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Tenn. (2019) -- Award-winning artist/instructor Gail McDaniel will return to Nashville this fall to introduce a
creative technique that allows artists to layer white subject matter to create
breathtaking watercolor paintings.
The "White On White
Watercolor" workshop will be offered to beginning, intermediate and
advanced artists from Nov. 15-17, 2019 at Plaza Artist Materials, 633 Middleton
St. in downtown Nashville. Sessions will occur from 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. on Friday
and Saturday, and 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. on Sunday.
artist/instructor will show artists how to preserve the energy and sparkle of
the white in watercolor paper to achieve more glowing paintings. The process
involves using transparent pigments to create white subject matter against a
white background, producing layers of white on white. The course is structured
to serve artists at all skill levels, from the very raw beginner to the most
advanced. McDaniel will close each session with individual critiques.
"Who Mooed" by artist/instructor Gail McDaniel
the toned whites of one's watercolor paper can glow with a new energy," said
McDaniel, who now teaches and paints near Griffin, Georgia, south of Atlanta.
"Artists will learn how to paint beautiful shadows that glow with a
special energy all their own. They will design folds and wrinkles in white
fabrics without using white paint and gauche. Whites will become a new and fun
adventure for them."
Because space is limited to 20
participants, reservations are required. Tuition is $195 for all three days of
training. Attendees are eligible to receive a 30 percent discount on the
purchase of art supplies from Plaza Artist Materials. For more information or to register, contact the artist by phone at (678)
603-1502 or send an inquiry to firstname.lastname@example.org. Website visitors
can see examples of white on white paintings by clicking on McDaniel's gallery
is an acclaimed watercolorist who, by invitation, has served as an associate
member and demonstrating artist/instructor for the prestigious Winsor & Newton
Creative Artist Network of London. She was commissioned to create four program covers for
Griffin (Ga.) Choral Arts' 10th anniversary concert season. Before moving to
Georgia, McDaniel spent more than 20 years working as a professional
watercolorist and art instructor in Nashville and Brentwood, Tennessee. During
that time, she taught more than 1,500 students in classes and workshops around
the world. A number of her former students have developed into professional
artists with exhibitions and commissions of their own.
me, others love the look of watercolor paintings and want to learn the
medium," said the artist, who painted the
invitation cover for "A Little Night of Music" starring country
superstar LeAnn Rimes. "Many come for a change of
pace and the new, wonderful, relaxing challenge it brings. The intermediate and
advanced students come to me to grow in the medium."
Award-winning artist/instructor Gail McDaniel
will demonstrate the techniques, shortcuts and concepts that she has developed
or learned by doing, reading or studying with others. She plans to show her
students everything she knows, holding nothing back. Her goal is to inspire
them without making them feel overwhelmed.
During her career, McDaniel has
trained artists from 36 different states (including Alaska and Hawaii), the
District of Columbia, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Guatemala, Japan, Mexico, the
Philippines and South Korea. She has taught 11 workshops at historic Ghost
Ranch in New Mexico, a landmark where the late Georgia O’Keefe lived and
painted. She also served as a member of the arts faculty of Cheekwood Botanical
Garden & Museum of Art.
"Gail can get more color out of
watercolor than you can imagine," said Bev Silsby, an artist/student in
Albuquerque, New Mexico, who helped host McDaniel for a similar workshop in
2005. "She is literal, impressionist and abstract."
In 2002, she and her husband, Ken,
launched the "Students and Friends of Gail McDaniel Awards", raising almost
$90,000 for Middle Tennessee public schools. The fundraising effort earned Gail
and Ken a nomination in the "volunteer innovator" category of the
2009 Mary Catherine Strobel Award. In 2012, the artist was named the PENCIL Foundation's
"Volunteer of the Year."
Before leaving Tennessee, she
received an award for "Excellence in Community Service" in 2010 from
the Travelers Rest Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the
American Revolution. She was inducted into the Cave City, Ky., Hall of Fame in
2011 and named to the Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels in 1970 as one
of"Kentucky's ambassadors of good
will and fellowship around the world."
In 2001, she was invited by
directors of the "Art in Provence" program to conduct an eight-day
watercolor workshop in Dieulefit, France. She also has taught in Central
America, South America and Canada. She studied under 38 noted art instructors
to help build her reputation as one of the South's top artists/instructors. --
even accepting a commission to paint a family landmark for former Kentucky Gov.
Louie B. Nunn.
Gail McDaniel's artwork was featured
on the program covers of four major concerts in 2016-17 performed by The
Griffin (Georgia) Choral Arts group. The choir, which is led by Artistic
Director Dr. Stephen J. Mulder, is celebrating its 12th anniversary season.
