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Paint a Man a Fish

Imagine your walls with these swimmy fishes decorating them. Luxe. Gorgeous. Fun.

The painting demonstrates traditional oil painting technique. The ‘grisaille and glaze’ method has been used since oil painting was first made. Fish 1 is the sketch, Fish 2 is the grisaille, and Fish 3 has the glaze applied. All in all, a pretty result with ancient historic roots.

Tie into history! Great American Art is here for the catching.

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Another fun painting demo tomorrow 10-12. Join the Austin Palette Club as a guest for free!

 Tomorrow morning I’ll be painting for the folks of the Austin Palette Club. They meet on Tuesdays from 10 AM -Noon at the Lamar Senior Activity Center. The center is at 2874 Shoal Crest Avenue, Austin, TX 78705,  just up the hill one block east of Lamar. Check out the plug for my demo below from the president of the APC, it’s pretty glowing. ? I’m absolutely tickled pink! Come meet some nice people who love art and watch me do my song and dance. 
See you there with my smock on,

 AUSTIN PALETTE CLUB MEETING NOTICE :  Tuesday, February 11, 2020, 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM   Dear APC Members; I know you all love the painting demos best of all and this week, we are going to be treated to an oil painting demo by one of our newest members, ARNICA GRACE !
Arnica is a professional artist and currently she’s an instructor at Cordovan Arts in Round Rock and Austin. Arnica is an Honors Graduate College of Fine Arts from UT Austin in 2001, and she has an extensive list of exhibits and shows to her credit.  Check out the list on her “About” page on her website for more information.  Arnica is full of joyful energy and enthusiasm for her art and it’s infectious.  In her own words:
“In 2020 I have the honor of leading other painters to find joy in their various media. I teach in Round Rock and Austin, TX at Cordovan Arts. Also, the workshops I get to host at The Round Rock Downtowner Gallery have been a lot of fun! I hope to continue to meet many more new and wonderful artists through my teaching programs.Working in many media keeps me on my toes. I love making images by hand. It’s a craft that keeps me learning. Weekly painting sessions with other artists are always fun, and I have had the privilege of painting the model from life with others for many many years. People are fascinating, landscapes are lovely. Oil paints are great, acrylics are quick. Watercolor was my focus in college, having gotten to study with Bill Wyman, noteworthy Texas Artist and professor at UT (not the Rolling Stones bass player.)”Here’s a link to her website : I know you will enjoy looking at the wonderful artwork on Arnica’s website.  She “pushes” color expertly and her brush strokes are painted in a controlled loose style that infuses energy and action in her paintings.  Come learn how she makes magic on canvas this week! ART OPPORTUNITIES 1.  From Renie Vasquez;  Jerry’s Art-A-Rama  8th Annual Self Portrait Contest – $5,000 in Prizes – Jan 13th – April 12, 2020Here’s a link: 2.  From Susan Belgard: Creative Capital Awards, Deadline 4PM 2-29-2020 Artists including writers working in all disciplines can apply for the Creative Capital Awards, which provides innovative project ideas with funding and advisory services valued at over $100,000 per award. The application is now open through February 29. Learn more and apply.” submission must be sent by 4pm ET on February 29, 2020. NOTICES 1.  Dues for 2020 are due now.  Please  fill out your LSAC forms and pay your annual dues to Adele Yin at the meeting. 2.  Remember to sign in at each meeting.  Sign in sheets are always on the front table as you enter the room. 3.  Sign up sheets for Snacks at the demo meetings are on the same table, and thank you to all members who contribute/help Jeanice Ullmann with refreshements—your help is very much appreciated by all of us. 4.  Please remember to put your cell phones on Airplane Mode or turn them off or set to vibrate during demos – we all want to hear every word our demo artists speak and we don’t want them to be interrupted with ring tones and conversation. If you must answer your phone, please step outside of the meeting room. 5.  Guests are always welcome at our meetings.  Bring a friend to share in the fun.  They can sign in at the front table and I’ll include them on the email blast for the next meeting. UPDATED MEETING SCHEDULE Feb. 11  – Arnica Grace – Demo oil painting Feb. 18  – Jeanice Ullman-Demo/workshop Alcohol Drip/Texture Paint Pour Feb. 25  – Paint In Day at LSAC Mar. 3  – Business Meeting/Bring your art to share with Members Mar. 10 – Lisa Garner-Demo Polymer Clay Figure Sculpt/Millifiori Cane work Mar. 17 – Jenny Granberry/Golden Paint Co.-  Demo/workshop with Golden Paints Mar. 24 – Laura Mussell -Demo/workshop Moravian Stars/Origami paper Mar. 31 – Paint In day on your own at LSAC April 7 – Buisness Meeting/Bring your art to share with Members April 14 – TBA April 21 – TBA April 28 – Paint In day on your own at LSAC May 5 – Business Meeting/Bring your art to share with Members May 12 – TBA May 19 – TBA May 26 – Spring Luncheon – Location TBA SPRING/SUMMER BREAKJune/July/August – No Meetings Best regards, Lyrae Perry, President Austin Palette Club – Nature & Wildlife Art by Lyrae

