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2017 Free Demonstrations
December 2017
FALC General Meeting, Quinlan Center, Craft Room, 10185 Stelling Rd., Cupertino
Monday, December 11th 2017/ 7:00 PM - 9 PM
FALC Holiday Party and Paint-In.

2015 December Potluck images.

Paint-In: Please join us for our most enjoyable yearly event! It has been a FALC tradition for several years to come together and paint Holiday posters which will be donated to the Pleasant View Convalescent home in Cupertino. If you are shy about painting with a group, please join us anyway. We would appreciate the opportunity to talk and get to know one another.

Please join us in celebrating the Holidays! Bring your watercolor or quick drying acrylic paint, brushes and palette. No oil paints. Paper will be provided. You could choose to paint a simple secular holiday picture of your choice. We have designs that you can pick from to paint. Theme required : 6 Posters on Christmas theme and rest on Spring or general Holiday theme.

Optional: Please bring a small wrapped gift (approx. $10) for the patients at the Convalescent Home who may not have relatives visiting them during the holidays. Please mark if it is for a male or female. No liquids, lotions or perishable goods please. Suggested gifts are gloves, scarves, socks etc.

Optional: Please bring a snack or food to share at the pot-luck.

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November 2017
FALC General Meeting, Quinlan Center, Craft Room, 10185 Stelling Rd., Cupertino
Monday, November 13th 2017/ 7:00 PM - 9 PM
Kay Duffy

The freedom, spontaneity and speed – the “wet and loose”- of watercolor suits my temperament. My approach is “juicy” incorporating bright colors, broad strokes, and strong shapes to depict my feelings and impressions of the natural landscape, flowers and trees, buildings, foreign lands and exotic places.

Kay's recent, more experimental work utilizes an original technique of texturing oriental papers with watercolor pigments. These papers are torn, arranged and collaged to create interesting abstract images. Metallic foil, pastel and opaque media are also utilized to enhance the image.

Kay has been painting for over 45 years and has studied locally with Jane Hofstetter, Charlotte Britton, Jane Burnham and Marie MacDonnell Roberts. Always endeavoring to learn and grow, she has painted in workshops with nationally know artists such as Brommer, Nechis, Szabo, Betts, Simandle, Webb, Cheng Khee Chee and many others. An active member of the Allied Artists West, Santa Clara Valley Watercolor Society, Los Gatos Art Association, Saratoga Contemporary Artists, The National League of American Pen Women and a signature member of the Society of Western Artists, Kay shows regularly with these groups throughout the Bay Area. The City of Saratoga honored this local artist by presenting one of her paintings to Saratoga’s Sister City of Muko-shi in Japan. In 2005 the County of Santa Clara purchased a local vineyard painting to present to their Sister County of Florence, Italy.

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October 2017
FALC General Meeting, Quinlan Center, Craft Room, 10185 Stelling Rd., Cupertino
Monday, October 9th 2017/ 7:00 PM - 9 PM
Inna Cherneykina

Inna was born in Sergiev Posad, a town near Moscow. She discovered passion for drawing and painting at early years and at the age of 10 was accepted into the Sergiev Posad Art School. From1988 Inna studied in Moscow Art University for five years and recieved her Master of Art and Graphics degree.

After the University, Inna’s art career took a detour in to the world of computer games. It was a new exciting venture, which brought Inna to California in 1997. In 2007 Inna decided to dedicate more time to painting and went to Idaho to study under famous American-Armenian artist Ovanes Berberian. Berberian’s passion for colors made a huge influence on Inna’s vision of art. It also fueled Inna’s love for still life painting in particular, which was always her favorite genre. Painting is the essential part of Inna’s life and she feels fortunate by meeting great teachers and artists along the way.

She continues exploring her impressionist approach to painting and believes that sunny California is the perfect location for this exploration.

