April 8, 2017:

Alvin Joe
Watercolor
AlvinJoe

Alvin is an accomplished transparent watercolor painter of still-life and landscape paintings.

He attended the Academy of Art in San Francisco with a full-time scholarship.

Over 35 years in advertising, design, illustration and corporate identities, earned him numerous awards and recognition in the San Francisco Bay Area.

He has accumulated many awards and ribbons since returning to his love of fine art in watercolor paintings after his retirement from Graphic Design in the mid 1990s. He is a signature member of California Watercolor Association.

March 11, 2017:

Julia Watson
Expressive Oils - Using Color Layering to Add Interest
JuliaWatson

Although she now works full time as an artist, Julia earned her Ph.D. in microbiology and worked for many years as a research scientist. She said, "My training in science taught me to observe carefully, which is crucial for a painter."

Julia has studied privately and in workshops with Suzanne Welch, Warren Chang, Mary Whyte, Susan Lyon and Rose Frantzen.

She is a member of Oil Painters of America and the California Art Club and lives and paints in San Jose, California.

February 11:

Colleen Wilcox PH.D.
Sculpture
ColleenWilcox

Colleen will be discussing and demonstrating the steps in the lost wax process of bronze making and the various themes of her work.

Drawing inspiration from the human condition and the various lives we lead, her sculpture reflects a fascination with human diversity and emotions and the various roles we play in society.

One of her sculptural series uses found objects to represent characters' bodies. Her stylized ceramic figures often include quirky characteristics with an amusing backstory.


January 14, 2017:

Paul Kratter
Oil Landscapes
PaulKratter

Paul's 2 great passions have always been sports and wildlife. He began his career as an illustrator, mainly in advertising, and went on to concentrate solely on wildlife illustration.

Painting outdoors has now become a passion and he continues to participate in a number of plein air events annually in California.

He will be part of a show at the Peninsula Museum of Art in Burlingame (Oct. 30th - Jan. 8th) along with 19 nationally known artists from the Bay Area featuring Northern California Impressionism, as noted in the Oct./Nov. issue of PleinAir magazine.

December 10:

Holiday Social

We will will have a live Auction! Please bring something to auction off that you think is of value but you no longer need or want.The proceeds will go to the LGAA fund for future shows, awards and expenses.

There will be no Peer Group judging, but the Artist of the Year will be announced.

Bring finger food to share and an unwrapped toy for TOYS FOR TOTS.

November 12:

No Meeting
Fall Members Juried Show

October 8:

Katy Kindig
Abstract Landscapes
Katy Kindig

"When painting I look for colors and shapes and how everything interacts. I don't like to give the viewer all the information. I like what a viewer brings to a painting."

Artists of the Month for October:

1st (tie) - John Giannotti - "My Firt Watercolor Portrait"
1st (tie) - Elwira Maszara - "Horned Beauty"
2nd -Edwin Simon - "Jack's Peak, High Above"
3rd - Patricia Montgomery - "Afternoon"

September 10:

Jan Prisco
Pastel Landscapes
Jan Prisco

Jan Prisco is a pastel and oil painter.  Most of her paintings are begun plein air with an emphasis on simplification and value while capturing vibrant color and light.

Artists of the Month for September:

1st - Edwin Simon - "Beautiful Pt. Lobos"
2nd - Claudia Browne - "Maid of Honor"
3rd - Rebecca White - "Wave Watching"

August 13:

No Meeting
Los Gatos Fiesta de Artes takes over the parking lot
Los Gatos Fiesta de Artes

The streets around the Center as well as the two adjacent parking lots and the green are closed to traffic during this festival.

July 9:

Ann McMillan
Fine Art Landscapes
Ann McMillan

Central Coast artist Ann McMillan began oil painting in 1997 after studying drawing, science illustration and watercolor painting since childhood. Ann studies the interaction of light and color in the tradition of California Impressionism.


June 11:

Kelly Telfer
Commissioned Oil, Acrylic paintings
Kelly Telfer

Kelly Telfer is a professional artist and has been his entire life. He creates and sells Giclée fine art prints (based on his artwork), original oil & acrylic paintings, commissioned original oil & acrylic paintings, metal sculpture, welded sculpture and found objects sculpture.

