Friday, February 23, 2018
Please visit: http://www.stagecoachplatte.com
I have not been ignoring my blog, exactly. All of my energy has been going to researching HOW to build a website.
Yes I have had websites.
ALL built by someone else, making them nearly impossible for me to update.
We all know the importance of a website.
Finally, I found a company that had a template with easy to navigate methods to use and build the site.
I also think, that the image viewing has better optic resolution than most site host builders.
I am happy with the start I have on building an informative website.
One that will change often and grow as the galllery grows.
The Stagecoach Gallery offers classes and workshops, and throughout the site is informative examples, to help a person choose the event that resonates with them best.
And/or gain ideas how to build a activity to suite a group or their individual special desires.
Pages are in progress about the artwork that is found inside the gallery walls.
With information about the artist. Be sure to visit these pages.
We are proud to present each artist and admire each genre and style!
It is time to unveil my most recent efffort.
Please visit: http://www.stagecoachplatte.com
Sign up for the future news letter, please!
Thank you so much for taking the time to look!
Wednesday, May 4, 2016
Here is where I am at the moment. Layering thin layers so that the depth grows. It takes awhile to achieve where I want to take this buffalo but, the patience will be worth the effort in the end.
Sunday, May 1, 2016
Even I find that hard to believe.
I published my first on-line class.
That whole process was quite the learning experience.
Building The Scene For Better Paintings is soon going to be re-launched as self-paced.
I am working on another on-line class that involves improving soldering skills.
The projects are making soldered charms, affixing the loop and making a wand.
The skills we go over are basic to using solder, flux, and soldering tools.
With a slight introduction to decorating projects using solder and iron with the rheostat.
Soon to be launched!!
Also in the think tank is another art camp/retreat next June 2017. A 5 day experience working with acrylics, charcoals, and other fun art tools. Aimed for growing your range and confidence!
Stay tuned for more information about this!
In the mean time this is the beginning of The Scratching Post...Mixed media 4 ft. tall x 24 inches wide.
Come watch the progression for this project.
So far the layout has sketched in with charcoal and has been started using acrylics. The painting is developing on a wood substrate covered with plaster.
Plaster gives the piece added texture to begin the project from. Leave the texture the level it is or grow it to thicker textures throughout the process.
Textures gives added dimension and helps the story of the subject matter.
Monday, February 1, 2016
There was a lot going on!
Drawings for donated items!
A massage table set up for massages!
Children care with games and movies.
Lunch had just been served when I arrived.
After we cleaned up from a delicious feast, I set up.
Our inspiration piece was to be a patriotic theme, Combined a eagle over a flag.
Thursday, January 21, 2016
To do this I take classes. I go to workshops, I take on-line classes with Artists whose style I like, techniques I admire or want to know more about.
One thing artists do to grow is constantly look to change.
I have a bazillion interests.
Some I have mastered but, never to the extent that I won't still find growth. Even in mastered genres I look to grow my range.
EVERY instructor, or fellow artists has a twist to offer. A special something to learn.
Currently, I am exploring interesting mark making to draw a viewer into the subject I am expressing.
To help me in this interesting process I am taking an on-line course with Gillian Cox.
She is an amazing instructor whose technical applications can grow your range across the board.
Be you painter or sketcher, her skills are thrilling to watch then incorporate into your own unique approach.
I have much more practice to undergo to get softer and lose more of my image to gain a more expressive painting but, that is part of the lovely process of growing.
Here is one of my practice pieces.
A bee in flight.
Still strong in my execution but I learned so much about offering expression.
Check out Ms. Gillian Cox on Pinterest or her blog you will enjoy her work.
Tuesday, January 19, 2016
Blending well, transitions the level of the painting seamlessly.
Sometimes blending is not the technique to grab and use but, knifing the paint in is better desired. Especially for building up the texture, depending on the subject that is being defined.
When knifing paint, typically the tool of choice is a palette knife. Consider using a brush as well.
Using a brush will gain a spotty hit or miss application less dense than using a palette knife, with similar results.
Lets go and view this little clip that is going to gradually show how the post is build up with layers of old look, using a brush for a palette knife.
Thank you for coming in today.
This demo has been built for a paint party at the Platte Nursing Home. A senior activity that will include the family members and anyone else who wishes to join in the fun.
Our senior participants requested a subject they could relate to and not take down seasonally. Since most of the Seniors in Platte were involved in farm and ranching operations, many as their career business, I felt they could relate to the pasture fence post.
