The demonstrator for the December demo was Barbara Donnelly. Her demonstration was called "Painting in Gouache".
The meeting was held in the Guild Hall at the First Congregational Church of Reading. The demonstration began at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, December 8th
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Here is a bio of our demonstrator:
Barbara Donnelly received her formal training at Boston University. She has been teaching drawing and painting for over 30 years. Watercolor has been her favored medium for 20 years. She became captivated by watercolor after painting and teaching oil painting for many years. Continuing to paint in oils on occasion for a change of pace, she always returns to watercolor. Barbara conducts workshops at her gallery at 19 Harbor Loop in Gloucester.
Painting en plein air wherever her brush takes her in New England or abroad is a joy matched only by the quiet peace of contemplation of a carefully selected still life in the studio. These two ends of the spectrum result in very different emotions, subject matter and style. Barbara's travels in France reintroduced her to the possibilities of gouache. The opacity and immediacy of gouache brings an interesting element to travel painting, and she uses it much like oils. Working from dark to light, she establishes the structure of the design early in the process so that she can get to the finish more quickly than with transparent watercolors. Occasionally she combines gouache with transparent watercolor, but most often she uses it alone. At our demonstration she will paint a pure gouache. Barbara explains that "the elusiveness of watercolor is exciting because of the challenge it presents. There is always the element of surprise which holds my interest. It will be my lifelong quest to master it-in the never-ending search for the truth of Nature. That is the magic of watercolor and of art."
Barbara is an artist member of Academic Artists, American Artists Professional League, The Copley Society of Art, Guild of Beverly Artists, New England Watercolor Society, North Shore Arts Association, and the Rockport Art Association. She has received innumerable awards here and abroad.