In case you missed it: May 5, 2019– General Meeting & Election
After we welcomed new members and guests, we had our election of new officers. Our slate of officers was enthusiastically approved by unanimous consent! All were in favor and voted “Aye”! The new officers were congratulated and applause ensured!
ELECTION of new Officers:
Co-Presidents – Pam Merle and Charlotte Cipes
Vice President – Sandi Hanlon-Breuer
Treasurer.- Dawn Baldachino
Secretary– Mary Dall
New Chairs: Diana Eagles is our new, hospitality chair
Diane Darnall is our new membership chair
Pat Shaer our new newsletter editor
PREVIOUS AND PRESENT Board Members were thanked for their outstanding service! (Krys Pettit, and Jerry Snyder, were not able to attend.)
Ann Hague – Mike Malloy – Pamela Merle – Faye Tambrino – Janet Asbury – Judith Kaye – Karen Bowden – Leslie Macaulay – Marcela Moglia – Donna Coulantes -Susan Greenlee-Mamon – Rose Gregorio – Beverly Bargen – David Williams – Roberta Lerman Charlotte Cipes – Dawn Baldachino – Diane Darnall – Pat Shaer Diana Eagles – Mary Dall
Stan (video set up) and Teresa were presented with a lovely bouquet of flowers and thank you cards from the society. They were very touched and thanked everyone!
RENEWAL FOR MEMBERSHIP IS NOW UNDER WAY! Benefits include free demos, exhibits and access to our library. Many hours of volunteering has kept our membership dues at $40!
Teresa passed around the information on the Health & Wellbeing Center in Winter Park. They have asked our society to partner with them in a variety of activates from Pop Ups & Plein Air to demonstrations and exhibits. There was a lot of interest from our members.
Marcela announced two upcoming plein air events for May 18 at Lake Lily and June 22 at the Orlando Science Center MakeFest. We are also looking for volunteers to man a table for June 15-16 to just discuss our society.
Rebecca Wilkinson did a very educational PowerPoint presentation on giclee, framing and matting. She showed us an unusual matting technique of putting appliqués over the mat. She buys her supplies in bulk to save money and enjoys the craft of matting and framing. A website that she recommends is the framingsupplies-shop.
Today giclee are printed in ink on watercolor paper with sizing. Art Systems or Sam Flax can do them and you have to bring your CD with images.
The Ryobi miter saw, with 80 teeth, is good for framing and she takes a black marker to touch up the frame corners to look nice.
To cut the mats she uses a Logan Elite mat cutter. Be careful and remember to pull the blade on the cutter and then lift to start the next cut. To be sure that you cover the edge of your print or art, lay a ruler on the edge to make sure no white shows and mark it where you’ll cut it. Use pressurized air to get all the dust specs off as you put all the pieces together. Costco or Staples has this. There were so many tips, I’m sure I missed a few… thank you very much Rebecca.
Ken Austin thanked members for honoring him at the reception.
Introducing Diana Eagles– our new, hospitality chair!
Diane Darnall – membership chair made an announcement on renewing your CFWS membership.
Marcela announced upcoming plein air dates: April 13 – Environmental Garden in Oviedo. June 22 – Orlando Science Center Pop Up/Plein Air event
All CFWS members are invited to our next board meeting on April 18 at 10 am at the Casselberry library on Oxford Rd. Snacks provided.
Interested in becoming our new PRESIDENT AND VICE PRESIDENT?
Membership in CFWS has many benefits: free demos, developing your skills in workshops, displaying your artwork in various exhibits, networking with other artists and organizations, accessing our CFWS library of books and DVDs’, outreach to our community and introducing the public to the wonderful world of watercolor. Volunteering has been documented to keep you physically and mentally active by allowing you to use your talents and experience. Managing our operations with volunteers is critical to keeping our fees low. Contact Teresa Chin or Mary Dall asap to learn more.
CONNIE HAMILTON gave a wonderful demo on the healing power of journaling. She provided handouts and many samples – 37 books – of her work. Impressive! Some popular journalists include Roz Stendahl, Liz Steel, Thomas Thorspecken, and Gabriel Campanario, who began the urban sketch movement. Strathmore watercolor is one of her favorites. Bienfang, 97lbs. is too light. You can draw anywhere: jury duty, hospitals, the beach or what you had for lunch. Strathmore mixed media without rings is a good journal. The Beta series premium sketchbooks have good heavy paper. Her favorite pen is a Micron, but many journalists use fountain pens. Koi paints in small pocket sets work well for travel as well as getting a small empty palette and fill with your favorite paint like Daniel Smith or Winsor Newton. Escoda or Jack Richeson brush kits are good travel brushes as well as piston watercolor brushes. The Art Toolkit has several small sizes for purchase. All of her supplies fit into a handy backpack and away she goes! Her final tips: 1. Put a sketchbook in your purse/pocket. 2. Draw what moves you. 3. Enjoy other people’s work. 4. Draw in a group. 5. Follow your passion. Check out: Connie’s Color on Facebook and conniehamilton563 on Instagram to see her work! Thank you Connie!
