Meeting Recap for April 7, 2019

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!

   

         

 

 

20th Anniversary Members Show reception

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.

Meeting Recap for March 3, 2019

 

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.

Meeting Recap for February 10, 2019

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 soonerRemember 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.

 

Orlando Science Center Pop Up/Plein Air Event a Success!

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. 

Meeting Recap for Jan. 6, 2019

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

   

 

 

Update: Mt. Dora Reception 12/19 Recap

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”

Meeting Recap for Dec. 2, 2018 Holiday Party In House Show

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.

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November 4, 2018 Meeting Recap

         Jane Brinckerhoff presented a slide show on how to resize images for competition in art shows. All watercolor societies are going digital This is very important information for all artists wanting to enter shows. With warmth and humor she walked us through the steps and pointed out that we have a video, on our website, on using the online editor Pixlr. Look under Member’s Resources_CFWS Tutorial: Resizing Images.

Cindy invited a special guest: Rachel Frisby, Curator, Albin Polasek Museum, to discuss our upcoming summer show: “Precious Pollinators: The Central Florida Watercolor Society,” Exhibition: May 7 – August 25, 2019. A BIG “Thank You” to Cindy Sturla for all her hard work with Rachel to set up this show! It is a huge accomplishment that Cindy has been working on for close to a year now!

Kim Minichiello talked about the upcoming Florida Watercolor Convention in Orlando next year. Many volunteer opportunities will be available to fill. Also, remember to sign up for the workshops early!

Our own CFWS member show will be March 4 – 30th at the Casselberry Art House. Deadline for submissions is January 6, but don’t wait until the last minute!

Marcela Moglia passed around the Plein Air/Pop Up booklet for volunteers to sign in. Our last 2 Pop Up events that our United Grant funded are in December 21 in the Mt. Dora Center for the Arts Gallery and January26 at the Orlando Science Center. We still need a few more teachers and artists for these venues… Please contact Marcela or Teresa Chin. Thanks!

Judi Kaye made an announcement about MOPS, an organization for mothers of preschoolers. Donations of small paintings and cards for their party in December would be terrific. Deadline to Judi is Nov. 16. Please contact her for pick up or mailing instructions. The artist/CFWS will get credit and recognition for the donations.

December 2, The CFWS Holiday Party will be a bit smaller this year.    Bring one painting per member, please not larger than 24” on one side.  There will be an award given for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place for those paintings which win the ‘People’s Choice Awards’. Please bring a table easel or small floor easel with your painting.

The Board will provide substantial finger food, snacks, coffee and tea.  We ask that the members help us supplement our contribution with any additional small platters finger food and sweets they would like to bring. Since we are working with a limited serving space we ask that you DO NOT BRING  HOT PLATES, CASSEROLES, COOKING POTS, LARGE PLATTERS OR FOOD WITH SERVING UTENSILS.  SNACK OR FINGER FOOD ONLY, PLEASE.

Our space is limited and we have to downsize this year. Krys Pettit has been working hard on organizing and getting special surprise gifts for us.

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.

NOTE: We will need teachers for the last two Pop Up events, December 21 in the Mt. Dora Center for the Arts Gallery and January 26 at the Orlando Science Center. Email Teresa Chin or Marcela Moglia to volunteer.