January 2009 Demonstration

Our demonstrator for January was J.C. Airoldi, who presented a pastel landscape demonstration.

The meeting was held in the Guild Hall, First Congregational Church (middle side door), Sanborn Street, Reading, Wednesday January 14th, 2009 at 7:30 p.m.

Directions to the Church

We have some photographs of the event in case you could not make it there in person. You can click on any of the images on this page to view a larger version of it. Then, use the Back button on your browser to return to this page.


J.C. paints with pastels on toned paper. She always
uses paper with a sanded surface that gives it lots of tooth.


She started by putting in the darks in the foreground. J.C only uses
very soft pastels and finds them better to work with than hard pastels.


The colors went in quickly, and after that and the painting brightened.


The sky colors are reflected in the water in the foreground.


The lights and the shadows require opposite temperatures.
Warm lights need cool shadows and cool lights need warm shadows.


J.C. makes a point about art.


The final details go into the foreground.


J.C. showed us the original sketch she did for the demo.
Which one do you like better?


Here is the final painting.

J.C. Airoldi's Bio

For more information visit www.jcairoldi.com/

J.C. Airoldi of Hampstead, New Hampshire, was educated at Massachusetts College of Art and at Otis Institute of Art (Parsons) in Los Angeles, where she studied illustration and design, She led a successful career creating computer graphics and animations for several of the nation's leading computer game companies. For nearly ten years she created storyboards, background art, character portraits, and special-effects animation, contributing to over 15 published titles. J.C. left her career in illustration to pursue her art full time in 2002. Primarily self-taught, her skills as a successful illustrator and designer contribute to her painting process. Balance, scale, color harmony, and texture are tools of both the painter and the designer. Much as the earlier American Impressionists painted seascapes, dunes, mystical skies and waterways, J.C. is following in the same footsteps all over the United States, and especially in New England. She is represented in both private and corporate collections as well as in fine art galleries along the eastern seaboard, including Tree's Place on Cape Cod, The Walsingham Gallery in Newburyport, and Diamond-Newman Fine Arts of Boston.

A highly respected and popular instructor, J.C. offers plein air workshops in the northeast and the southwest and is on the faculty of the Newburyport Art Association, where she has taught oil painting for the last six years. The demonstration for the members and guests of Reading Art Association is sure to be an exciting presentation by this talented artist, so come and bring your friends.

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