Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Direct Painting is my style!

It's interesting when you view the painting up close, you can see a whole mosaic of color strikes, but from a distance you have a white closed rose. The hardest part of this technique is to resist blending the colors smooth. Just strike on tones of colors and leave them.
The primroses were a lot of fun to create. Strike on the shadow centers of each petal, then the halftones above and below next to the shadow, ending with a light highlight tone on the petal edges and at the centers. Using the side of your brush pull from light to shadow sliding the colors together very lightly... this creates the streaks in the petals. Restate some lights on the edges if necessary.
This large rose didn't appear white until the dark background was added around the petals, then viola! a white rose with pink inner petals. Amazing what happens when dark surrounds light.

Our little nuthatch was the quickest bird I have ever painted ... what a fabulous technique. He was the first object that we painted in this piece, applying the dark background surrounding him. Everyone's bird turned out great.

This was our final painting at the Floral Seminar with Dave. It was one amazing piece, and painted in such a short time from start to finish. We were all impressed!! Thanks Dave for an inspiring Seminar.

till later Frieda

Friday, July 24, 2009

Silk Screening

While at the Teacher's Seminar at the Jansens, Dave mentioned silk screen painting, which totally intrigued the group. So off he goes to the garage to retrieve some used panels, to better explain what it was.

You start off with Half-tone 1500 dots/inch thin silk fabric, which comes in a roll. This is cut to the size of your pattern, and tacked very tightly into a wooden frame. A chemical (available at the same supplier as the silk fabric) is then applied to the silk fabric, and the whole frame is placed into the dark. Light is what activates the chemical.

Your pattern is either hand-painted with Black on a sheet of acetate, or you could use Photoshop on your computer to fill in the elements using Black, then print it out onto acetate.

Next you take your acetate pattern and place it on top of the chemically treated silk fabric. Place the framed screen on the floor and shine a 150 watt lamp onto the screen for a duration of 30 minutes. You can clamp the lamp onto the edge of the table. The heat of the lamp reacts with the chemical in all the areas, except where the Black painted elements are. Underneath the Black, the silk screen fabric remains porous.
You would then take the screen outside and hose it down with the garden hose to wash off the Black and expose the see-through silk fabric pattern. Very intricate patterns can be painted with this method.
Once the screen is prepared and dry, it can be used repeatedly to apply the basecoat color onto any surface. Just lay the screen over the surface, squirt paint on the end of the screen, then using a special tool, swipe the paint over the surface. This action allows the paint to enter the patterned silk fabric and base the pattern onto the surface below. If you have more than one color to basecoat, prepare two or more screens including only those elements for each color. You could use straight paint, or paint with Faux Finishing Medium to get transparent based elements.
I could see this used for grisaille or underpainting in White or Medium White.
Teachers who have large classes would find this method especially a time saver.
till later

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

More of Dave's gallery

Every corner of every room in the Jansen home is filled with Dave's beautiful artwork and painted furniture pieces. Can't recall one piece of furniture that wasn't painted. Next he is painting the doors... wonder if the ceilings are next after that, haha.

Oh I think Dave missed one item, see in the corner of this bedroom... there is a large container that is raw wood... I'm sure next time I come it will be painted with some new technique that he is studying.

Tomorrow, I will give you a glimpse of the Silk Screening process, it's quite unique.
till later Frieda

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Dave the Teacher!!

Even on break time, Dave is still teaching impromptu, he is amazing! He just loves all the questions from his students (or affectionately his "little monsters"), and shares all he can to help us understand.

Since this was a Teacher Design Seminar, we had lots of opportunity to design on Dave's favorite sketching surface, tons and tons of 11" x 17" paper... he buys it by the caseload. Here's Georgia, Elaine and Ann absorbing lots of great design ideas from Dave. He makes it look so easy, but it's years of practice behind each pen stroke.

Notice Cathy's big yellow note pad, I'm sure it came handy with the volume of information Dave shared with us.

