February 2010 Demonstration


Our demonstrator for February will be David Curtis. He will present an oil painting demonstration called "Understanding Tones".

The meeting will be held in the Guild Hall, First Congregational Church (middle side door), Sanborn Street, Reading, Wednesday February 10th, 2010 at 7:30 p.m.

Directions to the Church

This will be an exciting demonstration to share with your friends. Everyone is welcome. Refreshments will be served.

David Curtis' Bio

"The challenge of painting out of doors, directly from nature, should be a joyous experience. Nature, with all her whims and vagaries of moods and weather, creates so many beautiful moments -- both visual and emotional -- that we are sometimes overwhelmed with the material. We must work towards developing a better understanding of what makes a good composition and how to translate our vision onto canvas using color, tone, and value." ~ David P. Curtis

David Curtis will tell us that plein air painting is about learning to see -- understanding the principles of painting and using them to make a personal statement. The basic principles are drawing, composition, color, value, and a thorough knowledge of your subject. His landscape demonstration in oils will emphasize the importance of light and dark as it relates to values and the keying of a painting, and it will also demonstrate how to build these undertones to create color values and finally how to develop the tones. Other fundamentals important to the plein air painter will also be discussed during the demonstration.

Brought up among the paintings and painters of Cape Ann, David received an early introduction to art from his father, Marine Painter Roger W. Curtis. After graduating high school, David began work in the atelier of Boston School painter R.H. Ives Gammel. He is an active member of Rockport Art Assn., North Shore Arts Assn. And the Guild of Boston Artists. Primarily an outdoor landscape painter, David has won numerouos awards for his work, including Yankee Magazine's Robb Sagendorph Memorial Award, two A.T. Hibbard Memorial Awards, and two Frank Benson Awards. His work is shown and collected internationally, and he is listed in Who's Who In The East. With more than 30 years of plein air painting experience, he has been conducting outdoor classes and workshops since 1993 and still resides on Cape Ann with his family.

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