Welcome to the Art
May 4 - Cheryl Chapline - Another Style of
watercolorists in a row? It's unusual for the Art Guild to have
two demonstrators in a row using the same medium, since we try
sample many media, subjects and styles. But we come each month to
see how expert artists work, and to learn what we can from them, whether
we use their medium or not. The insights we pick up from these
artists usually transcend any particular medium and find their way into
our work, consciously or unconsciously.
Chapline started with a fine arts degree and advertising jobs in Florida
and Georgia, where she picked up many design awards. After moving to to
Waco, she started the art program at the Waco Montessori School and has taught graphic design
and photography at TSTC. She also has her own design business, has been
active in the Central Texas Watercolor Society, and has had two one-person shows
at the Arboretum. A few of her past works are show here to give you a
sense of what will be in store for you on May 4.
We will meet at
the usual time and place, Waco Charter School, 615 N 25th Street, with
conversation at 1:30, the meeting at 2, and the
demonstration soon thereafter. Please bring one of your works for our monthly contest
and sharing. And bring friends. They can come once free, or
they can join as a regular member for the remainder of the year for only
May 4 - Cheryl Chapline - Another Take on Watercolors
Chapline is an accomplished watercolorist with a degree in Fine Arts.
Cheryl started the art program at Waco Montessori School, and is
currently an instructor at TSTC. She also teaches an evening class at
Vanguard School on Mondays, which she encouraged Art Guild members to
attend. Her presentation began with a slide show of her photographs and
art works. For photography, she uses a Nikon 40 DX camera as well as a
more compact one. She pays careful attention to how light affects the
subject, and strives for a wide variation in value in her photographs
and her paintings.
draws her subjects on plain paper and transfers them onto 140 lb. Arches
cold press watercolor paper with graphite. She applies a loose
underpainting on all her works, using aurelian yellow, permanent rose,
and cobalt blue. She places the paint where she wants that particular
color, allowing some colors to blend, and leaving others alone. She
often uses a darker shade of the same color for shadows. When she wants
a very dark color she blends ultramarine blue and burnt sienna or burnt
her demo, she worked on a floral for which she had already done an
underpainting. She followed lighter shades of red with darker ones.
Using many red hues, she achieved great variation in both color and
value. She made sure that the flowers had a variety of hard and soft
edges. She used a fan brush to pull the color through the subject. The
underpainting was left showing in places, which helped achieve a full
range of values.
said that the most important factor in a successful watercolor is good
paper, with paint and brush quality secondary. She uses good (and
expensive) brushes for her detail work, emphasizing that they need to be
tested with water for a good point. She uses less expensive brushes for
broad strokes. The paint she prefers is Windsor Newton.
She also likes Daniel Smith paint, which contains only pure pigments.
She said the newer quinachrodome colors are more
brilliant and saturated
and are good to work with. In the photo at the right, you can see
the partially finished painting at the end of the demo, in which the
darker patch to the left of center is more or less finished. The
rest of the image shows the initial underpainting.
to Cheryl for a great demo, to Martha McKinney, Pete Moffatt, Linda
Green, Kathe Tipton, John Twardowski, and Bobbee Watts for bringing
refreshments, and to those who brought painting for the monthly contest
and sharing. The winners are shown at the right, and paintings are
Blackwell Nancy Cagle
Bill Franklin Judy Franklin
Larry Garza Charleen Isbell
Meadows Christine Niekamp Violet
Piper John Twardowski
May 7 - MCC Exhibit Ends
Please pick up your art from the Ball Performing Arts
Center at MCC, or have someone do it for you, between 2 and 3 p.m. on
Wednesday May 7.