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September 11 - Don Magid - Playing with Color
needs no introduction to Art Guild members, but others should be
made aware that he has been a excellent artist and art teacher in
Waco for many years. His program this month presents an exciting,
shimmering, broken-color painting style that produces an
Broken-color refers to the technique of
subdividing local color into several related segments. A fairly
large amount of local color is first mixed up for a part a painting,
such as a building, a sky, trees or grass patterns as parts of a
landscape. These local colors are then divided into three equal
amounts. One of each the three primaries of red, yellow and blue are
added to each of the divided amounts. Red goes into one of these,
blue to another and yellow goes into the third mount. This way we
get three different variations of each local color in a painting.
This is done only for the main local colors in the
subject matter and in the larger areas of a painting. This can be
done for larger dark or light painting areas. When painting, the
artist reaches down and gets a different variation of the color
being used at the time and places them side by side on the painting
without much blending. When coupled with short patterned brush
strokes, this technique becomes even more vibrant. This is what
gives the shimmering
effect to the art work.
Also included will be the visual effects of
aerial and linear perspective. You are most welcome to bring any
form of mixable color media and paper/canvas to work on, as after
the talk/demo, we will play with this concept of color mixing and
enjoy literally "PLAYING with color".
We will meet at our usual time and place: Waco Charter School, 615 N
25th Street, at 1:30 for refreshments and conversation, with the
meeting beginning at 2:00 and ending by about 4:30. First time
visitors are free. Those who want to join may do so for only $8 for
the remaining months of this year. Also, please bring your art for
Show and Tell, which we share during the break.
For those who would like to enroll in
Don's classes, they are available in six weeks segments, beginning
in September at his 2400 Fort Ave studio, across the street from the
Waco Charter School. An outline his program will be available at
this meeting and on the first day of each series of classes:
Tuesday PM 6:30- 8:30 PM- Sept
Thursday AM 10:00-12:30 AM- Sept 15
Saturday AM 10:00-12:30 AM- Sept 17
Call Don for additional information at
September 11 - Don Magid - Broken Color Oil Painting
began by saying that playing is very important in learning to paint, and
in enjoying it. He believes the process is trial and error, and that
there are no failures because we can learn from mistakes. He used a
video camera, whose image was projected on a large screen,
show his work. He discussed 1 point, 2 point and 3 point perspective,
and passed out copies to everyone of illustrations of them (at the
right). He said our basic learning is done with straight and curved
lines. He stressed that if we are going to paint, we need to see.
displayed a painting of a street scene that was done by one of his
students several years ago (right). His demo was to be a similar scene,
the broken-color style. He had already prepared a canvas before the demo
with an all-over wash of a pale lilac shade, and had sketched in the
basic outlines of the buildings, street, sidewalk and sky (left). On the
larger areas, such as the street, he used a medium which was made of
equal parts of Damar varnish, linseed oil and turpentine. Smaller areas
do not need it.
only colors of paint he used were yellow, red, white and blue (palette
at the right). For example, to get stucco color he used more yellow, but
still used all of the others to get an appropriate hue and tone. He
mixed a large quantity of the stucco color on a mixing surface and
separated it into three piles, so that he could add extra yellow, red
and blue into them to get the related colors that would be placed near
one another in the painting.
proceeded to fill in areas of the painting using the three related
colors in small patches so that the overall effect was the average
color, but the surface was
rather than dull. He said that everything he does is an experiment. He
suggested that if you don't know what to do, just do something. If it
doesn't work, you can always paint over it. He said we make no mistakes
in painting, only learning opportunities.
Thanks to Don for a challenging demo, to those who
brought refreshments, to Linda Green and Charleen Isbell, who provided
the photos and notes for this report, and to those who brought works for
Show and Tell, examples of which are shown below.
Show and Tell:
Deanie Chastain Frank
Gloria Meadows Christine Niekamp
September 22 - Reception at the Martin Museum
There will be a
reception and gallery talk at the museum for oil painter Ann Ekstrom.
The event will start at 5:30pm, and is free for the public. Also on
view is the McRay Magleby exhibition.