Thursday, December 22, 2016

The year of the WTF? comes to a close.

On our last drawing night of 2016 we thought: "Seriously, what a truly undeniably screwed up year this was." No point in reminiscing about all the crap, but if we focus on the good, we see there was quite a bit of  it. Paupers Art Guild grew this year, not in all aspects mind you, but enough to show that we are on course and steady. Drop-in sessions are rocking solid, we welcomed many, many new members, all with amazing talent. We are developing additional programing starting in the Spring which will include still life, watercolor and plein air sessions. Workshops were all executed with great results and enthusiasm is growing. 2017 will see a continuation and expansion of our workshop program as we will be revisiting our popular workshops and presenting many new ones. We will also return to our fine art gallery exhibition schedule with Foti's MAYDAY exhibition of new works in May, the huge collaboration with Beverly Keys for PIPELINES AND BORDERLINES in October and Sam's exciting, years-in-the-making debut of CITIZEN JETSAM in November. You do not want to miss them! We also have several secret projects in the works that you need to keep an eye out for as there aren't anything around like them. Thanks to everyone who has supported us these past 3 years, let's push us forward next year. Best of luck to Murari as he sets off for Fran Sancisco, I mean San Francisco . . . YOU'LL BE MISSED!

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Watercolours away!

Our first watercolor mini-workshop with Lynn Fosco went over swimmingly today. The weather kept many away, but no matter, we had a blast! These fun little events perfect for those with little or no experience in watercolor painting, but also great refreshers for those who've been away from the process for years (or decades)! We will be launching 3, 6 and 12 event subscription packages for these next year, so be on the look out!

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Precisely, how can a goldfish commit suicide?

Well, thanks to Camilo's crappiest week ever, we learned how that was possible last night. We also learned that it is way too easy to unsettle Murari; it is REALLY cold outside; using an entire studio as a spray booth ain't quite the best idea yet; the definition of transaction is malleable; Sam beers not many too drink often; artist thrive off each others' energy, and no matter what, we are damned fortunate souls that we are not suffering through war right now like so many of our fellow humans.That is something I think everyone can rally behind, that it is the greatest shame of our time what is transpiring as we write. Thus, with shame, I plug away. . .We have Lynn Fosco's introductory WATERCOLOR WORKSHOP this Saturday from 1-4pm, then next Wednesday we are finishing up for the season with the 2nd night of Cal only to return on January 18 with Marissa. Keep in mind, that drop-in drawing prices will increase to $ 20 next year (our first increase in 3 years) gotta pay the bills folks!

Saturday, December 10, 2016

With apologies to Meredith Willson. . .

Its beginning to look a lot like Courtney
Every time you draw,
Take a trip to the Paupers den, it's Saturday again
And come to paint or draw in a state of zen.
It's beginning to look a lot like Courtney
Legs from here to there,
But the silliest sight to see, is her trying to be angry
At a pine cone while we talked to Murari.  


Thursday, December 8, 2016

Flat files closing in silence. . .

. . .is a skill left to only the deftest of ninjas. Also drawing in green. . .or on vellum. . .or while withholding one's flatulence with a towel placement of questionable facility. Silly night full of silliness. . . and cold. The band, however, is coming together though. Mark my words; we got a piano man, a horn blower, a couple singers and not 1, not 2 but 3 drum players. Just wait n' see what we'll have for thee.