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MEETINGS & DEMONSTRATIONS

This year, due to COVID-19 we are having our monthly demos virtually. This allows us to invite national artist as well as our local artist.

October 20, 2020
Virtual Meeting

Our Demo Artist for for the October 20 meeting will be Cheri Christensen woking with oils, and focusing on Farm Animals in particular.

Cheri Christensen was born in Enumclaw Washington, a small rural town of horse, dairy and cattle ranches at the foot of Mt. Rainier. Cheri's grandfather was a cattle rancher there and he was a big influence on her choice of subject matter today. She attended the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and graduated with a B.A. from the University of Washington. Cheri study oil painting and drawing intensely for three years with Ron Lukas, a protege of Sergei Bongart, who taught in the tradition of the Russian Impressionists. Cheri concentrates on seeing and conveying the effects of color and light on form.

Cheri has been featured in several magazines such as American Art Collector, Western Art Collector and Southwest Art Magazine.

She currently has 5 videos available through Liliedahl Video Productions, " Straight Ahead," "Highlight," "Keeping an Eye Out," "Brushwork & Backlight" and her new video, "The Color of White" where she demonstrates both her brush and palette knife techniques. She is also featured in the books, "Art Journey, New Mexico," and "Finding your Visual Voice. A Painter's Guide to Developing and Artistic Style." She currently resides in Texas.

For more information visit her website at:: CheriChristensen.com


UPCOMING FALL 2020
DEMONSTRATORS

October 20, 2020
Cheri Christensen
Oils
Farm Animals


November 17, 2020
Jesse Lane
Colored Pencil
Portraits

December, 2020
Christmas Party
January 19, 2021
Andy Evansen
Watercolor

Feburary 16, 2021
Soon Young Warren
Oils Cut Glass

March 16, 2021
William Schneider
Pastels & Oils
"How to Paint Eyes"

April 20, 2021
John MacDonald
Emotion in Oils

May 18, 2021
Jeff Legg
Still Life

WORKSHOPS

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SHOWS

We have several shows each season, including a show for local high school students and a well-regarded regional show for all Texas artists.

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Highlights of March Meeting, 2019

The meeting began with the presentation of awards to the RISD High School student winners of the Young People's Show. (You can see photos of show pieces and Winners by Clicking Here)

Then, our demo artist, Jo Moncrief, gave us an introduction to fluid acrylic abstract painting. She began her demonstration by first making sure the area, table and artists were well-protected from spills and splatters since liquid acrylics can be messy. She explained that she uses inexpensive plastic bowls from Dollar Tree for paint, which can later be peeled out of the bowls to use and incorporate in other artwork if desired. She also uses condiment plastic bottles or sports bottles to hold paint and paint combinations which can be mixed in bowls, or poured  directly from the bottles. She uses golf tees to plug these bottles and puts Vaseline on the tips so they don't get stuck from dried paint. She has found that the best mixture of paint is 3 fingers from a tube of paint, 2 fingers of pouring medium and 1 finger of distilled water. The paint needs to have body and not be too thin. Some describe the consistency as that of warm honey.

She sketches in charcoal lines to map out the rule of thirds for her basic composition, trying not to make the center of a painting the focus. To make texture, she'll use modeling paste on top of the gessoed canvas. She carves Styrofoam plates to use as ink pads on deli paper to make various textures that she often incorporates in her paintings, too.

When she pours onto a previously painted canvas, she'll often wet the surface to help the paint flow better. To help direct the pours, she'll tip the canvas, use tools like putty knives, brushes of all sizes, and sometimes sprays drier paint with alcohol to create interesting patterns.

She encourages experimenting as happy accidents often lead the paintings into undirected designs. She has used additions of people, dogs or cats to create a center of attention on an abstract if it needs it. She suggests stopping when the painting is 95% done, as more people overwork a painting than not.

During the break, the members voted for the Painting of the Month winners, who were announced at the end of the meeting.

1st Place, Betty Anderson for "Iris Duo", Watercolor 2nd Place, Lindy Ballew for "Big Horn", Watercolor 3rd Place, Ted Houston for "Meet Iris", Screen Print