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29.11.12

Visit our Annual Holiday Bazaar at Aux 3 Pommes!

I'm one of the artists participating in this event this coming weekend. Come and celebrate the spirit of the season with us this weekend!! Refreshments included!!

This weekend only, Saturday, December 1st, 12 to 5 pm, and Sunday, December 2nd, 12 to 4pm. Take advantage of this unique opportunity to find one-of-a-kind gifts for everyone in your list, and to see my works in person as I'll be there!

Featuring affordable art and crafts by local artists and artisans: Paintings • Sculpture • Jewelry • Pottery • Photography • Greeting Cards • Gift Certificates • Persian Rugs & much, much more •

Here are the names of some of the participating artists and crafters...

ARTISTS: Corina Alvarezdelugo (Original Contemporary Mixed Media Paintings and Sculptures, Etching prints and Encaustic monotypes, Giclees, Posters, & Greeting Cards), Susan Ernst (printmaker: handmade paper and journals, prints), Laura Gaffke (original paintings, cards and more), Joyita Neerkaje (original paintings, monotypes, prints, cards), Gloria Nilsson (original paintings, blank cards and more), Adam Wall (original paintings); Sculptress: Linda Giannelli; and Photographers: Anne Barbara Zarcone, and Tania Palermo 
JEWELRY and more by: Mijana (original, one of a kind, necklaces and earrings),  Debbie Musto (Handmade Jewelry using Glass Beads, Swarowski Crystals, Gemstones and SeaGlass, wrapped with Copper and Silver wire. Bridal Jewelry), Gloria Nillson (Polymer Clay and beads), Kristen Howard (felted purses and bowls, ruffled knit scarves, and hand woven jewelry)

Herb Garden Natural SOAPS & BODY CREAMS by: Carole Barber
As well as...
KLT Persian Rugs, and Sonia Virkel who brings Hand-Knitted clothing imported form Argentina (Ponchos, scarves, and more).

Looking forward to seeing you all there!


LOCATION
Aux 3 Pommes
(Language School)
35 Boston Street
Guilford, CT

(The school is located diagonal to the Guilford Green, near Page's Hardware Store). Parking on the Guilford Green or behind our building)

BRING A FRIEND OR TWO!


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Can't make it this weekend and need Last Minute Gifts?
I know how hectic this time of the year can be, with all the gift buying, and wrapping, the cooking, getting together with friends and family and the list could go on and on... Allow me to ease your hectic
days by offering Gift Certificates for the people in your list, from the comfort of your home.




Just let me know for how much you'll need it and I'll create a especial posting on my Etsy shop for you to purchase it. It can be retrieved for Artwork or for one of the classes & workshops I offer for children and adults, at my CT studio. Message me directly following my Etsy link above...



23.11.12

Support your favorite small business.

This November 24th is Small Business Saturday®, a day to celebrate and support the local small businesses that boost the economy and invigorate neighborhoods across the country.

I'm very proud to take part in Small Business Saturday, and encouraging everyone to Shop Small® at my studio/gallery on November 24th.

Plus, I'm having a special Small Business Saturday offer! 

Drop by my studio on November 24th and create your own waxy ornament or gift tag, get your unique holiday gifts, buy gift cards for your friends and family, and/or register for art classes, while enjoying wine, tea, coffee and chocolates! Noon to 5pm.

Just bring a small image -it can be a drawing or a photograph- (1 1/2" to 2 1/2") printed on heavy paper like card stock, not glossy paper, only on one side of the paper. The wax makes the paper translucent so you don't want the images to overlap each other. Feel free to print them black and white and we can enhance them here. The images can be cut out round, square or rectangle, or just an odd shape, following the outline of your image. If doing so, don't cut them out until you get here, so we can leave some room for the hole.

Here are some pictures of the ones I did last year, so you get an idea of what you can do...

Image: Drawing or photograph printed on card stock.
This one was hand colored. You may bring your black and
white prints and color them at the studio.

Ornaments waxed and ready to hang!

Here you can see how the wax makes your ornament
translucent, so lights and shadows show through
beautifully!

For more images about the process on making these ornaments, please click HERE.

Looking forward to your visit tomorrow! Remember, any time between noon to 5pm.

Most importantly, get out there, Shop Small, and let’s make this November 24th the biggest day of the year for small business.



To learn more, visit ShopSmall.com.


30.10.12

Keeping my mind from Hurrricane Sandy, let's travel in time to a day in NYC. PART I

Taking advantage of this forced time out, while Hurricane Sandy is fast approaching, and her wind forces are beginning to be felt, I decided to take my mind away from it all and travel back in time to October 6th, 2012. When I went to New York City with a friend.

I had just read, on a Facebrook private group I belong to, that artist/author/friend, Joanne Mattera was recommending another artist in the group to visit several galleries while she was visiting New York, many of them in the Chelsea area. So I printed out Joanne's list and shared it with my friend. She loved the idea so we head our way to Chelsey...

