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CANCELLED: PAL Workshops, to be rescheduled later in 2021 Nancy Roberts’ Energized Color and Design for Acrylic Painters; originally scheduled for Sept 12 & 13, 2020 Lian Qhan Zhen’s, Watercolors & Chinese Painting; originally scheduled for February 6 & 7, 2021

CANCELLED LAA Essential Figure Show, to be rescheduled in 2021

CANCELLED: LAA Spring Show at the Barn, to be rescheduled in Spring 2021


All Figure Drawing Workshops have been canceled until the Bothwell reopens. Barbara Stanton will let people know. microangelo@earthlink.net.

Paint Livermore: to be re-scheduled for Spring, 2021

A Simple Overhead Camera Set-up Using Materials at Hand!

By Meghana Mitragotri

The pandemic posed a personal challenge: I was determined to not have it get in the way of my creative well-being. Exhibiting, selling artwork, and attending workshops online has never appealed to me. I have always enjoyed participating in Art and Craft shows in person. I love interacting with people and it fed my creativity. During this lockdown, with the help of my family, I have not only been able to create, build and enable online shopping on my website (www.daintlymade.com using Weebly) but I have also devised a way of demonstrating and conducting online watercolor workshops for small groups –daintlymade.weebly.com/workshops.html.  It took a lot of time but was an amazing learning experience! I was quite nervous about conducting online classes because I did not have the slightest clue about a video set-up. A functional filming station needed an overhead view for the participants, good lighting, and minimum shadow. And I wanted to make use of things lying around the house to set-up! I didn’t want to invest in sophisticated gadgets.

Here is what I did.

First on the list was to find a suitable location with good natural light. I chose the dining table because it is placed right in front of a window. The table is large enough for me to work on, and most importantly, a chandelier hangs right above, a necessity for the next part!

Next was rigging an overhead camera to provide a clear overhead view of my page for demonstrating. My solution was a webcam (a cell phone is a good alternative), a yardstick, a clamp, and some duct tape! (That’s right, duct tape!) I first measured how high the camera needed to be for a good view; about 18 inches was good for my set-up. Then, I positioned the yard stick at that height and used the duct tape to fix it to the center of the chandelier and perpendicular to the table. I then attached the webcam to the tip of the yardstick with a clamp. Last bit was to connect the webcam to my computer with a USB cable. My set-up was now ready! I was able to easily toggle between screens to either demonstrate my artwork, or face my online participants as needed.

You can always take this arrangement a notch up using a tripod stand, a professional camera, and other mounting and lighting equipment. But, why not explore what you already have? If I can do this…anyone can!

Here’s a YouTube link with my set-up https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MRfvnhn9mjo

The full set-up Article: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1StJJEqQOCb0TA4AwHQ12Zk-Wfgku9XffpsflrNNrAQQ/edit?usp=sharing

In Memoriam:

Walter Edward Davies passed away peacefully in his sleep on August 24, 2020. He was 83 years old. A long time member of the Livermore Art Association he was the immediate past president and also held other LAA positions, including property manager. He was active in many other cultural organizations including the Livermore Arts Commission and the Symphony Association. Most importantly, Walter, was an all around helpful person. He is survived by his wife, Nan Wood Davies, son Walter Gerald (Meghan Hoover) Davies, daughter Bryn Kathleen (Vince Neil) Ilagan, 5 grandchildren, and 5 brothers and a sister.

Active with the theater group Cask and Mask Players in the sixties (which is where we first met), Walter also sang with a local Choral group called “Sunday’s Childe” for 35 years. An active photographer, he explored several media including 35mm and medium format, but was most intrigued by large format black-and-white photography. After his 4×5 inch Sinar camera was stolen, he built his own 8×11 inch view camera from scratch.

Walter was generous to a fault. He mentored and encouraged many of us, and was always willing to help when asked. I personally feel that I owe him a debt that I could never repay, even if we had both lived on for a very long time. We will all miss Walter Davies very much. The family is planning to have a celebration of life sometime next year.

