Drawing and painting a mini-book

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!

mini book concord art association

November Mini Art Show Winners

Fall by Claudette Haisley concord art association
1st place:  Fall by Claudette Haisley - watercolor

Harbor Master, Benicia by Carol Husslein concord art association
2nd place (tie):  Harbor Master, Benicia by Carol Husslein - watercolor

Leaves by Cathy McNutt concord art association
2nd place (tie):  Leaves by Cathy McNutt - watercolor

Clean-up Time at Giverny by Betty McBride concord art association
2nd place (tie):  Clean-up Time at Giverny by Betty McBride - watercolor

Japanese Head by Dorothy Wood concord art association
3rd place:  Japanese Head by Dorothy Wood - colored pencil

Artist Demo with Jeka Lambert

mandala mini book jeka lambert

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.

stencil cut mini book jeka lambert

Jeka is entering some of her mini books into the 2016 Traveling Tiny Book Exhibit. Their call for entries is happening now (click the link for details) - the deadline to submit your own mini books is 12/1/15.


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.

Member Art Reception on November 5th

CAA member Julie Limberg's lovely work will be on display at the Ygnacio Valley Library in Walnut Creek during November and December. Be sure to attend the opening reception on Thursday evening, November 5th.

October plein air painting day

At Cornerstone Sonoma, the sun was shining, the air warm and inviting, and we were ready to paint!

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.

Artist Demo with Roger Renn

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!

October Mini Art Show Winners

1st place:  Somebody Gave Me a Bum Steer by Betty McBride (watercolor)

2nd place: Mendocino Coast - #3 Sunrise by Carol Husslein (watercolor)

3rd place: Old San Juan by Lupe Jimeno (oil)