Not before taking a nice walk though The High Line, a public park built on a historic freight rail line elevated above the streets on the west side of Manhattan. It was such a lovely day to walk in the park! So we did just that, walk, until we reached 27th street that we came down The High Line and embarked on our gallery trail tour...


We arrived to the Jeff Bailey Gallery (625 W27th St -between 11th &12th Aves-) to view Christian Maychak's FLATS exhibition.

We were very fortunate to be able to see this show on its last day, but you can view the gallery's archives with works by this artist (not all shown in the exhibition) by clicking HERE.

As an artist (myself) who has worked with Epoxy clay in the past, I found his abstract approach fascinating!!

This exhibition was among my favorites from our trail tour.

The image on the right was the piece on the exhibition postcard* and I thought to share it here with all, so you can see how beautiful and superbly executed is Christian Maychack's work.

*Image from the exhibition postcard:
BLUE THROUGH (Compound Flat #23),
2012 (c)Christian Maychack
Epoxy Clay, Pigment and Wood
36" x 36" x 1.75"


We continued our gallery tour by moving down to 26th Street, and view the works by Ron Ehrlich's WHITE LIGHT exhibition at the Stephen Haller Gallery (542 West 26st Street -between 10th &11th Aves-)

Oh no! The storm got pretty gusty just now, and we lost power, so I'll have to continue writing when we get our power back... hopefully soon!!

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We just got our power back, a little over 24 hours after we lost it. Counting my blessings... we survived Sandy, unharmed and our home was not damaged. Though my town was hit hard and not everyone was that lucky, my prayers go out to those who are still struggling after Sandy. Hope we can all get back to our normal lives soon.

Out of respect to those still troubled after the hurricane, I'll continue writing about my gallery trail tour at a later date.
...

A LITTLE UPDATE:

We lost our power again, less than 24 hours after we got it back. We were without power for 6 days, which is nothing compared to what other families are dealing with.

I'm overwhelmed with gratitude for all those amazing people pouring down to help restore power in time record, for so many families. Also for all the donations and relief efforts coming from everywhere. Still a long way to go, especially for those in the CT west coast, coastal New Jersey and in the lower Manhattan and Staten Island, NY. We are praying for all of you affected during hurricane Sandy, and hoping your lives and that of your love ones, can go back to normal soon. God Bless!


3.10.12

My Monthly e-Newsletter for October 2012

My October Art Newsletter is out...you can read it following the link below:

October Art News from Corina S. Alvarezdelugo

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Thank you!


2.9.12

SOLARPLATE ETCHING WORKSHOP here at my studio!

I've been blessed with the opportunity to attend the International Encaustic Conference for the past two years, in Provincetown, MA. This conference was founded 6 years ago by Joanne Mattera, painter and author of the landmark book,The Art of Encaustic Painting. The Conference is also co-produced with Truro Center for the Arts at Castle Hill since last year, and its executive director, Cherie Mittenthal, also a painter.

Attending such a wonderful and enriching event, not only broadens my knowledge in the arts, in techniques and as a profession, but also opens doors to new opportunities, as you get to meet people working in the same field from all over the world!!!

This whole experience got me thinking. I'm fortunate to have a nice studio space, why not pay back to my community by inviting well-known professional artists from all over to give workshops in it?  They can bring new and exciting ideas and share their techniques for artists around here to learn and take in. Good idea right? So I started a series of Visiting Artist workshops here at my studio, and last April, artist Michelle Belto came all the way from San Antonio, Texas and taught her WAX + PAPER wonderful workshop (Here's a link to her upcoming BOOK.) We had people from Canada, Massachusetts, and Pennsylvania, as well as from CT in the workshop. It was just fabulous!(c) Dorothy Cochran - Solarplate Etching

So, continuing with this Visiting Artist series, I have invited New Jersey's artist Dorothy Cochran, "a well known East Coast printmaker, acknowledged for her expertise and broad command of multiple print methods." She'll be teaching SOLARPLATE ETCHING, a non-toxic printmaking method that uses the sun to imprint your plates. Sounds amazing right?

Specifics: Experience printmaking in a contemporary non-toxic environment using solarplates and Akua waterbase inks. Create your etching plates from personal photographs, drawings, collages, or working directly on the plate.  Learn exposure techniques with UV light sources to achieve beautiful editionable, archival prints on rag papers.  The process is simple, acid free and uses a water washout of etched areas with fast curing of the plate surface.  The plates can be printed with intaglio or relief methods.  Useful techniques of chine colle, stencils and multiple plate printing will be discussed.

This technique is a wonderful process for painters, mixed-media, and photo-based artists... to create fine art limited edition prints and installations.