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September 2017
Meeting Cancelled
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August 2017
FALC General Meeting, Quinlan Center, Craft Room, 10185 Stelling Rd., Cupertino
Monday, August 14th 2017/ 7:00 PM - 9 PM
Carrie Zeidman

Carrie Zeidman is an award winning digital artist and photographer. She started her art career over twenty years ago as a commercial graphic artist, one of the first to use a personal computer to create art. She founded a successful graphics art company, Elán Studios, where she created advertisements, company materials, and websites for large and small businesses including Hewlett Packard and Cisco Systems. Her commercial artwork even appeared on display at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia. About ten years ago she left the commercial art world to devote her time to fine art, her first love. She used her computer illustration expertise to create her own unique style, a style that combines the techniques of digital illustration with the expression and creativity of traditional painting.

Since she moved into fine art, she has won numerous awards and honors for her art, including being named “Distinguished Artist of the Year” by the Fine Arts Commission of Cupertino in 2013. Her piece Freedom Rises in the East is on permanent display at the Checkpoint Charlie Museum in Berlin, Germany. Carrie’s passions are photography, art, travel, and history, all of which are found in her book, Ghosts – Images of War. She is a tenth-generation Californian and a fourteenth generation American. Many years of researching her extensive family history, traveling to historic battle grounds, and creating her unique art all come together in her first book. Carrie lives in Cupertino, California with her husband Bob, who is also an author of several books. She lives on a mountain top that affords her a different breathtaking view of the sunrise over the Santa Clara Valley every morning, providing endless artistic inspiration.

 
 
June 2017
FALC General Meeting, Quinlan Center, Craft Room, 10185 Stelling Rd., Cupertino
Monday, June 12th 2017/ 7:00 PM - 9 PM
Doris Pickering

Have you ever had trouble trying to explain your artwork to others, especial a potential client? Do you often just keep quiet rather than approaching someone looking at your art because you are worried about what to say and making a less than good impression? Our speaker at our June meeting, Doris Pickering, will help us develop a clear and concise "elevator pitch", and provide us with tools to start and continue a productive and meaningful conversation about our work. This will be a fun and interactive evening, so please plan on attending.

First impressions matter! And you only have about 7 seconds to make that first impression! It’s interesting that the number ONE fear people have (that of public speaking) is also one of the most important skills you need to have in order to succeed and thrive in your business, professional and personal lives. After leaving the Silicon Valley high tech world, Doris launched her own public speaking and presentation training business, “Silicon Valley Speaks”. Her programs focus on uncovering your “WHY” as a source of inspiration and confidence.

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May 2017
FALC General Meeting, Quinlan Center, Craft Room, 10185 Stelling Rd., Cupertino
Monday, May 8th 2017/ 7:00 PM - 9 PM
Nancy Crowley

Nancy Ann Crowley, born in Chicago, Ill., comes from a family of writers and artists. Nancy Ann began painting at 6 years old. Her earliest remembrances were sketching and painting next to her father in his studio. Nancy Ann currently lives with her family in San Jose, Calif.

Nancy Ann received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from California State University Stanislaus where her work remains in the permanent art collection of the college and won many awards for her work. She continues to be inspired by the works of: Caravaggio, for his dramatic use of light to experience emotion, J.M.W. Turner for the intensity of hue to represent the evanescent light, Van Gogh for his brutally honest depiction of life and his fearless use of color and Arthur T. Waugh, her father, for his teaching, patience, and belief in her art.

Italy is a favorite subject of Nancy Ann's. Her work depicts the beauty of the land and she believes there is no better way to express the feelings and emotions of a subject than through the use of vibrant color. She exhibits her art in US and international galleries and participates in international art competitions. Nancy Ann's paintings can be found in various galleries and in private and corporate collections in the United States, Japan, Italy and Kuwait.

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April 2017
Meeting Cancelled
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March 2017
FALC General Meeting, Quinlan Center, Craft Room, 10185 Stelling Rd., Cupertino
Monday, March 13th 2017/ 7:00 PM - 9 PM
Seamus Strahan-Mauk
Hands on Demo on Photography

Seamus has an extensive background in photography and lighting and will discussing and demonstrating techniques artists can use to successfully photograph their own artwork using standard digital cameras including smart phones. Please bring your most commonly used camera and a small example of your artwork for a hands on experience.

