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Monday, April 24, 2017

It's a glorious day outside!

I've been working on this drawing in charcoal for a while. It's on Duralar Matte. It's wonderfully smooth with just a hint of tooth, so it accepts charcoal, colored pencils and all kinds of paint. I get mine on DickBlick.com. You should try this surface!

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Thursday, March 30, 2017

Changing themes

The snow has been melting this week, but the weather report offers us another 6-12 inches on Friday and Saturday. Noooo!

I've been keeping busy creating new greeting cards from old photos for my Etsy Shop. Check them out here! https://www.etsy.com/shop/roxy5235?ref=hdr_shop_menu

Friday, March 24, 2017

Today it's snowing again.

Not much, but still...it is Spring! I want some warm weather. Been waiting until the ground starts to thaw before I order some new day lilies. I love gardening and have so many perennials. I think I'll have to share some of them, so I can buy more!
Here's a day lily I drew in pastels. So much inspiration from a garden!

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

The wind is howling!

It's the second day of spring and the ground is covered with snow and the wind is howling! Had to go out, but glad to be back inside. I have to teach a charcoal drawing class tonight, and I believe I will have them draw crows. Should be fun and messy.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Gallery Opening at Seacoast Artist Association in Exeter NH



Seacoast Artist Association Presents
March 2017 Featured Artist
Revelle Taillon & Students
Artist Reception:
March 5th, 2017 from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm 

Graphic designer, illustrator and artist, Revelle Taillon of Plaistow, New Hampshire, has found a new niche. She has created beautiful artwork in all of the different mediums, but it is her work with colored pencils that has gotten the attention of local art associations and galleries alike. Over the last year and a half the artist has created over 50 new pieces in colored pencil, many focused on birds. Recently, two of her mixed media pieces, Great Horned Owl and Flamingo, were chosen by noted juror, David Allen Sibley; well-known author, illustrator and ornithologist, to be in an exhibition titled For the Birds in the series Art of Nature at the Brush Gallery in Lowell, Massachusetts. Organized by Eileen Byrne, the show was a collaboration with the Massachusetts Audubon Society to focus attention on birds and their habitats and to raise funds for the volunteers who care for injured birds until they are able to be returned to the wild. After her great success in Lowell, Taillon was invited to hang a one woman show at the Massachusetts Audubon Society in Newburyport, Massachusetts, also featuring her birds.

Taillon, who graduated from the University of Lowell with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree, has run her own graphic design studio for over 20 years, specializing in brochures, advertising, illustration, and logo design.

She has been teaching at the Seacoast Artist Association in Exeter, New Hampshire for over five years, holding classes in colored pencil, drawing, drawing the human head, acrylics, and painting in pastels. In 2017 she will be offering additional classes in drawing with charcoal, and drawing drapery.
Taillon is joined by some of her students for this exhibition, highlighting techniques they have honed in her classes. Many of her students start out in Learn to Draw, and then take classes in additional media. She reinforces basic drawing skills in each class she teaches, whether or not the student has taken a drawing class.

She believes drawing is the fundamental process that predicts how well her students will progress when applying their talents to other mediums.She often brings in samples of supplies for her students to try out in class so they can expand their selection of tools and supports for various media.

Please join her in welcoming her 
students to their first art gallery show! 

E-mail:           rtaillon@comcast.net
Phone:            603-548-6694
Blog:              revelleimagemaker.blogspot.com
Facebook:      facebook.com/RevelleTaillonArtist
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Colored Pencil Class in Exeter NH starts March

Class held at:
Seacoast Artists Association
130 Water Street, Exeter, NH 03833
(603) 778-8856  •  www.seacoastartist.org

This class is for those of you would like to learn to use colored pencils, or if you have used them before, come get a refresher class and learn some new techniques and supports for your work. Explore various techniques in colored pencil: shading and highlights to create volume, building layers of color, burnishing for deep rich color. You will work from photos and  improve your own personal technique and style. You will learn the five basic techniques that form the basis of any colored pencil work and explore new supports for your work. This great medium allows you to stop and start easily, without any set-up time, and to draw on location without worrying about solvents.

