President’s Newsletter November 2021

“Creativity is taking the best skills and techniques from experts around you and improving upon them.”- Unknown

Hello WCAL members and friends,

I hope you are all well and aren’t too overwhelmed yet as we are getting closer to the holidays. This is the time of year that it gets hard to find time to paint. I seem to find one short period of time a week lately. It is hard to accomplish much that way. I still am taking a lot of photographs and have dozens of “future paintings”.

This coming Wednesday will be our last meeting of the year. It is hard to believe the year is almost over. I am so glad that we didn’t have to spend the whole year on zoom. 
Remember to bring a 5″ by 7″ painting ( framed and/or matted) for the artist exchange.
Also, bring snacks or sweets to the party. Everyone may not be comfortable sharing food at this time in history, but this will be for those who are. Also, it sounds as if Carol has some fun things planned for the evening. I am looking forward to it.

Remember to bring your challenge painting if you completed one. Meena gave us the challenge of taking a John James Audubon painting and doing it in our own style. I am looking forward to seeing what people have done. 

For our three month break, the challenge will be a repeat of the last several years- to make a copy of one of the paintings done by the Old Masters. The purpose of this is to glean what we can by trying to figure out how they painted the way they did (and who knows, maybe even improve upon them). Try to find an artist that you would like to learn from. This can be a good project for those cold winter nights which will be upon us soon. 

Remember to sign up for the Member’s Show. I hope to see a lot of you and a lot of your beautiful work at the reception. 

See you soon,
Janet Knapp

AND a Postscript from Janet…..the slate of officers for the coming year.   Be certain to be at the meeting to MAKE YOUR VOTE COUNT!
President- Karen Bloo Marine
Vice President – Susan Cadkin
Secretary – Jean Marie Weed
Treasurer – John Klug
Programs- Carol Meissner
Facebook/Publicity -Nancy Peterson
WRAP Show- Jenna Plyer
Courthouse Show – Meenakshi Vijay
Member’s Show- Charlene Southworth and Marie Gunther