Artist Information: Mt Dora Show 12/2018

Any CFWS member who is current with their dues is eligible to participate.  This is a non-juried show but we are limited to the number of works that can display.  Submissions will be included in the show, if the subject matter is determined acceptable, in the order submitted.   Entries are limited to two (2) per member.   Maximum framed size is 16″x20″.

Submission(s) deadline is midnight, September 15, 2018.

Link to the prospectus and submission form. 

May Meeting Recap

Ken Austin, NWS, newly published book, The Waterworks / Tips, Inspiration and Advice for Watercolor Artists” available at the meeting.

Renew your membership for the 2018-2019 season! Dues are still only $40 per year. Go to, to pay on-line. Or pay with a check today. Or – mail it to CFWS, P.O. Box 941512, Maitland FL 32794. Once the season starts on September 9, we will be using the new list of paid members for announcements. Don’t get left out!!!

Important dates:   United Arts grant – Outreach/Pop Up projects:

  1. Rollins College on May 19th at 10am –plein air
  2. Lake Lily on June 16that 10am– need watercolor teachers & plein air artists
  3. Mennello on Smithsonian Museum Day, September 22nd.
  4. Polasek observes Smithsonian Museum day, September 23rd
  5. Mt Dora Center for the Arts, sometime during our show: December 7-28, 2018

It’s important that we have as much participation as possible from our members. Those of us who have attended had fun!

  • These are the dates for the 2019-2019 – 20th Anniversary Season:
  • Sept. 9, 2018 – What I did this summer
  • October 7- Bob Hague
  • November 4 – Jane Brinckerhoff
  • Dec. 2, 2018 – Holiday Party
  • Dec. 7th – 28th Mt. Dora Center for the Arts exhibit,
  • Opening Reception on December 14th
  • Jan. 6, 2019 – Karen Bowden
  • Feb. 10, 2019 – Roberta Lerman
  • March 3, 2019 – workshop artist?
  • Workshop is March 4, 5, 6… artist TBD.
  • April 7, 2019 – Connie Hamilton
  • May 5, 2019 – Rebecca Wilkinson. Election of officers.

Demo: Artist Chauncey Nelson shared tips on painting and Mary Dall modeled a lovely jacket made from one of Chauncey’s paintings – He uses yellow oxide, burnt umber ultramarine blue and hookers green. Wet the paper. Wipe off excess water. He liked using Crescent 112 watercolor board, but it’s not made anymore so he uses anything available. Art is 90% seeing and 10% doing. Every time you put a brush stoke down you have to “see” it. He used unusual tools like a piece of Seran Wrap – dip it – drop it – spray the color with water. Whiskbrooms or a scalpel can make grass marks. A plastic card can scrap in a rock. For a sky, brush in darker colors at the top and make it lighter near the bottom. Trees are individuals; no two are the same as some reach out to the sun. He used a goose feather to draw trees. Variation is interesting. A paper towel without texture or print can be twisted and pressed into paint to lift and create interesting effects. Wet Media Acetate can be laid over a painting to draw on it and work out ideas. Priority Mail envelops can be “cooked” on a heat source to get an abstract painting. You are limited only by your imagination! Chauncey recommends hanging your paintings where you can see them as the last thing at night. You can work out problems while you sleep.

 Mary and Chauncey Goose Feather Abstract Priority Mail envelops

April Meeting Recap

Our Polasek Pop Up event was a success and we have been invited back for their Museum Day on Sunday, September 23!

For O.M.A. Members – Orlando Museum of Art asked for theme proposals for the upcoming 1st Thursdays season (July 2018 – June 2019). We encouraged members to write to the museum and suggest a watercolor show.

“Arts &Craft Day” on Altamonte Chapel campus – April14th. Lots of activities offered by the Central Florida Watercolor Society for kids outreach. Grant funds used to buy supplies for free art lessons.

Our next general meeting will be May 6 and Chauncey Nelson will demonstrate.

We requested (and were approved) that the following CFWS Pop Up projects be accepted by United Arts:

  1. Polasek on March 25th 
  2. Leu Gardens March, 31st 
  3. Arts & Crafts at Altamonte Chapel on April 14th
  4. Rollins College Plein Air on May 19th
  5. Lake Lily in Maitland on June 16th
  6. Polasek on Smithsonian Museum day, September 23rd
  7. Mt Dora Center for the Arts , sometime during our show: December 7-18, 2018

It’s important that we have as much participation as possible from our members. Those of us who have attended had fun!



