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Wednesday, April 19th, 2006
V....Vaughan 'Plein Air' Oil Painting Workshop on Johnson Ranch
Contact:          Beverly Morgan Rockport Center for the Arts 361-729-5519 April 19, 2006

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V….VAUGHAN  Plein Air OIL PAINTING WORKSHOP ON THE JOHNSON RANCH Rockport, TX --  Aficionados of the plein air movement will have an opportunity to study under V….Vaughan, an accomplished painter, at the Johnson Ranch outside of Rockport on June 26-29 from 10 am to 4 pm.   Protected by The Nature Conservancy, the 600-acre Johnson Ranch adjoins the Aransas Wildlife Refuge and has a long border on the bay with marshes and an abundance of wildlife.  This workshop, “HELP!  I Want to Paint Looser!” stresses the use of vibrant color, juicy paint and a loose technique.  From past experience participants have found V….Vaughan’s workshops to be both fun and very productive.  View examples of her work at  The cost of the three-day workshop is $250 for Art Center members and $280 for non-members. Painting en plein air (in the open air) means working on location to quickly capture the fleeting light effects that occur in nature.  Painting in this manner gives the artwork a quality of being truthful to nature and conveys an atmosphere and feeling of peace not achievable by other means.  The roots of this movement are found in 19th-century Europe.

In discussing her technique, Vaughan notes, “Being an artist is being a communicator. 

I love light, color and creating a message.”  She has practiced the plein air craft throughout the United States.  Her favorite location is in the countryside around Manor, Texas, where she lives with her husband and children on the family farm.  Vaughan teaches painting with a limited palette.  Fewer colors create a unified painting. An accomplished commercial artist, Vaughan has won numerous Addy awards.  Her commercial enterprise focuses on fun themes that appear on t-shirts and related products.  Among her clients are Samsung, the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center and the City of Austin.  For the past 17 years, she has served as an art instructor at Round Rock Christian Academy in Round Rock Texas, where her students have won many awards. A non-profit organization, the Rockport Center for the Arts is dedicated to providing an environment that nurtures the expression and appreciation of art for residents and tourists alike.    For more information on upcoming exhibitions and art classes, please call 361-729-5519.