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May 15 - Frankye Oliver - Watercolor Portrait
presenter will be Frankye Oliver, a wonderful Waco watercolorist
weally wanted. (I couldn't wesist that wascally word warp ala Elmer Fudd.)
She will share some things she picked up in a Ted Nuttall workshop she
attended recently in San Antonio. But then, she was already wonderful.
Two of her paintings shown here are now hanging in the Arboretum in the
Central Texas Watercolor Society exhibit. Maybe you can drop by and see
them, as well as other fine paintings. The one at the right won the
People's Choice Award! Click on it and you can see better just how good
We will meet at our usual time and place, Waco Charter
School, 615 N 25th Street, with refreshments and conversation at 1:30,
and the demonstration shortly after the meeting begins at 2:00.
Bring a work to share with us Show and Tell, and bring friends. First
time visitors are free.
May 15 - Frankye Oliver - Watercolor Portrait of a Young Girl
is an accomplished watercolorist and a member of the Central Texas
Watercolor Society. She attended the Ringling School of Art and Design
in Sarasota, Florida, and had a career in fashion drawing. She has won
many awards in local and regional exhibits, and will have a solo exhibit
at the Arboretum in July. She shared several quotes from artists that
inspired her. Among them was this one from Ted Nuttall: "There is no
better place to be than in the middle of a painting."
Frankye began her demo with a drawing of a young girl drinking from a
on a quarter sheet of 300 lb hot press watercolor paper. She had
transferred the image from a photo by rubbing some pencil graphite on
the back of the photo and tracing over the major lines. She then
completed the drawing, referring to the photo, and lightened it with a
kneaded eraser. (Darkened here to show up better.)
painted with a Rafael 8404 Kalinsky sable brush (which she had found
online at a bargain price of $200!), as well as a smaller sable brush.
Her palette consisted of the following paints: Cad orange by American
Journey (Cheap Joe's); Cad red light and mineral violet by Holbein; and
cad yellow, alizerin crimson, scarlet lake, ultramarine blue, cobalt
blue, cerulean blue, Hooker's green, sap green, raw sienna, burnt
sienna, raw umber, burnt umber, and yellow ochre by Windsor Newton. For
her working palette she used a smooth plastic tray with a lip. She mixed
a skin color from cad red, raw sienna and a little cad yellow. She
started by applying the lightest flesh tones to the dry paper with a
dilute mixture of the skin color.
added shading while the paint dried using a darker hue of the same flesh
tones. For the hair, she used cad yellow and raw sienna in a very wet
wash, putting down
the lightest color first, then darkening the shaded areas with the same
color and some raw sienna. She then went back to the flesh tones, adding
darker tones to define areas, but keeping soft light tones throughout
the painting since the subject was a young child.
She emphasized thinking about the form of the face as a sculptor would,
paying attention to which features come forward, and which recede. She
created soft edges for shadows on the form of the subject, and harder
edges for cast shadows. She worked on the blue eyes of the subject,
emphasizing them through shading and judicious use of color.
continued to develop the shading while
we took a break for Show and Tell, further defining the hair, eyes, and
facial features. For the teacup, she used very light shades of
ultramarine and cobalt blue to suggest the roundness and smoothness of
the cup. For the background she used the same mixture of blues, applied
across the page in an irregular pattern, with the darkest hue providing
a contrast to lighten the yellow hair. She used cad orange to gray the
blue background so it would blend better with the painting as a whole.
After it dried, she painted green stripes on the dress as a contrast to
the blues and yellows used earlier. Frankye will finish the painting at
home and share the final version with us to use here.
Many thanks to Frankye for a great demo. Thanks also to
Gloria Meadows, Karen Groman, Charleen Isbell, Linda Green, Judy
Franklin, and Deanie Chastain for bringing refreshments, and to all
those who brought works for Show and Tell, some of which are shown
below. Also, Gloria Meadows showed us photographs of her new homey
Show and Tell:
Nancy Cagle Deanie Chastain
Judy Franklin Karen Groman
This School Year - Waco Charter School Art
The Art Guild executive board decided
to limit the Letzler Art Awards to the Waco Charter School this year,
since we were not very successful in involving many schools last year.
We will vote on the winners at one of our meetings, then award ribbons
and cash to the winners during the school day.
The Principal, Bonnie McRae, has asked
us provide some art lessons for the students after the regular school
day. Eight members have volunteered so far, but we could use more. We
are forming groups of two members, each of
which would only need to provide one lesson a month - although we won't
limit you to that. Please be a part of this artistic
outreach. The lessons will be about an hour long sometime between 3:45
and 5:15 p.m. on either
Wednesday or Thursday, at the convenience of the team members. The school can
provide materials (given time to do so), but can't afford to hire an art teacher.
far, Gloria Meadows and Charleen Isbell have done a painting project
with third graders. They met with the children three times in January to
complete the project, shown at the right. In February, Judy and Bill Franklin
did a lesson with fourth graders, and Nancy Cagle and Pat Blackwell
provided two lessons for the 5th graders. Bill and Judy have done two
lessons for 2nd graders in March. A few others have volunteered and
will be contributing soon. Please add to our efforts. We are an organization committed to promoting art; now is
the time to do it.
May 31- Letzler Awards presented to Waco Charter School Students
The Executive Board decided last summer to give Frank
Letzler Art Awards to students of the Waco Charter School, which has
been gracious enough to open the school for us on Sundays for our
regular monthly meetings for the last several years. We also conducted
art lessons after school during the spring semester. Charleen Isbell,
Gloria Meadows, Nancy Cagle, Karen Groman, and Bill and Judy Franklin
presented lessons to grades 2 through 5. Some of the school's teachers
also engaged their students in art, especially in the first grade.
Student art was displayed in the halls in May, and judged by Charleen
Isbell, Gloria Meadows, Linda Green, and Bill and Judy Franklin on May
25. Charleen and Gloria presented certificates and cash awards to
excited students on May 31 at a school assembly. Cash awards were $20
for 1st, $10 for 2nd and $5 for 3rd in grades 3-5, and $10 for 1st, $5
for 2nd and $3 for 3rd in grades 1-2. The winners are listed below, and
the 1st and 2nd place art is shown.
Keila Donato (left)
Second: Noe Campos (middle)
Third: Ashley Morones-Elias (right)
HM: Omar Moreno
Adazhayce Johnson (left)
Second: Andica Flores (middle)
Third: Ariyanna Jaimes (right)
HM: Hekaya Harris
Alma Martinez (left)
Second: Maira Peck (middle)
Third: Jesus Perez (right)
HM: Lana Rodriguez
Angel Gayton (left)
Second: Uzziel Loredo (middle)
Third: Carlos Perez (right)
HM: Yessica Gonzales
Maribel Maldonaldo (left)
Second: Demi Augolo (middle)
Third: Esmerelda Castelan (right)
HM: Esme Marilla