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.
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.
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!
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!
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!”
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 28th – April 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:
Donna Jill Witty, AWS, NWS, demonstrates her painting technique for 57 members of the watercolor society on Sunday.
“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 the high light values using IncredibleWhite 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.
In this next stage there is now additional mask over everythingexcept shapes of the cherries and shadows. She uses embossingstylus tools, and color shapers with rubber tips to apply the mask.
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.
The final touches involve softening edges, with a scrubby brush, and adding Quinacridone Magenta to highlights for interest.
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 membershow 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!
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.
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!
Click on the link for more information on these 2 wonderful shows at the Winter Garden Art Association:
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 .
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.
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.
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.
Thank you David for a great demonstration! Several of our members recommended his fun workshops! Click on the link for more info:
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.