Friday, October 7, 2022

PWAS Comics

PWAS member Otis L. Stanley hopes to tickle your funny bone and ask a question about your artistic ends with each cartoon.





1. What's your technic of creating new artwork?

Answer




Author: Donna Liguria
An artist member of PWAS in Woodbridge, VA specializing in acrylic painting. She paints landscapes, seascapes, animals and many subjects. Visit her Website at https://DonnaLiguriaArt.com & her Blog at https://donnascavepainting.blogspot.com/.

Author: Name
An artist member of PWAS in Woodbridge, VA specializing in...

Photography/Video Credits:
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Local Art: Visit us at Stonebridge Open Space Arts at 15000 Potomac Town Center, Woodbridge, VA - Open Wed to Sat 12-7 and Sun 12-5
The Prince William Art Society is a 50-year-old non-profit art group in PWC for the appreciation of fine art throughout the county and Northern Virginia.

Want to know how to get involved at OSA? If you are an artist (18 or older) living in Prince William County, or a are a member of a PWC art group, you are welcome to get on our next art show's emailing list. Send it to us, OR come by the gallery to find out more.

Want to join PWAS? Go to https://www.princewilliamartsociety.com/membership

Thank you for visiting, and remember to Share, Follow, and Comment!

Thursday, October 6, 2022

Post 233: Otis Stanley's PWAS Comics #7

Otis Stanley's PWAS Comics #7

Otis' weekly Funnies series.



What signals do you get to stop working on a project? Leave your comments under the blog post!


Author/Artist: Otis Stanley
An artist member of PWAS in Woodbridge, VA
 
Author: Donna Liguria
An artist member of PWAS in Woodbridge, VA specializing in acrylic painting. She paints landscapes, seascapes, animals and many subjects. Visit her Website at https://DonnaLiguriaArt.com & her Blog at https://donnascavepainting.blogspot.com/.


Local Art: Visit us at Stonebridge Open Space Arts at 15000 Potomac Town Center, Woodbridge, VA - Open Wed to Sat 12-7 and Sun 12-5
The Prince William Art Society is a 50-year-old non-profit art group in PWC for the appreciation of fine art throughout the county and Northern Virginia.

Want to know how to get involved at OSA? If you are an artist (18 or older) living in Prince William County, or a are a member of a PWC art group, you are welcome to get on our next art show's emailing list. Send it to us, OR come by the gallery to find out more.

Want to join PWAS? Go to https://www.princewilliamartsociety.com/membership

Thank you for visiting, and remember to Share, Follow, and Comment!

Wednesday, October 5, 2022

Post 232: These are a Few of My (PWAS Member) Favorite Things

These are a Few of My (PWAS Member) Favorite Things

Sing along with me now, "These are a few of my favorite things..." Can't sing like Julie Andrews? 

A few PWAS members noted some favorite things with art...

Fatima Farzana

Abstract painting is my favorite way to express imagination and emotion. For me, painting is a soul-searching journey!

Linda Nedilsky

I enjoy drawing or painting many subjects, but my favorite subjects are pet portraits. Many of my commission pieces are done in memory of a lost pet. I have had many dogs in my life and losing them is like losing a very close friend or family member. Providing a portrait for the owner is a way of giving them something they can remember their pets for years to come. In addition I have donated a gift certificate  for a pet portrait to support various animal rescue programs around the country.

CJ Davis

I am CJ Davis, a Mexican American artist working out of the PWC area.

My favorite things to paint are portraits and medical items. I like to explore these themes because of my chronic pain and struggle with mental illness. I believe it is important to speak about it, and empower those with disabilities. My portraiture reflects people in my life who are important to me, especially in my family. I am Mexican, and our culture deeply believes in revering family and ancestors. I paint my abuela (grandmother), as she is the matriarch of our family, and an inspiration to me. cjdavisart.com

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=33o32C0ogVM

Donna Liguria

Some may say I like painting mini paintings and I do paint a lot of them. Last year I bought a case of 100 3x4 mini canvases and soon after purchased another case. They do sell well usually and I include the mini easels. It is actually fun coming up with the variety of images and ideas to paint and occasionally I am surprised when certain ones sell! They can range in price from $25 to 28 each depending on how much work goes into them.
 


Author: Donna Liguria
An artist member of PWAS in Woodbridge, VA specializing in acrylic painting. She paints landscapes, seascapes, animals and many subjects. Visit her Website at https://DonnaLiguriaArt.com & her Blog at https://donnascavepainting.blogspot.com/.

Local Art: Visit us at Stonebridge Open Space Arts at 15000 Potomac Town Center, Woodbridge, VA - Open Wed to Sat 12-7 and Sun 12-5
The Prince William Art Society is a 50-year-old non-profit art group in PWC for the appreciation of fine art throughout the county and Northern Virginia.