INDEPENDENCE, Va. (June 2019) –A book of original short stories by Appalachian storyteller Richard Rouse is receiving praise from leading authors, poets and everyday folks for its down-to-earth snapshots and slices of real life.
"The Welcome Home Door and Other Stories" features nine lighthearted and humorous tales and one poem from a seasoned traveler, carpenter and beekeeper who has made his home on a mountainside in Independence, Virginia. For Rouse, who is now 89 years old, it was the right time to create a collection of original short stories for his wife, older brother and three sons. But the 10-year-long project has grown into something much more, generating thousands of book and e-book sales from readers around the world.
The paperback, which retails for $9.95, is available through Rouse House Media at www.RouseHouseMedia.com. Readers can download an e-book version for $2.99 through Amazon, Book Baby, Good Reads, and other digital booksellers.
Rouse's 132-page book opens with the inspiring short story, "The Welcome Home Door." In this easy-to-read tale, an old, hand-made door plays a touching role in a family's life.
"It's maybe the best story I have ever written," said Rouse, who credits friend and songwriting legend Rodney Crowell for the idea. "Actually it was inspired by a song Rodney wrote called 'That Ole Door.' As I read this story, I see it moving people."
Another favorite is "The Indian and the Prof," a 25-page novelette about a teacher (hunter's brother) who reluctantly accepts a beautiful gift after being shot while delivering Christmas gifts to students in a snowstorm.
"I went fairly deep into the sub-consciousness of the main character, allowing him the privilege to become whatever he needed to be," Rouse added.
What would "The Welcome Home Door and Other Stories" be without a few yarns involving pigs? The oinky, pink mammals provide hilarious moments in his tales "An Unlikely Flying Companion," "Lightning Strikes a Pig," and "Dewey's Pig Goes North."
Storyteller Richard Rouse (Photo by Joyce Rouse)
"When I write these stories, I have fun -- like being a pig's totem or a pig's whisper," Rouse laughed.
Although his stories are mostly make-believe, Rouse said the project would not have been possible without the encouragement of family members and friends, as well as a local group of peers known as Ridgeline Writers.
"Welcome Home Door" is dedicated to his 92-year-old brother, Dr. John Rouse, who has given up writing after penning books and short stories of his own.
"I hope my little book will encourage him to write again," the author said.
Rouse's son, Steve, wrote an inspiring foreword for the book, recalling how the father and son, only 20 years apart, would one day "be two old men sitting on a porch together grumbling about the world situation."
"When he sent it to me, I didn't change one word, and I cried," continued Rouse, who also appreciates his wife, Joyce, and two other sons for encouraging him to write.
The cover of the book features a "Welcome Home" door carving given to Rouse on his 85th birthday by friend and artist Scott Rickets.
"The Welcome Home Door" book of short stores has received rave reviews from noted authors, journalists, musicians and poets.
"Richard Rouse's stories sparkle with thoughtful descriptions and homespun charm," writes New York Times bestselling author Kabir Sehgal. "His writing is clear and lucid, and you will be immensely entertained as each story unfolds with drama and intrigue. A great read!"
Author Daniel Mallock lauds Rouse as "a master of people and place," encouraging readers to "savor these stories as you would superior wine -- rare, complex yet uncomplicated, a real joy."
According to poet Karen Johnson, "His stories are told with wry wit and good humor while exposing an unabashed reverence for life."
Born in Syracuse, Rouse spent his formative years playing with his siblings in the cabbage barns and truck farm fields of peas and potatoes near Preble, New York. He was an industrious high school student, building a boat, sculpting with iron and wood, and flying planes at the local airport -- even constructing an astronomy observatory at his home. He followed his father into the field of industrial construction and structural steel fabrication, eventually leading the company to record achievements. After adventures exploring the West, rockhounding, living on the sea, and New Orleans, he dreamed of settling in a location where he could renew his childhood interests in honeybees, natural food systems, and self-sufficiency. He chose Independence, Virginia, in the Southern Appalachian Mountains.
"I love to write," Rouse concluded. "While writing, I am very emotional. I will chuckle or outright laugh. I might sob a little, or tear up, and even get angry a bit."
Rouse will read stories from his book at Oracle Books in Wytheville, Virginia (June 14) and Grayson LandCare in Independence, Virginia (Nov. 11), with public and private readings pending in Tennessee, North Carolina, and Virginia.
NASHVILLE -- Internationally known film
composer, arranger, orchestrator, author and educator Andy Hill will provide insights on composing music for film during
the Nashville Composers Association's annual Score-Com Seminar from June 15-16 (Saturday-Sunday) in Nashville.
