Welcome to the Art
February 5 -
Deborah Bell - Oil Landscape
February 5, Lewisville artist Deborah Bell will demonstrate how she
paints landscapes in oil. Debbi began her art education with a home
study course at age 16. At 20 she was a full time professional artist
with a degree in commercial art. She kept busy painting portraits, and
for many years she and her sculptor husband Randy Cox ran a gallery in
Carrollton. In the mid-eighties, they closed the gallery to have more
time for traveling and painting.
has receive many awards, and her work has appeared in shows across the
country. One became a Christmas card for the National Wildlife
Federation. "I still paint portraits," Deborah says, "...portraits of
the Earth. I like to explore the relationship of man, animals, and the
environment in which they exist."
miss seeing this master painter in action or hearing her discuss her
art. We will meet at the Waco Charter School, 615 N. 25th Street.
Refreshments and conversation at 1:30 p.m.; program at 2.
February 5- Debbi
Bell - Landscapes in Oils
Bell, a Lewisville artist, demonstrated her approach to painting
landscapes in oil. She used a fairly small canvas in hopes of completing
the painting for us, which she came close to doing. Debbi uses a glass
plate for a palette because paint can be scraped off easily. She stores
it under water between painting sessions to keep the paint from forming
likes to produce smooth-surfaced paintings on canvas. This
requires some six coats of modeling paste, followed by sanding and light
coat of paste to provide a little "tooth." She prefers the give of
canvas to a hard surface like masonite, and expects canvas to last
longer. Color is added as fairly thin oil, brushed out smoothly.
of her paintings have subdued colors. For us, she chose to paint an
early dawn scene with mountains in the background
and a teepee beside a river in the foreground. She mixed a near black
from umber and ultramarine blue, then lightened it with white and some
cadmium yellow as needed. To warm the sky near the sunrise point and
things lit by it she added flesh color.
didn't use a sketch, although she usually does, since she practiced
Saturday and knew what she wanted. She worked from back to front,
with the sky and moving to the mountains, trees, river and shore.
Finally she added the teepee and a foreground tree. She used Payne's
gray along the river and for shadow around the teepee to tie them into
place. For greens, she used viridian in this night scene, but she uses
sap green for daytime scenes.
prefers relatively small brushes, even when covering large
areas, using a bristle brush to apply paint and a sable brush to smooth
it. Throughout, she dabbed paint in an approximation of what she wanted,
then smoothed and softened it by brushing over it with a fan brush. She
often glazes the final painting with a little alizarin crimson and black
mixed into the glaze to tone down and unify the painting. Sometimes she
uses ocher instead to give an old appearance.
We thank Debbi for a very interesting demo, which included several ideas
and techniques that were new to almost everyone. Thanks also to Saundra
Vasek, Christine Niekamp, and Linda and Gil Morales for the
refreshments. Finally, we thank those members who brought their work to
share with us. An example from each of them appears below.
Show & Tell
Judy Franklin Linda Morales
Christine Niekamp Violet Piper