Monday, January 30, 2012

Thank You Everyone!

 January 28th Portrait Demo-Photo by Jay Foster
A Big Thank You! to the folks that turned out to Sam's Portrait workshop this past Saturday!
Mother Nature was unusually compliant for our event this time around.(Our Blogging workshop and Hemingway Pond Paint Out  was visited by snow last weekend)!
Sam D'Ambruoso got a good start on the Alla Prima portrait while delivering useful information on technique and materials. The class was chock full of tips and entertaining stories from our guest artist. Sam is also offering a 2 day Portrait workshop on February 4th and 5th so contact  him through

Jay Foster's Free Blogging Workshop will be rescheduled due to the inclement weather of last week. We'll keep you posted on that. Jay is also holding a "Music Theory Workshop for Song Writers" on Saturday, February 11th. There will be more information on registration and tuition for that  workshop shortly.You can contact Jay through his website ( or by calling 860-417-3243.
 January 28th Portrait Demo-Photo by Jay Foster

Saturday, January 21, 2012

The Few,The Brave...

 And probably half crazy to come out in this weather!!!! But it sure beat staying in!

Determinedly negotiating 4- wheel driving conditions, and thirsty for hot chocolate with marshmallows, they came to work in the studios today.
Mark Wells from Northfield, got a fairly good sized piece worked up before the low light changed to bright.
Brendan Jayne trudged through drifting snow to work on his tilts and block-ins on a still life before he progresses to drawing the cast.

Thanks for the painting company:)! on this wintery day!


The "Hemingway Pond Paint Out or In" is on! Feeling like braving the weather? We can still paint the snow from the window,(my preferred method of winter Plein Air), while sipping some hot chocolate(also my preferred method of painting):). Jay Foster's Free Blogging workshop is still on also. Give a call or email if you are coming or need directions!

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Same Place Same Time!

Jan 19th, Through the Window - B.Grady
Same Place, Same Time! January 19th view through the window. Reminding everyone that the "Hemingway Pond Paint Out or In" is this Saturday. Also Same Time, Same Place, the free Blogging workshop by Jay Foster will be going on in his Studio right next door. Bring your laptop and get the basics of getting started in blogging. See the Workshop/Classes page for details.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Open Figure Drawing

Tuesday Night Open Sketch at Artwell
Just a reminder that there is an Open Sketch at Blue Horse Arts  this Sunday from 1PM-4PM .Also for  those looking for other opportunities for open figure drawing here's a list.

Artwell Inc in Torrington  - Tuesday evenings 7PM-10PM. Whiting Mill artist spaces in Winsted -Thursday evenings 7PM -10PM.
I'll get around to adding a few more in the near future. Feel free to let me know if there are other opportunities available in the vicinity.

Monday, January 16, 2012

"Let there be Light"

Photo by Georgia Sheron
A new photography workshop, “Let There be Light”, by Georgia Sheron, scheduled for March, will be added to the roster of classes and workshops at Blue Horse Arts Studio. The “High School Portfolio Preparation” course is designed for high school students who are interested in developing a portfolio for college entrance. It is also open to developing artists who desire instruction in drawing and painting. This class will be held on Wednesday evenings, 6PM-8PM, on an on-going basis. 

The public is also reminded of the free  “Blogging Workshop”,1PM-3PM, and “Hemingway Pond Paint Out or In”, 1PM-4PM, held this coming Saturday, January 21st at both the Studios of JFoster Music and Blue Horse Arts which are adjacently located at 250 Porter, Watertown CT. Spaces are also open for the “Landscape Painting” and “Figure Drawing” Short courses.
Georgia Sheron by Jack Holowitz
See the events and workshop /classes pages
Guest Artist and Master Photographer Georgia Sheron will be holding a one day workshop at Blue Horse Arts Studio on March 3rd, 2012 from 12PM- 5PM. The workshop, “Let There Be Light” will incorporate the use of the model while working in a variety of lighting situations. Topics covered will be working with day and window lighting, studio lighting techniques, working with difficult lighting conditions, and shooting on location. The workshop is all open to all participants who possess a working knowledge of their camera. This short course is also great for artists and figurative painters who sometime need to work with photo reference. Photographers are encouraged to bring 5 pieces of work for a wine and cheese group critique at 5pm.

