Hamden Art League to Host Julie Hopkins at March Meeting

At the March 14th meeting of the Hamden Art League award - winning pastelist, oil painter and printmaker Julie Hopkins, PSA., will demonstrate how to create more exciting pastel landscapes from reference photos by the use of underpainting techniques. The loose quality of a liquid underpainting can add energy to a painting based on a photo reference as well as when painting on location. Julie will use fast-drying mediums such as watercolors, acrylics and /or acrylic inks to create the basic structure for the pastel painting.

Julie Hopkins spent her childhood in the Hudson River Valley and on the south shore of Long Island and has been a Connecticut resident for the past 34 years. Inspired by these surroundings she creates landscapes of local scenes of New England and the East Coast in oils, pastel and prints. She enjoys plain air painting as well as studio work from life, field sketches and photo references.

Ms. Hopkins is a Signature Member of the Pastel Society of America and the Connecticut Pastel Society, and an Elected Artist Member of Salmagundi Club of New York, Audubon Artists and Allied Artists of America. Julie's work has won awards in exhibitions throughout the United States and internationally, and is included in private collections in England, Canada, Australia, Mexico and the U.S . Her work has also been featured in the Pastel Journal Magazine's 12th Annual Pastel 100 Competition, and in the books Best of America: Pastel Artists and Art Journey Abstract Painting: A Celebration of Contemporary Art.

Julie is largely self-taught and considers it a privilege to have studied with pastel painters Doug Dawson, Richard McKinley, Clayton Beck, Michelle Dunaway, Daniel James Keys, CW Mundy and Dennis Sheehan. Ms. Hopkins is an active member of several local art organizations in New York and Connecticut and paints in oil with the High Street Painters in Brattleboro, Vermont. She is represented locally by Susan Powell Fine Art Gallery in Madison, Ct.

The Hamden Art League meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 14, 2017, in the Social Hall of the Miller Library Senior Center, 2901 Dixwell Avenue, Hamden. Refreshments and socializing begin at 7:00 pm, followed by a brief business meeting at 7:15 pm and the artist’s program at 7:30 pm. The evening is free and open to the public. If the library is closed due to inclement weather, the meeting will be cancelled.

Miller Library Social Rm, 2901 Dixwell Ave, Hamden CT

The Hamden Art League meets the second Tuesday of the month.