September’s Sunflower Beacon Church’s Private event

Come out the first Saturday in September and paint with us.
This is a private creative event for the community of Beacon Baptist Church of Millville.

Raye of Light Studio will be guests to host a painting class,in acrylic, on Sept.4th from 10 am to 12 pm.

All materials are provided along with hands-on step-by-step instructions to make your painting of September’s Sunflower.

Apron’s provided but please dress accordingly.

About Face a drawing workshop Aug. 26th

About Face is exactly that…about the things that make up the face!
Learn how to use simple shapes to help you form anatomically correct eyes, nose, and mouth.
You will be lead step by step on how to draw them and then where to place them on a face.

A fun class for anyone that likes to draw but says ” I can’t draw faces”.
You will!

All materials and instruction included only six seats for the best creative experience.

Linda’s Wave/ Private art event

Linda and Friends will make Waves after hours this Friday night July 23rd.
We can start when you are ready at 5:30 or 6.
This is just your group so feel free to bring in food/ drink but note there is no fridge here.

You will create your own 8 by 10 wave with a predetermined blue hue palette.
Enjoy watching the ink’s dyes flow and learn how to control them to build your wave.

As much fun to watch react on yuppo as it is to make!

The dye does not come out of clothes dress accordingly.
We do supply aprons.

We are located in the blue section of the building that houses Drifting Grounds and the Book Lounge in Ocean View De.

Zentangled Sails

You are invited to a special after work creative art class!

We will after hours gather again at the Annapolis Sailing School to create the art of Zentangle.

This time Rainbow 24’s are our inspiration . j

Come learn how to repeat pattern and balance it with just the right ratio of  black to  white line. No worries you do not need to know how to draw a sailboat. Templates are provided .

You will be provide with all art materials ,  a demo , examples and of course hands on help for this fun creative team builder.

 

Minimum of ten people with a maximum of 20 are invited to attend. Ticket is pre paid based on ten guests.

Raye of Light Studio is Covid compliant .

 

“Weather on the Water” Annapolis Arts Alliance Show Celebrates the Elements

by Sandra Olivetti Martin and Kathy Knotts with Krista Boughey
As published in Bay Weekly July 2019

Weather plays out in high drama on the Bay’s big stage. In stormy weather, clouds sweep the sky in roiling 3D Technicolor, complete with sound and light effects. In calmer weather, the blue sky repeats itself in blue water. Sunrise and sunset pull out their rainbow palettes. Sun and moon dance in gold and silver shimmers on the water. No wonder artists are inspired by
the drama of weather on the water.

Local artists of the Annapolis Arts Alliance vied to show Mother Nature how creatively they could imitate her in the eighth-annual juried Maritime Show, Weather on the Water. They interpreted the panorama of clouds, the spectrum of the sky, sunrise and sunset, the roll of waves, the veil of fog, sails in the wind, and reflections on familiar coves.

“Watercolor, said Annapolis artist, Nancy Lee Galloway, is “a wonderfully fluid and unpredictable medium lending itself to creating great depth of value as well as being able to portray light in a transparent manner.”

Her prize-winning watercolor Hard Going stands out for humans
within the drama of the weather. She painted two men in the center of blue, roiling waves, themselves the mirror of the tempestuous sky.

“I wanted to find an image that would be somewhat powerful for the
Bay, which is most often fairly calm,” Galloway said. “I love dramatic topography, and having these two men in a little boat amid a pounding sea was one that could excite the imagination with the passion of the water and the fear of the water as well.”

Two artists won prizes for their work in glass: Bill Donaldson and
Clare Shepherd. Donaldson’s Spinnaker Breezes, a fused glass, fluid weaving of the colors in the light spectrum, earned him “Best of Show” and first place in Mixed Media.

“Glass is a way to shape color that is reflective and casts shadows,” Donaldson said. “It’s the best of both worlds. I used it to express the effect of sea breezes on spinnakers, almost like a regatta with overlapping colors.”

Shepherd used glass more tightly in Rain Drops, making a three-dimensional puddle, its smooth top pocked with rain drops that descend on the vertical sides.

“The intermixing of categories made this show more interesting for me as both a judge and a guest,” said Kathy Dennin-Meagher, artist and owner of Raye of Light Studio in Annapolis.

Also judging was Susan Mrofka Sears, owner of Local by Design.

See Weather on the Water at the Openshaw Balcony Gallery at Maryland Hall through August 15, 2019.

Kathy Dennin-Meagher is this Month’s AAA Featured Artist

The Annapolis Arts Alliance is excited to feature Kathy Dennin-Meagher as this June’s Featured Artist of the Month!

Bio:
I went to school and received my BFA, but it wasn’t until April of 2016 that I could go back to creating art. I too took a path that paid the bills, often in the art industry, but not necessarily creating what I knew I should and could be doing. Over my thirty years in the graphic art industry I have been a spy for product development at gift and stationery trade shows, created gift and stationery products, worked in the print industry, publishing, designed advertising, created and built up brand imagery for many companies. It was time to do it for myself.

Raye of Light Studio:
Yes, my name is Kathy, not Raye, believe it or not people still ask!
I live in Bowie, Maryland but originated from Cincinnati, Ohio. I have five grown children and not one in the arts, much to my disappointment.  I am a chronic believer in summer.  I think it should be warm and sunny year-round.  I love the beaches…all of them!  I love working with creative souls and helping them find their creative side.  Many of these people are in technical and stressful jobs and find art therapeutic.  I must confess: the kids are my favorite. They can rally with a little enthusiasm and try all art fearlessly. It makes me smile mentally when I think about how their “light” goes on when they finally get it!

The Annapolis Arts Alliance

Art “MAY” take courage, but is so rewarding!