Telfer's art features motorsports, auto, car, pets, cats, dogs and people. Telfer is a 3rd generation Californian who lives in San Jose. His art is in collections worldwide.

May 14:

Jeff Bramschreiber
Framing Demonstration

Jeff had to cancel at the last minute and the group watched a DVD of a watercolor portrait demo by southern artist Mary Whyte, as well as British artist Peter Wileman, President of the Royal Institute of Oil Painters.

Peter demonstrated painting oil landscapes that sing with light, from sketches and photographs.

April 9:

Donna Orme
Topic: Acrylic Monotypes
Donna Orme

Donna Orme is an experimental artist. She produces collages from acrylic skins and collagraphs on Styrene or Polycarbonate sheets.

Donna studied printmaking at the College of San Mateo and at the Pacific Art League. She has received many national, state and local awards, is a Signature Member of the National Collage Society and her work was selected by VISA for the 2007 Wall Calendar.

Ms. Orme's work is collected nationally and internationally and supports the community by giving demonstrations to groups in the techniques of collagraph and acrylic monotypes.

March 12, 2016:

Guy Magallanes
Watercolor Artist
Guy Magallanes

A native San Fransican, Guy Magallanes is self-taught and has painted since childhood.

His work is published in Splash 9, 10, 15  and is one of 15 Splash artists selected to contribute to "Watercolor Secrets" - All by North Light Books.

Artists of the Month for March:

1st - Claudia Brown - "Portrait of Jayla"
2nd - Nancy Takai - "Capitola"
2nd - Vernon Dittenbir - "Smart Chick"
3rd - Jane Kang - "Ripening"


February 13:

Ray Mendieta
Topic: Portrait Drawing
Ray Mendieta

Raymond received his undergraduate and Masters in Fine Arts from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco.

Today Ray's paintings are collected worldwide. He specializes in commissioned portraits and plein air landscapes, and has had numerous one-man shows. He also teaches at the Academy of Art University as well as the Pacific Art League.

Artists of the Month for February:

1st - Claudia Brown
2nd - Carolyn Larson - "New Brighton Beach"
2nd - Kathy Kleinsteiber - "Tukeko Picnic" 2nd - Irma Longley
2nd - Jayne Kang - "Rain"

January 9, 2016:

Gerald Boyd
Critique of Members' Work
GeraldBoyd

Gerald is a representational artist who works in a variety of media including oil, pastel and watercolor.

He has been honored with "Signature Memberships" in both the Society of Western Artists and the Pastel Society of the West Coast.

His considerable experience has put him in demand as a juror for art competitions including twice for the Society of Western Artists Annual Exhibition.

Each member may bring one painting to be critiqued by Gerald and we can all benefit from observing the process.

Be planning what to bring.

December 12:

Holiday Social

The Holiday Social and Auction was a huge success! We took 4 huge bags of toys to the Fire Station for Toys for Tots.

2015 Artist of the Year:

Thuy Le

November 14:

No Meeting

October 10:

Robert Dvorak
Topic: Travel Sketching
Robert Dvorak

Robert Dvorak has been called "the fastest draw in the west." He has drawn and painted just about everywhere - on cruise ships, sailing yachts, ferry boats, trains, cars, busses, and planes.

His specialty is showing people the joy of being creative - to draw, to paint, to invent and to innovate.

Artists of the Month for October:

1st - Rick Guidace - "Travel Sketches"
2nd - Betty McGuire - "Spring Green"
3rd - Marcia Frederick - "Waiting"

September 12:

Laurie Johnson-Lepowska
Topic: Painting Floral Still Life
Laurie Johnson-Lepowska

Laurie is known for creating still life and figure paintings that are marked by the expressive quality of her brushwork. Her painterly style can be observed in both her oil and watercolor paintings.

Artists of the Month for Sept.:

1st - Fayne Muldooon - "Yellow Sky"
2nd - Thong Le - "Gray"
3rd - Bobbie Frederickson - "Oh Dear"

August 8:

No Meeting Fiesta de Artes

The annual Los Gatos Fiesta de Artes takes over the Lawn and all the parking lots and the street is closed for the duration of the event.

Fiesta de Artes

July 11:

Joyce Barron Leopardo
Topic: Abstract Collage
Joyce Barron Leopardo

A past President of the Society of Western Artists and a signature Member of both the Society of Western Artists (1988) and the California Watercolor Association (2015).

