A SOBO visit after a rained out Plein Air

Leslie, Thouraya and Terri had planned to do some plein air painting at the Tibet-Butler preserve, but nature had other plans. After it started to rain, we went over to see the CFWS juried annual member show at SOBO. It was a safe visit and we enjoyed the 2 beautiful shows. In the outer gallery was the abstract artwork. At least 3 of our society members were in this show! We have a lot of talent!

Thouraya with her “Late Afternoon” seaside painting.
Leslie with her mountain lion painting “Surveyor”.

In the newly constructed gallery was our exceptional annual juried show. It has been getting great reviews! One comment, from SOBO, was that it had so much life!

We all felt that going during the week, when crowds are small, was a good thing. The gallery had masks and hand sanitizers as you entered. Social distancing was encouraged.

Parking is conveniently located next to the building and there is also a free parking structure across the street.

If you get hungry, Pammies Sammies is next door. There is a walk-up window and outdoor eating area for a nice leisurely meal in safety and comfort.

walk up window and outdoor seating

If you haven’t’ seen the shows yet, we highly recommend them.

Thank you SOBO for this beautiful and safe venue. A good time was had by all!

Everyone wore masks to stay safe.

Click on the link for more information on these 2 wonderful shows at the Winter Garden Art Association:


Feb. 7 David Smith AWS, NWS, watercolor demonstration of a misty lake

CFWS members watch the zoom demo

We had 59 members join David Smith via Zoom to watch a fascinating and fun demonstration on painting waves and mist in a pine forest.  David likes to paint happy trees, like Bob Ross, one of his favorite artists. He even has a Bob Ross cutout in his studio!   He painted on an 11 x 15 sheet of cold press, Arches #140 paper, but he also likes Fabriano which is more sensitive. The paper is on an angled tripod that can swivel. After taping down the paper he works wet into wet .

ball joint in the tripod

David likes to work wet into wet. Using a large flat brush, he wet the top half of the page,  brushed in the Sky with Indigo and Payne’s Grey.

David using a big brush to wet the sky area.
The troughs of water drawn at bottom.
Pointed brushes for building waves.
Faux Squirrel 1827 liner Aux Reservoir brush

One of the brushes used was a #12 Faux Squirrel round and another was a Faux Squirrel 1827 liner Aux Reservoir to build up the waves.  First draw the troughs and waves, then add cream consistency into the light areas  and build up the waves. Spatter with water so the pigment follows the water and pulls the color up the paper, create texture.

Build up waves by flowing in dark color with liner brush.

Add tree trunks, with a liner, then use a sponge to add leaves. Use a thirsty brush to pull the paint out for a misty effect. Don’t make all the trees the same size or distance apart.

Use a thirsty brush to pull out color for a misty effect. At the end add some birds and you are done!
Final painting with birds on the right.

Thank you David for a great demonstration! Several of our members recommended his fun workshops! Click on the link for more info:


CFWS Plein Air Event FUN! For Feb. – May 2021 See you there!

February 17, 2021  –  WEDNESDAY !!! 10am – 4pm
Tibet – Butler Nature Preserve
8777 Winter Garden/ Vineland Rd, Orlando, FL 32836

Please be attentive to the park entrance, it is easy to miss. Follow directions from the park entrance to the parking area near the Park Office. Restrooms are nearby. There is a small butterfly garden with native plants there, and a habitat for rescued tortoises. The large veranda has rocking chairs for visitors. Past the veranda and the office is the entrance to the trails. No fees required

March 20, 2021 – Saturday  10 am – 4 pm
Lake Concord Park, adjacent to where the Casselberry Art House is located.
Quail Pond Circle parking area
Casselberry, FL

There are many park benches and lots of outdoor sculptures in the gardens.

April 17, 2021  – Saturday  10-4pm
Cypress Grove Park
290 Holden Ave., Orlando FL

NOTE: Meeting Point to be determined.

May 15, 2021 – Saturday 10 – 4pm
Leu Gardens (Entrance fee for non-members)   1920 N Forest Ave., Orlando FL
Meet by the outdoor sitting area outside the main entrance.

Janet Rogers demo at January 10th CFWS meeting

January 10, 2021 – Fifty five members watched a great demonstration of transparent watercolors by Janet Rogers, AWS.  Her subject was a portrait of Erin, Mary’s daughter, in a feathered hat. First she started with some warm up exercises of Iris and Roses. Playing with the paint and changing values as you go, add movement to your colors. The brushes that she uses are KingArt. She likes their spring and used a round #9 size and a flat. She worked on #140 lb Arches.

CFWS members
CFWS members
Warming up with blues and greens.
Warm up painting a rose and playing with greens

Her palette colors are Aureolin (W/N), Permanent Rose (W/N, Cheap Joe’s) and Cobalt blue (W/N, Cheap Joe’s) for the first triad. Quinachridone Gold (W/N, Daniel Smith), Permanent Alizarin Crimson (W/N, Holbein) and Ultramarine blue (W/N, American Journey) for the second triad.

Janet’s 6 palette colors
Preliminary sketch in pencil
Warm colors bring forward and cool colors push back.
Neutral shadows
     Portrait shows hard and soft edges. Dark background brings out white feathers.

Plein Air fun at Nehrling Gardens

Marcela had a nice and peaceful day sketching in the beautiful Nehrling Gardens. It was a bit cloudy, but the rain was still miles away. Only few gardeners shared the space with her as she sat at a picnic table and did 2 small sketches.   Check back for more locations and join us in the new year!