Want to know how to get involved at OSA? If you are an artist (18 or older) living in Prince William County, or a are a member of a PWC art group, you are welcome to get on our next art show's emailing list. Send it to us, OR come by the gallery to find out more.

Want to join PWAS? Go to https://www.princewilliamartsociety.com/membership

Thank you for visiting, and remember to Share, Follow, and Comment!

Tuesday, October 4, 2022

Post 231: Saturday, OCT 15, 2022 PEToberfest

Saturday, OCT 15, 2022 PEToberfest

Grab your leashes and your pet carriers. Have your favorite furriest friends lead the way to Stonebridge on Saturday, October 15 between 11am and 4pm. The streets are alive with meows and cuddly wet noses for the PEToberfest celebration. Vendors  and artists will be celebrating our favorite animals - puppies, kittens, birds, fish and more in every way!...Maybe something for Fido and Fluffy AND for you!

Prince William Art Society Popup Art Show

The Prince William Art Society (PWAS) will be displaying art featuring all animals great and small with artwork outside the Open Space Arts Gallery at 15000 #140 Potomac Town Center, Woodbridge, VA in a popup art show (tented).

AND inside the gallery the art show is "Hispanic Heritage Art Celebration" which began on September 21 and will run until October 16, 2022, so plan on seeing both.

 

Ever wanted a painting of your favorite furry buddy? We have artists that specialize in pet paintings! Just ask!

A peek inside the gallery ...(pssst...ALWAYS free to have a look at local art!):





Come by the gallery anytime Wednesday - Saturday 12 to 7pm and Sundays 12 to 5pm - but do come by Petoberfest on October 15 - see you there!


Author: Donna Liguria
An artist member of PWAS in Woodbridge, VA specializing in acrylic painting. She paints landscapes, seascapes, animals and many subjects. Visit her Website at https://DonnaLiguriaArt.com & her Blog at https://donnascavepainting.blogspot.com/.

Photography/Video Credits: 
Mark Murphy

Local Art: Visit us at Stonebridge Open Space Arts at 15000 Potomac Town Center, Woodbridge, VA - Open Wed to Sat 12-7 and Sun 12-5
The Prince William Art Society is a 50-year-old non-profit art group in PWC for the appreciation of fine art throughout the county and Northern Virginia.

Want to know how to get involved at OSA? If you are an artist (18 or older) living in Prince William County, or a are a member of a PWC art group, you are welcome to get on our next art show's emailing list. Send it to us, OR come by the gallery to find out more.

Want to join PWAS? Go to https://www.princewilliamartsociety.com/membership

Thank you for visiting, and remember to Share, Follow, and Comment!

Monday, October 3, 2022

Post 230: Rain or Shine Fall Tall Oaks Art Show by PWAS

Rain or Shine Fall Tall Oaks Art Show by PWAS

While Hurricane Ian wanders over Virginia tossing rain across the area after unfortunately wreaking havoc and lives across Florida, South Carolina, and North Carolina, the PWAS artists set up an art show at the Tall Oaks Community Center. Life goes on in Virginia although our thoughts are on friends and family in the affected areas. The Spring Tall Oaks Show was rainy this year too - but its always quite comfortable inside and the art was awesome.

Pictures from Saturday, October 1 Tall Oaks


Tall Oaks Community Center, 12298 Cotton Mill Dr. Woodbridge, Va - on the corner of Hedges Run and Cotton Mill
 

This picture was definitely not Saturday, October 1, 2022 as it shows the early morning of a Tall Oaks Show in 2021, our day yesterday was much more grey. Yet we did have a fun day with visitors and hanging out with our fellow PWAS members, 7 in all. 

 Some brave souls dodged the rain drops and made it to the art show. Giant is nearby and they saw the Art Show signs, or they saw it online or they even knew we would be there because they saw us at the Occoquan Arts and Crafts show last weekend.

Here are some pictures from the show which included Ken Meardon (show leader), Mark Murphy, Tony Muller, Maria Briganti, Tom Payne, Doreen Dauer, and Donna Liguria when we first got it set up.

Ken Meardon

Maria Briganti

Donna Liguria








Ken Meardon

Mark Murphy


Doreen Dauer




Maria Briganti

Tony Muller



Mark Murphy

Tony Muller

Ken Meardon

Tom Payne



Tom brought some tunes and we rather enjoyed the day. The good thing about any down time is getting to know your fellow members better and how they do various art challenges or discussion topics like the ongoing topic of "AI Art" (Artificial Intelligence). And then, a certain bit of music comes up...