Added Bonus!! Not only this workshop will be closer to you but you will also be the firsts to try our brand new Conrad Etching Press!! Yeay!!


The workshop will take place at my CT studio, Saturday, September 29th, and Sunday, September 30th - 10:00 to 4:00 each day.

To sign up email me at CorinaStudioGallery[at]gmail.com, you can pay for the workshop using the PayPal link HERE.

Looking forward to have you enjoying and learning at my studio soon!!


Stay tuned for upcoming workshops from visiting artists. Don't miss this amazing opportunity to learn from excellent artists/instructors from out of State, right here, close to you!

1.9.12

My Monthly e-Newsletter for September 2012

My September Art Newsletter is out...you can read it following the link below:

September Art News from Corina S. Alvarezdelugo

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Thank you!

28.6.12

My Monthly e-Newsletter for June 2012

My June Art Newsletter is out...you can read it following the link below:

June Art News from Corina S. Alvarezdelugo

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12.5.12

WAX + PAPER with Michelle Belto

My new studio opened its doors to the public last year, a week before Thanksgiving. Perfect timing, don't you think? My opening was very successful, selling several paintings as well as prints from my works. I then started using my studio, but since now I have such a big space I felt the need to share it with others.

Therefor, last January, I started teaching there, and though slowly, my classes have started to pick up. But even though I had just started teaching in this new space, I took the risk of inviting a professional artist/instructor from out of state, into my space to bring her knowledge to our neck of the woods!

At first I was a little worried, and thought I wasn't going to be able to fill up her class... I guess nothing moves me more than a challenge, and thank goodness my efforts paid off. As last April, Texas artist Michelle Belto visited my studio to teach her three days PAPER + WAX workshop. We had students that came as far as Canada, Massachusetts, and Pennsylvania, along with our Connecticut neighbors. My studio was filled with laughter and eagerness to learn, just look at the pictures from the workshop below and see everyone's smiling faces!

"Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence." Helen Keller

Michelle demonstrating the class how to beat the
mixture of Cotton and Abaca Pulp
For technical information about the paper-making process and where to buy your pulp from, read my post From Pulp to Painting all the way to Dallas! 

Everyone eager to start, listening to Michelle's instructions
right before going outside to get our hands wet!

Michelle demonstrates how to pour the pulp into the mold and deckle to make our papers...



Now our turn...
The whole group having fun outdoors,
making hand-made paper!!


We were blessed with such a great weather all three days!!!

Everyone brought something to share for
our pot-luck lunches.
What a treat!
Time to put our hand-made papers into the press,
to squeeze the water out!
Making sure the press is very tight.

Pulp painting demonstration...

Back at the studio, on the next day, our papers are now dried, time to start painting on them! We were introduced to a variety of media and techniques to create paintings on our newly made papers...

Another alternative to wrapping the paper around foam core,
is just dipping the paper directly into the encaustic medium


Hands on everyone working hard!

 Torch and Shellac demonstration...
Some really loved the used of the torch!!

Michelle finished by showing us how to carefully pack our artworks for shipping...

We wrapped up the workshop with discussion and critique.



You can pre-order Michelle Belto's book, Wax and Paper Workshop: Techniques for Combining Encaustic Paint and Handmade Paper from Amazon.com at a special price.


If interested in joining us at future workshops from Visiting Artists, just click on the tab above, or HERE



1.5.12

My Monthly e-Newsletter for May 2012

My May Art Newsletter is out...you can read it following the link below:

May Art News from Corina S. Alvarezdelugo

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Thank you!

11.4.12

Trying to update my blog but not enough time to write...

So many things I want to write about, and so little time!! Hopefully I'll be able to come back to writing next week.

In the meantime, know that I haven't forgot about you. I've been very busy finishing up artworks, submitting works into juried exhibitions, teaching, and preparing to receive Texas artists, Michelle Belto in my studio for her workshop this weekend!! You can read about the one I took with her in Dallas last year here. Just know that I'll write about the whole experience and will post pictures soon!

Stay tuned!!

28.3.12

My Monthly e-Newsletter for April 2012

My April Art Newsletter is out...you can read it following the link below:

April Art News from Corina S. Alvarezdelugo

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Enjoy!

23.3.12

How well do you see color?

When I went to design school, a way back, I took a Color class, the old fashion way, that is. In the sense that I had to mix my own colors by hand -not on Photoshop- starting from the primary colors. So I thought, that's easy, those colors that cannot be made from other colors (primary) are blue, red and yellow, right? As it turned out that was not completely true.