Joyce has been teaching private classes since 1996 and volunteers in the Schools of San Mateo for the Arts.

Artists of the Month for July:

1st - Kathy Kleinsteiber - "Tending the Nest"
2nd - Fayne Muldoon - "Six thirty a.m. at the Java Kai"
3rd - Vernon Dittenbir - "Zebras"

June 13:

Frances Freyberg Blackburn
Topic: Photographing Your Work
Frances Freyberg

Frances specializes in portraits of people, wildlife, nature, and architecture from her travels to more than 60 countries.

She is particularly drawn to scenes that express the beauty, excitement, humor and diversity of our world, whether through a brilliantly colored blossom or a poignant face in the crowd.

Artists of the Month for June:

1st - Thong Le - "A Girl"
2nd - Jeff Chase - "H20"
3rd - Edwin Simon - "Rock Sanctuary" and Kathy Kleinstiber - "Territorial Dispute"

May 9:

Ferenc Besze
Topic: Impressionistic Watercolor
Ferenc Besze

Watching him paint, we are tricked by the effortless brush handling, which makes it look so easy.  However, someone who has tried watercolor would know that it is not the case at all - quite the opposite

Artists of the Month for May:

1st - Judy Coffman - "The Hands of a Child"
2nd -Edwin Simon - "The Bird Refuge"
3rd - Rebecca White - "Emerging through the Fog"


April 11:

Claire Schroeven Verbiest
Topic: Pastel-drawing or painting?
Claire Schroeven Verbiest

Well known for her lively, crisp and truthful depictions of people, landscapes, flowers and objects and for her distinctive use of color, she teaches watercolor and pastel painting classes, conducts painting workshops throughout the US, Canada and Europe and frequently serves as a juror for local art shows.

Artists of the Month for April:

1st - Marcia Frederick - "Going West"
2nd - Judy Coffman - "Urban Autumn"
3rd - Dick Zunkel - "Rest Stop"

March 14

Will Maller
Topic: Plein Air Painting
Will Maller

Each painting begins as an invitation, proceeds as an adventure, and ends as a gift - whether a joy in itself or a lesson learned, whether just for me or to be shared with others.

Artists of the Month for March:

1st - Iris Liam - "Red Trolly"
2nd - Nancy Takaichi - "First Snow"
3rd - Dee Pali Kapatkar - "Badlands During the Downpour"

February 14:

Linda Harris
Topic: Still LIfe Oils
Linda Harris

A lifelong artist and career illustrator, Linda employs both fine art and illustrative techniques in the creation of her pieces.

Join us for an upbeat and informative session on the advantages of adding still life paintings to your repertoire of subjects.

Artists of the Month for February:

1st - Claudia Browne - "Kian"
2nd - Ron White - "Pescadero"
3rd - Jeff Chase - "Cookie"


January 10:

Jane Hofstetter
Critique of Members' work
Jane Hofstetter

Jane has taught painting for over 40 years, has won over 200 art awards and is an elected member of the National Watercolor Society, Water West and the Midwest Watercolor Society. She is also listed in "World Who's Who of Women".

Each member may bring one painting to be critiqued by Jane and we can all benefit from observing the process.

December 13:
Annual Holiday Party

2014 Artist of the Year:

The Christmas party was a big success, lots of food, and fun thanks to all those who helped, just to name a few, Elke Groves, Rebecca White, Ron White, Ed Lucey, Jack Quattlebaum, Jeff Owen and Judy Bingman.

A slideshow of the Club's history was presented as a background and a raffle of 5 items valued from $36 to $400 was a hit especially for those who won.

Members brought contributions for the Toys for Tots and Second Harvest campaigns.

2014 Artist of the Year

Marie Cameron

November 8:
no meeting scheduled

We will be busy with the Members Juried Show all month at the Addison-Penzak Jewish Community Center.

Visit the Show page for details and a list of the Recognition Award Winners.

October 11:

Patricia Martin Osborne
Topic: Secret Techniques for Winning Watercolors
Patricia Martin Osborne

Patricia is a national award-winning artist who has received wide acclaim for her watercolor and mixed media work in both impressionistic and abstract form.

She is an instructor, guest lecturer, demonstrator, Juror, writer and workshop presenter for many art groups and organizations, and has been teaching at the Mendocino Art Center for over 19 years.

