Volume #4                                                        January 2015                                                                Issue #1
HAPPY 2015!

Dear Marilee,
Sorry my newsletters fell off the radar last year. It was an emotional time for my wife, Marilee and me. You see we lost our friend, mentor and hero. Marilee's dad, "Coby" past after a short battle with stage 4 multiple myeloma cancer. He was an amazing man who lived life to it's fullest. This 92 year old Texan still lived on his own, drove and handled his own affairs. He had an iron grip and could bring down a 29 year old in arm wrestling. He was a wizard at problem solving - ANYTHING. Coby was the youngest Eagle Scout in NW Indiana in 1938, Troop 20. He was a Tech Sergeant during WWII in the 5th Army Air Corp, Australia and worked for many auto companies - retiring from Chrysler. Some of you may have heard my stories about how he loved traveling north to our cabin. We are still in an undertow of emotions, but we are working through it. He was an incredible, loving man and has left a deep hole in our hearts.

The days are increasingly cold, big flakes of snow are flying and the holidays are a distant memory. So far our winter hasn't been as brutal as last year. Let's hope we've missed the bad weather bullet. I enjoy this time of the year because I escape to my studio. To be creative with my watercolors - exploring new subject matter, experimenting and painting. I hope you are, too.

As you will notice the newsletter format has changed. Instead of sending a very long email we have changed to a photo boxes with a captions. If you want to read the article just click on the picture or the READ MORE box. It will take you to a web page with the complete article. We have one You Tube video included and by request our goal is to include more and more video articles. If you have any questions or thoughts please share in the comments box at the bottom of the article.

In this month's newsletter: I've put together a 2014 IN RETROSPECT. I wanted to share some of my accomplishments and a few of my past and current students achievements. I have a section called LESSONS FROM THE STUDIO which includes my 35+ years of #drawing&painting knowledge and teaching experiences. PLUS my very popular FROM MY PERSONAL LIBRARY.

I promise I will be scheduling a couple of workshops in my studio this summer - dates to be announced. If you want to be placed on my workshop mailing list send me an email with name, email, phone number to [email protected].


Robert J Krajecki and I have started our Fundamentals of Drawing and Painting 101, 102, 103 on January 8, 2015 at the Palette & Chisel in Chicago. We are offering another 10-week session at the in March 17 through May 21. This series of classes has been popular at the P&C since 2004. I'm teaching a watercolor 5-week class on Thursday afternoons at the P&C. I'm very happy to announce I also added two new studio classes: Mainstreet Art Center in Lake Zurich, IL and Elmhurst Art Museum in Elmhurst, IL. Remember I also teach out of my studio in Northwest Indiana. The class is filled at this time, but drop me a note if you want to be placed on my waiting list. Need to get over a hump or some intense training, I offer private instruction. You can read more about my teaching classes at the bottom of this email.

Final note, if your art league is looking for a demo, workshop or judge, please call me (219.838.8645) and we can discuss details.

Thanks and let's start painting.
Dale L Popovich
[email protected]
Since I haven't sent out a newsletter in a year I wanted to briefly let you know what went on in my art world last year. My accomplishments and a few of all my past and present students achievements. Click on the READ MORE to see the full story.
2014 SHOWS

Popovich Painting-Autumn Romance in Brown County
� 2013 D L Popovich - Autumn Romance in Brown County

Popovich Painting- Miner's Falls
� 2014 D L Popovich - Miner's Falls
Palette & Chisel
Academy of Fine Art
Valentine's Day Faculty Show

3rd Place Winner
Indiana Heritage Arts
36th Annual Exibition & Sale

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�2014 - Icy Opening Day
Dale L Popovich IWS
�2014 - Winter Captures Fall

Richeson 75 International
:Landscape, Seascape &
Architecture Exhibition 2014

Watercolor Society
30th National Exibition

The 2014 Illinois Watercolor Society Members' Show
Bloomingdale, IL


Popovich Lacare Demopopovich at LOLA demo
Illiana Artists Demo
Munster, IN

Lacore Art League Demo
Hammond, IN

LOLA Workshop
Land O' Lakes, WI


Dawn Ernster Yamazi
 Glenda Doorn-Specht
Dale Popovich with Fredi Schlagel
Dawn Ernster Yamazi
Walt Disney
Animation Studios
Credited on #Frozen

Glendayln Doorn Specht
  Best of Show
2014 Michigan Artist

Fredi Schlagel
Student has
One-Woman Show
Every painting is a journey and it begins here, your research.
Picture taking, sketches, and finally your painting.

- Dale L Popovich IWS
I don't know about you but plein air painting when the snow is flying and it's in the 20's is not my
idea of fun. Frostbite and frozen paint is not a pleasant painting experience. What I rather do is collect interesting subject matter throughout the year with my digital camera, download to my iPad and lock myself in my studio with a hot cup of coffee, some John Gary playing and my paints.

