Welcome to the Art
April 6 - Dorothy Johnston -
Johnston has contributed greatly to the Waco art scene. After
retiring from a career in commercial art, she devoted her efforts to
watercolors with great success. She has been an active member of
the Central Texas Watercolor Society and the Art
as well as the Art Guild. She had
her paintings and demonstrated her craft for these organizations
and others as well.
Many of her paintings adorn the walls of Waco
business and homes. Unfortunately for us,
Dorothy will be moving to Colorado this summer to
be with relatives there. This will be our last chance to see her
in action, so don't miss it. She always has lots of good ideas to
show and tell us that we can benefit from no matter what media we use.
We will meet, as usual, at the
Waco Charter School, 615 North 25th Street, with refreshments and
conversation at 1:30, the meeting at 2, and the demo shortly thereafter.
Bring friends. No charge for first time visitors, or they may
choose to join for the rest of the year for $16 regular, $24 for gallery
level. Also, please bring something you have done to show the
group. We will select one as our art work of the month.
April 6 - Dorothy Johnston - Master Watercolorist
Johnston will be moving to Colorado this summer, and we wanted to have
one more chance to learn from her while we could. She demonstrated
her watercolor techniques using
flock of sheep as her subjects. The paper she used was 140 lb cold press
watercolor paper in a horizontal rectangular shape, approximately 20" x
8". She had already painted the background quinachrodome gold using a
wet brush on wet paper, as you can see in the photo at the right, which
is reversed right to left by the overhead mirror.
light was coming from above the sheep, and she left their backs white.
She painted the shadowed area on dry paper with reds, blues, greens, and
varied shades of purple, which she mixed on the paper using alizarin
crimson and ultramarine blue. What resulted was a vibrant, interesting
painting, much more so than the faded photograph she was using as a
reference, as you can see in the photo on the right. The photo
below was taken after the demonstration and is not
We wish you well in your new home. We also thank Rose Jacobson, Bettye
Schwartz, Gloria Meadows, Frank Letzler, Bobbee Watts, and Judy Franklin for
the refreshments, and Rose Jacobson, Bill Franklin, Gloria Meadows, Nancy
Cagle, Violet Piper, Christine Niekamp, Charleen Isbell, John Twardowski,
Bobbee Watts, and Judy Franklin for bringing their art for the monthly show
and tell and contest. Because of ties (two firsts, three seconds & two
thirds), most of the artists got ribbons. Several commented on their
works. Photos are below.
Judy Franklin Charleen Isbell
Gloria Meadows Christine Niekamp Violet Piper
John Twardowski Bobbee Watts
Another art display we enjoyed
was the silhouettes (below) of the school's children painted on the wall in
the central hallway.