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I was very interested in the use of vellum prior to going to the conference so I looked for those artists using vellum at the Portfolio Sharing event.  I found Jean Emmons and discussed how her work was  displayed as it was mounted in an different manner.

Jean Emmons Vellum

Jean Emmons small works on vellum stretched over Art Boards.

First, these particular pieces were small and were stretched over a small board. Jean explained that the vellum was stretched over Art Boards.  She had gessoed the surface of the Art Board so that the vellum was protected.  The vellum was then glued over the board and around the  sides. Jean uses transparent paint and the work is so gorgeous that it is hard to comprehend how she does it.

Jean Emmons Maple Leaf

The Legacy Exhibition at the ASBA 09 Annual Meeting in Scottsdale. The Maple Leaf by Jean Emmons.

I saw her two pieces in The Legacy exhibition and was fascinated with the maple leaf and the colors that she used. Moving into the Techniques Showcase. Jean Emmons was demonstrating her painting technique. She studied the gourd and found numerous colors and added those to her Bristol board drawing. She explained that her technique is based on medieval manuscript illumination which was learned from Kevin Nicolay, who sadly died at the age of 33.  The method is a difficult and time consuming but is a very special way of viewing light moving through plant layers.  I watched and photographed her technique and was able to capture one shot of the beginning of her painting as that seemed to be the basis of her incredible technique.

Anne-Marie Evans will be at The Virginia Robinson Gardens, February 2 – 6 & 9 – 13, 2010. Cost for each 5-day session is $550. Bring your lunch. For more information, contact Tania Norris.

Margaret Best is coming to The Los Angeles County Arboretum January 15-16 & 17, 2010 to teach “It’s Not Easy Making Green Leaves”.

The class will be held in the Oak Room from 9:30-4:00. Lunch is available at the Peacock Café or bring your own.

Bring your “Ott” light, watercolors, brushes, paper, pencils, etc. and come to learn.

Cost for the three day session is $250, payable by December 15, 2009,  or send a non-refundable down payment of $50 to hold your place, making the final payment on December 15, 2009. Send checks payable to BAGSC, to Leslie Walker, or contact Leslie for more information. The Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden is located at 301 North Baldwin Ave, Arcadia, CA 91007.

BAGSC Artwork coming down the stairs

BAGSC artwork for Pasadena Holiday Look-In Home Tour to benefit the Pasadena Symphony Orchestra.

Seventeen BAGSC members are participating in showing their artwork as part of the annual Pasadena “Holiday Look In” Home Tour. BAGSC paintings have been hung in Jane Herrmann’s back stair well by Leslie, Norma and Janice. The Pasadena “Holiday Look In” Home Tour will be Dec. 5 & 6, 2009 when they expect 2,000 people viewing the house & stairwell. All those visiting Jane’s house house during the holidays will have an opportunity to admire and purchase the art work.

The Pasadena “Holiday Look In” Home Tour is a much anticipated annual event offering visitors a chance to view four distinctive homes in the Pasadena area, decorated for the holiday season by prominent floral designers Tommy Farmer, Dolores Kroop of Padua, Jacob Maarse and Leonora Moss. Proceeds from this event are used to support the Pasadena Symphony’s annual concert series as well as many educational outreach and community engagement programs throughout southern California. The home tour is from 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., December 5 & 6, and is $30 in advance, or $35 on the day of event.

BAGSC Artwork hung for the Pasadena Holiday Look-In Home Tour

Looking up the stairs at BAGSC artwork for Pasadena Holiday Look-In Home Tour to benefit the Pasadena Symphony Orchestra.

Gloria Whea-Fun Teng

Gloria Whea-Fun Teng, © Gloria Whea-Fun Teng, all rights reserved.

From November 1 to December 31, 2009 Gloria Whea-Fun Teng’s Botanical & Chinese Brush Paintings will be on display at the Main Long Beach Library. The Library is located at 101 Pacific Ave., at Ocean Blvd., Long Beach.

Irene Horiuchi attended the show and sent these images and comment: “Gloria’s show is a wonderful combination of Chinese brush paintings and botanicals. Great show.”

Gloria Whea-Fun Teng's Botanical Painting

Gloria Whea-Fun Teng's Botanical Painting, © Gloria Whea-Fun Teng, all rights reserved.

Gloria Whea-Fun Teng's Chinese Brush Painting

Gloria Whea-Fun Teng's Chinese Brush Painting, © Gloria Whea-Fun Teng, all rights reserved.

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