How do you get around  
not being overwhelmed by surroundings?
Try using a 'Viewfinder.' Cut two 'L' shape pieces of mat board and clip together. This isolates your subject matter and will help with your photo reference composition. Keep a pair of these in your backpack because you will eventually use them when you start plein air painting.

Before starting to painting, several key steps must be considered. Here's a reminder of general principles in painting or drawing.

There is more to starting a painting than picking up the brush. You must plan - 75% of your work is in the planning. Here are the steps to follow:...

It 's a new year and I can't stress enough the importance of having a solid background in perspective. I highly recommend this book by painter and instructor Robert J Krajecki. Bob compiled his over 40 years of life experiences and knowledge into 101 page illustrated book with over 150 illustrations in full color.

This book is full of everyday easy to understand and practical examples. This is a must have in every serious artist's library. Bob covers:
* Picture plane
* Station point
* Horizon line or eye level
* One point and two point perspective
* Inclined planes
* Measuring systems
* Cast shadows
* Elipses
* And much, much more

Soft cover book sells for $25.00 plus $3.00 shipping and hard cover book is $30.00 plus $3.00 shipping.You can find ordering information buttons below.

� RJKrajecki
Robert J Krajecki IWS & Dale Popovich IWS
Date & Time: Jan 6 - Mar 12, 10 wks, Tuesdays & Thursdays,  10:30a - 1:00p
Tuition: $535.00 (includes $35 P&C registration fee)
Level: All Levels
Status: CLOSED

This course is vital all students wishing to pursue a successful art career, as well as students who wish to improve their drawing or painting skills. 

� DL Popovich
How to Paint in Watercolor
Dale L Popovich IWS
Class #922: Jan 8 - Feb 5, 2014 - CLOSED
Class #923: Feb 12 - Mar 5, 2014 - AVAILABLE
Date & Time: 1:30p - 4:00p on Thursdays
Medium: Watercolor
Level: All Levels
Tuition: $175.00 (includes $35 P&C registration fee)

Day & Time: Wednesdays, 10:00a - 12:30p
Fee: $185.00 
Status: Available

Dale L Popovich IWS
Ages: 18 and older | 6 weeks
Fee: $86/$76 member
Day: Tuesdays from 9:30a - 12:30p
Winter 2: Feb. 24-April 7
Status: Available

Day & Time: Thursday, 6:30p-9:30p
Status: FULL. Email if you would like to be placed on the wait list.

Private Instruction
Call for more information. 219.838.8645

Dale L. Popovich is an award-winning watercolorist and teacher who is passionate about capturing the raw beauty of the American landscape with the fluid stroke of a brush. Talent and training aside, it's Dale's vision that best informs his work. Temporarily blinded at age 20 for one and a half years, Dale learned to rely on his mind's eye to sustain him. After a nine hour major brain surgery removing a cyst on his optic nerve, he had to learn how to walk, talk and write again. With vision finally restored, he discovered he could see more clearly than before, easily filtering out the visual "noise" around him to focus on a subject's essentials. His paintings began to reflect a certain purity of perception, and this "way of seeing" became the hallmark of his painting.  

Spending his childhood summers in the Northwoods of Wisconsin, Dale learned to love its colors, textures, denizens and moods. Today, his paintings celebrate these American landscapes and man's humble efforts to tame it.

Trained at The American Academy of Art in Chicago by Director and President, Irving Shapiro, AWS. Dale was deeply inspired by this great American twentieth-century watercolorist. Dale later taught for many years at The American Academy of Art. Currently, he teaches at the prestigious Palette & Chisel Academy of Fine Art in Chicago, and in his own studio. Devoted to both painting and teaching, Dale's work hangs in collections around the country.

Recent awards and shows include:
2014 - Illinois Watercolor Society Members' Show, Bloomingdale, IL
2014 - Indiana Heritage Arts - 36th Annual Exhibition & Sale, Nashville, IN - 3rd Place 
2014 - Richeson75 Landscape, Seascape & Architectural Competition, Kimberly, WI
2014 - Palette & Chisel Academy of Fine Art Valentine's Day Faculty Show
2013 - Illiana Artists, Chesterton, IN - Second Place
2013 - Indiana Heritage Arts, Nashville, IN
2013 - Illinois Watercolor Society, Dixon, IL
2012 - Indiana Heritage Arts, Nashville, IN - Award of Merit
2011- Indiana Heritage Arts, Nashville, IN - Award of Merit  
2010 - Indiana Heritage Arts, Nashville, IN - Award of Merit   
2006 - Indiana Heritage Arts, Nashville, IN - Award of Excellence

Dale L Popovich IWS
� 2015 Observer. Artist. Watercolorist. Dale L Popovich    � 2015 Dale L Popovich  All rights reserve.

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