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Learning to bring art to life using texture

Susan Gibson demonstrates how she uses layers to bring texture to a painting. – Photos by Dewayne Holloway

(August 22, 2019) MOUNT IDA – Susan Gibson shared a bit of her expertise with textured watercolors Monday during a free class at the Ouachita Artists Gallery and Studio in Mount Ida.

While she has been a resident of Mena for over 20 years, Gibson has exhibited in national and international competitions. She has worked with watercolor since 2005 and uses a layered approach to painting to bring out vibrant colors on paper.

She brought several examples of her work with the subject matter ranging from fly fishing reels to portraits. Gibson shared some of her techniques to bring texture to a watercolor painting. While she does use popular wet and dry brush techniques and textured painting materials, she shared that sometimes a pinch of common table salt on wet paint can bring about the desired effect.

The class is one of many learning opportunities to be found at the gallery in Mount Ida. 

Susan Gibson discusses different brushes and paints she uses in her work.

For more information visit them online at, or call (870) 867-3115.

They are located at 135 S. West Street in Mount Ida. They are open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday and Saturdays; and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Fridays.

Article Written by Dewayne Holloway

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