This demonstration included many watercolor secrets and texture techniques that depend on the paper you choose, salt, scraping, masking, sponges, spatter and many more.

Artists of the Month for October:

1st - Rebecca White - "Autumn Reflections"
2nd - Claudia Browne - "RAVI"
3rd - Laurie Barna - "Still Poms"


September 13:

John Robert Peck, Portrait Artist
Topic: Still Life Painting with Sight-Size
John Robert Peck

John provided a wonderful demo using a small mirror to prepare and adjust a drawing prior to painting a still-life scene.

Artists of the Month for September:

1st - Laurie Barna - "Kitchen Sunshine"
2nd - Ed Simon - "Showers"
3rd - Thong Le - "Spring"

August 9:
no meeting scheduled

July 12:

Jaya King
Encaustic Painting
Jaya King

Jaya King is a California native based out of San Martin who has been showing, teaching, and demonstrating her work throughout the Bay Area since 2003. 

Her work in encaustic is rooted through her enjoyment of teaching and the pieces she creates are designed to inspire others to explore their own artistic capabilities.

Artists of the Month for July:

1st - Rebecca White - "Quail Hollow Autumn"
2nd - Thong Le - "Actor"
3rd - Marie Cameron - "Tangled Talk"

June 14:

Mark Nardini
Critiques of Member Paintings
Mark Nardini

Mark provided a thoughtful and valuable critique for 23 members who brought paintings to the meeting.

Mark's work has been exhibited in galleries and museums including the Smithsonian Institution and the Corcoran Gallery of Art.

He holds a BFA from Art Center College. He was also selected into the copyist program at the National Gallery of Art to study directly from the master works in the collection.

The Critique replaced the usual Peer Review, so no Artists of the Month were awarded.


May 10:

Fleur Spolidor
Topic: History Painting
Fleur Spolidor

Fleur used a slide show to demonstrate her method of work and brought several examples of finished work.

She also demonstrated her technique of adding abstraction using a commissioned work-in-progress

Artists of the Month for May:

1st - Marie Cameron - "Feathers"
2nd - Michael Rogan - "Annakin"
3rd - Patty Montgomery - "Away"

April 12:

Jennifer Kretschmer
Topic: Paint with an iPad
Jennifer Kretschmer

An introduction painting with an iPad. A few different painting applications will be demonstrated along with equipment for both indoor and outdoor painting. Then, the artist will do a step-by-step painting demonstration of a still life designed for all level of painters.

Artists of the Month for April:

1st - Wendell Fiock - "Escape"
2nd - Rebecca White - "Sail Boat"
3rd - Patty Montgomery - "Millbrae Glow"

March 8:

Mark Nardini
Topic: Portrait Painting in Oil
Mark Nardini

Marie Cameron volunteered to sit for Mark, who demonstrated his techniques for painting portraits in a classic style.

Artists of the Month for March:

1st - Bonnie Rokas - "Moon Struck"
2nd - Marie Cameron - "Silk Threads"
3rd (tie) - Betty McGuire - "Jungle River"
3rd (tie) - Bobbie Frederickson - "At Rest"


February 8:

Karen White
Topic: The Stylized Landscape in Oil
Karen White

Karen showed how she works in layers, starting with toning the canvas in a warm transparent color to create abstracted shapes of contrast, color and texture."

Artists of the Month for February:

1st - Marie Cameron - "Dahlia Days"
2nd - Nancy Takaichi - "Jackson Ranch Crumbling Fence"
3rd - Rebecca White - "Old Barn"

January 11:

Mericia Gonzalez
Topic: Using Social Media to Promote your Art
Mericia Gonzalez

Mericia shared tips and tricks to using social media sites like Pinterest, Facebook andYouTube to promote all types of art.

Artists of the Month for January:

1st - Ellen Howard - "Meandering Waters"
2nd - Iris Lian - "Buddies"
3rd - Marie Cameron - "Flourish"

December - Holiday Social

Saratoga Woodwind Quintet provided holiday music.

2013 Artist of the Year:

Michael Rogan

November 9:
no meeting scheduled

This month requires considerable member involvement in producing our Fall Members Juried Show.

October 12:

Kay Culpepper
Topic: Wet-in-Wet Watercolor
Bean Hollow 1

Kay showed us how she paints wet-in-wet paintings, using only 3 paints: Cadmium Lemon, Cobalt Blue and Alizarin Crimson.