What a beautiful reception we had last Friday. Thank you Leslie Macaulay, Donna Coulantes and Mary Dall for organizing this special reception. Opening remarks started with a little background of our society which began in 1998. Ken Austin, our founder, and Nancy Larkin, our fist president, were presented with big thank you cards signed by members wishing to express their appreciation for all of the support they have given the CFWS over the years.
Next we honored the Charter Members, of that first group of watercolor artists, known by the name “Aquamedia Society”. The members there were Roberta Lerman, Stewart Jones, Jane Brinckerhoff, Nancy Larkin, Katherine Davis and Ken Austin.
Next, we acknowledged the contributions and hard work of CFWS presidents: Nancy Larkin, Mary Dall, Cindy Sturla, Faye Tambrino, Stewart Jones, Ken Austin (founder), Teresa Chin and Bob Hague.
Janet Asbury presented 3 framed watercolor “quilts” to the Altamonte Chapel Board. Serina Ramos-Colon, Dave Dickman, Brian Lee, Wendy and Chip Bashinski were on hand to see the beautiful artworks.
And the moment everyone was waiting for… the announcement of the awards that juror, American Impressionist watercolor artist Michael Holter chose.
Best in Show – Chauncey Nelson -White Phalaenopsis
1st – Rebecca Wilkinson -Inspired Craftsmanship
2nd – Diana Eagles -Black Mountain Pigs
3rd – Pam Merle -Linekin Bay Morning
Honorable Mention – Susan Grogan -On the Prowl
Honorable Mention – Sandi Hanlon-Breuer -Rorschach Aquatica
Award of Merit – Kim Minichiello -Interlude
Award of Merit – Nancy Dias -Short Circuit
Congratulations to the winners! And we have learned that as of 3/19/19 we have had 3 sales!
Thank you to Jason Costa, Linda Moore and Casselberry Parks and Recreation for the beautiful venue and your kind words for our society. We always enjoy working with you!
Mission Statement: “The purpose of the Central Florida Watercolor Society is to contribute to the cultural atmosphere of Central Florida by promoting interest,
education and participation in the art of watercolor.”
And, that is just what we do and will continue to do.
Thanks to Michael Holter we all learned about a “Swashbuckler Wash” at our March 3rd demo. He painted a boat silhouetted against a sunrise wash. Using a large brush he mixed up a stew of colors, showing us how to shift the colors to the warm or cool spectrum. He finished the painting by scrapping out with a credit card to demonstrate all sorts of tools can be use to create a great painting.
Marcela has been busy once again lining up many plein air activities for us. Michael Holter mentioned that it was a great practice to paint on location to increase speed, observation and considers it vital in the artistic process.
Check our website for further details on the following locations:
March 16 – Cornell Art Museum/Rollins College
March 17 – Orlando Science Center
March 24 – Albin Polasek Museum
April 20 – Environmental Garden in Oviedo.
All CFWS members are invited to our next board meeting on 3/21 at 10 amat the Casselberry library on Oxford Rd. where we’ll discuss the upcoming season.
WE NEED A PRESIDENT AND VICE PRESIDENT to satisfy the requirements of our By-laws and 501 c 3. Otherwise, our society is in danger of having to disband. So far, The board, Mary and I have had no luck in finding someone to step up to either of these positions. If we want this society to continue, we need to find 2 folks who would like to work together. Our next season is set up and information is organized in easy to access files so no one has to “reinvent the wheel”.
Contact Teresa Chin or Mary Dall if you would like to learn more.
Founding member and longtime artist, Roberta Lerman did a great demo for our group. Even though she is retired she still has an art class at the Maitland Sr. Center on Wed. afternoons. She designed our original logo egret design with the paintbrush for the eye and beak and named our newsletter The WaterMark.
She discussed the eight points of Self Critique that artists should ask themselves about their work. Such as, is there anything in my painting that is confusing? Do I have a strong focal point?
We had 48 members and 2 guests at our February meeting.
March 4, 5, 6, MICHAEL HOLTER, workshop, 9 – 4 pm, at McRae Art Studios is filled and a wait list has been started.
Our 20th Anniversary show starts in a few weeks, look for drop off dates for your art and mark your calendars for the garden party reception on March 15 from 6 – 8pm.
Marcela made announcements of 2 February and 3 March Plein Air events. Feb. 23 is Porch Fest. March 16 at Cornell/Rollins.
