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Art Academy Artists Talk: Christine Mitzuk on the Creative Process

digital painting of the morrigu as she realizes her potential as a goddess by Christine Mitzuk
The Morrigu

On Friday March 24 I'll be giving a free artist talk at Wet Paint over in St. Paul. I'll be speaking the creative process as it pertains to image making and show the various steps I took to create some of my pictures. These same steps are what I coach people through in our Wednesday evening class at The Art Academy.

Free Event!
March 24, 2017 @ 6:00 - 7:30 pm
Wet Paint Artists' Materials & Framing
1684 Grand Avenue
Saint Paul, MN 55105

Event Description:

Creative play time included!

Learn about Christine’s upcoming class at The Art Academy  “Imaginative Art Inspiration Space” Christine will talk about the class, present some of her work, and the creative process she uses which she also teaches in her class. We’ll also spend some time playing in the creative sandbox.

The Art Academy class description:

Wednesdays 8-9:30pm
“Explore your creativity by developing an imaginative picture based upon an existing story that you select, or an idea that you originate. Work at your own pace to learn the time-honored steps of the creative, visual process – from idea generation, through preparatory work, to completed project. Emphasis will be placed on storytelling through composition and character development, as well as how color theory enhances visual communication. Students choose to work in the medium with which they are comfortable. Christine has experience to support watercolor, colored pencil, pen and ink, or oils.”

Another fabulous afternoon at Paws on Grand! Thanks to Virginia at Wet Paint for inviting me to participate again. I had a lot of fun and I hope to do it again next year.

To get through the line of pets and owners we had to keep our sketch time with each sitter to 8-10 minutes max. Some dogs were okay with a stranger looking at them so I was able to sketch them from life, but many were not or were too excited/stressed or way more interested in the other dogs than in sitting still (totally understandable). For those dog sketches I used my phone's camera to capture a pose and then drew from that while checking for color and uniqueness when I could entice the actual dog to look my way. Yay for technology! I must say there were so many very well behaved pets.

Here are a few of my favorites (I used a combination of the Conté white pencil, with Derwent Drawing Pencils, and sometimes played with my Koh-I-Noor Woodless Colour Pencils). Wet Paint supplied some lovely 8"x10" sheets of Strathmore paper in various colors. With the triple dog sketch I used a little extra time and they were at the end of the day. Man I had fun!

Paws on Grand 2016

Paws on Grand 2016 Basset

I think I fell in love with the little gray Chihuahua. She had the most beautiful soft gray fur, with a little bit of rusty color in her ears and eyebrows. Her eyes were the color of a rainy spring sky.
I think I fell in love with the little gray Chihuahua. She had the most beautiful soft gray fur, with a little bit of rusty color in her ears and eyebrows. Her eyes were the color of a rainy spring sky.