Teacher Dave at the end of one table with the TV monitor picking up all his sketches and illustrations, so everyone can see. Notice the stack of books on the right, just below the TV... it was growing as the Seminar continued. My seat was right behind the pile, so a few more books and Dave would disappear, haha. Be prepared to jot down lots of ISBN # of recommended books... Martha's a wiz at buying books for Dave, so if you need help, just ask Martha!! she's the expert. Must order a few for pick-up at the next Seminar, hummmm, there's just too many to choose from.

Dave promised to teach us the important aspects of taking great photos of our finished pieces, and he delivered. Here is the set-up that he uses... 2 large sheets of non glare white mat board behind and under your painting. Prop piece at an angle to reduce glare from overhead lights, and use cardboard to reduce further glare in the room (Dave is holding it up). Always use a tripod with your camera set in AV mode to F stop of 6-8. AV mode sets the shutter speed automatically, or you can adjust it manual as well. Works great every shot.

For those going to a future Seminar, make sure you pack a sizable notebook and pen... as you can see by all the notetakers. Our brain just retains so much information before it begins the delete process, so notes are handy to jog the memory later on. DeAnn still had last years notes and jokingly compared them to this year... finding some repeats, but lots of new material to study.
You'll notice Arlene enjoying a wonderful frozen dessert sherbet packed in the actual rind of an orange. Food was all excellent, thanks to Martha.

Stay tune for more of Dave's gallery
till later

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Studio Shots

A number of Heritage Team members were at the Teacher Seminar, which made it extra special for all of us!

Here's Georgia, Donna Rose, and Bobbie laughing about something... we found lots to laugh about... it's the spirit of the Team. Behind Donna Rose, in the big black chair is where Dave sits to teach. Above his head, a video camera is mounted in the ceiling, which captures him sketching and painting, visible on the TV screen above him, and another one on the opposite wall of the studio, so that every seat is great!

This is such an adorable picture of Paul and Cathy, and impromptu Dave hugging them from behind... it captures their special friendship.

As you can see from the pile of papers and tracing paper sprawled out in front of me, I was inspired. I came home with 8 brand new designs... 3 for my magazine table, 2 Rogaland designs (even bought a large wooden plate at SDP which would work beautifully with one of these designs), plus 3 others for plaques or other small table tops... not sure yet. I was thrilled, just what I needed... a push out of the nest.

Arlene and DeAnn are hamming it up after trying their skills at some new painting techniques that Dave introduced us to. We could all see some serious potential in using these techniques for some quick and yet beautiful results in our paintings.

Brenda and Georgia are preparing their palettes for some painting time. Most of this Seminar is spent in designing, and learning... less painting. So now we get to play and learn some new painting tricks...painting outside the box with the Chippendale on a light background... looked pretty neat!!

Tomorrow, I will have some more pictures - taking photos of your paintings, silk screening sample boards and of course more studio teaching and gallery samplings coming up. Hope you're enjoying the behind the scenes happenings at the Jansen Seminars. I encourage you to take the time and attend, you will be inspired!!
till later Frieda

Friday, July 17, 2009

Dave's gallery

Inside the Jansen home is beautiful, with all of Dave's artwork on display. There are so many amazing furniture pieces painted in a variety of period styles. With Dave painting at least 200 pieces a year, it's a wonder there is any room left in the house. Even inside closets are stacked with paintings that rotate throughout the home. It's worth the visit just to spend time enjoying the gallery.

This hallway is lined with many of the designs from his DVD series. I recognized all the pieces from the Advanced Color set, and they are all gorgeous up close. There isn't a room in the house that isn't adorned with paintings, even the bathrooms.

On the fireplace hearth is a tryptic with the new design from the Georgian Scroll study Dvd series, a new one that I added to my ever increasing collection. It is the first of a continuing series on Scrolls. I'm slowly learning there are a whole host of scroll styles. Oh! I must share..Guess what? this week I mastered the 'Dave hook' on my scroll. I was very excited!!! I spent weeks trying to get it right. I was missing the "pull up on the chisel" before pulling my scroll... I did it first time!! Isn't it great when you finally get it!! Same thing happened with my comma strokes, it's all about the consistency of the paint in the brush... thin in the barrel, thick at the point for a comma.. and a full-load of thin paint for an S-stroke. Now you try it!! It works!

