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February 9 - John Dunn - Watercolor Portrait
We will meet at Central
Presbyterian Church, 9191 Woodway Drive on Sunday, February 9. Be there
at 1:30 for refreshments and conversation. The meeting and demo will
begin at 2. Bring some art for Show and Tell, and bring a friend to
enjoy the demo with you. Visitors are welcome, and first time visits are
February 9 -
John Dunn - Watercolor Portrait
John Dunn was the guest
presenter. His wife, Dale, modeled for him, and he began by doing a
pencil sketch of her face and shoulders. He also made an arc of
background to define the edge of the hair. His large palette held paint
along all four sides, with room in the middle for mixing paint. He
doesn't ordinarily clean his palette. He prefers to use Windsor Newton
paint. He uses round and flat brushes made of squirrel or hog bristle
and a toothbrush for scrubbing. He said he used D Arches 120 lb.
watercolor paper. He washes his brushes occasionally with shampoo and
applied a mixture of yellow and rose madder to place the features, and
that mixed with China white to adjust the skin tones. He
a darker shade for the part of the face that turned away from him, and a
lighter shade where the light hit the face. He blended and smoothed with
additional water. He laid down the first layer of the hair with the same
skin tones with a little more red, giving a unity to the painting. He
combined red and blue to get a warm lavender for the first layer of the
began more detailed work on the eyes, using Indian red and cerulean
blue. He stressed that it is important to put a shadow between the
corner of the eye and the bridge of the nose. He also used Indian red
for the nostrils and the top lip, which was darker than the bottom lip.
Returning to his skin colors, he added darker shadows under the chin and
put texture in the hair with the darker paint. He put more variation in
the skin tones of the face to suggest the three dimensional quality of
the facial planes.
a break he added darker purple to show folds and creases in the sweater,
added more texture to the hair, and more definition to the chin and
neck. He used a 2 inch brush and soft green mixed with brown to paint a
simple background. He left a narrow irregular space of white paper
between the face and the background to gain contrast and emphasize the
subject rather than the background.
he added a yellow chain with a pendant in a darker shade. The photo here
shows the portrait at the end of the demo. It was an interesting
presentation, and, as with other accomplished artists, he made the
complex process of creating a portrait look easy! Our thanks to John,
and also to those who brought refreshments. Show and Tell at the break
was contributed by Charleen Isbell, who brought a painting, and
Christine Niekamp, who brought two paintings and a host of painted
fossil rocks that she gathered from her driveway.
Some examples are shown below.
Show and Tell:
February 9-23 - Exhibit at 1st Pres Waco (enter 2/2 to 2/6)
Celebrate Godís love though art
by entering an artwork in the
First Presbyterian Church Art Exhibit.
Art must be delivered to the
church office, 1100 Austin Avenue (back door), between 9 am and 11 am
Sunday, February 2, or between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday,
February 3-6. The entry form (see below) must be completed.
One entry per artist.
Artists need not be church
Any medium may be used,
including fabrics and photography.
No dimension may exceed 48
inches, although some exceptions might be made for good reason.
A two-dimensional work must be
framed or have decorated edges and be supplied with a hanging wire. The
artistís name must be attached to the back of the work.
A three-dimensional work must
be provided with a protective cover, if needed. The artists name must be
attached to the bottom of the work.
There is no entry fee nor
commission, but also no prizes.
Any sales will be between the
artist and the buyer, without any involvement by the church. Donation of a
part of the sale price would be welcome, of course, but is not required.
The exhibit will be mounted
Friday, February 7.
Please direct any questions to
Bill or Judy Franklin, 741-0960 or email@example.com.
Exhibit hours will be:
Sundays, February 9, 16 & 23,
8:30 a.m. - noon.
Monday-Friday, February 10-21,
9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Weekdays, visitors should enter
through the back door and report to the office.
An artistsí reception will be
held on Sunday, February 23, 11:30 a.m. - noon. Artists are encouraged, but
not required, to attend.
Artists may reclaim their works
following the February 23 reception, or may pick them up the following
Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Artwork Entry Form for the 2014
First Presbyterian Church Festival of the Arts
Name of artist (please print)
Title of work
Price (if for sale) __________ In
brochure, use c
email only c
phone only c
Acknowledging that due care will be taken in hanging the exhibit and
protecting it, I will not hold the church or its representatives responsible
for loss or damage during the show. I agree to pick up my artwork at the
times specified above, or arrange for someone else to do so.