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Chinese Painting – Wisteria

In this class, we will learn how to paint crows and wisteria, using ink and brush on rice paper. We will also continue to explore how to use water and ink on paper in the traditional Chinese way. No prior experience is necessary. All are welcome to join in the fun.

 


About your instructor: Nanfei Wang

Artist Bio:

Nanfei Wang - The Art Loft

Born in the Tonghua City, Jilin Province, People’s Republic of China, Nanfei Wang is a trained artist with a fine arts degree from Northeast Normal University, Changchun, Jilin, and an MFA in painting, drawing, and sculpture from the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas. She has shown is numerous exhibitions and has received many awards for her work in a variety of mediums.

Nanfei has been painting since she was 5 years old when a family friend bought her an item she had pointed to in a store. What she thought was a red wrapping of candy turned out to be watercolor paint. The friend bought the red color and all other basic colors, along with a paintbrush.

Please visit her website at http://www.wangnanfei.com

Artist statement:

My artwork is guided by my interest in everyday human relationships and human reactions. It’s about myself, my center. It’s about the environment I find around me, and who I am. I think constantly about the events in my life, places I have been to and the people I have known. Images of beautiful and ugly things play over and over again in my mind just like a movie or pages from a diary.

My works are grounded in a perspective of my individual being as it is affected by my relationships to the environments I find myself in and the people I find myself among. This includes my being a female Chinese artist in China and the United States of America.

My works are based on sociological and anthropological approaches as revealed in my work. Basic myths and stories are found everywhere in all cultures, and I have found them in the Chinese and U.S. cultures I have experienced. But I also believe people have individual identities, essential cores of personality, and I try to reveal these in my paintings. I often capture aspects of relationships of which my subjects may not be aware. In my work, I combine my analyses of their interactions with a broad acceptance of the subjects’ depths of human emotions. I paint others as distinct individuals, in poses that are natural to them. This involves their social standing, what has happened in their lives, and aspects of their character.

Paint Night – Spring Flowers

Join us at The Art Loft for a fun night of painting and socializing. Our leader, Justin Kinney, will guide us step-by-step through painting one of his original works. Without the need for any painting experience what-so-ever, you will be amazed at what you are capable of creating. In just two hours your canvas will transform before your very eyes.

Snacks will be served during our leg-stretching break and please feel free to bring your own snacks and/or beverage, wine or beer is fine. The party starts at 6 PM and to reserve your spot, please be sure to register in the box to the left. Drop-ins only accepted as space permits.

 


About Your Instructor – Justin Kinney

Artist Bio:

Justin KinneyArt has always been a part of 27-year-old Justin Kinney’s life. What started as a young boy’s infatuation with his father’s hobby quickly turned into a passion of his own. Kinney’s early art consisted of mainly graffiti pieces inspired by the artistry he would come across while visiting family in the Bronx. It wasn’t long before his competitive nature drove him to perfect his lines and correct his shading. He buried himself inside a sketchbook and enrolled in art classes, where he pushed his determination to master his skill. It was then that Kinney was able to dabble in the art of painting. As he soon discovered, Justin was a natural.

During his senior year of high school, Kinney had the honor of working on a banner for his hometown’s 150th anniversary where he later won the Senior Art Award. A rush filled Kinney and he knew he could never turn back.
Justin has done commissioned paintings and drawings, murals, built signs, held henna events, and much more. He is eager to tackle all aspects of being an artist.

Kinney hosts his own ‘Paint Nights’ where guests can sit back, relax, and enjoy a night of fun with Justin, family, friends. He guides individuals of all skill sets through the therapeutic process of painting. He truly believes everyone’s got an inner artist within. “You can’t expect to get past stick figures without trying, I believe I can make an artist out of anyone,” says Kinney who strives to offer the direction and boost in confidence that keeps everyone coming back.

“THE ARTIST IS NOTHING WITHOUT THE GIFT, BUT THE GIFT IS NOTHING WITHOUT THE WORK” – EMILE ZOLA

 

Justin Kinney