Every year we celebrate our business anniversary with a Student Art Show. This year we had a range from 10 to 87 years old submit a piece of their work.  The goal, rather than selling your art, was to give you the “artist experience”.  Each person was toasted with a very important quote to ponder on.

I have said it many times: We pick up a crayon and start drawing on paper, furniture, etc. when we are little. Why does it stop? Where does it go? And what does it take to nurture it so that you can enjoy your creative soul!  We like to think that a Raye of Light Studio art class might be life-changing (or at the very least fun!)

All the pieces in the Student Art Show were created by people who don’t consider themselves “artists”, but love to create. That is the goal; not to label,  but to call upon the suppressed creativity inside of you.  We love providing that challenge for you every month with new and different classes and workshops in which you might discover something that makes you tick.

We celebrate us by celebrating you in April every year. Because if you weren’t here, we wouldn’t be here! Thank you!

Will the real watercolor brush please stand out?

Why is it so hard to find a good watercolor brush?

It might be because every brush manufacture makes what they call a “watercolor” brush. In the madness to determine what really is a good tool, I have simplified what to look for when purchasing one.

BRISTLES: First, try if you can to sample (yes touch) a sable, camel, or squirrel hair brush, no matter what label they are under. Choosing a truly old-school watercolor brush should come down to what it’s made of. Sable has an auburn color, unless it’s marked “white sable”. Squirrel hair is black. These brushes are soft and pliable and do not spring back into shape when you run your finger over the top of their bristles. You want a soft brush for swooshing on washes that won’t fight stiffly to do so.  You want a brush that you will waltz with as you paint with watercolor.

You will find that there are brushes that mimic the look of theses brushes, but are not made with natural fibers. They are the same shape and size, but made out of synthetic materials. It’s the rose by any other name scenario. Often they are not solely intended for watercolor painting. They list multi-media, including acrylic, watercolor, and even oils.

We like natural hair watercolor brushes because of the retention: how much water they can absorb. Synthetic brushes do not soak up the water and often the water rolls right off the brush.

ABSORPTION:

The second thing to look for in selecting your brush is absorption. We like to suggest purchasing no smaller than a size 8 pointed brush. You want a brush that can hold a lot of water and release it only when you put it to paper. Our personal favorite brush is a pointed tip size 12. It can handle everything from applying a wash to handling fine details, as long as you take care of it.

SHAPE:

There are many watercolor brush shapes to choose from that can also trip you up when making your brush selection. Like so many other occasions in art, when you are first starting out, the saying “less is more” really sums it up. We find that the extremes, like a size zero brush or a 10/12 , can get you from wet on wet washes to fine details and can even help with masking your paper.

After that, it basically comes down to practice and making that brush feel like part of your hand. It will be second nature and just like any other brushes you use often, (hair, tooth, blusher) you will come to rely on it and favorite it over all others.

TIME TO GET OUT AND GET CREATIVE!

Drawing on Confidence

People often back down quickly when asked to draw. This intimidation always surprises me, since the same is not true when asked to paint. Maybe it is because we have held a paint brush to paint some trim in our house or put varnish over a picnic table. Maybe it is the difference in large motor skills and small motor skills. But either way, drawing is not something we chase after. As soon as required art credit is acquired in school, we stop drawing. So it became obvious that we should offer a drawing class to middle-school girls. After all, this is the age of drawing doodles on everything and everywhere!

Girls with Graphite emerged this past fall as a drawing class that taught drawing and catered to the interests of the 11 to 14 year-old girls. We watched as these young ladies learned not only how to draw, but how to speak out. We taught critique skills and positive feedback, and the girls mirrored this behavior. The group grew in confidence, which was a delight to see.  Now we are thinking that if it worked with these girls, it might also help install that confidence in adults! If we truly believe that it’s never too late to learn, then why not, right?

Creativity, Collaboration, Confidence, Cultural Awareness, and Critical Thinking are all gained through art education according to artinaction.org It is amazing that confidence comes from trying art, according to the article, “Why is Art Education Important in the 21st Century“.

These are great skills at any age gained from the art process. Our Girls with Graphite 2 will start up again in March for those same young ladies who took in the fall. We plan on offering a mini-course in drawing in April. Make sure you follow us on social media so you don’t miss the opportunity to take a drawing class in the spring!

Perfect Gift for the Experience Seeker

Are you looking for the perfect gift for the experience seeker? This past year we have had many people enjoying and purchasing gift cards for art classes and workshops. Many gift cards are given as retirement gifts, but just as many are given as birthday gifts. We all seek out new and unique experiences to give as a perfect gift. Men, women and kids enjoy Raye of Light gift certificates because of the opportunity to create. They can try any class, from painting, to drawing or even pop art!

However, we do get a lot of questions about the gift cards and thought with the holiday season quickly approaching, we would attempt to make things easier and answer a few.

  1. Gift cards come in denominations as small as $25 and as large as $100.
  2. Your gift is not a card, but rather a personal customized gift certificate in .pdf file format. The certificate is personalized with the name and occasion of the recipient. We’ll email the file to you and you can easily download and print the certificate in the comfort of your own home or office.
  3. Gift cards expire at the end of every calendar year.
  4. The recipient of the gift card must contact us to set up their date and time to visit the art studio.
  5. Finally, you do not have to be an artist or creative person to enjoy the gift! Every person, no matter what their age or ability level, is taught how to create something special in the class of their choice.

 

We would love to once again help you give the perfect experience this Holiday season. Art classes in a small setting are comfortable, personable and enjoyable. You can even give a studio experience to your family or co-workers – up to 6 people. With a little imagination the possibilities are endless!

Use this link to get your gift card: http://bit.ly/rayeoflightgiftcard

Get out and great creative!