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2011 Free Demonstrations
FALC General Meeting, Quinlan Center, Craft Room, 10185 Stelling Rd., Cupertino
Monday, December 12, 2011/ 7:00pm - 9:30 PM
2011 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. $5) 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.

FALC General Meeting, Quinlan Center, Craft Room, 10185 Stelling Rd., Cupertino
Monday, November 14, 2011/ 7:00pm - 9:30 PM
Frank Walsh - Techniques to paint an Underwater World

Marine life painter Frank Walsh will demo an acrylic painting of the underwater environment at various depths to show reflective light and color. He will bring in samples of his work and discuss his painting techniques.

Frank has always had an intense fascination and sensitivity for the sea, with its underwater world and mysteries. Much of his work since the 1970's captured his love of marine life. As a result of his many years, both scuba and free diving, he had the rare opportunity to study Humpback Whales 'up close', while working as a research assistant with the "Center for Whale Studies" on Maui, Hawaii. Being an underwater videographer, Frank had accumulated many hours of reference material for his 'true-life' paintings . Through his brush, he is able to create a window into the beauty and secrets of that mysterious world that exists just below the surface of the sea. His talent and natural ability to accurately blend color, sunlight and sea life, allows the viewer to share a realistic moment of awe with those gentle giants of another world.

FALC General Meeting, Quinlan Center, Craft Room, 10185 Stelling Rd., Cupertino
Monday, October 10, 2011/ 7:00pm - 9:30 PM
Domestic Cat Painting - Techniques by Yoju

Yoju will demonstrate her delightfully playful technique of painting domestic pets. Her demo will include painting from photographs of pets, Cat Art using paper cuttings, Sumi-e painting (China ink) and Cat Art created by pasting multicolored pieces (eg origami paper). Finished examples featuring each of these techniques will be available for examination. The demo of these techniques will be presented with emphasis on whatever is of most interest to the audience.

A preview of Yoju's cats can be found on her website at http://artbyoju.com/catindex.html

FALC General Meeting, Quinlan Center, Craft Room, 10185 Stelling Rd., Cupertino
Monday, September 12, 2011/ 7:00pm - 9:30 PM
Lorraine Lawson - Watermedia

Splashes, dribbles, scratches, and textural elements will find their way into a completed mixed media painting as Lorraine expresses her interpretation of nature and organic forms. With a deliberate selection of color, combined with a pleasing composition, her step-by-step demonstration will inspire new ways of approaching a blank canvas.

For detailed information about Lorraine Lawson, please visit her website www.onefineartist.com

FALC General Meeting, Quinlan Center, Craft Room, 10185 Stelling Rd., Cupertino
Monday, August 8, 2011/ 7:00pm - 9:30 PM
Raja Guha Thakurta - Portraits and Figures

Raja's Website

Raja will discuss some pencil drawing techniques in the context of portrait and figure drawing - elements such as light and shade, balance, composition, texture, form, proportions, etc. Much of the focus will be on the ideas behind each piece of art. He will also discuss techniques and underlying ideas for his award winning oil paintings.

Raja Guha Thakurta specializes in detailed, realistic oil and pencil portraits of people and animals. He also works in other media including wood carving, glass/ceramic painting, etc. He has been fortunate enough to receive recognition for his art, most notably the Best of Show award at the Fine Arts League of Cupertino 2007 annual show, an Award of Excellence at 2007 AVArtFest, and 2nd place in the Triton Museum purchase award at 2007 AVArtFest. Over the years, he has done several commissioned pieces. His love of art can be traced back to a family of artists: mother, sister, and especially his maternal grandmother whose charcoal portraits served as a tremendous source of inspiration. He was born in Calcutta (India), moved to the US in 1985, and has been a professor of astronomy and astrophysics at the University of California Santa Cruz and UC Observatories/Lick Observatory since 1994, his day (and night!) job.


July 2011 - No meeting

There is no meeting in July due to summer break. The next demo and meeting will be August 8, 2011.

FALC General Meeting, Quinlan Center, Cupertino Room, 10185 Stelling Rd., Cupertino
Monday, June 13, 2011/ 7:00pm - 9:30 PM
Artwork Critique by Jane Hofstetter

Jane Hofstetter will critique paintings brought in by FALC members. FALC members should bring in 1 or 2 completed paintings for her to review. Paintings on paper should be matted if not framed. Unframed canvases are acceptable. All artwork should be completely dry.

Noted for her exceptional versatility in painting and teaching all types of subjects, Jane has a rare ability to bring out the best in all artists who study with her. She is a popular workshop instructor, author and juror who has conducted numerous workshops across the nation and Europe for more than thirty years. She has won many awards, and is a member of the National Watercolor Society, Watercolor West, Transparent Watercolor Society of America, Northwest Watercolor Society, Alabama Watercolor Society, Missouri Watercolor Society, Allied Artist West, and many more. Jane trained at the University of California, Berkley and Chouinard Art Institute of Design, Los Angeles. She has also studied with many nationally and internationally knows artists since 1971. Her book published by North Light Publications “Seven Keys To Great Paintings” is now available in all major bookstores. Her paintings have been in many national shows. Jane has been featured in “Watercolor Magic”, “The Collected Best of Watercolor”, “Splash 7", and the “International Artist Magazine” and many others.

