2017-18 Vice President
We are coming to the end of this fiscal year for BVAL and my tenure as president. Nancy Schaan will be the new BVAL president. She will do a superb job. I will serve as vice president for the next year. I want thank everyone who participated in the raffle and also by making donations to help build our scholarship fund for deserving high school seniors to purse a degree in visual arts in college. We undertook the project having never done a raffle before and it went very well.
Many of you will disappear for the summer and some of us will hang around the Brazos Valley except for a vacation week or two. It is a great time to recharge your batteries, learn new techniques and find great subject matter for your art.
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24 COMMANDMENTS OF PAINTING
1.Not trust a photograph—they lie except for shapes and details.
2.Apply the rule of thirds (tic-tac-toe the composition and place the focal point at one of the Intersections).
3.Establish dominance (Crop to emphasize Sky, Mountain, Terrain, or Water while considering Falls, Rocks, Trees, and Brush within larger contexts. [See 2, 6, 7, 10, 11, 12, & 15]
4.Create eye flow (create an armature to support the painting composition; S, C, O, L, T; with visual thrusts and brush strokes being from left to right for Western viewers).
5.Create eye stops so the eye does not exit the composition.
6.Simplify (mass [join] shapes, values, and colors)
7.Connect physically or visually shapes, values, and colors so that the eye does not play hopscotch over the painting.
8.Create abstract shapes (asymmetrical shapes; paint backwards [negatively] to help create them). [See 9, 11, 12, & 13]
9.Create graceful and melodic lines (no see-saw lines, picket fence lines, or begin and exit a line equidistant from the edge of the painting).
10.Create mood (use mist/fog, clouds, value, color)
11.Vary the edges (rough, smooth [hard], and soft [diffused]).
12.Create gradient planes (back water with a gradient to front water).
13.Variegate the colors (maintaining the same value structure).
14.Create depth (3-D) by linear and atmospheric perspective. [See 4, 6, 9, 10, 11, 12, & 24]
15.Create planes (think front to back like a chess game; overlapping pawns before knights before rooks, and so forth with bishops, King, and Queen). [See 3, 6, 7, 8, 9, 15, 16, & 17]
16.Harmonize the painting (echo cool colors in the shadows and warm colors in the highlights; or make a color repeated in mixtures as in using a limited palette)
17.Create indentations and protrusions (shapes that go back [darker/cooler] or come forward [warmer / cooler)
18.Not clone (repeat shapes, colors, or intervals).
19.Not create snakes in skies.
20.Respect the no-fly zone (1-2 inches around the painting will have no high contrast, detail, rough or hard edges, or intense colors)
21.Not paint dark areas darker than value 8 on a 10 scale.
22.Have two different sides to the painting (A | B [side to side] or top to bottom).
23.Create interest in every 2 square inch section (divide the painting into a checker board and make sure that each square is a small abstract painting while assuring that no shapes are cloned and that each corner square is different from the opposing corner square—color, shape, value).
24.Look in your blind spot (space shapes) (look for – clones, symmetrical shapes, and shapes that moved to center or are kissing the edge of the painting)
Thanks and best regards,
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2017-18 BVAL Officers
Kathryn King Metters
Congratulations to the newly elected officers for 2017-18! We are still in need of a volunteer to fill the Social Chair position. If you are interested, please contact a board member.
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