We also announced our Artists of the Year - the members who had the most votes for their work in our monthly mini art shows throughout the year - congratulations!
1st place – Carol Husslein
2nd place – Cathy McNutt
3rd place – Betty McBride
Mount Diablo by Julie Litz – watercolor plein air
She started with a light pencil sketch, then did pen and ink to lightly define the outlines, then painted over that. This is a view from Rossmoor.
Grapes and Vines by Lou Ann Styles – watercolor
She saw this picture in an old art book at a bookstore. She used a salt technique for texture at the bottom.
Good Fortune and Joy by Carol Husslein – watercolor
She’s always taken photos of the red lanterns in Chinatown, they symbolize the title. From a sketch, she masked the lanterns with liquid frisket compound to make it easier to paint the background.
Michigan Avenue by Bobbe Anderson- acrylic
This is the bronze (yes, it's really that green!) lion statue in front of the Art Institute in Chicago that she painted from a photo - she grew up in Chicago and took a few classes at AI, so this painting has sentimental value.
Chris – by Mary Frances Crabtree - pencil study sketch for gouache
This is her grandson resting after a hike at Tuolumne Prairie.
Recordimos a Los Muertos by Betty McBride – collage
This means "remembering the dead." She assembled broken pieces of Mexican pottery with tissue paper and decoupage.