These are the dates for the next season:

Sept. 9, 2018 – What I did this Summer

October 7- Bob Hague

November 4 – Jane Brinckerhoff

Dec. 2, 2018 – Holiday Party

Jan. 6, 2019 – Karen Bowden

Feb. 10, 2019 – Roberta Lerman

March 3, 2019 – workshop artist?

April 7, 2019 – Connie Hamilton

May 5, 2019 – Rebecca Wilkinson.


Patty Kane demonstrated her exceptional watercolor style. Patty’s passion is painting with transparent watercolor using a limited palette. She says, “it’s a process, which allows me to explore subject matter that inspires my creativity and passion for mixing color”.

Patty says that when she paints she simplifies the subject matter into large shapes and color.  Her work is an expression of what she sees. Her painting seems to parallel the simplicity she strives for in her daily life. Patty painted beautiful, luminous pears using light, color and shadow of them sitting on a windowsill at a beach house. Her advice “Don’t be a slave to your photograph, change it.”

She won many awards for her Florida-themed paintings, most recently the ‘Lee Ackert’ Award for Outstanding Color at Fort Myers Beach Art Association.

Patty Kane studied painting and drawing at Crealde School of Art in Winter Park where she was accepted into the Fellowship Program, and was granted a Studio Artist position. She is now an instructor at Crealde, in watercolor, of course. She is also a member of the prestigious McRae Art Studios in Orlando

2018 Exhibition Award Winners

Awards were given during the Opening Reception held the evening of March 14th at Leu Gardens.  Congratulations to the winning artists and thank you to jurist, Suzanna Winton, NWS.

“Joan” by Plinio Pinto

“The Instructor” by Katherine Davis

“Carnaby St. Shoes” by Mary Ellen Carrier

“Late Summer” by Marcela Moglia

“El Jefe” by Susan Jane Donohoe

“Day at the Beach” by Susan Grogan

“Cactus in Bloom” by Diane Darnell

“Holly GoLightly” by Mike Malloy

View the show online

March Meeting Recap

In case you missed it / President Recap for – March 11, 2018

Please remember we start our meeting at 1:45 now. Doors will be opened at 1 – 1:15 only for those setting up the meeting space.

We welcomed 56 members and 6 guests to our March meeting.

Members were reminded of our “Sell and Trade Book” – for who have extra art supplies. “How to” instructions on the cover of the book.

50/50 – Get your tickets for a chance to win! Raffle off 2 Leu Gardens guest passes.


The Suzanna Winton Workshop, at McRae Art Studios, March 12,13,14 was SOLD OUT! The March 14 reception was announced.

We passed around the sign up sheets for the Polasek Pop Up one day event March 25, 2018  1-4 pm. CFWS watercolor plein air demonstrations, lessons for families who want to try watercolor.

The potential Polasek exhibit, with theme, for 2019, title was announced: A Splash of Color was the top choice, followed by Waterworks, and Wonder of Watercolor.

Members were encouraged to sign up for the “Arts &Craft Day” on Altamonte Chapel campus – April14th. Only $10 per spot for CFWS members and you get to keep anything you sell!

Also, Altamonte Chapel has asked for donations of any items that you come across in your spring cleaning for the chapel’s yard sale in May. You can bring anytime. They would prefer small items and no furniture.

Great News: We have been awarded our first United Arts Grant! $1,000 matching grant. Now the work begins. We have a lot of volunteer opportunities waiting to be filled.

Pam Merle introduced a very special artist, Suzanna Winton, who was also our juror for the member’s show. For more than 18 years her paintings have captured the personality and warmth of her subjects in a beautiful, lyrical style. She is truly a master watercolor artist and used a series of light washes wet-into-wet using a hair dryer in between. She developed skin tones slowly and delicately. Thank you Suzanna for your wonderful demonstration.


Image Resizing Tutorial

A CFWS Tutorial to instruct you on the use of the free online image editor at has been posted.  The pxlar application can be accessed with your browser and can not only resize but also adjust image color and cropping.  It’s like photoshop lite and easy to use.   Check out the tutorial and leave a comment.  We want to know if it worked on your platform, what needs to be addressed and provide answers to your questions.   Thx.

Use link below or find link in the JPG FAQ listed under Member Resources in the Membership Tab.