Artist Demos are presented after our regular meetings at 1.00 p.m. on the 3d Monday of the month. There are no meetings in July, August or December. Meetings are held at the Tuolumne County Main Library, 480 Greenley Way, in Sonora.
Upcoming Demos: February 17, 2020, Michael Severin
Michael Severin is a noted plein air landscape painter, a Sonora resident and long-time MLAA member. The theme of his presentation will be how to "Key" a painting, value structure, and how to incorporate a color scheme. MIchael will discuss and the difference between Full, High, Middle, and Low key value ranges and demonstrate how to achieve color harmony using a specific color scheme. While oil paints will be used for the demo, the information will be useful to artists in any medium.
Michael Severin is represented by the Petroglyphe Gallery in Mokelumne Hill . You can find out more about Michael and his art at his website, www.michaelseverin.com
January 2020. Diana Boyd's direct, insightful critiques attracted a crowd . She forthrightly discussed both strengths and weaknesses of every work. Diana Boyd has been active in our local art scene since she moved to Sonora in 1997. She served on the MLAA board for many years. After becoming a successful artist and painting demonstrator she began teaching oil painting in Tuolumne and Calaveras County in 2006 as well as judging numerous art shows thoughout the years. Her favorite subjects include figures, animals, and still life painted in a loose,semi abstract style.
November 2019. Watercolorist Jeannie Vodden uses pure staining transparent hues and a very limited palette in a glazing process to achieve exquisite, detailed paintings. She demonstrated her extraordinary portrait techniques to a rapt group of artists at November's meeting and shared practical information on equipment and materials.
October 2019. Heinie Hartwig's critique drew a crowd, as always.
People who were emboldened to bring their artwork to the meeting enjoyed the guidance of a master painter. Heinie uses a piece of glass laid over the artwork to paint his suggested changes.
September 2019. Susan Lea Hackett lives in Strawberry, Tuolumne County. She is a noted textile artist, painter and teacher, and is the force behind MLAA's very active plein air painting group. Susan's current passion is painting in watercolor and pastel. Her approach begins outdoors, with a detailed drawing, going on to carefully selected transparent watercolors, often finishing with opaque watercolor or pastel. She finishes many of her paintings in her studio. Susan's presentation focussed on the progression from sketch to finished painting, with mention of the equipment she's collected to meet the needs of the person painting out of doors.
June 2019 Al Tofanelli worked in the digital game industry as an Art Director overseeing graphics and development. Since moving into fine arts, Al has taught painting for over 25 years and has shot artwork for professional artists for print and presentation. Al explained how to shoot your own work, whether for printing or for show submissions, using anything from professional equipment to your iPhone, with many helpful suggestions on equipment, editing software, lighting, etc.
May, 2019: Clark G. Mitchell is an artist and teacher, well known for his landscape work which ranges from tightly rendered to looser and more abstract. He favors pastel for ease of handling, brilliance of color and portability. Clark Mitchell has been designated a Master Pastellist by the Pastel Society of America, among other honors. His demonstration drew a crowd and members were especially interested in his technique of pastel applied to the paper to define broad areas of color and then dissolved in brushed-on alcohol for a watercolor effect, as an underpainting for the finished pastel work. Clark Mitchell also had useful advice to share on selection of paper and pastels and handling and framing of the finished artwork.
April, 2019: Elizabeth Ingebretsen is a watercolorist and oil painter from Modesto and Carmel, CA. Liz loves to convey form with expressive color and with lost and found edges. Liz is a member of the California Art Club and shows with Venture Gallery in Monterey, CA. You can see more work on her Instagram Page, Elizabeth Ingebretsen. Liz chose a big, beautiful bunch of flowers to demonstrate her unconventional watercolor technique, in which dark or intense color is placed first to create a pleasing pattern.
March, 2019: Carolyn MacPherson resides in Washington State where she practices and teaches an amazing variety of art techniques. Caroline demonstrated an innovative technique which resembles encaustic, using Dorland cold wax mixed with oil paint and medium. The result is a colorful, quick drying mixture which can be textured or treated like paint, for lively, brilliant effects.
The colorful sketch to the left was completed during Carolyn's demo. Carolyn reports that this technique is a good way to use up your odds and ends of oil paint!