FALC General Meeting, Quinlan Center, Craft Room, 10185 Stelling Rd., Cupertino
Monday, May 9, 2011/ 7:00pm - 9:30 PM
Demonstration on Charcoal Figure/Portraiture with a live model

David Darrow will demonstrate a life drawing with a live clothed model. David Darrow received his formal art training at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena CA. He works in oils, acrylics, pencil and charcoal. He began his career as an illustrator doing artist's renderings of planned building sites, architectural interiors from floor plans and illustrations for magazines and book covers. His paintings and illustrations and sketches can be viewed at www.darrowart.com.

FALC General Meeting, Quinlan Center, Craft Room, 10185 Stelling Rd., Cupertino
Monday, April 11, 2011/ 7:00pm - 9:30 PM
Watercolor Painting

Artist's Statement -

I am a watercolorist and an author. My work has been published in numerous books and magazines including American Artist Watercolor featured on the front cover, Watercolor Magic, The Artist's Magazine, North Light's Splash 8 - Watercolor Discoveries, and Splash 10 - Passionate Brush Strokes and the more recent "Stunning Crystal and Glass" published by North Light Books, and my DVD Video "Stunning Crystal and Glass". I am also the co-host to an award winning instructional television program "Art 2 Art" view on http://www.communitymediacenter.net/watch/videosontheweb/awards.html#2008_WAVE_Awards.

In 1987 I attended the Academy of Art University in San Francisco focusing my studies on illustration. During my time at the Academy of Art I discovered watercolor and fell in love with this medium and became a full time watercolorist and instructor. From 1991 to 2001 I opened an art school of my own, "Emerald Lake Art Academy", in Redwood City, California. In 2002 I concentrated on developing a new technique in watercolor, painting from dark to light, and have found that my students thrived on this unique technique, and could see their paintings develop quicker.

FALC General Meeting, Quinlan Center, Craft Room, 10185 Stelling Rd., Cupertino
Monday, March 14, 2011/ 7:00pm - 9:30 PM
Elements of Award Winning Paintings
Slide Show (40 paintings) and Discussion with Mike Bailey, current President of National Watercolor Society

Most artists are quite interested to obtain the 'inside information' of what sort of paintings are chosen to be included in national shows and which of those win awards. . . . . and WHY!

If you have ever been confronted with choosing a painting to submit for a national show, you know full well that this is a difficult decision. What should you look for in your paintings to increase the odds that your painting will be accepted? Should you make paintings specifically for entry into shows? Should you submit paintings which are in some way biased to the juror's painting style or taste? What sort of subjects are accepted or shunned?

Mike Bailey will be presenting a powerful slide show of forty award winning watercolor paintings and will be discussing their attributes which most likely was the reason for being selected for awards in different shows. As the current president of National Watercolor Society, he will bring first-hand experience of overseeing the jurying and awards judging processes. Mike will also be telling 'tales' and 'stories' about the jurying process in various societies, including NWS. Join us for this exciting presentation and bring your questions!

For information on Mike Bailey's exhibits and the workshops that he teaches throughout the year, please visit his website at http://www.mebaileyart.com/index.html


FALC General Meeting, Quinlan Center, Craft Room, 10185 Stelling Rd., Cupertino
Monday, February 14, 2010/ 7:00pm - 9:30 PM
"Earth Witness Photography"
Improving your Photography through Camera and Photoshop techniques

Would you like to improve the photography you use as an artist? This demo is designed for people who are not primarily photographers but want to learn more about using their cameras and Photoshop Elements so they can get the images they want.

Judy Kramer is a local nature photographer with a passion for wildflower close-ups and nature patterns. She is a past president of the Palo Alto Camera Club, and her photography is used by such organizations as Peninsula Open Space Trust, the California Council of Land Trusts, Environmental Volunteers, and the Anza-Borrego Foundation and Institute. She has exhibited at the Fire House Gallery, Filoli, the Pacific Art League, and local businesses. A former teacher, Judy has shared her enthusiasm for photography through presentations to such groups as the Woodside Atherton Garden Club, the Silicon Valley Users Group Alliance, the Cupertino Library, and the Campbell Photo Club. Judy's images can be seen at her web site http://www.earthwitnessphoto.com


FALC General Meeting, Quinlan Center, Social Room, 10185 Stelling Rd., Cupertino
Monday, January 10, 2010/ 7:00pm - 9:30 PM
Decker Walker - Painting in Oils

Artist's Statement

"I paint for the thrill of it. The thrill that comes when I spot some beauty of color, form, or design in a model, a landscape, or a still life arrangement that I’m painting. The thrill of finding a fresh way to represent some seen beauty in paint. The thrill of seeing smears of color become a believable image. These thrills come most often from intense, concentrated painting sessions. Most of the time I start and finish a painting in one day, taking from one to five hours; occasionally I’ll work on it for a second session while it’s still wet. The more finished, polished result I could get from spending days or weeks on a painting doesn’t interest me as much as the feeling of freshness, spontaneity and intimacy that comes from painting in one go. This kind of painting is, as Oscar Peterson said about jazz, a “daredevil experience … [that] requires you to collect all your senses, emotions, physical strength and mental power, and focus them totally on the performance… every time you play.”

Decker Walker has taken instruction in the visual arts form the Pacific Art League, Foothill College, College of San Mateo, City College of San Franmcisco, San Francisco Art Institute, and the Scottsdale Artists' School. He has been chosen for several juried awards locally and nationally since 2006.


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