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

   

 

 

Meeting Recap for Dec. 2, 2018 Holiday Party In House Show

December 2, The CFWS Holiday Party was a big success! It was our first party in our new location. We had 57 members and 2 guests. A bit smaller this year, with the board providing finger food, snacks and drinks, while members added sweet treats, but cozy and fun and we all had a great time! Santa, Vera,  Deborah and Krys helped pass out the wonderful door prizes, of which there were many. There were so many beautiful paintings to choose from! Congratulations to the People’s Choice Award Winners: Susan Grogan (1st), Bob Hague (2nd) and Marian Wagster (3rd).

Our CFWS non juried show reception for Mt. Dora Center for the Arts is Dec. 14th from 6 – 8 pm. Please bring munchies.

20THANNIVERSARY Annual Juried Members Show – JPEG images due midnight Jan. 6,2019 – $25 for one entry, $30 for two.

Kim Minichiello discussed the Florida Watercolor Convention in Orlando next year and introduced Susan Donohoe, volunteer coordinator.

Our own CFWS member show will be March 4 – 30that the Casselberry Art House. Deadline for submissions is January 6, but don’t wait until the last minute!

Our silent auction is still running and you still have time to make a bid on the Used Sony Handycam HDR – CX 330 which does video and still photography until March

Remember you can make a year end donation through the United Arts website. Type in the Central Florida Watercolor Society in the large box marked “other Organization Name”. Donations will be matched by 15%!  Pass the word.

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November 4, 2018 Meeting Recap

         Jane Brinckerhoff presented a slide show on how to resize images for competition in art shows. All watercolor societies are going digital This is very important information for all artists wanting to enter shows. With warmth and humor she walked us through the steps and pointed out that we have a video, on our website, on using the online editor Pixlr. Look under Member’s Resources_CFWS Tutorial: Resizing Images.

Cindy invited a special guest: Rachel Frisby, Curator, Albin Polasek Museum, to discuss our upcoming summer show: “Precious Pollinators: The Central Florida Watercolor Society,” Exhibition: May 7 – August 25, 2019. A BIG “Thank You” to Cindy Sturla for all her hard work with Rachel to set up this show! It is a huge accomplishment that Cindy has been working on for close to a year now!

Kim Minichiello talked about the upcoming Florida Watercolor Convention in Orlando next year. Many volunteer opportunities will be available to fill. Also, remember to sign up for the workshops early!

Our own CFWS member show will be March 4 – 30th at the Casselberry Art House. Deadline for submissions is January 6, but don’t wait until the last minute!

Marcela Moglia passed around the Plein Air/Pop Up booklet for volunteers to sign in. Our last 2 Pop Up events that our United Grant funded are in December 21 in the Mt. Dora Center for the Arts Gallery and January26 at the Orlando Science Center. We still need a few more teachers and artists for these venues… Please contact Marcela or Teresa Chin. Thanks!

Judi Kaye made an announcement about MOPS, an organization for mothers of preschoolers. Donations of small paintings and cards for their party in December would be terrific. Deadline to Judi is Nov. 16. Please contact her for pick up or mailing instructions. The artist/CFWS will get credit and recognition for the donations.

December 2, The CFWS Holiday Party will be a bit smaller this year.    Bring one painting per member, please not larger than 24” on one side.  There will be an award given for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place for those paintings which win the ‘People’s Choice Awards’. Please bring a table easel or small floor easel with your painting.

The Board will provide substantial finger food, snacks, coffee and tea.  We ask that the members help us supplement our contribution with any additional small platters finger food and sweets they would like to bring. Since we are working with a limited serving space we ask that you DO NOT BRING  HOT PLATES, CASSEROLES, COOKING POTS, LARGE PLATTERS OR FOOD WITH SERVING UTENSILS.  SNACK OR FINGER FOOD ONLY, PLEASE.

Our space is limited and we have to downsize this year. Krys Pettit has been working hard on organizing and getting special surprise gifts for us.

Our silent auction is still running and you still have time to make a bid on the Used Sony Handycam HDR – CX 330 which does video and still photography.

