Call to CFWS Artists! NewShow in Sanford!

The Central Florida Watercolor Society has worked hard over the years, since our inception, to build a good name in Central Florida. 
Well, it has worked!
We have been invited to hang a show in:

September 1 through November 30, 2021
Large paintings will be welcomed and older work will be accepted.
This non-juried show is a great opportunity to display your art! Artists my submit a maximum of 2 entries.

Submission Deadline:  July 3 1, 2021
Notification of Acceptance: August 12, 2021
Drop Off:  August 25, 2021       10am – 4pm
Reception: will be announced

So, pull out that masterpiece you are proud of or create a new one! You can send your jpg’s now, up until the July 31st deadline.

A prospectus has been sent out to members, so please contact Janet Asbury if you didn’t get one.
Don’t forget to check your emails for more information
and find out how to be part of the experience!

recap: CFWS Plein air at Leu Gardens

Our last plein air of the season was held at Leu Gardens and we had a great turnout of eight members. After we enjoyed the lovely art show, “The Agua Series” in the main house, we went out into the garden to find special places to paint and draw. Cathy and I painted next to the row of blue Agapanthus or Lily of the Nile.

Cathy paints near the blue Agapanthus and pink begonias.
Terri’s painting of the Lily of the Nile.
Cathy’s painting of the Musa Banana.

Marcela and Nancy were up by the main Garden House.

Marcela and Nancy over look the lake as they sit on the patio.
Nancy’s painting of the welcome center garden house.
Marcela’s landscape painting of violet flowers.
Janet did a graphite drawing of the gazebo by the idea garden.
Janet’s drawing of the gazebo in the Idea Garden.
Sandi, Karen, and Thouraya paint bonsai in the Idea Garden.

We had a lot of fun! It was a great time to be outdoors and enjoying the friendship and artistic “play time”. Come and join us in the new season. You don’t have to have any experience! You don’t have to lug around heavy supplies, we pack light and small. You just need a sense of adventure and the creative need to play with your paints. See you out and about next season!







May 2 General Meeting/Election/Show & Tell

Pam welcomed everyone to the last general members meeting of the 2021 season.  We had our members election, of our four officers of the society, as first order of business.

Pam Chock (Merle) and Charlie (Charlotte) Cipes were unanimously reelected as co-presidents.

Richelle Siska was elected our new vice president.

Mary Dall was reelected as secretary.

Marilyn Rathbun, CPA, still working with Pam as our treasurer.

Congratulations to all! There was a great round of applause!

The last board meeting of our season is May 20. Members are invited to attend the fun! Learn what goes on behind the scenes!

There were some announcements from members: The Polk Museum of Art has a Toulouse-Lautrec exhibit up until May 23.

Lakeland Art Guild Third Online Exhibition, CFWS member Ron Malone is in:

Lakeland Art Guild – 49th Annual Melvin Gallery Art Exhibition, CFWS members Marcela Moglia, Leslie Rossetti, Mary Kathryn Van Kleunen, Dorothy Cline are in:

Richelle Siska put together a lovely slide show of art that our members have been working on over the last few months. The CFWS Show & Tell  were 14 wonderful pieces of art. Here they are:

Standing Tall by Mary Dall
Misty by Alice Dressner
Hope on the Horizon by Susan Greenlee-Mamon
Arbor Day Farmers Market by Stewart Jones
Eau De Parfum by Richelle Jarc (Siska)
The Queens by Judith Kaye
Yellow Crested Night Heron by Nancy Larkin
Four Owls by Roberta Lerman
Orchids by Marianna Ross
Floofing by Leslie Rossetti
Rock Landscape by Susie Schreiber
Bad Hair Day by Marion Wagster
Planting Time by Ann Worrall
Water Lily by Thouraya Zapara
Quantum Leap Winery by Teresa Chin

More paintings, and great art tips, were shared from our members at the zoom meeting:

Pat Shaer’s abstract
David Williams’ portrait
Dawn Shumard’s mother and child
Leslie holds up the Loew Cornell fine line pen
Paint fine lines with white for whiskers or do your signature with this pen.

