Come see renowned Houston artist Patrick Palmer, who is also
Faculty Chair and Dean of Students, MFAH's Glassell School of Art
Sunday, April 2, 2 p.m. Members Meeting
“Growing up in Pasadena, California gave me artistic opportunities that might not have occurred elsewhere. As a nine-year old, I was given the choice to receive oil painting lessons in a carport on picnic tables or become a Boy Scout. As a fifteen-year-old, I was driven 40 miles each Saturday to learn how to draw the figure at the Otis Art Institute. Then Pasadena Art Museum was bequeathed with the largest collection of art from the four German-based artists, Kandinsky, Klee, Jawlensky, and Feininger, who were the key figures of the important German Expressionist movement. The unlikely influence of this major collection on a teenager was huge. I remember there was an entire wall of Jawlensky’s paintings of women’s heads that were seemingly similar, but wildly different. Typical expressionistic heads that were filling the canvasses, painted with primarily skin tones of reds and oranges. They had wild patterned hair that was often in shades of green. He became my guide and my imaginary mentor.”
WAS-H is honored and thrilled to welcome Patrick at Sunday’s monthly Member’s Meeting, where he will demonstrate the aleatory manner, which uses acrylic-based washes on paper, an opaque solution that achieves transparency due to the high ratio of water to pigment, often 95% or more. Patrick will show how to use this tradition of aleatory mark-making to randomly uncover marks to determine not only the composition but a representational subject matter, in his case, the head.
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