Seamus Strahan-Mauk has been immersed in photography and image-making since childhood, where he did his best to keep up with his father in the wilds of California. After graduating with an MFA in Cinematography from the Academy of Art in San Francisco and a brief stint in independent film, Seamus went on to shoot locally for such brands as Adobe, Uber, HP, and Oculus. He is currently the resident Director of Photography for emotion studios in Sausalito, California, and in his off-time captures a wide range of subjects, including traditional portraiture, wildlife, and urban photography.

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February 2017
FALC General Meeting, Quinlan Center, Craft Room, 10185 Stelling Rd., Cupertino
Monday, February 13th 2017/ 7:00 PM - 9 PM
Ed Lucey
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January 2017
FALC General Meeting, Quinlan Center, Craft Room, 10185 Stelling Rd., Cupertino
Monday, January 9th 2017/ 7:00 PM - 9 PM
Denise Howard

Denise Howard grew up on a farm in rural Missouri surrounded by animals and nature.  As soon as she could hold a pencil she started drawing everything, and her world revolved around her art until she finished college.  She earned a B.A. in Art and a B.S. in Math/Computer Science concurrently from Truman State University, and later an M.S. in Computer Science from Ohio State University, focused on computer graphics. She worked for several Silicon Valley companies, was one of the developers of iPhoto at Apple and earned movie credits on Antz and Shrek at PDI/Dreamworks. Software engineering left little time or energy for creating art for 25+ years. 

Finally the urge to return to her art became too strong to ignore, so she began committing the time to pursue it as a second career and quickly began receiving local, national and international recognition for her realist colored pencil and graphite work.  She is a signature member of the Colored Pencil Society of America (CPSA) and the UK Colored Pencil Society (UKCPS), and has Master Pencil Artist Status (MPAS) with the Pencil Art Society (PAS).  She is president of the northern California chapter of the CPSA.

She lives in Santa Clara, California with her husband, an Abyssinian cat, and a garden full of native plants and hummingbirds

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Past Demos
December 2016
FALC General Meeting, Quinlan Center, Craft Room, 10185 Stelling Rd., Cupertino
Monday, December 12th 2016/ 7:00 PM - 9 PM
FALC Holiday Party and Paint-In.

 

2015 December Potluck images.

Paint-In: Please join us for our most enjoyable yearly event! It has been a FALC tradition for several years to come together and paint Holiday posters which will be donated to the Pleasant View Convalescent home in Cupertino. If you are shy about painting with a group, please join us anyway. We would appreciate the opportunity to talk and get to know one another.

Please join us in celebrating the Holidays! Bring your watercolor or quick drying acrylic paint, brushes and palette. No oil paints. Paper will be provided. You could choose to paint a simple secular holiday picture of your choice. We have designs that you can pick from to paint. Theme required : 6 Posters on Christmas theme and rest on Spring or general Holiday theme.

Optional: Please bring a small wrapped gift (approx. $10) for the patients at the Convalescent Home who may not have relatives visiting them during the holidays. Please mark if it is for a male or female. No liquids, lotions or perishable goods please. Suggested gifts are gloves, scarves, socks etc.

Optional: Please bring a snack or food to share at the pot-luck.

