Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

January 4, 2013

Watching them at work

Pendleton artists will demonstration their skills during tonight’s First Friday art walk

Lee Ward
Associated Press

ASHLAND — Most every month, the Pendleton Art Center chooses an artist to highlight, but this month, the artists are sharing the stage.

Instead of featuring one artist, all the artists at the center will be featured in a First Friday art walk that puts the spotlight on demonstration.

Most will spend the evening working in their studios, doing the art they specialize in and allowing visitors to watch them work and ask questions about their medium.

Marcia Vanover, a decorative painter, will show off techniques she makes use of when teaching a beginner’s class.

Portrait artist Janet Lester will paint a portrait in watercolor.

Sylvia Jackson, watercolor artist, will work on a piece in her studio.

Janice LeBrun, who taught science in local high schools, also teaches art classes for children and adults at the Pendleton. She plans to work on watercolors tonight, although she also paints in acrylic.

Melanie Osborne, known for her paintings of animal, landscapes and house portraits, will paint in oils.

Denise Spaulding, who owns and operates Fine Art Graphics and Printing, said she will present a computer demonstration showing techniques she uses in print making.

Many of the Pendleton artists have experience teaching. In fact, Vanover, Lester and LeBrun have more than 60 years of teaching experience among them, not counting LeBrun’s years as a science teacher.

Although Spaulding said she has not taught art classes, she said she’s given many demonstrations in the form of the public watching her as she painted public murals in the area. She said she’s had as many as 40 spectators gather around as she recreated scenes along floodwalls.

The artists said observers often ask how they got started as artists. They also ask about the materials they use.

“Most of them say, ‘I can’t draw a straight line,’ but I say to paint, you don’t need to draw a straight line,” she said.

Lester said many ask her what you paint first when doing a portrait and the artists agree they start with the eyes because they usually are the most difficult feature to get right.

They all agree painting isn’t as difficult as it looks.

“Once you learn the tricks of the trade, it’s not so hard,” Spaulding said.

Watercolor is notorious for being difficult, but the artists tend to disagree.

“If you’re a control freak, it might be hard to let go of the control, but in watercolor, you have to let the mater do the painting,” LeBrun said.

Many artists at the Pendleton teach art classes at the center, which is at 1537-1539 Winchester Ave.

‰Lester and Jackson team teach a watercolor class from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Mondays. Call (606) 928-8965 or 928-0257.

‰Children’s art classes are offered from 10 a.m. to noon on Tuesdays by LeBrun, who also teaches watercolor from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Call (606) 329-0048

‰Drawing class from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesdays is under the direction of Jackson. For more information, call (606) 928-0257.

‰Vanover teaches one-on-one decorative painting upon request. Call (606) 326-1421 or (606) 571-3350.

‰Angy Hall teaches craft classes from 3 to 5 p.m. Thursdays. Call (606) 831-3592.

LEE WARD can be reached at lward@dailyindependent.com or (606) 326-2661.