Saturday, January 16, 2016
I don't show everything because I have to keep a video to 3 minutes.
You can sure have a paint party of your own though and get a lot more from an In Real Life lesson.
Moving forward, fence posts have a gazillion colors in them. You can't pick any wrong one so, pick colors you like. It will work.
This post is kept to greens and browns and white.
NOTHING is solid color it is all layers.
Enjoy this clip as you watch the post grow.
Thursday, January 14, 2016
So, you want to have a Painting Party, a wine and canvas, a girls event, a special birthday event...etc.
What do I do?
1.) First you contact Mary! :)
2.) You give me the date I check the calendar.
(IF a special day is very very important, DO NOT wait until the week before to book the event. The chance that date is taken is high)
3.) We discuss subject to paint. (I get a little background about the group to get a feel for what they may like to paint)
4.) After I ponder the subject a little bit I do a Demo to present to the initiator of the event. They can show the group or leave that as a surprise, or use it for advertising purposes if a public event, such as a wine tasting event at a local pub.
I am going to go through a little series showing the process of a painting, one I am using as a Demo.
Video one is giving the painting a background. I use acrylics. For many they have never used acrylic paints. So not only do they go home with a finished painting. They learn a little about using unfamiliar materials. Therefor, the party doubles as a lesson. A sneaky happy aftermath.
I hope you enjoy my little series and follow along.
More I hope the video actually arrives this time :). Thank you for stopping in!
Friday, January 1, 2016
Wednesday, July 1, 2015
Learning how to use the pigments with the intended medium to engage your painted story more vibrantly. To use the brush as an extension of your arm and realize how NOT DIFFICULT painting really is.
We begin with practicing elements of nature, in this series we work with trees, grass and rocks.
(Other series planned will include water, sky and so forth)
After the practice paintings of the elements involved trees, grass and rocks the final painting will include pulling all those elements from different sources to build a scene that may or may not be an actual setting in your neighborhood but, sure could be.
Included in the class are videos with instructional how to, perfect for anyone beginning or wanting to expand their range. I like to take classes for the practice involved of having a preplanned project laid forth that provides me a ready project so, perfect for the experienced too!
PDF's for studying.
Lists of materials and sources.
Offering group camaraderie with a Facebook private group, where we share our projects and questions that need me to answer or the ability to e-mail me with questions.
For those who want to add the benefit of one on one instruction, I will offer a limited number of spaces for meeting over the inter net live with helpful instruction and feedback.
E-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org to be placed on the list for further information as it becomes available.
The class is set to launch in August 2015!!!
Come join us learning how easy painting really is!
A special THANK YOU to Anne Gaal,Ph.D.,CPCC,ACC at http://annegaal.com
who kept encouraging me and helped me through ALL the electronically challenging parts to bring this to the on-line community.
Go to the Stagecoach Gallery on Facebook www.facebook.com/StagecoachGallery and sign onto the list for information as well as email me direct: email@example.com
Go to www.maryshuntstudio.com if you want to view my range.
Thank you for stopping in today :) Have a great Fourth of July weekend!
Monday, June 1, 2015
A LOT has been going on since we had this retreat last year!
I took a very involved course on how to create an on-line class.
I wanted to offer a course, not just a lesson.
And I am currently developing this class.
How to Build Scenery For YOUR Painted Story
If you were like I was when I first began using acrylics, I didn't use everything to gain the best results in my paintings.
The paintings were well executed, just the painting with the products (or lack of product) part was not all it could be.
I wasn't utilizing the mediums.
These lessons help with this as well as help you gain better range, or give you some practice without having to "think" about what you want to practice.
We ...build scenery.
There will be ongoing course segments, the first is the approach for trees, grass and rocks.
Later I will introduce "skies" and the "water features"...elements of nature is what this course will address.
After several lessons we pull it all together for a final approach.
Each lesson gives you PDF's to study and videos with me directing your through the lesson.
Videos you access when you wish and as often as you wish.
I offer a one on one approach and email accessibility for any questions you might need addressing.
If you need some one-on-one advice, we can approach this live!, through a google hangout!
Isn't that the coolest!!
This is by appointment, emails offer a answer for your question in a timely manner and we have a group on line where we share our lesson results and conversation questions and approaches to painting, in a group environment.
Class is due to launch in JUNE!
Tuesday, August 5, 2014
The retreat was amazing!
