PALETTE CLUB of Midland, Texas


Discovering Art in January 

A watercolorist for over 12 years, Don L. Parks has concentrated on oils since 1985. 

He believes that he should have personally experienced what he paints; thus, many of his subjects exist in rural America. 

Don is a firm believer in painting outside where an artist learns to see color in the landscape. 

This West Texas artist has painted smaller paintings in "plein air" and hundreds of small field studies on location between the East and West coast.

Be prepared to be inspired! 

September Excitement

An artist of many talents, Kayla fell in love with the art medium of encaustic. 

Encaustic painting, also known as hot wax painting, involves using heated beeswax and damar crystals (hardened tree sap) to which colored pigments are added. 

A technique which dates back to Egypt 100 - 300 AD and into the 20th century is now finding its place again through Kayla's pieces. 

We are excited!!

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April is Exceptional

Special thank you to the Sibley Nature Center and Michael Nickell

Scientist Michael Nickell, serves as museum scientist at Sibley Nature Center in Midland, Texas, is behind the Fiberglass-imbedded panels welcoming visitors. These 12 images painted and his pencil drawings of dinosaurs, reptiles and proto-mammals accompany artifacts in glass cases. 

A professional scientific illustrator and nature artist! 

Our February Hero

Palette Club member Mary Tucci stepped in the spot light this month by filling in for our February guest artist.

Mary rolled up her sleeves and shared her "squeegee" painting method to club members and visitors. 

Squeege or squilgee is a flat, smooth rubber blade tool used on flat surfaces to remove liquid or control liquid movement. This method incorporates horizontal and vertical movements along the surface with a possible series of "swivels" and "turns".

Mary has mastered this technique with brilliant color reflection and amazing abstract imagery.

Very exciting stuff! Thank you, Mary! 


February Community Outreach

We believe that art is an essential part of any thriving community. 

Judges encouraged young artists this February by judging student entries at the Annual Emerson Elementary "Around the World" art contest.  

Announcements are expected later this month. 

Judging the art contest this year are artists Leslie Slaughter, Mary Tucci, Julia Still and Somita Fekete 

Thank you Leslie, Mary, Julia and Somita!!

Partially funded by: Arts Council of Midland
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