What to bring: A quality set of colored pencils such as Prismacolors, Luminance, or Caran d'Ache, a battery operated pencil sharpener, kneaded eraser, hard white eraser, 2B pencil, colorless blender pencil or marker. Bring a selection of colored pencil drawing papers (and mat board) in colors of your choice, such as Canson Mi-Teintes, Stonehenge, Strathmore, Art Spectrum Colourfix Sanded Paper.  www.dickblick.com has great prices, about half off arts & crafts store prices. Other great surfaces for colored pencil are hot press watercolor paper, Vellum Bristol Board and Rising Museum Board. Minimum class size is 3. Class size limited to 7.

Class starts: Tuesday, March 14th, 2017, and runs 8 weeks, 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Cost is $150.00.

To hold your spot please mail a check directly to: Revelle Taillon, 26 West Pine Street, Plaistow, NH 03865, and email rtaillon@comcast.net to let me know you are coming. For more information you may call 603-382-3397 or email Revelle at rtaillon@comcast.net. 10% of each tuition is donated to the Scholarship Fund.

Class will be taught by Revelle Taillon, a member of the Seacoast Artist Association. She holds a BFA in graphic design and illustration from ULowell and has won regional and national awards.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

New Intermediate Drawing Class Spring 2017, Exeter NH



Classes are held at:

Seacoast Artists Association
130 Water Street, Exeter, NH 03833
(603) 778-8856  •  www.seacoastartist.org 

If you have learned all the basics in a beginners drawing class, you are ready to move up to an intermediate drawing class. Here you will work more on adding finesse to your drawings and paying closer attention to detail, perspective, proportions, shading, blending, composition, contrast. You will work in pencil, charcoal, and pen and ink and explore more fully the different papers that are available for drawing, and what a difference they can make to your final drawings. You will work from still lifes and photos.

What to bring: Set of drawing pencils (hard and soft), kneaded eraser, hard white eraser, black and white charcoal, pencil sharpener, paper stumps for blending. Bring a selection of drawing papers of your choice. Some great papers are: vellum Bristol Board, Canson Mi-Teintes, Stonehenge, Strathmore, Arches Hot Pressed Watercolor paper. Check these out online if you are not sure where to find them at www.dickblick.com. Minimum class size is 3. Class size limited to 7.

Class starts: Tuesday, February 28th, 2017, and runs 8 weeks, 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. Cost is $150.00.
To hold your spot please mail a check directly to: Revelle Taillon, 26 West Pine Street, Plaistow, NH 03865.

For more information you may call 603-382-3397 or email Revelle at rtaillon@comcast.net. 10% of each tuition is donated to the Art Scholarship Fund.
Class will be taught by Revelle Taillon, a member of the Seacoast Artist Association. She holds a BFA in graphic design and illustration from ULowell and has won regional and national awards.
Revelle’s Blog has samples of her work and techniques: www.revelleimagemaker.blogspot.com

New Learn to Draw Class February 2017, Exeter NH


Spring 2017 Drawing Class

Classes are held at:

Seacoast Artists Association
130 Water Street, Exeter, NH 03833
(603) 778-8856  •  www.seacoastartist.org 

Have you been frustrated because you never learned the tricks of the “drawing” trade? Have you painted for years but never really learned to draw? Time to learn something new? Something that will improve your hand-eye coordination, slow aging and grow your brain connections?  

Anyone can learn to draw with the tools I will teach you & lots of practice. Learn to break down objects into their basic elements and shapes, see their edges, notice positive & negative space & composition. Blind contour drawing can enhance your understanding of how to render what you are looking at in a realistic manner quickly. Practise shading & start to understand perspective. Learn the dimensions of the human face and learn to draw eyes, nose, mouth and hair.

What to bring: black fine tip markers such as Staedtler pigment liner, a ruler, 9” x 12” Strathmore 400 Series Drawing Pad, kneaded eraser, white rubber eraser, blending stumps, drawing pencils, pencil sharpener, 3 colored markers or pencils (any color) Minimum class size is 3. Class size limited to 7.

Class starts: Tuesday, February 28th, 2017, and runs 8 weeks, 10:30am to 12:30am. Cost is $150.00.
To hold your spot please mail a check directly to: Revelle Taillon, 26 West Pine Street, Plaistow, NH 03865.

For more information you may call 603-382-3397 or email Revelle at rtaillon@comcast.net. 10% of each tuition is donated to the Art Scholarship Fund.
Class will be taught by Revelle Taillon, a member of the Seacoast Artist Association. She holds a BFA in graphic design and illustration from ULowell and has won regional and national awards.
Revelle’s Blog has samples of her work and techniques: www.revelleimagemaker.blogspot.com

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