"Without art, the crudeness of reality would make the world unbearable.– Bernard Shaw


MAY, 2018

Grape Vines
Title: Giddy Grape Vines (Paraiso Vineyards, Soledad, CA.), Original watercolor by Woody Hansnen, 15" x 24"

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Memorial Day 2018
d Hansen, 4/12/25 – 4/19/448
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Image of Arnold Hansen


At this writing, I’ve recently returned from the Al Setton Unplugged, four day workshop (Thursday thru Sunday), May 17-20,in Soledad, California. This was the first of what will be, I’m sure an annual event presented by the team of Al Setton and Shelly Pearson. Anyone wanting to join next year’s event can contact Al Setton at 310-428-0051, or Shelley at 310-663-9582.

About fifty-two of us painted at four sites, the Paraiso Vineyards, the Pinacles National State Park, the Soledad Mission, and Flora’s Organic Farm. Thursday, and Saturday demos and crits were handled by Al Setton. Jan Wright did the demo and crit on Friday, and Al wrapped up the workshop with a final demo on Sunday.

Shelly saw to it that everyone had delicious snacks at appropriate times during the workshop.

Thanks for a great workshop experience, Al and Shelly.


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This past weekend I was in Chicagor WITH FAMILY. We spent a morning at the Chicago Art Institute with the Impressionists and Picasso. It was one of the best museum visits I have had. The Institute has an extensive collection, well hung, and it was exciting to see so many familiar pieces in the original. But what made the visit especially good, was coming in with all I have learned from your class about composition and shape and color, how to look at a painting from different perspectives. It was interesting to see the progression of the paintings  from realistic to very abstract. Sadly, there were no water colors and very few (two) women artists from that period displayed, though I think we would find them in others galleries of the Institute if we had had the time. So, thank you for contributing to a good weekend.




Watercolor by Woody Hansen

This is one of the paintings I accomplished at the above workshop. The location was the Soledad Mission on ... an EXTREMLY windy day to say the least.

The mission is located on California's San Andreas Fault line. On this day my thought process was, "What if we were to have a subduction on this particular day?" Thus, this rather idiosyncratic painting is the result.

What about the skywriting, 'Blah, blah, blah? Well, I neededsomething in the upper, left side to balance the painting. The printed words are meant as a friendly, respectful jab at workshop leader, Al Setton. Both Al and I agree that each of us has a tendency to overtalk things.

What the heck, it was the last full day of the workshop, windy as can be. I hoped the painting would bring some humor at the critique (it did). Mission accomplished.



Mountain Greenery watercolorWHY IS ART IMPORTANT?
So why is art important? Here's a challenge for all of us. First, answer the question yourself, then See and hear art professionals discuss this very subject in a short, Inland Empire Museum of Art video. Do you agree, or disagree with the experts. To see the video CLICK HERE.




Barns and Shanties in Western Landscapes
June 2, 2018
Sat 9:30am to 3:30pm
Price: $95
Ages 16 and up
For more information, visit: www.breagallery.com or call 714-990-7731

Marin Museum of Art
Make Your Mark
June 16, 2018 - July 29, 2018
Reception: June 16, 5-7pm
A national juried exhibition

For more information CLICK HERE.

7th Green Mountain Watercolor Exhibition: Jun. 17- Jul. 28
Red Barn Galleries, Lareau Farm, Route 100, Waitsfield, Vt.
Hours: Thursday through Sunday, Noon to 9 pm
Opening Reception: Sunday, June 17, 5 to 7 pm
Curator-led tour/conversation: Sunday, June 17, 3:30 pm
Information : 802-496-6682 or info@valleyartsvt.com

2017 Colorado Watercolor Society State Exhibition
Foothills Art Center
809 15th. St. Golden Colorado 80401
Opening: April 20
Close: June 25
Juror: Vladislav Yeliseyev
To see Exhibition winners CLICK HERE

International Juried Exhibition
City of Brea Art Gallery
 October 13 to December 16, 2018
The juror will be internationally known artist
Katherine Chang Liu
For further Details CLICK HERE



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