Thursday, July 26, 2012

JULY 2012 PROGRAM - DEB WARD

This month our program was divided into two sections - the first an informational talk about our blog to help our members understand and navigate the blog - the second a program about the possibilities of fluid acrylics.

Blog:

Blog stands for website log.  It’s basically a website that you can interact on. Our blog address is http://grtrcincyws.blogspot.com/,  The easiest way to have this address handy is to put it on your favorites list on your computer. You can also find our blog address in the membership book.

Our blog starts of with a header and our logo, then a short paragraph about our club. Information on a blog is called a Post. You can see new information on the blog as well as any old minutes and other information. At the end of each page there are 2 boxes to chose from - Home or Continue on to an old post.

On our blog we have a side bar to the left where you can find information about up coming programs, shows, a blog list of other members and links to other websites.  There are also labels which list members in alphabetical order according to their first name. You can just click on a name and it will bring up additional  information about that person.

“Comments” is where you can type something to respond to something you read on the blogspot. This does require you to log in and give some verification of yourself.

Deb was hoping that maybe this would help everyone to understand more about the blogspot and how to use it.
Through a series of print outs of our blog pages, Deb explained how to access information on our blog.


Using Fluid Acrylics like watercolors:
Left:  Peony on Yupo; right: a commission portrait, on canvas.
Deb ward started teaching in 2004 and started painting with fluid acrylics about 6 years ago.  She mostly uses Da Vinci fluid acrylics.  About 50% of her paintings are with fluid acrylics the other 50% is watercolors. She likes them because they dry with the same intensity as when you put them on your paper. Also you can thin them down to 100 to 1 ratio. You can successfully use them on a variety of papers including yupo, canvas,  hot press and 300 lb. papers.

Deb starts her painting process by sketching out her design in a small format on tracing paper. She then goes over it with a sharpie pen. After that she has it enlarged to the size she wants to paint. After it is enlarged, she traces it on her paper of choice using saral paper , a graphite copy paper. She then goes over the tracing with a graphite pencil so the water doesn’t erase it. A lot of her painting involves putting the paint on and then spraying it off. Timing is very important since  it can’t be to dry or to wet. Even though some of the paint she sprays off stains other parts of the design it doesn’t bother her. She feels that after painting over these, even if the color shows through, it helps bring unity to the painting.
Deb explained how she arrives at ideas for some of her paintings.
Deb gave us several helpful hints to consider while we are painting. One was doing a color study before you paint if your unsure of what colors to use together. One time she even took pictures of her hands to get the form right.  She also said that if your aren’t happy with  something in your painting, wait and do something else before going back to it. You may find that it’s not so bad after all. Be sure to take time to stand back from your painting to get a different view of it.

One of the main things she said was to paint what you want. You will find your way to other things if it is meant to be.
Deb shows how to paint a technique by Nick Simmons - the "batik like look".

Allowing the paint to partially dry and then spraying off gives the painting a "batik like look".
Adding color to some of the mum petals.
I have to apologize that I was not able to stay for the whole program since I had to pick up my granddaughter. Hopefully there is enough information for you to understand her process of painting with fluid acrylics.

As I was driving to pick up my granddaughter this came to mind, a funny jingle from the past. I think that it fit’s the meeting to day perfectly.

“ Double you pleasure, Double your fun, Deb did two wonderful program instead of just one .”

Thanks Deb!

Kathy Kuyper

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