Artists of the Month for October:

1st - Michael Rogan - "El Cerdo Amarillo"
2nd - Claudia Browne - "Gabrielle"
3rd - Vernon Dittenbir - "Elephant Walk"


September 14:

Gary Coleman
Topic: My Abstract Painting Process
Gary Coleman

Gary showed examples of his landscapes and abstracts, then demonstrated his approach to creating abstracts using oils. He invited attendees to participate in modifying one of his "problem" paintings.

Artists of the Month for September:

1st - Michael Rogan - "Don't Forget to Squint"
2nd - Bobbie Frederickson - "Pt Rest #1"
3rd - Rebecca White - "Early Morning Reflection"

August 10:
no meeting scheduled

Los Gatos Fiesta de Artes this weekend.

July 13:

Erika Perloff, Plein Air Pastel Painter
Topic: Catching the Light with Pastel
Erika Perloff

Erika discussed selecting a subject in the landscape and capturing light effects quickly in changing conditions. She also shared her process for asking and answering questions to make decisions in the painting process.

Artists of the Month for July:

1st - Betty Mcguire - "Scrappy"
2nd - Laurie Barna - "Liberty Stars & Stripes"
3rd - Wendell Fiock - "Migration"

June 8:

Roberta Lee Woods, Painting & Collage Artist
Topic: Collage Inspired by Nature
Roberta Lee Woods

Roberta LeeWoods is a painter and collage artist inspired by nature and its many layers of color and texture.

Artists of the Month for June:

1st - Olga Kuczer - "The Secret Pleasure"
2nd - Vernon Dittenbir - "Sleep Time"
3rd - Rebecca White - "Point Lobos"


May 11:

Will Maller, Fine Artist
Topic: Plein Air Painting
Will Maller Demo

Will - a last-minute substitute for Jeff Bramschreiber - provided a wonderful demonstration of his Plein Air painting techniques.

He also brought 3 of his finished paintings to illustrate his demonstration.

Artists of the Month for May:

1st - Wendell Fiock - "Cheetah"
2nd - Rebecca Lillis White - "Breath Taking"
3rd - Scott Holtslander - "Second Growth"

April - no meeting scheduled

This month requires considerable member involvement in producing our Spring Members Juried Show.

March 9, 2013:

Cuong Nguyen, Fine Art Portraits
Topic: Rendering the Figure with Sensitivity
Cuong Nguyen

Cuong demonstrated his technique and the media he uses (pastel pencils) to create portraits.

Artists of the Month for March:

1st - Olga Kuczer - "Big Sur, Julia Pfiffer St. Park"
2nd - Marie Cameron - "Not Done"
3rd - Ron White - "Boat Works"

February 9, 2013:

Mike Bailey, Watercolor Painter
Topic: Watercolor Beyond the Obvious
Mike Bailey Demo

Mike Bailey presented a slide show of his 100+ paintings experimenting with a single still life setup, and demonstrated painting "beyond the obvious".

He talked about taking chances, experimenting, and analyzing paintings - as well as his technique of using value studies rather than photograps to guide the development of his paintings.

He also brought 4 paintings illustrating his more traditional work.

Artists of the Month for February:

1st - Michael Rogan - "Promenade"
2nd - Maralyn Miller - "Shady Road"
3rd - Laurie Barna - "The Face of Liberty"


January 12, 2013:

Kristen Olson, Impressionist Oil Painter
Topic: Finishing a Painting
Kristen Olson

Kristen demonstrated how she finishes a painting and showed reference photos on her laptop.

Artists of the Month for January:

1st (tie) - Olga Kuczer - "Don't Ever Say Goodbye to The Sun"
1st (tie) - Michael Rogan - "Budda"
2nd - Rebecca White - "Morning at Vasona"
3rd - Nicole Jakaby - "Vietman Taxi Boats"

December - Holiday Party

2012 Artists of the Year:

1st - Bobbie Frederickson
2nd (tie) - Bonnie Rokaw
2nd (tie) - Ron White

November - no meeting scheduled

This month requires considerable member involvement in producing our Fall Members Juried Show.