Jane Brinckerhoff’s painting of Nehrling Gardens

Cheri Ptacek’s Girl on Beach
Mary Kathryn Van Kleunen’s White Bird
Faye Tambrino’s Landscape
Pam (Chock) Merle’s Seascape

      Pam had a great tip on using yellow frog tape to tape down your paintings. It is a low tack tape for delicate surfaces found here:

See how much action and information you can miss if you don’t come to the meetings!?  Our members are a wealth of inspiration and knowledge!

Keep painting!  Remember to enter the Summer of Art Online Show … and see you soon!













Painting the Trumpet flower by Carol Carter

Carol Carter’s workshop was an exciting experience!  We had 3 hours so it was a fast painting. We had already drawn out our Trumpet Flower or Datura onto a #140 watercolor paper. Since she does the background first, we masked the flower with masking tape and Incredible white mask.

Mask the flower with tape and Incredible White Mask.

We wet the entire background then brushed in Cobalt Turquoise Light, deeper, richer and vibrant on the bottom and lightly graduated tint to the top.

Cobalt Turquoise Light background gradient.

Dry the painting and remove the mask. Then start painting the flower bloom, on the right.  Use a number 2 brush. – wet the shape with clear water – then outline with Burnt Sienna.  Just do the exterior edge, then soften with water. Add Aureolin Yellow, then Winsor Green in the middle.

Remove mask after background dries.
Start painting flower on far right.
Next, paint the shapes at the top of the flowers and big leaf.

Next, small shapes near the top. Aureolin, then some Winsor Green around the edge.

Flowers painted one at a time.

Drop down to the petal on the lower right, add Aureolin, outline in Burnt Sienna. Down below outline in Burnt Sienna, soften with water then drop in Aureolin.

Wet the big leaf at the top right and the second trumpet on the right. Outline in Burnt Sienna on the outside edge to the neck of the flower, open the line with water, drop in Aureolin at the tip, leave light paper in the middle, add Aureolin at the neck, then Winsor Green. Then outline the big leaf with a mix of Winsor Green and Burnt Sienna, open the line with water and add Aureolin to the tip and gradated it back and add green and yellow

Finished painting.

The steps were repeated with each blossom and at the end of the session we showed off our beautiful Datura’s!  Carol Carter was fun to work with. We all learned so much!  Thank you Carol!

We show off our finished work!

Carol Carter has more workshops coming up, so check out her website for more opportunities:

Dick Blick Art Materials and Hahnemuhle celebrate Earth Day

Two of our generous CFWS sponsors sent out emails today in honor of Earth Day.  So, for your consideration please remember to check them out next time you need art supplies:

Blick Art Materials:  Save up to 30% on handmade watercolor paper. Discounts on Fabriano EcoQua notebooks and EcoCare Frames. Live on Facebook today at 4PM CST, artist Karen Elaine Parsons demonstrates a folded watercolor notebook featuring Yasutomo watercolors.

Hahnemuhle:   With our Natural Line product range, we offer the perfect opportunity for artists to be creative using paper made from alternative raw materials such as agave 135# watercolor paper, hemp sketch paper, or bamboo mixed media for watercolor, acrylic or pastel.





Recap – Plein Air at Cypress Grove

Leslie and Karen concentrate on their painting, down by the lake.

We had 7 plein air artists paint by the lake at Cypress Grove on Saturday. Thouraya, Sandy, Marcela, Debbie, Karen, Leslie, and Terri enjoyed a breezy day painting a gazebo, Great Blue Heron and the shore of Lake Jessamine. It was fun to get together to enjoy each other’s company and exchange tips on painting outdoors.

Sandi, Thouraya and Debbie under the lush trees with lots of hanging moss.
Great Blue Heron poses for us.
Finding your muse.
The Great Blue Heron by Leslie Rossetti.
Beautiful Lake Jessamine by Thouraya Zapara.
The gazebo by Sandi Baier.
Lake Jessamine view by Teresa Chin.

