Friday, December 6, 2013

Portrait painting demonstration during the Holiday Art Show

A group of artists, organized by OTA member Derek Davis, will be painting a clothed model from 1 to 4 PM at the Old Town Studios during the Miracle on Water Street art sale this Saturday, December 7th. Please come and watch.

Visit OTA artists at the Holiday Art Sale this Saturday, December 7

Click poster for a larger image.

Saturday, December 7th, 2013 from 10 AM to 8 PM.
ACVR warehouse, 4th floor,
106 West Water Street, St. Paul, 55107

Monday, November 25, 2013

Open-studio life drawing will be held Thanksgiving Eve

Open-studio life drawing will be held this Wednesday, Thanksgiving Eve, as scheduled. The warehouse doors will be opened from 7-7:30 pm and the session will run from 7:30 to 9:30 pm.
The model will be Ginger.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Model schedule for November and December

11/20 Jeff, 1 pose

11/27 Ginger, 2

12/4 Emma, 1

12/11 Lisa, 2

12/18 Liz, 1

Christmas and New Year's Days, no life-drawing open studio

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Join Us For Art Crawl This Weekend!

A small group of OTA members will be featured during the crawl this time around: Bruce Palmer, William Portillo, Patricia Rosenker, and Gabriel Garbow They're listed as "The Fall Five" Visit them October 4, 5 & 6 - there will live art demos and Gabriel will be offering 15-minute watercolor portraits while you wait ($30). Friday 6–10 PM Saturday 12–8 PM Sunday 12–5 PM

Monday, September 16, 2013

Old Town Artists will no longer host the portrait open-studio

Due to changing circumstances, the membership of Old Town Artists has reluctantly decided to discontinue hosting the portrait open-studio on Friday nights.
We thank all of our friends, neighbors, and acquaintances who have posed for us over the years. Without them we would not have been able to have a portrait open-studio. They provided the inspiration for art. We treasure the artists who have painted and drawn with us, companions with us on our artistic journey. We will miss sharing good conversation, popcorn, and a glass of wine with you.
Old Town Artists will continue to host the life-drawing open-studio on Wednesday nights. We invite all of our portrait open-studio friends to join us for life-drawing on Wednesdays.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Wednesday night model schedule for September and October

These are the models that have been scheduled for the Wednesday night life-drawing open studio in September and October.

9/4 Dianne (2 extended poses)

9/11 Antonia (1 pose)

9/18 Lisa (2 poses)

9/25 Shelby (1)

10/2 Lisa (2)

10/9 Emily (1)

10/16 Katie (2)

10/23 Antonia (1)

10/30 Bryan (2)

The is no portrait drawing in September

There is no Friday night portrait drawing in September. We hope to resume Friday night open studio in October.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Portraits: *No Session Aug 23*

Aug 16 - Dani pt.2

Aug 23 - No Session

Aug 30 - Sarah Turner returns

Sept - There are no portrait sessions planned in September.

Check this blog for updates.

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Derek Davis was awarded second prize

Old Town member, Derek Davis, was awarded second prize at the seventh annual plein air painting competition hosted by the Jaques Art Center in Aitkin, Minnesota.  The competition was held July 17-20, 2013. Derek's painting will be on display at the Jaques Art Center until August 10.

Derek's award winning painting
Image from Marva Harms. Posted on Outdoor Painters of Minnesota Facebook page.

Derek standing next to his award winning painting.
Image from Derek Davis.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Derek Davis won the Depot Award / Best of Show at the Red Wing Plein Air Festival

Derek Davis won the Depot Award / Best of Show at the Red Wing Plein Air Festival, which was held June 24-June 29, 2013 in Red Wing, Minnesota. His award-winning painting,  "Atop the River Bluff,"  will be on display through August 26 at the Red Wing Depot Gallery. Forty artists participated in the Festival and the 125 paintings they created during the Festival are on display in the gallery.

 "Atop the River Bluff," 12x16, oil
Photograph from Derek Davis

There is life drawing tonight, July 3

The Old Town Artists' life-drawing coop will meet tonight, July 3, as scheduled. The model is Emma, who will do one pose.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

No Portrait Session July 5

Due to the holiday, there will not be a portrait session on Fri, July 5.

We will return to the normal schedule on July 12th.

Our sitter will be Andrea, who has worked as a professional figure model in the past.  She will be returning on the 19th as well.  Let's get a big group together and make her feel welcome.  Bring your friends.

Monday, June 24, 2013

Life Drawing will be held this Wednesday as scheduled

The life-drawing open studio will be held this Wednesday, June 26, as scheduled. The model will be Katie.