October 13:

Ed Lucey, Fine Art Painter
Topic: Painting Landscapes with Structure
Ed Lucey

Ed demonstrated how he works with water mixable oils, painting directly and broadly in the beginning, leaving the detail work for later.

Artists of the Month for October:

1st - Ron White - "Aquarius Boat Dock"
2nd - Julie Ferrario - "Made in Japan"
3rd - Bobbi Frederickson - "The Regatta"


September 8:

John Robert Peck, Portrait Artist
Topic: Classical Realism in Portraiture
John Robert Peck

John shared his techniques for rendering the figure, which he teaches on a regular basis in classes and workshops locally.

Artists of the Month for September:

1st - Nancy Atherton Cheadle - "The Antique Pitcher"
2nd - Claudia Browne - "Amanda and Eric"
3rd - Michael Rogan - "Pick a Color"

August 11:

Jim Brady, Fine Art Framer
Topic: The Art of Framing Your Art
Jim Brady

Jim answered framing questions from the members attending this Q&A of framing art.

Artists of the Month for August:

1st - Susan Lawrence - "South American Sunrise"
2nd - Bobbi Frederickson - "Party Boat"
3rd - Michael Rogan - "Small Rooster, Big City"

July - no meeting scheduled

This is our traditional Summer Break.

June 9:

Sefla Joseph, Fine Artist
Topic: Abstract Acrylic Figurative Painting
Selfa Joseph Demo

Sefla demonstrated her loose and playful approach to painting the figure.

Artists of the Month for June:

1st - Ron White - "Mooring at Aldo's"
2nd (tie) - Tanya Yurgaitis - "Discarded"
2nd (tie) - Bobbi Frederickson - "Wine TIme"
3rd - Patty MOntgomery - "Shopping not so good"


May 12:

Bonni Carver, Fine Artist
Topic: Expressive Watercolor
Bonni Carver Demo

Bonni demonstrated her lively approach to drawing, assigning values to shapes, and enthusiastic paint application using Winslow Homer's The Sick Chicken as the basis for her composition.

April - no meeting scheduled

The Members Juried Show will be hanging in the Rose Shenson Gallery.

March 10:

Wayne Jiang, Fine Artist
Topic: Paint Like the Old Dutch Masters
Wayne Jiang

Following a brief slide presentation, Wayne created the painting above with rich tones using a limited color palette.

Artists of the Month for March:

1st - H. Momo Zhou - "Female Figure"
2nd - Rebecca Lillis White - "The Seed Co."
3rd (tie) - Bobbie Frederickson - "Wind's Up"
3rd (tie) - Bert Altmann - "Reaching into the Wind"

February 11:

Donna Orme, Fine Artist
Topic: Monotypes with Acrylic Paint

Click on pictures to see larger versions.

Donna demonstrated the techniques she uses to create monotypes by applying layers of acrylic paint and incorporating the use of soft pastels, oil pastels, watercolor and other drawing materials.

The meeting was well-attended despite the change of venue precipitated by the Los Gatos Library opening celebration.

Artists of the Month for February:

1st - Karen Loomis - "Winter Pears"
2nd - Bobbie Frederickson - "At Rest"
3rd - Patty Montgomery - "Bike"


January 14, 2012:

Mark Monsarrat, Plein-Air/Studio Painter
Topic: Painting the Atmospheric Landscape
Mark Monsarrat Demo

Mark shared with us his secrets for creating his wonderful atmospheric landscape paintings.

This was Bonnie Rokas first meeting as President and she introduced John Agg and Mary Ellen Comport, who spoke briefly about the Los Gatos Museum.

Artists of the Month for January:

1st - Leslie Jones - "What's Your Story"
2nd (tie) - Vernon Dittenbir - "Tenderness"
2nd (tie) - Bobbie Frederickson - "L G Theater"
3rd - Patty Montgomery - "A Short Part of a Day"

December 10:

Annual Holiday Party
Click on pictures to see larger versions.

Well-attended - and a good time was had by all! Lots of good food, a barrel of toys for the Toys for Tots drive.

Thanks to Patty Montgomery and all the volunteers who coordinated the event.

A round of applause appreciating the work of Karen Bemis (retiring after 3 years as President) and Judi Snyder (departing Recording Secretary).

Bonnie Rokas was introduced as the President pro-tem and Susan Koga the new Recording Secretary.

