Oct. 3, 2021 – Demo by Joan Lok / CFWS General Meeting

      Joan Lok creates artworks that link Asian tradition to an adventurous, modern viewpoint. Born in Hong Kong, Joan came to America in 1983 after winning an international cultural exchange fellowship. Joan won many awards including the Best of Show from the Sumi-e Society of America and Sumi-e Artists of Canada Joint Exhibition, the Kyoto Education Council Award in Japan, and the National Cherry Blossom Festival Contest in America. Joan is listed in Who’s Who of American Art. Her art instruction book “Chinese Brush Painting: Flowers” is available in English, Dutch, French, Italian, and Spanish. Joan lives in Columbia, Maryland and teaches sumi-e workshops locally and across the country. In 2020, she converted her popular workshops into online learning, spreading the joy of sumi-e with artists joining safely from home.


Online art courses can be found at:


Demonstration for the Central Florida Watercolor Society, October 3, 2021:

      Joan Lok will introduce the art of sumi-e that literally means Water and Ink Painting.  She will discuss its origin and development, materials, and the art form’s emphasis on brushwork, simplicity and spiritual connection (chi or energy.)  Joan will demonstrate creating floral and natural subjects in spontaneous brushstrokes.

Artists looking for ways to loosen their watercolor artwork will enjoy seeing how Joan spontaneously creates petals and leaves with single strokes, and develop branches and trees without a sketch.

Joan’s book “Chinese Brush Painting: Flowers is available at Amazon.com.

Congratulations to Joan on her recent award from the Sumi-e Society of America:




November ’21 Demo Artist – Tim Wilmot

The fall issue of Watercolor Magazine features watercolorist Tim Wilmot. He will be our demo artist via Zoom in November 2021.  Tim is not only accomplished in watercolor but he has also made his honed skill generously accessible via YouTube and Patreon to other watercolorists around the world.

This demo will be interactive.  Attendees can ask questions during the demo and Tim will give his feedback.  The demos start with Tim planning his composition, executing the initial sketch and diving in with color and his loose style, ending with a finished work.

Ho Chi Minh Market, Watercolor, 15″ x 11″

You can see more of his work by visiting his website at timwilmotartist.com.



October ’21 Demo Artist – Joan Lok

On recommendation from Teri Chin, we have contracted Joan Lok  for October’s online demo. Joan’s presentation will cover a brief introduction to her art, followed by illustration of brushstrokes and an art demo.

Check back soon, samples are on the way or visit her website at www.joanlok.com.

Watercolor workshops, from French Escapade

French Escapade – painting workshops and plein air to hone your skills

For our artists who are  interested… here are some opportunities to take some very good workshops from renowned artists like :

Carrie Waller, Sept. 9 -12, Ginkgo Tea

Michael Reardon, Sept. 27 & 28, Surf, sand and Paris

Caro Carter, Oct. 2 & 3, Blue Mood

Keiko Tanabe, Oct. 11 & 12, Boats in Asian Landscape

Laurie Warren Goldstein, Nov. 3 & 4, Art glass in watercolor

and many many more!

French Escapade has many online workshops for you to enjoy more painting with master artists. They also offer plein air painting vacations for fun and travel.

Check them out:    https://frenchescapade.com

In memorium: Kim Minichiello

Kim Minichiello, past president of Florida Watercolor Society and a longtime member of Central Florida Watercolor Society, passed away suddenly during a plein air trip in Montana on July 23, 2021.

Kim pursued her dream of being a professional artist with gusto. Her love was watercolor and she was on the way to mastering the medium. She was a mentor, teacher and productive artist. Her work had won numerous awards and she was featured in a selection of professional art magazines focusing on watercolor painting and technique.

She was a signature member of numerous watercolor societies including American Women Artists-AWA, American Watercolor Society-AWS, California Art Club, Out of State Artist, Florida Watercolor Society-FWS, Georgia Watercolor Society-GWS, Pennsylvania Watercolor Society-PWS and the Louisiana Watercolor Society-LWS.

I came across this Interview with Kim by Eric Rhoads, the publisher of Outdoor Painter and other art services. It is his memorial to Kim. He thought very highly of her.

A celebration of Kim’s life will be held at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 4, 2021 at the SoBo Gallery, 127 S. Boyd St., Winter Garden.

A donation has been made to FWS to go toward the Kim Minichiello Memorial Award to be given in her honor.  Thank you to the members who donated through CFWS: Janet Asbury, Jane Brinckerhoff , Pamela Chock, Susan Jane Donahoe, Dione Fetner, Stewart M Jones, Terri Lachowicz-Chin, Marcela Moglia, Marianna Ross , Bonnie B. Tunney and Ann Worrall along with those members who have donated directly via the FWS site. Further donations can be made to the Florida Watercolor Society prior to the 50th Annual Exhibition.

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:  https://lakelandartguild.clubexpress.com/content.aspx?page_id=22&club_id=633638&module_id=416405

Lakeland Art Guild – 49th Annual Melvin Gallery Art Exhibition, CFWS members Marcela Moglia, Leslie Rossetti, Mary Kathryn Van Kleunen, Dorothy Cline are in:  https://lakelandartguild.clubexpress.com/content.aspx?page_id=0&club_id=633638

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!