The CFWS members were treated to a fun and festive holiday meeting that included a beautiful painting done by Kim JohnsonNechtman and a surprise visit from Santa!!
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.
The Pikes Peak Watercolor Society wishes to extend an invitation to CFWS members to enter our International Watermedia 2021 Exhibition. The deadline for entries is January 31, 2021. Our juror is the esteemed Alvaro Castagnet.
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:
The details and dates for this season’s annual show are now posted on the website. If you are planning to enter a work for consideration by our jurist for the show, you have until Dec. 7th, midnight to submit and pay your fees on the website.
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.
So, please bring a bag lunch, water, brushes, paints, papers and come paint with us! We will look for you!
Frank Eber Demo
Sunday, November 1, 2020
Another ZOOM members meeting took place with Frank Eber, AWS, AIS, NWS, from his home studio in northern California. We had over 50 members signed in to ZOOM for our monthly meeting! …Everyone showed up although there was no promise of our famous hospitality spread at Altamonte Chapel….We hope we’ll be back one day to break bread and share together, and in person.
In the meantime, we were mesmerized by Frank Eber’s gentle style, wry humor and bits and pieces of advice sprinkled throughout his demo. A consummate painter, student of famed Italian poster illustrator, Renato Casaro, and distinguished teacher, Frank first took us through his set up, equipment and paint selections.
Because of the dry conditions in California, he keeps a humidifier above his painting surface to keep his wet in wet compositions from drying too soon. It was a lovely effect to see him painting while a slight fog was wisping over his paper….he compared it to, “English Watercolor Artists painting in the foggy atmosphere of the British Isles.”
He also showed us his brushes, which zoom allowed for screen shots to keep for our records. The big hack was his $5 Chinese brushes from Amazon, which we promptly ordered. He also has his own brand of da Vinci Squirrel mop brushes, and completes his tool set with old rounds, which he uses to scruff up his atmospheric compositions.
Frank uses a block to manipulate the angle of his Arches CP paper. His ZOOM camera enabled us to see him stand and paint, while we could see his palette and paper on his new overhead phone camera. (Was that the new iphone Frank?)
As he began his demo Frank shared stories about his European childhood, and his classic training in oil painting. He was lucky in that his teacher, Renato Casaro, worked with gouache and so he had an early introduction to water base media in addition to oil. Frank uses Holbein and Daniel Smith paints, and has a pretty simple palette of primary colors in addition to neutral tint, horizon blue (Holbein) and some of the cobalt turquoise colors. He prefers to mix his own green.
The actual painting began, wet into wet, as Frank threw his body, mind and soul into his art. This observer really saw a complete, fully engaged artist using all of his senses to create his work. His posture, breathing, relaxed mood added so much to his technical abilities. This artist also has a great sense of humor, which was brave as everyone was muted and so he could not hear us chuckle!!!
The composition began wet into wet, a landscape with sky, river and trees. It is a scene very familiar to the artist, but he still sketched it out in pencil and had a photo reference to check back to.
After completing the wet into wet first layer, we waited for it to dry (so fast in California!) so he could go in again, wet into wet, and work the areas he wanted to intensify. He also mentioned that for every cool blue (or green or red, etc) you have to alternate a warm blue within the same subject. This keeps it natural and the eye welcomes this warmth vs cool content.
Frank then went in with his Chinese brushes to add texture, trees, and additional accent and color to his composition. Of course, pictures tell a thousand words. See for yourself, how beautiful this painting turned out, all in front of our eyes.
After another great CFWS member meeting, we were saying our goodbyes to Frank in hopes that we can have him for a workshop, in person, in the next few years!
We’re happy to see so many members joining us for these valuable demonstrations by renowned artists. Please join us for the next demo on December 6.
Joel Popodics did a demonstration of Liberty Hill Farm with cows. He’s noted for his greens. There were 3 cameras set up: 1. Him 2. The painting 3. His palette He started with a drawing of the scene.
He wet the entire paper, which was a full sheet of 300# watercolor paper. Thick paper doesn’t buckle as he uses so much water. The sizing is broken down a little and oils from his hand can be cleaned up as he brushes on the water.
Cobalt blue is a true blue and good for skies with ultramarine a good choice for the apex. Winsor blue has a bit of green which is good for a cold sky. Cadmium scarlet was poured in the middle. Payne’s grey with a bit of ivory black and cobalt blue was used for the clouds.
There are 3 stages of wetness: 1. Saturated 2. Moist, with shine disappearing 3. Damp
He blocked in the trees and shared a tip that adding a bit of red to the green will push back the faraway trees. Using a square brush and scrapping on the side helps make natural edges. A script brush is good for small trunks and branches. Try to get at least 6 values in trees for realism. The final painting was a lovely and restful scene of a barn, trees, cows and rolling hills.
It was a fun and educational demo…. Thank you Joel! https://www.watercolorpop.com