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2013 Free Demonstrations
FALC General Meeting, Quinlan Center, Craft Room, 10185 Stelling Rd., Cupertino
Monday, January 14, 2013/ 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Advanced Photo Composition: Moving beyond Rules

Photographers face unique photographic challenges: many situations do not allow us to rearrange the world simply to serve our art. Traditionally, photographic composition has been taught in terms of "rules". In this novel and inspiring talk, Joe will work from examples of that tradition, how those "rules" are valuable, but also sometimes limiting, particularly for the advanced photographer. More importantly, Joe will discuss how photographers and other artists, can move beyond compositional rules while continuing along a path of improving one's compositional skills and understanding.

Joe is a professional nature photographer living in California, with a current passion for polar regions, such as Greenland, Svalbard and Iceland. Joe has also worked extensively across the grand landscapes of the American West. Joe’s award-winning work has been featured in exhibitions from the Smithsonian to the Los Angeles Center for Digital Art. His work has been recognized with a number of artist residencies granted through organizations such as Hurtigruten and the United States National Park Service.

Joe is also the author of "The Tuesday Composition", a 75-page eBook devoted to issues of photographic composition, available from Flatbooks Publishing. In addition to his private workshops, Joe has a commitment to teaching and building the amateur photographic community. His primary avenue of support is PhotoCentral, a community-based photographic organization located in Hayward, California.

For more information on Joe, visit his website at http://www.joedecker.net, and follow him on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/JoeDeckerPhotography?.

FALC General Meeting, Quinlan Center, Craft Room, 10185 Stelling Rd., Cupertino
Monday, February 11, 2013/ 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Landscapes in Acrylics

Artist's statement - "The use of vivid color and a range of textures are hallmarks of my paintings. Some landscape scenes are full of energy and drama. Here I tell my story with heightened contrasts and color shifts, using both brush and palette knife to bring texture and depth to the painting. Where scenes are quieter, such as the open space of California foothills on a misty morning, I use softer-edged brushwork and gentler color shifts to tell a story of serenity and calm. I aim to make every brushstroke count.

Some painting scenes I return to many times, each time expressing the day's unique light and energy. I'm drawn to the farms, ranches and acres of land in the Central Valley and Gold Country and continue to paint a series depicting these views. I often complete my floral paintings in the garden, dramatizing the color contrast between blossoms, leaves and the background.

Whether for a landscape or floral scene, I typically start my paintings with a thin, transparent wash of alizarin crimson and transparent red oxide. Next I paint a value study in the same colors on the canvas. These initial layers will go on to infuse the final painting with warmth. Later, when painting brushstrokes of greens, golds and blues over this value study, I intentionally allow tiny pops of the deep, transparent red to peek through, adding sparkle and liveliness to the final picture."

Karen displays her work at Studio Gallery in San Francisco and Viewpoints Gallery in Los Altos, CA. Her website is www.karenwhiteart.com

FALC General Meeting, Quinlan Center, Craft Room, 10185 Stelling Rd., Cupertino
Monday, March 11, 2013/ 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
From Abstraction to Impressionism

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.

FALC General Meeting, Quinlan Center, Craft Room, 10185 Stelling Rd., Cupertino
Monday, April, 2013/ 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Fast Sketching with Pen, Ink and Watercolor

The Mendocino Music Festival has become a part of Mendocino's cultural, social, and intellectual heritage. Summer after summer an enormous tent magically appears on the Mendocino Headland, equipped with heat, lighting, sound system, concert ushers, volunteers, musicians, and stage crews. Wonderful music pours forth from this tent, orchestral and chamber, opera, jazz, and Big Band.

Over the past 20 years Patricia Osborne has been attending the music festival, sketching, and painting in her sketchbook. She has been teaching watercolor and mixed media workshops for the past 18 years through the Mendocino Art Center. She is an enthusiastic teacher who encourages innovative approaches to watercolor through the development of each painter's abilities.

