Julie Cohn Demonstrates Painting Eyes in Watercolor at El Cerrito Art Association May Meeting

Julie Cohn will paint two pairs of eyes in watercolor, showing a step-by-step beginner’s method and a more advanced, freer approach at the monthly El Cerrito Art Association meeting at 7:00 p.m. on May 12 at the El Cerrito Community Center.

After attaining a BA Fine Art degree at U.C. Berkeley (Art History Minor), a BFA at College of the Arts in Oakland, and a college teaching credential, Julie has pursued her career as a watercolor artist and instructor. She teaches at the College of Marin and in her Berkeley studio, and offers plein air painting workshops in France. Her paintings have been shown in numerous local and national exhibits and in Ohio and San Francisco museums. Her body of artwork and writing entitled, “Athletes of the Spirit: An Exploration of Disability through Art and Writing” and a more recent body of artwork, “The Color of Black and White: Portraits and Figures,” have been featured in local and national galleries and publications. Julie’s two watercolor DVDs and color wheels are enjoyed throughout the world.

“Over the last few years, I’ve had the desire to paint on watercolor paper that is wrapped around large canvases. The larger works can be very impactful, as I feel nurtured and enveloped by the larger environment. In many of my multiple paneled paintings I have embraced the dark and more turbulent aspects of my life, ultimately painting my transition to peace and tranquility. This process is healing and energizing.

As a watercolor painter I am always searching for luminous color. As an inquiring, reflective person, I am continually reaching for my own internal light. Watercolor, with its transparent and opaque properties, is ideal for transmitting these feelings of light in the form of representational, symbolic and abstract art. While painting in my studio, I often gather fond memories, creating more from heart than from photographs as I recollect my connection to a place and to others. I have a strong affinity for people and the natural environment. As I trust in my muse and a higher source, I honor myself, my painting process and the beauty around me more and more. Having enjoyed an inner tranquility and stability through the process of painting, I hope to encourage all who view my art and join me in lessons about art and life to deepen an honoring of their own creativity, beauty and power.” – Julie Cohn

The May 12  meeting will be held in the Garden Room of the El Cerrito Community Center, 7007 Moeser Lane, El Cerrito. The evening begins at 7 p.m. with social time and a “mini art show” of members’ work. A brief business meeting is held at 7:30, followed by the speaker.

El Cerrito Art Association meetings are open to the public, and visitors and new members are always welcome. For further information about this program, contact Barbara Daniell at 510-277-6996. For more information about the Association, see www.elcerritoart.org. The Community Center is handicapped-accessible.