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My Friend, My Foe, The Sea

16″ x 20″ new work oil on canvas

Got to wonder what this pelican is thinking. Sunshine for nothing and fish for free?

The Texas Coast is beautiful and rich in its wildlife. Imagine warm breezes blowing across your skin. The gentle waves roll over your toes. Keep that feeling. Return to it again and again.

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July Events

Opening Reception Saturday July 6th

A fun art party at 7PM

Permanent.Collection and Co-Lab Projects present: Sarah.Canright / Kaveri.Raina

Symphony in the Park Sunday July 14

Every Summer Sunday 7:30 PM at the Long Center

Sundays through 8/25/19 (except 7/7/19)
Austin Symphony Concerts in the Park
Hartman Concert Park at the Long Center
Now in its 17th season, the Austin Symphony Hartman Foundation Concerts in the Park are held in front of the Long Center on Sundays throughout the summer at 7:30 p.m. Concert styles include strings, woodwinds, big band and brass.

Free Dive into Art at the Blanton Friday July 19

July 19th- pre register for your space July 12th

Each week will focus on experimenting with a specific art technique while engaging with artworks and ideas related to our permanent collection galleries and special exhibitions.  Space is limited to 15 participants. Sign up online one week prior- July 12th. Cost is included with your admission to the museum.

Free Wildflower Center visit Saturday July 27

July 27th all day

Lady Bird Day
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
The Wildflower Center will celebrate its founder and environmental champion, former First Lady Lady Bird Johnson, with free admission and a variety of family-friendly activities. Come ready to be inspired, both by the landscape and by the legacy of Mrs. Johnson’s lifelong work in Central Texas and the nation.

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Golden Lining $420

Every cloud has a silver lining. These are golden. What could be better than the sun peeking out at you at the end of a cloudy day? Come visit the Port Aransas Art Center today and enjoy the glow.

This work is a marvel of layering. The colors shift as the daylight changes. In the evening, the darker tones are dominant, but midday the glazes of blue and violet are strongest. Come see for yourself!

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Beachgate View $80

$80 plus $20 shipping/handling and 8.25% sales tax
= $106.60 total charges

If you like the beach, try the view from Beachgate Condosuites and Hotel. Room 533 has a very nice one! Here is a plein air painting done on that very balcony by Arnica Grace. Unframed, it’s yours for just $80. Ships mounted on a board ready to be framed and hung in your favorite space.

12″ x 16″ oil on canvas

The plein air method was popularized by the French Impressionists. “Plein air painting is about leaving the four walls of your studio behind and experiencing painting and drawing in the landscape. The practice goes back for centuries but was truly made into an art form by the French Impressionists. Their desire to paint light and its changing, ephemeral qualities, coupled with the creation of transportable paint tubes and the box easel—the precursor to the plein air easels of today—allowed artists the freedom to paint “en plein air,” which is the French expression for “in the open air.” –

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Big Big Sky- $420

It’s not a sunny day, but the world offers beauty anyway. Sometimes a little mist on your nose is just the right thing. With layers of impasto and glazing, this painting glows from within. The heavy impasto- a technique of laying on paint so thickly that it stands out from a surface- adds character and form.

Arnica Grace has been known to use painting knives- a flexible metal blade. This device helps her to put down the thick paint she likes to see in some of her larger works. This being a Big Big Sky, she uses the painting knife with gusto! Energy and form, peace and activity, layers of color sing in a unique harmony.

Collections begin with one piece. This is a good cornerstone for the foundation of your own art empire. Enjoy!

Big Big Sky $420 plus $20 shipping/handling and 8.25% sales tax
= $474.65 total charges