Patricia is a national award-winning artist who has received wide acclaim for her watercolor and mixed media work in both impressionistic and abstract form. Her work can be seen in many art books, including The Artistic Touch 4, featuring 120 of the best artists in the US. Her award-winning paintings of flowers, landscapes, people, and still life subjects emphasize skilled composition and design. She is an instructor, guest lecturer, demonstrator, Juror, writer and workshop presenter for many art groups and organizations."Known for her exciting techniques and love of color, Patricia takes you on an inspirational painting journey,she pushes the boundaries and will alter the way you think about watercolors and painting forever. She was educated at Collage of Arts & Crafts, Oakland Ca., and San Jose State University, as well with many prominent artists.

FALC General Meeting, Quinlan Center, Craft Room, 10185 Stelling Rd., Cupertino
Monday, May 13 / 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Portraits in Oils

Trained to be a traditional portraitist at the age of 10 in his native Vietnam, Cuong has always had a passion for drawing human faces. He finds the natural beauty in the people that surround him—from the men and women he painted to earn money on the streets of Saigon as a child, to the denizens of Silicon Valley that he often paints today. Faces inspire him—so much so that that he has been known to approach strangers to request that they model for him.

Despite his focus on the human form, Cuong remains remarkably versatile as an artist. As an illustrator at Yahoo, he works on a digital canvas no bigger than 50 pixels square, designing icons that are viewed and loved around the world. At the other extreme, he has been invited to festivals in the U.S. and abroad to create pastel paintings on pavement as large as 24 x 16 feet. Though he always returns to people, he has developed a unique eye for still-life and even abstract work. His primary mediums include pastel and oil.

Art has always been a passion for Cuong. His formal training began at the Academy of Art in Saigon, but was interrupted when he realized his dream of escaping the country and coming to the U.S. Starting with only twenty dollars to his name, he worked multiple jobs to put himself through school and earn a degree in illustration and graphic design from San Jose State University. Though he put aside his fine art ambitions for a time, he was unable to stay away for long.

Cuong’s paintings depend on the dramatic portrayal of light, shadow and environment to create their mood and sense of realism. He often supplements the emotions visible in his subjects’ faces with symbolic imagery that adds a sense of mystery. He believes that a successful painting requires that he establish an emotional connection with his subject, so that the viewer in turn connects at an emotional level with his work. Cuong is a member of the International Guild of Realism, member of Oil Painters of America (OPA), and recently earned his tittle Distinguished Pastelist of the Pastel Society of The West Coast.

Cuong admires work by John Singer Sargent, Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema, and Norman Rockwell. His favorite contemporary artists are Jeremy Lipking and Daniel Greene.

FALC General Meeting, Quinlan Center, Craft Room, 10185 Stelling Rd., Cupertino
Monday, June 10, 2013 / 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
To be announced
FALC General Meeting, Quinlan Center, Craft Room, 10185 Stelling Rd., Cupertino
Monday, July 8, 2013 / 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Using Social Media to promote your Art - Talk by Daffne Gavidia from "3 Girls Media & Marketing"
Three Girls Media & Marketing, Inc., is a boutique award-winning Public Relations & Social Media Management Agency in the heart of California’s Silicon Valley. They work with clients nationwide and specialize in helping them raise their brand awareness and name recognition

Social media is a powerful tool that can help artists promote their work. In this talk, Daffne Gavidia will share how artists can use Facebook, Pinterest and YouTube to promote their art. There will be plenty of time for social media questions. Artists will learn:

Social Media Basics - Create engaging social media updates.
Facebook Basics - Show off art on Facebook and increase customer base.
Facebook Ad Campaign - Create a Facebook ad campaign to get the word out about open studios, art for sale, etc.
Pinterest Basics - Use visuals on Pinterest to promote and sell art.
YouTube Basics - Use YouTube to display art and gain recognition.
FALC General Meeting, Quinlan Center, Cupertino Room, 10185 Stelling Rd., Cupertino
Monday, August 12, 2013 / 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Seascapes in Oils by Ray Mendieta

Ray is a native of Northern California, and has been a professional artist and art teacher for the past 15 years. He teaches at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco and also teaches drawing and painting at The Pacific Art League in Palo Alto, California. Ray has held one-man shows at The Pacific Art League Gallery, Tahill Galleries, and the Academy of Art Gallery and presently shows at The Lee Youngman Gallery in Calistoga,CA.