It's hard to pick just one piece that stands out... but I must admit this little table caught my eye. Isn't it adorable, I just love the design and the colors. Must find a similar table and paint something like it... very cute!!

This is one fabulous piece, I love the way Dave has designed the panels, connecting each one together... then edging the panels with scrolls. During the Seminar, Dave taught us how to design for multi-panelled doors. Repeating a common element in the design on each panel is important for establishing harmony. Have to check the Seminar Schedule, I can feel a Furniture Seminar calling me in the near future.

Every room has incredible furniture pieces, all designed and painted in different colors, but they harmonize beautifully. This marquetry table is from Dave's Dvd series, which I've also added to my collection, and next on my list to watch and study. The Team has added a number of marquetry lessons to the new Manual... taking us from a beginner pieces to more advance, I can't wait to learn more about this art form.

I'll share more tomorrow... studio pictures coming up, so check back...
till later Frieda

Thursday, July 16, 2009

1st time at Jansens

This was my first time at the Jansens taking the Design Seminar. I will be sharing photos of what it is like at Dave's, and what you have to look forward to, should you too have the privilege of attending one of his Seminars. It is truly worth every dime.
This view is taken from the back of the home... to the far right downstairs is the Studio with a walk out to the back patio, where Dave takes over as BBQ chef on Sunday evening. In the evenings, sitting out on the upper deck you can be amazed by the blinking lights of hundreds of fireflies.

Surrounding their home is acres of wooded bush, where an abandoned kid's playhouse still stands... perhaps someday to be occupied again with little Jansens, ha.

Being a wood worker myself, I had to explore the woodshop, where Dave Palmer fills the students wood orders. He just smiles when asked "Dave do you think you could make me a clock and have it ready when I leave on Monday?"... and somehow he manages to make all the ladies happy!!

Inside the woodshop, Jessica has come out to help Dave cut some larger sheets of MDF and birch, to sizes that are more manageable for Dave to rout the various trays and plagues that he makes.
I'll add more tomorrow, so until later Frieda

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Sharing Snacks from our Module Menu

Thought I would share a few snacks from Module 1. For those who are new to my blogspot, let me fill you in on my role with the Heritage Team. For the past number of months, I have taken the role of Editor for the new Heritage Education Manual.

What was I thinking when I accepted this challenge!!!! Honestly, to think I almost failed English class in school, and my first language was German... but don't tell the Team they are working with an amateur, haha. I had never done anything quite this monumental before... it has clearly challenged me to learn many, many new things for which I am truly grateful (I have a wonderfully patient son mentor, thanks Alex).
I love my job!!!

I have had the pleasure of working one-on-one with the amazing Team of talented, brilliant artists and designers from around the world. Language barriers are removed when speaking the language of art, we understand each other, how cool!!

Our Team has come to realize the importance of having one person editing the Manual. I don't say this to brag in any way, it doesn't matter who that person is. The point is this simple fact is reflected in the layout consistency, the format within each lesson, the easy reference of the whole Manual, and so much more. It has harmony!! when there is a common colorful person (haha) eagle eyeing the whole thing, it adds harmony to the entire manual.

Each lesson is very precise, with a consistent format, so that anyone can find exactly what they are looking for in each lesson, without searching through pages and pages to find the information.

As a team we have listened to the many, many requests from former Tradition's Teachers for simple, fun and easy lessons for beginners, without all the pages and pages of text to read. We are committed to bringing you a program to get you painting not just reading. Lots of fun step-by-step worksheets; brush basics to develop your brush skills; color corners to advance your understanding of color & pigments; several design selections presenting the same objectives; and brilliant Step Photos taking you through each lesson, Painting Step-by-Step.

As they say "a picture is worth a thousand words". I thought it would be nice to share small 'snacks from our menu' to wet your appetite. This is not meant as a tease, but to encourage you to start planning for the Fall release date for the Manual - October 1st, 2009, by inviting others to join you in some genuine painting fun. This Manual will be a pleasure to teach to your future bunch of students joining you in a great time of painting around the kitchen table or in your studio. The best part is that as they work through the fun designs, they are developing as artists without even being aware that they are learning skills as well as having fun.

