October 2005 Demonstration

The demonstration for October was a collage by Debra Grubbs. It was held in Guild Hall of the First Congregational Church of Reading on October 12, 2005.

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.


Debra began the demo by showing us some examples
of collage done by some famous artists.

The theme of Debra's own demo painting tonight was "Jazz".


Debra makes her images by tearing out shapes from colorful
paper and pasting them down onto the canvas with acrylic medium.
She used a matte medium for this demonstration.


In this image she has added more shapes to the image.


To soften the edges she applied some water miscible
oil paint to the background of her painting.


The painting is almost finished,
and Debra is adding details and accents to it.


Here is the finished painting.

Debra began painting in watercolors while studying with Artist Corey Staid [a long-time member of RAA] in Andover, Massachusetts, as a teenager. She studied with a variety of other artists after moving to California in the late '70s. While attending Las Positas College in Livermore, California, she painted primarily in acrylics, receiving a more structured, formal training, and eventually receiving a Degree in Fine Arts, emphasis in painting. Debra was Director of Visual Arts for a program called "FAME" for the Livermore Public School system before moving back to New England. She currently teaches watercolor and multimedia classes at The Currier Museum Art Center in Manchester, New Hampshire, and conducts workshops at East Colony Fine Art Gallery and Studios, also in Manchester. The WILDLIFE ART Magazine featured Debra's work in their section titled, "Women Making Magic with Unusual Media," highlighting her collages of Confetti Birch Forests.

Landscape subjects are what drive her to paint, which she likes to portray in a light-show manner, sometimes using rice paper and handmade paper collage to enhance the watercolor medium. The landscapes are usually of birches. Debra likes to celebrate the visual creations surrounding us with an abstract expressionism style. It's her way to share a little piece of paradise with everyone!

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