In an age where you can sit, jammies on watching online classes and learning, attending an actual class may seem antiquated. It is certainly good to have the flexibility and diversity of online learning. Somehow magic happens when you attend an actual class. You may or may not see who is actually teaching you online. Meeting your teacher in person gives you the extra benefit of learning who the person is, what motivates and inspires them. Having a teacher present is great to help a painting go in the right direction.
I recently attended Gathering of Artists in Black Mountain, North Carolina. A life changing event that is hard to explain with words. GOA was a 4 day event which provided opportunity to take classes during the day from Master Artisans on a variety of styles and techniques. Anyone that follows my Art knows that I love painting abstract and traditional landscapes. Jacob Daniels from www.overflowstudios.org in Boone NC was teaching how to capture reflections I signed up without second thought.
On day one we first painted a spoon with rich reflections. My brain was hurting! Tiny precise slowly placed strokes of oil paint lead to a realistic looking spoon. I am a fast painter painting from a place of intuition. Some of my paintings with thick texture take a long time to allow for everything to dry properly but they are a more free style of painting. So I was definitely out of my comfort zone.
If I was watching this teaching online the human factor would have been missed. My table mate was a slow almost Zen like painter. Her attitude and demeanor had a calming effect on me. Once I was more relaxed it was easier to learn. The encouragement from other class members was awesome. We persevered and painted some awesome looking spoons! There were no distractions!! We painted for hours and built endurance.
The second painting was a cloud and way more in my comfort zone. I love trying to capture the majestic sunsets and water. Jacob taught us how to paint the entire canvas to add a richness to the final painting. Painting clouds is a process of building up layers. It was neat to see how everyone’s painting looked different. As is often the case I take risk with color. My final painting is a majestic colored sky, the type of sunset you see out on the water that a camera just cannot capture.
I teach Art Journaling and painting on FB live weekly and enjoy connecting with people and old friends from other states. This will continue, and a more organized You Tube channel is being created. Having videos allows for rewind until the lesson is captured.
Since I did not take good notes and do not have a video the class is now a memory. There may never be another cloud paining however; life long friendships were forged. I also now want to experience the connection that comes from having an actual class. In November we have Open Studios November 9 - 11 th I will be offering sign up for classes at the studio 10 Central Ave, Greenville, SC. How lucky we are to be able to learn online but I also encourage you to get out of your comfort zone and take a class in person. What kind of class do you prefer online or in person? What has been your most memorable class taken? What made it so special? Thanks for leaving our comments below. Happy Creating - Love Angela
Greetings to all and Happy Fall! The Open House combined with 10 Central Ave Studios Anniversary was a great success!! Thanks for all of the support. It was a great chance to meet many fellow artists. There was a great body of work available from many local artists to view and buy.
Angela’s work is now hanging in the Art Cellar in downtown Greenville. She still managed to have new work available. The Art Cellar is a great gallery with works of about 50 local artists. There is a nice variety including beautiful jewelry. If you have never done so stop by and check it out. The Art Cellar is locate at 233 N Main St #12B. Art Cellar participates in First Friday so October 5th Angela will be showing some new work.
Here latest collection “Summer Fun” was well received. The work is a collection of collages using some found items and some colorful items. Pink was found throughout inspired from spending time with our 3 granddaughters! The largest piece “Play time” is being submitted to the SC state fair. Fingers crossed it will be a show stopper. Stay tuned for the details.
We are now painting at 10 Central Ave Studios. We are located down in the basement. Please schedule an appointment and stop on by! Stayed tuned for up coming fall classes, and you can still watch Angela on Facebook live on Thursday night on Angela Bruch Art Facebook business page.
Thanks for all the continued support !!!! Love Mike and Angela
I am so proud of my wife Angela. She is doing what she loves by painting landscapes traditional and now abstract using collage. We met with Key Magazine to advertise our new business Angela Bruch Art. This painting "Southern Beauty" was hanging in the studio. This is one of my favorite paintings of my wife's. The owner of Key magazine felt the same way this will be on the cover of the Fall edition of Key Magazine! We feel honored.
"Southern Beauty" is a sunset painted from Lake Marion, SC. The photos were taken while on a walk and later painted using acrylic paints. We have a home at Lake Marion and when people came over this was also their favorite painting of Angela's. When we moved to Greenville, SC. I had to bring it with us. Looking at this painting takes me back to living full time at the lake. Excited to be sharing this beautiful painting with others and working with Key Magazine. Just keep painting!!! Mike
Welcome to the first blog from Angela Bruch Art! Thanks for stopping by! I would like to use this blog to help you get to know us. We are a family owned business of artists where creativity reigns. Although our website is new we have been artist for many years.
I am Angela Zajac Bruch a mixed media landscape artist. Painting traditional or abstract collage landscapes. My role in social media is weekly teaching on FB live and now blogging. Michael Bruch works full time as a mechanic and paints part time primarily abstract. He also does much work behind the scenes. Working as a team we also paint together on canvas.
Kristi Ann Cheek Dec 29, 1991 - Sep 10, 2015, was an amazing mixed media artist. She was one of my biggest fans wanting me to share my art with the world! This first blog is dedicated to Kristi…. I can now say: “I’ve done it honey.” We plan on making prints of Kristi’s paintings and make them available for purchase. It will be great to celebrate and share her creative mark left behind with others.
The art we create in our lifetime becomes a piece of our souls left behind. My goal is to encourage others to tap into that creativity. Just keep creating! Whether it is painting, drawing, sewing, photography or, writing. Take time to develop the gift you have been given and brighten the world around you.
When asked how long I’ve been painting, the answer is; my entire life. My earliest memories are painting in my bedroom on my parents old kitchen table. They were great to allow me to use it. I painted and sold plaster craft. A high school art class clay hand build earned me second place in the state.
Although a career as an artist seemed like my destiny, it was not to be for many years. Art was done more as a hobby. About three years ago the decision was made I enrolled in Fink Traditional School of Art. School was self paced and taught some solid basics of drawing and pastels. Although I do not currently create with pastels, the most important lesson taught was an increase in my confidence!
I also made the decision to be creative daily. Whether it was art journaling or an actual painting this discipline has lead to my current artistic style. There just needs to be what I would call some “ugly paintings created! Trying different art mediums and finding which ones you like the best. I love using color to create a peaceful scene for the viewer.
Today it all starts with items of litter found during walks. A parking ticket, an old list, shoe laces and other neat items. The challenge becomes making the items fit together into art. It is also rewarding to create abstract landscape collages using memorabilia that customers provide. Unique one of a kind paintings are created. Papers that would often end up in a drawer or the trash somewhere. Stay tuned as our my work will now be available online or in our studio.
Most recently her work was in the 43rd Annual Anderson Juried Show and Art On The Town. She is also one of the 8 artist chosen for Greenville,SC 2018 Flat Out Under Pressure contes, starting 2019, her paintings will decorate a recycling Bin in downtown for 1 year. One of Angela's paintings was selected for the upcoming Fall Edition The Key magazine. Angela's work can now be viewed at the Art Cellar located in downtown Greenville.