Welcome to the Pleasanton Art League!
LAA & PAL General Meeting
Monday, May 14, 2018 7:30
Cultural Arts Building, 4455 Black Avenue, Pleasanton
Guest Artist: Bev Lindsay, Painting by Pouring, assisted by Pat Smith.
Our Meetings are Always Open & Free to the Public. Bring a Friend.
Bev Lindsay explains, “POURING Acrylic paint? Really? Anyone could do that! And as it turns out, that’s true. But those of you who have learned many of the basics of art—composition, color harmony, value, focal point, etc. are way ahead of the game. You can use that knowledge to make something really delightful, and have a good time doing it!
Here are some examples of my earliest poured paintings:
They have some color harmony, some value variety, some basic composition. Very fun, very exciting to watch what the colors do as the paint decides how to flow. Then the challenge is how to manipulate the paint on the canvas and cover the entire canvas for optimal results. There are quite a few ways to manipulate and modify the painting after it covers the canvas. I haven’t even tried all of them.
The supplies I will use:
- Canvasses, on the small side to begin with
- Acrylic paints, any brand, any price, many colors
- Floetrol for Latex, (from Lowe’s or Home Depot (a paint extender and levelor),
- Silicone oil or Dimethicone, small quantity
- Push Pins
- Water in a spray bottle
- Plastic or paper cups for holding paint you mix and pouring
- Something that will work as a catch basin below your painting when paint flows down the sides, newspapers can work
- Chef’s Torch–not really essential, can help with cell production
- Paper towels
- Grout or adhesive spreader
- Protective vinyl or latex gloves
- Shirt or smock
- Some kind of floor protection—can be messy
- Good light
Pat Smith, who will help with this demonstration, and I go way back, probably to 1968 or so, when I lived in Pleasanton in Highland Oaks around the corner from her. Pat and I took our first oil painting classes from local artist Ann Johnson, in Dublin. While Pat stayed put in Pleasanton, I moved to Castro Valley, then to Pleasanton again, then to Rocklin, then back to Castro Valley. Interspersed between all those moves, I found many painting classes and workshops, some even in Canada, Mexico and France! Lately I’ve been fascinated with pouring acrylic paint and all the possibilities that presents, and it’s fun to share that with others.”
PAL President’s Message
“I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn’t say any other way – things I had no words for.” Georgia O’Keeffe
I just received my notice of none acceptance in Fresh Works VIII Show coming up soon at the Harrington Gallery. That’s not always a good feeling, but I look back to the two times out of the eight Fresh Works Shows that I was juried in. I remember how excited I was. The competition has gotten fierce since those early shows, with some 500 entries this year. We, as artists, move on and begin planning for the next shows. Maybe I have something completed that I would love to show at the LAA Spring Show or the Essential Figure Show, as both are coming up soon. (Look for information under Call for Artists). I have been recognized with awards from both of those shows in the past, so I’m more inclined to enter again. Such is the life of the working artist. But without the recognition from peers it is difficult for us artists to move on.
We, as artists, must know that there is someone else out there who sees what we see and is attracted to it. I love my animal drawings and I’ll continue to show them and I will continue to show my altered photography too. I encourage you to do the same with your art. Show your work and get public feedback. After all, feedback and recognition are what keeps us working and showing our art again and again.
George Garbarino, PAL President
PAL Alviso Adobe Show
PAL’s Annual Alviso Adobe Art Show was held March 2, 3 and 4 at the Alviso Adobe Community Park in Pleasanton.
A hearty thanks goes to all the volunteers who worked this event, especially the set up crews – John Trimingham, Ron Rigge, Pat Smith, Linda Garbarino, George Garbarino and Chris Bourg – and Diana Hostetter who set a table for us of food and drink at the Reception.
- Maryann Kot, colored pencil, My Eco Garden
- Ranjini Venktachari, colored pencil, Let There Be Light
- Usha Shukla, oil, Yarrow 02
Five artists received Honorable Mention awards and $20 gift cards to Way Up Art:
- George Garbarino, colored photograph, Broken Window
- Norma Webb, oil, Oaks and Poppies
- Alka Vaidya, watercolor, Field of Dreams
- Don Cresswell, colored photograph,Tuscan Tomato
- Maclyn Pons, watercolor, Autumn Leaves
General Meeting Locations
Regardless of location, all General Meetings of PAL & LAA are intended for members of both groups! Please take the short drive between Livermore and Pleasanton. The more the merrier!
Bothwell Arts Center
2466 8th Street
Cultural Arts Building
4455 Black Avenue, Pleasanton