Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Arapahoe Community College "Spectrum" Student Art Show Winners

My Oil Painting Students are winners!  Congratulations to Bill Briggs and Lisa Drake, for winning at the recent Arapahoe Community College Student Art Show.  This show featured art students in the Workforce and Community Education Program at ACC. The show was judged by internationally known artist, Dean Buhler.   

Bill Briggs (right) won First Place for his oil painting,  "Lavender Sky."  The judge liked his creative use of color and mood, and his simple, but strong, composition.

Bill has been a regular student in my classes for over 8 years, rarely missing a class or session.  His persistence and determination have made him an inspiration to the class.  This award was long overdue.  Congratulations, Bill! 

 Lisa Drake won Third Place for her painting, "Autumn Leaves."  Although this is a fairly realistic painting, the judge liked the abstract quality in her composition and shapes.

Lisa is a fairly new student to my class, having only attended for a few 6-week sessions. 

This is an analogous color study, a class assignment which allows for only three colors together on the color wheel plus black and white.  She chose red orange, orange, and yellow orange, and varied them with black and white.  Beautiful job, Lisa!  Congratulations!

More Arapahoe Community College Art Show Winners

Congratulations to two more of my oil painting students who won awards at this year's Student Art Show at Arapahoe Community College!   This show featured art students in the Workforce and Community Education Program at ACC and was judged by internationally known artist, Dean Buhler.  

Featured here are two Merit Award Winners, who demonstrated monochromatic color themes in their paintings.  Monochromatic means that they were allowed to choose only one color, plus black and white.  All the colors in the painting had to be mixed from those three colors.

"Georgia's House" by Suzanne Connors.  She chose burnt sienna brown, plus black and white.  This painting shows wonderful depth and contrast and was a great perspective study as well!  Congratulations Sue!

Dennis Perlman's "Monochrome Elephant."  He decided on red with black and white to achieve subtle lavender grays in the elephant and rocks.  It was a bold choice, executed with finesse.  Congratulations Dennis!

Color exercises in my classes are designed to teach students color theory and the wide variety of colors that can be obtained with very limited palettes. Students enjoy learning color theory with this practical, hands on method. 

Sunday, May 5, 2019

Help For Students! Critique Group

Hello, Students,

Some of you have been painting and may need some advice before my next class begins on July 25.  Sign up for my critique group on Sat, May 18, from 2-4 at ROX Gallery.  This is a relaxed, non-judgmental time for you to get some ideas to keep you going.  Check out the invitation below (click on the invitation to enlarge).

Remember, you must register - the group is limited to 10 to keep it comfortable. Find more details and register at:

Feel free to email me at if you have questions.  I hope to see you there!

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Student Art Show

You're Invited!  The students in my private studio class will exhibit their art on:

Saturday, April 28, 2-6 pm, and
Sunday, April 29, 2-5 pm.

Cliff Austin Studio 
Woodlawn Shopping Center 
1500 W Littleton Blvd at Windermere
Littleton, CO 
The studio is in the Mall, across from the Post Office.

         From the main Woodlawn Center Parking Lot:
Enter at the mall entrance (3 doors left of Family Dollar).  Straight down the hall to the end, across from the mall Post Office.

        Or enter from Windermere:
Post Office entrance, street parking on Windermere.

I hope to see you there!

Sunday, February 4, 2018

ROX Gallery, Aspen Grove, Littleton

I was pleased by an invitation to join the new ROX Gallery in the Aspen Grove Center.  ROX is a beautiful eclectic gallery with a variety of painting styles, photography, jewelry, and pottery - something for everyone.  Unique, one-of-a-kind art pieces, all created by Colorado artists. 

ROX Gallery with some of the artists. 
My paintings are on the left wall.
Join me at the reception this Friday, Feb 9, 5:30 - 8:00 pm.

Receptions are every Second Friday, a great opportunity to meet the artists.

I also help out about once a week; if you'd like to visit when I'm there, you can email me for my schedule.

If you see an available painting on my website or blog that you would like to view at the gallery, I'm happy to add it to my display for you with no pressure or obligation.   Nothing quite beats seeing the original painting.

7301 South Santa Fe Dr (at Mineral), Littleton, CO 80120
Unit #514, a couple doors to the right of Pottery Barn

Winter hours through 3/31:
   Mon-Thurs 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
   Fri-Sat  10:00 am - 9:00 pm
   Sun 11-6 

Regular hours Beginning April 1,
   Mon-Sat 10 am- 9 pm
   Sun  11-6

Monday, January 15, 2018

ROX Gallery, Littleton, CO

I was honored by an invitation to join the ROX Gallery in the Aspen Grove Center, Littleton.  ROX is a beautiful, eclectic gallery with a variety of painting styles, photography, jewelry, and pottery - something for everyone and something new every week!
"Lost in the Music" ©Valorie Snyder

7301 South Santa Fe Dr (at Mineral), 
     Littleton, CO 80120

Unit #514, a couple doors to the right of Pottery  Barn.

Hours: Mon-Sat 10 am- 9 pm
             Sun  11-6

Receptions every Second Friday, 5:30 - 8:00 pm

This painting sold the first week.

Former Students in Stock Show of Denver, Coors Western Art Exhibit

"Near the End of May" © David Grossmann
How exciting to see the art work of two of my former students in prestigious art exhibits at the Stock Show in Denver!  David Grossmann was accepted into the Coors Western Exhibit and Sarah Phippen at the Club Exhibit. Find them at:  and

Sarah and David attended my classes as teens and inspired other students with their enthusiasm and determination to practice.  Successful artists rarely have only one teacher; they continued their training and built on that early foundation.  I'm proud to have been part of that foundation and so proud of them!

The Stock Show runs through Jan 21.  Since Sarah and David are showing their art in different places at the show, find the Coors Exhibit (for David) and inquire at the desk there about the Club Exhibit to arrange to see Sarah's paintings as well.

"It takes a Team"  © Sarah Phippen