President’s Newsletter May 2021

Hello WCAL Artists,

“The artist sees what others only catch a glimpse of. “ – Leonardo da Vinci

I hope everyone is safe and healthy and getting opportunities to get out and enjoy the world coming to life again. I love this time of year when everything is turning green and the flowers are starting to bloom and the outdoor air smells of lilacs and freshly cut grass. I appreciated the quote posted above, because I do believe that since I started pursuing art again, I have been so much more observant to my surroundings . Scenery that was once just the background is now often a “possible painting.” 

We will be having our next meeting on  Wednesday, May 19th at 6:30 pm. It will be another zoom meeting. The church is in the process of making a decision about our use of their facilities. When we hear from them, we will have to decide as a group what our next step is. We will be having an artist demo at our next meeting, so you do not need to send in a painting for a critique. 

Also, if you have paintings at the Oconomowoc Arts Center, remember the pickup is this Sunday between 10:00 and 11:00. If your last name begins with A through L  your time is between 10:00 and 10:30. If your last name begins with M through Z, your time is between 10:30 and 11:00.

Our challenge painting for the month of May was to find a painting at Goodwill or other second hand picture, and add something unexpected to it. Thank you Meena for the great idea. You may send a photo of your challenge picture to Jean Weed  by Tuesday. You may also send any past challenge you may have completed.

Our challenge for the month of June is provided by Karen Bloo Marine. She wrote a note for us that will explain it. Basically, the challenge is to paint on an object that isn’t paper or canvas. There are so many things in this world that would be more beautiful or interesting  with some artistic attention.

We will see you on zoom next week. We do appreciate how you all are being so adaptable so that our group has been able to continue during this challenging time. 

Blue Skies Ahead!
Janet Knapp

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