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General Discussion / Re: My tips to successful watercolours
« Last post by Diane Charlebois on October 08, 2017, 10:30:41 AM »
Thank you Rachel- most helpful.  Question: how do you do a large evening sky and then do a couple of oversized stars without going over the stars first?
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Member Events / City of Ottawa’s Community Galleries 2018-2019
« Last post by Tom Greene on September 13, 2017, 10:43:09 AM »
 Submission information for the City of Ottawa’s Community Galleries 2018-2019 exhibition season is now available online here:  http://ottawa.ca/en/residents/arts-heritage-and-culture/calls-and-opportunities-culture#community-galleries-selection-2017.
 
The deadline for applications is October 6. Please feel free to share.
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Member Events / Nepean Fine Arts Fall Sale
« Last post by Tom Greene on September 13, 2017, 10:40:54 AM »
The Annual Nepean Fine Arts Fall Sale at the Ukrainian Banquet Hall on Byron Avenue is from October 20 to 22 and some booths are still available.  If you are  interested in participating you would need to join NFAL as well.

Attached are the Call for Submissions Information and the Registration Form. Please disregard the deadline of September 8th. It has been extended to September 18th.

On the Call for Submissions and under the Registration Process heading, there is some important information on "acceptable art works".

Participants MUST be a member of NFAL in order to take part in the sale.  The form is available on the website as well as the new Paypal option.  You can access this by going  to   http://nepeanfinearts.com/membership/membership-application-and-renewal.
 
If there are any questions about registration, please contact Penny at pennyperrotta15@gmail.com or 613-592-4348.
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Workshops / Easel Building Demonstration
« Last post by Richard Pell on September 05, 2017, 05:05:16 PM »
Instructions to make an inexpensive floor easel
The following instructions are for a large floor easel.  The directions can be modified to create a smaller easel if required.
The easel is constructed using 1’ x 2” materials that can be purchased from any lumber yard.  The Wood Source in Manotick Station is great spot to purchase good quality wood at reasonable costs.  They sell “shorts” in maple, oak, popular, birch and pine. 