Photo by Georgia Sheron
Georgia Sheron is currently in the midst of working on a new book based on the stories she transcribed from her 16 year experience of photo-documenting and taping the oral history of Southbury farmer John Ludorf.
The Connecticut Commission of the arts awarded Georgia  a grant for these taped memories in 1978. Yankee magazine first published the photographs in 1988 and most recently a selection of these works were part of the “Crop Circle” show ,the “Field Projects” exhibition space, held at the studios of JFoster Music and Blue Horse Arts.

Photo by Georgia Sheron

The oral transcriptions were considered lost for the past 30 years due to several relocations of the artist. Georgia came across them last year, hidden in a black garbage bag she almost discarded. Georgia is now putting together those stories and printing some of her favorite images from that experience. Georgia was struck by the words of John Ludorf that floated from the cassette speakers,crossing time and invoking memory.He talked frequently about how difficult the life of a farmer was in New England.

According to Georgia, “What he had to say about farm preservation and the country being in debt, are even more important today than they were thirty years ago”.

The workshop tuition is 80.00 plus a 20 dollar model fee. Refreshments will be provided. A 25.00 deposit is required to hold your spot in the workshop.

To register for this class with Georgia Sheron please contact the photographer at or call 860-274-7823. To view more of Georgia Sheron’s work please visit her website 

Additionally you can email

Photo by Georgia Sheron
Excerpted From Georgia’s Website

Georgia Sheron is the two-time recipient of the Connecticut Master Photographer of the Year Award (1999 and 2001), a distinction given by the Connecticut Professional Photographers Association, a professional group with over 350 members. This award is given for the highest cumulative print competition scores acquired in four quarterly competitions sponsored annually by the CPPA.
Ms. Sheron is the recipient of four Kodak Gallery of Excellence Awards. Her Kodak award-winning photographs were exhibited with other national award winners at the Kodak Pavilion at Epcot Center in Orlando, Florida. 

Photo by Georgia Sheron
She is a four-time winner of Fuji Masterpiece Awards and has won several Courts of Honor Awards (Best of Show) from her state and from the Professional Photographers of New England. An article on Ms. Sheron's new 3,000 square foot studio in a factory built in 1851 appeared in the April 2003 issue of Professional Photographers Magazine. 
In 1996, Georgia Sheron earned a Master’s Certificate from the Professional Photographers of America. In 1998, she received her Craftsman Certificate. She is a member of the American Society of Photographers.
“Tulips for Emily,” a photograph by Ms. Sheron, was featured on the cover of Professional Photographer’s Magazine. Her work was the subject of a profile article in the Rangefinder Magazine. A Sheron ballet image was purchased by Kodak for use in advertising in Canada and the U.S. 

Photo by Georgia Sheron

As a photojournalist and writer in the 1980s, Ms. Sheron has been published in Yankee Magazine, The Sunday New York Times, Connecticut Magazine, Vermont Life Magazine, Country Life Magazine, and The Hartford Sunday Courant. Her photographs have appeared on several Random House book covers. Ms. Sheron does CD cover portraits for many professional musicians.
As a photojournalist, she has photographed President George Bush (senior), actress Linda Hunt, writer Ann Beattie, and printmaker Sabra Fields. Ms. Sheron is the recipient of an Artist’s Grant from the Connecticut Commission on the Arts and a study grant from the Vermont Studio School in Johnson, Vermont. In 2000, she did a series of photographs in Tuscany. 