For the first time I think the turnout was great!
And it cooled off enough to make the weather bearable for some outside assignments.
Everyone is arriving and meeting each other getting acquainted time.
They came from Houston Texas, Virginia, Wyoming and Local Gentry!
Then next couple of days was BUSY. The classes packed a LOT of information into the space of time.
Chris is giving her instruction for Pastel Painting.
Their results from the class!!!
The Photography class took advantage of rolling in weather and went on location.
Glass Staining corner. On the palette she learned to make the lump for using in matting. Typically, I use a different elixir for lines and that is also on the palette. One of the tiles being worked up.
Ready to fire in the Kiln.
These are all the pictures I have off the camera. From my phone, which I don't know how to transfer to the computer, are images we learned to do with Instagram. Those hashtags are:
#sdartists # sdart #stagecoachgallery
I did not have any pictures of the watercolor class on the camera but, they are in the instagram # group on the stagecoach page on facebook.
Their feedback indicates they had a good time, learned a lot, and want to come again next year.
Thank you all the participants, and a special thank you to the teachers:
Chad Phillips ~ www.chadphillipsphotography.com
Chris Cernetisch ~ www.pastelchris.com
Bonnie Brahms ~ www.brahms-art.us.net
Mary Hunt ~ www.maryshuntstudio.com
We will be having one day workshops throughout the rest of the year until it is time again for the next retreat.
Slated for the 3rd weekend of June 2015.
I appreciate everyone following along and sharing the posts as we were getting the word out.
Wednesday, May 21, 2014
for more information read further in this blog or contact Mary
These artists have dedicated their study to their mediums for many years and offering to you their compiled findings. Come and enjoy your new found love of art as well expand where you currently reside in the arts. This is a not to be missed workshop, one that doesn't come around often. If ever again.
Night events will bring even MORE insight into whichever class you choose.
Come and Join us in Platte, SD You will be glad you have.
Friday, May 16, 2014
On the upcoming event!
4 Amazing Artists
Chad Phillips ~ www.chadphillipsphotography.com
Bonnie Brahms ~ www.brahms-art.us
Chris Cernetish ~ www.pastelchris.com
Mary Hunt ~ www.maryshuntstudio.com
You choose just one workshop class for a full 3 day class event.
3 days of instruction has the same curriculum as a 12 week class, its the same thing.
You aren't going back and forth 12 times, setting up and breaking down 12 times. YOU ARE able to flow more smoothly in the lessons. Catch problems quicker before they become a habit. Have the teacher there for asking pointed questions as they arise, not while working at home on home work then forgetting the question.
Muddle through the technique only to become discouraged. The teacher is there to help alleviate that.
You are going to come away with more instruction than trying to "get this" on your own.
AND you save nearly 200 dollars with the workshop!
These instructors have been in their fields of expertise 20 + years. They know their stuff. They are willing to help YOU.
Come BE Inspired!
soon a website will launch for the Stagecoach Gallery!
Thursday, May 8, 2014
Workshops of this nature require a lot of planning and coordinating of time schedules with 4 busily booked Mater Artists. To have them agree to this workshop is a blessing.
The workshop genre has been chosen in accordance to your request.
These are the subjects I am most asked about for giving as classes.
Attending a 3 day workshop has so many benefits when compared to a 6 week class.
A 6 week class requires attending the instruction site 6 times for 2 hours each visit. Generally the fee is set as $20 dollars an hour (unless a different program has been agreed upon).
It takes about 10-15 minutes to set up and get into the groove of the lesson, then time is up and you break down and clean up. Giving you in actuality about 45 minutes of real class time.
so 45 x 6 giving you about 4.5 hours of actual good instruction for $240.00.
1 day of the workshop is 8 hours for $135.00 do I need to keep doing the math for you?
3 days of the workshop is 24 hours of intense instruction. Leaving your work station set up, you come in and get right back to work each day. I am sure you see the benefits but, lets spell it out just in case.
- your are able to focus MORE on the class material
- you are able to better retain the material because less time goes by between the sessions
- you are able to ask better questions because there is less time involved between sessions
- your instruction for problem areas are better addressed because you work through the process without a break in between a session
- the class will flow better because there is no between sessions
Thursday, May 1, 2014
"Many of us wish we were more creative. Many of us sense we are more creative, but unable to effectively tap that creativity. Our dreams elude us. Our lives feel somehow flat. Often, we have great ideas, wonderful dreams, but are unable to actualize them for ourselves. " quote from Julie Cameron.
