Join in the Plein air fun at local gardens!

The CFWS plein air chair, Marcela Moglia, has been very busy setting up some wonderful venues for our artists who like to venture outdoors. This is a great time of the year to be out in nature with your painting kits!

Last month we went to Mead Botanical Gardens to paint in the butterfly garden. Leslie Rossetti found inspiration for a beautiful painting in the north side of the garden:

Next Saturday, November 21, we will have our plein air gathering at Ward Park. From 10-4 (more or less).  The section of the nature park is across the street for the Center for Health & Wellbeing, at 250 Perth Lane, Winter Park, FL 32792. There is a lovely little stream that runs through it.   We will be planning more events with the Center for Wellbeing, so this is a great opportunity to see the outdoor gardens.

Corner of Perth and Loch Lomond

So, please bring a bag lunch, water, brushes, paints,  papers and come paint with us! We will look for you!

 

 

Membership Meeting 11/1 with Frank Eber

Frank Eber Demo
Membership Meeting
Sunday, November 1, 2020

Another ZOOM members meeting took place with Frank Eber, AWS, AIS, NWS, from his home studio in northern California. We had over 50 members signed in to ZOOM for our monthly meeting! …Everyone showed up although there was no promise of our famous hospitality spread at Altamonte Chapel….We hope we’ll be back one day to break bread and share together, and in person.

In the meantime, we were mesmerized by Frank Eber’s gentle style, wry humor and bits and pieces of advice sprinkled throughout his demo. A consummate painter, student of famed Italian poster illustrator, Renato Casaro, and distinguished teacher, Frank first took us through his set up, equipment and paint selections.

Because of the dry conditions in California, he keeps a humidifier above his painting surface to keep his wet in wet compositions from drying too soon. It was a lovely effect to see him painting while a slight fog was wisping over his paper….he compared it to, “English Watercolor Artists painting in the foggy atmosphere of the British Isles.”

Frank Eber uses his own daVinci Brushes

He also showed us his brushes, which zoom allowed for screen shots to keep for our records. The big hack was his $5 Chinese brushes from Amazon, which we promptly ordered. He also has his own brand of da Vinci Squirrel mop brushes, and completes his tool set with old rounds, which he uses to scruff up his atmospheric compositions.

Hake brush

Frank uses a block to manipulate the angle of his Arches CP paper. His ZOOM camera enabled us to see him stand and paint, while we could see his palette and paper on his new overhead phone camera. (Was that the new iphone Frank?)

Starts with primaries and colors for a sky wash.

As he began his demo Frank shared stories about his European childhood, and his classic training in oil painting. He was lucky in that his teacher, Renato Casaro, worked with gouache and so he had an early introduction to water base media in addition to oil. Frank uses Holbein and Daniel Smith paints, and has a pretty simple palette of primary colors in addition to neutral tint, horizon blue (Holbein) and some of the cobalt turquoise colors. He prefers to mix his own green.

Daniel Smith – German Greenish Raw Umber

The actual painting began, wet into wet, as Frank threw his body, mind and soul into his art. This observer really saw a complete, fully engaged artist using all of his senses to create his work. His posture, breathing, relaxed mood added so much to his technical abilities. This artist also has a great sense of humor, which was brave as everyone was muted and so he could not hear us chuckle!!!

The composition began wet into wet, a landscape with sky, river and trees. It is a scene very familiar to the artist, but he still sketched it out in pencil and had a photo reference to check back to.

After completing the wet into wet first layer, we waited for it to dry (so fast in California!) so he could go in again, wet into wet, and work the areas he wanted to intensify. He also mentioned that for every cool blue (or green or red, etc) you have to alternate a warm blue within the same subject. This keeps it natural and the eye welcomes this warmth vs cool content.

Close up of the texture created by flicking water and pigments.

Frank then went in with his Chinese brushes to add texture, trees, and additional accent and color to his composition. Of course, pictures tell a thousand words. See for yourself, how beautiful this painting turned out, all in front of our eyes.

The final beautiful painting!

After another great CFWS member meeting, we were saying our goodbyes to Frank in hopes that we can have him for a workshop, in person, in the next few years!

We’re happy to see so many members joining us for these valuable demonstrations by renowned artists. Please join us for the next demo on December 6.

Members watch Frank paint the sky and river.

Recap of General Meeting, Oct. 4, 2020 with Joel Popodics demo

Joel Popodics did a demonstration of Liberty Hill Farm with cows. He’s noted for his greens. There were 3 cameras set up:  1. Him     2. The painting     3. His palette   He started with a drawing of the scene.

pencil drawing

He wet the entire paper, which was a full sheet of 300# watercolor paper. Thick paper doesn’t buckle as he uses so much water. The sizing is broken down a little and oils from his hand can be cleaned up as he brushes on the water.

cobalt blue and cadmium scarlet pour for sky

Cobalt blue is a true blue and good for skies with ultramarine a good choice for the apex. Winsor blue has a bit of green which is good for a cold sky. Cadmium scarlet was poured in the middle. Payne’s grey with a bit of ivory black and cobalt blue was used for the clouds.

