The Grand Junction Brush and Palette Club offers one and two-day workshops throughout the club year. Local artists teach a variety of skills including, composition, technique with varied media. Everyone is welcome. Costs vary. Members receive a discount. Check back often for updates.
Ajay is a local fine art painter whose family life series illustrates the beautiful scenes of every day life. She is interested in exploring perceptions in her immediate surroundings and celebrates the quiet subtlety of color in the portraits of her children. The formal and conceptual qualities of her art points toward a desire to better understand the comfort and simplicity of home life. She is pursuing a degree in Art History and Studio Art at Colorado Mesa University. Her work can be viewed on her website: ajaygustafson.com
Joan Anderson is an award winning painter and instructor. Her works in watercolor, collage and more recently cold wax and oil have been featured in regional and national exhibits and in private collections throughout the U.S. Her work has always been predominately figurative and animals In the past two years her work has become more and more abstract. Her paintings reflect the professionalism of years of perfecting her art. She is a signature member of the Western Colorado Watercolor Society (WCWS) and the Association of Nebraska Art Clubs (ANAC).
April-July 2021, B&P Display at the City Building. Open to all current members. There is no commission on sales.
Reach out for inspiration and learn something new, how to create beautiful art on Nature’s Canvas: a hard shelled gourd. Unlike their fall cousins, the soft shelled ornamental gourds, hard shelled gourds, once dehydrated properly, develop a wood-like outer shell. This surface can be painted, spray painted, dyed with ink dyes, colored with markers and colored pencils, wood burned, and drilled and cut into different shapes with a jigsaw. There are over 30 different varieties/shapes of gourds resulting in many opportunities to create a multitude of beautiful art pieces such as vases and bowls.
The Brush and Palette Club has reserved the classroom at Michaels every Friday afternoon. Unfortunately, Michaels has closed their classroom until further notice to help stop the spread of covid 19.
What does a judge look for in a painting?
- “Composition” – stay out of the center
- “Shapes” – shapes are unique and different
- “Lines” – lead you through a painting
- “Edges” – hard to soft; soft edges around the outside and harder in the interior and at the focal point
- “Color” – one color dominates, use an analogous color wheel
- “Values” – light to dark, enhance the focal point
- “Texture” – use tools in a variety of expressive ways to create texture
Order of a painting
- Stay out of the center – mark the center of your canvas and the center of each edge as a reminder
- What shapes – big to small
- Values – light to dark
- Colors – what is your mother or dominate color that you can satellite out from