Tag: sketching

IAA’s Art in the Park brings plein air paint-outs to Irving

Looking for fresh inspiration for your art? Join our informal painting and sketching sessions held once a month in Irving. Follow in the footsteps of the French impressionists!

Locations and dates: (All outings are weather permitting )

Saturdays 10am-2pm

  • March 31, Heritage Park, 217 S. Main St. Irving, old train park, downtown Irving
  • April 21, Fritz park, 312 E. Vilbig Irving, TX 75060
  • May 19, Williams Square Plaza, Las Colinas (home of the Mustangs Sculpture)

There are currently 43 parks with over 2,000 acres of land maintained by the City of Irving Parks and Recreation Department. For more information about Irving parks see https://cityofirving.org/850/Parks-and-Trails

For more about the Irving Art Association, see http://irvingart.org

Coordinator: Michele Quarton
michele.quarton@gmail.com 484-744-2473

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Suzanne McNeill-Sparks demo Feb. 1 for TAG: Sketchbook to Painting

Suzanne TAG demo 2016

February 1, 2016 Meeting & Demo at the Trinity Arts Guild:

Meetings are held on the first Monday evening of the month (except for Labor Day.) Visitors and guests are welcome to attend our monthly meetings and demonstrations.

Location: Trinity Arts Guild Gallery, Bedford Boys Ranch, 2819 R. D. Hurt Pkwy., Bedford, TX 76095-0671
(817) 283-1422

Guest artist: Suzanne McNeill-Sparks

Sketchbook to Painting: DEMO by Suzanne McNeill-Sparks Travel and sketchbooks go hand in hand… “I love telling a story by combining memorable images in my paintings. Trying new concepts and experimenting keeps me on my creative toes so that my paintings remain fresh and meaningful.” The mission of Suzanne’s art is to paint from the inside out. Feeling the moment, place or subject infuses diversity into her art. Developing new concepts and learning something new during the design and painting process is always her goal.

“I’ll bring my sketchbook and photos from a recent trip to Vietnam and Cambodia. I’ll show how I use these as inspiration for paintings .”

For more about Suzanne, her classes, artwork, books, and videos, see her website:  http://sparksstudioart.com/

Suzanne McNeill’s award-winning art and paintings are known for happy colors, imaginative details, and creative inspiration. Working with her hands and developing innovative concepts for the arts is her passion. Suzanne offers over 100 free youtube demos. She especially enjoys working in different media and finds that moving from one to another keeps her art creative, fresh and alive.

Her expressive paintings have been referred to as ‘happy art’ and her Zentangle® paintings have been called “mesmerizing art”. Suzanne has a degree in Art and Biology from SMU. She has authored over 30 books and published over 300 books under Design Originals (now an imprint of Fox Chapel Publishing).

She was voted ‘Designer of the Year’ and received the ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ from the Craft & Hobby association. Now that Suzanne has ‘retired’ from the publishing business, she is taking time to follow her heart and express her creative spirit.

A current video:


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