Mennello Museum Plein Air/Pop Up Recap

It was a fun and educational day at our Mennello Plein Air/Pop Up by the lake on Saturday. We had a record 33 audience surveys filled out by folks who came from Orange, Osceola, Seminole and Polk counties. Most of our ratings were 10 out of 10! The comments were very positive, some examples are – “I love how limitless art can be.” “I learned different techniques for my artwork.” “Love to learn.” “It was so relaxing-made my day! Instructor was fabulous!”

Faye, Mary and Terri thank all the families who stopped by our tables and shared a gorgeous day out in the sculpture garden.

Our next Plein Air Pop Up is October 20 at Mead Garden. We will be involved in the Backyard Biodiversity Day. Stop by and join in the fun!

painting under the magnolia tree

CFWS & the OCPA Office Exhibit


CFWS has been invited to exhibit approximately 20 -24 paintings in the public offices of the Orange County Property Appraiser from November 5, 2018 to January 4, 2019. There is no theme for the exhibit, but the paintings must be family friendly as they will be hung in the lobby to be enjoyed by the residents of Orange County who visit the OCPA offices. Larger paintings are preferred, and should be properly framed and wired to hang. (The office staff will not handle any sales, but OCPA staff will provide a space for bios, business cards/flyers, etc., and will direct any inquiries back to the artists.)

There is no fee to participate in this exhibit.
Acceptance will be in the order work is submitted, based on the space available, and subject to final review and acceptance by the Office of the Property Appraiser.
Since this is an exhibit only and not a judged show, paintings that have previously been in our shows and paintings that are a few years old are acceptable.

Drop-off is Monday, November 5th; details will be provided.

The deadline for entries is Monday, October 9th.
To submit work for consideration, e-mail Jane Brinckerhoff at with your name, telephone number and preferred email address.
• For each painting (limit of 2), include the Title, Framed Size, and Price and attach a JPEG image of each painting.
• Please make sure the JPEG is labeled as follows: LASTNAME_firstname_Title.
We will be sending the JPEGs to the Property Appraiser’s Office for review and approval, make sure your image is a good one!  For tips on photo taking and resizing, go here in Member Resources.

September Meeting Recap

In case you missed it / President Recap for – September 9, 2018

The 20th Anniversary Season or our watercolor society has begun! We had a great turnout for our first meeting of the season “What I Did This Summer”. There were large and small paintings and many sketchbooks on display. It was a fun event with a lot audience participation! The 50/50 drawing included, 4 tickets for the Orlando Science Center and 2 for the Mennello Museum. Congratulations to the winners!

These are the dates for the 2019-2019 – 20th Anniversary Season including our United Arts grant – Outreach/Pop Up projects:

September 9 – “What I did this summer”

September 20 – Deadline for the Mr. Dora Center for the Arts non juried show.

September 22 – Mennello Museum of American Art, Plein Air/Pop Up. A FREE family event coinciding with Smithsonian’s Museum Day. Painting from 1 – 4 PM.

October 7- General meeting with demo by Bob Hague.

October 20 – Mead Botanical Garden,10 am – 4 pm. In conjunction with Backyard Biodiversity Day activities. Pop-Up event teaching watercolor techniques.

November 3 – One day drawing workshop with artist Niko Floyd.

November 4 – General meeting with demo by Jane Brinckerhoff & “Special Guest”.

November 17, 2018 – Kraft Azalea Gardens Plein Air/Pop Up

December 2, 2018 – CFWS Holiday Party

Dec. 7th – 28th Mt. Dora Center for the Arts exhibit,

Opening Reception on December 14th

Dec 21, 2018 – Mount Dora Center for the Arts,10 am – 4 pm. Pop-Up/Plein Air In conjunction with the CFWS Non-Juried Show. Includes teaching watercolor.

January 6, 2019 – General Meeting and Demo by Karen Bowden

February 10, 2019 – General Meeting and Demo by Roberta Lerman

February 16 – Plein Air at Roberta Lerman’s home.

March 3 – General Meeting/Demo by workshop artist Michael Holter, NWS, TWSA, OPS, SWS

March 4, 5, 6 – Three-day watercolor workshop with Juror/Workshop Artist Michael Holter at the McRae Art Studios.

March 4 – 30. 20th Anniversary CFWS Members Juried Exhibit. Celebration and reception will be determined.

March 16 – Plein Air at Cornell Fine Arts Museum in Winter Park.

April 7 – General Meeting and Demo by Connie Hamilton

April 20 – Pelin Air, Caryn Dahm hosting in Oviedo, location TBD.

May 5 – General Meeting and Demo by Rebecca Wilkinson. Election of officers.

May 18 – Lake Lily, Maitland (Final Plein Air for the season)

NOTE: We need 2 volunteers for the hospitality table at our October meeting!   We will also need teachers for the Pop Up events.   Email Teresa Chin to volunteer.


FWS Convention this month

The Florida Watercolor Convention will be held September 27 – 30, 2018
in Sarasota. Congratulations to the CFWS members who are displaying
this year at the FWS exhibit. Exciting products will be offered and CFWS
member, Chauncey Nelson, will be doing a demonstration.

Still time to register, FWS Convention Registration.

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