Verne Thayer – Landscape Oil Painter

Verne Thayer adores painting local Massachusetts scenery. No matter the challenges, he finds a way to create his landscapes. So it’s no wonder he was driving around central Massachusetts with a keen eye one foggy morning, looking for the absolute best possible angle to document. His aim was to capture it in photograph, so that in his studio he could turn it into a work of art.

At a quiet brook in Mendon, he found the exact angle he had hoped for.

It was a well-traveled road, and there was no place to set up a plein air easel. But he carefully backed up, parked, and got out to take photos from a variety of angles. The drifting fog and gentle light was just as he had envisioned. When he was sure he had what he needed, he headed back into his studio to bring it into vibrant life.

Verne has been painting since he was quite young. Life interfered for twenty years, as it often does with dreams, but Verne persevered. When once again time was available, Verne knew what he wanted to do.

And that was to paint.

Verne is quick to point out that photographs are often taken with the object of interest at the center of the image. It’s a tendency of the human eye. But with paintings, there are other considerations to account for. Often in a work of art one wants to lead the eye into what is important. He ensures he gets a number of images to be able to build that effect.

This scene of a gently foggy river is typical of Verne. It juxtaposes a traditional New England landscape with technically challenging images of water and dappled sun. Verne agrees that the water in this painting was the most challenging aspect of the image to tackle. He wanted to bring it to life – to give it that glow of the sunlight interacting with the moving surfaces.

For those considering picking up a brush, Verne has enthusiastic advice – just do it. Don’t be frightened. Get a cheap canvas and just throw paint on it.

Looking at the beautiful landscapes Verne creates, we are inspired to do just that.

To view more of Verne’s beautiful artwork, be sure to visit:

https://www.vlthayerfineart.com/

Open Paint and Instagram – Sat Mar 30 2019

If you’re interested in painting, drawing, and illustrating, we have the perfect Saturday lined up! It’ll be a great time with laughter, conversation, creativity, and the space to stretch out!

Open Paint 10am-3pm
For the entire day, it’s an open paint! All are welcome, including the public, family, and friends! It’s free! If the main room gets busy with photography, we have the back conference room dedicated for the painters. We have watercolors and acrylics on hand, or bring your own if you wish.

We’ll also do a casual drop-in workshop in Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and other main social networks. If you’ve got one you’d like to learn more about, stop on in and we’ll lend a hand.

If the weather is nice out, visitors can also embark on an Uxbridge sketch walk. We have the maps all ready.

When:
Saturday, March 30, 2019
10am – 3pm

Where:
BVAA Open Sky Uxbridge Community Gallery
5 South Main Street
Uxbridge, MA 01569

Our Saturdays at the gallery include an open paint session where all styles of art are warmly welcome. Whether you’re 12 or 102, whether you’re a new beginner or a seasoned artist, we would love to have you. It’s completely free to participate in the open paint. You can bring your own paints or we’ll have watercolors and brushes to share.

There is a TON of free parking immediately next to this building. It is fully and easily handicapped accessible.

BVAA Open Sky Uxbridge Community Art Gallery Information

Feel free to show up for some or all of the day to paint. Some come for just the morning, some for the afternoon, and some for the entire time. There are several options on the same block to grab lunch if you’d like. We also bring in a pizza and those who want slices chip in a few dollars.

Our Saturday events are free, casual, relaxed, and fun! All levels are welcome.

Ask with any questions – we’d love to have you join us!




2019 Art-Poetry Show at Blackstone Library

The 2019 Art-Poetry show is live at the Blackstone Public Library in Blackstone, Massachusetts from March 1 to March 30, 2019! Be sure to stop by and see it in person! The public reception is Tuesday, March 26th from 6pm – 7:45pm.

Here’s some photos from the show.

Here’s how the show works!

2019 Art-Poetry Show – How It Works

To see close-ups of each image along with the poetry associated with it, visit here:

2019 Art-Poetry Show Details

Ask with any questions!


Open Paint – Flash Photography with Al Weems – High Key Low Key Photography Sat Mar 9 2019

If you’re interested in photography, painting, drawing, and illustrating, we have the perfect Saturday lined up! It’ll be a great time with laughter, conversation, creativity, and the space to stretch out!

There are three components to our Saturday of events.

Open Paint 10am-3pm
First, for the entire day, it’s an open paint! All are welcome, including the public, family, and friends! It’s free! If the main room gets busy with photography, we have the back conference room dedicated for the painters. We have watercolors and acrylics on hand, or bring your own if you wish.

Flash Photography with Al Weems 10am-noon
The award-winning, amazingly talented Al Weems will guide us through best use of flash in photography. Bring along any flashes you have to best learn your equipment! This workshop will focus on on-camera flashes.

High Key / Low Key Photography 1-3pm
You’ve seen the images. Bright whites. Darkest blacks. Play with these extremes of photography.

If the weather is nice out, visitors can also embark on an Uxbridge sketch walk. We have the maps all ready.

When:
Saturday, March 9, 2019
10am – 3pm

Where:
BVAA Open Sky Uxbridge Community Gallery
5 South Main Street
Uxbridge, MA 01569

Our Saturdays at the gallery include an open paint session where all styles of art are warmly welcome. Whether you’re 12 or 102, whether you’re a new beginner or a seasoned artist, we would love to have you. It’s completely free to participate in the open paint. You can bring your own paints or we’ll have watercolors and brushes to share.

There is a TON of free parking immediately next to this building. It is fully and easily handicapped accessible.

BVAA Open Sky Uxbridge Community Art Gallery Information

Feel free to show up for some or all of the day to paint. Some come for just the morning, some for the afternoon, and some for the entire time. There are several options on the same block to grab lunch if you’d like. We also bring in a pizza and those who want slices chip in a few dollars.

