Tag: watercolor painting

Presentation by Artist Jane E. Jones Jan. 3 in Denton


You are invited to a presentation by Jane E. Jones sponsored by the Visual Arts Society of Texas (VAST), on Wednesday, January 3, 2018 from 6:45-9 p.m., at the Patterson-Appleton Arts Center, 400 E Hickory St, Denton, TX.

Ms. Jones is a watercolor artist who has served as a workshop instructor, demonstrator, and critique leader. She is the owner of Jane E. Jones Art Studio which has been in business for 40 years. During this time Jane, taught all levels of watermedia classes and “on location” workshops.

She studied with many professional artists from across the United States and Europe. In addition, she has been invited to lecture and juror at more than eighty arts organizations. To see more of Jane’s art, go to: www.janejonesart.com

The presentation is free for VAST members; $5 for guests.

Submitted by Rebecca Barham. Email: rebecca.barham@unt.edu

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Robert Earnest Moore – Canyon Watercolors


Robert Earnest Moore – Canyon Watercolors

Art Exhibit Opening Reception on Saturday November 19 from 6 to 9 pm at the SLANT Gallery – during the Artwalk at Midtown Galleries – Valley View Mall 13331 Preston Rd. (Preston & LBJ) in Suite 2218, Dallas, TX 75240 – Robert grew up in Cochise County Arizona and Luna County New Mexico and has returned to his roots in this exhibit of watercolors of the southwest. www.facebook.com/events/1793272174286175/

Submitted by Robert Moore. Email: rmoore1954@gmail.com

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Nel Dorn Byrd Studio Tour Nov. 5 & 6


My ANNUAL STUDIO TOUR will be November 5 & 6 with hours of 10 to 5 both days.  You’re invited to come see my paintings, tour my studio & visit.  This is the 13th year to open my studio to guests & the third year since relocation to Denton County.  If you’ve not been here since we moved, I think you would enjoy a drive into the country.  I have a beautiful view from my studio  with constant inspiration from nature.   (sometimes some wild life to view also)  The address is 3800 Elm Bottom Circle, Aubrey, TX & my phone # is 940-381-3018.  Inspired by the local color and subjects nearby I have been painting landscapes of Denton County as well as scenes from downtown Denton.
Nel Dorn Byrd is a signature member of several watercolor societies and her work has been included in many publications and books.  Her paintings are in corporate and private collections throughout the United States.  She paints in a loose, impressionistic style and her works often depict strong light and dark patterns with the play of light giving excitement and interest to any subject.  Nel feels that working in a series is oftentimes conducive to the creative process. For more see www.neldornbyrd.com

Watercolor continues to be a huge part of my life; sales are good & always lift my spirits.  I have completed several commissions this year – sometimes a challenge but always rewarding.  Thank you all for your continued support.   I am active in the Visual Art Society of Texas (VAST)  and I had a solo exhibition at the Black Box Theatre in Denton, April 1 – July 15,  with  thirteen watercolors depicting Denton scenes.  And my painting of a fall landscape titled,  Autumn, was selected for inclusion in the 2017 VAST calendar – month of October.

Watercolor USA is a top notch yearly exhibition at the Art Museum in Springfield, MO with a juror from the academic world.  I have entered for more years than I’m telling, but at long last, I had a piece accepted into the show – SO EXCITED!  Juror was Lynne Warren, Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago.  Leon and I attended the opening reception in Springfield on June 3.

Also, my work has been accepted into the following juried competitions this year:

10th Annual 125-Mile Visual Arts Exhibition, Denton – “Insight”
Arts Open Call – Greater Denton Arts Council – “100% Cotton”
41st Annual Western Federation Exhibition, Arvada, CO – “Popper Building”
TX Watercolor Society 67th Annual “, New Braunfels  – Waiting Renovation”     – award
SWA 2016 International, Ft Worth – “Texas Cotton”   – cash award
TX & Neighbors 31st Annual, Irving – “Rockers at Rest”
27th Annual VAST Members Exhibition, Denton – “Denim on the Stalk”
Kansas Watercolor Society National – “Denim on the Stalk”
I hope you will put my studio tour on your calendar;   I will have matted & framed watercolors along with my printed notecards & original cards.  Again this year, you can register to win one of my original watercolor paintings given as a door prize. (image below)  Bill Harmon was last year’s winner.

Remember the dates, Saturday and Sunday, November 5 & 6 with hours of 10 to 5.  I will look forward to seeing you then!

 My barrel racing granddaughter has been asking me to paint horses;  here is the first of a new series.

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Lilian Garcia-Roig exhibition: Oct. 22 – Nov. 26


We are pleased to announce Lilian Garcia-Roig’s exhibition, Fleeting (Autumn Woods and Flowing Waters), from October 22 through November 26, at Valley House Gallery.