There are Additive Primary Colors of light, that when mixed together produce white, which are red, green and blue.
Additive Primary Colors
..and the Subtractive Primary Colors: Cyan, Magenta, and Yellow, that when mixed in equal parts, as all the light is subtracted, they make black. Subtractive color mixing is more complex than the additive color mixing you get with colored spotlights (as seen in the image above).
Subtractive Primary Colors
This was only the beginning of an enlightening class for me, as I learned to actually SEE color, by mixing the subtractive primaries: Cyan, Magenta and Yellow in different proportions, using eyedroppers to control the amount of pigment in each mixture.
One of the many color exercises I did during the Color class
 We also combined the resulted colors with black, or white or with the gray scale (by mixing white and black in different proportions to go from white to black). And learned that, when colors are combined with white or black we create tints (lighter tones) and shades (darker hues) of these colors.
Grey Scale
This tedious exercises of mixing colors, over and over again, drop by drop, sharpened the way I see colors now. It actually made me aware of the colors within a color. So I really recommend this kind of exercises if you're an artists, painter, designer, or decorator... Take some time to learn to see color, and the best way is by practicing mixing colors together by hand and experience for yourself the changes in a color when adding a few drops of another color and so forth.

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Just recently, one of my good friends had a bunch of paint color swatches and challenged me to work with them for the fun of it. I immediately jumped to the opportunity. I picked three swatches with different shades of grays. One was black and white with a hint of blue, the other one had a hint of green and the third one had a hint of red. My friend suggested to create curvy lines overlapping each other on a piece of paper. The challenge was to try to mimic the colors picked from the swatches, as each one should have a different color value.
Here are the three swatches I chose
(I checked the values I used for you to see)
I worked with Acrylic paint on paper, and my palette included  Payne's Grey, Mars Black, Ivory Black, Titanium White, Hookers Green and Cadmium Red Hue.
My working table.
I made zen-doodle like lines with spirals inside.
Finished painting my greys.
Added a contrasting color to the background
using the Cadmium Red Hue,
that was also used in some of my gray hues... and of course
my circles had to show up too, so I glued a few
swatches circles here and there!
The final product resulted too flat for me, so I then went ahead and shaded the lines to add dimension to the painting by using graphite, charcoal, and a Stabilo's Aquarellable pencil in black (got a love those pencils)
A little bit of water and voila!
... but still looked too flat to me, so I detached the dried paint from my palette carefully and glued it to areas of the painting. This gave it the effect of actually having splashed some of the paint on top of the painting, giving it a 3-D effect.

What I like about this process is that there, in the palette, are all of the shades as I was mixing the colors together, mimicking the mesh like design. So it adds an extra layer to capture the eye of the viewer.

To finish it up, I glued the painting to foam core and overlapped it to another piece of foam core that I had previously cover with grey-wash pages from an old encyclopedia.

IT'S COMPLICATED!
15.5 x 19.5 inches
mixed media on paper
(c) Corina S. Alvarezdelugo

I really enjoyed going back to color basics with this exercise, and I'm sure you will too! So try it and share with me your results...

In the meantime, I invite you to take this fun and interesting ONLINE COLOR CHALLENGE. Enjoy!

14.3.12

The 1st One-Day Encaustic Intensive Workshop at my new studio was great!

Last Saturday, I gave my first encaustic workshop in my new studio space, and it was great!!! I feel so blessed to be able to offer classes now and pass along a lifetime of accumulated knowledge in the arts field. This new space lends itself very well to all sorts of media experimentation and art creation, as I'm able to move the furniture around according to the media and/or technique I'm teaching. A dream come true, not only for me, but for the people that come to learn and enjoy this wonderful creative space.

In this way, my first students had a blast along with me!! It was an introduction to Encaustic Painting, VERSATILITY IN WAX. In this hands-on intensive workshop, they got the chance to explore the luminous beauty and versatility of encaustic art - painting with molten, pigmented beeswax. They learned the basics of this ancient technique that has evolved into one of the most versatile mediums available for artists today, offering many exciting and creative possibilities!

Melting the encaustic paint
Different torches, good for fusing
along with the heat gun


Mixed media materials,
stamps, stencils and more..

The resources

I taught my students about the basic materials and formulas used in encaustic, and we discussed safety procedures, supports, and grounds, along with a variety of tools and techniques for fusing. As well as demonstrations for glazing, transparencies, building up of texture, layering and scraping/scribing, alongside image transfer and how to embed collage elements. As shown in the pictures below...

Fusing with the heat gun.
Demonstrating different techniques on
how to incise and scrape the surface
Transferring images into the wax
Applying other media
in this case, Pan Pastels

Fusing powdered charcoal (Demo)
My "Demos"










And here's what my students did...

Layering
Fusing the layers
Layering
Masking, scraping...
Transferring images
Pan pastels


Using Mixed Media techniques with encaustic

The end results...













Thanks to Cheilaugh Harvey for taking most of the pictures above!



I started a second intensive workshop this week that I have divided into two mornings, and here's what my students have done so far...

And the fun begins...

Some of their works!


The proud artist with her textural work!


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