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2014 Free Demonstrations
January 2014
FALC General Meeting, (PLEASE NOTE VENUE CHANGE) Creekside Park, 10455 Miller Ave, Cupertino, CA 95014
Monday, January 13, 2014/ 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Experimental Painting with Acrylics

Joyce Barron Leopardo is an "experimental" painter. She will demonstrate an abstract painting in mixed media using acrylic paints, molding pastes, gels and various texturing materials. This promises to be fun!

Joyce paints extensively and has been teaching art classes since 1996. She is a signature member of the Society of Western artists and shows her work at several locations and galleries in the Bay Area.

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February 2014
FALC General Meeting, Quinlan Center, Craft Room, 10185 Stelling Rd., Cupertino
Monday, February 10, 2014/ 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Collage and Mixed Media
Artist's statement - "I was born and raised in London, England where I received a degree in Medical Laboratory Sciences. In 1989 I moved to California with my husband and 2 sons and currently reside in the Bay Area where I exhibit my work and paint full time. I studied art at West Valley College, California and have also studied with nationally renowned artists including Carla O,Connor, Donna Zagotta, Don Andrews, Skip Lawrence, Gerald Brommer and Jane Hofstetter.

Watermedia and collage are my media of choice and I enjoy working in a semi abstract and abstract style. When I start a painting the general form of the subject initially inspires me, I then work to capture the essence and mood of the subject rather than render an exact likeness.

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March 2014
FALC General Meeting, Quinlan Center, Craft Room, 10185 Stelling Rd., Cupertino
Monday, March 10, 2014/ 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
3 Demonstrations by FALC Members
Several FALC members have expressed an interest in doing a 20 minute demonstration of their painting techniques. Our club has artists working using various media and it is very informational to see what other members are experimenting and working with. This is a wonderful opportunity for members to start doing their own demos and share their art process.
 
Keith Hull: Digital Painting with Photoshop
FALC member Keith Hull will do a short Photoshop digital painting demo. He will use the Photoshop Art History Brush to paint a Yellow Macaw pearched in a tree. He will also demonstrate how to use the Brush control pallete, the stamp tool, sharpening the high-pass filter and increasing saturation of a digital picture. He will discuss the prepping required on all digital photographs.
 
Janki Chokshi: Sand Art
Janki will demonstrate her process of Sand Painting. She collects sand from beaches all over the world and uses their various colors and textures to create unique paintings. She will discuss the process of cleaning and storing the sand, gluing it to a board in layers to create depth and texture and finishing with oil and acrylic paint.
 
Todd Kruse: Things I learned in my pursuit of Abstract Expressionism
In my search to create innovative and appealing art, I've come up with some personal ideas regarding how to approach this type of work, the traits of success, and the traps of failure.
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April 2014
FALC General Meeting, Quinlan Center, Craft Room, 10185 Stelling Rd., Cupertino
Monday, April 14, 2014/ 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Painting with Emotion

Abstract painter Rajiv Khilnani is predominantly influenced by his interests in forms, textures and design elements found in architecture, nature and clothes. He works in Acrylic and Mixed Media on canvas and paper. He thrives on the challenge of creating most of his paintings with just 2 or 3 colors but while his color palate is limited, his color range is not. He uses embossing techniques and materials like hand-made paper, sand and pieces of some old works to create interesting design elements and textures.

Rajiv displays his work at several solo and group shows including the Pacific Grove Art Center, Intel Corp, Fibre Arts Design Gallery in Palo Alto, Stanford University Art Spaces and the Mountain View Center for Performing Arts.

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May 2014
FALC General Meeting, Quinlan Center, Craft Room, 10185 Stelling Rd., Cupertino
Monday, May 12, 2014/ 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Creating with Encaustic

Shannon Amidon will introduce us to Encaustic - the art of painting with hot bees wax. Learn the basic techniques of encaustic painting including the history of the media, materials/safety concerns, heating tools and fusing techniques, layering, masking, stenciling and other techniques to create beautiful works of art.

Amidon was the 2011 Arts Council Silicon Valley Artist Laureate, receiving a Fellowship Grant in photography. She was also the recipient of an Eco Art Grant and studio make over from the Art Inspector part of the Zero One Art and Technology Network. Her artwork has been exhibited throughout the US, in South Korea and Costa Rica. She has been an artist in residence at the Herhusid House Artist Residency in Iceland as well and the David Julia White Artist Colony in Costa Rica.

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June 2014
FALC General Meeting, Quinlan Center, Craft Room, 10185 Stelling Rd., Cupertino
Monday, June 9, 2014/ 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Painting the Essence of Nature

Artist's statement "I explore how color and light affect space and the physical sense of place. For me Atmospheric Conditions are more than weather conditions, they elicit a personal response to the landscape. The setting of my work may be abstracted landscapes, but the root of my work is an emotional reaction to the environment. My paintings are based on nature, fashioned from memory and imagination, and imply landscapes not necessarily seen, but felt. I dissolve the landscape, leaving only what I consider to be the essence of nature. I hope to draw the viewer to the light and colors that radiate from the canvas and give them pause."

