Saturday, January 30, 2010

Austin Pastel Society - rotating demo/paint around

I participated in a "paint around" (or "rotating demo") during the last Austin Pastel Society (APS) meeting with four other artists (Regina Burchett, D. K. Richardson, Mike Etie and John Bittick). The artists started paintings of their choice (from reference pictures), then switched every 10 minutes to work on their next door neighbor's painting, and finally finished in front of their own paintings to complete the rotation. The final paintings were sold for a total of $220 that will go to the APS scholarship fund.

It was a fun experience and I would do it again! Not only was the paint-around a first-time experience for me but painting in front of an audience as well. I was the last one to set up my easel and the only place left was in the spot in front of everyone. Initially the idea was that people would rotate to the next easel. So I would be there only for 10 minutes. But we ended up rotating the paintings instead of the people. So I got stuck in front (or people got stuck watching me unless they stood up and walked around). That part was not as nerve-wracking as I initially thought, and I may have enjoyed it (I think ;-)

Every rotation was a surprise and the first question was "What am I going to do with this?" and I could almost hear an echo from the audience "What is she going to do with this?" (that was probably my nerves echoing :-) The next question was "What can I do to make this painting closer to finished with what I have (actual painting, times, palette, ...)?" It was not always clear the direction I should take, but I had to make decisions and work quickly.

Here are some pictures that Libby Peters graciously took at my easel during the rotating demo. To see other points of view see Jo Castillo's (current president) pictures and to see the (almost) final paintings see Regina Burchett's pictures.

Austin Pastel Society - rotating demo

Rae Andrews (the organizer of the paint-around) took a video of the activity and I will let you know when it will be available.

Thanks to everyone who participated, who came and who organized this activity.


Bob Barker said...

I have really enjoyed seeing the pictures you posted from the "paint-around". What a great idea!

BJ said...

What fun! It was great seeing the pictures progress. I hope you get to do it again sometime. I wish I could have been there to watch.

Jo Castillo said...

Johanne, nice post. The paint around was a lot of fun. You all did so well. Applauses to you. Thanks for the link, too.

Louise and David said...

Thank you for this follow-up report on the "paint-around" you mentioned in an earlier post. Your links allowed us to see a lot more than we had expected.

Congratulations on your participation, the paintings themselves and the contribution to the APS Scholarship fund.

Johanne Morin said...

Thanks everyone. I still haven't heard anything about the video that was taken during the paint around yet... we have a meeting this coming Sunday, maybe we find out more...