Sandi had a great tip on an Easel Butler (from Canada) which hooks around the legs or your easel creating a shelf. It can hold some type of tray or board to hold your paints, palettes and other tools.
(#EB 125  $38.95 plus shipping $8.95) website has other products …


The website has photos and reviews:


April meeting demo by Laurie Goldstein Warren

We had 43 CFWS members watch the wonderful and informative demo by Laurie Goldstein Warren.

Her painting was a mardi gras musician. Her palette is mostly these 4 colors: Quinacridone Rose and Gold, Antwerp Blue, Cobalt Blue… and Black. Occasionally she will use turquoise which she loves. She paints dark to light, and works in values first, using a black and white photograph. Starting in the upper left corner she used a large #14 Escoda brush to paint in the Quin Gold, then the Quin Rose was dropped in quick and finally Antwerp Blue.

drop Quin Rose into the Quin Gold
Antwerp Blue dropped in and allowed to mix

Let those colors mix on the page. Paint fast, don’t worry about the edges. Start at the top and work your way down to avoid dragging through the paint. Getting the darks early helps build confidence. For darker colors, values of 9 to 7, use the Antwerp Blue and for lighter value colors, of 6 and below, use the Cobalt.

She considers herself an impressionistic painter. Look for shapes with the same values and bundle them together. Play around the values and use Photoshop – Poster Lines – kick up the contrast, move the slider until you like what you see. The Lamp Black is a dead color so it makes colors around it lovely. Add little pieces in shadows, hair, etc.

She uses a large calligraphy brush to paint over all the colors to glaze. She added Quin Gold to the tuba. Leave out the gold for cool areas. If you mix it up between cool, warm, cool, it’s more fun for the viewers.

Quin Gold, Rose and Antwerp blue in the darkest areas
Quin Gold, Rose in tuba
TIP: use corner of paper towel to wick up extra paint

Keep in mind why you wanted to paint this picture. What is the story? Keep it in mind as you pick colors, the center of interest gets more darks or contrast.

adding black

She added lamp black to his eyes and piece of the letter on his hat, and his beard. Black is a level 9 tone value.

Lastly, never frame a painting you haven’t stared at for 2 weeks to find the boo boo’s.

Thank you so much Laurie for a great demo! We learned a lot!     If you would like to talk to Laurie, her email is:

finished image







Plein air painting of dinosaurs

We had 3 artists, Marcela, Leslie and Terri,  enjoying a beautiful day of painting, at Leu Gardens, on April 14th. It was a last addition to our normal plein air schedule. We photographed and painted the dinosaur sculptures that were nestled among the blooming plants and lush grasses. It was a lot of fun and we recommend that you visit before they leave on April 25. Below are just a few of the many sculptures:

Bambiraptors on a log by the tropical stream.

Alligator looking dino stalking something…..
A Florida Anole pouches on the head of a Compsognathus! Cheeky!
Allosaurus close up
Mom Allosaurus and 3 kids.
Heterodontosaurus running through the plants.
Citipati, aka the “Funeral Pyre lord”
Mom Citipati near her nest of eggs.
Quetzalcoatlus juveniles in nest by Leslie Rossetti
Florida anole sits on the Compsognathus – by Terri Chin

Vote for your favorite wine label design!

We have 4 artists from the Central Florida Watercolor Society in the competition for the Quantum Leap Winery label contest!

Marcela Moglia, Vera Gubnitskaia, Christine Peloquin and Teresa Chin submitted label designs. The voting  is going on now through April 18th. If you would like to show support for your fellow society members, as well as contribute to art programs like Youth ArtReach, please vote for your favorite design. Every vote is $1 and goes to youth programming.

March 28thApril 18th – online public voting ($1 per vote) for the art which is also a donation to the museum.

April 22nd – Finalists notified

May 27th – Exhibition opening night and winners to be announced.