tuned for info about the upcoming WP Weekly Workout: Summer Session!  These workouts will be every other week for 12 weeks (6 total workouts) and will encourage you to take yourself and your workbook on  “Art Dates.” We also have put together a special package of travel supplies to keep with you for your summer outings. Details coming next Wednesday, May 14th!

These Weekly Workouts will be posted as Events in our Facebook Group, click here to join!
If you are not on Facebook, share your photos in our Flickr group
We will also post our exercises here on our blog
 Click here to see our list of suggested art supplies

 

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WP Weekly Workout- Week 11: Grab your Graphite with George (Bridgman)

59Let’s see your handiwork! Yup, the dreaded hands- left or right, your choice. Or, be brave and do both!  George Bridgman drew hundreds of hands- there’s even a book about them! We suggest using graphite or charcoal and assorted blending tools for this workout, and the always useful kneaded eraser.  No turkey hands, please!  This traditional practice will sharpen your observation skills and aid your appreciation of the artist’s most used tool.

1This week at Wet Paint, the extensive line of sketching and drawing materials from Derwent are 15% off our everyday price!  Choose from the thick lead Sketching series pencil, the soft nature tones of the Drawing series, or the classic Graphic graphite series.  For those inclined to use wet media, there is even the water-soluble Graphite Wash series.  Try one or try them all!  We gotta hand it to Derwent, these pencils are on point!

These Weekly Workouts will be posted as Events in our Facebook Group, click here to join!
If you are not on Facebook, share your photos in our Flickr group
We will also post our exercises here on our blog
 Click here to see our list of suggested art supplies

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