President’s Newsletter July 2021

“In art, the hand can never execute anything higher than the heart can imagine.”- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Hello WCAL Artists,

I hope everyone is enjoying their summer and making up for some of the activities  or vacations that you missed last year. It is hard to believe it is the middle of July already. I have been taking a lot of photos so I have new subject matter for my paintings. Actually, that is one of my favorite activities.  I enjoy it almost as much as painting. 

Good news regarding the Courthouse Show! We will be able to have an in person show this year. We will be getting more details about the event soon. It is time to start thinking about or finishing ( or starting) your projects for the show. I am always amazed at the quality of work done by the artists in our group. 

As a reminder, the challenge for the month of July was to make a painting using a palette knife. I believe we were all inspired by Beki Borman when she did a demo for our group last month. You should probably  be able to produce a painting in a shorter amount of time than with the use of a paintbrush. I don’t believe I have ever painted with a palette knife before, so I am anxious to try it.

You have several choices for our August challenge. Find a way to incorporate metal in your painting. I was going to suggest painting on an aluminum or copper plate, but the instructions were more complicated than I thought, so I expanded the challenge. Either paint on a metal surface or on gold or other metal leaf surface, or incorporate gold or other metal flakes or paint into your painting. I found imitation gold leaf on Amazon for about  seven dollars. Real gold leaf is more expensive. I have heard of people even using soft pastels over gold leaf. You will need to research the technique for this challenge, because there are usually several steps and they vary depending on what material you choose to use. I have seen some very striking paintings done on metal surfaces and would love to see some done by some of our members. I learned something new today. You can buy edible gold leaf and use it in your baking. I never knew gold could be edible! Maybe some of you are expert bakers and can bake a beautiful piece of art. 

We will meet again at the Christ the Servant Lutheran Church again this month and I look forward to seeing you soon.

Janet Knapp