2020 Creative Confinement Challenge, by FWS members, is on line!

The Florida Watercolor Society challenged members to paint art just 64 inches square, or 8x8inch. This unique online exhibition is up and open 24 hours a day for your viewing pleasure. Work had to be created after the stay-at-home order of March 13th. It is fun to see the many different interpretations of sheltering in place, from the view of an artist! Over 100 entries are available for purchase. So, sit back relax and enjoy the show with your favorite beverage.

CFWS members in the show: Teresa Chin, Charlotte “Charlie” Cipes, Caryn Dahm, Diane Darnall, Susan Jane Donohoe, Diana Eagles, Nancy Larkin, Kim Minichiello, Marcela Moglia




Ron Malone’s rescheduled live demo – June 14th, 2:30 – 4 pm

NOTE: Ron has just changed the Hat Lady to Cynthia Hunter.

If you have not registered but want to be included:
YouTube link: https://youtu.be/zauvWwfVesI

06/14/202:30am -06/14/204:00pm

Due to technical difficulties, this live demo has been rescheduled. Ron has sent out a new invitation for our society members:

     “Many of you were there, waiting, Sunday, and I did not show up.  My computer froze and you know the rest.  I won’t let that happen again (how embarrassing).  I now have two computers set up (one as a back up) for the next broadcast. As planned for yesterday’s event, I will paint in watercolors, a portrait of Thelma Battle.  Thelma is one of twenty-five “Hat Lady” portraits I am painting. She has her 99th birthday this month and she plans to be online, watching.”

This is a follow up to his demo on October 6, 2019. Click on the link below to watch him paint a “Hat Lady” portrait live!

Date is now June 14

Time is 2:30 – 4 pm.

You can ask questions or make comments on the chat board.

2020 Casselberry Art House Seniors, Students and Instructors Exhibit

You are cordially invited to relax and enjoy this virtual art show, at the Casselberry Art House, from the comfort of your own home. Members of the Central Florida Watercolor Society that are featured:

Janet Asbury – Ken Austin – Catherine Bottleman – Teresa Chin – Diana Eagles – Susan Greenlee-Mamon – Vera Gubnitskaia – Judith Kaye – Marianna H. Ross – Faye Tambrino – David Williams

Pompeii Show: Latest info for 5/15/20

May 15 – There was an article in the Orlando Sentinel, about the Pompeii show, and we have some new information to share. The dates are changing and getting pushed back. Sydney does not know the new dates, as they are still working that out. There’s a lot of moving parts between the museum it is at now… getting it to the OSC … and bringing in artifact handlers, who have to come from Italy.

As soon as she knows, she will let us know.
We also confirmed that we still want to have our show alongside the Pompeii exhibit because the two shows would blend beautifully.
Stay tuned for further updates.

May 2 – Our contact person is back from being furloughed. She still doesn’t have updates about Pompeii or how or when the center will open. As soon as she has a new schedule for us, she will let us know. When we do drop off our paintings, we will have some precautions about social distancing and masks in place. We want everyone to stay safe and well.

thank you for your patience, Terri, Cindy and Marcela

March 30 – We just got some news on our Pompeii show schedule. The Orlando Science Center is closed and not sure when they will re-open. They still want our art in the gallery, however, our exhibit dates will be pushed back and adjusted so we will still have the same amount of time for public viewing. Stay tuned as things develop and stay safe out there.

Don Andrews workshop recap-in case you missed it

We had a wonderful workshop experience with Don Andrews during our February Workshop. He taught us a lot of things, starting with setting up our palettes like a color wheel. Cerulean blue, Scarlet red and Lemon yellow were some of his true primaries, while Ultramarine blue , Permanent magenta and Burnt sienna were his dark primaries. You can build an entire painting with these colors.

Don demonstrated how to granulate colors by using a wet into wet technique and painting in the 3 primaries and letting them mix on the paper for a beautiful effect. The goal is to make a colorful page in harmony.

There are 4 basic design plans for a painting:  

  1. Light surrounded by dark or middle values, like the Spanish mission he did in the dome on Sunday.
  2. Dark surrounded by middle and light.
  3. Light/dark surrounded by middle.
  4. Alternation of lighter area next to darker area next to lighter area and so on.

Don’t copy reality. Painting is not brush strokes but planning and design. No art is real, it is better than real. Like a real bumble bee compared to the musical “Flight of the Bumblebee”.

Take a series of photos and integrate them into a painting composition. Think like an artist, not a reporter.

Saving whites in paintings can be stark so put light washes over them, or add shadows or people.

