Plein air mini show

Our members do love to paint outdoors! Several of our plein air painters brought in their work for an inspiring mini show at our November meeting. Stay tuned for details coming in January about the outdoor spaces we'll visit next year.

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November Mini Art Show

Lots of wonderful new work from our members last month!

Roxi Fechtner - Onions and Garlic  (charcoal)

Loretta Landucci - Point Lobos (oil)

Betty McBride - King of the Wetlands (watercolor)

Cathy McNutt - Late Summer  (acrylic)

June Vega - Big Sur  (acrylic)


Bobbe Anderson - Broadway, Walnut Creek  (acrylic)

Carol Jurassin - Lake Herman View  (oil)

Carol Husslein - House on Bliss Court  (watercolor)

November meeting with David Savellano

David Savellano shared his plein air painting techniques and shortcuts to finish a scenic watercolor painting in just 1-2 hours.

He starts with a value study then moves to a sketch, then to large, sweeping strokes of color in the larger areas like the sky and sea, and more quick flicks of paint for trees in the distance. He talked about the value of adding people to your vista - they bring so much life into a simple landscape. He tapes out areas for people's clothing so he can easily wash over them as needed for the background, then when he removes the tape, he's left with white paper for better color when he goes back in to add more details to each person. Enjoy these pictures of his progress during his demo.

Be sure to check out his art retreat to Italy in June - travel sketching and plein air painting at its finest!





Finished work - "Beach Walkers"

A well-loved palette!

Youth Art Classes at Centre Concord


CAA member Mary Frances Crabtree teaches a weekly class each fall and summer for the Concord Parks and Recreation Department. Drawing and Watercolor Painting is for art students ages 8 to 13.

"I've been teaching this class for about five years. The subject matter is basic in art - drawing and painting landscapes, simple figure drawing, still life with flowers, fruit and cookies (which we eat at class end, of course!), one point perspective, etc. Especially important to the students is how to work with watercolor. I show them how to handle brushwork for a wash, how to do simple color blending, shading, small details with a fine brush." Mary reminds students to remember what they learned in kindergarten...stay inside the lines!

Because the class size is limited to just ten students, Mary can offer individualized tutoring. "It never ceases to amaze me the inherent talent, definitely not learned, just waiting to be brought out - and the motivation a child has to produce a watercolor painting in about an hour! They are so proud of their work and the parents are so delighted with the class and for the opportunity their children have to "do art" that they so want to do. Art class often isn't part of the school curriculum for elementary and middle school students."

Mary also gets a lot of home-schooled students in her classes whose parents say "I can teach my kids most everything in the school curriculum, but not ART!! Thank you, Miss Mary!"

Jeslyn Kate - Illustrator and Woodcut Artist

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At our October meeting, we were delighted to have Jeslyn Kate Cantrell, a Concord resident artist and illustrator, give us an exciting demonstration of the woodcut printing process. She works with a reductive technique - which requires her to visualize her drawings in reverse - and it also allows her to use just one sheet of wood per illustration.

October Mini-Art Show

Members are encouraged to bring their latest work to our monthly meetings for a mini art show. Everyone at the meeting votes for the two works they like the best and ribbons are awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place.

Bobbe Anderson - Secluded Entry  (acrylic)


October plein air painting at Port Costa

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Port Costa was founded in 1879 as a railroad landing. It's a tiny community (pop. 250) with a historic downtown area, surrounded by 1300 acres of parkland and rolling hills along the Carquinez Strait Regional Shoreline. A very scenic spot for painting and sketching - lots of great work has begun!