QUINCY – Linda Rudicil painstakingly captured the beauty of the side view of a sunflower in a watercolor painting.
Then she asked for a second opinion on the piece.
“Do you think I’m done?” Rudicil asked Joan Cook.
The conversation, which grew to include Cook’s daughter Cindy Cramer, illustrates what typically happens at the weekly Quincy Artists Guild meetings.
âThat’s what we do,â said Cook, who joined the guild in 1996. âWe have fun seeing the talent of others. “
Guild members gather on Monday mornings at the Cheryl Loatsch Studio to paint and draw, to talk and, perhaps most importantly, to learn from each other.
âPeople share what they’re doing. They’ll give you feedback, âCramer said.
âComradeship has a lot to do with it. We share ideas. We care about each other, what is going on in our lives, âsaid Rudicil. “It’s just the chance to learn from people who have been doing it longer than you.”
Now the guild is giving the public a chance to learn more about members’ artwork. The works in oil, watercolor, pastel and pencil are on display in a free exhibition which runs until Thursday at the studio, 334 S. 48th. Viewing hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Guild president Zakiah Ali hopes the show, the first for the guild in the studio, will become an annual event to showcase members’ new work.
Working with watercolors and sometimes acrylic, âfor me it’s very therapeutic, almost meditative,â Ali said. “I paint every night.”
The show features large-scale work in a variety of mediums, from highly detailed pencil sketches to Bob Cook’s watercolors of a house in the 12th and Kentucky and the Washington Theater.
Artists find inspiration in their works – and in each other.
âIt’s really important to be with people who have ideas and maybe do things a little different from you,â said Bob Cook.
Ali thanks Joan Cook for helping her renew her interest in art, with a birthday card that Cook painted for Loatsch. Cook invited Ali to join the guild, and “the rest is history,” Ali said. “I went there every Monday and learned from her not just those Mondays.”
A graphic designer in Gardner Denver, Cook promised herself that she would learn watercolor painting when she retired. Largely self-taught, she is passionate about watercolor painting and passes what she learned to other artists, including her daughter, as they worked side by side on Monday.
âYou start with a piece of white paper, and within hours you have a picture. You don’t even realize where it came from, âCook said. âIt’s just a joy to sit there and paint. It absorbs you, makes you forget everything else. People find joy in looking at it, and I find joy in appreciating my works of art. “
The Quincy Artists Guild welcomes new members who are artists or who have always wanted to be artists.
The guild meets at 9 am on Monday at Cheryl Loatsch Studio, 334 S. 48th.
Membership is $ 20 per year.
The guild holds one or two demonstrations per month, by members and art professionals, takes an annual Amtrak trip to the Art Institute of Chicago, and also visits museums and galleries.
A pastel workshop, taught by Iowa artist John Preston, will take place Friday and Saturday at the Quincy Country Club. The cost is $ 130 for members and $ 150 for non-members.
More information about the Guild and the Pastel Workshop is available by calling Guild President Zakiah Ali at 217-440-3331.