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January 5 - Deadline to Submit Arboretum Postcard Addresses

Please send the names and addresses of anyone you would like to receive a postcard announcement of the reception to Linda Green at lindarsgreen@hot.rr.com by January 5.

January 11 - Linda Easter - painting directly without underpainting

Linda Easter is a very talented painter who spends much of the year traveling to various festivals, where her works sell very well. January is down time for such events, so we were able to talk her into showing us her method for producing oil paintings rapidly. It's called alla prima (at first). The idea is to lay paint down in a way that it can be adjusted to the finished state in a single sitting. She plans to do a portrait for us. Prepare to be amazed. We will have refreshments and conversation beginning at 1:30. The meeting begins at 2, and the demo shortly thereafter. Please bring your work for Show and Tell. And bring friends for a great art experience. We will meet at the Central Presbyterian Church, 9191 Woodway Drive.

 

January 11 - Linda Easter - painting directly without underpainting

Linda Easter is a Waco artist who works exclusively in oils. She showed several portraits and landscapes that she has painted, including the one at right. Her style is impressionistic and loose and shows a strong bond with her subjects. She particularly enjoys – and excels at – painting faces. She prefers to have the subject looking away, rather than staring directly out of the painting. She likes to paint from life, because that allows her to see more than just one frozen moment of time. But patient models are hard to come by, so she usually has to settle for a photograph. Even then, her portraits look like real people, rather than idealized, generic ones. For our demo, she used as her subject an image of a child from a website called “Paint My Photo,” which she displayed on her iPad mounted on a tripod to the side of her easel, shown at left.

She painted on a warm toned, medium-valued canvas, which helped to establish a range of values. She began her underpainting with a quick sketch of the tilt of the head and the placement of the facial features (top right). She cautioned against making a detailed drawing first so that the painting will stay loose and open to modification as the work progresses. She next defined the shadow areas, eye sockets, mouth, nose, and hair with a mixture of purple, raw sienna and veridian (top left). She painted in a purplish background and the dark collar on the clothing to frame the face (bottom right). By squinting she located and painted the lightest light value on the face and hair and the pink on the cheeks (bottom right). She then added details, blending the colors as she went, creating the soft contours of the young child's face and hair. Two stages of this are shown at the right and left of the next paragraph.

Linda uses Robert Simmons bristle filbert brushes to apply paint, often only one for the whole painting, cleaning the brush between colors with blue label Terpenoid. She also uses soft natural hair brushes for blending. She likes Holbein paints because they are uniformly soft, needing no medium. Rembrandt paints are also good, but she found that the lids break before the paint runs out. Her palette consists of titanium white, ultramarine blue, vermillion, cobalt blue, yellow ocher, raw sienna, lemon yellow, cadmium yellow and red, quinachrodome red rose, veridian, and transparent oxide red (Rembrandt only).

While Linda didn't complete the painting during the demo, she had it well developed. At right is a late stage, at left is the end of the demo. Because she took time to explain what she was doing, she actually painted for no more than an hour and a half. In another hour or two, she could probably have finished it. That efficiency enables her to sell high quality original oils at reasonable prices. We very much enjoyed seeing the painting evolve under Linda's skillful hand. We thank her for coming. We also thank those who brought refreshments and those who brought art for Show and Tell, examples of which are shown below.

Show and Tell:

 

                  

 Pat Blackwell              Ellen Foster              Bill Franklin

                   

Judy Franklin             Charleen Isbell                Kit Travis

 

January 12 - MCC Exhibit ends

Please pick up your art between 2:30 and 3:30 on Monday, Jan 12 or have someone do it for you.

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