Call to teaching artists from SOBO/WGART

This is a call out to the members of CFWS who teach, from Dana Acevedo/Gallery Manager at SOBO.

We are starting a community outreach program that will focus on beginner style classes conducted off-site at partner locations within Downtown Winter Garden to start (restaurants/cafes, etc). We want to show unity within the community and provide more exposure to the Art Association.     We are looking for entry – intermediate style class proposals that will be organized offsite to bring exposure and interest for the next level of classes which we will have onsite at the gallery as normal (or on the patio as needed). In the end we want to bring art to life within the community with a goal of increasing exposure for you as Artists, the partner locations and redirect them to the gallery to be members, patrons and students.

We are looking for an alternative variation of your best classes, almost like an “express” version with some of the following criteria:

  • One – two hours in length at max
  • One to three times per month
  • Approachable content/basics/intro style that will grab new attendees attention (open to all – photography, jewelry, painting, drawing, crafts, sculpting, etc)
  • Pricing within reason for classes that would be held at a partner’s location (restaurant/café/outdoors)
  • Offer a follow up class/series at the gallery to continue the patrons interest/attendance
  • Once again this request is specific for offsite classes/workshops.
  • Please submit your ENTRY Level Class Proposals specifically for the off-site locations here: https://wgart.org/artists/workshop-proposal/    

We understand some participating locations may not be able to accommodate classes depending on volume levels. Please note we are planning the following type of events, so more to come!

  • Artist Meet & Greet – bring select pieces for sale and have an opportunity to meet new patrons
  • Live Art Showcase – Artist to paint/draw/sculpt/create jewelry, etc. on premise for demonstration purposes, no class
  • Art Influenced style trips to other downtown locations

We still want your traditional style classes/workshop proposals for series and more advanced audiences. However, since the community outreach is a new initiative we are prioritizing getting entry level classes on the calendar first (ideally before the end of the year : ).

If you have any ideas to make this even better, we want to hear them! If you know someone that might be interested please spread the word!          Email us at info@wgart.org

We are looking forward to collaborating with you and the start of hopefully an even better New Year!

Best regards,

Dana Acevedo / Gallery Manager

SOBO Gallery & Art Center

127 South Boyd Street // Winter Garden, FL  34787

www.wgart.org // 407-347-7996

Dec. 6 recap of demo and surprise guest!

The CFWS members were treated to a fun and festive holiday meeting that included a beautiful painting done by Kim Johnson Nechtman and a surprise visit from Santa!!

Santa sends Merry Christmas greetings! HO! HO! HO!
Santa has one of his elves and reindeer too!
Mr. and Mrs. Claus watch Kim as she demonstrates her uniques splash painting style!

Kim Went over some of her art supplies such as the Silver Black Velvet series of brushes. She has no preference on hot or cold press paper, but does like #300lb. Fabriano Aristico. Winsor Newton watercolors, especially the burnt sienna are her faves! Her little Shysart winged watercolor palette is another favorite. She likes to use a B&W photo as a value reference and starts with the drawing and saves white highlights with Pebeo masking fluid.   To start, she mists the surface, then uses a large brush to spatter the paints. She paints at an angle to help the paint flow and mix. After removing the masking, beautiful glowing highlights are revealed.  She is an award winning artist and signature member of AWS, NWS, SDWS,AWA and many more.

Pebeo saves the white areas.   
Shysart palette is one of her favorites.
3 primary colors are encouraged to mix on the paper.









pebeo removed
beautiful finished artwork!


Members Meeting Dec. 6 with Kim Johnson Nechtman

Make sure you attend our next CFWS members meeting on Sunday, Dec. 6 to see a fabulous demonstration by Kim Johnson Nechtman! I had the privilege of working with her today over the zoom software. She is an award winning artist and signature member of AWS, NWS, SDWS,AWA and many more. Her work is beautiful, as this painting from Splash 17 illustrates:


She will be teaching a workshop in Winter Haven at Ridge Art Association from 9am – 4pm. The dates are Feb. 24-27.

There is a Holiday Inn and a Hampton Inn next to the complex where class is being held. Contact Cathi Draper at (863)521-0098 if you have questions or would like to sign up!







Plein Air fun at Ward Park

Marcela, Thouraya, Terri, Janet and Michel enjoyed a perfect plein air Florida morning at Ward Park.  The trees, pond and stream were relaxing and inspiring.


Join in the Plein air fun at local gardens!

The CFWS plein air chair, Marcela Moglia, has been very busy setting up some wonderful venues for our artists who like to venture outdoors. This is a great time of the year to be out in nature with your painting kits!

Last month we went to Mead Botanical Gardens to paint in the butterfly garden. Leslie Rossetti found inspiration for a beautiful painting in the north side of the garden:

Next Saturday, November 21, we will have our plein air gathering at Ward Park. From 10-4 (more or less).  The section of the nature park is across the street for the Center for Health & Wellbeing, at 250 Perth Lane, Winter Park, FL 32792. There is a lovely little stream that runs through it.   We will be planning more events with the Center for Wellbeing, so this is a great opportunity to see the outdoor gardens.

Corner of Perth and Loch Lomond

So, please bring a bag lunch, water, brushes, paints,  papers and come paint with us! We will look for you!