All members of the Columbus Artists’ Guild who attended the July, 2012 meeting, got to meet the joyful and delightful painter, Kellie Newsome. Kellie is a creative artist, energetic teacher, and paint representative for CHROMA's Atelier Interactive brand. The Guild was pleased to offer area artists the opportunity to learn the use of these unusual, slow drying acrylic paints in a 2 day workshop. Lunch on Saturday was courtesy of Summers Landing.
Day 1 (Tips and Techniques) During this, day students learned about what the bright and vibrant paint has to offer. They explored the thick and luscious paint along with all the mediums. They learned how this paint has all the benefits and abilities to create techniques that are usually associated with only watercolor or oil paint. Information covered blending, creating texture, photo transfers, layering, monotypes, and glazes. Students brought a surface to paint on, brushes, a water basin, and a table or standing easel. The possibilities this paint has to offer was inspiring!! A more detailed supply list was mailed to participants. Paint sets were available for purchase from Kellie. Day 2 (Portrait Workshop) Students learned how to paint fresh and colorful portraits. Her simple instruction covered topics including loose application, unique color scheme, color blending, and building a balanced composition. These topics can be applied to portraits of any kind. Artists of all abilities had fun and learned in a creative environment. A detailed outline was supplied for each person, with daily exercises, along with a facial proportion chart developed by Kellie to help all abilities find the relationships of facial features. Students brought an 8x10 high quality photo of just the head and shoulders, or Kellie provided them with a high quality fashion photo from her personal collection. Kellie can be contacted by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Kellie Newsome is a creative artist, energetic teacher, paint representative, and public motivational speaker. She currently lives in Prattville, Alabama with her husband-to-be, Mark Halpin, and their basset hound, Salvador Doggie. She spends a great deal of time creating her artwork in her studio, volunteering, and traveling to promote creativity. She is an active member of her community and is the President of the Prattauga Art Guild. She works with the City in creating community outreach programs and teaches at the Creative Arts Center on Chestnut Street in downtown Prattville. She is also a member of the Montgomery Art Guild, Selma Art Guild, Prattville Arts Council, and the Montgomery Art Galleries Association.
Kellie graduated from Troy University with a Bachelor in Fine Arts. She received many awards and scholarships throughout the duration of her formal studies. When she graduated, she received the 2007 Award for Outstanding Artistic and Scholarly Achievement for her contribution to and development as an artist at Troy University. She began working for CHROMA's Atelier Interactive brand of paints while attending school and continues to work for them today as their representative to the South-East United States. This position allows Kellie to travel to teach workshops, perform demonstrations, and publicly speak to art guilds and organizations. She enjoys spreading the joy of creating and inspiring others to create. She has taught classes for Sips n Strokes, Paint n’ Party, and G’nosh (where she was partial owner). She has taught over 500 intermediate and advanced classes over the years.
Her work has been exhibited in galleries, festivals, Universities, magazines, product literature, advertisement pamphlets, public officials’ offices, and local businesses. Recently she has won 3rd Place at the First Annual Summer Show in Prattville, 1st Place for Works on Paper in the annual Summer Juried Art Show in Selma, and The People’s Choice Award at the Fountain City Arts Festival in Prattville. She believes that the most important part of being an artist is striving everyday to improve and inspire.