Friendship Art Club learns alcohol ink techniques

Linda Bendele discusses the use of fine tip markers to add detail to alcohol ink compositions.

Brilliant color and unusual techniques were the subject of the June Friendship Art Club meeting. An overflow group gathered for a breakfast buffet and a brief business meeting.
Artists Lindy Wheeler, Linda Bendele and Robert Fraga joined talent to present a comprehensive program on painting with alcohol inks. The inks can result in designs that are surprisingly abstract or unusually semi-realistic. Robert Fraga opened the presentation with examples of his recent work. Robert participated in a class offered by the Northside School District. Although he is an accomplished artist in graphic and colored pencil, among other media, Robert found himself attracted by the exciting possibilities offered by alcohol ink.
Linda Bendele followed with unique techniques to use with the inks. Linda joined us from Zapata, Texas. Oil painting is her media of choice. She has taught classes and participated in private shows. After meeting Lindy Wheeler at the Friendship Art Show last September, Linda became an alcohol ink enthusiast and shared her lovely results.
Lindy Wheeler demonstrated her techniques using alcohol inks and demonstrated on a variety of papers. Lindy shows her work at Granny M’s in Castroville and The Turquoise Mushroom in Hondo. Many of her subjects reflect her love of animals (especially elephants) and birds.
The three artists graciously shared information in an extensive question and answer format throughout their demonstration. Linda Bendele has agreed to offer a workshop if there is a demand. Please call Jane Brown, 210-415-2546, if you would be interested in attending. More information will be available soon.
These artists will be showing their work at the Friendship Art Show and Sale, Saturday, September 30, 2017. The Rules committee has met to discuss incorporating a Peoples’ Choice Award into the overall show. Peoples’ Choice will include work throughout the show, as well as pieces entered in the annual judging.
The next meeting will be Tuesday, July 11 at the Lytle Church of Christ in the Fellowship Hall. Remember that the group meets every Tuesday morning during the month to paint and learn from their fellow artists. Please join us. Summer time is a great time to begin a new endeavor. Although most members paint in oil or watercolor, others draw and offer instruction in graphite, colored pencil and pastels. Call our secretary, Jane Brown, 210-415-2546 for more information.