Wellington Art Society Welcomes Art Lovers And Artists To February 8th Meeting Featuring Toni Willey

The Wellington Art Society will feature member Toni Willey as their demonstrator for the meeting on February 8, 2017. The meeting will be held at the Wellington Community Center.  A “Meet and Greet” is followed by a member spotlight and brief meeting. The evening will conclude with Toni’s demo on the new Photo Editing Apps and a wonderful raffle. The meeting is open to all members and guests. The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks.  This is an opportunity for art lovers to meet and network with artists!









T O N I    W I L L E Y 

February 8th

6:30 pm

Free and Open to The Public

Wellington Community Center

12150 Forest Hill Boulevard Wellington, FL


Toni WIlley tells The Rickie Report, “If method defines an artist, I would say mine is: I must focus almost down to the pixels when I study a subject to paint”.  Toni’s presentation at the Wellington Art Society meeting will include sharing numerous easy-to-use Apps to bring varying elements of real and imagined images together. Here are some of the other Heroic Golden Women that Toni has painted from such graphics. She uses Gold Leaf around the edges of the canvas frames.



“Psych” by Toni Willey




The public as well as members of WAS are in for a treat! The Rickie Report will not reveal her methods, but Toni will!  You will see how she brings large scale commissioned paintings into reality.  “I’m going to show you how I approach these projects and give you the tools to do this yourself, using some photo editing Apps that are available at a low cost”, she shares.


“American Sweetheart” by Toni Willey





Toni will be demonstrating all the new Photo Editing Apps available in addition to the big programs known as Photoshop. “The Apps which work on tablets and iPhones cost pennies in comparison to Adobe Photoshop, which is out of reach for most artists. These Apps put powerful editing tools in the artist’s hands for composing their works before putting brushes to canvas.  Photographers from amateurs to professionals will benefit for learning about these Apps”, Toni tells us.


“Pandora” by Toni Willey




Toni uses original images, incorporating other images, overlaying them, zooming in on one part of a different image and manipulating them with these Apps.  The finished art piece is on canvas, with texturing, sculpting and painting for the final effect.  None of these Apps were priced higher than $3.99.


“Beauty” by Toni Willey



Toni is an enthusiastic member of the Wellington Art Society, serving on the Board of Directors as Recording Secretary and participating in all events and demonstrations including Art Fest on the Green.  Also known as T.G. Willey, Toni is well known for her exceptional paintings of endangered species and her series “ Ancient and Mystical Women”. She recently had a solo exhibition at Whole Foods Market Wellington. Her prints sell internationally on  tgwilleyart.com  and www.fineartamerica.com.



“Gypsy Dancer” by Toni Willey




Toni began drawing at an early age but her exceptional talent surfaced when she began painting. Her teachers said she painted the way Mozart played music, it just rolled off her fingers. She attended Art Institute and Foundation classes at Washington University and St. Louis University, where she studied all the fine art disciplines. Her paintings are photo realistic and semi-abstract, painted in acrylics and mixed media.






The Wellington Art Society is a non-profit charitable organization in its 36th year. It is open to artists of all mediums and patrons of the arts, allowing both local and regional artists to display their art work in local galleries, interact with other artists and serve the community through their art.




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Boca Raton Museum School Of Art Offers Special Half And Full Day Workshops This Weekend

The Boca Raton Museum Art School invites you to enrich your skills and learn new techniques in special workshops this weekend: Saturday, Sunday and Monday!  Whether a beginner or experienced artist these half day and all day workshops are a great way to hone your skills or discover something new!  The Rickie Report shares the details here!






Boca Raton Museum of Art – The Art School
801 W. Palmetto Road     Boca Raton FL 33486








Fundamentals of Drawing Accurately

Through specific exercises master crucial techniques that strengthen your ability to draw accurately.   Learn simple ways to see more precisely, determine proportions and avoid common errors in drawing.  The instructor demonstrates techniques, explains concepts and provides plenty of guided practice for developing confident drawing skills.

8.04 Saturday, November 12, 1 – 4 PM
Instructor: Diane Reeves





Acrylic Painting Workshop

Roll-up your sleeves to explore the versatility of Golden acrylic and mediums for water media, mixed media, and printmaking. Create painterly one-of-a-kind prints with the new slower drying acrylics. Experiment with a range of products including gels, grounds, mediums & pastes. Learn about pours, washes, spatters, stains, bleeds, blooms, and blends.

