Artist Demos are presented after our regular meetings. We bring in notable artists to share their skills and enthusiasm. Our demos are free and open to anyone.
June 20, 2022. Jeannie Vodden was our presenter at the June meeting. Watercolor, especially in pure staining transparent hues, is Jeannie's medium of choice. Her method is to use a glazing process, applying layer upon layer, changing color and letting it mix on the paper. Jeannie demonstrated a very limited palette, starting with only three colors,. For our presentation, Jeannie painted several bluebirds on a wire, in various positions, in a horizontal format.
May 16, 2022. Judie Cain, our May presenter, is an award winning, widely exhibited artist. Her workshops focus on the basics of oil painting and color. Her presentations are always engaging and informative! The focus for the demo was the process of painting: the breaking down of the subject into basic shapes and values, composition. The subject reflected Judie's strong interest in our food supplies, family and our return to our ability to take responsibility for ourselves, through organic farming and supporting new life.
April 18, 2022. Stephanie Rose Long Working primarily in soft pastel, Stephanie’s interest lies in western art, depicting the people, animals and landscapes of the ranching and horse world. She says, "I am enamored with all things western, and love to add a bold use of color to grab the eye, while also representing the intimate details which otherwise might be overlooked," Stephanie's work can be seen at www.wildrosewesternart.com and Wild Rose Western Art on Facebook.
February, 2022. Heine Hartwig, well-known Foothill artist and friend of the MLAA, paints colorful landscapes in a loose but realistic style. This presentation was different: We learned how to apply basic rules of color and composition to create a colorful abstract in a single session! On the right, Heine with his finished work.
January, 2022. Judie Cain is an award winning artist, represented in galleries in Washington, Oregon, New Mexico and California, including Murphys, Sonora, Copperopolis and Carmel. Judie has taught her workshops, “Basic Nuts & Bolts of Oil Painting” and “Color Demystified” in the western states as well as other local venues, and her presentation in January again focussed on the basics. Starting with a still life setup, Judie addressed composition and color through multiple sketches.
November, 2021. Michael Severin is a noted Mother Lode landscape artist and lifetime member, and current Vice President, of the MLAA. This month, members both old and new brought their work for a critique by Michael, who brought good humored and practical technical commentary, focused on color, value and composition, to art ranging from watercolor landscapes in a realistic style through varying levels of impressionism and fauvism to abstract collage. You can find out more about Michael and his art at his website, www.michaelseverin.com .
October, 2021. Jack Forkner is a retired Air Force pilot who began developing and printing black and white images in 1970 while stationed in Japan. Photography became his lifetime hobby and he has always loved to master something new. Over the years he specialized in aerial photography from a remote controlled aircraft and, later, from a drone which he built himself. Later, he moved on to astro photography using a telescope. Recently he has explored macro photography, capturing unexpected images of tiny subjects, and on the effects of drops of liquid into water. Jack illustrated his talk with some gorgeous and original photographs. His audience, both photographers and fine artists, found his enthusiasm and creativity inspirational.
September 2021. Andrea Morris is a member of the Aloft and the MLAA. . In this demo, Andrea focused on the thorny issue of backgrounds.Through a series of pre-painted canvases and onsite painting, she showed us her process to build an integrated, finished work in which the colorful, loosely painted background supports the .finely detailed, realistically painted subject. .
August 2021. Our August meeting featured a perennial favorite demo artist and good friend of the MLAA, Heine Hartwig. Over twenty of us watched as he completed a painting in an hour. That included a running commentary on the hows and whys of the way he was mixing and applying paint to his blank canvas as it rapidly moved towards a finished piece. Heine also brought examples of his work and how they demonstrated some of the techniques of the old masters.