Writeup! Acrylic Pouring Demonstration

The Dirty Pour Method Date: March 9, 2020 Author: Raini Armstrong Acrylic pouring has become so popular that you have probably seen a version of it in every member's gallery, big or small. There are almost twenty different pouring techniques, many that are similar enough they could and probably should be grouped together. I am not an expert by any means, I hope to share a bit of information, and after the demonstration offered by Beverly...

Writeup! Holiday Party

Date: December 12, 2019 Author: Raini Armstrong Chaparral Artists enjoyed their end of year Christmas party on December 9, 2019. There was plenty of fantastic food to share, along with a beautiful selection of desserts. There were a plethora of hidden gifts to bid on during the pig-in-the-poke portion of the afternoon. Eleven greeting cards were entered into the card competition, and several members went home with either a Christmas cactus or...

Writeup! Molded Glass Demonstration

Date: October 14, 2019 Author: Raini Armstrong Hot Glass; this sounds ominous, but then I am far more comfortable with the 2-dimensional painting processes that don't often involve kilns! Hot glass is pretty amazing, involving several processing steps that lean toward clay molding (in my opinion). That is until the baking comes into play because the heat required with 'baking' glass is ridiculously high. Our October demonstrator presenting 'Hot...

Writeup! Encaustic Painting Demonstration

Pine Sap, Bees Wax & Oils Date: September 9, 2019 Author: Raini Armstrong Encaustic painting, or hot wax painting, uses heated wax and colored pigments on a variety of solid canvas-like surfaces. The technique has been in use since 200AD, but it seems to have become all the rage over the last ten years. Gretchen Grunt, a fabulous artist, educator and the owner of the 29 Palms Creative Center & Gallery in 29 Palms since 2003, provided an...

News Brief – 2019-2020 Season Begins!

Written by Raini Armstrong Chaparral Artists make it a habit to take the summer months of July and August off. We do not hold General Meetings or hang shows at Rainbow Stew, all in an attempt to prepare for the upcoming Fall and Winter action. But let me tell you, a simple hiatus doesn’t stop us from staying busy and crazy creative. The summer months often provide great opportunities for art creation, especially if the art in question can be...

Writeup! Wax Painting Demonstration

Rice Paper & Watercolor & Wax Chaparral Artists enjoyed a demonstration by Nancy Miehle who intrigued everyone with a painting technique involving wax! The process is simple, a bit messy, and so much fun. This technique is a slightly altered form of "Watercolor batik" and it combines watercolors, rice paper, and melted wax, and the result truly creates a product that 'pops.' Nancy was ready with all of her tools, which included several sheets...

Writeup! Refractured Watercolor Demonstration

Jeni Bate wowed Chaparral Artists by demonstrating a technique she coins as Refractured Watercolor during the May 2019 General Meeting. Jeni is a magnificent artists that works big, something that I am in awe of. She has a knack for painting loose and free with the watercolor medium, in vivid colors, to capture serene as well as dramatic scenes. She often begins by painting with watercolor on a whole sheet of watercolor paper - but where I...

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