8.02 Sunday, November 13, 9:30 AM – 4 PM 
$50 for current students $65 for non-students All Materials Provided  
Instructor: Eydi Lampasona




Watercolor – Texture, Pattern and Surface Design

Discover how to enrich your watercolor paintings by integrating unusual texture, pattern, and color using magazines, old greeting card and junk mail. Learn techniques that make both realistic and abstract watercolors more visually exciting. (30-minute lunch break)

8.05 November 14, Monday, 9:30 AM – 3:30 PM / $75
Instructor: Teresa Kirk


The Next Step: How to Enter Art Competitions

Everyone says your paintings are beautiful and it is time to share your artwork on Facebook or start applying to exhibit your artwork. Get an insider’s step-by-step lesson on simple ways to edit, save, and send photos of your artwork. Gain a basic understanding of applying to art competitions. Learn what shows The mysteries of pixels and how to label your images will be exposed.

8.01 November 17, Thursday, 10:30 AM – NOON / $30
Instructor: Teresa Kirk





For more information about these classes and more:

Boca Raton Museum Art School
801 W. Palmetto Road      Boca Raton FL 33486

Facebook: www.facebook.com/bocaschool







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Susan Oakes’ Photography: From Traditional Media to Bitmaps and Vectors

Susan Oakes recently took an award at the Photography exhibit at A Unique Art Gallery in Jupiter and is one of the artists at the Palm Beach Photographic Centre’s 18th Annual Member’s Juried Exhibition.  The Opening Reception is on June 11th.  In addition, Susan’s work will be displayed and selling at Palm Beach Home Interiors in Lake Worth.  The Rickie Report urges you to stop by and see her artistry. Susan also explains bitmap images, digital painting and vector graphics as we believe an educated art lover becomes an informed art patron.



 Susan Oakes’


Digital Artistry




Palm Beach Home Interiors

716 Lake Avenue  Lake Worth, FL


Begins June 2nd



Palm Beach Photographic Centre 

415 Clematis Street  W.Palm Beach, FL

June 12 – August 2, 2014

Opening Reception:

Wednesday, June 11 – 6 to 8 pm




Susan Oakes’ photography recently took an award and cash prize at the Artists Association of Jupiter at A Unique Art Gallery.  Her wonder filled work can be seen at Palm Beach Home Interiors, Lake Avenue in Lake Worth beginning June 2nd as well as  at the Palm Beach Photographic Centre for their 18th Annual Member’s Show.  The Opening Reception takes place on Wednesday, June 11th from 6- 8 pm.  The Centre is located at 415 Clematis Street in West Palm Beach.  The exhibit is free and open to the public.



Blush Sea Grape

“Blush Sea Grape” by Susan Oakes



This year’s MEMBERS’ SHOW is being judged by internationally renowned photographer Vincent Versace, a pioneer in the art and science of digital photography. Hailed by Nikon as “one of the top photography artists and visual storytellers in the world,” Versace is a recipient of the Computerworld Smithsonian Award in Media Arts & Entertainment and the Shellenberg fine art award, and his work is part of the permanent collection of the Smithsonian Institute’s Museum of American History.



"Twisted Hibiscus" by Susan Oakes

“Twisted Hibiscus” by Susan Oakes

Also on exhibition at the Palm Beach Photographic Centre will be PICTURE MY WORLD, which has served disadvantaged children throughout the Palm Beaches since 1997. Program funding is provided through a Lost Tree Foundation grant and the generosity of private donors.  Admission is FREE for both exhibitions.   The Photo Centre is located at the downtown City Center municipal complex at 415 Clematis Street in downtown West Palm Beach. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday – Thursday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday. For more information, please call 561.253.2600 or visit www.workshop.org or www.fotofusion.org.



Susan Oakes

Susan Oakes



Bitmap Images vs. Vector Graphics



Susan explains, “Bitmap Images- also known as raster or pixel based images, are based on a grid of colors known as pixels. You edit groups of pixels rather than objects or shapes. They represent subtle gradations of shade and color, they are appropriate for continuous tone images such as photographs or artwork created in painting programs”.


"Bird of Paradise"  by Susan Oakes

“Bird of Paradise” by Susan Oakes

“The disadvantage, Susan shares, is they contain a fixed number of pixels and can lose detail and quality when scaled up. If you’ve ever downloaded an image from the internet (low resolution) and then tried to print it (high resolution) only to discover that it looks awful, you demonstrated this fact”.



