John will be leading a watercolor workshop at Murray Art Guild coming up in February. WATERCOLOR: EXPLORE THE LIMITED PALETTE
"This workshop will explore the unique properties of watercolors and how they can be exploited for our art. The emphasis will be on developing techniques to apply watercolor, as well as selecting a palette that suits your style and subject matter. The workshop is suitable for both beginners and experienced artists."
"Anyone displaying their art is brave. Art is a personal expression.
The only honest feedback you can get from your art is what IT gives
you, not what someone else thinks of it. What I choose to award is not
a reflection on your art or style - it is a reflection on me."
Coming Tuesday, October 6, 2020: John
will be teaching another session of "An Introduction to the World of
Watercolor" at the Ice House Gallery in Mayfield KY. The class is
limited to 6 students. If you are interested, contact the Ice
House by phone or email. Details about the class can be found
July 18, 2020 An Introduction to the World of Watercolor
Introduction to the World of Watercolor
Date: Tuesday, August 4, 2020
Time: 10AM - 1PM
Where: Ice House Gallery, 120 North 8th St, Mayfield KY,
Cost: $25 for Ice House members, $45 for non-members
Register at http://icehousearts.org/Schedule/
This class will be a mix of discussion, demonstration, and
When you are done, you will....
Be better prepared for making intelligent selection of your
materials - paints, brushes, and surfaces.
Have a firm understanding of the difference between watercolor
and other wet mediums, and what makes watercolor so unique and
Know the truth about many of the 'myths' surrounding watercolor
and find out
why 'color' is NOT the most important characteristic of
See how watercolor can open a whole new chapter in your creative
July 11, 2020
"Dust to Dust"
is now on exhibit in the Religious Art Show
at the Ice House Gallery in
July 11 - August 22, 2020
Just as the breeze of time will scatter the dust of life,
the Rose Madder in this painting will fade. In one generation
the dusky pink will fade to brown; in another,
it will disappear altogether.
April 17, 2020
"Life Drawing, December 2019"
Charcoal, Framed 22x19
by Cindy McLaren
received the honor of Second
in Drawing/Printmaking in the Murray Art Guild
Evidence 2020 Art Exhibit in Murray KY
by John McLaren
is also a part of the Visual Evidence 2020 Exhibit.
November 15, 2019
by John McLaren
received the honor of Second
at the Impressions Art Exhibit
at the Ice House Gallery
in Mayfield KY.
The exhibit runs through December 14, 2019.
This piece sold prior
to the show.
August 23, 2019
will be on display at the Ella
Elizabeth Hise Museum of Regional Art on the campus of Southeastern
Illinois College, in Harrisburg, IL.
Thank you to Barb Allen for loaning it to the museum for their opening
The Grand Opening for the museum was August 23, 2019.
July 31, 2019
Event Announcement: Tap into ART
Thursday, August 15, 2019
4:00-9:00 PM at TAP 216, 216 North 15th Street, Murray KY
John and Cindy will be 2 of the 10 artists drawing/painting
'Monster Draw' part of this event that will help support the Murray Art
Guild. These 10 artists will complete a work that will be
randomly selected as prizes to those who purchase a ticket to
the Monster Draw. All visitors are welcome to check out the
artists as they work, and participate in other fun things
by Cindy McLaren
July 14, 2019
"Serenade" was featured in Paducah Life Magazine in The Last Word
section this month.
May 18, 2019
"Sugar and Spice"
received the honor of Third Place
at the 84th Annual Woman's Club Art Show in
The exhibit is open May 18- May 31, 2019.
February 26, 2019
“Select Regional Artists Art Show”
Where: Ice House Gallery, 120 North 8th St, Mayfield KY
Exhibit Dates: March 2 - 22, 2019
Friday, March 1, 5:00 - 7:00 PM
John is one of 12 regional artists in this show. John's
include some special paintings that have been honored over the past
3 years, including "Four Egyptian Seamstresses" (left), and also one
that is making its debut in this show, "Balance".
It is an honor to be here.
