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Thursday:) The Art Club of McKinney and Our Talented Artists

10 Jan

“I’m inspired by artists and musicians. There are so many wonderful and talented people in the world. I love discovering new music, new writers, or new art.” We had

Alicia Keys

We had our Art Club of McKinney meeting this morning. Our special guest speaker was artist, Cate Robbins.

Our meetings begin with announcements, minutes, recaps and wonderful refreshments. We also enjoy socializing, voting on artist of the month, and a raffle before our speaker begins.

I was feeling lucky, so I bought $5 worth of raffle tickets, hoping to win a Mary Beth Jagger painting. Guess what? My number was called. Now, this beautiful painting is displayed in my kitchen.

Now, for Cate’s presentation. She shared several stories of how she started illustrating children’s books, and the journey that she has traveled in her long and illustrious art career. There are so many details, tips and tricks that we had no idea about. Thanks for sharing Cate.

We are very blessed to have such a talented artist community.

Thursday:) The Art Club of McKinney

11 Oct

“Art is the only serious thing in the world. And the artist is the only person who is never serious.”

― Oscar Wilde


This morning was our monthly Art Club of McKinney meeting. After our general meeting, we have our raffle, and artist of the month presentation. Artists are encouraged to bring artwork and members vote on their favorite. It’s always interesting to see what other artists are working on.

After the “show and tell,” we break for refreshments. Members take turns setting up and providing the most amazing table of refreshments and brunch. It seems like every month is better than the last. The hostesses for October out did themselves.

Our guest speaker and demonstrator today was the fabulous Jeni Tomlinson. Her presentation was informative, funny, and inspirational. After a brief PowerPoint history of famous artists and masters, Jeni explained her personal techniques on oil painting tips, and tricks of the trade.

The Tomlinson technique consists of under painting with a series of soft layers of glazing. Her humorous tips of “cheap” ways to cut costs on expensive art materials and paints had us all giggling, but at the same time, taking notes for future reference. She brought all kinds of samples and booklets to share with the group, and answered dozens of questions. Personally, I never cared for working with oil paints because of the powerful and irritating smell of the solvents and mediums. Jeni had products that had no annoying odors. I just may give it another try. Thanks Jeni.

You can see more of Jeni’s work at http://www.jenitomlinsonstudios.com

Beside oil painting, Jeni and her husband Charlie work miracles with refinishing furniture and creative and decorative painting.

We are very fortunate to have such talented and inspirational artists right here in our own community. The Art Club of McKinney is not only the oldest art club in the state of Texas, but, in my opinion, it is the best art club on the planet.

A big thank you to all the artists, volunteers, and members who make it all possible.

Thursday:) The Art Club of McKinney

9 Nov

“When people tell me that they can’t even draw a stickman, I tell them that the secret isn’t being born a great artist, the secret is having a great art teacher.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis


This morning was our November meeting of the Art Club of McKinney. The early agenda and discussion was busy reporting minutes, upcoming events, the artist of the month contest, a raffle and a wonderful break for refreshments before the artist demonstration.

Our guest artist today was Magda Dia, who is also a club member, a fine potter, lives in and has a teaching studio in the historic district, and is also a sweet friend.

Magda demonstrated all the steps to throwing small clay bowls on the wheel, along with tips and tricks for creative throwing. (A little throwing of clay splatters did occur on the front row spectators)

Volunteer, Gena Roberson, tried her hand at making a bowl. She did a great job.


We had a very fun and informative meeting and demonstration today.

Magda’s classes and studio can be found on Facebook at Jump Into Art.

Thursday:) The Art Club of McKinney- Portrait Painting

12 Oct

“When I look at great works of art or listen to inspired music, I sense intimate portraits of the specific times in which they were created.”

~Billy Joel


The October monthly meeting of the Art Club of McKinney was an inspirational one. Our guest speaker and demonstrator is our own local artist, Rachel Reitan. Rachel has a charming studio on the square, located at 109 E. Virginia. All are welcome to go on up and visit her studio when her sign on the sidewalk is out, revealing artist at work.

Rachel started us off with the absolute basics of roughing in the outline and sections of the face, giving proportion and direction.

I was just amazed at how she could demonstrate and talk at the same. A difficult task.

Rachel prefers to work with live models and spends a lot of time talking to the “sitter” or model, getting to know them and get the feeling for that person’s character before even picking up a brush.

She brought a nearly completed painting to demonstrate different techniques of underpainting, shadows, skin tone, etc. Rachel is an amazing artist.

I’ll have to admit that I was very inspired and even contemplated running home to attempt a portrait. But, the mood passed after walking around the square a while. I’m not a portrait artist, although, I did paint one portrait of my mother quite a few years ago, and I’ll “never have that recipe again.”

Miss you Mom!


You can find Rachel on Facebook at rachelreitanfinearts

Thursday:) The Art Club of McKinney

14 Sep

“Coffee keeps me going until it’s time for wine.”



This morning was our September Art Club of McKinney meeting and workshop at the Heard Craig Carriage House. Our guest artist was the talented Modesto Aceves. The unusual and fascinating painting medium that this Dallas artist uses had us all ready for another cup of coffee. Yes, Modesto paints with coffee.

I dabbled with painting with coffee several years ago, but I played around a while, then deserted the idea. Learning some tips and tricks, and seeing all the wonderful examples that Mr. Aceves brought with him had us all intrigued.

We were supplied with paper and various strengths of coffee to practice painting with coffee.

Here’s my masterpiece. It was a lot of fun, and I don’t even like coffee.