Derek Davis was awarded an honorable mention at the Plein Air Cedarburg Painting Event

Old Town Artists member Derek Davis was awarded an honorable mention for his painting, "Hidden Gem," at the Plein Air Cedarburg Painting Event, Cedarburg, Wisconsin.  The competition was held June 12-23; 170 artists competed in the event.

Derek's painting. Photograph from

Derek Davis won first place at the Port Washington, Wisconsin, paintout

Old Town Artists member Derek Davis won first place at the Port Washington, Wisconsin, paintout hosted by the Cedarburg Artists Guild, Cedarburg, Wisconsin. More than 60 artists participated in the event, which was held June 12 and 13.

Photo: We kicked off the plein air festivities last night with a first-time reception in Port Washington.  Thank you to the Blue Heron Gallery for your hospitality!
Here's our first place winner Derek Davis, from St. Paul, Minnesota.  Congrats also to second place Tom Nachreiner and third place Larry Seiler. Thank you to the volunteers, Victoria Benson Hora for announcing the winners and Mary Ulm Mayhew for judging this exhibit.  All the Port Washington paintings will be on display beginning Saturday afternoon at the Cedarburg Cultural Center.

Derek with his painting, "Light on the Dock." Photograph from

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Life Drawing is cancelled tonight, June 19

Due to unforeseen circumstances, life drawing is cancelled tonight, June 19. Life drawing will be held at its normal time next Wednesday, June 26.

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Figure model schedule for June, July, and August

OldTown Artists' figure-drawing co-op
Wednesdays 7:30-9:30pm
ACVR Warehouse
106 West Water St., 4th floor
Across from Harriet Island, St Paul

Summer Figure Model Schedule

6/12 Ginger (2 forty-five minute poses)
6/19 Jacquie (1 repeated pose)
6/26 Katie (2 poses)

7/3   Emma (1)
7/10 Monica (2)
7/17 Bryan (1)
7/24 Monica (2)
7/31 Katherine (1)

8/7   Sylvia (2)
8/14 Liz (1)
8/21 Emma (2)

Note: We will have a drawing session on July 3.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Portrait Session - 6/14/13 - Tony Returns!

Please join us for our regular Friday night portrait sessions all summer long!  This week, Tony Darras returns by popular demand.  See previous post for photo.

Drop on in. No appointment necessary.
  • Doors are open between 7:00 - 7:30. 
  • Session runs from 7:30 - 9:30. 
  • Cost is $5.

Friday, June 7, 2013

Portrait Session - 6/7/13

Please join us tonight as our regular Friday night portrait sessions continue for the summer!  Tonight's model will be Tony Darras, a New Mexico transplant of Latin descent.
Drop on in. 
  • Doors are open between 7:00 - 7:30. 
  • Session runs from 7:30 - 9:30. 
  • Cost is $5.

Friday, May 31, 2013

Portrait Session - 5/31/13

Please join us tonight as our regular Friday night portrait sessions resume for the summer.  Tonight's model will be Becky Garbow, a Korean American in her twenties.

Drop on in. 
  • Doors are open between 7:00 - 7:30. 
  • Session runs from 7:30 - 9:30. 
  • Cost is $5.

Monday, May 20, 2013

No Portrait Session Fri, May 26

Old Town Artists will be holding our regular Friday night portrait sessions throughout the summer this year.  Please join us.  Remember to arrive between 7:00-7:30.  Session runs from 7:30-9:00.

HOWEVER, there will be NO PORTRAIT session this Friday, May 26, due to Memorial Day weekend.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

The portrait model this Friday is Haley

Haley, our portrait model last Friday, has agreed to model for us again this coming Friday, May 10.

A portrait of Haley by Thomas Winterstein. White and black Derwent sketching pencils on toned paper.

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Thank-you for visiting us during the Art Crawl

Thank-you to all of you that were able to visit us during the Spring St. Paul Art Crawl. We enjoyed your visit and the chance to talk to you.

Open studios resume this week

Life and portrait open studios resume this week after the break for the Spring St. Paul Art Crawl. The life open studio resumes Wednesday, May 1, and the portrait open studio resumes Friday, May 3. Both open studios run from 7:30-9:30 pm. The warehouse door will be opened from 7:00-7:30 pm. After 7:30 p.m. call 651-278-5128 and someone will come downstairs to open the door for you.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

OTA Member Ron Duffy has a one-man show at Bethesda Hospital

Old Town Artists member Ron Duffy has a one-man show, "Brushed Back to Life: Healing From Chronic Illness Through Intuitive Painting and Poems,"  on display at the Gallery Cafe in Bethesda Hospital, which is located 2 blocks north of the State Capitol. The show is sponsored by the Midwest Arts in Healthcare Network (MAIHN).  The show will continue through the end of May

Ron Duffy will be talking about his work on April 24th at 6:30 pm as part of an MAIHN networking event in the gallery from 5:30 - 7:30 pm.

