Friday, October 30, 2009


Water Street Art Gallery artist, Gail Booth, demonstrated her painting techniques and shared her philosophy of painting with a group of artists and fans on Thursday evening, October 29.

She talked about how she used her very large brushes and showed her palette layout and paint preferences to us.

It was a delightful presentation. Gail is an amazing artist and also funny and sweet and we love her.

Gail begins her landscape demonstration with a block in placing colors strategically to support the composition. Here Gail is using all transparent colors including Holbein's Transparent Orange, Alizarin Crimson and Thalo Violet to do her block in. First she uses a knife to transfer pure pigment to the canvas, then with very large filbert dipped into turps she spreads the wash on her canvas. Finally, Gail takes a cloth and wipes all over the surface to cover the entire canvas. She stresses that using tranparent colors allows the light to transfer through the layers of color and reflect back off the white of the canvas.

Gail used this glorious transparent orange to highlight and shine through the trees.

She adds definition to the composition, adding and adjusting values.

Gail turns to answer a question and we see the painting is nearing completion.

We were running a bit late so Gail ended her demo at this point in the painting. She will finish it in her studio and once completed, it will hang in our gallery for all of us to see. We will also post it on this blogsite.



Thursday, October 29, 2009

UNDERSTANDING TONAL VALUES, a painting tip from the gallery

When you first begin painting it may seem to you that your pictures appear to be flat and lifeless. Most likely, the reason for this is that your value contrasts are not strong enough. It takes courage to make your shadows as dark as they really appear and keep light areas bright enough. But once you become familiar with a concept that might require you to paint something you know to be white as very dark, you will be astounded at the improvement it makes to your finished work, your painting will "sing" with light.

posted by Dalsing

Saturday, October 17, 2009


Water Street Art Gallery artist Gail Booth will be demonstrating her technique for landscape painting. Gail does beautiful work using large brushes and juicy paint leaving distinct brush strokes.

Come enjoy this rare demonstration (Gail doesn't do this very often). Reservations not necessary.

Thursday, October 29
6:30 p.m.
16 South Water Street

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

October/November Featured Artist: Celeste Vaught

Water Street Art Gallery artist Celeste Vaught displays her "Downtown Dawning" series October 8 - November 15, 2009 at the gallery. Vaught has always loved Tulsa's rich architectural heritage. The urban renewal efforts spurred her on to honor such structures through a series of paintings. "You make Tulsa look like it could be Paris" or "it's nice to see an artist honor the city we live" were remarks made during the recent "Art in the Square" show at Utica Square.

Also included are her mood-driven abstracts.