Thursday:) The Art Club of McKinney

13 Apr

“To create one’s world in any of the arts takes courage.”

~Georgia O’Keeffe


I’m glad I checked my calendar on my phone before I went to bed last night. Well, actually, it was around 2 in the morning. I thought, I can just sleep in, nothing till karaoke at night. Wrongo! I had forgotten about The Art Club of Mckinney April meeting at 9:30. This meant setting the alarm for 7:30 so I could walk the dog before I left. Yikes, scramble.

Then, I got half way to the meeting when I realized that I left my phone on the kitchen counter. Panic! I think I said a cuss word out loud. I was going to turn around when I said to myself, “You can do this. You can go three or four hours without your phone,” it was scary, but I did it, I’m so proud of myself. When I got tomArt Club, I felt empowered. A little vulnerable, naked, and scared, but empowered.

You know what is the best part of the monthly meetings? Seeing all of my talented friends and going to lunch afterwards. Ha!

Our guest artist was Noriko Dewitt, an extremely talented colored pencil artist.

I borrowed Sherry Joplin’s phone to take some pictures. Thanks for sharing Miss Sherry.

Noriko demonstrated many informative techniques and explained her intricate drawing process. Personally, colored pencil is WAY TOO labor intensive for me. I don’t have the patience or the talent. Noriko is blessed with both.


Thursday:) The Art Club of McKinney

9 Mar

“We have to continually be jumping off cliffs and developing our wings on the way down.”

Kurt Vonnegut


The Art Club of McKinney meets the second Thursday of the month at the Heard Craig Carriage House in beautiful historic downtown McKinney.

Our March guest speaker and artist was Gary Williamson. Gary is an extremely talented paper mache artist, who not only performs magic with his paper sculpting skills, but has invented, created, or basically scraped together gigantic machinery and tools to create his own recipe for paper mache in his studio, Big Slurry Mountain.

The art club members enjoyed the comical and informative presentation of Mr. Williamson’s innovative sculpting process from start to finish.

I purchased a little starter kit, and maybe, just maybe, I’ll be sucked into yet another creative art form that I have no space for. But, as every artist knows, you can never have too many art supplies or ideas. You never stop learning or creating. It’s in the blood.

This is not your everyday third grade art class paper mache, but rather a sophisticated process that turns recycled paper into wonderful works of art. These pieces might replicate wood, stone or metal sculptures without the heavy weight or the costly materials.

It was a fun creative day. And NO, I didn’t go home and play with my paper mache. But, I did make a hundred mini cupcakes and a batch of brownies. Sometimes I have to create in chocolate.

Thursday:) The Art Club of McKinney

12 Jan

“A good teacher inspires while a good student perspires.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis


Today was our monthly Art Club of McKinney at the Heard Craig Carriage House. Our guest speaker was my good friend and wonderful watercolor artist, Lynda Kingsley. Now, there’s a big difference between a good artist and a wonderful artist. The difference is, a good artist can create and produce good art pieces. A wonderful artist inspires others through their work and by sharing their techniques by teaching. Lynda, and many of our local artists, fit that last category.

Lynda gave a thorough and fascinating demonstration on various watercolor techniques, ranging from basic color theory and design principals, to the materials and supplies available for various projects.

We were all busy taking notes, snapping pictures, and asking questions. When an entire room of artists are intrigued with an art demonstration, you know the artist is an exceptional teacher. I’ve actually been to demonstrations in the past where I started nodding off. Not today.

Lynda used fun materials like waxed paper, netting, gauze, plastic wrap, and salt to add interesting textures and dimensional effects.

Lynda Kingsley also teaches classes from her beautiful art studio next to her home in the McKinney historic district. You can find more information on her website at https://www.ldkingsley.com

Thanks Lynda for a wonderful presentation. I’ve been inspired. Now, I just need to perspire and work at painting again. It’s been a while.

Thursday:) The Art Club of McKinney

13 Oct

Without poets, without artists, men would soon weary of nature’s monotony.
~ (Guillaume Apollinaire)


This morning, the Art Club of McKinney met at the Heard Craig Carriage House. We were greeted at the door by the lovely gardens and manicured landscape.

The club meets the third Thursday of each month, August through May. The Art Club of McKinney is the oldest art club in the great state of Texas.

After our initial meeting and minutes, we take a short break for a yummy brunch provided by volunteer members.

After the break, voting on artist of the month, and raffle drawing, a fabulous guest speaker and artists shares an informative demonstration. Today’s guest was the multi-talented award winning, Michael Holter. His demo was an impressionistic oil painting that he guided step by step techniques.

Another great monthly meeting. Friends, artists, learning and sharing.

Thursday:) THE Art Club of McKinney

14 Sep

The artists who work with alcohol ink

Are so creative, and more than you’d think

They splash and they splatter yellows and pink

Having such fun, without taking a drink.

~ Toni Armenta Andrukaitis


The Art Club of McKinney had their monthly meeting this morning at the Heard Craig Carriage house. Maribeth Jagger was our featured artist. She demonstrated the magic techniques, tips, and tricks to working with alcohol inks. I’d have to say the majority of the people at the meeting have already taken a class or workshop with Maribeth, and those who haven’t will be signing up for her next class. It’s so much fun!

After a checklist of supplies and materials needed, she walked us through several steps of creating this beautiful fall pumpkin scene, from sketch to various techniques and steps.

The At Club of McKinney is a wonderful group of people who are with fine artists in their own right, or who want to learn more about art, or just plain ol’ appreciate art. 

And then…there’s always lunch with new friends and old friends afterwards.