"Hibiscus" by Susan Oakes

“Hibiscus” by Susan Oakes


“Vector graphics are made of lines and curves defined by mathematical objects called vectors.They retain their crispness if they are moved or resized. They are appropriate for illustrations, type, and graphics such as logos which must be scaled to different sizes. So a logo designed for a business card can be enlarged to display on a store front or billboard without any loss of quality whatsoever. If this is tried with raster or bitmapped images they become blurry or pixelated and fall apart”, Susan shares.


Meeting Susan


TRR:  Tell us about your background



I am a well fed ‘starving’ artist. I tend to inhabit a nether world between digital painting, photography and illustration. Although I have a background in traditional media (anything which uses hands, artist tools, and pigments, without the aid of computer hardware and software), I now work mostly in digital media, although I regularly get the yearning to get my hands back into charcoal, paint, clay, etc. There is an tactile immediacy about traditional media which is removed in the digital world, but on the other side of the coin, the digital world presents tools, methods and capabilities which are impossible in traditional media. There are, however, many commonalities, including basic composition, form, color theory, etc. which are fundamental to both. I prefer to dwell on these commonalities rather than the differences…..



"Spread My Wings", A Digital Doodle by Susan Oakes

“Spread My Wings”, A Digital Doodle by Susan Oakes

TRR:  How do you explain the complexities of your work?



I find that many people don’t really understand what they are looking at when viewing my work. Recently at one of my exhibits, one of the gallery owners looked at my piece and said to me, “It looks like you ran a few filters.” Nothing could be farther from the truth. There is nothing “automatic” or “mechanized” about my art. The kiss of death is usually when I admit to doing “computer art”, “digital imaging” or <gasp> “Photoshop”.




Now I know Photoshop has gotten a bad rap lately, what with women’s bodies “Photoshopped” into ideals of impossible-to-obtain “beauty” fueled by the beauty/fashion and Hollywood worlds. I am a Photoshop teacher, and although I demonstrate how to do these questionable things, I always implore my students to retouch responsibly. Just because you can do something does not necessarily mean you should do it. I teach not just the What and How, but the Why.


TRR:  So, many people assume that because your artwork has a computer component, it is less valued?




Just because I’ve used computer hardware and software to create or enhance an image doesn’t mean that I pushed a few buttons and I was done. On the contrary this is a double edged sword. When working in traditional media, say oils, and you change your mind too many times (depending upon the pigments used) you will make mud on the canvas. In watercolor, you may wear a hole in the paper. But working digitally, you can undo and redo countless times, even start over and ….. eventually ….. you grow old and die! I find that I must discipline myself to recognize when I’ve learned as much as I will learn from a piece and that it is time to finish and move on!


"Regeneration" by Susan Oakes

“Regeneration” by Susan Oakes

 Note: This was included in Art Ascent Magazine June, 2013: Link is here:    http://artascent.com/emergence-winners-june-2013/



My photography starts out with a digital image which is then enhanced with software. This may entail special effects, yes, but it is applied by hand with a graphics tablet, so I am simulating the action of drawing or painting with the stylus. When I say “digital painting” I mean it. I use one stroke at a time in many instances to build up the effect I want. A typical photo will include many layers upon layers with different effects which interact with each other to create different looks.



My vector illustrations many times will start with a base photo I’ve taken, but when I’m done the photo is not visible at all. Vector illustrations, by their nature, have a crispness, a clarity which is not typical of pixel-based images.


"Aqua Vista" by Susan Oakes

“Aqua Vista” by Susan Oakes


Another area I love to explore is photo collage, of which I have provided a few samples. The large one, “Aqua Vista” is a composite of thirteen different photos essentially melded into one composition. Here, I look for how the individual images relate to each other and then use the tools and methods in Photoshop to create the composite. Again, they contain a multitude of layers and effects, not unlike a multi media piece. Often times when I take photos it is not to use them as stand alone images, but as part of a composite.


"Palm Boot Leaf" by Susan Oakes

“Palm Boot Leaf” by Susan Oakes


Digital Photo Painting: My latest exploration is with vegetation which is past its prime. (Sounds better than dead leaves.) I am seeking to reveal the structure and intricate detail of these specimens when they have started to wane. I see a beauty in this phase which is the opposite of the start of the life cycle. Many times I am astonished at the detail which is captured in the file, but is not evident until I tease it out with the methods I use.



Susan’s website is filled with information as well as her many pieces of art work.  In addition, she offers classes and workshops. 




For more information about Susan’s artwork, please visit   Susan Oakes   SuOakes Graphic Design     http://www.suoakesdesign.com    http://www.suoakesart.com   or call 561-432-4633



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