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Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Spring '08 Dates Announced for Oil Painting Class at the Quinlan

The Quinlan Visual Arts Center has posted the upcoming dates for Charles' popular class "Painting - Design and Technique." New this spring is a day class option, in addition to the already established evening class.

Call 770-536-2575 to sign up or visit them online.

Painting - Design and Technique at the Quinlan Visual Arts Center (Gainesville GA)
now with day and evening options!

Session I: Jan. 16 - Feb. 20
Session II: Feb. 27 - April 2
Session III: April 16 - May 21

Six Wednesdays, 3 hours
Day: 1:00 - 4:00 pm or Evening: 6:30 - 9:30 pm

Members $150 / NonMembers $165 / Seniors $145

Binders Announces Upcoming Dates for Oil Painting Class

The Art School at Binders has posted the dates for the next session of Charles' class "Painting - Design and Technique." Last session we offered an afternoon class option which has been very popular and will be continued.

You can sign up online (http://learning.bindersart.com/), via email (learning@bindersart.com) or by calling 404-237-6331 ext. 203.

Painting - Design and Technique
at The Art School at Binders (Atlanta, GA)
only $120 per 6 weeks

6 Tuesdays: Feb. 12 - Mar. 18
Day class: 1:00 - 4:00 pm
Evening class: 6:00 - 8:30 pm

Friday, December 7, 2007

Upcoming Demonstration at Atlanta Artists Center

Charles is scheduled to be the speaker at the January meeting of the Atlanta Artists Center. He plans a brief demonstration of his approach to direct painting and will touch on the idea of "painting the concept".

The evening is sure to be enlightening and informative. The program is free and open to the public, non-members are welcome.

  • Monday, January 21, 2008 at 7:00 pm Atlanta Artists Center 2979 Grandview Avenue, Atlanta, GA 30305, ph. 404-237-2324

"Painting the Concept" will also be the focus of Charles' upcoming workshop at the AAC scheduled for the last weekend of March. More info on that very soon!

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Oil Painters of America Eastern Regional Exhibition

We are thrilled to announce that "Gold Elephant" has been accepted into the Oil Painters of America's 2007 Eastern Regional Exhibition of Traditional Oils!

There are only about 100 pieces accepted into this show from member artists who reside in the 26 states and 5 Canadian provinces which make up the OPA's eastern region. Membership into Oil Painters of America is itself juried - the member roles read as a who's who of fine art. To make the cut into the regional show is a tremendous accomplishment!

The exhibition will hang at the beautiful Weatherburn Gallery in Naples, Florida from November 24 to January 5, 2008, opening with a gala champagne reception on Saturday the 24th.

Oil Painters of America hosts four intensely competitive exhibitions per year - three regionals and one national. Within their relatively short 16 year history, the organization has become a gathering place for the best artists in the field. They are, as their website declares, "dedicated to the preservation of representational art."

Monday, November 12, 2007

First Place at Atlanta Artists Center!

One of Charles' newest paintings, "Takin' it Easy - a study", was awarded first place at the Atlanta Artists Center's second annual open juried exhibition "Synchronicity".

The reception this past Saturday was very well attended. Submission to the exhibition was open to non-members, and this resulted in almost 300 entries, of which only 76 were accepted. It was a very nice show with a wide range of styles and subject matter. The exhibition will remain up until the end of November at the Atlanta Artists Center's Grandview Gallery.

(The painting is a little dark in this photo because I had to shoot at an angle to avoid glare from the flash. For a better picture of the painting, scroll down to the previous entry about it that I posted last week.)

Friday, November 9, 2007

Painting Demonstration at Lakeview Academy

On Monday, October 22, Charles visited Lakeview Academy, a private K-12 school in Gainesville, Georgia, and presented an oil painting demonstration to the AP Studio Art, Painting, and Art Exploration classes. Charles worked from a still-life and kept the full room informed and entertained for most of the afternoon.