Victoria Veedell is a painter who captures the essence of nature by examining the effects of light on form in the natural world. Her paintings, vibrant and colorful abstractions of landscape, have been noted for their calming influence on the viewer, allowing for reflection. Victoria was born in Texas and received a Bachelor of Fine Art in Painting at Texas A & M CC and worked toward MA at NYU. She has been painting for over 20 years.

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July 2014
Summer break - no meeting.
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August 2014
FALC General Meeting, Quinlan Center, Craft Room, 10185 Stelling Rd., Cupertino
Monday, August 11, 2014/ 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Painting Beautiful Skies in Oils

Born and raised in San José, California Barbara is a self-taught artist and owner of Barbcards Illustrations — a graphics, cartoon, and fine art business which she has operated from of her home-based studio in San José since 1992.

Barbara has illustrated many children’s books over the years for local authors; painted murals for children’s rooms, laundry rooms, bath rooms, and preschools; created custom cartoons and fine art for stage backdrops, and custom work for a variety of clients in the commercial industry. She enjoys painting in oil and acrylics on a plethora of subjects. Her works hang in private collections in California and France.

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September 2014
FALC General Meeting, Quinlan Center, Craft Room, 10185 Stelling Rd., Cupertino
Monday, September 8, 2014/ 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Introduction to Painting with your iPad and iPhone.
Jennifer Kretschmer

Jennifer Kretschmer will introduce us to painting with an iPad. Many different painting applications will be demonstrated along with recommended equipment. Painting with an iPad or iPhone is portable, clean, and fun! Your paintbrush could be your finger, Sensu brush or Bluetooth stylus. Your work can still be printed in many different ways and easily shared on social media. You can even use this technology to improve composition and adapt to your painting style. Tips, tricks and tools will be demonstrated.

Jennifer Kretschmer, AIA (www.jkretschmer.com) is an architect and an artist. Educated at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, her primary medium is watercolor paintings and has been exhibiting since 2010. Recently, she began painting with an iPad and iPhone while in situations where bringing her typical painting setup was not feasible. Her iPad paintings have been seen at the SLO Museum of Art, at Gallery Saratoga and on the labels of Loos Family Pinot Noir. Jennifer is also a volunteer teacher with the Art Docent of Los Gatos, a member of the Santa Clara Valley Watercolor Society, and exhibits her work at Gallery Saratoga and with the Community Sites program at PAL.

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October 2014
FALC General Meeting, Quinlan Center, Craft Room, 10185 Stelling Rd., Cupertino
Monday, October 13, 2014/ 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Painting Methods of our Award Winning Artists.
The award winners of our Annual Juried Show will have the opportunity to give a brief talk about their award winning paintings!
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November 2014
FALC General Meeting, Quinlan Center, Craft Room, 10185 Stelling Rd., Cupertino
Monday, November 10, 2014/ 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Painting the California Coastline.

Julia gew up in Kentucky, over looking the Ohio River across from Cincinnati. She started art classes early at Baker-Hunt Academy and went on to the Rhode Island School of Design. Julia furthered her studies at the University of Cincinnati majoring in Industrial Design. Interrupting her schooling, Julia married and moved to Colorado. Her love of the West grew with her sojourn in the mountains and ghost towns around Colorado Springs. Eventually settling in the SF Bay area she continued her art studies and graduated with honors from San Jose State University with a BA in Design/Illustration. There she studied watercolor with John O'Beck and classical oil painting technique with Raymond Brose.

Julia had a full career in retail store design and as an art director for packaging and sales promotion in San Francisco, allowing her to travel throughout Europe and Asia. Now devoting herself to painting full time, she regularly is invited to participate in the some of the most prestigous plein air events and shows in California, Colorado and Arizona.

Julia works in plein air using oils to catch the quickly changing light and shadows of the Bay Area hills where she lives. She paints the landscapes of Northern California and the rural country side of the central coast, the colors and patterns are a her source of inspiration.

December 2014
FALC General Meeting, Quinlan Center, Craft Room, 10185 Stelling Rd., Cupertino
Wednesday, December 10, 2014/ 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
FALC Holiday Party and Paint-In

Paint-In: Please join us for our most enjoyable yearly event! It has been a FALC tradition for several years to come together and paint Holiday posters which will be donated to the Pleasant View Convalescent home in Cupertino. If you are shy about painting with a group, please join us anyway. We would appreciate the opportunity to talk and get to know one another.

Please join us in celebrating the Holidays! Bring your watercolor or quick drying acrylic paint, brushes and palette. No oil paints. Paper will be provided. You could choose to paint a simple secular holiday picture of your choice. We have designs that you can pick from to paint.

Optional: Please bring a small wrapped gift (approx. $10) for the patients at the Convalescent Home who may not have relatives visiting them during the holidays. Please mark if it is for a male or female. No liquids, lotions or perishable goods please. Suggested gifts are gloves, scarves, socks etc.

Optional: Please bring a snack or food to share at the pot-luck.

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