Materials Required
  • All wood should be 1” x 2” in preferred wood type.
  • 3 piece – 6’0’’ these are the three legs.
  • 2 pieces - 5’-0” these are the centre part of the easel
  • 1 piece – 2’-2” this is the lower support brace that holds the two front legs together and anchors the centre part of the easel in place.
  • 1 piece – 1’-4” this is the upper support brace that holds the two front legs together and anchors the centre part of the easel in place.
  • 1 piece - 4’-0” this is the movable horizontal piece that holds the bottom of the canvas.
  • 1 piece – 1’-3” this is the movable horizontal piece that holds the canvas at the top.
  • 1 piece – 2’-0” this is the back leg support
  • 2 pieces 8” these will support the back leg support at the centre part of the easel
  • 1 piece ½” doweling 12” long cut into 2 - 6” pieces to fit into leg holes to support horizontal pieces that will hold the canvas.
  • 2- 2 ½” bolts to secure the horizontal members that support the canvas at top and bottom.
  • 1 box of 1 ½” wood screws.
  • Wood glue
  • 2 hinges
  • 4’-0” of light chain
Instructions
  • Cut 1 - 6’- 0” piece at one end at 22 degrees this will be the back leg
  • Cut 2 - 6’-0” pieces at each end at 22 degrees.  Clamp both pieces together and drill ½ holes every six inches starting at around 15” from one end.  These pieces will be the two front legs.
  • Cut 2 – 5’-0” pieces these will be the centre support.
  • Cut 1 piece – 2’-2” at 22 degrees at each end and place it horizontally about 46” from top. This is the lower support brace that holds the two front legs together and anchors the centre part of the easel in place. The 22 degree angles will ensure that the legs are properly positioned.
  • Cut 1 piece – 1’-4” at 22 degrees at each end place 11” from top. This is the upper support brace that holds the two front legs together near the top and anchors the centre part of the easel in place.  The 22 degree angles will ensure that the legs are properly positioned.
  • Drill one hole in centre of the 1’-3” and the 4’-0” piece on the narrow face of the board.  These are the movable horizontal pieces that hold the top and bottom of the canvas and move up and down the centre part of the easel. The hole is to accept the 2 ½” bolts.  These bolts slide through the centre supports.
  • Lay legs, centre supports and two horizontal supports out on floor as per photo below and glue and screw all members together with 1 ½” wood screws.
  • Attach 2 – 8” pieces to lower horizontal support piece at back and chisel out 1” x 2” section to accept the back leg support.
  • Attach back leg support to back leg with hinge and put hinge at top and secure to centre supports. Cut chain in half and install from back leg to horizontal support.
  • Install movable horizontal canvas supports and put doweling in holes of legs.
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Workshops / Framing Demonstration #2 Led by Richard Pell
« Last post by Richard Pell on September 05, 2017, 03:20:36 PM »
To make the frame you require wood, a chop saw, brad nailer and glue.  To frame a 16 x 20 painting may cost about $5.00 and require an hour of your time.  The following identifies the ten steps required to make what I call a Gallery Frame.
  • Purchase one piece of ½” x 3 ½” x 6’ piece of pine.  One piece of this wood can be purchased at Rona at a cost of $5.00. The Rona cut shop will rip this piece of wood in half for free – this will provide you with two pieces of pine measuring ½” x 1 5/8” x 6’.
  • Paint or stain these two pieces of wood with two coats of materiel in a colour that you feel will work with the artwork.  I use a dark colour for contrast and simplicity.
  • Measure each side of the canvas artwork and cut wood to fit each side. Each cut will be a miter cut at 45 degrees using the chop saw.
  • Decide at this point how you want the frame to sit on the artwork.  The profile can either be flush or protrude beyond the face of the artwork.
  • Taking one piece of the cut wood, confirm that the piece fits perfectly on one side of the artwork  - trim to fit as required and then nail the wood directly to the canvas in the profile position desired using the brad nailer.
  • Work your way around the painting with one piece of wood at a time, confirming that each piece fits the artwork -  trim to fit as required putting a drop of glue at each corner.
  • When nailing the corners, ensure that each corner fits properly before securing with three nails – one on the side and two on the top and bottom.
  • Fill all nail holes with filler, sand and then repaint or restain the frame sides.
  • Install hooks and wire and you are finished.
These frames were originally created to make ½” or narrow canvases more suitable to exhibit but can also be used on gallery canvases when required to dress it up or provide a more finished look.
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Member Events / Glebe Fine Art Show
« Last post by Tom Greene on August 23, 2017, 09:50:37 AM »
Dates: Sep 16, 2017 to Sep 17, 2017
MAA Members
http://glebefineartshow.ca/
Joanne Beaubien
Roy Brash
Mathilde Brunetti
Nancy Burke
Margaret Chwialkowska
Janice Fulton
Norm Goddard
Denise Guillemette
Beata Jakubek
Heather Lovat-Fraser
Lynn Morin
Brian Seed
Katrin Smith
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Member Events / Art Lending Ottawa
« Last post by Tom Greene on August 23, 2017, 09:30:47 AM »
Dates: Jan 1, 2017 to Dec 31, 2017
http://www.artlendingofottawa.ca/
Andrea Oatway
Ann Gruchy
Beata Jakubek
Diane Bertrand
Heather Lovat-Fraser
John Hugh Craig
Lynne Morin
Roy Brash
Susan Moxley
Tracy Armstrong
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General Discussion / Arts Carleton Place - Itty Bitty Fall Show
« Last post by Tom Greene on August 22, 2017, 04:33:03 PM »
All works must be priced no higher than $100.  49 spaces are available on a first come, first served basis.
Entry fee is for this particular show is dependent on the space reserved and costs between $25 and $80 with a limited number of spaces having both a table and access to electricity.
Registration deadline is October 1st, 2017.

If you are not currently a member of Arts Carleton Place, you must also add $20 for membership dues.

See https://artscarletonplaceweb.wordpress.com/
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General Discussion / Forum Basics
« Last post by Tom Greene on August 20, 2017, 07:42:43 PM »
The MAA Member Forum has been updated to a new format. Not much different than before but built on the contribution of Gary Blake.
Anyone can look at the boards on the MAA Forum. All messages are posted to the General Discussion board for the present. If the forum becomes more active, registered members may want to start a board about a very specific topic e.g. Acrylic mediums.
Some things you should be aware of:
 
  • Registering - You select your own user name and password.
  • Profile - You have your own personal profile.
  • Search -You can search for answers in posts and topics.
  • Posting - Same as a blog. Post thoughts for other artists to see.
  • Personal Messages - Private messages to other artists on the forum.
  • Calendar - You can add and track art events.
  To get help click the Help button on the menu or reply to this post'
Tom
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General Discussion / Re: My tips to successful watercolours
« Last post by Nancy Burke on August 20, 2017, 06:06:18 PM »
The proof is 'in your doing' Rachel.  Thanks so very much for all the tips and suggestions you so generously endow me with and which I sincerely appreciate.
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