Legacy Collection Program Approved

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Art league member and watercolorist Jim Brooksher plans to talk about materials, tools and techniques for making his work. He will bring examples of his work. Jim says that “my primary goal in painting is to transform actual places into ‘romantic settings.’ Paintings are often started on location to aid in capturing a that mood.” His watercolors of lighthouses, country barns, and cityscapes are either developed from initial drawings and “first washes” done on location, and/or from multiple photographs.

It’s a little unfair to call Jim a watercolorist.”I’ve explored several media including oil painting, watercolors, acrylics, pastels, ceramics, and graphite as well as pen and ink studies,” he says. “I currently work in transparent watercolor, and still create oil paintings.” Like many of our art league members, Jim came to art after first pursuing a highly technical vocation. He earned degrees in physics and mechanical engineering at MacMurray College in Jacksonville, Illinois. Later he earned what he calls “minor” degrees in art and mathematics, then did home study through Art Instruction Schools based in Minneapolis.

Jim is a Coast Guard Artist - COGAP: U.S Coast Guard Art Program, and as a watercolorist he became a member of Transparent Watercolor Society and the Lakes Region Watercolor Guild. Besides being a member of the Lake County Art League, Jim has joined similar art leagues in Arlington Heights, Antioch, Glenview and Lake Forest.

The purpose of this League is to create more interest in art in Lake County, Illinois and to develop a higher appreciation of visual art. It shall do this through art exhibitions, festivals, demonstrations of art techniques, lectures, critiques and sharing of ideas, inspiration and encouragement between members.

Upcoming LCAL Meetings​​

Saturday Oct. 28 LCAL meeting
State Bank of the Lakes, 10:30am

Monday Nov. 20

Fall Membership Show Critique
Jack Benny Center, 7:00

The Fall Membership Show was rehung on Saturday October 14, and is ready for viewing. If you have ever wondered why we must “rehang” our show, note that 24 pieces were submitted at the Saturday October 7 check-in, and an additional 8 pieces were added in the following week. Initially a membership show is pretty miscellaneous and a little confusing. We rehang it as a unified presentation that showcases our best work at this moment in our respective art journeys. A catalogue of the show is attached to the newsletter.
Be sure to visit the show and enjoy the current work of our membership before the November 20 closing critique.

October 2017 Sketches

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