March 2007 Demonstration

Our demonstrator for March was Bill Ternes. He presented a watercolor demonstration.

The meeting was held in the Guild Hall, First Congregational Church (middle side door), Sanborn Street, Reading, Wednesday March 14th, 2007 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.


Meet Bill Ternes, ready to begin the demo. Before he began painting
he told us about some of his techniques and philosophy.
He said that the three most important things in a painting are
"Value, value, value".


Bill uses a 5 level system of values. When he paints he
tries to put down the correct value, color, and shape
all at once and then not go back into that area.
That keeps the colors pure and the painting clean.


Bill uses his hand in lieu of a mahlstick. In this
photo he is adding more color areas to the painting.


You can see here that he has quite a bit of the painting defined.


Bill stopped often to tell interesting stories
about his experiences during his art career.


Here he is putting on the finishing touches.
The shadows cast by the trees onto the house were
painted using a mixture of permanent rose and cobalt
blue to make a very nice violet color.


Here is the final painting.

Bill Ternes Bio

Bill Ternes' abilities to see and interpret his environment have been honed by over 60 years of creating watercolor and oil paintings. His affinity for the outdoors is expressed in his direct approach to painting with emphasis on nature's luminosity. He synthesizes various elements of nature into strong, vibrant, visual statements through his use of brilliant, highly saturated hues and bold brush strokes. His paintings are thoughtfully planned, yet their execution reflects the willingness to take risks. His images are suggested rather than finely delineated, thus allowing the viewer's imagination to play a pivotal role in the interpretive process. The paintings of Homer, Sargent, and Sorolla have significantly influenced his painting philosophy.

Bill is a plein air painter whose style is "loose but representative." It invites viewers to bring their own imagination to the process of interpreting the painting. He says his goal is to make transparent and vivid color marks directly onto white paper rather than to employ a series of washes. Using this direct approach allows him to create a dynamic image. "By making accurate color, value and shape decisions, I am able to interpret the spirit of the objects or scene in a stimulating manner to create an accomplished painting." Bill gains much satisfaction in passing on accumulated artistic knowledge to fellow painters. Don't miss this enlightening evening.

Bring some friends. Refreshments will be served.

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