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January 13 - Bill Franklin - Light and Shadows
has always been interested in light, shadows and color,
as well as
them. In 1999, he wrote a book for the American Association of Physics
Teachers about color and color vision, and he has used his knowledge of
the physics and physiology of light in his paintings. This month, he
illustrate, using his paintings and those of others, how to portray
and shadows so that the viewer will find the image believable. The
situations will range from direct
strong shadows, to diffuse sources such as window light or overcast
skies. We will
meet at the usual time and place: the Waco Charter School, 615 N 25th
Street; 1:30 for refreshments, set-up, and
conversation, 2:00 meeting, with the demo soon afterward. Bring a friend;
the first visit is free.
Remember that it is time to pay your 2013 dues: $15 for
basic membership, $25 for gallery membership. Add $5 if you have no
email address. Pay before January 1 to be sure of getting in the
directory and to get the above discounted prices.
After the first of the year,
dues are $24 Basic, $36 Gallery, and $12 Student, plus $5 for all of
these if you have no email.
Pay at the meeting or send a
check made out to AGCT to our P.O. Box 23994, Waco, TX 76702.
January 13 - Bill Franklin - Light and Shadow
presented a demonstration and slide show on Light and Shadow. He
reminded us that all 2-D art is an illusion intended to convince the
viewers that they are seeing a 3-D scene. Bill made the point that
artists must create the illusion of light in their work. This must
be done well for the work to succeed. Therefore some basic
understanding of how light, shadows, and reflections work in
paintings is necessary. He said it wasn't really complicated; we
just need to observe shading and shadows carefully so that we make
the illusion convincing in our art.
the demonstration, he set up a light fixture globe on a rectangular
box. The room lights were turned off and a light source with a
narrow beam was shined at the globe and box. Participants were given
a sheet of paper on which were sketched two drawings of the globe on
the pedestal and two blank squares. He asked participants to draw on
one sketch the shading they observed on the objects with a black
cloth behind them to reduce any reflected light from behind, Then he
put a white surface behind them to reflect some light on the back
were asked to draw the shading on the objects again. They were then
asked to draw in one of the blank squares the shadow cast by the
objects. He then moved the light source closer to the object, which
made the shadow more diffuse. Then he placed a translucent diffuser
in the light beam near the object to illuminate the objects with a
broader light source. The participants were asked to sketch the much
more diffuse shadow in the remaining blank square.
Bill then showed slides
of works by Art Guild artists and others to illustrate the
three-dimensional effects produced by the accurate portrayal of the
light in the following situations:
1. Direct sun –
2. Medium angle of the sun
3. Low sun angle
4. Low light – dawn and dusk
5. Back lighting,
creating a silhouette
6. Objects in shadow
7. Overcast or fog
8. Night scenes
10. Inside light coming from a window
11. Inside light
coming from a smaller light source, including one within the
The following artists
were represented in the slide show: Dorothy Johnston, Frank
Gutierrez, Loveta Strickland, Gloria Meadows, Christine Niekamp,
Bill Franklin, Sue Young, Harley Johnson, Julie Cash, Martha
McKinney, Judy Franklin, Don Magid, Thomas Moran, Larry Garza,
Frederick Remington, Charleen Isbell, Ellen Foster, Violet Piper,
Nancy Cagle, Eastman Johnson, William McClosky, Linda Green, and
Our thanks to Bill for
the demo, to Pat Blackwell, Judy Franklin, Charleen Isbell, and
Gloria Meadows for refreshments, and to Gloria Meadows, Charleen
Isbell and Nancy Cagle for bringing art for Show and Tell.
January 20 - February 3 - First Presbyterian Church of Waco
There will be an
exhibit of art "celebrating God's love" at the First Presbyterian
Church, 1100 Austin Ave, January 20 - February 3. To enter, bring your
art to the church office (back door) during office hours: 9-11 Sunday
January 13, or 9-4 Monday - Thursday, January 14-17. The exhibit will be
mounted Friday, January 18, and will be on display anytime the church is
open until February 3, when there will be an artists' reception 11:30 -
noon in the Austin Street parlor. Art may be retrieved after the
reception or during office hours February 4-7.
There will be no entry fee, nor will prizes be awarded.
Sales will be between the artist and the buyer, not through the church.
No commission will be required, although donations would not be
unwelcome. Any medium will be accepted, including fabrics and
photographs, but due to limited space, entries are limited to one per
person, and should not exceed 4 feet in any dimension.