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Our next meeting is November 20. The demo Artist for November will be Justin Burns, demonstrating Acrylic Transparent Layers..

Justin grew up in Farmers Branch, Texas and studied close to home at the University of North Texas. He earned his BFA focusing primarily on Studio Drawing and Painting in 2013. Before achieving a BFA, Justin and his twin brother were traveling playing music and signed a record contract to Island/Def-Jam Records in 2009.

During his travels playing music, Justin experimented in painting and photography and began to gather photographs of a small community were the Burns family has a one-hundred-year old farm in Kopperl, Texas. Justin took interested in stories of the farm, community and what is physically left behind.

After experiencing an apartment fire where he and his family lost everything in 2014, Justin’s work began to take a new role and meaning. His work focuses on spaces that are left as they are, weathered and abandoned fragments of a time once lived. His paintings have been exhibited in Dallas/Fort Worth and have been featured in publications such as Studio Visit Magazine and Friend of the Artist.

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UPCOMING 2018/2019

Justin Burns - Acrylic Transparent Layers
Benjamin Vincent-Caricatures
Janis Krendick - Pastels
Maribeth Jagger - Alcohol Ink
Jo Moncrief - Acrylic
Walt Davis - W/C
Ron Stephens - Acrylic/Mixed


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SHOW 2017

Features works from high school age students living in the Richardson ISD area. The show runs from December 1 thru January 6th.

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Best of Show - Ann Hardy

RCAS 51st Annual Regional Juried Art Exhibition and Sale
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We have several shows each season, including a show for local high school students and a well-regarded regional show for all Texas artists.

Show dates for the current season are listed on the Shows page.

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Highlights of October Meeting, 2018

October Demo Artist - Mickey Archer

Our current RCAS president, Mickey Archer, gave us a watercolor demonstration at our October meeting. Mickey opened the demo by sharing two books about a Colorado watercolor artist by the name of William Matthews and explained that William uses a hand-made watercolor paper made by Twinrocker Handmade Paper ( P.O. Box 413 Brookston, IN 47923; tel.: (800) 757-8946 ; email: . Mickey liked the look of using white gouache on the tan paper and has been painting on it for the last 3 or 4 years.

Mickey did his demo on a tan colored paper called “Patriot” using several longhorn cattle as his subject. The paper was slightly heavier than 140# paper but takes watercolor similar to Arches. Mickey explained that with the tan color, he uses an acrylic gouache called Acryla made by Holbein which he purchased from Cheap Joe’s. Because the gouache is acrylic, once it dries he can add watercolor over it without activating the gouache.

Mickey told the audience that with his retirement from an architectural practice in 2008, he purchased a good camera which he takes with him at all times and encouraged members to take lots of photos ( they are “free” today and you only need one or two good ones).  He also uses a large format printer (Canon Pro 100) which can print up to  13”x19” photos and is easier to see the subject details.

His choice of colors for the demo included Neutral Tint for his black, Burnt Sienna, Burnt Umber, Payne’s Grey, Sepia, Ultramarine Blue, Raw Sienna and Titanium White gouache.  One of Mickey’s recommendations for mixing a gray was to use a mixture of the ultramarine blue with the burnt sienna.  This combination will allow the artist to go either warm or cool by the amount of each color used.

October's Painting of the Month winners are shown below...