ONLINE CLASS: The EYES Have it! – Paint the Eyes You Love! – any medium-part 2

DATES: 12/01/2020 - 12/08/2020
PRICE: $120.00

Born in Chicago, Susan Blackwood comes from at least six generations of artists. Her family history has been dated back to Rembrandt`s parents. She received her Bachelors of Fine Arts from Northern Illinois University and extended her watercolor studies with Irving Shapiro at the American Academy of Art in Chicago. Susan has studied with nationally known artists: Morgan Weistling, Matt Smith and Carolyn Anderson.

Read Susan’s blog post Cocoons – Artists Chrysalis in Oil Painters of America blog.

Howard Friedland – Born in Bronx, New York. Howard has lived in Miami, Florida, Albuquerque and Taos, New Mexico, Bozeman, Montana and now resides and works in Bella Vista, Arkansas with his wife, artist Susan Blackwood. 

He studied fine art and commercial art at New York’s High School of Music and Art and attended college at The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Art and Science in the department of Art and Architecture in New York’s Greenwich Village. From there, he became an Art Director at major advertising agencies on Madison Avenue in New York.

Howard has painted and taught extensively in New Mexico, Colorado, Montana, Arizona, New Jersey, Kansas, Florida, Mexico, France, Italy, England, Spain, Portugal and China.

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Blackwood started painting watercolors professionally in 1972. After 32 years as an award winning watercolorist, in 2003 Susan added oil painting to her list of mediums. Since then, her oils have also been heartily received by patrons, galleries and museum shows, winning many awards. In 2010 she received the Best of Show at the American Women Artists National Juried Show in Dallas, Texas. In 2012, for her achievements in oil paintings, Blackwood was awarded Signature Membership in Oil Painters of America.

Selected Awards and Honors: 

  • Best of Show American Women Artists National Juried Exhibition
  • Awarded Signature Membership in Oil Painters of America
  • Best of Show WomanArt West
  • Best of Show Tucson Art, Tucson, Arizona
  • Best of Show Vail Art, Colorado
  • Best of Show Boulder Art, Boulder, Colorado
  • Best of Show, Castle Rock Art,
  • Artist of the Year, Fort Collins, Colorado

In 2010 Somerset Fine Art selected Blackwood to be a featured artist and began publishing and marketing nationally and internationally, giclees of her oil paintings of children.

For almost 40 years, Blackwood has taught and painted watercolors and oils in colleges and workshops around the country, overseas in Pakistan, the Bahamas, Great Britain, France, Italy, Spain and Portugal. “I love to paint and I love to teach! It is a thrill for me to help artists find their own voice in any medium”.

Blackwood and her husband, artist Howard Friedland, have both been featured in the Master Painters of the World section of the International Artist Magazine and frequently featured in many of the National Art Magazines.

Currently her paintings are in 7 galleries across the U.S., in addition to both museum and corporate collections.

Artist’s Statement:  In the midst of a clambering third world market place in 1975, unable to speak the language…I became aware of the importance of the common bonds that universally unite us all. The necessity to communicate these visions, feelings and emotions became paramount. Art became my language.
I have chosen as my subject matter the simple, beautiful touching moments that are common both in nature and in the life of every person. These are the moments that often pass without notice and are the very ones that lend continuity to our lives and contribute to its richness and depth. These moments are the language I use when I paint.

As in any meaningful conversation, the structure of the message must be clear. Thus, my color, brush strokes, textures and composition are carefully chosen, like essential words, to convey to the viewer the message that I wish to impart. My studies of classical art techniques began when I was a child and will always continue as I strive for better clarity and higher achievement.
As words are carefully chosen for a poem, I, too, limit my brush strokes and detail to relay just enough to give the viewer my thoughts and involve their imagination. I purposely leave areas of my paintings in mystery for the viewer to become engaged in the story. I strive for each painting to be a poem rather than a novel. Some of my loose paintings are like haiku poems that are simple impressionistic vignettes. While some of my paintings are like sonnets, more spelled out in detail. Through the medium that I have chosen, I strive continually to develop a rich and colorful dialog in a language that will reach any heart.


(These will make really special presents for the Holidays)
This is part 2 of a 3-part series for any medium: watercolors, oils, acrylic, pastel or graphite

There is a reason that Humphrey Bogart, in the award winning 1942 film Casablanca, says the famous line at the end of the movie “Here’s Lookin’ At You Kid”!  Because that is what we humans do, we look at each other. We look into each other’s eyes, even if you are looking at a stranger (or wearing a mask) .
 As artists, when you paint a face, the eyes are the soul of the person and your painting. Paint the eyes to express the emotions of the painting and the painting will be a success. 
This class will explore how to create expressive eyes, what is important and what is not, when to hide the eyes and why. Let me help your brushes explore the eyes of humans or animals for successful paintings.

Class Dates: Tuesdays,  December 1 and 8

Time:  4pm Eastern Time (That is 3 pm Central time, 2 pm Mountain time and 1 pm Pacific time)

Class Length:  2 hours + critique

Price:  $70 for 1 class or $120 for the next 2 sessions

This class is online.  You can enjoy it from your own home using your laptop, iPad or smartphone.

Once you register, we’ll send you a Zoom link to join the class on the specific day, at the appointed hour.

You don’t need a Zoom account.  Just click the link and you will be admitted.

We will send you the zoom invitation once you register for the class.

Please log in a few minutes early to greet the others and to get situated.