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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Plein Air Artist Scott Boyle Joined Group at Van Landingham Estate

Bob and Laura painting on the grounds
The lake area
One of the statues on the grounds
Scott Boyle and Bob Brooks
Van Landingham Estate is known for being a wonderful place for weddings and receptions. It is also a beautiful spot for plein air painting. All who came were pleasantly surprised by a visit by Scott Boyle. Along with Scott, the rest of us: Bob, Cathy, Carol, Connie, Laura and Debbie, enjoyed sketching and painting around the lake, statuary and lovely grounds. Prior to the paint-out some enjoyed the sweet potato browns at Zada Janes. Great time! Want to be in the loop? Email Debbie at

Monday, January 30, 2012

Plein Air Buds at VanLandingham Estate Inn

The Plein Air Buds will meet for lunch at 11:45 at Zada Janes Restaurant. Address of restaurant is 1601 Central Ave, Charlotte 28205 (Corner of Central and Thomas). Afterwards is the paintout at 1:00 pm- Location is VanLandingham Estate Inn. This is a wedding/special event facility, close to the Zada Jane’s restaurant. Address is 2010 The Plaza, Charlotte NC 28205-3032. Want to be in the loop? Email Debbie at

Friday, January 27, 2012

Entrants for Presbyterian Hospital Matthews MAG Art Show

This show is for MAG members only. Not a member? You can join for $25 at take-in at the hospital lobby, Saturday, February 25 from 10 AM to Noon. The show runs until take-down, Saturday, March 24. Take-down runs from 10 AM to Noon. Paintings can be for sale and there is NO COMMISSION. Entry fee is $25 for two paintings. ENTER! Just like the following artists below:

Elizabeth Martineau
John Lomax
Jennifer Benson
Anne Harrell
Russell Smith
Becky Wood
Jennifer Spaker
Jean Yates
Debbie Yacenda
Belinda Churchward
Rita Bowers
Mary Magee
Geri Dowd
Ed White
Susie Copley (pending)
Vince Murray
Sharron Burns
PJ Swain
Reg Narmour
Cynthia Powers (pending)
Richard Miles
Jewel Baldwin
Yvette Brandell
Valeria Marcus
Illa Joshi
Dell Shepherd
Marie Davis
Susan Hinrichs
Garlin Russell
Email your interest to Debbie Yacenda at for rules and entry form.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Matthews Artists Guild
would love for you join us on Valentine’s Day, February 14, 2012
6:30 pm -Social, 7 pm – Meeting
Betsy Birkner
Will pour her heart into her presentation of
Color Theory
One color comes to mind when we think of Valentines Day. The hue of red is the color of love,
a symbol of strength, the blood of life in birth and war, always attracting and repelling us. Discussion around red and its companions on the color wheel will begin with perception and how light and pigment color wheels relate. We will investigate the five components of color and Johannes Itten’s seven Contrasts of Color. A review of color schemes from simple to complex will highlight this lively discussion of the theory of color including examples and applications!
Betsy is a designer, artist, and teacher of Color Theory at CPCC.

Wednesday Night Life Drawing

Yep, as usual, Life Drawing is at the Matthews Community Center. Come early to set up so all can start at 7 PM. Be prepared to pay $5-8 to help pay the model fee which depends on how many participate. See the model schedule on the lower left side of this blog.

Sign up for Annual MAG Presbyterian Hospital Matthews Show

The MAG Presbyterian Hospital Matthews Art Show is for MAG members only.
Take-in is Saturday, February 25, from 10 AM to Noon.
$25 Fee for 2 Entries (Paintings/Drawings, Photography w/o computerized enhancements, Sculpture with own platform)
Paintings can be for sale and there will be no commission fee.
You can become a member at take-in for an additional $25 which is good to September.
Take down is Saturday, March 24, from 10 AM to Noon.
Please email Debbie for rules and if you intend to participate at
Here are the entrants so far:

Elizabeth Martineau
John Lomax
Jennifer Benson
Russell Smith
Anne Harrell
Becky Wood
Jennifer Spaker
Jean Yates
Debbie Yacenda
Belinda Churchward
Rita Bowers
Mary Magee
Geri Dowd
Ed White
Susie Copley (maybe)
Vince Murray

Monday, January 23, 2012

Plein Air Buds at the Charlotte History Museum

Join us! The Plein Air Buds will be at the Charlotte History Museum at 11:00 am on Tuesday, Jan 24th. The address is 3500 Shamrock Drive, Charlotte NC 28215. The web site has good directions and nice pictures of the property.- When you arrive, try to park on the left side of the museum, close to the actual building. Most of the interesting painting material is behind the main museum building. There is a short, wooded path behind the museum that takes you to the stone house/ nice yard. That is where we will most likely be painting. There is a stone house, small barn, and a yard with a small herb garden. Restrooms are inside the museum.
All artists are welcome! No charge just bring your own medium and supplies. Ordinarily we eat out together afterwards dutch treat.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Valentine's Day Meeting with Betsy Birkner

Yeah, we're meeting Valentine's Day as usual, Tuesday, February 14 at 7 PM at the Matthews Community Center. Tell your special someone, "Hey, let's beat the crowd and celebrate on MONDAY!" Don't miss this meeting about color theory with Betsy Birkner. Check out her web site: What color will she feature? Why RED, of course! We'll have chocolates too.

Monday, January 16, 2012

MAG Events This Week

"Tom" by Jack C.
Tuesday, 1/17, the Plein Air Buds will meet at 11 AM to paint/sketch street scenes in Fort Mill, SC. Later, all will lunch at Sayago's in Baxter Village. All artists welcome and no charge, except for lunch. Interested? Email Debbie at

Wednesday, 1/18, at 7 PM at the Matthews Community Center, there is life drawing for all artists 18 years old and older. Charge runs from $5-8, depending on how many attend to split the model fee. Come early to set up so all will start on time.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Russell Smith Demo Appealed to Both Sides of the Brain

Artist, Russell Smith, showing picture of airplane model

Russell Smith, a local artist who paints primarily aviation themes in oil, gave a lecture and demo about his creative process. He tells us the right brain is visual, which is obviously essential in creating art, but there are times when the left brain is needed especially when rendering realistic images. Russell provided the group with handouts on how to figure proper "viewing distance." He also showed us the meticulous evolution of his works from multiple sketches on tracing and synthetic papers to grisaille underpaintings with strong white highlights to multiple layerings. (He also told us how to create carbons for transfering drawn images that won't smear on canvas... THANKS!). A great demo to start off 2012! Thanks, Russell!

Monday, January 9, 2012

This Week with MAG

Tuesday 1/10 at 11 AM at Squirrel Lake Park (which has been rennovated) will be the meeting time and place for the Plein Air Buds. All artists are welcome and there is no charge and you do not have to be a member of MAG.

Tuesday 1/10 at 6:30 PM at the Matthews Community Center there will be a demo by local artist, Russell Smith, on creating art with both sides of the brain. Read more about him in a previous post below or visit the link to his website. Refreshments and social time will precede the presentation. The meeting is free and open to the public. You don't want to miss this one!

Wednesday 1/11 at 7 PM at the Matthews Community Center there is a Life Drawing session for all artists at least 18 years old. You do not have to be a member of MAG to participate but please come early and be ready to start on time. The model fee is split among any who participate usually running $5-8 per person.