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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

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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.