Category Archives: Monthly Meetings

Lara Call Gastinger

Lara Gastinger PresentationThank you to our February program presenter, Lara Call Gastinger. Lara shared her wealth of information on the art of botanical documentation.

To quote Mary Oliver:

“Tell me what it is you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”

Lara recommends we spend as much of it as possible enjoying our natural surroundings.

–Brenda Hounshell

Creative Portraiture

creative portraiture
We enjoyed a very interesting process for creating unique and interesting portraits in our January Program.

Deborah Conn shared her expertise with us and had these tidbits of information to help us with our portrait painting using her techniques:

1) Start with a slick, textured surface
2) Try working with a black and white photo or drawing to allow for inventive color choices
3) Create a colorful under painting
4) Follow your drawing to lift and add to reach the desired result of values
5) Notice that since the color is not absorbing into the paper, the colors remain brighter
6) Treat each part of the face as a separate little painting

Here is Deborah’s message to our Guild members:

“Many thanks for a lovely reception by your group – I so enjoyed doing the demo and hope it was helpful.

Here are a couple of links to things I talked about.

This is the palette I have, or close enough. This is a LONG link, but if people “Google Heritage Arts palette removable cups”, it will come up.

https://www.walmart.com/ip/Heritage-Arts-Heavy-Duty-Plastic-Palette-with-Removable-Cups/50688553?wmlspartner=wlpa&selectedSellerId=1148&adid=22222222227038252039&wl0=&wl1=g&wl2=c&wl3=85403398490&wl4=aud-534311367960:pla-193405427570&wl5=9008138&wl6=&wl7=&wl8=&wl9=pla&wl10=112562587&wl11=online&wl12=50688553&wl13=&veh=sem&gclid=Cj0KCQiAkMDiBRDNARIsACKP1FGiMdUII8FnfNedB-x04QBsKflsK2S9SNE0_63wgksCOxrEHMskvP0aAuZ2EALw_wcB

And this is the poster software you can buy – it’s about $30, but you can do a free trial first. www.ronyasoft.com