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

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.

 

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.

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!

Meeting Recap – Oct. 6, 2019

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Meeting Recap September 8, 2019

In case you missed it: 

Our new season was kicked off with a fun members meeting called “What I Did This Summer”. Pam Merle, one of our new co-presidents, introduced our 2019-2020 calendar. It is going to be an awesome year! Check your newsletter and the CFWS website for more details.

September 16 -21, the Florida Watercolor Society is holding their annual convention, tradeshow and art exhibit in Orlando. Please contact Susan Donohoe for some really great volunteer positions. We need our members help to make this the best convention so far!

https://floridawatercolorsociety.org/events/#!event/2019/9/19/fws-convention-volunteer-opportunities

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 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.

November 16, Niko Floyd will be doing another one-day workshop “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!

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. This is only 9 weeks away, so get your brushes moving!  Don Andrews will be our juror and will also offer a 3-day workshop “Landscapes, Composition and Color” February 10-12. Early Bird members registration is $300 before October 31 – so reserve now!

A special summer exhibit is planned at the Orlando Science Center. The theme is “Images of Pompeii” and we will be using the photographs of our members who have been to Pompeii as inspiration for our masterpieces. Please contact Cindy Sturla or Marcela Moglia if you are willing to share your travel photos for this blockbuster exhibit!

Marcela announced some upcoming plein air events:

September 21 – Kraft Azalea Gardens in Winter Park

October 19 – Altamonte Chapel campus

November 16 – Mead Botanical Gardens in Winter Park

We took a break to grab some munchies and then settled down to a wonderful series of members paintings and the stories behind the artwork. So many different styles, from journaling, to plein air to framed paintings were presented. Everyone who brought art had a chance to stand up and talk about the experience. It was a ton of fun!

Meeting Recap for May 5, 2019

In case you missed it: May 5, 2019General Meeting  & Election

After we welcomed new members and guests, we had our election of new officers. Our slate of officers was enthusiastically approved by unanimous consent! All were in favor and voted “Aye”! The new officers were congratulated and applause ensured!

ELECTION of new Officers:  

Co-Presidents –  Pam Merle and Charlotte Cipes

Vice President – Sandi Hanlon-Breuer

Treasurer.- Dawn Baldachino

Secretary– Mary Dall

New Chairs:          Diana Eagles is our new, hospitality chair

Diane Darnall is our new membership chair

Pat Shaer our new newsletter editor

PREVIOUS AND PRESENT Board Members were thanked for their outstanding service! (Krys Pettit, and Jerry Snyder, were not able to attend.)

Ann Hague – Mike Malloy – Pamela Merle – Faye Tambrino – Janet Asbury – Judith Kaye – Karen Bowden – Leslie Macaulay – Marcela Moglia – Donna Coulantes  -Susan Greenlee-Mamon – Rose Gregorio – Beverly Bargen – David Williams – Roberta Lerman                    Charlotte Cipes – Dawn Baldachino – Diane Darnall – Pat Shaer                               Diana Eagles – Mary Dall

Stan (video set up) and Teresa were presented with a lovely bouquet of flowers and thank you cards from the society. They were very touched and thanked everyone!

RENEWAL FOR MEMBERSHIP IS NOW UNDER WAY! Benefits include free demos, exhibits and access to our library. Many hours of volunteering has kept our membership dues at $40!

Teresa passed around the information on the Health & Wellbeing Center in Winter Park. They have asked our society to partner with them in a variety of activates from Pop Ups & Plein Air to demonstrations and exhibits. There was a lot of interest from our members.

Marcela announced two upcoming plein air events for May 18 at Lake Lily and June 22 at the Orlando Science Center MakeFest. We are also looking for volunteers to man a table for June 15-16 to just discuss our society.

Rebecca Wilkinson did a very educational PowerPoint presentation on giclee, framing and matting. She showed us an unusual matting technique of putting appliqués over the mat. She buys her supplies in bulk to save money and enjoys the craft of matting and framing. A website that she recommends is the framingsupplies-shop.

https://www.framingsupplies-shop.com

Today giclee are printed in ink on watercolor paper with sizing. Art Systems or Sam Flax can do them and you  have to bring your CD with images.

The Ryobi miter saw, with 80 teeth, is good for framing and she takes a black marker to touch up the frame corners to look nice.

To cut the mats she uses a Logan Elite mat cutter. Be careful and remember to pull the blade on the cutter and then lift to start the next cut. To be sure that you cover the edge of your print or art, lay a ruler on the edge to make sure no white shows and mark it where you’ll cut it. Use pressurized air to get all the dust specs off as you put all the pieces together. Costco or Staples has this. There were so many tips, I’m sure I missed a few… thank you very much Rebecca.

Meeting Recap for April 7, 2019

Ken Austin thanked members for honoring him at the reception.

Introducing Diana Eagles– our new, hospitality chair!

Diane Darnall – membership chair made an announcement on renewing your CFWS membership.

Marcela announced upcoming plein air dates: April 13 – Environmental Garden in Oviedo. June 22 – Orlando Science Center Pop Up/Plein Air event

All CFWS members are invited to our next board meeting on April 18 at 10 am at the Casselberry library on Oxford Rd. Snacks provided.

Interested in becoming our new PRESIDENT AND VICE PRESIDENT?

Membership in CFWS has many benefits: free demos, developing your skills in workshops, displaying your artwork in various exhibits, networking with other artists and organizations, accessing our CFWS library of books and DVDs’, outreach to our community and introducing the public to the wonderful world of watercolor. Volunteering has been documented to keep you physically and mentally active by allowing you to use your talents and experience. Managing our operations with volunteers is critical to keeping our fees low.      Contact Teresa Chin or Mary Dall asap to learn more.

CONNIE HAMILTON gave a wonderful demo on the healing power of journaling. She provided handouts and many samples – 37 books – of her work. Impressive! Some popular journalists include Roz Stendahl, Liz Steel, Thomas Thorspecken, and Gabriel Campanario, who began the urban sketch movement. Strathmore watercolor is one of her favorites. Bienfang, 97lbs. is too light. You can draw anywhere: jury duty, hospitals, the beach or what you had for lunch. Strathmore mixed media without rings is a good journal. The Beta series premium sketchbooks have good heavy paper. Her favorite pen is a Micron, but many journalists use fountain pens. Koi paints in small pocket sets work well for travel as well as getting a small empty palette and fill with your favorite paint like Daniel Smith or Winsor Newton. Escoda or Jack Richeson brush kits are good travel brushes as well as piston watercolor brushes. The Art Toolkit has several small sizes for purchase. All of her supplies fit into a handy backpack and away she goes! Her final tips: 1. Put a sketchbook in your purse/pocket.  2. Draw what moves you.  3. Enjoy other people’s work.  4. Draw in a group.  5. Follow your passion. Check out: Connie’s Color on Facebook and conniehamilton563 on Instagram to see her work! Thank you Connie!