    Author: Donna Liguria
    An artist member of PWAS in Woodbridge, VA specializing in acrylic painting. She paints landscapes, seascapes, animals and many subjects. Visit her Website at https://DonnaLiguriaArt.com & her Blog at https://donnascavepainting.blogspot.com/.


    Local Art: Visit us at Stonebridge Open Space Arts at 15000 Potomac Town Center, Woodbridge, VA - Open Wed to Sat 12-7 and Sun 12-5
    The Prince William Art Society is a 50-year-old non-profit art group in PWC for the appreciation of fine art throughout the county and Northern Virginia.

    Want to know how to get involved at OSA? If you are an artist (18 or older) living in Prince William County, or a are a member of a PWC art group, you are welcome to get on our next art show's emailing list. Send it to us, OR come by the gallery to find out more.

    Want to join PWAS? Go to https://www.princewilliamartsociety.com/membership

    Thank you for visiting, and remember to Share, Follow, and Comment!

    Sunday, October 2, 2022

    Post 229: PWAS Member Tips

    PWAS Members Share Their Art Tips

    Prince William Art Society (PWAS) is a 51+ year old art group in Prince William County, Virginia with members of 18 and up. The members (currently at 100) range in all directions of art styles, experience levels, ages - you name it. But every artist has to begin somewhere and this blog post offers suggestions on a variety of art topics.

    Learning the Art World

    When I started taking my art more seriously in 2020, after some of life's bumps and bruises, I found a local art group (woohoo PWAS*!) - and got INVOLVED. It has been a learning experience, as I had never been in the business of art before. So what did I do after joining? I attended every possible art meeting, art show, I gallery sat, and got on a couple of committees - to start learning how to present my art in a professional manner. AND I asked questions. AND I did research.

    Here are some answers to questions that I did ask or on topics you might be interested in from some of the responding PWAS artists.

    *Prince William Art Society

    Staci Blanchard

    My biggest tip would be to buy canvases from Michael’s when they have a bogo, or 70% off sales. They happen several times a year and you can get quality canvases.

    My favorite brands of acrylic paint are Amsterdam and Arteza.  I do acrylic pours and these brands have beautiful colors and the reactions between the colors make wonderful pour art pieces.

    Staci does acrylic fluid art.

    Linda Nedilsky

    1. Where do you get your business cards from? Vista Print

    2. Where do you get your art prints made? I used to do prints but no longer

    3. What kind of paint do you use, your favorite brand? Golden Acrylic and Golden Open Acrylics

    4. What software program(s) do you use to do what you do - especially FREE ones? My husband and I  have a music recording business, so we have used Photoshop to design CD covers for decades. I still use it to work on ideas on my computer. 

    5. Where do you get your art merchandise printed from? (for resale)
    Vista Print

    6. Where do you get your artwork matted, framed?
    Hobby Lobby in Woodbridge. My giclee prints that I used to make were custom framed in Old Town Alexandria by Carriage House Framing. They are no longer in business. 

    7. Where do you order or shop for your art supplies?
    Plaza Art or Jerry's Artarama

    8. Is there a favorite art tip you have to SAVE MONEY?
    I try to look for sales locally, or online. Golden paints usually have their paints on sale twice a year. They do not allow sales to be placed on their paints unless they are having a general sale. 


    BUT, because I am military, I get 10% off at Michaels, and sometimes they have a 20% off sale on all store items. Unfortunately, they do not carry Gold Open and in many cases customers have "squeezed" the tubes causing damage. Not sure why customers need to squeeze paint tubes, or peaches for that matter. LOL 
     

    My art is  50 percent painting and 50 percent drawing. 

    Kelly Haneklau

    1. Where do you get your business cards from? usually Vistaprint

    2. Where do you get your art prints made? Artist friend

    3. What kind of paint do you use, your favorite brand? Why? Golden Open-workable longer than standard acrylics

    6. Where do you get your artwork matted, framed? do it myself

    7. Where do you order or shop for your art supplies? Jerrys Artarama, Blick, Michaels

    8. Is there a favorite art tip you have to SAVE MONEY? do your own framing, buy in bulk when you can, use coupons for supplies, recycle supplies and found-objects

     
     Photo: "Daydreaming" oil on canvas

    Kelly Haneklau, www.kellyhaneklau.com IG: @kellyhaneklau FB: Art by Kelly Haneklau

    Otis Stanley

    To get my framing and matting needs taken care of I use Lakeridge Art and Frame Gallery, Inc located at 4164 Merchants Plaza, Woodbridge, Va. 22192.

    Michelle Baker

    8. Is there a favorite art tip you have to SAVE MONEY?

    Repurposing is one of the ways to save. You can pick up supplies and frames to redo at thrift stores or look at your own stash with a new eye.

    I have even grabbed items left curbside for the trash man. 