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November 2016
FALC General Meeting, Quinlan Center, Craft Room, 10185 Stelling Rd., Cupertino
Monday, November 14th 2016/ 7:00 PM - 9 PM
Laurel Bushman
Laurel's interest in murals began with a summer internship working on public murals while a student at the Savannah College of Art and Design. She moved to California in 2009 to begin her career. Laurel began as a realist, but now works in a wide range of styles and applications. Much of her work is created in partnership with interior designers and homeowners, as well as businesses. Recently, she has turned her attention back to public art, with several projects in Santa Cruz and Monterey scheduled for the fall of 2016. Laurel lives in Santa Cruz with her partner Geoff.
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October 2016
FALC General Meeting, Quinlan Center, Craft Room, 10185 Stelling Rd., Cupertino
Monday, October 10th 2016/ 7:00 PM - 9 PM
Laurel Bushman
Laurel's interest in murals began with a summer internship working on public murals while a student at the Savannah College of Art and Design. She moved to California in 2009 to begin her career. Laurel began as a realist, but now works in a wide range of styles and applications. Much of her work is created in partnership with interior designers and homeowners, as well as businesses. Recently, she has turned her attention back to public art, with several projects in Santa Cruz and Monterey scheduled for the fall of 2016. Laurel lives in Santa Cruz with her partner Geoff.
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September 2016
FALC General Meeting, Quinlan Center, Craft Room, 10185 Stelling Rd., Cupertino
Monday, September 12th 2016/ 7:00 PM - 9 PM
Ming-Chien Liang
Ms. Liang is an artist of representational style in Chinese and Western medium. She teaches art at Ichen Art Academy in Fremont, CA and CSMA in Mountain View, CA. She has taught Oriental Brush Painting at Worcester Art Museum and the East Asian Art History at Wheelock College and the College of the Holy Cross, MA. Her works were included in juried shows at the Triton Museum of Art in 2016 and 2014, and in the 2007 “Summer Street Solstice II” show sponsored by the MCCA Art Program. Since 1998 she has had solo and joint exhibitions in California, New England, and Taiwan. Her solo exhibitions include 2015 Fremont Art Association, 2007 Milford Chamber of Commerce New Hampshire, 2002 at Newberry Courts in Concord Massachusetts, and 2001 Concord Public Library Massachusetts. Since 1998 she has participated in various joint exhibitions in New England and Taiwan. Ms. Liang was born in 1959 in Taiwan, and in 1988 earned her M.A. in Art History from University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
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August 2016
FALC General Meeting, Quinlan Center, Craft Room, 10185 Stelling Rd., Cupertino
Monday, Aug 8th 2016/ 7:00 PM - 9 PM
David Tenorio
"David Tenorio is a freelance artist & illustrator living in the Oakland, CA area. He graduated with a BFA in Studio Art from the University of Texas at Austin. He currently works in a variety of capacities including concept art, visual development and entertainment illustration. As an instructor, David has led hundreds of classes and workshops in traditional drawing and painting. He pulls influences from all forms of art, from animation to Renaissance. In his personal time, he is an avid outdoor sketcher and enjoys watching movies with his wife Jessica and two cats, Shadow and Nutmeg."
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July 2016
FALC General Meeting, Quinlan Center, Craft Room, 10185 Stelling Rd., Cupertino
Monday, July 11 2016/ 7:00 PM - 9 PM
Moe Whalen
whalenmoe24@gmail.com
All my life I've expressed myself through art, music, mockery, performance, outrageously at times. After going beyond accepted norms of mainstream mentality. I am committed to practicing art through photography and collage... characters of fantasy, satire, entertainment, psycho-social injustices and personal experience.
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June 2016
FALC General Meeting, Quinlan Center, Craft Room, 10185 Stelling Rd., Cupertino
Monday, June 13 2016/ 7:00 PM - 9 PM
Kathleen Alexander

“My paintings are usually about capturing a quiet moment in nature or in life. At the same time, I love to use strong, dynamic colors, and accentuate the contrast between light and shadow in my paintings to create depth and realism. I think most people who visit Hawaii notice that their sense of wellbeing is increased here—the air is warmer, colors brighter, and you feel more alive. I am entranced by the natural beauty here in Hawaii and have noticed my paintings becoming more intensely vivid than before I came to live here on Maui.”

Kathleen has two adult children, and lives here on Maui with her husband of 27 years, Tom. Her work has been included in two issues of Watercolor Artist magazine, and five issues of “Splash”, a watercolor compilation book by North Light Books. Kathleen also teaches watercolor workshops across the U.S. .