October 26 and 27, 2018 (In
association with Murray Art Guild)
What: Watercolor Workshop:
Instructor: John McLaren
Friday Oct 26, 6-8PM, Murray Art
Guild, 500 North 4th St, Murray KY
Saturday Oct 27, 10AM-2PM, Two Doves
Studio, 3954 Pottertown Rd, Murray KY
John will be your guide as you explore all things PIGMENT. Topics
include pigment characteristics, pigment identifiers, what exactly is
pigment anyway, and just how do I use pigment charts? This
workshop is for everyone (beginner-experienced) and is designed to help
artists select paints, mix paints, and choose
a limited palett
Artists: John and Cindy McLaren
Where: Murray Art Guild Gallery, 500 North 4th Street, Murray KY
Opening Reception: October 5, 2018, 5-7PM
Final day of exhibition: October 29, 2018
This is a figurative exhibition of works by Artist, John McLaren,
and his apprentice, Cindy McLaren.
Cindy began drawing with John at Life Drawing sessions about 2 years
ago. For this exhibit, each artist set up their easel on opposite
sides of the model (hence the title "90 Degrees") giving Two
Perspectives...Two styles...by Two
We hope you enjoy this exhibit and we encourage you to draw or be drawn!
“Reality and Figures: Figurists Approaches”
Artists: John McLaren, Tommy Fletcher, and Denny Hays
The Hartley Art Gallery and Event Center
100 S Park Ave
Herrin IL 62948
Show Opens: August 11, 2018
Artist’s Reception: September
Final day of exhibition: October 6, 2018
May 4, 2018
"Alaina in Native Dress", watercolor, framed 17x29 received the Juror's
Merit Award at the Janice Mason Art Museum's annual juried art
show. This show in Cadiz, KY included a variety of art forms
magnificantly displayed. The exhibit is open through Friday, June
April 21, 2018
received the honor of "Best in
Show" at the 2018 Visual Evidence art exhibit in Murray KY.
exhibit, sponsored by Murray Art Guild, is located in Wrather Museum on
the campus of Murray State University.
See this exhibit now
through April 30, 2018.
March 11, 2018
John will be teaching a class on watercolor portraits at the Icehouse
Gallery in Mayfield KY.
The class will be held on Saturday, March 17 from 10:00AM-2:00PM.
Thank you Ric Watson and Icehouse for sponsoring this event!
November 17, 2017
"Becky" received Second Place
Painting at this year's Impressions Exhibit at the Icehouse Gallery,
120 North 8th St, Mayfield Kentucky.
The exhibit includes a variety of works from sculpture, photographs,
ceramics, drawings, paintings, and mixed media including fiber arts.
The exhibit runs until December 16.
June 26, 2017
Discovery Park of America in Union City, TN has selected John for their
"Local Artist Showcase" exhibit. "Women in Hats", a collection of
eight of his paintings, will be unveiled on Friday, July 7 at 5:30PM in
Dinosaur Hall, and will be on display through December of this
See Discovery Park Press Release
on the selection of their Local Artist Showcase for July-December 2017
June 4 - July 7, 2017
The Dawson Springs Museum and Art Center, 127 South Main St, Dawson
Springs, KY is hosting an exhibit of 23 of John's paintings.
Thank you for the opportunity to share art with you Dawson Springs!
April 22- May 5, 2017
John was the Featured Artist this year at the Paducah Woman's Club Art
Show in Paducah KY.
February 28, 2017
John will present "Selecting a Limited Palette - Using Mixing Line
Pigment Charts" tonight at the PAPA Gallery member meeting.
new dimension to the color wheel!
October 9, 2016
Saturday, April 16, 2016
2016 Paducah Woman's Club 81st Annual Art Show, Paducah, Kentucky
John is overwhelmed and humbly grateful for the honor of receiving
Show" and "First Place, Professional"
in the 81st Annual Art Show
sponsored by the Woman's Club of Paducah, KY.
"Four Egyptian Seamstresses"
Best of Show
First Place, Professional Category