In December, I gave a demonstration and talked to the students at St. Apollinaris School in Napa, invited by their art teacher, Napa Valley Open Studios artist Sandra Cassayre Moore. Most of the students at the K-8 school came, and, wow, did they have great questions!
Below you'll see one of my favorite paintings by Sandra, Red Bug. You can sure tell she loves color, too.
I talked to them about painting landscapes with the colors you love - not necessarily just the ones you see. First, Sandra gave a slide show, which I talked about, starting with three of my favorite artists, Beverly Wilson (also a Napa Valley Open Studios artist), Richard Mayhew (who lives in Santa Cruz), and Wolf Kahn (a New York/Vermont artist whose niece Sally Manfredi is also a Napa Valley Open Studios artist).
Then, we had a nice question-and-answer session, with questions about all kinds of things about painting and subject matter and art. Great questions!
Then came the demonstration! And afterward the students spent the next three weeks in their art classes painting landscape paintings in acrylic on canvas, in colors they loved. Here are photos of three from the sixth grade class that Sandra just sent me.
You can tell we live in the Napa Valley, can't you?
This one reminds me of my painting Hillside Vineyard, Tilted Heart! When we looked at this painting in the slide show, I asked the students to see if they could find the heart (actually, there are more than one) - I guess that made an impression! And this painting actually makes my colors look subtle!
Karen Lynn Ingalls
I am a working artist in Napa and Sonoma Counties, in northern California. I paint colorist landscapes of rural California, teach art classes, workshops, and private lessons, and live in Calistoga, California.