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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.

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

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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.

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Highlights of May Meeting, 2019

The meeting opened with announcements regarding the pick-up date for the Regional Show and the upcoming Call for Entries for the Summer Show. Then a Kay Hoag presented a slide show of her recent visit to China. The City of Richardson's sister city, the City of Pengzhou, China invited two artists from Richardson to attend their arts festival in late

April to create artwork depicting things in Pengzhou for permanent display. The 5-day visit took place in conjunction with the Pengzhou Peony Festival in April. The visiting artists agreed to finish 2 works of art that include elements of Pengzhou to be incorporated into the city's parks and recreational areas. RCAS Member, Kay Hoag, was one of the artists invited to participate in this event. Here a just a few of the photos she shared with us.

This month's demo artist was Ron Stephens demonstrating his abstract acrylic art technique. He explained that most of his work is intuitive. He makes numerous smaller color studies with various materials' and works in a square format that gives him the most flexibility for his designs. The square format allows him to do a turn test to see which view of his finished painting looks best.

In his designs, he includes 3 sizes and 3 shapes, connecting them with passages of color, line and contrast. He may study his sketches for a day or 2 before proceeding. He notes that every painting needs a center of interest and he believes in thinking things through before beginning.

He begins by placing initial pencil marks as a roadmap for the rest of the painting. Then he adds paint, beginning with black or dark values for structure, then greys, then color, repeating the same colors in different areas of the painting.

Lately he uses inexpensive "chip" brushes from a hardware store for painting with gesso and acrylic paints, which are damaging to brushes. Chip brushes are cheap, can be bought in bulk, and can just be thrown away when wrecked.

He doesn't use mediums to thin his paint. He only uses water. When mixing colors, he sometimes encounters "happy accidents" of unexpected hues. He adds texture, not only in the initial thick application of gesso, but also by lifting and using cardboard, screens, and bubble wrap as stamps. At some point, he likes to add calligraphy with water soluble graphite or colored pencils or water-soluble crayons.

And he sometimes finger paints - enjoying getting his hands into the paint. Near completion he takes time to step back and look at the painting to decide what else it needs . It is important be aware of not putting too much into a single area. Finally, he turns the painting in various directions to determine where the anchor point is in the painting and which view is the most pleasing to the eye.

At some point, he likes to add calligraphy with water soluble graphite or colored pencils or water-soluble crayons. And he sometimes finger paints - enjoying getting his hands into the paint. Near completion he takes time to step back and look at the painting to decide what else it needs

It is important be aware of not putting too much into a single area. Finally, he turns the painting in various directions to determine where the anchor point is in the painting and which view is the most pleasing to the eye.

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