Painting

William (Bill) Epps watercolors in Room L-129 during May

At the library's Artist's Date last month retired architect William (Bill) Epps gave a demonstration of how to draw perspective so artists can include buildings in their paintings. He went on to paint an abstract under-painting consisting of pools of colors that would later appear in the finished painting. And then he covered the whole wet painted paper with plastic wrap, so the colors would puddle in the ridges of plastic wrap. This is how he begins his painting process.

This month you can enjoy the finished paintings of this artist who combines the drafted precision of the architect and the random freedom of the master watercolorist, in the library's meeting room, Room L-129

Northwest Art League group exhibiting in Room L-129

Within a 200-mile radius of Houston there are 18 independent art leagues under an umbrella fine arts organization called the Lone Star Art Guild. The Tomball Art League serves our immediate area and its next-door neighbor to the south is the Northwest Art League. This month we are delighted to host the artworks of a group of Northwest Art League members in our meeting room. Carmen Zorba, Claire Payne, Jerry Sue Greenhill, and Anh Lam have braved the traffic along Highway 249 to come north and hang a variety of acrylic and watercolor pieces. Do come by and enjoy their work. 

Artist's Date this Thursday!

Drop your chores, bring your lunch and your art supplies, and join us in the front room of the library for our summer Artist’s Date Thursday, August 7th. Beginning at 10:00, we’ll spend the morning doing our own art project; then we’ll have lunch, and at 1:00, artist Gabe Riquelme will help us learn how to do believable figure drawing.

Alicia Mitchell exhibiting in Room L 129 through May

When you see Alicia Mitchell’s artwork in Room L-129 this month you’ll immediately feel her warmth and humanity. A lifelong resident of El Paso, she moved to Spring when she retired in 2001 and took up painting with a passion. She works in oils, acrylics, pastels, charcoal, colored pencil, collage, and clay; but her exhibition this month features some of her oil paintings and collages. C’mon by!

The Paintings of Linnie Baird

Next time you’re in the library drop into our meeting room, Room L 129, and enjoy the paintings of Linnie Baird. Born in Alabama, Baird finally got to Texas in her early twenties and has been delighted to be here ever since. You’ll be amazed to learn she’s been painting for only seven years, having taken up a family painting tradition only after her artist father died.  She paints in oils and pen and ink, with a distinctly Texas style. She's equally at home with painting architecture, landscape ( in both Texas and Colorado), and figures. 

Experience Art in Houston

Are you new to our community? Or, maybe, you are looking for a fun activity to do with the family? Houston has so many wonderful places to visit;  one of my favorites is the Museum of Fine Arts Houston.

Before your visit the museum, stop by the library, and pick up a few of the book suggestions that I have provided. Sharing books together with your child, provides a great  opportunity to reflect upon that they think and to make fine art more relevant to them. 

According to the MFAH website, there are several ways you can enjoy the museum without having to pay admission. 

Don't Put Paint in Your Mouth, Please!

Do you worry about your infants putting everything in their mouths that they can lay their hands on? But at the same time you want them to be exposed to new textures and learn new motor skills? Worry no more! Come and join us for Infant Explorers on Thursday, April 4, 2013 @ 10:30 AM where we shall have tons of fun painting with homemade edible paints. Here’s the finger paint recipe that we are using.

Mess Alert: Be prepared to get dirty!

Muril Wilson exhibition in Room L 129

Muril Wilson is an award winning artist and former President of the Tomball Art League. She’s been painting ever since, as a young adult, the Teton Mountains took her breath away. Born in Bellmead, a suburb of Waco, her travels back and forth to visit her folks take her through the little town of Calvert where she’s in love with their historic buildings. To date she’s painted twenty-two of them, many of them bought by the building owners. This month she is displaying some of those Calvert paintings as well as other Texas scenes and events. See them in Room L 129.
 

Alicia Mitchell exhibition in our Meeting Room

Alicia Mitchell has another exhibition in our meeting room this month. This time she is featuring historic collages and still lifes. The photo at left shows her with her last exhibition here. We invite you to wander through and take a look at them next time you're in the library.

Artists are welcome to reserve the meeting room and hang your paintings for a month at a time. Just phone the reference desk at 832-559-4213 to make arrangements.  

Thursday Infant Explorers! Spaghetti Painting.

Smart Baby with glassesTomorrow @10:30 AM we are going to play with our food.  Infant Explorers is an infant craft/activity that provides a whirl to all our senses.  One of our moms suggested spaghetti painting for our next infant craft and we are happy to oblige.  Make sure your ready for the mess; we have every intention of making a big one.  Different colors will be added to the fresh cooked pasta for the delight of children attending.   We will paint and squeeze who know what else in the name of creating a truly sensory experience.  This activity is intended children 0-18 months to enjoy and explore.  The bigger the mess the smarter they get. 

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