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:

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.
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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

Plein Air fun at Lake Concord Park!

It was a brisk Saturday morning in Casselberry. There were 5 CFWS plein air artists enjoying the beautiful lakeside scenes at Lake Concord Park. Thouraya, Janet, David, Mary Kathryn and Teresa found some beautiful subjects to experience and paint, at and around the Casselberry Art House.

Thouraya found a nice spot out of the wind to paint.
Mary Kathryn admiring the beautiful mosaics on the art house.
Janet paints near some lush tropical plants.
David and Thouraya picking out the most perfect place to paint.
David did a quick painting of the front porch and garden of the art house. The elegant sculpture seems to reach for the sky.
Thouraya painted the lush palm and blooming purple plants.
Thouraya also painted the sculpture that looks like it’s dancing!
Teresa painted the walkway around the park and lakeside view.

Next month, April 17, we hope to see you at Cypress Grove Park near the small white gazebo. Leave the 4 walls of your studio behind. Connect with nature while practicing composition and color and join us for a wonderful time! See you there!

March and April Plein Air dates and information…


March 20, 2021 – Saturday  10 am – 4 pm

Lake Concord Park, 5 acres, adjacent to where the Casselberry Art House is located. We have had a lot of fun here before! There is a lovely lake, fountain, sculptures, spring blooms, boardwalk, big trees and the beautiful front mosaic of the art house! Lots of benches in the shade. See you there!

127 Quail Pond Circle
Casselberry, FL 32707


April 17, 2021  – Saturday  10-4pm

Cypress Grove Park, we will meet by the small white gazebo. It is at the end of the park’s long drive upon entering the park. It is close to the third /last parking lot on your right where the playground is. The restrooms are nearby too.  There are benches and a few picnic tables. There are no seats at the gazebo. See you there!”

290 Holden Ave., Orlando FL

Meet at the gazebo.

Marianna Ross showing in New Smyrna

Interweave – Watercolor and Silk Paintings by CFWS member Marianna Hamilton Ross will be shown at the Founders Gallery, The HUB, New Smyrna Beach from April 3-25, 2021.

Opening Reception is Saturday, April 3, 4-7 pm. A silk painting demonstration on April 17 at 1 pm.
All welcome!

The HUB on Canal
Founders Gallery
132 Canal Street
New Smyrna Beach, FL 32168

“Chalice” by Marianna Ross

Call for Artists – Wine Label design – Deadline is 3/27/21 midnight

Call to all artists from the Orlando Museum of Art and Artscape. They have partnered with Quantum Leap Winery for a fun and creative label competition.

The deadline for entries is March 27 at midnight!

March 27th – deadline for digital artwork submission, $5.00 per entry and artist can submit up to 3 entries. The file should be a .jpg and to see how to label your entry please look in “Artscape art and wine events” submission form.

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.

For more specific information and guidelines please click on the links:

Have fun and good luck!






Watercolor demo by Donna Jill Witty – 3/7/21 CFWS meeting

Donna Jill Witty, AWS, NWS,  demonstrates her painting technique for 57 members of the watercolor society on Sunday.

57 members observe the mask on highlights of cherries and stems.  

“Cherries” on a decorative table … this painting appeared in a Splash book.  Draw the composition on watercolor paper. She simplifies and looks at big shapes and works out dark and light values.

Mask is on highlights and stems, then yellow/orange painted in. Teal tipped in small areas.

Mask the high light values using Incredible White Mask Liquid Frisket by Grafix, and a bit of water. Paper is a half sheet, soft press, Fabriano, 300#. Hot press does not give her the control and is harder to glaze because the fibers are not as absorbent and paint will lift. She uses mostly Daniel Smith paints. It is not easy to make mud with them. Winsor Newton is a heavier paint.

She starts with a #6 round brush. Painting wet on dry and not the complete background. She will start with Indian Yellow and tip in a teal blue. Add a little orange to warm up the yellow.  She wets the background with #12 brush. Drop in random yellow and orange colors. Adjust tones. Keep it painterly. Paint through the shadows using Holbein Verditer blue.

blues are added
Incredible White Mask by Grafix
close up of the masking fluid

In this next stage there is now additional mask over everything except shapes of the cherries and shadows. She uses embossing stylus tools, and color shapers with rubber tips to apply the mask.

Incredible mask protects the rest of the painting as reds are brushed on.on

Using a #12 brush she applies Winsor Red and Alizarine Crimson from a large puddle, then brushes in Prussian Blue for shadows. Spray with a water mist to keep it wet and tip the paper to help the colors move.

Winsor Red/Alizarin Crimson with Prussian blue in shadow areas
spritz with water and tilt to move the paint

The final touches involve softening edges, with a scrubby brush, and adding Quinacridone Magenta to highlights for interest.

Final touches-add magenta and soften highlights

A beautiful painting! Thank you Jill!

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: