Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Amish Girl, oil painting, by Hanna Marie Kirby

This is an oil painting by Hanna Marie Kirby.  Hanna has been one of my students for about 2 years.  She is a vibrant and lovely 16 year old young woman with tremendous talent.  I hope you enjoy this painting, Amish Girl, All Rights Reserved by the Artist, Hanna Marie Kirby.


 New Tenth Street Art Gallery Open to Artists and Community 

Huntington, WV, - October 29, 2013 - Patricia Reed, owner of the Painted Palette Art Studio announced today the opening of the Painted Palette Art Gallery. “This will be a venue for local artists to exhibit their works of art in Solo or Group shows, and the first exhibition will kick off the official opening of the gallery November 15, 2013, with the amazing photographs and graphite art works of Mike Adkins, an award-winning photographer who teaches digital photography at the Painted Palette.”

Patricia says, “The new gallery is designed by artists, for artists.  We focus on details that enhance the exhibition experience for the artists’ work as well as the public’s enjoyment.  I want a place where talented local artists of the Tri-State and the community can gather to celebrate the creative spirit.”

In addition to the art gallery, we also have The Painted Palette Art Studio.   Classes in oil painting, photography, and drawing are ongoing throughout the year. The gallery will soon have announcements of upcoming exhibitions which will showcase local artists from the Tri-State. 

Patricia Reed, BFA, MA, is a Marshall University graduate and has been teaching oil painting for more than fifteen years. She also teaches art history at ITT.

 The Painted Palette Art Gallery is located at 824 Tenth Street, Huntington, WV. 

Contact Information for classes or exhibitions:

Telephone:  304-416-2081

Secret Knowledge, by David Hockney

David Hockney, Secret Knowledge

During my undergraduate and graduate studies I discovered I had a love for Art History.  I was quite surprised!   I thought about all the research I would have to do, ugh, but it opened doors and expanded my knowledge as an artist.   The more I read about master artists, the culture in which they lived, and the profound affects the social-economic environment in which they lived the more I appreciate what they passed onto to all artists.  It’s empowering as an artist to know about artists both of the past and present.  It gives me a sense of direction in my own work as well as a teacher.
I read and research topics a lot.  In the process I am learning so many things that I can also introduce to my students in the Art Appreciation class I teach at ITT and my oil painting classes. For example, my painting class has been studying Old Master painting techniques. It has been an eye opening experience for everyone.  

The technique isn’t something that produces brown paintings.  Quite the contrary, they are filled with light.  The paintings have a richness unlike direct painting techniques alone.  I have been using both techniques for years and I am very excited to offer this class.  As a result, my students have a much better understanding of seeing and understanding value change as well as using a subdued palette to achieve paintings that glow with rich color.

In the vein of art history, I would like all that are interested, to look at the YouTube video by David Hockney, Secret Knowledge, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MBNrgCaoyW8 .  This is a very exciting documentary regarding the hidden secrets of the Great Masters during the Renaissance era.  I promise you will enjoy it.  As each segment ends look for the next and click it.  I believe it begins with 1/8 through 7/8.  Let me know what you think?  Enjoy!

Friday, October 18, 2013


Painted Palette Art Studio

824 Tenth Street

Huntington, WestVirginia  25701

Painting Class Itinerary

Introduction to Oil Painting for Beginners-  oil paint, brushes, and easel included.
Classes are now open for registration
Tuesday,  6- 9 P.M.

Accepting students for Intermediate and advanced Oil Painting Classes, 
Classes are now open for registration
Monday, 6-9 P.M.

The Introduction painting class is designed for a new student to oil painting and to get them on their way to a new experience.  The first six week session the Painted Palette will furnish oil paint, brushes palette and easel.  A big savings to help you as you begin your new adventure.

Classes are small and seating is limited.
To register for class contact mailto:patriciareed.artist@gmail.com or contact Patricia Reed, 304-416-2081 for additional information.

 We accept all credit cards.  

For more information- contact the Painted Palette- 304-416-2081, or -mailto:patriciareed.artist@gmail.com

Stop by anytime for a visit and see the New Art Gallery and  Studio classrooms.  


Painted Palette Art Studio

“What moves men of genius, or rather what inspires their work, is not new ideas, but their obsession with the idea that what has already been said is still not enough.” 
Eugene Delacroix 

Everyone learns differently, and I think how you learn is very important.  That’s why I work with my students one to one for the maximum learning experience.  It’s like having a private tutor.  I know it works, I see how my students progress and it’s amazing. 

I start with very simple and basic fundamentals. Color, of course, is one of the main problems for a student to understand.  Since painting is about color, this is a good place to start by learning to mix color and understand values.  This helps the student to better understand color and also get a feeling for the oil medium before tackling a painting.

Along with the introduction to color, each student is learning about mediums, brush types, canvas preparation, as well as many other things.   By the time they are ready to begin their first painting they are more confident. 

The first painting usually begins by painting a still life set up in the studio.  During the painting process , design elements will be introduced and supported by lectures as well as printed material for each student.  Everything is designed to enable the student to have a positive learning experience.  

As we all know learning something new can be overwhelming at times.  That’s why it is very important as a teacher to work closely with each student, so that not only are they learning but they are also enjoying the creative experience.