Celebrating art students!

Sienna Todd
We were so happy to celebrate some very talented AP-Art students from Concord High School at our Fall Show! We displayed twelve of their works, and six members from the CAA Board of Directors selected those we thought deserved award ribbons:
1st place:   Gina Dempster, Horn2nd place:  Sienna Todd, Elephant3rd place:  Gina Dempster, Rope & ShellsPeople's Choice:  Gina Dempster, Horn
Over 80 people - artists and visitors - voted in our People's Choice award - and each of the 12 works got at least a couple votes.  The winner received a $25 gift card for JoAnn Fabric & Craft Store for art supplies.

Many thanks to Warren Dean and all his art students for submitting fantastic work to be part of our show - and congrats to the winners!


Fall art show

Thanks to all the artists who set up tables for our Fall Art Show & Sale - we had many wonderful visitors to see and buy our wares. Many thanks to the Concord Library for hosting our event!
Kim Lawson, Julie Limberg
Sharon Petersen, John & Edy Nicolini

Carol Husslein

Cathy Hanson
Liz Roberts
Mary Frances Crabtree, Jim Isham
Sandi Sherwood
Pat Strout

Carolyn Oliver

Ambrozya Dae
Deena & Donna, Caitlynn Awand, Mimi Mayorga

And there were so many PRIZES! Over a dozen of our members generously donated artwork for our raffle. Each visitor got one free ticket, which they could drop in a cup beside whatever piece they wanted to win. All the prizewinners were delighted!


A unique way to paint a portrait

Our guest artist this month was Pam McCauley - she shared her creative and unpredictably cool way of painting a portrait with oils and a palette knife. 

She substitutes various colors for values - she starts with a light sketch of her subject, then applies the dark shades first, followed by medium and light shades. 

Once all the colors were in, she surprised us by quickly swiping the edge of her knife down the painting, across the top to the right, then midway down and across to the left, which smudged the colors a bit and added these terrific streaks across the face. The subject almost seems as if she is behind a pane of glass. 

Pam's final step is to use a brush to blend some of the lines between colors to create more cohesion. Her demo was definitely a crowdpleaser!


September guest artist - Pam McCauley

Join us for our member meeting on Tuesday, September 13th at the Concord Library (1-3pm). We are excited to have Pam McCauley as our guest artist - she'll be sharing her current method of painting portraits, using oils and a palette knife. She starts with thin darks, builds to the medium tones, then ends by adding thick highlights. Along the way she uses the palette knife for scraping and blending - you never know where it will all end up - and that's the fun of it!

Pam grew up in a family of painters; her mother painted into her 90's. She attended Occidental College and graduated with a degree in Fine Arts and a teaching credential. She taught high school art in Los Angeles until she started a family with husband, Tom. Twelve years ago she got back to painting and hasn't stopped since.

Recently Pam became joint owner of Main Street Arts in Martinez. Her work is also currently on display at Floral Arts Florist and Robert Jenson Salon, both in Lafayette. She is a member of the Martinez Art Association, California Watercolor Association, and she serves as vice-president of exhibitions for the Lamorinda Arts Alliance. Her work has been shown throughout the East Bay and recently she was a guest speaker for the Pinole Artisans.

Pam works primarily in watercolor and oils. She claims to be an unabashed colorist who sees color as value. Still-life and figures are her primary focus, although she has joined a plein air group. Her favorite quotes are:
"Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working." - Pablo Picasso 
"Not painting is not an option." - Debra Huse


An inspiring day in San Francisco

Our members' plein air outing this month was a Bart trip across the bay to the San Francisco Ferry Building.  It was just a small group which included Carol Husslein, her husband Don, and Pat Strout.

It was a glorious day! Carol and Pat found a comfortable spot on the back side of the ferry building to sit and they ended up enjoying a long conversation - they had tea and talked for hours. How often do artists get to do that together?

They moved inside and shared cheese, meats, bread, olives and wine at the Ferry Plaza Wine Merchant...then chocolate! Neither artist actually made a mark on their paper all day, but they took plenty of reference photos to use later. 

Sometimes our plein air excursions are about socializing with fellow artists, sometimes it's all about getting in some quality painting time - but either way it's sure to be a lovely day in a location brimming with creative inspiration. Join us next month for a trip north to Cline Cellars in Sonoma - visit our Activities page for details.


August Sketch Night

Lynda Helen Weir
A small group of artists enjoyed a self-guided walking tour of historic homes in downtown Concord (click here for the map). Lots of sketchworthy architecture among these residential and commercial gems! Many thanks to CAA member Lynda for these photos.


Member Art Show at Aspen Surgery Center in Walnut Creek

Each year, several CAA members hang their work in the Aspen Surgery Center in Walnut Creek, which is part of John Muir Hospital. These paintings bring lots of color and happiness to the center's long hallway between the waiting room and the surgical suites.

Our show this year will be on display from August 8th through September 16th. The center is also accessible to the general public during their regular business hours - Monday through Friday, 7am - 6pm. The address is 133 La Casa Via, Suite 150, Walnut Creek. Parking is available in the adjacent garage.

The surgery staff, the patients and their families get so much pleasure from viewing the art - we're delighted to bring a little extra joy to people who are likely feeling anxious or stressed. Here are the featured artists:

  • Bobbe Anderson
  • Carol Husslein
  • Cathy McNutt
  • Claudia Bubeck
  • Jeslyn Cantrell
  • Julie Limberg
  • Kathleen Robinson
  • Mary Frances Crabtree
  • Michelle Cicala
  • Mike Kunka
  • MJ Coleman
  • Monica Meza
  • Pat Strout
  • Phyllis Brady
  • Sharon Petersen


Plein air painting at Port Costa

Betsy painted a sidewalk scene

Port Costa is small historic town nestled in the hills beside the Carquinez Shoreline with fewer than 200 residents, but it's filled with lots of local charm for artists!

Carol worked on painting the bull and the archway


Sketch night at Salvio Pacheco Square

salvio pacheco square fountain

Our members had fun drawing and painting in Salvio Pacheco Square for our July sketch night. The fountain, planters and arches give way to relaxation and creativity. There was a vintage car show in Todos Santos Plaza, too. Thanks to Lynda, Sandy and Jan for providing these photos!

concord art association sketch night
By Jan MacKenzie

concord art association sketch night

concord art association sketch night
Mary Frances
concord art association sketch night
By Jan MacKenzie

concord art association sketch night
By Lynda Helen Weir

concord art association sketch night
M J Coleman

salvio pacheco square