Simplify patterns, one way is to overlap things to create an interesting pattern rather than paint one thing net to another. Patterns make unity and tie things together. Make one or two things darker to bring it forward. For instance, geometrics are boring so overlap and make them oblique.

To help move the eye through a scene use what Ed Whitney called “Papa, Momma, baby bear” shapes – moving from one to another, papa place in the middle of the other two. Uneven groupings provide interest. Contrast attracts the eye as well as hard edges.

When putting figures in landscapes he never paints feet or fingers. A good rule of thumb is that the head should occupy 10%, the torso is 50% and the legs are 40%. Tie the figure to the ground with a shadow.

As far as equipment goes, he likes to use Robert Simmons white sable synthetic brushes, in number 10 and 12 and mix colors in a traditional butcher plate or two.

It was exhausting and exhilarating. Thank you so much to the hard workings students who learned and had fun in a stress-free environment.

Thank you to McRae Art studios for providing the light filled atmosphere in a beautiful studio setting. And Don Andrews who taught us with humor, examples and lots of demos! For those who missed it he has a new “Designing Nature” course through his website. We all came away with many plans for our next paintings.


Meeting Recap – February 9, 2020

Don Andrews demo Meeting recap – At our last member meeting on February 9, Don Andrews, AWS, flew in to teach our annual workshop, jury our show, and present a demo for our members meeting. There were 61 members in attendance!

       Don is a nationally known artist, author and workshop instructor. He is known for his glowing landscapes and figures. His website is donandrewsstudio.com; please go check it out. His granular washes, vibrant colors mixed on paper, and positioning of lights and darks truly makes his paintings stand out.  Right off the bat, he started the demo with a different set up: Don is a lefty; he paints standing up, and he paints at a roughly 35 degree (my rough estimate) slant. It was a truly pleasurable demo from my perfect viewpoint directly behind him, on the floor…some of us in the front row had to watch out for splashes of juicy paint now and then.

     Our demo artist is a consummate pro; he came prepared with a pre-drawn landscape. He uses a Robert E. Wood palette, because he studied under Bob as his protege…he learned to mix colors, using mostly primaries; one set of warm (lemon yellow, cerulean blue, and scarlet lake) and one set of cool (ultramarine blue, burnt Sienna [warm yellow in this case] and Permanent Magenta [a true red]). With the addition of his namesake Cheap Joes American Journey Turquoise, and opera, his paintings glow with color and life.


   Starting with his background wet into wet, using a 2” flat, he created his light value wash. Paint was mixed with water at around a 50-50. He taught us that most students usually have too much water in their brush, and reminded us that the paint will always dry lighter. Don’s brushes of choice are American Journey synthetic sable rounds, 10 and 12, and he paints a lot of his details with his 1” flat Robert Simmons white synthetic sable. This particular Simmons brush is only about 3/4” tall vs. most 1” flats, which are also 1” tall…too tall to hold a strong pigment for granulations.

After he let this initial wash dry, before our very eyes, he began adding more and more dabs of color in stronger values, until this beautiful painting emerged.

      He explained how figures can add vibrance and movement to a composition. Providing us with specific directions on how to draw accurate figures will hopefully, lead to many of us including new figures in our paintings! Heads are rounded off rectangles, not “balls” on a stick. Human proportions are all similar: 10% head, 50% torso, and 40% legs will create a believable person.

     Another cool thing Don does is keep a waterproof mat on hand so he can constantly check his composition – when a painting is properly matted, that wide band of white really helps to see where one needs to add or blend, soften or texturize, highlight or glaze, etc. Placing the mat on the just completed painting elicited genuine oohs and aahs…all in all, a very satisfying demo!

     Thank you again to Don Andrews for so generously and patiently sharing his wisdom with us. Please go to: donandrewsstudio.com for his brand-new video series, Designing Nature, where he gives instant, (hilarious) and lifetime access to all of his teachings and demos in 35 tutorials. All for $99!!! I’m getting one as soon as it launches. Stay        tuned for an announcement any day now.

Another visit to Nehrling Gardens

A week ago another group of CFWS members revisited the beautiful Nehrling Gardens. Jane sent a copy of her finished painting of the front porch rocking chair and well.

We have had such a good response to this venue that we are planning to do another plein air event there in the future!

Jan. 15 – Plein Air at Nehrling Gardens

Ten CFWS members showed up on Wednesday at Nehrling Gardens in Gotha.It was a great day to paint in such a beautiful and historic garden! It was cool and quiet and there were landscapes, flowers, a pollinator garden and even an alligator sculpture to paint.
Jane finished her beautiful painting of the Nehrling house! Thank you Jane!
It was a great day to paint in such a beautiful and historic garden! There were landscapes of bamboo.


