A series of free monthly painting demonstrations is being presented by Portola Art Gallery in September, October and November.
The first demonstration, scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 17 from 10:00 am to noon, will feature Decker Walker, who will be painting portraits in oil. Decker is an award-winning artist who also exhibits at the Society of Western Artists, the Pacific Art League, and the American Impressionist Society.
Working from a live model, he will first draw a rough outline, then block in the basic colors. He will then develop the painting, working from larger to smaller features to produce a lively and accurate likeness of the sitter. During the demonstration, he will think aloud as he paints and answer questions during model breaks.
Visitors are encouraged to bring a chair and a snack or enjoy lunch at Cafe Primavera on the premises after the demonstration. The event will be held outdoors, weather permitting, otherwise in the Gallery.
Future painting demonstrations include:
- Plein Air Landscape by Mark Monsarrat; October 29, 2011, 10:00 am – noon
- Portrait by Marsha Heimbecker; November 17, 2011, 10:00 am – noon
The Portola Art Gallery is located at the Allied Arts Guild on Arbor Rd. in Menlo Park.
Photo of Decker Walker, courtesy of the artist