Notes from the General Meeting - March 15th, 2014

Zamperini Field, Torrance Airport Meeting Room, 3301 Airport Dr., Torrance, CA 90505

Master Calendar:  Painting Opportunities Coming Up

  • Paint-ins –  
    • Joslyn Center in MB, for 4/1 and 5/6
      • Critiques – Thank you, Fran! At the Paint-ins
  • Paint-outs
    • Rose Ash has scheduled Inland dates for Third Thursdays
      • 4/10/14, 5/15/14 – sign up with Rose


Check out the Website for calendar updates

Workshops Coming Up:

  • Fashion Design Institute Museum tour and paint-in – Monday, April 7
    • We need several more participants to make this happen!
    • Contact Carolyn Buchman if you are interested
  • Dori Dewberry – 1/2-day – March 15, 2014, 1 – 4pm, $50
  • Marla Baggetta – April 28-30, “Loosen Up” indoor $300, May 1-2, Figurative, $225 - open
    • Or all 5 days for $500 – waiting list – see Marj Leightle
    • Need Prop coordinator for May 1
  • Desmond O’Hagan – July 18,19,20  - taking deposits today $300, 2days indoor, 1day outdoor
    • Coordinated by Mike Ishikawa.  We could use a few more in this class.
  • How to Draw Horses and Animals 1-day workshop September
    • Contact Carolyn if you’re interested.
  • Doug Dawson – November 6,7,8, 2014  Landscape from photos indoors – taking  $100 deposits today
    • Total cost $350, Coordinated by Arturo Fribourg,


Exhibition:  Registration due by April 15, Prospectus available online.

  •  Creative Arts Center of Manhattan Beach, 1560 Manhattan Beach Blvd, MB
  • Take in April 24 10am 
  • Sue coordinating volunteers
    • At Take-In two helpers are needed to sit at the table and get volunteers to sign up for duties at Reception. 
    • At the Reception:  Volunteers are needed for counting ballots from 7:00 to 8:00 one person, 8:00 – 9:00 three people. 
    • Sitting at Ballot Box – need four people – two from 6 – 7:30 and two from 7:30 to 9:00. 
    • Docents to greet visitors, explain voting and pastel painting – need one at 5:30 – 7:00; three from 7:30 to 9:00. 
    • Registration Table at entrance to show giving out ballots and getting guest book signed – 5:30 – 7:30 two needed; 7:30 – 9:00 9one needed.
  • Reception May 3, 6 – 9pm – Edie Babbe coordinating food, Sue coordinating volunteers
  • Lorene Barker will be in charge of labels. 

·        Sign up to help today by contacting Sue Kuuskmae! Post Cards are available now to take to shops and send out!


Report from Nominating Committee: Bonny Botello –

There are openings for the following positions:  President, assistant to Vice President, Corresponding Secretary.  Please contact Bonny if you wish to help out by taking one of these jobs. 


Members with names starting with M-P showed some of their recent pastel paintings.

Please wait to take down your artwork until after the meeting!


Next Meeting May 17 at Creative Arts Center, 1560 Manhattan Beach Blvd, MB 10am

  • Principles of Abstract Expressionism with Dael Patton and Lois Olsen.


Notes from the Dori Dewberry Demo

Dori uses U Art 400 grit paper, painting an underpainting with old brushes, using Guerra Paint and water.  Dori recommends taking a photo on one’s IPad, and then using an app called Value Viewer to observe the value structure.

She gets her values down not worrying so much about details or what the right color is by defining all her darkest darks and lightest lights.  This paint can also be mixed with white to get lighter colors as she does her block-in.   The paint she uses is similar to watercolor but the pigment is much more vibrant so it is easier to get dark values from it.  It can also be watered down for weaker values.

When adding pastel on top, Dori tries to use as few strokes as possible.  Her strokes could be described as:  Deliberate, direct, and economical.   It was helpful to see just how she applies the marks in short staccato strokes.  She uses a variety of pastels from Nu pastel, and Rembrandt to Teri Ludwig for finishing off.

A workshop followed the ending of the meeting.

---Notes by Sue Kuuskamae