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

CFWS members in
SOBO’s Best Choice Show

Of the over 200 submissions received, SOBO has selected one piece from each of the 60 selected artists. Awards will be given out on the night of the Opening Reception, June 7th.  The public is encouraged to attend.

The show will run from June 7 through July, 2018.  Plan a visit to the gallery during your next visit to Winter Garden.

Our judge this year is Susan Torregrosa, fine art photographer. Susan serves as a board Member of the Women in the Arts, Inc and as a mentor for Florida Professional Photographers. Awards given this year will be Best of Show, Top Choice 2D, Top Choice 3D, and Top Choice Photography.

Representing CFWS are members Jane Brinckerhoff, Chris Creamer, Prayong Deeying, John Gilbert, Susan Grogan, Michell Irizarry, Mike Malloy, Kim Minichiello, Krys Petit, Anne Pullin and Ann Worrel.

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