Alla Prima Painting Demonstration by Rita Paradise
Wednesday, June 6, 2018
Location: Cheshire Library, Cheshire, CT
Rita Paradis is a Cheshire artist who works in oils, acrylics, pastel and colored pencil. She has been working in colored pencil for over 30 years and has been teaching the medium at Artsplace since 2004. Recently Rita has begun teaching workshops in Alla Prima painting, also at Artsplace. She also teaches colored pencil techniques at Arts Escape in Southbury.
She studied English Literature at Concordia University in Montreal and after graduation went on to earn her BFA in Printmaking from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
Her memberships include signature member of the Colored Pencil Society of America and signature member of the Connecticut Pastel Society. She is also a member of Connecticut Women Artists. She has won several national and local awards.
On June 6th, Rita will be demonstrating Alla Prima Oil Painting. “Alla Prima”, in Italian means first attempt or is sometimes interpreted as fresh. It has also come to be referred to as, wet on wet. It is a technique that is accomplished in one sitting. An initial layer of medium-laden, transparent paint is quickly and loosely applied to the canvas and then a second layer of pure paint is stroked over the wet underpainting. In the second layer opaque colors are used in addition to the transparent colors. Bold, decisive brushwork gives the finished painting its look of freshness.
Alla Prima has been employed for centuries. Some of the well known artists who used the technique are van Eyck, Velazquez, Frans Hals, Fragonard, and Gainsborough. It was much used by the Impressionists and even our own Bob Ross used the technique.
Landscape Painting Demonstration
Wednesday, May 2, 2018
Location: Cheshire Library, Cheshire, Connecticut
Lorraine Skelskey Chapin resides in Southbury, Connecticut. She is a Fine Line Art Gallery Artist Member serving on the Board of Directors and has been teaching painting; privately in her Studio, for the Education Connection, and the Heritage Village Studio. She is an exhibiting artist at the PS Gallery in Litchfield and the Barn Gallery in New Fairfield, Connecticut. Lorraine is a self-employed, commissioned artist for over 30 years who has won numerous awards at juried art shows. She does commissions for private collectors of many subjects; landscapes, gardens, portraits, including pet portraits for Frontgate and the American Kennel Club. She has helped organize and run the Fall Gathering of Artists, a successful annual art show consisting of 35 or more artists in Litchfield Connecticut since 2000.
Painting for many years from life, Lorraine’s paintings are saturated with light and color. Her paintings of the landscape, still life, gardens, and animals reflect her ability to communicate the energy and unique atmosphere of a scene. She paints primarily impressionistic landscapes in acrylic and oil.
“My goal is to capture the spirit of my subject, working in acrylic and oil and painting with feeling. I love to paint en plein air in the light and atmosphere of the day.”
The artist is a Graduate of the University of Connecticut a Bachelor’s Degree in Graphic Design and holds an Associate’s Degree in Fine Art. I enjoy painting alone and also with fellow artists in plein air whenever possible. Member of SCAN, Connecticut Plein Air Painters Society.
You may contact her studio directly at 203-262-1792/cell 203-525-1949, e-mail at LorChapin@gmail.com, and her website is www.LSChapin.com.
THE PAINTERLY PORTRAIT IN PASTEL
December 6, 2017, Wednesday 6:00-8:15pm Location: Cheshire Library, Cheshire, Connecticut
Working from the live model, Alain will demonstrate a painterly approach to the portrait in pastel. This demonstration will include an explanation of pastel portrait techniques for creating an accurate likeness, establishing clear values, evaluating color relationships and selecting skin tones, developing a painterly style, and harnessing the power of strong design. Alain will also discuss the importance of lighting and posing the model.
Chef Suchada’s website: What originally began as a passion for cooking Thai food and honoring family traditions quickly developed into this highly rewarding career. I really enjoy cooking, eating and experimenting with the international foods, especially from my homeland. I relish in sharing my cooking with family and friends, it gives me immense joy to see them eating the food I have prepared for them; their faces really light up when they savour that first, delicious mouthful. It’s a true labor of Love.
Description of the Demonstration:
Chef Suchada will be demonstration food garnishes and discussing the wonderful benefits of cooking traditional Thai meals. Chef Suchada has spent years perfecting these traditional Thai dishes to guarantee and authentic Thai experience. Starting with the freshest ingredients, traditional Thai meals are known for aromatic spices, fresh fruits and vegetables, and a careful blend of salty, sweet, bitter and spicy to play with your senses. You will learn how to prepare your own summer roll.
Gelatin printing is a form of monoprinting in which a gelatin slab is used as a printing `plate' in conjunction with standard water soluble printing inks or acrylics to create images. Very little pressure is required to make monoprints using this technique.
Paint is applied to the homemade gelatin plate and rolled out with a brayer. It is then swiped with comb tools into all kinds of patterns. Lace, stencils, rubber stamps and plastic grids are only some of the items to make your marks. Cover your painted plate with paper. Rub to transfer the paint — and pull your print.
This can become addicting!
A bountiful backdrop is where our annual fall show takes place. Located on Rt. 10 in Cheshire, Cheshire Nursery one of Connecticut's leading garden centers has graciously hosted our fall show for the past 9 years. 25 of our members display and sell there work in this vibrant surroundings The show runs for 1 week during normal business hours Mon - Sat 9am-6pm and Sun. 9am to 5pm.
Come and meet the artists during our opening reception.