2011 Artists of the Year:

1st - Michael Rogan
2nd - Rebecca Lillis White

November 12:

David Darrow, Fine Art Painter
Topic: Painting a portrait in oil from a digital photograph
David Darrow Painting

David presented an engaging demonstration and shared a wealth of information with style and humor, from a long career in illustration and portraiture.

Artists of the Month for November:

1st - Rebecca Lillis White - "White Reflection"
2nd - Donna Gemma - "Coffe House"
3rd - Jan Fitzgerald - "Venice"

October - no meeting scheduled

Historically, this month has required considerable member involvement in producing our Juried Show.


September 10:

Ann McMillan, Fine Art Painter
Topic: Enriched-color Palette Knife Technique
Ann McMillan

Ann McMillan demonstrated her enriched-color palette knife technique in oil, painting from a still-life set up.

She shared with us: the steps to paint cleanliness, how to avoid both chalky and muddy paint, the value of quick compositions, the importance of strong value structure, and the rewards of painting directly from life.

Artists of the Month for September:

1st - Peggy Kent - "Old Tree"
2nd - Nina Bricker - "Jack and the Puppy"
3rd - Michael Rogan - "Yellow Choir"

August 13:

Mark Monsarrat, Plein-Air and Studio Painter
Cancelled - Los Gatos Fiesta de Artes conflict
Mark Monsarrat

Mark was kind enough to reschedule his demo for our January meeting.

July - no meeting scheduled

Summer vacations reduce the viability of this meeting.

June 11:

Judy Gittelsohn, Fine Art Painter
Topic: Golden Acrylic Paints, Gels & Mediums
Judy Gittelsohn

Judy demonstrated how to extend paint to save money, mix paints with gels to create unique textural surfaces, techniques for using iridescent and metallic paints, and how to use products to make surfaces for watercolors, graphite, charcoal, colored pencil, oil and soft pastels.

Artists of the Month for June:

1st - Rebecca White - "San Juan Batista"
2nd (tie) - Wendell Fiock - "Jack and the Puppy"
2nd (tie) - Jeff Owen - "Palm Desert Beauty"
3rd - Laurie Barna - "When She was 17"


May 14:

Will Maller, Fine Art Painter
Topic: How we start...then where do we go?
Will Maller

Will's program topic question was answered immediately with: "Look at the Darks". Example paintings showed how the dark shapes define the imagery, starting with small thumbnail sketches in charcoal.

Using value gauges to understand different parts of the scene, he emphasized the importance of seeing the actual values isolated from clutter.

Will has graciously allowed us to provide a pdf of his Painting Decisions and Reference Checks handout.

Artists of the Month for May:

1st - Michael Rogan - "Breaker"
2nd - Donna Genna - "Take Five"
3rd - Bob Newick - "Fruitful Is Barn"

March 12:

Susanne Karlak, Fine Art Photographer
Topic: A Painterly Photographic Tour
Susan Karlak

Susanne showed us some beautiful photographs she made on trips to Mexico's Colonial Heartland and Copper Canyon.

Although she talked about "Travel Photography", her pictures were more about color, shapes, shadows and composition.

The smooth colors of the walls in her pictures were a stark contrast to the highly-detailed doors and windows.

Artists of the Month for March:

1st - Wendell Fiock - "Jonathan's Best"
2nd - Bonnie Rokas - "Peggy's Cove"
3rd - Raja Guha Thakurta - "Inner Light"

February 12:

Steve Curl, Painter
Topic: The Art of Travel Sketching
Steve Curl

His watercolor demo over a light pencil sketch, was done in fast color washes building up to a Sargent-like looseness with rich texture and color.

Artists of the Month for February:

1st - Nancy Cheadle - "Sailing the Bay"
2nd - Bonnie Rokas - "Winter afternoon at Fire Creek"
3rd - Vernon Dittenbir - "Mr. Grizzly"


January 8, 2011:

Ray Mendieta, Painter
Topic: The Art of Travel Sketching
Ray Mendeita

Ray drew a portrait for us from a live model, demonstrating how he makes decisions regarding composition, perspective, proportion, value, pattern and the use of light and shadow.

Artists of the Month for January:

1st - Michael Rogan - "Valley of San Jose"
2nd - Raja Guha Thakurta - "The Monk"
3rd - Bonnie Rokas - "Deep Winter"