There was a pollinator garden with lots of lovely flowers.
Surprise! Someone carved an alligator into a tree trunk.
The front room.

Leslie’s lovely bamboo painting.
Cute bee house near the pollinator plants.
Thank you Marcela for setting this up.  👏

Meeting Recap: January 5, 2020

We started the first meeting of 2020 with a dynamic presentation by our super talented member, Dana Daydodge. There was a large group of members ready to learn Dana’s secrets of Underpainting: Reworking old Paintings into new creations!

Dana is a classically trained artist, who has now made her mark in the Central Florida area. While her profession was as an operating room nurse, Dana also had the opportunity to attend the prestigious American Academy of Art in Chicago. Looking for “anywhere warmer than Chicago” to retire, lucky for us, she chose to retire in our backyard!

Dana said she tries to draw or paint every day. Her obvious talent in taking an old painting she didn’t like, and turning it into an award-winning painting works!

She suggested taking an old painting and finding shapes you like. Birds can be easily created from many shapes. Dana shared many examples of her reworked pieces, such as a portrait of a people, which became a colorful, whimsical painting of giraffes….a rhino was originally a painting of a cactus!

While still utilizing her watercolor paints, she added a big squiggle of white gouache onto her palette. But, she likes bold color (especially for backgrounds, bold color can cover up unwanted shapes)!

In addition to the tubes of Holbein watercolor and gouache, she had water soluble pencils (Faber Castell), crayons (Caran D’ache), ArtGraf graphite blocks, and Staedler watercolor Brush Pens to create these magical creations.

Dana also reiterated the importance of best quality paper. She uses 140lb. Cotton rag because she does numerous lifting and overpainting multiple times.

Dana, not only a talented artist but also one of our strongest supporters, not only generously gave of her time for our demo, but also donated one of her paintings to be raffled off! Needless to say, we quickly sold more raffle tickets.! Thank you, Dana, for donating your time, talent and passion to our membership.   –   Pam

Use gouache to overpaint areas with different colors.
Start with birds because they are easy to do.
A pink Faber-Castell pencil is used to form a beak.

    You can overpaint only over a watercolor or acrylic painting. Oil will bleed through or crack. Supplies she had: Gouache, Holbein watercolors, Staedtler watercolour brush pens, ArtGraf water soluble tailor chalk, Caran d’Ache Neocolor II artist crayons, and more.

All of these supplies can be found at our generous sponsors…. ArtSystems, Cheap Joe’s and Blick art materials.
Please remember to support all of our sponsors.
Thank you! 👏

Dec. 1 Annual Holiday Meeting and In-House Art Show

Charlotte Cipes, our co-president, opened the meeting!
Back by popular demand, David calls out the ticket numbers and generally has fun!
We were treated to a special appearance by none other than Santa! Ho! Ho! Ho!
Our wonderful VP, Sandi, did an outstanding job organizing the party and collecting so many wonderful donations! Thank you Sandi for all your hard work!

What a great time was had at our annual members holiday meeting and in-house art show. Sandi got our members lots of great drawing prizes and there was so much food from our member chefs! Thank you to all our sponsors and volunteers!

Lots of great food!
Thank you Tom Jones for your fabulous donations for the drawing!! One lucky member won an original painting by Tom!!

Thouraya is thrilled to win a Strathmore Travel pad and Tom Jones winter greeting card!
Mini paintings were exchanged by many talented members.


Percy is a long time supporter of the society and we were thrilled that he made it to our party! ArtSystems gave everyone a goodie bag with artistic treats! Thank you for the wonderful gifts Percy!

Marcela holds up Aqua Elite and Neptune #10 watercolor donated by Princeton Artist Brush Co. to all of our members! Wow!
Judi holds her Strathmore watercolor pad and 8 tube paint set!
Lucky Jackii draws a ticket for the Strathmore Artist pad and 8 paint tubes! Thank you to the Strathmore Paper Co.!
Candace gets a Strathmore gift set!

Santa gives George 4 passes to the Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art!
Congratulations to Starr on winning the 5 passes to our own Orlando Museum of Art! Thank you OMA!
Wowee Zowee! Pat gets a large Aquaboard, from Ampersand, for her next masterpiece!! Thanks to Ampersand!

One of our co-presidents and 3 others won Hahnemühle Harmony watercolor pads! Wow!
Ann won a wonderful 12 set of QOR paints! Thank you QOR watercolor company!
Santa hands Terri a Dick Blick Gift Certificate!
Cathy wins a gift certificate from Dick Blick! Happy shopping!
Susan hits the jackpot with 6 bottles of Daler Rowney Aquafina watercolor ink! Congratulations!