Monday, May 5, 2014

May 12th: Watercolor Demonstration by Granbury artist Bob Cook

LGAA monthly meetings are free and open to the public.

Watercolor Demonstration by Granbury artist Bob Cook.

Next Lake Granbury Art Assoc. meeting will be Monday, May 12 at 7 p.m. at the Shanley House Gallery, 224 N. Travis.

Laying out, transparency, wet on wet, wet on dry, resist – these are just a few of the terms used in the execution of a watercolor.  Bob Cook, nationally recognized Granbury artist, offers insight into the mystery and mastery of watercolor at the next meeting of the Lake Granbury Art Association.

Many folks, including many artists, consider watercolor one of the most challenging painting mediums. The difficulty is reduced by learning how to anticipate and leverage the behavior of water, rather than attempting to control or dominate it. A clear understanding of the temperament of watercolor is essential in achieving success in a composition.

Watercolor artists often employ tape or wax materials for masking. They do this to preserve the white of the paper since using white paint in watercolor destroys the luminosity of the medium. Masking might also help define an area that needs crisp edges.

Artists sometimes employ salt or alcohol or stiff brushes to add texture. They might blot an area with either a damp or dry tissue, depending the result the artist is trying to achieve. Cook will reveal some techniques and shortcuts he has learned and developed over the years as an architectural illustrator.

As an active member of the Lake Granbury Art Association, Cook was instrumental in both the planning and installation of a new visual system in their Shanley House home.  With camera focused on his work, members and visitors can watch on two 50” wall mounted television screens as he demonstrates his techniques and skills. This state-of-the-art system enhances not only the monthly demonstrations, but also facilitates better understanding and observation in LGAA's periodic workshops.

Cook's recent honors include  winning the Silver Star Award in the prestigious National Watercolor Society's 93rd Annual Juried Competition.  His vibrant painting “Royal Street Jazz”, will hang as part of NWS's permanent collection in San Pedro, California, and, for the next year, will be featured in a 30-piece national traveling watercolor exhibition.

Last year he won Best of Show last year in Brownwood's Stars Over Texas Juried Exhibit as well as Best of Show in Granbury's 2013 Rio Brazos Show. Just recently, Cook's piece, “Rue de Metz”, was voted favorite artwork by visitors to the 2014 Rio Brazos Show.

LGAA monthly meetings are free and open to the public. The next meeting, featuring Bob Cook, will be May 12 at 7 p.m. at the Shanley House Gallery, 224 N. Travis.  Members may bring a piece of art for the Artist of the Month voting. Yummy snacks will be served and door prizes awarded. As an additional bonus, the Children's Art Show has been hung in the main galleries.  Suggestion: Come a little early to enjoy the camaraderie and view the art.

(article by Jeannette Alexander)