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April 2016
FALC General Meeting, Quinlan Center, Craft Room, 10185 Stelling Rd., Cupertino
Monday, April 11 2016/ 7:00 PM - 9 PM
BKS Varma
Dr.B.K.S. Varma is a painter from Bangalore, India, whose subject is mainly environment and social issues presented in a surreal form. His depiction of Indian Gods has taken a new dimension. He also specializes in painting pictures in front of a large audience, in a short span of time, usually for poetry or dance. He began sketching as a hobby at the age of six. His mother Smt. Jayalakshmi was an artist herself, his father Sri. Krishnamacharya was a musician. 1986 – He held a show of works on a series of Environmental Paintings at the Karnataka Chitrakala Partishath which was inaugurated by Dr. Roerich and Devikarani. Around the same time he was honored with the “State Lalitkala Academy Award”. 1988 – Two of his paintings were selected for Indian Festival at the Russia Utsav.1990 – Collaborated with Dr. Shathaavadhaani.R.Ganesh in a performance – “Kavya Chitra” (a duet of poetry alongside painting) for 24 hours nonstop creating an all time record. 2000 – Was selected by the Karnataka Government to be a part of the “Vishwa Kannada Sammelana”, Huston. He put forth “Kavya Chitra”, over 30 performances at different cities in America. Some of his recognitions are • 2015 – Most Influential Indians Award by Gulf Connoisseur • 2014 – Honorary State Lalitkala Academy Award • 2011 – Honorary Doctorate by Bangalore University.
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March 2016
FALC General Meeting, Quinlan Center, Craft Room, 10185 Stelling Rd., Cupertino
Monday, March 14 2016/ 7:00 PM - 9 PM
Stephen Curl
Artist's Statement: I have been fortunate to pursue the artist’s life, which allows me to spend my time as I wish and actually earn a living from it. I love being outdoors and in wilderness. I paint from my direct experience on hikes and excursions where I’ve spent awestruck moments in each of these landscapes. The expression of the infinite is always there in front of us, if we are open to seeing and receiving it. Watercolor behaves just like nature- fresh, spontaneous, and elemental in its simplicity. It is a joyfully portable medium that affords me the opportunity to record my visual impressions quickly and with a natural freshness. Often I’ll do a small study on the spot, “plein air”, then finish a larger painting back in my studio. All of my paintings seek to capture my experience where a turn in the trail has caught my eye, and I am again witness to the rush of beauty and the life force unfolding before me. Always, I feel blessed to be part of such natural beauty and the dance of light. My paintings are recordings of these inspired moments... of what is fresh, immediate, and alive, and what in my estimation is true and real.
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February 2016
FALC General Meeting, Quinlan Center, Craft Room, 10185 Stelling Rd., Cupertino
Monday, February 8 2016/ 7:00 PM - 9 PM
Michael Schaffer
Artist-Instructor Michael Schaffer, founder of The New Action Art, has been painting since 1985. His work is known for its rich, saturated color, its sense of movement, texture and emotion, and its representation of the human imagination on canvas. He studied art as an undergraduate and later with a highly regarded art professor in Spain. His work has been shown in New York and Los Angeles. Michael is continually showcasing new techniques and materials in his work, which is represented by Blue Moon Gallery in Sacramento.
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January 2016
FALC General Meeting, Quinlan Center, Craft Room, 10185 Stelling Rd., Cupertino
Monday, January 25 2016/ 7:00 PM - 9 PM
Carl Yoshihara - Digital Art
 

Born in Hiroshima, Japan in 1958 to a US serviceman from Maui and to a bank teller from Hiroshima who spoke French and listened to Hank Williams. Being a military brat, Carl and his 4 brothers grew up all over the US and overseas. He has live in California and the SF Bay Area since 1977 and currently lives and works in San Jose.

Carl is self taught and has been creating art for more than 50 years. Only recently since 2011 has he really started showing his fine art. He was one of the earliest to embrace Apple Computers for graphic design and helped beta test and document the first Adobe Photoshop in 1989. In the last couple years he has explored more deeply in creating unique pieces of art with the computer. He still enjoys working as a freelance art director and graphic designer for a number prominent Silicon Vally companies.

Carl's main passion is art and his paintings and photography have already found their way into collections in the US and world wide. Carl loves to surf, rock climb, fly fish, explore the great outdoors, cook, orchids, beaches and sunsets, listening to vinyl and create digital music.

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