Submitted by Clark Streeter

Christine McCall’s Remembrance of Walter: Walter was so generous to other artists with his time, his advice, and even his equipment. I remember when I was a new artist in LAA, and I had my first opportunity to have my own “show” at a local restaurant. As the hanging deadline approached, my chosen printing service had an outage and was not able to deliver my prints. With only 3 days left, Walter called and offered to make my prints with his large professional printer. We spent the entire Saturday on those prints, tweaking for color and contrast until I had a dozen beautiful photographs to frame. And he wouldn’t take a dime for it. I saw his kindness and patience many times over the years, and he has inspired me to be more gentle myself. He left the world a better place.

Lynne Shepherd’s husband Gregg passed away suddenly in the middle of September. They were married 57 years. Gregg was an accomplished high school teacher of history and civics. Our thoughts and prayers are for Lynne and her family.

The Portfolio Mailing System:

For all the years since 1984 when the three local visual arts organizations combined their separate newsletters into the Portfolio, there has been a Mailing Committee to fold, label, stamp & mail printed copies to their members and to other originations who support us. As most members acquired email, the need for a large quantity of printed Portfolios dropped, but never became totally unnecessary.

Little did we know that this virus would change so many aspects of our lives, including how we distributed the Portfolio. Acclaim Print & Copy Centers in Dublin has been very faithful in printing for several years. Like many businesses, Dan, the owner, was shut down for awhile. That’s when our PAL & LAA Membership Chairpersons narrowed our lists down and printed what copies were needed on their personal printers and mailed to the remaining members who did not have email. The “freebies” list was mostly dropped as many of the libraries, schools and supporting businesses were closed. It may be revised when things return to “normal”.

So the Portfolio is now made mostly made up from the email input from members and whipped into recognizable shape by the editor, Norma Webb. The Membership Chairs, Peter Okurowski for PAL and Diane Rodriguez for LAA, keep mailing lists and update Gene Gracy who is the go-between our organizations and Constant Contact, the mailing service who sends your copy to you on your computer. And that is what you are looking at on your screen at this very moment!

Our PAL/LAA Portfolio Mailing Committee has Retired! For several years now, every month, Gail Ruvalcaba has faithfully hosted the mailing party with members Carole Hart & Annette Mack assisting. In the March Portfolio this year, we featured a photo of the committee. We are running it here again as we say “Thanks Ladies, for your faithful service!” You have earned your golden parachutes! We won’t try to name all the members who have worked to distribute the Portfolios since 1984, but that’s a lot of volunteers and a lot of time lickin’ & stickin’!!! Thank you to all of you; you know who you are.



If you did forward something to a friend, you may be reading this now at a friend’s house or the Gallery, or some other public place, but not in your InBox. Constant Contact is a service set up for members only. PAL & LAA submit email addresses of their members to Constant Contact & that’s how our electronic version of the Portfolio is sent out, as well as reminders of meetings & shows & special bulletins. If you suspect that you have forwarded one of these messages, you have been unsubscribed! You will need to follow the rather complicated procedure to reapply! It is much easier to just not forward any of the information that comes to you from Constant Contact. If you need or want to forward a message, please contact Norma Webb or Gene Gracey to obtain the original copy.

Other Links:

Darla Bostick’s Annual Ghost Ranch Workshop/ Retreats & Multi-Media Workshop. Check the website for dates and details www.darlabostick.com.

Bothwell Arts Center offers classes for all ages in visual art, music, dance, theater. 925 447-ARTS(2757) www.bothwell.lvpac.org

A.R.T. Inc., Adobe Art Center, 20395 San Miguel Ave., Castro Valley. Demonstrations are open to everyone and are free.

A.R.T. Inc. Also Sponsors Art Space: 2:00 to 4:00 pm, first and third Saturdays of the month 20395 San Miguel Ave., Castro Valley. Redwood Painting & Drawing Studio. $5 drop in fee, pay at the door. Information: Valerie Snart, vsnart@comcast.net.

ArtistGetaway.com has a rather extensive directory of not only their own painting trips, but places to paint, shows, etc. Check them out.