clouds in grey and blocking in trees

There are 3 stages of wetness: 1. Saturated     2. Moist, with shine disappearing    3. Damp

He blocked in the trees and shared a tip that adding a bit of red to the green will push back the faraway trees. Using a square brush and scrapping on the side helps make natural edges. A script brush is good for small trunks and branches. Try to get at least 6 values in trees for realism. The final painting was a lovely and restful scene of a barn, trees, cows and rolling hills.

red barn with cows up front
final with spots on cows and shadows added

It was a fun and educational demo….     Thank you Joel!   https://www.watercolorpop.com

Consider volunteering for CFWS Board…

CFWS has a few positions open on the Board that could use your help. If you want to contribute some time and talent to help CFWS continue providing services to the membership, please consider volunteering for these open positions: Treasurer, Gallery Coordinator, Workshop Coordinator.
Job Descriptions are available here or contact our president.

Thanks.

President recap: “What I Did This Summer” 9/13/20

At first, there were just two of us in the waiting room….then, two more, and then 5, 10, 15, twenty…more and more CFWS members attending the kickoff season meeting, “What I Did This Summer”.

Were all these members meeting at the Altamonte Chapel? (We need more chairs!)  Were we waiting in our cars in the steamy afternoon heat? Were we trying to bum an extra easel to prop up our work in the chapel?

After admitting 60 of our member friends into the meeting, the inaugural CFWS 2020-2021 season kicked off on ZOOM. Always a popular time to see old friends we’ve missed over the summer, we did not want to have to cancel this popular meeting due to the COVID 19 Pandemic.

What do artists do when they’re bored? Quarantined? Under lockdown with Mother Nature outside? We MAKE ART!!! And, we like to show everybody what we did….so, undaunted, everyone courageously downloaded the ZOOM App and we had 60 members online, joining in on the meeting. Let me tell you, seeing 50 smiling faces staring back at you will make anybody happy for a long time.

We had over twenty artists show their beautiful works of art, along with raised hands, comments and emoji’s of oohs and aahs. Almost like a real meeting at Altamonte Chapel! (Not. Remember the snack time)

But, it was still fun to hear everybody’s voices and see their smiling faces. My favorite part was the Nancy and Sharon Show, where they run between houses, ipads, and swimming pools showing us their beautiful creations, and all in bare feet!

Ken Austin kicked off the festivities with some beautiful matted (nice touch, Ken) floral block print/paintings. Dot Cline, who lives in assisted living and was not allowed to leave her facility, painted a gorgeous red flower right outside her door.

Marian Wagster shared her grand, full sheet paintings, and they all fit within the ZOOM screen…We also liked David Williams Southern Amish painting and his new facial hair. Charlie Cipes wrapped up the meeting with her portrait of her father as a navy pilot. I certainly got chills….via ZOOM!

Every single artist had beautiful works to share, and the other 40 members in the audience all enjoyed it immensely. So, THANK YOU to all our ZOOM SHARERS! You were very brave and generous. The paintings looked beautiful on our screens. We can imagine how beautiful they are when we get to see them in person. Maybe for the MAY 2021 meeting???

Don’t forget to join the fun. Volunteer to be on the BOARD.

Pam and Charlie

       

Richelle recommended a website by Jane Blundell, who makes color swatches of her paints.

 

“Images of Pompeii” is NOW on display at the Orlando Science Center!

The dates of the CFWS members “ Images of Pompeii” show will be –  October 23, 2020 – February 7, 2021. 
On October 21st we dropped off our art at the Orlando Science Center and also took a few minutes to visit and catch up with our friends! The show was hung later that day. We have already received compliments on the beautiful artwork created by our wonderful and talented members! Make your reservations to see the blockbuster “Pompeii: The Immortal City” and then the CFWS art show as soon as you can. It is a once in a lifetime opportunity.
The opening statement

 

To view the Pompeii exhibit, as well as our show, please remember to reserve your timed entry ticket. Go online:
Remember to check out the safety precautions:
Pompeii was about 5 miles from Mount Vesuvius.
A treadwheel Crane Model
A tool used to measure distances.
Frescos of foods, including bread.

Summer of Art Changes

Ok, this is a work in progress. We’ve changed the limitation to the show from 25 to all submissions. We will display one work per member at any given time. All submissions will show online but one work per artist will show at any given time. If you submit more than one work, we will replace any currently showing work with the new submission.

Renew your membership and send us your latest work!

Ralph Dunagin was a favorite…

We all have our favorite watercolorists. Some for their color and boldness, others for their creativity and draftsmanship. Ralph Dunagin was one of my favorite CFWS watercolorists and I always looked forward to our annual show so I could see what Ralph was up to.

“His paintings, like him, were quiet, but spot-on in drawing and color combinations.” said Ken Austin, a long time friend and fellow artist.

Ralph recently passed and he and his talent will be missed.

His full sheet watercolors won awards each year.
Below is a selection of his work that appeared in past annual shows while he was an active CFWS member.

Ralph was a cartoonist for the Orlando Sentinel for almost 40 years.  Read his story.