Orlando Science Center has extended an invitation for our plein air painters to come back March 17 to paint around the center.
“Precious Pollinators: The Central Florida Watercolor Society,” Polasek Exhibition. Up to 3 paintings are due to Rachel Frisby March 1 or sooner! Remember your bio and price, also metal frames are OK.
All CFWS members are invited to our next board meeting on 2/21 at 10 am at the Casselberry library on Oxford Rd. where we’ll discuss the upcoming season.
The Orlando Science Center on January 26 was a resounding success for Central Florida Watercolor Society. CFWS artists were able to interact with many different age levels—from eight to eighty. The facilities were especially nice and the OSC staff was well prepared for us. I think we would all agree that comments from the staff, observers and, particularly the participants, were very positive. Since all three of our sessions were full—and we’ve been invited back—OSC is obviously a great venue for future public interaction.
Happy New Year! We welcomed members and special guests to our general meeting in the Altamonte Chapel Social Hall.
The CFWS annual juried members show to celebrate our 20thanniversary will be March 4 – 30, 2019. The exhibit will be in the beautiful Casselberry Art House. Our celebration and garden party reception will be March 15 from 6 – 8 p.
March 4, 5, 6, MICHAEL HOLTER, workshop, 9 – 4 pm, at McRae Art Studios $300 for CFWS members. We have several spots left in our Holter workshop, so please get your seat reserved soon! We also need a “Workshop Assistant” to help set up the coffee, munchies and help the artist.
“Precious Pollinators: The Central Florida Watercolor Society,” Polasek Exhibition Runs: May 7 – August 25, 2019. Up to 3 JPEG’s due to Rachel March 1 or sooner! So far there are not many entries and Rachel is very concerned. Entries and bios can be sent now, so please don’t let this opportunity pass us by. We don’t want this show to get canceled due to lack of interest.
Cindy Sturla discussed and demonstrated matting and framing for art exhibits.
Demo: Karen Bowden showed us the tracing paper technique followed by using a Tracer to enlarge photos. Tracing is not cheating. Draw on tracing paper first to work out composition. You can use graphite paper or make your own by rubbing the back of the paper. The Tracer is a projector that can work with your smart phone. It does not show detailed images so you do have to know how to draw. When using the phone use the highest setting of brightness. The app “Sketchbook” is useful. Reduce the opacity to trace. Draw on a different layer using a finger or stylus. Screen capture the drawing. Put the iPad under the sketcher but don’t plug it in. The iPad will be the light source. You can hide or unhide the drwing. When finished you can print your drawing on 90# watercolor paper using Photoshop.
Go to Skillshare.com for her free online tracing class demonstrated today along with many others offered by other artists around the world.
YouTube video of tracing technique and more: https://youtu.be/NdRxk_gIoR4
Link to Karen’s classes on Skillshare: https://www.skillshare.com/user/artwithkaren
The Mt. Dora Center for the Arts and Central Florida Watercolor Society Reception was held last night at the beautiful art center. The variety of paintings was infinite, and there were many different styles displayed by our group of watercolor artists. It was a gorgeous show and we have made 2 SALES so far!!! Thank you Marcela and Chelsey for organizing the exhibit! Try to make it up there to see the art and the town all decked out in holiday lights and decorations.
Below are photos from the reception for “Infinite Variety – 20 years of Watercolor”
December 2, The CFWS Holiday Party was a big success! It was our first party in our new location. We had 57 members and 2 guests. A bit smaller this year, with the board providing finger food, snacks and drinks, while members added sweet treats, but cozy and fun and we all had a great time! Santa, Vera, Deborah and Krys helped pass out the wonderful door prizes, of which there were many. There were so many beautiful paintings to choose from! Congratulations to the People’s Choice Award Winners: Susan Grogan (1st), Bob Hague (2nd) and Marian Wagster (3rd).
Our CFWS non juried show reception for Mt. Dora Center for the Arts is Dec. 14th from 6 – 8 pm. Please bring munchies.
20THANNIVERSARY Annual Juried Members Show – JPEG images due midnight Jan. 6,2019 – $25 for one entry, $30 for two.
Kim Minichiello discussed the Florida Watercolor Convention in Orlando next year and introduced Susan Donohoe, volunteer coordinator.
Our own CFWS member show will be March 4 – 30that the Casselberry Art House. Deadline for submissions is January 6, but don’t wait until the last minute!
Our silent auction is still running and you still have time to make a bid on the Used Sony Handycam HDR – CX 330 which does video and still photography until March
Remember you can make a year end donation through the United Arts website. Type in the Central Florida Watercolor Society in the large box marked “other Organization Name”. Donations will be matched by 15%! Pass the word.