Open Reception- - Friday Oct 13, 2017 5:30-7:30pm
Michael Angelis was born in 1977 in Haverhill, MA. He obtained a BFA from SUNY Purchase in 2001, and a Masters of Art Education from Teachers College in 2005. He has taught high school Studio and Digital Art in Redding, CT for 12 years. He works primarily in woodcut andoil painting, and maintains a studio in theMill River District in New Haven. He is represented by Fred Giampietro Gallery in New Haven, CT.
Monoprinting is a direct printmaking process where the artist applies and/or subtracts pigment from a plexiglass plate and prints the results on paper. It's called monoprinting because each print is unique, as their is no "master" plate to work from - each impression varies with the artist's application of ink. A series of prints can then develop from modifying the "ghost" image once it has been printed, and printing again.
There are many ways to monoprint. The method I'll be
demo-ing involves working with a reference image (placed
underneath the clear plexiglass), and applying and subtracting Akua soy-based inks with a variety of materials (brushes, cotton swabs, scrapers, cheesecloth, etc) and printing by hand using a baren and cotton rag printmaking paper.
Printing ghost prints from dried plates will also be covered.
Visit his website at website: http://michaelangelis.com/
Eileen Eder received her MFA from New York Academy of Art. She is an accomplished painter who has won numerous awards both locally and nationally. Her work was a recent top award winner in the Hudson Valley Art Association Juried Exhibit hosted by LAA. Eileen's work has won top awards for 3 years running in Artist's Magazine in the category of Still Life. She exhibits in Galleries in Connecticut and New York along with juried local and national shows. An experienced instructor, Eileen is known for her positive attitude while making painting and drawing easily understood and rewarding.
for more information go to Eileen's website
Professional Artist and Instructor
Carol Ganick has been a teacher of watercolor painting at the West Hartford Art League for almost 20 years.
She works in various media including acrylic, oil, printmaking and watercolor. Having exhibited widely in Connecticut independently, in group shows and in juried shows, her awards include work submitted to the Connecticut Watercolor Society, Canton Gallery on the Green, the West Hartford Art League and Guilford Arts Center. In addition to teaching at the art league, she teaches privately and has conducted workshops and demonstrations for various organizations.
Work by her and by many of her students may be seen at
Some earlier work may be seen at her website
Course descriptions are available at
Recently her area of interest has expanded to include hand painted paper collage.
Her work in this area includes flower and landscape images; as well as abstraction.
At the demonstration she will show how she paints her paper using watercolor paints and acrylic inks and she will use prepared paper to demonstrate the process of creating collage. Materials used will include stretched canvas, acrylic gel medium and painted tissue papers as well as water media.
Cheshire Land Trust's 3rd Annual "A Day at Ives Farm"
When: Saturday, Sept. 17, 2016 (rain date Sunday Sept. 18)
Time: 10am- 4pm
Lots of fun for the whole family! - Bounce House, Touch-a-Truck, Face Painting, Baby Animals, Cheshire Horse Council Horses, Music, Tractor Rides and More! Food and Drinks available for purchase.
If you'd like to join the Cheshire Art League paint out please contact Dale for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org
Born in New Haven Connecticut, John Massimino received his A.A. Degree from Quinnipiac College, and his B.F.A Degree from Hartford Art School. Additionally, he has studied privately with Professor Dean Keller at Yale University.
John has traveled throughout the continental United States, Italy and Hawaii as an artist, teacher, lecturer, and juror. He taught at Paier College of Art in Connecticut for over 20 years and is currently a visiting professor. He is also the Past President of the New Haven Paint and Clay Club.
Massimino is a member of many outstanding art associations, as well as listed in Who's Who in the East, USA, The Dictionary of International Biography, Men of Achievement and is part of the NASA Team of Artists.
Presently, John conducts critique classes in Connecticut as well as workshops in creative design, color, drawing, painting and advance studies of the past masters as a tool for learning.
John's Critiques Classes are informative, insightful, encouraging and educational. We can all learn from each other on how to improve our artwork. The critique is geared for bringing out the best qualities of a piece of work while giving insight to where a in a piece improvement could be made. Whether it's the framing or matting that could effect the overall view of the work or a compositional adjustment. John's passion to help each artist grow and improve is clearly evident in these critique sessions.
for more information go to John's website: jmassimino.com
A bountiful backdrop is where our annual fall show takes place. Located on Rt. 10 in Cheshire, Cheshire Nursery one of Connecticut's leading garden centers has graciously hosted our fall show for the past 9 years. 22 of our members display and sell there work in this vibrant surroundings The show runs for 1 week during normal business hours Mon - Sat 9am-6pm and Sun. 9am to 5pm.
Come and meet the artists during our opening reception.
Open Reception- - Friday Oct 14, 2016 5:30-7:30pm
Since this is members only show and you want to participate please go to our contact/join page and send in your form.
Prospectus and form will be sent out soon. Space is limited.
Tony Falcone has painted professionally since 1974. After serving as a New Haven firefighter for seven years, Falcone discovered his love of mural-painting and left the Fire Department to establish his studio in a vintage dairy barn located in Prospect, Connecticut. It is there, as well as on location throughout the United States, that Tony creates most of his “imaginistic” murals, canvases and portraits. Today, Falcone Art Studio is known for its wide spectrum of fine artworks created primarily on a commissioned basis. Falcone’s monumental murals, highly detailed canvases, and heirloom quality portraits enhance public spaces, corporate settings and private homes. Widely known for his skill in capturing familiar landscapes and cityscapes, Tony also reproduces many of these nostalgic images as collectible fine art prints, posters, Giclees and greeting cards.
for more information go to Tony's website: www.falconefineartstudio.com