Sunday, July 3, 2016

Day 1438: How well do you know graphite?





demo, graphite, collage & acrylic











I teach a little class using graphite ...



Graphite and Mixed Media

Saturday July 2, 2016 -- 10:00AM to 1:00PM

Join artist Jacki Long in this fun class that uses a variety of media. Try out and play with water soluble graphite creating loose and textured backgrounds. Jacki will show you how to combine this with acrylics and collage on canvas. Each student will work on their own mix media painting during this class. All materials provided. Ages 15+. Skill Level: All.

and so today, I googled and found ...

Graphite (pronunciation: /ˈɡræfaɪt/), archaically referred to as plumbago, is a crystalline form of carbon, a semimetal, a native element mineral, & one of the allotropes of carbon. Graphite is the most stable form of carbon. Used in thermochemistry as the standard state for defining the heat of formation of carbon compounds. Graphite may be considered the highest grade of coal, just above anthracite and alternatively called meta-anthracite, although it is not normally used as fuel because it is difficult to ignite.


TMI? Yeah, I think so too.
But it is really cool to work with and ...
especially to loosen up an explore.
It smears & dissolves partially with water ...
it comes in colors & works well with acrylics & collage.
We started out with some loose graphite sketches ...





by Irene Rafael


and quickly moved on to canvas.


by Jade
 
by Jade

by Michelle
 
by Michelle

 We could add collage and acrylics ...


some of the palettes used ...



 
by Becki

 
by Becki

by Sonja

 
by Sonja


by Keri



by Keri

by Libby


by Libby





by Katharine


by Katharine


by Irene


by Irene


by Irene

by Connie


by Connie

by Darshini


by Darshini




by Darshini



A class of eleven artists & three hours ... 
having fun experimenting with their own styles.
Can you tell they had fun?
I was very impressed.









A smile for Sunday ...

as I drove home after class, in front of me was this ...



what ???  can't be ...





Yep, right on 17th Street, Santa Ana! Honest!



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