Here is a great way that one of our members, Carol, used the mini folding book she made in last month's meeting with artist Jeka Lambert. Carol painted and drew across the whole page and turned the mini book into a unique, handmade birthday card for her daughter. Cheers to artists trying new things and expressing their creativity in new ways!
|1st place: Fall by Claudette Haisley - watercolor|
|2nd place (tie): Harbor Master, Benicia by Carol Husslein - watercolor|
|2nd place (tie): Leaves by Cathy McNutt - watercolor|
|2nd place (tie): Clean-up Time at Giverny by Betty McBride - watercolor|
|3rd place: Japanese Head by Dorothy Wood - colored pencil|
At this month's meeting, we got to be kids again! There was paper folding, paper cutting...and glue was involved. And lots of laughter along the way.
Artist Jeka Lambert shared her collection of creative mini books with us, some of which are shown here, and she led our group through the process of creating our own tiny blank origami-style books, upon which we can paint, draw or even collage.
Jeka has been teaching art journaling and other creative classes at Walnut Creek Civic Arts, Pleasant Hill Parks & Recreation, and the Concord Library. Her beaded jewelry work has been included in international juried shows, books and magazines. She majored in costume design for theater at the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee, and holds a certificate in Interior Architecture from UC Berkeley Extension.
We walked around scoping out areas to set up our easels. There was so much to take in. We all gravitated to the water lily pond and started painting. All too soon, it was time to pack up and head home, but we plan to go back again. It was a day well-spent with wonderful paintings started.
Labels: Plein air
|Roger Renn - Self-Portrait|
This is the first word that comes to mind about Roger Renn. He was extremely enthusiastic about his sketching process while traveling and he brought his collection of portable plein air painting tools and products to show us.
So many fabulous ideas! Roger had great tips and tricks to share - not the least of which was using the sectioned bottom of a laundry detergent bottle for a traveling or disposable watercolor palette.
Roger put us all at ease during his presentation. His friendly demeanor encouraged everyone to ask him questions. He was patient and thorough with his answers.
Roger obviously uses every item he showed us and explained how and where he would use various tools.
Roger brought a number of his small plein air works for us to see. They were wonderful!