Our first meeting of the year at St. Mark's Episcopal Church is now history. Secretary Haydi Hurley counted 53 members in attendance, including 15 new members, to watch Connecticut artist Bob Norieka demonstrate his "fluid acrylic" technique . Because St. Mark's does not have an overhead mirror, the audience crowded around Bob's table to watch him paint. Bob is best known as a watercolorist, but has painted in oils, and currently works in fluid acrylics, which has the quick-drying advantage of watercolor, but the "fixability" of oils, because it can be painted over. Bob is a spontaneous painter who planned to paint boats for his demo but, on the spur of the moment, chose to paint from a photo he found of our recent paintout at Patriot Place. He worked quickly and persevered good naturedly as members socialized around him. In the end, he produced a truly attractive painting of people gathering at Patriot Place --something worthy to be shown to a larger audience of art lovers.
Our next meeting is the second Tuesday of October. And don't forget that all artists are invited to participate in the upcoming Paintout @ Patriot Place Saturday afternoon Sep. 24.