This is the goal of the new Heritage Education Program. We hope that many of you will be joining the Team in celebrating a wonderful addition to our much loved passion of art.

A lot of hard-work and thought have gone into the layout of the objectives in the new Manual, and our Team can hardly wait to present it to you. If you have any questions please join us in the Forums... you can sign in at the website. We'd love to meet you.

Check back for more snacks over the next few months.
till later

Love the way Serina has included herself handling a brush in this Beginner Landscape piece for Module 1. There are a whole bunch of these in her design lesson to help you understand the techniques that she has perfected over her career as an artist.

We've included a section in many of the lessons called Design Inspiration. Here is an example of what inspired Arlene to paint this Grisaille piece for Module 1, it is her beloved cat Murphy... we've even left his photo in the lesson... Arlene was thrilled!!

This tulip is just a snack of what amazing details Josette has included in her Painting Technique Worksheets with each of her designs. She has a real passion for teaching the Beginner student, which is reflected in her presentation of these study sheets.

Leaving Thursday morning, I'm taking a much needed break from the computer to have fun with the Jansens and as I can imagine a crazy bunch of students, haha, as we enjoy 4 days of learning with Dave. This is my first in-person Seminar with Dave (I've enjoyed many Retreat days with Dave on DVD), but I'm sure this will top them.
Till Wednesday next week Frieda

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Fun Times in Peoria!!!

It was great fun with my two painting buddy girlfriends, Anne Shannon & Debbie Kirkpatrick at the Nationals. After a 12 hour drive and a good night's sleep, we were ready to hit the convention tradefloor.
Friday morning couldn't have arrived fast enough for me, I was soooo excited to meet the Heritage Team members that I had never met in person!! This was one of the highlights of the trip. We hugged as if we already knew each other. Aren't the Forums fabulous... we were like old time friends, laughing and getting to know each other... it was great! Miss all of you already! Promised Hazel, someday she'd find me on her doorstep in Australia, but in the meantime, hopefully next year in Wichita.
Dave was busy in his element, surrounded by his paintings. I enjoyed watching him paint so casually, making it look so easy playing with his global paints, and creating one gorgeous soft stroke flower after the other. I understand that he had a large door that he was planning on painting at the booth, but underestimated the size... it block most the front access into the booth, so that idea was scrapped real quick.
Dave the wood guy had prepared a set of three wooden trays and plaques as a show special... what a great deal... if you missed it, I'm sure you could still get a set at Jansenartstudio, I bought two sets, ready for some great paintings.
Here, our guy Paul is having fun sharing make and take teaching with attendees, painting out simple roses and leaves... they ran out of surfaces after two days of painting... proving there was lots of interest. While attendance wasn't the greatest this year... those who came had a great time with lots of make and takes at various booths. Lots of inspiration all around, and of course plenty of surfaces and painting supplies to stock our cupboards. I hauled away a ton of brushes, again... but I really love my brushes!! and couldn't resist Dave's latest DVD on Limited Color Palette (Jessica had finished the final printing in her hotel room the night before, so they were fresh off the press, haha). Also, finally added the Marquetry DVD series to my educational library... this was on my wishlist for some time... and my son expressed interest in giving this art form a try. I have heard it is appealing to men, how interesting, but I love it as well. Found a large wooden plate for my next Rosemaling Retreat, can't wait to schedule it.
The Certification rooms were overflowing with lots of amazing works of art. Georgia and Paul both gave it a good go, but there is always next year, sorry you didn't make it this year. Marking seemed a little tougher this year from the comments I heard from several folks who had submitted, not sure why?
Some of the gals on the Heritage Team... meet Hazel Anthony, Cathy Seymour, Bobbie Koelsch, Georgia Dawbon and me.. Frieda Krugel. Arlene Newman was also at convention. I met her on-the-run during her lunch break between teaching classes... so glad I did!!!

Here's Bobbie, Martha, Paul & Cathy, and Jessica. They were so busy making up color charts for laminating... never a wasted moment when there is so much education to share.