The exhibition opens Oct. 22, with a reception from 6:00pm to 8:30pm. At5:30pm, Lilian Garcia-Roig will give a gallery talk about her recent paintings and watercolors.

This exhibition includes on-site paintings made in Northern Florida and at The Hambidge Center for the Creative Arts and Sciences in Georgia during an artist residency. A series of watercolors from the Skykomish River in the Cascades will be shown for the first time.

Lilian Garcia-Roig was born in Havana, Cuba, reared in Houston, and lives in Tallahassee, where she is a Professor at Florida State University. She received degrees at Southern Methodist University (BFA) and the University of Pennsylvania (MFA) and taught for nine years at The University of Texas at Austin. Lilian Garcia-Roig will travel to Cuba in 2017 for an artist residency program.

When her physician parents emigrated from Cuba to Houston, Lilian Garcia-Roig was confronted with a striking difference between cultures, which ultimately led her drive to create a form of plein-air painting that straddles abstraction and a sense of realism. Her immigrant experience prompted her to push for new boundaries in her painting.

In 1990, at the recommendation of SMU professor Roger Winter, Garcia-Roig attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, in Skowhegan, Maine. When she arrived, the glorious fall landscape was in full swing. That was the first time that Garcia-Roig addressed the landscape in her painting, instead of the figure. Unlike other plein-air painters, she doesn’t seek to convey a view, but rather the tangle of the woods. Ultimately, her choices express the essence of the subject without being tied down to a traditional pictorial landscape view.

On her palette, Garcia-Roig uses as many as 65 commercial oil pigments, supplemented by around 100 mixtures of her own devising that she prepares ahead-of-time. This preparation allows her the freedom to paint in her maximalist style in which her surfaces are encrusted with bold strokes of paint, set on top of one another, as she pulls elements from ever-changing light to make her paintings.

Cezanne scholar, Richard Shiff, Ph.D. and Lilian Garcia-Roig were colleagues when she taught at The University of Texas at Austin, where Shiff currently directs the Center for the Study of Modernism. In his essay on her work, Shiff writes:

“With her densely physical paintings, Garcia-Roig, like Thoreau, touches eternity. This is quite a claim, but it feels right to me. It is my own claim, not Garcia-Roig’s; she is more modest, more pragmatic, about such things. So I need to explain. To paint nature is to be involved with natural cycles of passage and renewal. To paint water is to confront, all the more obviously, the phenomenon of time—eternal, ever-moving time. With her pictures of moving water, Garcia-Roig enters a natural cycle in a specific location. Water itself, no matter where we find it, participates in a round of evaporation and condensation. And, as a fluid, it can assume any shape and take any direction. Its natural movement is downward – “seeking its level” in accord with the universal force of gravity – but evaporation (and at times sublimation) reverses this effect to restart the cycle.”

“It may be that Garcia-Roig cares little about gravity, condensation, evaporation, and the like – these are a natural scientist’s abstractions, not those of an artist who renders nature with her own material means. Yet each of Garcia-Roig’s paintings enters a natural cycle. Her art is less about fixing the image of a moment, more about participating in the moment, which heightens the artist’s sensitivity to her existence within nature’s continuity. In one sense, as Garcia-Roig paints, she must lag behind time, which defeats her attempts at being true to nature, seizing water’s movement by its passing color – the tail of the beast. Whatever effect she captures has already run past. But we need to recall that the finished painting is as much an abstraction as a representation. As a material abstraction – as the object that Garcia-Roig has fashioned – the work is complete when (in her words) “my eye is never stopped in any one place in the painting.”  In this respect, when she faces her finished painting, it is no longer “finished.” At this moment of contact, the painting never ceases to move, nor do Garcia-Roig’s vision and comprehension of it come to a static rest. Her art establishes an eternal harmonic balance – an energizing equilibrium that, like nature’s configuration, keeps changing.”

Among her awards are a Joan Mitchell Foundation Award, a Mid-America Arts Alliance/NEA Fellowship Award in Painting, a State of Florida Individual Artist Grant Fellowship, and the Arch and Anne Giles Kimbrough Fund Award from the Dallas Museum of Art. Museum collections include the Austin Museum of Art, Blanton Museum of Art, El Paso Museum of Art, San Angelo Museum of Art, Museum of South Texas, Huntsville Museum of Art, and Polk Museum of Art, among others.

This is Lilian Garcia-Roig’s 9th exhibition at Valley House Gallery.

View the exhibition online at www.valleyhouse.com

Cheryl and Kevin Vogel
Valley House Gallery & Sculpture Garden
6616 Spring Valley Road, Dallas, Texas 75254
Hours: 10:00am-5:00pm, Monday-Saturday

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Summer Classes at the Wellness & Creativity Center

2911 Race Street, Fort Worth, TX 76111   1-651-492-6790

Sign up for a Class CreativityandWellnessCenter@gmail.com


Quiet your mind and get lost in peaceful creativity while learning to paint with watercolors.  Several images and techniques will be taught throughout the quarter, rotating weekly.