"Goodbye, Hollywood... Hello World: The Expanding Sphere of Media Music,"
which will occur from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., is expected to draw up to 50 emerging and
professional composers to The Steel Mill in north Nashville for two full days
Attendees will attend morning sessions
hosted by The Sync Center with insights from leading music industry
professionals on the modern sync world, including prices, processes, practices
and studies. Sunday's session will conclude with a Netflix Pitch Session.
Composers will re-assemble for afternoon sessions with Hill to
learn about national and regional opportunities and hear examples from breakout
composers such as Keefus Ciancia ("Killing Eve"), Daniel Hart
("Strange Angel"), and Keegan DeWitt ("Gemini"). Former
Disney and Dreamworks Music Executive Todd Homme will join Hill for a special
discussion and presentation on Sunday.
All Score-Com Symposium attendees will receive
a complimentary Film-Com laminate with the opportunity to attend film industry business
seminars, a VIP kick-off reception, and a special networking event on Sunday
"We are thrilled to have the
legendary Andy Hill as our workshop leader for the annual Score-Com' Symposium,"
said Geoff Koch, president of the Nashville Composers Association. "Attendees
will gain access to his decades of professional scoring experience, including
his time as vice president for music production at Walt Disney Studios."
Tuition for Score-Com's two-day
symposium is $55 for NCA members and $85 for non-members. Individuals must
register by June 7 to receive a free Film-Com conference laminate. The Steel Mill is located at 10 Quality Way in Nashville.
Participants for The Sync Center's
morning sessions will include North American Publishing Supervisor Ted
Goldthorpe, Sony Sync Executive Bill Goff, Sync Center Head John Pisciotta, and
Bulletproof Sync Licensing Executive Geoff Sanderson.
Andy Hill was born in Chicago and educated
at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. From 1987-1996, during the
period now referred to as the Disney Renaissance, he served as
vice-president of music production for The Walt Disney Studios (division),
overseeing music production on a roster of films which included "The
Lion King," "Beauty and the Beast," and "Sister
Act," and working closely with composers and songwriters such as Alan
Menken and Hans Zimmer.
Films for which Hill supervised music under the aegis of the Disney music
department and its music chief, Chris Montan, earned nine Academy Awards in the
categories of Best Original
Score and Best Original
Song for a Motion Picture. Subsequent to his term at
Disney, Hill opened Andy Hill Film + Music under the auspices of Modern Music and
supervised projects which included "Message In A Bottle," "Ed
Wood," "James and the Giant Peach" and "Happy
Feet," winning a Grammy Award in
2000 as producer of the Best Musical Album for "Children for Elmo In
From 2006-2011, Hill directed the
graduate program in Music Composition for the Screen at Columbia
College Chicago. His students have earned music credit on films such
as "Life of Pi," "How To Train Your Dragon,"
and "Perfume: The Story of a Murderer" and found work with
such notable composers as John Powell, Mychael Danna, Jeff Danna, Johnny Klimek,
Navarrete. In the fall of 2011, Hill was engaged to prepare and
oversee the launch of graduate composition programs, including film scoring and
electronic music production, at Berklee Valencia, the international extension
of the Berklee
College of Music, with classes commencing in September 2012. The
campus is located in the Palau de les Arts, part of
the Ciutat de les
Arts i les Ciencies designed by visionary architect Santiago Calatrava in Valencia, Spain. Following
matriculation of the first class of Berklee degree candidates and a pilot
semester, he spent an additional six months in Spain and Morocco working on a
portfolio of songs with an enigmatic producer known only as The Old Guitarist.
In September 2013, Hill relocated to Belgium to take a post as executive
soundtrack producer and director of international business development
Studios and the Scoring Flanders initiative, with the goal of
bringing more high-level film scoring to the Flanders region and
the musical stewardship of the Brussels
Philharmonic. Concurrently, he launched Cinemuse VOF as a company
under Belgian law, for music supervision and scoring services within the EU. In
late 2015, Cinemuse, and Hill, relocated to Nashville, Tennessee.
Hill is a member of the adjunct faculty
and an industry advisor to the Masters Program in Scoring for Film and Visual
Media at Pulse College Dublin, a division of Windmill Lane
Studios, and a member of the advisory board for Pingtrax (Musimap),
a Belgian music search engine utilized by scholars, archivists, media producers
and music supervisors. His comprehensive study of landmark film
scores, Scoring the Screen: The Secret Language of Film Music, has
been acquired for a Spring 2017 print publication by the Hal Leonard
Corporation. About the book, Conrad Pope, celebrated
orchestrator for John Williams, Alexandre Desplat,
and Howard Shore,
among others said, “If you have any interest in what music means in
film, you must read this book.”