The school's weekly parent email included this wonderful little blurb the following week:

The Upper School Visual Arts classes had a fantastic painting workshop last week, conducted by guest artist Charles Young Walls. Students, faculty and staff were in attendance to watch and listen to Mr. Walls as he painted and lectured for two and a half hours. Trained at the Art Students League in NY, Walls spoke with witty passion as he lectured on art history, painting fundamentals, and principles of light and space. We are already planning for him to return for another workshop next year.

Many thanks to Upper School Art Teacher Clayton Santiago for the photo.

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

New Works: "Takin' it Easy - a study"

This new piece is a quick study, done in just a few hours one afternoon. I love the life and immediacy of the brushwork. The sitter was thrilled as well, and especially liked how Charles had captured her "sassy attitude." (14 x 18, oil on panel)

Monday, October 22, 2007

New Works - "Melissa"

This lovely portrait of a young girl is one of the more recent pieces to come off of Charles' easel. (16x20, oil on linen)

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Portrait Workshop a Success!

Last month Charles conducted a 3-day intensive portrait painting workshop for the Fayette Art Center in Fayetteville, Georgia. The weekend was a tremendous success and everyone not only got great information out of it, but seemed to have a good time as well!
The workshop opened with a morning Q&A and one-hour painting demonstration where Charles illustrated the concepts that he would be working with over the next few days.
I must say here that our models for the weekend, Cody and Alex, were just wonderful. Both are local art students who stepped in at the last minute after our original model had to cancel on us. They worked out wonderfully and we couldn't have asked for better.
The group made huge strides over the weekend. They accepted a tough challenge and took in a tremendous amount of information. Painting a portrait from a live sitter is a very different proposition than painting from photographs.

Friday, September 21, 2007

Audubon Artists Inc. 65th Annual Exhibition

"Sara askance" was accepted into the 65th Annual Exhibition of Audubon Artists, Inc. The show is currently hanging at the Salmagundi Art Club (47 Fifth Ave, New York City) until September 28. [The exhibition has already been up for several weeks now, I'm just running a little late with my posting.]

And in case you're wondering why a portrait would be included in a show by a group named Audubon, here's a short snip from their webpage:

Audubon Artists, Inc., a national exhibiting organization of painters, sculptors and graphic artists, was indeed named for the great American artist and ornithologist John James Audubon, but there the association ends, for the exhibitions of Audubon Artists contain paintings, graphics and sculpture in all subjects and themes.... Confusion has existed on the part of the public since the name was first adopted in 1942.

The venue for this exhibition, the Salmagundi Art Club, has served as a center for fine artists from New York and around the country for over 130 years. It has held its current location, a beautiful mid-nineteenth century brownstone on Fifth Avenue, since 1917. Charles visited the organization and toured its galleries during his most recent trip to New York this past summer.

Monday, September 17, 2007

Afternoon Painting Class Added at Binders

The class Charles is teaching at Binders, "Painting - Design and Technique", will be adding an afternoon session option beginning December 4.

Tuesdays 1:00 - 4:00 pm for six weeks starting December 4 (with a break for the holidays, of course)

This new class is in addition to the evening class already on the schedule: Tuesdays 6:00 - 8:30 pm -- in six week sessions starting Oct. 23 and Dec. 4.

The current evening class has a lively 14 on the roster. Addition of the afternoon class will allow for better accomodation of busy schedules and will make Binders "The Place To Be" on Tuesdays!

The fee is $120 for six weeks. Contact Binders to sign up: 404-237-6331 ext 203 or via their webpage.

Monday, September 10, 2007

Atlanta Artists Center National Exhibition

This past Saturday evening the Atlanta Artists Center held the awards reception for their 4th annual national exhibition: A National View at Grandview. We were pleasantly surprised when we walked in to see the ribbons already hung and that The Red Cup had won a Merit Award!

We received many great comments on the painting that evening. The show as a whole was very nice, with a wide range of subject matter and mediums. So wide in fact, that Charles' oil painting was one of only four oil paintings accepted!

The show will hang at the Atlanta Artists Center's Grandview Gallery until October 2. Information can be found online at the AAC's webpage.

