unnamedCornelia Hernes, “I’d Rather Pick Flowers Instead.” On display now at Hersh Fine Art in Glen Cove through November 30th.


Art Course on ‘Floral Painting in a Still Life’

Artist and Florence Academy of Art Teacher led a professional level class in Water Mill in September.

Classical Realism painter, Cornelia Hernes spent a week in Water Mill.  Having studied at the Florence Academy of Art, she is an established artist in her own right and now teaches at that art academy in Sweden. It’s rare to have a teacher of this quality in our midst and the students leapt at the chance to study with her – signing up months in advance to reserve a seat.

Cornelia taught a 4-day painting course, entitled, “Floral Painting in a Still Life”. East end artists Saul Rosenstreich, Roxanne Panero, Mary Anne Bennett and Ann Lombardo were at their easels at the mill every morning, painting and working, studying in class all day until 4pm.

Water Mill Museum - Art Class 18502Art Instructor Cornelia Hernes at the Water Mill Museum.

Afterwards, Saul wrote, “What a great workshop! Thank you so much for putting it all together and with such nice personal touches. I was made to feel welcome and that it meant something that I was there. And Cornelia — what a gifted artist and teacher! Also, a very scenic venue!” Students all asked for more chances to study with Cornelia. Based on this success, they hope to have an expanded version next year–bigger studio room, more students, longer duration to the class.

It could not have come to fruition without generous local support. Thanks go to the Art Barge, for delivering and lending us their studio easels; to the Clay Art Guild for supplying stands for the still life set-ups; to Anthony Lombardo for building the shadow boxes; to artist Lucille Berrill Paulsen for the loan of lights and small tables. And, as always, thanks go to the Water Mill Museum, who rents the Discovery Room at an affordable price. Collaboration was the key, making this a positive experience for all involved.

— Ann Lombardo

More information at: aline99@optonline.net. To see Cornelia’s artwork, go to www.corneliahernes.com.