Pompeii Show: Latest info July 28, 2020

July 28 update:
Good news!   The dates of the CFWS members “ Images of Pompeii” show will be –  October 23, 2020 – February 7, 2021. 
The show drop off will be on Wednesday, October 21st and uninstall the show on Monday, February 8th. 
That will be a very long run for our beautiful artwork! Our art will hang for the entire time of the Pompeii show.
Details are now being worked out and Cindy, Marcela and I will be on it.  So mark your calendars and stay tuned for more details to follow.

Again, thank you so much for your patience, Terri, Cindy and Marcela

July 12, 2020 – Pompeii the immortal city is now scheduled for Oct. 26 to Jan. 24, 2021.

Sydney is working with her boss to get us our drop off and pick up dates. It may be a while longer but it is happening!
As soon as she knows, she will let us know. She is setting up her fall and winter exhibit dates and I told her what the Central Florida Watercolor Society has on its calendar so far. So things are still moving along!

Stay safe out there and thank you for your patience, Terri, Cindy and Marcela

thank you for your patience, Terri, Cindy and Marcela


Corona scare has disrupted our schedule

Our April and May Meetings are cancelled due to the Corona Virus directives.

SOBO Gallery, host to our Annual Show, has closed the gallery, hoping for a re-opening mid May and our show will hang through May 31st. Work will be picked up by artists on a yet to be determined date after May 31st. Bear with us, the exact date has not been determined. If you need access to you work prior, arrangements can be made by contacting Leslie Macaulay, show co-ordinator.

At this time, the Pompeii Show is still a go. The Science Center is determining a new schedule – we will alert the membership when we get confirmation.

Annual Show Award Winners Announced

Teresa Chin, Susan Grogan, Donna Eagles, Mary Ellen Carrier, Vicki Morley, and Cindy Sturla
with their award ribbons during the 2020 Show Reception.  Not pictured Marcela Moglia and Dot Cline.

Congratulations to all the artists whose work makes up the 2020 Annual Juried Show now being exhibited at SOBO Gallery in Winter Garden. During Thursday evening’s reception (3/5/20) the winners of the awards determined by this years jurist were presented and cudos to each of you who took home a recognition.
We have posted the winners and their work on the website but also  encourage you to make the trip to SOBO to see the paintings in person.

Link to 2020 Award Winners

Don Andrews workshop recap-in case you missed it

We had a wonderful workshop experience with Don Andrews during our February Workshop. He taught us a lot of things, starting with setting up our palettes like a color wheel. Cerulean blue, Scarlet red and Lemon yellow were some of his true primaries, while Ultramarine blue , Permanent magenta and Burnt sienna were his dark primaries. You can build an entire painting with these colors.

Don demonstrated how to granulate colors by using a wet into wet technique and painting in the 3 primaries and letting them mix on the paper for a beautiful effect. The goal is to make a colorful page in harmony.

There are 4 basic design plans for a painting:  

  1. Light surrounded by dark or middle values, like the Spanish mission he did in the dome on Sunday.
  2. Dark surrounded by middle and light.
  3. Light/dark surrounded by middle.
  4. Alternation of lighter area next to darker area next to lighter area and so on.

Don’t copy reality. Painting is not brush strokes but planning and design. No art is real, it is better than real. Like a real bumble bee compared to the musical “Flight of the Bumblebee”.

Take a series of photos and integrate them into a painting composition. Think like an artist, not a reporter.

Saving whites in paintings can be stark so put light washes over them, or add shadows or people.

Simplify patterns, one way is to overlap things to create an interesting pattern rather than paint one thing net to another. Patterns make unity and tie things together. Make one or two things darker to bring it forward. For instance, geometrics are boring so overlap and make them oblique.

To help move the eye through a scene use what Ed Whitney called “Papa, Momma, baby bear” shapes – moving from one to another, papa place in the middle of the other two. Uneven groupings provide interest. Contrast attracts the eye as well as hard edges.

When putting figures in landscapes he never paints feet or fingers. A good rule of thumb is that the head should occupy 10%, the torso is 50% and the legs are 40%. Tie the figure to the ground with a shadow.

As far as equipment goes, he likes to use Robert Simmons white sable synthetic brushes, in number 10 and 12 and mix colors in a traditional butcher plate or two.

It was exhausting and exhilarating. Thank you so much to the hard workings students who learned and had fun in a stress-free environment.

Thank you to McRae Art studios for providing the light filled atmosphere in a beautiful studio setting. And Don Andrews who taught us with humor, examples and lots of demos! For those who missed it he has a new “Designing Nature” course through his website. We all came away with many plans for our next paintings.


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.

Jan. 15 – Plein Air at Nehrling Gardens

Ten CFWS members showed up on Wednesday at Nehrling Gardens in Gotha.It was a great day to paint in such a beautiful and historic garden! It was cool and quiet and there were landscapes, flowers, a pollinator garden and even an alligator sculpture to paint.
Jane finished her beautiful painting of the Nehrling house! Thank you Jane!
It was a great day to paint in such a beautiful and historic garden! There were landscapes of bamboo.


There was a pollinator garden with lots of lovely flowers.
Surprise! Someone carved an alligator into a tree trunk.
The front room.

Leslie’s lovely bamboo painting.
Cute bee house near the pollinator plants.
Thank you Marcela for setting this up.  👏

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! 👏