Monday, August 27, 2007

Art Kudos Finalist

Charles' stunning portrait "Sarah Danielle" has been named a finalist in the third annual Art Kudos International Juried Art Competition. Of the approximately 1500 entries, only 110 were chosen for this ecelectic and wide-ranging exhibition. This year's juror was the editor of Fine Art Connoisseur magazine, Peter Trippi.

The exhibition will remain on-line until next year's competition and can be viewed in it's entirety at http://www.artkudos.com/.

Wednesday, August 8, 2007

Portrait Painting Workshop

Over the weekend of September 14-16, Charles will be conducting a workshop hosted by the Fayette Art Center & Gallery at their new location on the square in historic Fayetteville, Georgia.

"Painting the Portrait from Life" will begin with a morning demonstration, followed by a full weekend of focused instruction.

"Open to all levels, this challenging workshop approaches portraiture in a progressive way, culminating in the student developing a portrait painted from life. The student will be exposed to the principles of composing the subject on the canvas, developing the picture concept and building the head from the inside out."

The fee is $240 plus a $30 model fee. A supply list and directions will be provided to each student upon registration. Contact the Fayette Art Center to register: 770-631-2780 or via email FayetteArtCenter@bellsouth.net. Visit their webpage located at www.FayetteArtCenter.com.

Click here to download the flyer in .pdf format. This link will take you to MediaFire.com. Once there, click the yellow box on the left to download and open the document.

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Fall Classes at the Quinlan

The schedule for Charles' class at the Quinlan Visual Arts Center in Gainesville, Ga. has just been posted. The class meets on Wednesday evenings. Two 6-week sessions are offered:

  • Sept. 5 - Oct. 10
  • Oct. 24 - Dec. 5 (skip Nov. 21)

Visit the Quinlan's website for more information and to sign up.

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Portrait Painting Workshop

Charles will be conducting a 3-day portrait painting workshop over the weekend of Sept. 14-16, 2007. This workshop is being sponsored by the Fayette Art Center located in Peachtree City, Georgia. Most of the details are still in the planning stages, but we will post them here as soon as they are finalized.

Sunday, June 10, 2007

A Stroke of Genius

Charles has been accepted for inclusion in the online portrait gallery A Stroke of Genius. This is the leading website for portrait painters and for those commissioning portraits. A Stroke of Genius has been featured in numerous publications, including Business Week, Art and Antiques and Artists Magazine.

Friday, June 1, 2007

Fall Classes at Binders Art

The class schedule has been finalized for Charles' class "Painting - Design and Technique" at Binders in Buckhead through November. In 6 week blocks, the schedule is:
  • Mondays Aug. 20 - Oct. 1 (skip Sept. 3 Labor Day)
  • Tuesdays Oct. 23 - Nov. 27

Visit Binder's web site for more information and to sign up.

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Hudson Valley Art Association exhibition

"The Tea Chest" has been accepted into the 76th Annual Juried Exhibition of the Hudson Valley Art Association. The show will hang at the National Arts Club in the historic Tilden Mansion in New York City during the month of June.

Friday, May 18, 2007

Salon International 2007

We've just been informed that Charles' piece "Still-Life - India" was awarded Honorable Mention for Artistic Excellence at the Salon International 2007 juried exhibition held at the Greenhouse Gallery of Fine Art in Texas. We were just happy to get into such a prestigious show, the award is a great extra.

Monday, May 14, 2007

Quinlan Visual Arts Center summer juried exhibition

"The Gold Elephant" has been accepted into the Quinlan's Summer Juried Exhibition. The show will be up from June 7-August 3 in Gainesville, Georgia.

Wednesday, May 9, 2007

Portrait Society of America annual conference

Over the weekend of May 3-6 we travelled to the Washington DC area to attend the annual conference of the Portrait Society of America. It was a wonderful high-energy weekend with hundreds in attendance - so many great artists all in one place. The weekend ended with a Sunday afternoon spent at the newly renovated and reopened National Portrait Gallery.

Tuesday, May 1, 2007

New to the Blogging World

Well, we've finally given in. We now have a blog!
We'll use this as an easy way to add quick updates and newsbites to our webpage.