NOTE: We will need teachers for the last two Pop Up events, December 21 in the Mt. Dora Center for the Arts Gallery and January 26 at the Orlando Science Center. Email Teresa Chin or Marcela Moglia to volunteer.

 

October Meeting Recap

The 20TH ANNIVERSARY WATERCOLR MONTAGE – Each member picked a layout and signed their names in a vertical or horizontal layout box. Images can be of anything that strikes your fancy on the campus of the Altamonte Chapel. The artwork will be presented to the chapel at our March 15 reception. See Janet Asbury for more details. Don’t miss out!

October 20 – Backyard Biodiversity Day 9 – 3, at Mead Gardens. Hosted by Fla Native Plant Society, Tarflower Chapter. We’ll be participating, with plein air painters. Karen and I will teach at kids corner. There will be oil painters there as well, so a chance to explain to families how watercolors are different.

Faye announced we still have a few openings for the Niko Floyd drawing workshop on Nov. 3, at the Lake of the Woods Clubhouse!

The Florida Watercolor Convention was a blast! I saw Chauncey’s wonderful demo, Steve Rogers, Ted Head, Jamie Cordero, Sue Cotton, Lynn Ferris and Robin Lee Makowski – the digital director for FWS. She talked about how to do the CaFé submissions. . . FWS 2019 Non-Signature Member Online Show submissions Oct. 6 – Dec. 3..

Jane announced – CFWS invited to exhibit about 20 -24 paintings in the public offices of the Orange County Property Appraiser from November 5 – January 4, 2019. Deadline to submit your images is Friday October 12.

Nov. 4 meeting will start at the sanctuary then move to the social hall  1.) Jane Brinckerhoff will be presenting a slide show on how to resize images for competition in art shows. This is very important for all artists wanting to enter shows. All watercolor societies are going digital.

2.) Special Guest Rachel Frisby, Curator, Polasek, will be speaking: “Precious Pollinators: The Central Florida Watercolor Society,” Exhibition: May 7 – August 25, 2019. A fascinating glimpse into art surrounding one of our most important natural resources, the bee and other pollinators. The Polasek gives center stage to the plight of this conservation issue through a celebration of color, native flowers and plants all expertly executed in watercolor. All exhibited works will come from the vast membership of the Central Florida Watercolor Society, which boasts many professional and award-winning artists. Bee mindful of all the beauty that is a direct result of the humble and hardworking bee and learn what each of us can do to help save pollinators. 

Silent Auction – something new we are trying for 6 months, at our meetings. We are putting up our formerly used Sony Handycam HDR – CX 330 which does video and still photography for auction. Information and sign up sheets are at the meetings.

 

Notes from the Bob Hague Portrait Demo:

He likes to use Arches paper.

He paints in 3 colors mostly. Drawing is measuring, adjusting, correcting. He uses the “Golden Mean” for composition.

He started his painting using DaVinci Red Rose deep and M. Graham Azo Yellow for basic flesh tone. Mix a BIG puddle. Push up a Cerulean blue into the red, for a violet. Push it into the orange for a brown. Then make puddle of Cobalt. Ultramarine on the far end. Sometimes he cheats with Burnt Sienna into Ultramarine blue for good grey or brown.     Her hair is burnt sienna plus cobalt then ultramarine. It can be painted in 3 to 5 layers. Pull out highlights with brush.

He refers to handprint.com for everything about watercolor paints that you would want to know.

https://www.handprint.com/HP/WCL/water.html    

Watercolor particle sizes affect tinting and transparency. (Smaller are more transparent.) Blues particle sizes: Cerulean like basketballs. Cobalt like baseballs. Ultramarine like bee bees.Bob has 3 things he decides:

  1. wet, medium or dry brush
  2. mixing the paint .. thin or thick? He starts with milk/cream consistency, then goes down to tea.
  3. paper … wet or dry? Paint wet into wet or not.

At the end of the meeting, our model won the 50/50 drawing! It was lots of fun!

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.

 

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 centralfloridawatercolor.org, 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

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.

Announcements:

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.