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
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.
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“Tilting at Windmills” by Nancy Dias’ was juried into the FWS 2020 Online Show by Judge Carrie Waller. This is Nancy’s seventh FWS Online appearance, she is a P2 in FWS.
Also, “Loving-that-Nectar” by Teresa Chin, CFWS Past President & web contributor.
And, “Irish Fisherman” by Marian Wagster.
“Bee Harmony” by Susan Grogan.
This is her second online show, and she is a P2 for FWS.
One more. “Prague Musicians” by Mary Dall, Past CFWS President.
“Mamie’s Manor” by Vickie Morley.
These businesses and organizations contributed to our 2019 Annual Holiday Party by providing gifts for our give-away and deserve our thanks…
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!
Submission deadline was midnight, March 15.
Good luck to all those who entered, should be a great show.
Annual Juried Show submissions are being accepted online now through November 15th. Show is open to all CFWS current membership. Haven’t renewed membership but want to submit?, you can join CFWS online and then submit your work. Annual Show Submission form.
In case you missed it
Our first demo of the season was kicked off with Ronald Malone’s “Maximizing Color in Watercolor”. Ron demonstrated the best way to photograph your portrait subjects (from the side for more interesting shadow shapes on the face), and the importance of creating a personal color palette for understanding how to mix dramatic color families (cools and warms). Ron used the example of painting his black and white dog in warms (yellow for hot and cooling in oranges to reds) and the coolest areas in shadow (deep blue/purple to light blues and turquoise). The lucky attendees received a mini handout book of his demo. He left us a demo CD for our library for anyone who would like to see his demo examples and lessons! He also donated a beautiful portrait print as a fund raiser/ raffle for our society in the future. It was a great demo! Ron Malone is also the Co-Owner of the MARC (Gallery Studio) and gives 1 and 2 day workshops there in Lakeland, Florida (www.the-marc.com).
Sandi Hanlon-Breuer, our new vice-president, made the welcome remarks and introduced Ron Malone. Five new guests were in attendance. Leslie Macauley and Donna Coulantes were thanked for their years of service through planning our CFWS shows.
Marcela Moglia announced some upcoming plein air events (October 19 – Altamonte Chapel campus and November 16 – Mead Botanical Gardens in Winter Park) and the upcoming “Images of Pompeii”, our exciting special summer exhibit at the Orlando Science Center! We will be using the photographs of our members who have been to Pompeii as inspiration for our masterpieces. No photos from books or other online sources may be used (unless special permission is given by the photographer and given credit at the exhibition.). In addition, Marcela reminded us that our annual juried members show will be from February 6 – March 29, 2020 at the SOBO gallery in Winter Garden. The last day for entering your artwork in the show is November 15, 2019! Don Andrews will be our juror.
Terri Chin announced that the Altamonte Chapel has asked our society to partner with them once again on the October 19 “Arts and Crafts Day/Plein Air” event. CFWS members can reserve a spot for their table and handcrafted arts for only $10. You keep all the profits! We also still need teacher volunteers to set up free watercolor lessons to our community. Please contact Serina Ramos-Colon to reserve your table and Terri Chin for teaching and Marcela Moglia for plein air.
Susan Grogan, reminded us that on November 16, Niko Floyd will be doing another one-day workshop titled “Perspectives in Drawing”. Niko is back by popular demand and will also do our general meeting demonstration on November 3. Reserve your space for his popular workshop now!
Don Andrews will be our juror and will also offer a 3-day workshop titled “Landscapes, Composition and Color” on February 10-12. Early Bird members registration is $300 before October 31 – so reserve now!
Diana Eagles reminded our group that members with the last name D-H, will bring the goodies for our group next month.
It was an amazing demo and lots of fun! Hope to see everyone there on November 3rd.
Plein air events are informal gatherings of artists who enjoy painting outdoors in a variety of locations. Occasionally, there may be a painting demonstration if an artist volunteers to do so. There is no instructional teaching provided. Locations vary, some may be rough where there is only mowed grass or mulched paths. Selected locations provide restroom facilities and parking. Artists should consider bringing a lunch and beverage.
September 21, 2019 Saturday 10 am – 4 pm
Kraft Azalea Gardens – 1365 Alabama Dr., Winter Park, 32789
October 19, 2019 Saturday 11 am- 3 pm
Altamonte Chapel Campus – 825 E. Altamonte Dr., Altamonte Springs, 32701
Arts and Crafts Fair and Plein Air Painting
November 16, 2019 Saturday 10 am – 4 pm
Mead Botanical Gardens – 1300 S. Denning Dr., Winter Park, 32789
December 2019 – No plein air event scheduled
January 15, 2020 WEDNESDAY 10 am – 2 pm WEDNESDAY!
Nehrling Gardens – 2267 Hempel Ave., Gotha, 34734 (open 10am-2pm)
Mulched rough paths only, benches along the paths. Please use the Pedestrian Entrance. Public parking is only available across the street at the Church parking lot, or at the extension parking lot. There is no public parking available at the gardens.