Enter a workshop!.
Why a three day workshop?
Because, given 3 full days of a workshop allows for you to better absorb the contents of the class information. Taking a class for 6 weeks, 2 hours each week, stop and go 6-8 times, plus it takes about 15-30 minutes to rewarm to the subject at hand~ LOSING precious time that could be LEARNING what is being offered.
3 FULL DAY workshop~ 6-8 weeks 2 hour class~ it is the SAME thing, and LESS expensive! BUT you learn MORE!
The Workshop Retreat the Stagecoach Gallery is hosting in Platte, SD July 25,26,27 with The opening EVENT on July 24th, has decided on its DEADLINE for signing up for this amazing experience!
Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Even when attending a workshop where "my qualifications" are 'higher' than the instructors!
Going to weekend workshop retreats are so inspiring and the enthusiasm is SO contagious, you are MOTIVATED to learn.
You do not NEED to be an "artist" ALL you need is a desire to come and learn something new.
The rest is going to happen.
Learning the process in a 3 FULL day set up, jump starts you past all the scary, icky frustrating parts.
Setting your goals towards success for learning the techniques involved.
You learn age old processes, twisted with the instructors own blend and take, enabling YOU to learn through "their" mistakes, gaining you success faster.
The beauty of a weekend workshop is one, that you attend a course in 3 days instead of 6 weeks.
It is the same thing.
- Except, you have a smoother transition of class content.
- Better ability to retain what you are learning.
- Fewer stops and restarts, for keeping the processes flowing.
- Ramping UP your ability to learn the process
- A One on One experience
- camaraderie spirit
quote from Julie Cameron
Come experience a truly invigorating and freeing weekend!
Join us July 25,26,27, 2014
The Stagecoach Gallery offering a choice of:
Photography ~ Chad Phillips ~ www.chadphillips.com
Pastel Painting ~ Chris Cernetish ~ www.pastelchris.com
Watercolor Painting ~ Bonnie Brahms ~ www.brahms-art.us
Ancient staining the glass process ~ Mary Hunt ~ www.maryshuntstudio.com
Contact ~ Mary
at the gallery 605-337-2308
Scroll through the rest of the blog for informational postings
Come and join in!
Deadline for entering the workshops is June 21, 2014
Saturday, April 26, 2014
Monday, April 21, 2014
Do you feel nervous or antsy?
Are you searching, seeking for ... something? What?
There is a special place art takes a person, that helps with this.
Not so much paint a picture that is worthy of a sale.
More about learning art processes, that help in taking you further, into a calmer place.
Helping to bring clarity to your world.
Helping to bring calm to your world.
The process is what helps.
In learning the technical applications to achieve the process for painting, you are given an avenue for direction.
When you learn in a small class situation, there is more direct accomplishment and a LOT less stress than by experimenting on your own.
So you get to the level for understanding the medium faster.
Gaining more positive effects to your personal self.
Releasing stress and aiding and abetting the calm!
Art is FUN!
Come learn to relax in the moment. Enjoy the view and capture the spirit of that moment.
What the classes of this retreat are offering you, is a shortcut to accomplish the tasks that take you to a special place.
3FULL days (in a row, which help you retain what you are learning better!!)
With 4 Notated artisans masters in their fields!
(individual classes would cost you a LOT more than this 3 day weekend will offer of the same and potentially MORE information ...RETREATS offer POWER packed informative sessions)
Perhaps you have always aspired to learn to paint.
"wished" you were an artist.
Wondered what is all the art speak about.
Perhaps you have given this art thing an unsuccessful try, reading books looking at you tube...they make it look so easy.
It is when correctly given the directional tools.
These are small classes.
Allowing for a more one on one experience.
But also gaining camaraderie in a classroom setting.
END the excuses~
I CAN'T because...because...WHY??
Join us July 25,26,27 (retreat opening July 24) 2014. In this retreat you will learn how,
revisit how to,
improve the how to,
or just want to come for the fun of it because you know there never a better time than to be with others at a retreat.
We will show you YES!
YES YOU CAN!
Learning how to use YOUR camera with Chad Phillips ~ www.chadphillipsphotography.com
Learn how to Pastel Paint with Chris Cernetisch ~ www.pastelchris.com
Learn how to Watercolor Paint with Bonnie Brahms ~ www.brahms-art.us
Learn about "real glass painting" with Mary Hunt ~ www.maryshuntstudio.com
Have a fabulous day!
