General Meeting, Oct. 3, 2021 Recap – Joan Lok, Demonstration artist

Forty-four members were in attendance for the October meeting. Pam started us off with a quick busines meeting and announcements.

Nov. 7 – The demo will be by Tim Wilmot:   https://www.timwilmot.com

Dec. 5Holiday Party at Kingswood Manor, off Lee Rd. There will be the raffle, mini paintings, members paintings, outdoor tent for finger foods, and a special appearance by Santa. Masks required for indoor activities. See our newsletter for details and sign up to help with and activity!

Feb. 6 – We hope to line up Niko Floyd, as a plein air event at Kingswood Manor. Check back for more info.

Our annual members art show will be chaired by Charlie Cipes. The juror and workshop artist will be Sue Archer. The workshop “Commanding Color” will be March 7, 8, 9, 2022 at a location to be determined.

Please check our website frequently and read the newsletter for continual updates on our upcoming season, and please consider volunteering to help us set up events.

Then Pam introduced our demonstration artist, Joan Lok, former president of the Sumi-e Society of America who paints in the Lingnan School style.

Joan talked about the basic 4 Treasures of Sumi-e: Paper, Brush, Ink Stick, and Ink Stone

Paper – we buy watercolor paper in weights of 140 or 300 lb. But rice paper, which is not made of rice but plant bark, is bought by the name of the paper. It comes raw (unsized) so when you touch the brush to the paper is absorbs quickly, or sized with alum, to slow down absorbency. Each family that makes the paper has their own secret recipe.

A variety of hard and soft round brushes
Hard and soft Hake, flat brushes.

Brushes – round brushes are used most of the time and they come in small, medium, large or extra-large sizes. They are constructed to use the entire hair and bristles are gathered to a point. (Our western watercolor brushes are cut to form the point.) Fan or flat brushes are used mostly for washes. Hard hair is bouncy and soft hair brushes, made from goat, is softer and doesn’t have as much bounce. Combo brushes have the harder hair in the middle surrounded by soft absorbent hair.

Ink Stick and stone – the ink is usually made with soot and glue, and then ground on the inkstone with a little water.

Eastern Art has 4 categories:

Mountain and stream landscape by Joan.

Landscapes – also called mountain & water, usually consists of scenery of mountains with water. Joan’s landscapes were painted with a limited palette using indigo for cool tones and burnt sienna for warm tones. Sunlight is not specific to a time of day. Seasons are more obvious.

Figures – which are ceremonial and usually not the center of attention, as is the custom in western art. Humans are shown in harmony with the universe.

Animals – often symbolic, such as fish being good luck. Cicadas, symbolize a hermit who doesn’t care for material things.

Grape vines with bird, by Joan.

Flowers & Birds – Mostly living flowers, in the garden, with birds in the composition.

She then showed a few samples, from the American Watercolor Society’s exhibition, highlighting the use of calligraphic strokes included in AWS paintings.

Diagram of how to triple load a brush.

She showed how to triple load a brush with light tone or water, medium tone yellow, then orange and dark red ink on the tip of the brush.

Flower petals and flower shown from the side.
Triple loaded brush does lovely petals.
Petal strokes for sunflower or cherry blossoms.

Push down, drag and then lift to make the petal. Three cherry blossoms painted holding the brush vertically, loading the brush with light, medium and dark paint. Practice as much as you can so you build “muscle training”.

Do a whole page of strokes, like the “bamboo stroke” which can be used for other things like electrical poles.

Power poles can be painted with the bamboo strokes.
Practice, practice strokes to build muscle memory.

Try the stokes right to left, then left to right. Do a cart wheel, and other strokes to fill a page. Taking Chinese brush painting classes, or sumi-e, can help you brush stokes become looser.

Do a whole page of practice strokes to build muscle memory.

The demonstration painting was a Peony flower.  Double load the brush with water and dark paint and work into the brush.

Double load with water and paint for petals.

Pres and lift the brush to do a thick and thin petal, remember to paint toward the center of the flower.

starting the peony by painting the top petals.
Add 2 side stroke petals.

Then add water and paint 2 side strokes. Build petals outward.

Paint top center petals and build the blossom from the center outward.

After you do the blossom, refine and add a few more layers of petals.

Finished peony blossom.

Then add the leaves. Black or green can be used for sumi leaves. Paint 3 or 4 lobes for the leaves. When the leaf is semi dry add the veins in black. Practice the calligraphic strokes of the veins to elevate your painting.

