Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Become a better artist


"AUTUMN REFLECTIONS" by Randall Tillery

The Placerville Arts Association is delighted to have Randall Tillery, a national award-winning oil painter and PAA member, share his expertise on Sunday, Oct.20, at the Placerville Senior Center, 935 Spring St. in Placerville. The meeting begins at 1:30 p.m.

Tillery will be studying a number of PAA members’ art work — offering positive critiques and input that will enhance all attendees understanding of what elements in the creation of a painting or art in general, help make art not just great but what fundamentals help to make a piece of art extraordinary or a masterpiece.

Since re-entering the art-scene, this local artist has received numerous awards. In 2006, Tillery was awarded a second place award in the national Sherwood Forest Plein Air Competition. The week-long event played host to 40 nationally selected artists. Since then, he has also won many regional and national awards including Best of Show, People’s Choice and numerous first, second and third place awards.

Tillery loves to paint all subject matter but finds that his love for nature makes landscape painting a natural transition. Living in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada gives him endless painting opportunities.

Working both in his studio and plein air, Tillery said, “I enjoy the change from painting outdoors to studio work but I feel it is critical that I paint plein air as much as possible to maintain the freshness in my paintings. Painting from life allows one to see the colors and subtle value changes — changes that when painting from photos alone are hard to detect.”

He added, “Painting plein air is a rather spiritual feeling for me. Being able to capture and interpret the beauty that I see in nature is indeed a gift that I hold precious.”

Tillery has had the privilege of working with and taking classes from many excellent artists who have had a positive influence on his career — including Don Demers, Sherrie McGraw, Kevin McPherson, Daniel Keys, Skip Whitcomb and Libby Tolley to name just a few.

His paintings are hanging in local galleries: Rinconart Art Gallery in Placerville; American Visions Art Gallery in Folsom and galleries in Oregon.

For additional information about Randall Tillery and his art visit his Website

This is a free event. The meeting begins promptly at 1:30 p.m. with a short business meeting, followed by a brief meet-n-greet refreshment time. The critiques will begin 2:15 p.m. and end about 3:30 p.m.

 PAA members can submit one or two pieces for critiquing. Tillery will critique as many as there is time for. There is a $2 fee for each art piece. The proceeds go towards the PAA scholarship fund. Come early to sign up.
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