Laura Williams will demonstrate oil painting at the June 23, 2011 meeting

Laura’s inspiration often comes from the simple, often overlooked in our busy lifes — a lone boat, or a simple tree surrounded in perfect light.

“Sometimes, a funny thing happens when I am setting up—I think I have an opportunity to paint a subject that I have designed to be good, challenging, unique, with good light, and then I turn around to get my gear and look up and see something far more paintable. Spontaneity — a painters gift! Sometimes I call these “paintings that paint themselves”. In other words, I didn’t have to move mountains — like the bible says we can!” –Laura Williams

Laura’s paintings have often been described as peaceful and serene.

“I find this assessment to describe the fundamental reason why I paint. I am truly inspired by the peace and serenity of the natural world that surrounds me. Presently, I am trying to capture the beauty and perfection of a location that is endangered or already slated to be developed.” –Laura Williams

Please visit Laura’s web site:

DATE: May 28, 2011
TIME: 1:30 p.m.
PLACE: First Congregational Church of San Jose, 1980 Hamilton Ave, San Jose, CA 95125

Photos from the May 28, 2011 meeting

Photo of artworks for the Artist of the Month competition

Photo of artworks for the Artist of the Month competition

Photo of Chandra Agrawal

Photo of CAG members

Clyde Stout demonstrates methods for drawing animals, shows drawing materials and techniques

Photo of Clyde Stout during the demonstration

Photo of Clyde Stout during the demonstration

Artist of the Month winners for May, 2011

1st place: Pat Hunziker – “Cactus Blossom #2” (watercolor)

Photo of Pat Hunziker

2nd place (tie): Egnalya Aznaran – “Peruvian Dancing” (watercolor)

Photo of Egnalya Aznaran

2nd place (tie): Jim Rogers – “Balloon Festival” (photograph)

Photo of Jim Rogers

Blue Ribbon Gallery winner for May, 2011

There was no Blue Ribbon Gallery competition this month.