Saturday, July 16, 2011

"In the Middle of Things"


I can't believe its the middle of July. Time certainly seems to be moving at an accelerated pace. It seemed like I had all the time in the world back in December when the July show details were being hammered out. But its the middle of July and the show at Tvedten Fine Art in Harbor Springs opens this Thursday (July 21) and the show in Glen Arbor at the Center Gallery opens the 29th. And it seems like its been forever since I've made any paintings! O.k., well its been probably a week. But framing, naming, cataloging, packing and transportation all have to be done too. The two paintings I am posting tonight are part of the 27 new works I'll be showing at Tvedten. 

The first painting is 36x36, titled "If Only".
The second is 48x24, titled "In the Middle of Things".

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Plein Aire Workshop in Cross Village

There are a few spots left for this workshop at Three Pines Studio in Cross Village Michigan.
See the full list of events/workshops at

Intro to Plein Air Painting with Margo Burian (2-Day)
When the great outdoors is your studio, the possibilities are endless. This
class is designed to be an introduction to plein air painting for beginning
and intermediate oil painters. We will be working in and around Cross
Village. (In case of rain, class to be held at Three Pines.)
The Art of Observation: Discussion on setting up your “mobile studio”.
Discussions about what constitutes good composition in landscape painting.
Discussion/Demo on light/shadow/temperature. Practical exercises in the
field to help the student quickly identify strong compositions for painting,
as well as define light and shadow.
Capturing the Essence: We’ll be working on the “quick start”. Timed mass
painting exercises. Discussion/practical application on how mass shapes the
foundation of a painting.
Friday, August 12 & Saturday, August 13, 9 am-4 pm
Brown Bag Lunches
Workshop Fee: $195 Materials list available with registration.
Artist/Instructor: Margo Burian, fine artist