Every spring, we celebrate our members with cake and a white elephant swap! Everyone donates some new or gently used art supplies, and then we draw names to take turns picking our favorite item to bring back home. Here are just a few of our talented member artists.
Front row: Dorothy, Mariette, Carol, Bobbe, Gloria
Middle row: Claudette, June, Roxi, Carolyn, Julia, Pat
Back row: Kathy, Mary Frances, Liz, Pat, Betty, Cathy, Bob, Al, Lisa
Nothing beats the San Francisco Bay for painting and drawing inspiration...fresh air and palm trees swaying in the sea breeze. Our May plein air painting day at the Benicia Waterfront was lovely, with perfect weather and great company!
From watercolor to acrylic to gouache, lots of paint hit the canvas to convey several different scenic views. Join us for our June plein air painting day at the Martinez Waterfront Park and Marina - click here for details.
|Acrylic ink on Lutradur|
We had a great conversation about the beauty (and therapy) of all kinds of creative expression, and how much fun it can be to blur that line in the sand between "art" and "craft."
As a professional designer for the craft industry, I get to work with a wide variety of products that both artists and crafters enjoy using. My own artistic style leans more toward mixed media, fiber art and abstract work, so I'm wont to combine anything and everything when it comes to tools, materials and substrates.
Here's a linked list of just some of the products I shared. No matter what your artistic pleasure, there's something here for just about anyone. Try it, you might just like it!
- Lutradur non-woven polyester
- Ultra-Light Lutradur
- Bamboo batting
- Stiff interfacing
- Wool roving
- Needlefelting tool and large brush mat
- Heat carving tool
- Heat gun
- Liquitex sand texture medium
- Liquitex iridescent medium
- Liquitex acrylic inks
- Glossy dimensional medium
- Alcohol inks
- Pan Pastels
- Striping brush
- Splatter tool
Several of our members had tables and panels full of their wares, from notecards to silk scarves to giclées and original paintings. We sketched and painting and even did some sunprinting on fabric.
Can't wait for next year!
Not rain, nor hail, nor sleet, nor closed for construction will stop us from getting in some quality plein air painting time!
On Tuesday April 15, we arrived at the John Muir Historical site in Martinez, ready to hike in and find our perfect view among the fruit trees and wild flowers.
But we were surprised to discover they were closed that day to handle a little construction. So we set up camp in the parking lot, where we had a fine, albeit distant, view of John Muir's home.
Here are some of our paintings in progress, from left to right, by Carol Husslein, Cathy McNutt and June Vega.