  • Class typically offered Tuesdays 10-noon Wednesdays 1-3, Thursdays 6-8 and some Saturdays from 10-noon. Check course calendar tab for details!
  • Cost:  $35.00 for one class, or save and buy a bundle of three classes for $90 (both options include supplies).

Creative Journaling
In this class, several fun and clever ideas for creative journaling will be shared. Afterward, students will quiet their mind and spend time personalizing the exterior of a journal or notebook using photos, magazine clippings, quotes, notes, etc.  that they brought from home.  Makes a great gift!

  • Class typically offered Tuesdays 1-3 and 6-8, Thursdays 1-3; and Fridays 10-12 and some Saturdays 10-12.
  • $35 – includes art supplies.   You may bring a journal from home to personalize, or purchase a composition book from us to personalize for an additional $4.

Drip Paintings!
Back by popular demand!  Quiet your mind and let yourself get lost in peaceful creativity while learning to create a beautiful and unique drip painting. This class will span over the course of three weeks (two hours for each segment).
Next classes are scheduled Friday evenings July 15, 22 and 29 from 6:00 – 8:00 OR Saturday mornings July 16, 23 and 30 from 10-noon . Class size is limited to 16 people so please register early!
Cost:  $90 – all materials included.

Paint Your Pet!
Bring your favorite picture of your pet and learn how to sketch it and then paint it on a canvas using acrylic paints!  This is a fun, introductory class.  Assistance will be provided with sketching and painting as needed.  Kids under 15 must be accompanied by an adult.

  • Offered most Saturdays 1-3 (check course calendar tab for details)!
  • $35 –supplies included.

Open Creativity Time:

Stuck on an unfinished art project from home?  Or simply looking for new inspiration?  Come in and get suggestions from an artist on how to proceed!  Or, use this time to relax in our beautiful studio and simply create or color on your own.

  • Typically offered Wednesdays 10- noon and Thursdays 10-noon.  Kids welcome and must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Cost:  $20.00 (includes one canvas, paper, use of studio’s art supplies and coloring books.)

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Landscape in Watercolor: a presentation and demo by Artist Cecy Turner Feb. 4

Cecy Turner_Out in Front for Fall

Please join the Visual Arts Society of Texas (VAST) on Thursday, February 4th for a presentation and demo by watercolor artist Cecy Turner.

Turner is an award-winning artist who has been painting and teaching for the past thirty-five years. She takes ordinary subjects and makes them seem magically “bathed in light.” She loves to paint a large variety of subject matter to continue the challenge with each new painting and she constantly works on her development as an artist. Her frequent plein air painting gives her much pleasure because of her lifelong love of the outdoors, as well as sharpening her decision-making and observation skills at the same time. It is her favorite way of painting because of its urgency and freshness.

Cecy’s work has been selected for numerous national exhibitions, including Oil Painters of America, Salon International, Top 100 Arts for the Parks, Top 100 Paint the Parks, American Artists Professional League Grand National Exhibitions, National Watercolor Society and National Oil and Acrylic Painter’s Society. Her paintings have won awards in most of these competitions. Recent awards include Best of Show in the Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters (RMPAP) Centennial Celebration for Rocky Mountain National Park, Merit Award for Landscape in the Salon International at Greenhouse Gallery in San Antonio, TX, Award of Excellence in the National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society “Best of America,” First Place in the Women Artists of the West 43rd National Exhibition and the Irving Art Center $1,000 Award of Excellence in the five state Texas and Neighbors Exhibition.

Cecy’s work has been shown in numerous solo and group shows in the United States and Japan. Her work is found in private and public collections throughout the United States and Europe, such as the Brevard Art Museum, National Audubon Society and Paralyzed Veterans of America, to name just a few.

Cecy holds her Signature Membership in the National Watercolor Society, Southwestern Watercolor Society, National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society, American Plains Artists, American Women Artists, Associated Creative Artists, Outdoor Painters Society, Plein Air Artists Colorado, and Texas and Neighbors. She is a Master Signature Member of Women Artists of the West and a Fellow of the American Artists Professional League, as well as a member of Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters. Articles about Cecy have been published in American Artist Magazine, Watercolor Artist Magazine (cover, February, 2010 issue), Southwest Art Magazine, Art of the West Magazine, Western Art Collector, Home and Heritage Magazine and North Light Magazine, and her work has been featured in The Best of Flower Painting. She was chosen as an “Artist to Watch” by Southwest Art Magazine in their July, 2006, issue.

Cecy’s web site is www.cecyturner.com and her Blog is www.AnAspenaDay.com.

The presentation takes place at the Patterson-Appleton Arts Center, 400 East Hickory St, Denton and is Free for VAST Members, and $3 for non-members.

Submitted by Rebecca Barham. Email: rebecca.barham@unt.edu

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