Friday, March 21, 2014

Danvers Dog Park Fundraiser: Learn to Make A Charcoal Dog Portrait

You may remember about a year ago I donated a pair of oil painting for an art auction to benefit the Danvers Dog Park. Well, the park is still raising funds -- it costs a lot to build after all. This time I am donating my time and talents in a different way. For starters, I will be offering two workshops during the April Vacation Week (one for kids and one for teens/adults). In these workshops I will teach participants how to work from a photograph of their pet to make a portrait using charcoal.

The date: Thursday, April 24th
The time: 3 - 5pm for ages 8 - 12 and 6 - 8pm for teens & adults
The place: Hosted by the Salem School of Music, 3 Pleasant Street, Salem, MA 01970

All proceeds go to the park fund. I am taking no fee as an instructor and the Salem School of Music is donating the use of their space.

Here is the flyer with all the info on that...

And in tandem with the upcoming workshops, I will be making lots of charcoal dog portraits. Its been a while since I took commissions, so I wanted to revive the muscle memory through practice, practice, practice. To get my source material I had to ask my friends and they came through with lots of photos of their doggies. For each portrait I make, if the owner wants to purchase it, I will donate all of the sale price to the dog park. Stay tuned, for posts of the results.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Wool Felting Workshop at the Wenham Museum

I will be offering a workshop for crafters age 8 to 100+ at the Wenham Museum on Good Friday. And what better project to make than a little felted bunny, just in time for Easter. So check out:

 "Wool Felting Fun"
Friday, April 18; 1:00 – 3:30 pm
Members: $20, Non – Members: $25
Register by: Sunday, April 6
Learn to craft a palm–sized felted animal to take home, along with some tools and instructions so you can continue to craft with confidence. Art instructor Margaurita Spear will teach you how to work with unspun wool roving and a few other easy to find materials.  
Ages 8+ 
978-468-2377 | Info@wenhammuseum.Org 

Thursday, March 6, 2014

February Art Journal Exchange: Post Three of Three

And my final entry for February kept up the metallic paint passion. This mixed media painting incorporates simple white glue to create an faux-embossed border. The birds and plum blossoms are inspired by Chinese brush painting themes.

"A Flighty Conversation" Copyright Margaurita Spear, Feb. 2014, Mixed media on paper, Private collection of Gail Boyle

February Art Journal Exchange: Post Two of Three

My second entry for February continued to be inspired by the Art Deco era. However, I love using metallic paints for fun. Its something I never do when I'm painting in oils, but with acrylics it is one of my favorite things.

"Star Child" Copyright Margaurita Spear, Feb. 2014, Acrylic on paper, Private collection of Gail Boyle

February Art Journal Exchange: Post One of Three

The great Art Journal Exchange continues with a journal from an art teacher in Alma, AR .

For the month of February I received an art journal that had a little list of inspirational ideas paperclipped to the first page. The inspirational ideas were "optional", but I decided to run with a few of them.

Here was my first entry inspired by Art Deco Poster Designs:

"Creator of Dreams" Copyright Margaurita Spear, Feb. 2014, Graphite and Marker, private collection of Gail Boyle.