Hamden Art League



 Hamden Art League's September meeting to feature Stephanie Birdsall for Oil Painting Demo

The Hamden Art League will begin its 2014-15 season with a demo by guest artist, Stephanie Birdsall. Stephanie is an internationally recognized oil painter and master pastelist and a member of the Putney Painters, a group of painters who work under the tutelage of Richard Schmid.

She is a returning artist who skillfully demonstrated painting in pastels at a Hamden Art League meeting last fall. This year she will return on September 9th to demonstrate an oil painting of items from the food garden, approaching her subject as if she were painting en plein air, without the distractions and challenges the artist faces when painting outdoors.

Stephanie received her formal training at the City and Guilds of London Art School in England. She spent time after graduation refining her skills as a plein air painter in Europe and the U.S.

In 2006 Stephanie joined the Putney Painters, which began a period of intense focus and rapid growth as an artist. Birdsall's work has received more than 50 major awards in national and international competitions. The artist and her work have been featured in popular publications such as International Artist Magazine, Southwest Art, Plein Air Magazine and the Pastel Journal. North Light Publishing has released 3 DVDs on her methods of working with pastels and oils.

Stephanie is a member of the Oil Painters of America; Salmagundi Club NYC; Putney Painters; The National Association of Women Artists and the Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters. She is also a Master Pastelist in the Pastel Society of America, as well as a Master's Circle Member of the International Association of Pastel Societies. A distinguished workshop instructor, the artist travels to paint on location en plein air, as well as spending time working and teaching in her studio and gallery.

Stephanie's love of painting is well expressed by her words: "I am constantly inspired by the beauty of this world, each moment is precious, infused with feeling and worthy of recording ... Whether I am plein air painting in the Rockies or in my studio, I work to convey the feeling of the moment."

In her demonstration, Birdsall will use a limited palette based on the oil palette of Richard Schmid. She will demonstrate painting nature's bounty from the garden, hopefully fresh lemons with their stems and leaves, because of the variety of colors within the yellow family.

Miller Library Social Rm, 2901 Dixwell Ave, Hamden CT

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