Photo by Georgia Sheron
Her Polaroid transfers are in the collection of Whoopee Goldberg and some of her black & white pieces are collected by actress Christine Boranski.
In addition to her studio work, for the past four years Ms. Sheron has been presenting seminars and programs to professional photographers throughout New England under the sponsorship of FUJIFILM, USA.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Reminder Open Sketch

Thursday Night Sketch Winsted - B.Grady
Reminding those interested,
and in the neighborhood,
that we have a open sketch session
today from 1PM-4PM.
Their are a couple of spaces left.
Give a call or email,
if you are interested in attending.
or 860-417-3243.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Same Place Same Time

Hemingway Pond Oil Sketches-B.Grady
Just a couple of about an hour and a half, loose, oil sketches from the window at the studio.It's freezing out there!Winter is great for limited palette work. No muss, no,fuss; Ultramarine Blue, Burnt Sienna, Raw Sienna, Raw Umber and Titanium.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

New! Portfolio Preparation Course Offered at Blue Horse Arts

First Cast Drawing ,Work in Progress- Student age 16
For some Serious Fun we are offering a new Portfolio Preparation Course for High School Students.
This course is geared towards high school artists who are considering applying to art school. It is also open to those who, in general, wish to improve their drawing and painting skills. Getting an application portfolio prepared is a critical step in securing a position in the college of your choice. Application committees look not only at grades but also the quality of the students work both in terms of skill and critical thinking. Students who are well prepared with both compositional theory and observational skills have a better chance in the competition for school placement. The instructor is Connecticut State Certified (Professional Level Art 042), who has also taught at the University level with experience in the admission portfolio review process.

Wednesday Evenings 6PM- 8PM On- Going
see our Workshops/Classes page for more details!

Monday, January 9, 2012

Sketchbook Drawing - B.Grady
We have been busy as bees (bee prepared for some chronic bee reference!) at Blue Horse Arts and Jay Foster Music Studios putting together our Winter and Spring Schedules. We will bee offering a few free events and new courses in January and February.

Image Design by Jay  Foster
JFosterMusic will be offering a Free Blogging Workshop on Saturday, January 21st 1 PM - 4 PM. This workshop is for artists, musicians, small business people, or anyone who is interested in getting started in blogging. Blogging is an easy and economical alternative to having a website. It is also an important component to an already existing site. Instructor Jay Foster will demonstrate how to set up a free blog to promote the participants creative endeavors. The workshop will cover how to choose and set up templates, prepare images, and explore the world of gadgets and widgets! Some laptops will be available but participants are encouraged to bring their own. More information will be available by visiting instructor Jay Foster’s website

Resident Geese at Hemingway Pond

Blue Horse Arts Studio will be holding another “Paint Out or IN at Hemingway Pond!”! Landscape artists are invited to paint the winter wetlands outside the studios or stay warmly inside and paint through the large window views. Working with a winter palette is a great way to expand ones painting skills. The “Paint Out or In” is open to anyone interested in landscape painting, whether they are a beginner or a experienced painter looking for new vistas. Blue Horse Arts Instructor, Bridget Grady will be on hand to give beginners a hand or a hot chocolate! Participants should bring their own paints and easels. There will be a limited number of easels available for use at the studio.

Guest Artist Sam D’ Ambruoso will also be giving a free portrait painting demonstration on Saturday, January 28th, 1PM-4PM, at Blue Horse Arts Studio. This is a great opportunity to pick up some pointers in the Alla Prima technique of portrait painting with this popular workshop artist. For more information contact the artist at or visit the Blue Horse Arts website

"MONK"- Graphite on Paper- B.Grady

Along with the Free events we have added a one day Pet Portrait Workshop, and two short courses will be held. A four week figure drawing workshop and a four week Landscape workshop will be added to the day time course schedule. More classes will be added in the near future including an evening portfolio preparation course for high school artists.

Guest Artist teachers Sam D’Ambruoso and Photographer Georgia Sheron will be holding some weekend workshops in the coming weeks and months.
Our Open Life drawing sessions will resume on a more frequently scheduled basis. Check out the workshop/classes page for dates and info.

Our Field projects exhibition space will be holding two shows in Spring. We’ll keep you posted on the details on as those events as they unfold.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012


A little reluctant possum posing in the backyard on this Cold January day. The photo is a little blurry since the two of us were shivering!