The Gallery Cafe is open for anyone to come view the art from 7 AM - 7 PM, Mon. - Fri., and 11 AM - 7 PM on Sat. and Sun.
Ron Duffy's show at the Gallery Cafe


Please visit us during the St. Paul Art Crawl

Twelve members of Old Town Artists will be participating in the Spring St. Paul Art Crawl this weekend. Please visit us during the crawl: Friday 6--10 pm; Saturday noon--8 pm; and Sunday noon--5 pm.

No Life Drawing or Portrait Drawing this week

There will not be any life drawing or portrait drawing this week (Wednesday, April 24, and Friday, April 26) because members of Old Town Artists will be hanging art work for the St. Paul Art Crawl.

Life drawing will resume Wednesday May 1.
Portrait drawing will resume Friday May 3.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Figure model schedule for April and May

Note: There is no life-drawing open studio on April 24 because Old Town Artists is preparing for the St. Paul Art Crawl,

4/3 Mai (1 extended pose)

4/10 Bryan (2 poses)

4/17 Sophie (1)

4/24 St. Paul Art Crawl, no drawing co-op

5/1 Mai (2)

5/8 Dianne (1)

5/15 Ginger (2)

5/22 Sophie (1)

5/29 Lisa (2)

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

March figure models

The scheduled figure models for the March life-drawing open-studio sessions.
3/06 Katie (1 pose)

3/13 Emma (2)

3/20 Jil (1)

3/27 Edward (2)

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Mechanically Accurate Drawing vs. Artistically Accurate Drawing

Quote from The pracice & Science of Drawing by Harold Speed
"And when with an eye trained to the closest mechanical accuracy the author visited the galleries of the Continent and studied the drawings of the old masters, it soon became apparent that either his or their ideas of drawing were all wrong. Very few drawings could be found sufficiently 'like the model' to obtain the prize at either of the great schools he had attended. Luckily there was just enough modesty left for him to realize that possibly they were in some mysterious way right and his own training in some way lacking. And so he set to work to try and climb the long uphill road that separates mechanically accurate drawing  from artistically accurate drawing."

Harold Speed, pp. v-vi, "The Practice & Science of Drawing", Dover Publications, Inc., 1972  (Reprint of the third edition published in 1917.)

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Life-drawing model schedule for February

2/6 Mary A. ( 1 pose )

2/13 Staci (2 extended poses)

2/20 Shelby (1)

2/27 Katie (2)

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Painters are different creatures from ordinary people or painting is a filthy process

Quote from the book What Painting Is by James Elkins.

"… even the most commercially minded artist has to wrestle with raw materials, and get filthy in the process. Except for a few nineteenth-century painters who worked in impeccable three-piece suits complete with watch chains and boutonnieres, painters have usually managed to coat themselves in spots and smears, and so to bring their work home with them like the smell on a fisherman. In an art school or a studio it is always possible to tell which artist spends the most time working, because the paint gradually finds its way onto every surface and every possession.  …   Sooner or later every one of a painter's possessions will get stained. First to go are the studio clothes and the old sneakers that get the full shower of paint every day. Next are the painter's favorite books, the ones that have to be consulted in the studio. Then come the better clothes, one after another as they are worn just once into the studio and end up with the inevitable stain. The last object to be stained is often the living room couch, the one place where it is possible to relax in comfort and forget the studio. When the couch is stained, the painter has become a different creature from ordinary people, and there is no turning back."

James Elkins, 1999, What painting is: Routledge, New York and London, pp. 147-148.

Friday, January 25, 2013

Spirit and Art

An art quote.

Where the spirit does not work with the hand, there is no art.

Leonardo da Vinci

Sunday, January 6, 2013

January model schedule

The following models are scheduled for the January life-drawing open studio:

1/9 Kari - 1 extended pose
1/16 Lisa - 2 poses
1/23 John - 1
1/30 Emma - 2

The life-drawing open studio is held Wednesdays from 7:30-9:30 pm at the Old Town Studios. Go to the Open Drawing Sessions section of this blog for more information.

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Portrait and life drawing resume after the Christmas break

Portrait drawing resumes, at its normal time, Friday January 4.

Life drawing resumes, at its normal time, Wednesday January 9.