Ray Mendieta received his Masters Degree in Fine Art from the Academy of Art University at San Francisco.

FALC General Meeting, Quinlan Center, Craft Room, 10185 Stelling Rd., Cupertino
Monday, September 9, 2013 / 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Abstract Landscapes in Mixed Media by Holly Van Hart

Artist's statement -

I am a contemporary artist living in the San Francisco Bay Area. I'm fascinated by the beauty and complexity of life, and my passion is creating paintings that reflect this fascination.

My work has won awards in the California State Fair, the Menlo Art League, the Santa Clara Valley Watercolor Society, the Fine Arts League of Cupertino, and the Los Gatos Art Association (including being named the LGAA "Artist of the Year"), and can now be found in the homes of collectors throughout North America and in Europe.

Please enjoy looking at my online gallery, and please email me with questions or comments at holly@hollyvanhart.com . I'd love to hear from you! To see my latest paintings, and to hear about the stories behind them, I invite you to visit http://hollyvanhart.blogspot.com.

FALC General Meeting, Quinlan Center, Craft Room, 10185 Stelling Rd., Cupertino
Monday, October 14, 2013 / 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Portrait in Gesso, Charcoal and Mixed Media by David Lippenberger

Artist's statement -

The tragicomic figure at the center of my paintings, although resembling me, is a universalized version of myself, an "Everyman."

This distorted figure exists in an uneasy agreement with his surroundings. These surroundings are frequently depicted by a grid of squares or numbers. We live in a highly structured society. We live in a world of numbers. They are all around us. Without numbers there is no society. Numbers are used in all parts of society to manage, assess, access, name, compute, estimate, evaluate, appraise, study, rate and prorate. The individual is surrounded by numbers.

I try to depict the balance between tragedy and comedy, between confinement and freedom, between the individual and society, and between humor and seriousness.

FALC General Meeting, Quinlan Center, Community Room, 10185 Stelling Rd., Cupertino
Tuesday, November 12, 2013 / 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
California Landscapes in Oil

Artist's statement: For me, “landscape” is a peaceful concept, thus much of the line I use is rolling, undulating line, the restful curve, the mildly exhilarating swoop. After all, I was born among (and lived most of my life among) the rolling hills of Northern California. Being a third generation Northern Californian, the area’s landscape speaks powerfully to me, and I hope, through me.

My landscapes may start with a generally realistic sketch, but once work in the studio begins, painting takes precedent over scene, emotional response over strictly visual response. My paintings are more about something than they are of it. The push of color to extremes, and the use of line to imply motion help me show what I feel about a scene or abstract idea.

I tend to lean toward warm colors (lots of ochre, yellows, oranges), colors inspired by a lifetime of seeing California summer grasses. While these warm colors are restful to me, by increasing the intensity of hue and through the juxtapositioning of complements, I use color to add vigor in my paintings. I want the land to be alive. I want the butterfly to fly, not to be pinned to a board.

As Imagination is such a vital part of my work, I rarely paint on site any more. Most paintings begin with an image on the computer monitor of a digital photo that I have taken. After several small pencil sketches to arrive at a composition, I begin sketching with charcoal sticks on a canvas, toned usually with Venetian Red or burnt sienna. I repeatedly rub out entire sketches or parts of them until pleased with the flow of lines. The sketch has to sit then for several days and pass casual inspections or get rubbed out. Once the actual painting starts, so much freedom is allowed that I am never completely sure what the final product will be.

At the end of a session, I usually feel both tired and exhilarated. I am usually delighted with what I have done. As days pass, I find things that disturb me, and the second phase of painting starts, revision. This may go on for some time, as the piece sits or hangs where I can glance at it from time to time while I work on other paintings. I usually start three or four oils at the same time. It is not unusual for a painting to get new paint months after its start. At the end, hopefully, I share with the viewer some of what California is to me.

FALC General Meeting, Quinlan Center, Craft Room, 10185 Stelling Rd., Cupertino
Monday, December 9th , 2013 / 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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