Using quick, deft strokes, artist Coe Wilson of Morrilton shared her portrait painting techniques in a demonstration sponsored by
the North Central Arkansas Artist League Thursday morning, August 20 in Fairfield Bay.
A self-taught, award-winning artist and former president of the Conway League of Artists, she first developed her skills tinting portraits in a photography studio and china painting. Today she paints portrait commissions, landscapes and florals. She is represented by the O’Gallery in Oppelo at the corner of Highways 9-S and 154, where she teaches oil painting every other Monday.
Her favorite art materials include Rembrandt oil paints and mongoose brushes. She uses baby oil to clean her brushes during the painting as it is safer and keeps odors out of the studio. At the end of a session, however, she cleans her brushes carefully with mineral spirits followed by soap and water. She uses a medium called Neomegilp from Gamblin, similar to Liquin but slower-drying.
As she painted highlights and shadows, she explained what she was doing and answered questions. Artists were impressed with her light touch and blending techniques and her friendly entertaining manner. Oil painter, Bonnie Hookman, said, “It was great. I can’t believe how far she got in such a short time.”
Artist League members paint together each Monday in Fairfield Bay and their members sponsor demos, workshops and field trips throughout the year. They also participate in group exhibits at local hospitals, libraries and other public buildings. The League welcomes new members at any painting level. For further information, contact President Joan Bland at 785-070-5193 or any other member.