Our Saturday events are free, casual, relaxed, and fun! All levels are welcome.

Ask with any questions – we’d love to have you join us!

Be sure to check out the full BVAA Photography Workshop Schedule 2019!


Open Paint – Mirror Photography – Photoshop Q&A with James Hunt Sat Mar 16 2019

If you’re interested in photography, painting, drawing, and illustrating, we have the perfect Saturday lined up! It’ll be a great time with laughter, conversation, creativity, and the space to stretch out!

There are three components to our Saturday of events.

Open Paint 10am-3pm
First, for the entire day, it’s an open paint! All are welcome, including the public, family, and friends! It’s free! If the main room gets busy with photography, we have the back conference room dedicated for the painters. We have watercolors and acrylics on hand, or bring your own if you wish.

Mirror / Reflection Photography 10am-noon
Come play with mirrors and reflections! Discover fun new ways to create photos using reflections and copies of images.

Photoshop Q&A with James Hunt 1-3pm
Having trouble getting the most from Photoshop and Lightroom?  Bring in your Photoshop questions and problems for discussion with James Hunt.  James is an experienced Photoshop and Lightroom user, trained at the Center for Digital Imaging Arts.  If possible come with an image or two on a thumb drive to illustrate the issue/question.   Feel free to bring your along your laptop if you wish. James will have his laptop with the most recent releases of Photoshop and Lightroom.

If the weather is nice out, visitors can also embark on an Uxbridge sketch walk. We have the maps all ready.

When:
Saturday, March 16, 2019
10am – 3pm

Where:
BVAA Open Sky Uxbridge Community Gallery
5 South Main Street
Uxbridge, MA 01569

Our Saturdays at the gallery include an open paint session where all styles of art are warmly welcome. Whether you’re 12 or 102, whether you’re a new beginner or a seasoned artist, we would love to have you. It’s completely free to participate in the open paint. You can bring your own paints or we’ll have watercolors and brushes to share.

There is a TON of free parking immediately next to this building. It is fully and easily handicapped accessible.

BVAA Open Sky Uxbridge Community Art Gallery Information

Feel free to show up for some or all of the day to paint. Some come for just the morning, some for the afternoon, and some for the entire time. There are several options on the same block to grab lunch if you’d like. We also bring in a pizza and those who want slices chip in a few dollars.

Our Saturday events are free, casual, relaxed, and fun! All levels are welcome.

Ask with any questions – we’d love to have you join us!

Be sure to check out the full BVAA Photography Workshop Schedule 2019!


UNCONVENTIONAL – Davis Art Gallery Call to Art

Hurrah! The Davis Art Gallery in Worcester is finally reopening after their renovations!

They’re celebrating with a new call to art. Here’s the details!

UNCONVENTIONAL

A Juried Exhibit to Reopen the Davis Art Gallery

Entry Deadline: May 13, 2019

Recycled materials, items from a hardware store, found objects, or kitchen utensils are a few examples of the many unconventional materials used to make art. UNCONVENTIONAL is an invitation to use unconventional materials and processes, as well as traditional materials in unconventional ways, to create 2D and 3D art, installations, and media. Submit your work for a chance be a part of the inaugural exhibit in the new Davis Art Gallery space.

We will select approximately 45–60 artworks that will appear in the main exhibition space at the gallery from June 7, 2019 through August 16, 2019. An opening reception will be held on Thursday, June 6, 2019. 

https://davisartgallery.com/Upcoming-Show.aspx


Carol Arnold Oil Painting Class – March 2019

NOTE: This class will focus on still life. Bring what you’d like to paint and your light and Carol will see you there!

Oil paint has been the medium of choice for a wealth of famous painters. Leonardo da Vinci. Claude Monet. Pierre-Auguste Renoir. Paul Cezanne. There is just something spectacular about the beauty of oil paint which captures the eye and the imagination.

Whether you’re a raw beginner or an experienced painter, this oil painting class will take you to the next level. It’s full of personal hands-on advice and a warm, welcoming atmosphere!

Talented painter Carol Arnold teaches a monthly oil painting class at the BVAA Alternatives Uxbridge Community Gallery! Carol is a member of Richard Schmid and Nancy Guzik’s Putney Painters! All levels of painters are welcomed with open arms. The focus will be on drawing, edges, values and color. These are areas which a beginner can practice and an advanced student can hone to perfection.

Carol makes these classes fun and inspiring, while supporting you to the next level of your growth!

This monthly class usually meets on the first Thursday of every month from 6-9 pm. We are experimenting with other days to see how they work.

Cost:
The maximum class size will be 10 students, to ensure plenty of hands-on time for each one.
If there are only 1 or 2 students registered for a class, the class will be cancelled.
If there are 3 or 4 students, each student pays $20/hr for the class = $60 total.
If there are 5-10 students, each student pays $15/hr for the class = $45 total.

Invite your friends! Share the news! The more students which attend, the less you pay and the more fun it is to learn from each other.

When:
Monday, March 4, 2019
6pm – 9pm

Where:
BVAA Alternatives Uxbridge Community Gallery
5 South Main Street
Uxbridge, MA 01569

There is a TON of free parking immediately next to this building. It is fully and easily handicapped accessible.

BVAA Alternatives Uxbridge Community Art Gallery Information

This class is open to the public. It is open to all ages and to all levels of painting ability.

Please make sure you register beforehand so we know how many to expect. Carol will send you a supply list to get you started.

To register, please make sure you email: carol@carolarnoldfineart.com

To learn more about Carol Arnold and to view her painting gallery:

http://carolarnoldfineart.com/

Follow Carol on Facebook!

Carol Arnold Fine Art on Facebook