October 2011 Meeting

by Linda Capaci

What a fun evening, October 13 at the El Toro Library! DORI DEWBERRY honored USPA not only with her beautiful painting, but with her expertise in pastel and her great sense of humor. She was very much at ease as she joked with her captive audience.

meeting2011_10_1.JPG Dori says she gets excited about composition and color and can't wait to get started, however she is still struggling to understand value...really? I think she understands it quite well as was evident when she began demonstrating. We were all blown away. Dori worked on U-ART (500 grade) paper which is softly sanded and began working with Nu-Pastels then went to Terry Ludwig's soft pastel for broader strokes occasionally integrating Nu-Pastels on certain areas. Some members had concerns about Nu-Pastels not being archival. She had no worries with that aspect and said as far as she knew they were.

meeting2011_10_2.JPG After doing her preliminary sketch, she brought out paint! We were in awe at the idea of using paint as an under painting. Dori said by using this method she was trying to relate color to value. These paints were pure pigment water based and she loved them because they were so vibrant in color. The paints were Guerro Paints from N.Y. where she purchased them while doing a Kitty Wallace workshop. (Guerro Paints are on the internet if interested.)

meeting2011_10_3.JPG She randomly applied red paint to all the foliage (complimentary to the green, but said she does not always use complimentary colors) and yellow for the sky. She then applied a deep thalo blue for the shadows...gorgeous! She later dried the paints with a hair dryer and began applying her pastels. What beautiful results this made, so vibrant, the greens popped over the red. She says she likes working with Robert Burridge's Color Wheel, she feels it's colors are more true then other wheels and gives her a better perspective on what colors she is going to use. Dori enjoys putting in colors she feels the eye doesn't expect to see. In her deep shadows she added a bit of deep purple and it looked fantastic. She tends to randomly pick colors, has no idea what she is going to use and it's not preplanned but somehow it all comes together beautifully.

As usual, a raffle was done at the end of the meeting and the lucky winner was Berry Keller. He walked away with a beautiful landscape, an original Dori Dewberry!!!

Want more Dewberry techniques? She does a workshop at Santiago college. Or, visit: dewberryfineart.blogspot.com .

Meeting Archives

August 2011 Meeting

Our August 20, 2011 meeting was at the studio of Phil Journeay.
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June 2011 Meeting

Our June 2011 "Paint Out" in San Juan Capistrano
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May 2011 Meeting

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March 2011 Meeting

Minnie Valero gave us an effortless demonstration utilizing suede board and techniques that she’d learned through trial and error, workshops with Alicia Sotherland, and a portrait workshop in France.
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February 2011 Meeting

USPA members got a real treat this month with world renown artist Louise Lopina. Louise is well known for her beautiful wildlife and demonstrated that talent to members by painting a young giraffe she photographed at a zoo.
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January 2011 Meeting

Renowned artist, Sally Strand honored USPA members with her expertise, advise and knowledge of selling art and yourself.
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December 2010 Meeting

At our December meeting, teacher and artist Gary Blackwell demonstrated his wonderful talent for USPA members.
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November 2010 Meeting

What a spectacular demonstration Mary Aslin gave us!!
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October 2010 Meeting

Working on Wallis paper, Ada Passaro made her preliminary sketch with charcoal on a grid of 9 squares.
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September 2010 Meeting

The first USPA Paint-Around was a gas!
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August 2010 Meeting

Our August 12th meeting at the El Toro Library featured a demonstration by USPA's own Ede Streiff.
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June 2010 Meeting
Alicia Sotherland

Alicia Sotherland presented the demo at our June 10th meeting at the El Toro Library. Those in attendance were "wowed" as much by Alicia's stunning painterly portraits as by her effervesant personality. She made fans of us all and she conjured up a portrait before our eyes on her favorite mount, suede matboard.
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May 2010 Meeting
Joann Quinlivan

Such an entertaining lady our past president!! As charming and delightful as her paintings!!
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April 2010 Meeting
Scott Jones

USPA member Scott Jones presented the demo at our April meeting at the El Toro Library, where he shared his technique of using an India ink wash to build up the values of his underpainting before applying pastels to the surface. In Scott's own words...
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February 2010 Meeting
September McGee

Our February meeting was the second demonstration hosted at the studio of September McGee.
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Our Next Meeting

Our next meeting will be on Saturday, April 28th, from 11am to 1:00PM at Alica Sotherland's studio in Escondido. It is free to members. There is a $5.00 drop in fee for non-members. Members will have Alica's address emailed to them and guests need to be invited by members.

If you were at the meeting Alica demoed at two years ago or have watched Alica's videos on Facebook you know that the accent will be on, not only amazing artwork, but fun. This one is going to be a "don't miss" meeting.

Map and Directions

Meetings are normally held the second Thursday of each month at 6:30 at the
El Toro Library
24672 Raymond Way
El Toro, CA 92630
(949) 855-8173

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