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Cheerful and Colorful Paintings in Oil, Acrylic, Mixed Media and Collage

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Arizona Sunflowers, Oil, Hedi Moran Workshop, Scottsdale, AZ by Texas Contemporary Artist Nancy Standlee

 Arizona Sunflowers 14018
Oil 20x16 in.
Traditional 3/4" Gallery Wrapped Canvas

I returned yesterday afternoon from a 5 day oil workshop with Hedi Moran, Painting Spring Florals, in Scottsdale, Arizona. The sunflower painting was painted on day 1, Monday, May 5 and by some ingenious packing per Hedi the 5 paintings made it back to Texas with nary a smear. I will be posting roses, hydrangeas, poppies and more in the coming weeks.



 The Scottsdale Artist School is housed in a charming white washed historic schoolhouse, with 6 fully equipped studios, student lounge with an extensive book collection, student store and the school is surrounded with a beautiful rose garden (and the roses were used in some of the arrangements). This artist oasis in the Sonoran Desert began 30 years ago in the heart of the Old Town Scottsdale Arts District and there are museums, galleries and good restaurants and boutiques nearby. Here is a link to what Scottsdale has to offer Experience Scottsdale and 
Downtown Scottsdale.
This was my first visit to Scottsdale and I do hope to return. Hedi will give another workshop there in February 2015. 

More to come about Thirsty Thursday and the Art Walk in the coming posts and some photos of the class. 
 Below is Nancy and Hedi. This is my second workshop with Hedi and the first one was in Arkansas. I wrote about it on my blog HERE and I had to mention about her promptness in beginning a class and things haven't changed in Hedi world (no class introductions, no how do you do, it's 9:00 and we're off and running. She begins her demo and is finished in about an hour and a half and the rest of the time is spent walking the room helping each student. She says we can get to know each other at and we did and what lunches we had but that's for later. She's a really good instructor with the most "dancing brush" I've ever seen. Hedi is on Facebook if you want to keep up with her workshops (so am I and I love FB friends). Hedi is leaving Wednesday for her home country of Norway and will teach two workshops while there.  


I have written an ArtByte about the process of torn paper collage for the Daily Paintworks site is available with more than 50 images. An ArtByte is a small online tutorial that may be free or it's very affordable. Mine will be very affordable. Here is the web address and browse and download some of the free ones by Carol Marine or another favorite artist such as Julie Ford Oliver that will explain some of the tools she uses in an oil painting technique. There are several very good free ArtBytes that are filled with information. When you get to the Daily Paintworks web page, look under tutorials. Here is my online gallery at Daily Paintworks.

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