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
A retreat is more than about learning to paint. While we are offering an opportunity to learn the process of painting or learning how to use a camera, to get a healthy dose of creative inspiration, you will come away with a lot more from the experience.
The process of painting isn't so much about producing artwork to sell.
It is about not being afraid of the process.
The process has HUGE benefits.
Just the motion, the letting go of your inhibitions to just put something on the paper, or in the camera, has calming properties.
Freeing yourself from the fear of getting away to a special place, with in yourself, and allowing that place to calm down enough to mark a page, snap a shot, practice a movement or technique...allows you to calm down, which in turn, allows you to plan.
Allows you to enjoy the moment, which allows you to mend your soul from the busy week.
Allows you to escape into yourself, which allows you to explore.
Explore allows you to find different paths.
Different paths might take you to a new place for vacation. Might help you find the right path to help your child or mate.
Might bring you a healing peace.
Might let you just REST.
Rest allows you to bring clarity to yourself.
Clarity helps you develop inner peace, or the avenue to project yourself further in your career.
The process of art brings all this and more to the individual.
What is happening in this special 3 day retreat is to help you explore a process, maybe become a bit more proficient in a process you are already trying to make work but just don't seem to be achieving the success you would like.
Learn a bit of history, learn to appreciate what you see when you are in the proximity of others works.
Learn to appreciate yourself!
Be patient, with yourself and others.
Learn to slow down and relax.
Learning the processes.
Gains an individual introspection, patience, appreciation, understanding.
You do not need to become an "artist" to merit from this retreat.
You WILL have fun learning "how to" or "getting better" at the curriculum you sign up under.
You WILL learn to have an appreciation and better understanding when you are presented with work from the heart.
You WILL learn to listen a bit better to Yourself.
In addition to being about "self", you will enjoy the camaraderie of the other's joining the retreat. The evenings are about sharing the day with the other members of the retreat. Tweaking it out with the instructors, enjoying the evening with friends.
There is just SOOOO much more to this retreat...
Come out and EXPERIENCE what is such a TURN ON about learning something new!
ALL the workshops are being kept SMALL only 8 spaces per class instructor.
Which means MORE instruction to EACH Student.
This retreat is all about YOU!
NOT about filling up to the max~spaces of students...as I am sure many of you have frustratingly experienced...I know I HAVE!
Join in July 25, 26, 27, 2014 The Stagecoach Retreat in Platte, SD
Choose from one of the following workshops:
Chad Phillips~ Learning about YOUR Camera: Photography. An South Dakotan Premiere Photographer, sharing his knowledge, helping you learn about the camera YOU use to document your life. Learn the features to best remember what is happening in your everyday world.
Bonnie Brahms~ Learning the skills and understanding to work in water media through Watercolor Painting. The materials needed the technical applications to learn to explore this fascinating, yet inhibiting media. She is also working you through Value and Color.
Chris Cernetisch~ Learning the mysterious medium of Pastel Painting. The materials needed and technical applications to learn and explore a misunderstood medium, chalk! She explores Value and Color.
BOTH Ladies are offering methods and exercises and the mother lode of information in 3 Days packed FULL of how to and hands on help that could take years of experimenting and frustration to gain.
Mary S Hunt~ Learning about Staining Glass. A Centuries old process for "painting glass" No glass experience in needed.
You will gain an appreciation for a method seen in many corporate buildings and most Churches (places of worship).
The "how to" process will afford ANY artist a better knowledge for Value.
Working in Monochromatic is the BEST way to afford an understanding for Value.
So not only will you achieve a better understanding of the most important building block to paint and sketch, but you gain history appreciation as well.
Concerns have been expressed about NOT being a glass technician to finish the tile executed during the class.
IF desired, I can be hired to finish your project, that can be discussed when you sign up.
The classes are SMALL, 8 people per instructor.
(there WILL be a cut off date, yet to be determined when we no longer accept sign ups due to planning)
The class is a CHOICE of~ Photography, Watercolor or Pastel Painting, Glass Staining.
THREE FULL DAYS~ July 25, 26, 27...July 24 is Welcoming Social...
Stagecoach Gallery~ Platte SD 605-337-2308
Contact for questions, a brochure, and sign up Mary~ firstname.lastname@example.org
Come on out!!! You KNOW you WANT to.