Just outside the Convention Center, Anne, Debbie & I waited for our hotel shuttle to take us back to our car for the long ride home. Soaking up the last of the 90 degree weather that we were having, to arrive back home where apparently it had been cold and raining for the past four days.
We left Peoria at 3 pm, and with a few detours arrived home at 5:30 a.m. in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, Canada, tired but also inspired to get those brushes wet and paint up a storm.... but first a good night's rest and relaxing Father's Day. Tomorrow we begin. till later Frieda

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Here in Peoria at Nationals

No photos, but had to share with you, that my two girlfriends Anne, Debbie and I arrived in Peoria this afternoon at 3 pm, after being on the road since 3 a.m.
I'm quite used to staying up till 3 a.m., but it is a different story waking at 2 a.m. and leaving home in the dark. It was pouring buckets most of the night, till the sunrise, so it made visibility difficult. But Debbie is a real trouper at the wheel, and drove the whole way with rest stops every hour or so.

Tomorrow, I get to meet some of the Heritage Team, and a whole bunch of Forum friends, and Convention Exhibitors who I've had the pleasure of rubbing shoulders with for 4 1/2 years on the road with Joan Dixon.... I can't wait!!!

One favorite spot at SDP is the Certification room, checking out all the wonderful submissions from around the world... Here's hoping I see a few of my friend's names up there as newly CDAs or MDAs... that would be so great!!! Good luck all!!

If you have a chance, check out the Jansen Booth, a bunch of us will be hanging around there throughout the next two days. We'd love to hug and visit with all of you.

Tell you more tomorrow.
till later Frieda
ps. we're probably heading to bed early tonight to catch up on much needed sleep, ha!

Friday, June 12, 2009

Barn Retreat Studio

What a view from up in the open barn loft!!! I'm standing in my future Barn Retreat Studio & woodshop, yipee!! I've waited and saved $$ for 10 years for this to happen, and it is coming along very quickly now. Hoping to finish by end of July. Then board and batten the exterior come Fall. We're hoping to get the back end up and shingled to keep some of the rain from damaging the ground floor.

Squaring off the edges of the roof cladding... can't wait to be squaring off some cabinets or decorative painting wood surfaces in very near future, yipee!!

This was quite the challenge to hang down while standing on an 8' ladder and nail every 6" to anchor the chip board sheeting to the roof trusses. While John worked from an outside ladder, I climbed the 8' step ladder, hanging down over the top of the roof. My arms were all scratched from the rough chipboard, stinging in the shower.

As the blood rushes to my head, just one more nail and I'm almost done. OK, we did it, enough for today... I'm bushed... time to relax and read my novel. Six months ago, John & I decided to turn off the TV for good. It's amazing how much time you have for painting, building, gardening, computer and reading, which are all the fun things I love to do. You can't keep adding more to your life, without first pruning something out.

Hope to see many of you at Nationals in Peoria, Illinois. Make sure you introduce yourselves, I'll be hanging around the JansenArt booth most of Friday and Saturday, so I look forward to meeting you.

till later happy painting to all of you. Frieda

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

It's almost over!!

It's hard to believe that it is almost done, just the finishing touches and tweaking, and then we get to frame them, yipeeee!! Our Willem van Aelst painting has taken Joan and I over a year to paint.

In January 2008, David Jansen suggested that we join him in painting this Dutch Old Master's floral bouquet. Each month a new DVD would arrive by snail mail, or a streaming video was added to the JansenArt website for us to follow along with David in painting our own piece. If you would like to paint it, the videos are still available... at

In the last video, Dave suggests to set it aside for a few days, then analyse it, and tweak it. That's the stage where I'm at, but I'm afraid it needs weeks to tweak, before it's ready for the final framing, ha! I still haven't finished the marble, and I need to lighten up the main hollyhock, push back the mouse, and bring the dragonfly a little closer.

It was definitely a very valuable painting experience, learning many new techniques and developing my skills as an artist... stretching me in many areas. I am so grateful for the opportunity of painting this amazing piece of art work with David, and want to say a warm and sincere thank you to David for taking so much time to make this available for all of us to enjoy!!
till later Frieda