Monday, April 10, 2017

Monday April 10th LGAA Meeting

LGAA Meeting
Monday, April 10 at 7:00 P.M.
at the Shanley House Gallery
Our guest artist is Julie Wende

Julie Wende is a Texas artist who loves to paint figures and portraits.
Wende will be doing a “Painting in a Higher Key” demonstration at this month’s Lake Granbury Art Association meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, April 10. The meeting will be at the Shanley House Center for the Arts located at 224 N. Travis. This is a free event and is open to the public.
The idea of following grandkids around, or taking photos (with permission) at the beach or around the pool, is one that holds attraction for a lot of Texas artists! Cool shadows, highlights, bright colors and sunlight bouncing off of surfaces is seducing. The rules of value, composition and color harmony are a must for a great design.
Wende will demonstrate some of the techniques she uses when painting. She works with a limited palette and strives to keep all these things in mind, while aspiring to stay painterly.
Wende has always loved art. In high school she began painting with India ink and charcoal, learned watercolor techniques, and even darkroom photography. Those pursuits were in addition to copying Charles Schultz’ “Peanuts” characters on every surface she could find.
Her single mother and grandparents were very supportive of her pursuits, though they could not afford to send her to art school. They fed her with books and posters by Norman Rockwell and Maxwell Parrish among many others.
As a senior in high school she landed a job as an apprentice ink and cell painter at a leading animation studio in California (massive lay-offs occurred after the studios began shipping work overseas, and it was not until Pixar and Disney re-animated animation that many could seek out jobs again.)
 After Wende started a family and moved to Fort Worth she began taking painting classes on weekends, and was soon painting in oils. Wende enjoys free-lance and portrait commissions. Recently she was commissioned to paint oil portraits for five members of a local extended family. So far, she has painted over two dozen commissioned portraits and has had her work in many art shows and competitions.
Wende and her husband have a ranch out in Coryell County and are looking forward to the coming months and the opportunities to photograph and paint the beautiful wild flowers.