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MEETINGS & DEMONSTRATIONS

Next meeting is October 15, and the Demo Artist for October will be James Gilbreath demonstrating Acrylic. The Meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Richardson Public Library basement meeting room.

Born and Raised in Texas, James’ love of art began in elementary school. And every art class he had in the duration of elementary school, then jr. high and high school, he excelled and won ribbons. At the age of 15, James was introduced to oil painting and his love of art grew to a whole new level. He continued to enter art shows and win ribbons, including the State Fair of Texas several years running.

After several decades of painting realism, James began to think that was an awful lot of time and effort to end up with something that could have been achieved in seconds with a camera. With the help of very talented art teachers, he switched over to acrylics and began to loosen up and use bright colors. 

Now James uses his imagination more than his eyes to create his view of the Texas Hill Country that he loves so much. He is having more fun painting than he ever thought possible. If he’s not painting, he's thinking about painting.

James’ work adorns walls from Houston to San Antonio to Fredericksburg, Texas and, of course, all around the DFW area where he lives. He hopes to one day move to the Texas hills, but until then he will continue to paint them in his own unique style.

To see more of James' work visit his site at:

JamesGilbreathArtist.com

UPCOMING FALL 2019
DEMONSTRATORS

October 15, 2019
James Gilbreath
Acrylic
November 19, 2019
Ted Clemens
Oils
December 17, 2019
RCAS Member
Christmas Party
January 21, 2020
Tom Hands
Chasing Shapes Drawing & Painting
February 18, 2020
Cecy Turner
Watercolor
March 17, 2020
Rusty Jones
Oil
April 21, 2020
Sue Darte
Fused Glass
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May 19, 2020
Moina Sajjad
Abstract Acrylic & Resin

WORKSHOPS

RCAS has several workshops scheduled every year by accomplished artists - both local and national.

Check out the Workshops Page.

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YOUNG PEOPLE'S
SHOW 2019

Features works from high school age students living in the Richardson ISD area.

Click Here for more information and Show Photos


2019 53rd RCAS Regional Show
Best of Show - Steve Miller

• SEE THE WINNERS!
RCAS 53rd Annual Regional Juried Art Exhibition and Sale
Complete list of Winners and Slide Show.

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.

Show dates for the current season are listed on the Shows page.

Wylie Fine Art Gallery and Art Society
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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