Monday, June 30, 2008

Plein Air Workshop Coming Up

Evening out at Three Meadows with the original farmhouse in the distance. Nice long shadows and a great old dairy barn. Plein air oil on panel 12 x 16".

There are a couple of spaces open for the workshop, artists of all levels welcome. Call me at 378 2638 if you would like to know about the workshop.

Friday, June 27, 2008

Kiddo Lives!

Kiddo Lives! 24" x 24" oil on canvas.

If you would like to have your pet's portrait painted in a large colorful way, let me know....I like to work in oils, and this is the time for good photographs!!! Strong lights and darks, and close ups of the face. I can do the photographing with my camera. Or, use one of your favorites. Kids, birds, cats good too!

See more Pet Portraits by Annie Howell-Adams. Sold.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Red Chairs

Sunny afternoon, got the red chairs out....10" x 20: oil on canvas.


Mixed Media: Acrylic on 300 lb paper with tissue paper collage and sumi ink.

What started as an afternoon in Central Park ended with this piece.
A great culmination of new ideas explored this spring in New York.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

San Juan Shoreline

Finally a beautiful day to set up outside. This is a 12" x 16" plein air painting, painted on location along the shoreline of San Juan Island. The oil paint is thickly applied, impasto, with a palette knife. I like the speed of using a knife, you can concentrate on the nuances of color, without the extra step of loading up the brush. It's a good way to get away from bogging down in too many details.
July 19 and 20, I will be teaching a 2 day workshop, painting on location here in the San Juans.
I will be demonstarting in oils, but all mediums welcome.
For Painters:
What do you need for the workshop?

sketchbook and pencil
Easel, french easel or table top. I have a few extra easels, let me know....
Brushes, 1", 1/2" and 1/4 filberts are great, bristle,(bring what you have and we'll look at them)
Palette, I like the stay-wet palette with the bright blue lid and paper palette inside.
Odorless mineral spirits, small bottle.
For medium, I like liquin or galkyd by Gamblin, + the little cups to pour them into.
Rags, old towels cut up are my favorite, paper towels too weak
Atleast,2 medium sized canvases these are all good sizes: 9 x 12,11 x 14,12x 16, 14 x 18, Or, other surfaces good, ask if you have a question about what to paint on....
Gloves, & Apron.
Water bottle, hat, lunch

Paints: Basically a warm and cool of each primary color, + a few extras.
Cad. red light
aliz. crimson
Cad. yellow medium
Cad. orange,
Sap green
Ultramarine blue
earth colors like raw sienna good.

In the nice but not necessary catagory are Quinadrodone magenta, cad yellow light

The cost of the workshop is $175,
Limit the size of the group to 15. Artists of any level may join.
We will be setting up on 2 different locations, one aquatic, the other terrestial.

Please call with any questions, my toll free number is 1 866 374 4272
locally at 378 2638, or email:
I hope you can join us!!

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Double Figure Pose

This oil on canvas was a 2 week double model pose, done at the National Academy of Fine Arts in New York this April, working with Mary Beth McKenzie. Now, getting stretchers made for this 32" x 43" oil on canvas. I taped the gessoed canvas to a board to paint, and mailed it home rolled up. A fantastic process to delve 30 hours into a pose.I felt like the first half was getting shapes located and the second half was spent looking at fine nuances of shifts in color and value. What great models, with challenging natural light only, at the National Academy. We painted 3 hours each day for 2 weeks. The models took breaks and resumed the same pose. The more you looked, the more you saw.

This and several other canvases will be on display at Islander's Bank in Friday Harbor this summer.