February 25, 2008


Artist demonstrates oil painting method


Joe McIntyre/staff photographer
Cortland Art League president John Downey paints from a photograph of the Pumpkin Fest as Jane Zogg gives painting pointers in the background at McGraw’s Community Building Saturday.

Staff Reporter

McGRAW — Jane Zogg paused with the paint brush in her hand and scrutinized her audience. She asked how many of her fellow members of the Cortland Art League carried a sketchpad with them at all times, and everyone said they did.
“I am always looking for a painting … and I try always to carry a sketchbook,” Zogg of Polkville said, holding up what appeared to be a small comic strip featuring a pencil-sketched barn.
“Not quite that little,” said a laughing Lolita White. “I can get you some larger paper, Jane.”
Zogg, one of the founders of the Cortland Art League, soon moved onto a larger canvas to demonstrate her technique for working in her preferred medium, oil painting, at a meeting of the Art League Saturday morning at the McGraw Community Center.
But first things first — Zogg had to talk about inspiration.
“I strongly recommend making a sketch on anything, even a small envelope,” Zogg told the seven other artists in attendance. “It helps you with your composition. And composition is the most important part of a painting because if it’s not composed well, it won’t attract the eye.”
Like all of the artists in the room, Zogg worked from a picture of something — in this case, a picture of a barn featured on a political mailing for Rep. Michael Arcuri (D-Utica).
White asked Zogg if she ever generated her paintings out of her head alone, and Zogg said she prefers working from a picture. In fact, nearly all of the artists said they worked from some source material, although the inspiration and approach is always their own.
With scratches of her brush, Zogg used imaginary lines to begin to divide her canvas into uneven thirds. She explained that the horizon line should never be in the center of the painting, and that the focus of interest should not be centered, either. As a right-handed painter, Zogg’s canvases usually focus on the right-hand side. White, who is left-handed, said her paintings tend to be left-handed.
Zogg used a charcoal pencil — graphite smudges the finished project — and created the horizon, a barn and some hills beyond. The campaign ad does not show any hills and Zogg moved the silo to the other side of the barn.
The painter explained that one should never let a line disappear behind a building and other matters of perspective so the picture will look right.
Out came a paintbrush and Zogg made the outline in paint over what she had sketched in pencil. But she did not worry about meticulously following her own outline. Her rough brush strokes began to fill out the landscape, and green grass soon added texture to the painting.
More texture came into play when her fingers drifted off the brush and started to work the paint themselves, and clouds began to build up above the barn.
After a while, Zogg walked back several feet and looked at the work she had begun to create.
“One thing you need to do is go back and look at your painting as it’s progressing. And if you can’t get back, you can squint,” she said.
The other artists started to hound Zogg about the paints and blends of paints Zogg was using, while other artists kept an eye on her while also working on their own projects.
Art League President John Downey of Cortland worked with watercolors as he put together a painting based on a candid photograph, while Jan Kelly of Danby used pastels to create her own barn.
Zogg took a break and seemed to stare intently at the painting. When she resumed her place before the easel, a light blue sky began to emerge on the left side of the canvas. But soon, the cloud over the barn started to darken. Some red and darker grays and blues blended together, lending more gravity to the painting.




DeRuyter announces honor students

The following students achieved honors during the most recent marking period at DeRuyter middle and high school:

Principal’s List (95-100)
6th grade: Emily Cirbus
7th grade: Kyle Cizenski
8th grade: Jacob Cirbus
9th grade: Emily Sinesi
12th grade: Kate Vosburg

High Honor Roll (90-94.99)
6th grade: Samantha Breed, Joseph Briere, Alyssah Brown, Skylar Duncan, Morgan Fellows, Sidney Ladd, Daniel Marshall, Allison O’Herien, Kyle Prugger, Kyleey Smith.
7th grade: Anna Conklyn.
8th grade: Shelby Brabant, Taylor Campbell, Dillon Coursen, Kelsey Dunagan, Kelly Eaton, Kelsey Mistersaro, Kyle Newton.
9th grade: Alan Cizenski, Danielle Cuddeback, Billy Haws, Brett Vosburg, Bridget Way, Megan Wheeler.
10th grade: Heather Prugger, Sean Rutherford.
11th grade: Rebecca Hagmann, Michael Harris, Bethanie Paddock, Daniel Raymond.
12th grade: Michelle Atkinson, Orn Euaungkanakul, Mark Furlough, Pollyanne Gallerani, Justin Grimes, Kendra Morse, Michael Pendleton, Kaitlin Pforter, David Revette, Jessica Seamans, Erik Skeele, Megan Stevens, Zhao Xuan.

Honor Roll (85-89.99)
6th grade: Ashley Casler, Devon Dewey, Kristen Grimes, John Merkle, Christopher Morrow, Logan Norton, Branden Purtell, Hayley Rousseau, Monica Tifany.
7th grade: Dillon Burke, Jessica Cox, Sabrina Edic, Damien Graves, Connor Grime, Kristhen Jiminez, Krista Lake, Ryan Marshall, Kristian Nelson, Nadine Newton, Lucas Pratt, Kyle Tiffany.
8th grade: Shannon Eckler, Hailee Marshall, Kyle Pelcher, Benjamin Pfleegor, Zachary Thomas, Dylan Tucker.
9th grade: Catherine Becker, Braeden Duncan, Kayla Hampton, Leon Hartwell, Ruthanne Lake, Ravien Noyes, Melissa Oleniuk, Amber Slocum, Amber Tucker.
10th grade: Carissa Clark, Weslee Eckler, Julia Hennigan, Samantha Moade, Sarah Volcko.
11th grade: Benjamin Burke, Brandan Chapman, Jennifer Cizenski, Cody Tiffany.
12th grade: Kayla Ball, Derek Cullen, Emily Farewell, Alex Fox, Matthew Furlough, Brandon Galloway, Katherine Hagmann, Hannah-Joelle Hennigan, Monique Marshall, Alexandra Martini, Dustin McClure, Kody Ryan, Chelsea Way.



TC3 offers food workshops

Contributing Writer

DRYDEN — In response to upcoming changes in requirements for the food service industry, is offering ServSafe workshops this spring. “The ServSafe: Food Handler in Charge” workshop will provide students the opportunity to become certified with the National Restaurant Association. A separate workshop, “ServSafe: Alcohol Service Training,” will offer strategies for providing alcohol responsibility while maintaining excellent customer service.
The certification course is particularly timely, given a regulation that will soon go into effect in New York state. The regulation will require each facility that provides food service to have at least one person on staff who is ServSafe certified. “At this point, we are recommending that all of our permitted facilities begin the process of having at least one person in their employ become standardized,” said Carol Chase, senior public health sanitarian for the Tompkins County Health Department. “It is not mandatory at this time, but will be in the not too distant future.”
Certified ServSafe instructor John Martindale will lead the workshops. A Tompkins Cortland Community College professor and chair of the college’s Hotel and Restaurant Management program, Martindale has more than three decades of experience teaching in the field. He has taught at TC3 for 34 years, starting the original Food Service Management program in 1974. Martindale earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration.
The Food Handler in Charge workshop will be offered twice. The first section will be held from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. March 7 and 8. Registration for this section was due Feb. 22. The second section will be held 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 9 and 10. Registration for the second section is required by April 18. There is a charge for the workshop, which includes textbook and course materials.
The alcohol service training workshop will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 28. The charge includes textbook and lunch. is the business development and training arm of the college. More information on these and all workshops can be found by e-mailing or by calling (607) 844-6586.