Welcome to the Art
May 21-22 - The Art Guild Yard Sale a Success
The Yard sale was extended to Sunday, and
brought in over $600 for the organization. It was held at Ellen
Foster's home. Despite the record temperatures, members had a good
time and business was brisk. People who helped or donated items
(or got their friends to donate them) include Jean Blackwell, Charles
and Nancy Cagle, Bill and Ellen Foster, Bill and Judy Franklin, Charleen
Isbell, Dorothy Johnston, Jean and Rose Larkie, Frank Letzler, Gabriel
Luna, Myrl Luper's, Martha McKinney, F. D. and Gloria Meadows, Gil and Linda Morales, Bettye Schwartz, and Sue Vest. Many thanks to all of these and
anyone we may have accidentally left out. Some items that didn't
sell will be carried over to a future yard sale.
You are invited to attend the
Salado Fine Art
May 14th, 5 - 9 pm
horse drawn carriage rides from gallery to gallery. Register for door prizes
and a weekend get away in Historic Salado, Texas. This is a
event is a wonderful opportunity for art collectors to purchase high quality
originals or prints.
Griffith Fine Art
Gallery, B. Herd Gallery, Thomas Kinkade Stagecoach Gallery, Miller Fine Art
Gallery, Prellop Fine Art Gallery, Salado Galleries, Southern Image, Wells
Wine and Cheese
provided by the Public Arts League of Salado. Many guest artists will
be in attendance. www.salado.com
May 6 - Hippodrome Exhibit
Be sure to see our exhibit at the Hippodrome, 724
Austin Ave., during May. You can click on the window shots here to
get a somewhat larger view of the paintings, but you can see some of
them better on our
Exhibitions page, where there is a
sampling of the entries. Better still, you can see them all up
close in the
storefront windows at any hour at the Hippodrome.
May 1 - Don Magid
Magid led us through a portrait painting to illustrate his "Minds Alive"
approach to exploratory learning. He begins by establishing a framework
on which to build the upper structure, proceeding from the general
layout and large shapes to progressively smaller details within that
overall structure. The under painting is a foundation on which he builds
upper layers until the painting is finished, that is, until he no longer
wants to add or subtract anything. At the right, the mirror above
Don shows him measuring for his initial layout.
real trick is recognizing and reproducing the shapes in a scene. He
finds this easier to do by turning a photograph or some other original
and his canvas upside down. Right side up, you recognize the shapes as
things, but upside down, you can more easily see them as shapes. He
actually measures distances on the original and transfers them to the
canvas, scaling the size up or down if necessary.
the parts of the subject are located properly, he shades in the darker
areas to produce a value drawing. The drawing he does with charcoal,
using a finger to smear it from time to time. He doesn't worry about
having every detail at this stage. The exploratory process he uses will
gradually adjust the shapes, values, colors, and textures to guide the
viewer to see what the artist wants to portray.
showing us how he produces a charcoal drawing, Don brought out a
completed drawing that he said he had worked on for three hours the
night before. He had painted the entire canvas with an acrylic wash
(lavender in this case), then he had made the charcoal drawing, and
finally he had used a spray to fix the charcoal in place.
next step was to add color using acrylic paints mixed with a glaze
medium to keep them transparent so that the value drawing would show
through. The effect was similar to the tinted photographs that
old-timers may remember. Because the acrylic dries rapidly, he was able
to build up several layers to adjust the hue and brightness.
We then took a short break for refreshments and for a chance for members
to tell us about the painting they brought for "show and tell."
This gave the acrylics time to dry well before Don began the final stage
of painting with oils.
palette started with just red, blue, yellow, and white. Because
the subject was mostly a face, he mixed a flesh color, first mixing red
and yellow to get an orange, then adding some blue to gray it down.
save mixing time later, he made blobs of a series of shades of this
color from rather saturated to quite pastel by mixing in progressively
more white. He also added additional blue to some of original mix to get
a cooler and darker color for shadow areas.
the oils are pretty opaque, he began by covering the entire face and
hair area with a glaze he makes from equal portions of varnish, linseed
oil and turpentine. This provides enough transparency to keep the
previous work from being obscured as he gradually explores the colors
and values he wants in the final painting. He added touches of paint in
dark and light areas, then blended them with a brush or a finger.
he didn't have time to complete the painting, he did bring it to a
pretty convincing resemblance of the subject of the photograph. Those in
attendance learned a lot about painting and seeing. Thanks for a great
Show & Tell
Those who brought paintings are show below with
Nancy Cagle Larry Garza
Judy Franklin Bill
May 1 - Don Magid
Don Magid, artist and
educator, was raised and educated in Waco, Texas. After graduating from
Waco High School in 1954 he attended the University of Colorado and Baylor
University before receiving a Bachelor of Science degree from the
University of Texas at Austin in 1959. He has taught art classes at Baylor
University, McLennan Community College and many centers throughout the
Central Texas area. In January 1962, he opened the Studio-Gallery art
complex and operated this business until May 1978. It was during this time
that Don became interested in exploring understanding the creative process
itself. He studied how this creative process could be incorporated into
the average person's life to enrich their living and working experiences.
In 1970, Don came into contact with the works of Marshall McLuhan and
discovered that necessary information to complete the missing pieces of
his exploration. The Minds Alive Powerbook and related programs are the
results of this pursuit. He has incorporated much of this new information
into his teachings and programs. Mr. Magid will demonstrate
how to use this teaching in creating art.
has 56 paintings currently on exhibit at the Providence Out-Patient Rehab center
in addition to the Central Texas Dental Care office in Hewitt.
In the hospital's next newsletter, they will announce the Art Guild's desire to exhibit
in other departments. This exhibit will hopefully grow to cover
additional centers throughout the Hospital. If you are interested in
exhibiting at Providence Hospital, there will be a sign-up sheet at the Art
next meeting. Dues must be current to
Art Guild will be exhibiting our
members art at the Carleen Bright Arboretum, 9001 Bosque in Woodway, for
June 27, 2005 through August 6, 2005. Get your paints ready, this
theme will be "Sights around Waco." More information at a later date.
Dues must be current to participate.