Paint with me this spring!

Exploring Oil Painting
Mondays, 1-4:00 p.m., March 5 – April 9, 2018 (no class April 2)
Your Home Public Library

$15 one-time fee for supplies, for five 3-hour sessions
Enrollment limited to 10 students.
WP_20171113_14_02_06_ProExplore the fundamentals of oil painting in a fun and informative setting with artist/instructor Glenda Blake. Together we’ll paint from a still life in the classroom, learning as we go about composition, under-painting, light, shadow, and color mixing. If you’ve always wanted to paint in oils, now is the time! If you have painting experience already, come to learn new techniques and paint with others. If you have a portable standing-height floor easel you like, feel free to bring it — sitting-height easels are provided by the instructor. Please wear a work apron, and/or older clothing to paint in.

You MUST attend the first session, and all sessions thereafter if possible. Lessons are sequential; each builds on the previous session. To sign up, stop by the circulation desk at Your Home Public Library, 107 Main Street, Johnson City, NY or contact Natassia Enright at YHPL, 607 797-4816 / jc.natassia@4cls.org.

PLEASE NOTE: The second-floor class space is beautiful, but due to the historic nature of the building there is no elevator.

Rescheduled! Oil Painting from Altered Photos

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It’s been a long haul, but I’m finally well – my apologies again to those who signed up for my cancelled May-June Broome County Library painting course.

That course – Painting in Oils from Altered Photos – is now rescheduled!

I expect to schedule more courses as well, at both the Broome County and the Johnson City libraries, in the next week or so — if you’re on my email list, keep an eye on your Inbox for further developments. Or you can check the Classes and Workshops page here, at https://glendablake.com/welcome/classes-and-workshops/

(If you’d like to join my email list, you can do that from the same page.)


Painting in Oils from Altered Photographs –
Thursdays, 5-8:00 p.m., September 21 – October 19, 2017

Broome County Public Library

Five 3-hour sessions
Enrollment limited to 10 students.

Learn about composition and oil painting in a fun and informative setting with artist/instructor Glenda Blake. We’ll explore different ways of altering photos to make suitable references for painting, and then paint from the results, learning as we go about composition, under-painting, light, shadow, and color mixing. Students at all levels of experience are welcome. If you have a portable standing-height floor easel you like, feel free to bring it — sitting-height easels are provided by the instructor. Please wear a work apron, and/or older clothing.

You must attend the first session, and all sessions thereafter if possible. Lessons are sequential; each builds on the previous.

To sign up, contact Sherry Kowalski at the Broome County Public Library — 607-778-6451 / skowalski@co.broome.ny.us

Or contact me with questions or for information about class content.

The Library provides painting supplies;  in addition, please bring the following materials to the first session: Materials to bring

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Showing some of my sketchbook work at the public library

My show, "Up 'til Now," at the Broome County Public Library
My show, “Up ’til Now,” at the Broome County Public Library

Today I hung a solo show at the Broome County Public Library — it was a LOT of work; I’m pretty tired. But I’m happy with both the way the show looks and the new work I’ve included.

For several months I’ve been taking a sketchbook with me on date nights with my sweetie — I do like to talk to people at the bar with us, but I’m not into watching sports on the bar TV, as sweetie is, so I divert myself with a pencil (or sometimes a pen) and paper as I sip on my scotch and water. Sometimes I draw people at the bar — both patrons and bartenders — but have done quite a few “extended doodles,” abstract images out of my head which just happen on their own, with no thought or planning. I’ve been quite pleased with many of them, and decided I’d like to include some in my August show at the
public library in Binghamton. The conference room which doubles as the library’s gallery is quite large, and I felt the need for some new pieces to supplement the tried and true.

Most of my work is realistic to the extent that it’s clear what objects I’m depicting, so the abstracts are a bit of a departure. Some people are uncertain how to regard abstracts, but here’s my feeling about it: once a non-objective abstract piece is shown to the public, any meaning imbued by the artist is no longer relevant. It’s now up to each viewer to decide what the picture might show, how it makes him or her feel, and what it means. So to promote that ambiguity, I’ve titled all my sketchbook pieces with heteronyms — words which have two or more pronunciations and meanings, with the same spelling. How do YOU pronounce the title? What do you see? What do you feel when you look at it? What does it mean to YOU?