    I also use items that might otherwise be tossed. I have a stash of plastic trays, packaging and egg cartoons to use as palettes.

    Would love to see the PWAS share leftover supplies. Maybe have a “Odds and Ends Stash” spot where people can take items. Maintenance would be key. Maybe a plastic tub or box with a lid marked in a designated area. Take one, leave one type of place like a Little Free Craft Nook patterned after the Free Libraries.

    I use a lot of leftover things for textures.

    My other tip is hand up your paper towels and your painters tape to use more than once.

     


    John Hartt aka Jortt

    John Hartt: Strange and Wonderful Art.

    1. Where do you get your business cards from?
    https://www.gotprint.com/home.html

    2. Where do you get your art prints made?

    I own a Canon Prograph 1000 and make my prints in-house. It works for me, I do a lot of prints. Initial investment: $1200, yearly supplies (inks, paper): $1,000

    3. What kind of paint do you use, your favorite brand? Why?
    Oil paints. I’m using Williamsburg more often. It’s pricier than other brands, but I feel like there’s more pigment than other brands.

    4. What software program(s) do you use to do what you do - especially FREE ones?

    Procreate for sketching on the Ipad. It was $10 when I got it several years ago. I’ll be doing a tutorial on 5 November at Stonebridge.

    5. Where do you get your art merchandise printed from? (for resale)
    Locally, I get my shirts and apparel at East to West Embroidery. They’ve been around for years and are super helpful and reliable.

    6. Where do you get your artwork matted, framed?
    I paint almost exclusively on gallery wrap.

    7. Where do you order or shop for your art supplies?|
    I’ve traditionally shopped online at Jerry’s Ararama they’re prices are good and get the order out quickly. Dick Blick’s prices seem to be a little better, but shipping is kinda slow. I buy canvas in bulk at Wholesale arts and frames. The prices are great until you add shipping (from CA), then the prices are just “eh”.

    8. Is there a favorite art tip you have to SAVE MONEY?

    Yeah. Stop being an artist, you’ll save money then.

    Photo: Eight Foot Tiki

    Donna Liguria

    Where to begin? I have learned so much!
    Recently, while hanging art at Open Space Arts for the Hispanic Heritage Art Celebration, one of my fellow committee members mentioned to NOT hang artwork with a person's face with their eyes pointing toward the door. The patrons of your gallery will view it as a subliminal message - the patron's eyes follow the direction of artwork's eyes, and head for the door too! 

    Save time when SAVING your art on your phone or computer by saving the artwork with your LASTNAME_FIRSTINITIAL-Title of your artwork. When you submit your artwork to a gallery, a Call for Art, or even with your Social Media person, you need to have your artwork properly formatted anyway, so get used to doing it the same way each time and it makes it easier to ID which photograph belongs to which person. I cannot tell you how many photos I get that have a lot of numbers and it can be confusing depending on what I am posting.

    When buying art supplies or ANY shopping on Amazon, use Amazon Smile so that Amazon does the donating of a portion of what you spent to a non-profit like the Prince William Art Society. See the PWAS website and the Amazon links at the top or bottom of the page (initially you may need to specify who you want to donate to) and Amazon takes care of it. It does not cost you anything extra. https://smile.amazon.com/?ref_=smi_ext_ch_23-7300705_dl
     
    1. Where do you get your business cards from? Vistaprint
    2. Where do you get your art prints made? Currently using https://www.gicleetoday.com/
    7. Where do you order or shop for your art supplies? EVERYWHERE! Amazon Smile of course, Jerry's Artarama, Hobby Lobby, Michael's
    8. Is there a favorite art tip you have to SAVE MONEY? Buy on sale
     
    https://donnaliguriaart.com @DonnaLiguria
     
    Photo: Mountain Reflection


    What tips would you add? Leave your comments below.

    Author: Donna Liguria
    An artist member of PWAS in Woodbridge, VA specializing in acrylic painting. She paints landscapes, seascapes, animals and many subjects. Visit her Website at https://DonnaLiguriaArt.com & her Blog at https://donnascavepainting.blogspot.com/.

    Local Art: Visit us at Stonebridge Open Space Arts at 15000 Potomac Town Center, Woodbridge, VA - Open Wed to Sat 12-7 and Sun 12-5
    The Prince William Art Society is a 50-year-old non-profit art group in PWC for the appreciation of fine art throughout the county and Northern Virginia.

    Want to know how to get involved at OSA? If you are an artist (18 or older) living in Prince William County, or a are a member of a PWC art group, you are welcome to get on our next art show's emailing list. Send it to us, OR come by the gallery to find out more.

    Want to join PWAS? Go to https://www.princewilliamartsociety.com/membership

    Thank you for visiting, and remember to Share, Follow, and Comment!