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!

   

         

 

 

Meeting Recap for March 3, 2019

 

Thanks to Michael Holter we all learned about a “Swashbuckler Wash” at our March 3rd demo. He painted a boat silhouetted against a sunrise wash. Using a large brush he mixed up a stew of colors, showing us how to shift the colors to the warm or cool spectrum. He finished the painting by scrapping out with a credit card to demonstrate all sorts of tools can be use to create a great painting.

Marcela has been busy once again lining up many plein air activities for us. Michael Holter mentioned that it was a great practice to paint on location to increase speed, observation and considers it vital in the artistic process.

Check our website for further details on the following locations:

March 16 – Cornell Art Museum/Rollins College

March 17 – Orlando Science Center

March 24 – Albin Polasek Museum

April 20 – Environmental Garden in Oviedo.

All CFWS members are invited to our next board meeting on 3/21 at 10 amat the Casselberry library on Oxford Rd. where we’ll discuss the upcoming season.

WE NEED A PRESIDENT AND VICE PRESIDENT to satisfy the requirements of our By-laws and 501 c 3. Otherwise, our society is in danger of having to disband. So far, The board, Mary and I have had no luck in finding someone to step up to either of these positions. If we want this society to continue, we need to find 2 folks who would like to work together. Our next season is set up and information is organized in easy to access files so no one has to “reinvent the wheel”.

Contact Teresa Chin or Mary Dall if you would like to learn more.

Meeting Recap for February 10, 2019

Founding member and longtime artist, Roberta Lerman did a great demo for our group.  Even though she is retired she still has an art class at the Maitland Sr. Center on Wed. afternoons. She designed our original logo egret design with the paintbrush for the eye and beak and named our newsletter The WaterMark.

She discussed the eight points of Self Critique that artists should ask themselves about their work. Such as, is there anything in my painting that is confusing?  Do I have a strong focal point?

We had 48 members and 2 guests at our February meeting.

March 4, 5, 6, MICHAEL HOLTER, workshop, 9 – 4 pm, at McRae Art Studios is filled and a wait list has been started.

Our 20th Anniversary show starts in a few weeks, look for drop off dates for your art and mark your calendars for the garden party reception on March 15 from 6 – 8pm.

Marcela made announcements of 2 February and 3 March Plein Air events. Feb. 23 is Porch Fest. March 16 at Cornell/Rollins.

Orlando Science Center has extended an invitation for our plein air painters to come back March 17 to paint around the center.

“Precious Pollinators: The Central Florida Watercolor Society,” Polasek Exhibition. Up to 3 paintings are due to Rachel Frisby March 1 or soonerRemember your bio and price, also metal frames are OK.

All CFWS members are invited to our next board meeting on 2/21 at 10 am at the Casselberry library on Oxford Rd. where we’ll discuss the upcoming season.

 

Meeting Recap for Jan. 6, 2019

Happy New Year! We welcomed members and special guests to our general meeting in the Altamonte Chapel Social Hall.

The CFWS annual juried members show to celebrate our 20thanniversary will be March 4 – 30, 2019. The exhibit will be in the beautiful Casselberry Art House. Our celebration and garden party reception will be March 15 from 6 – 8 p.

March 4, 5, 6, MICHAEL HOLTER, workshop, 9 – 4 pm, at McRae Art Studios    $300 for CFWS members. We have several spots left in our Holter workshop, so please get your seat reserved soon! We also need a “Workshop Assistant” to help set up the coffee, munchies and help the artist.

“Precious Pollinators: The Central Florida Watercolor Society,” Polasek Exhibition Runs: May 7 – August 25, 2019. Up to 3 JPEG’s due to Rachel  March 1 or sooner!  So far there are not many entries and Rachel is very concerned. Entries and bios can be sent now, so please don’t let this opportunity pass us by. We don’t want this show to get canceled due to lack of interest.

Cindy Sturla discussed and demonstrated matting and framing for art exhibits.

Demo: Karen Bowden showed us the tracing paper technique followed by using a Tracer to enlarge photos. Tracing is not cheating. Draw on tracing paper first to work out composition. You can use graphite paper or make your own by rubbing the back of the paper. The Tracer is a projector that can work with your smart phone. It does not show detailed images so you do have to know how to draw. When using the phone use the highest setting of brightness. The app “Sketchbook” is useful. Reduce the opacity to trace. Draw on a different layer using a finger or stylus. Screen capture the drawing. Put the iPad under the sketcher but don’t plug it in. The iPad will be the light source. You can hide or unhide the drwing. When finished you can print your drawing on 90# watercolor paper using Photoshop.

Go to Skillshare.com  for her free online tracing class demonstrated today along with many others offered by other artists around the world.

YouTube video of tracing technique and more:  https://youtu.be/NdRxk_gIoR4

Link to Karen’s classes on Skillshare: https://www.skillshare.com/user/artwithkaren