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MEETINGS & DEMONSTRATIONS

Our next RCAS meeting will be April 16, 2019 at 6:30 p.m. Location is the Richardson Public Library. The April Demo Artist will be Walt Davis, demonstrating Watercolor.

Walt Davis, signature member and past president of the Southwestern Watercolor Society, began painting in watercolor over thirty years ago. He studied first with Faith Helen Foust at Eastfield Community College then with Bud Biggs.

He later attended workshops with Doug Walton, Louise Cadillac, Carole Barnes, Frank Webb, Mark Mehaffey, Richard Stephens, Joseph Zbukvitch, and noted bird artist John P. O’Neil.

Davis has taught watercolor, figure drawing, and plein air sketching at Eastfield Community College, Amarillo College, Panhandle Art Center, San Angelo Museum of Art, and in his studio in Commerce. He has conducted demonstrations and workshops in Amarillo, Brownsville, Dallas, San Angelo and nine other Texas cities.

His paintings hang in private collections in Washington State, Florida, Colorado, New Mexico, and cities throughout Texas. His work has been accepted into exhibitions of the American Watercolor Society, Southwestern Watercolor Society, Texas Watercolor Society, Richardson Civic Art Society, Greenville Art League, and Western Federation of Watercolor Societies.

You can read more about Walt Davis and view his work at his web site:
www.WaltDavis.com

UPCOMING 2018/2019
DEMONSTRATORS

April 16, 2019
Walt Davis - W/C
May 15, 2019
Ron Stephens - Acrylic/Mixed

WORKSHOPS

RCAS has several workshops scheduled every year by accomplished artists - both local and national.

Check out the Workshops Page.

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YOUNG PEOPLE'S
SHOW 2019

Features works from high school age students living in the Richardson ISD area.

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Best of Show - Ann Hardy

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RCAS 51st Annual Regional Juried Art Exhibition and Sale
Complete list of Winners and Slide Show.

SHOWS

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 March Meeting, 2019

The meeting began with the presentation of awards to the RISD High School student winners of the Young People's Show. (You can see photos of show pieces and Winners by Clicking Here)

Then, our demo artist, Jo Moncrief, gave us an introduction to fluid acrylic abstract painting. She began her demonstration by first making sure the area, table and artists were well-protected from spills and splatters since liquid acrylics can be messy. She explained that she uses inexpensive plastic bowls from Dollar Tree for paint, which can later be peeled out of the bowls to use and incorporate in other artwork if desired. She also uses condiment plastic bottles or sports bottles to hold paint and paint combinations which can be mixed in bowls, or poured  directly from the bottles. She uses golf tees to plug these bottles and puts Vaseline on the tips so they don't get stuck from dried paint. She has found that the best mixture of paint is 3 fingers from a tube of paint, 2 fingers of pouring medium and 1 finger of distilled water. The paint needs to have body and not be too thin. Some describe the consistency as that of warm honey.

She sketches in charcoal lines to map out the rule of thirds for her basic composition, trying not to make the center of a painting the focus. To make texture, she'll use modeling paste on top of the gessoed canvas. She carves Styrofoam plates to use as ink pads on deli paper to make various textures that she often incorporates in her paintings, too.

When she pours onto a previously painted canvas, she'll often wet the surface to help the paint flow better. To help direct the pours, she'll tip the canvas, use tools like putty knives, brushes of all sizes, and sometimes sprays drier paint with alcohol to create interesting patterns.

She encourages experimenting as happy accidents often lead the paintings into undirected designs. She has used additions of people, dogs or cats to create a center of attention on an abstract if it needs it. She suggests stopping when the painting is 95% done, as more people overwork a painting than not.

During the break, the members voted for the Painting of the Month winners, who were announced at the end of the meeting.

1st Place, Betty Anderson for "Iris Duo", Watercolor 2nd Place, Lindy Ballew for "Big Horn", Watercolor 3rd Place, Ted Houston for "Meet Iris", Screen Print