Leaves have 3 or 4 lobes.
Blossom with green leaves and black veins.

We use green in a big brush. Load with yellow, green and black on the tip. The finished Peony is beautiful. Thank you, Joan!

For online classes with Joan Lok, check her site:   https://joanlokart.thinkific.com

 

 

 

 

General Meeting, Sept. 12,2021 “Show and Tell”

   CFWS President Pam Chock, started off our new 2021-2022 season with a lively general meeting via Zoom. There were lots of beautiful paintings and information to share!

David Williams announced the senior painting group will begin Oct. 8th, at Casselberry Art House. Contact 407-262-7700, Ext. 112 for more info. He also asked us to call Marks Street Center at 407-254-1066, to ask them to reopen for the painting group.

New Season!

Our October demo artist will be Joan Lok, who will introduce the art of sumi-e  (Water and Ink Painting).  She will discuss its origin, materials, and the art form’s emphasis on brushwork, by creating floral and natural subjects.

Our November demo artist will be UK watercolor artist, Tim Wilmot, teaching his loose style of watercolor from composition to finished work.

Volunteers needed!  We need someone to help with our CFWS checking account. If you have one, you are qualified to help! Simple math is all that’s needed.

We also need help with our annual show. Good communication skills are all that’s needed. We have the juror, Sue Archer, signed up and need help with dates. She will conduct our workshop, at McRae studios on March 7, 8, 9, 2022.

If you have an artist you would like to watch while they do a demo for our group, please let a board member know ASAP. We still have a few spots to fill in 2022.

Membership chair, Diane Darnall, said we have 99 members.

      Congratulations to these CFWS members who were accepted into the Florida Watercolor 50th Anniversary show!    Diana Eagles – In Her Own World, Ron Malone – Rackleman Garden Guitar, Jackii Molsick – Captain Jack, Marian Wagster – First Date, S. Africa Series, Kim Minichiello – Bushido (In Memoriam)

Our Sanford art show at City Hall is getting great reviews. If you haven’t seen our Youtube video – check it out soon! Thank you to Cindy Sturla for setting this up!

     SHOW AND TELL BY THE CFWS MEMBERS!

Shelly H. started our show and tell with a landscape painting from Maui, Hawaii
Marianna Ross – b&w study and completed trees with human forms
Pam C. – lobster, sea creatures, inspired by French drawings
Cindy S. – geese in a German plein air
Nancy L. – Vase with real flowers … dried in a microwave and added with Elmers glue.
Terri C.– Rainbow Lorikeets, in the Chinese Brush Painting style
Marian W. – Lake Apopka drive, Cattle Egrets. She masked the birds and poured the background.
David W. – American flag in an old, textured wooden house.
Sandi B. – Bee house at Nehrling gardens
Roberta L. – Scotland bagpipe players getting ready for a show
Marcela M. – Chapel on the cliffs of Algarve, Portugal.

  Judy K. – Journaling at WDW, a colorful bird inspired by a Judith Leiber bag and a blue vase.

Ann W. – Kraft Azalea Gardens landscape
Sharon S. – Heron from a San Diego photo
Gini McDonald – Studaies from Jean Haines book, palette colors that are put on paper and allowed to run down. See if they work well together.
Gini – Checking colors to see if they’ll work.
Thouraya Z. – Intuitive. Sumi inks and watercolor on top of a marbeling technique.
Karen C. – boat on ocean and rain in distance, Grand Cayman dive, gouache and palette knife for waves
Mike M. – Seashore, water, in the style of Tim Wilmot, whose YouTube videos are available for study.
Jane B. – A black bird seen from the car at the Apopka Wildlife Drive
Mary D. – her granddaughter and her Mom, at the beach
Mary – Iceland cold and grey
Janet A. – White ground orchid. Paper hands represent tending her garden.
Julie N. – Red rose painted in Patty Kane’s class at Crealde.
Susan G.M. – dog park in New Smyrna Beach, with undulating sand and lighthouse.
Julie S. – a one color lake scene done in green/blue acrylic.
Debbie G. – Leu Gardens Barred Owl. The hard part was getting the pink/grey color
Dawn S. – White Chapel, inspired while studying “Alwyn Crawshaw paints on Holiday”

Mary reminded us to submit a painting for the Rotary Club of Casselberry Community Arts Calendar. Her painting of her granddaughter and her Mom was featured in July.

David and Nancy invited all of us to join them at the Princeton Senior Center, on Tuesdays from 9 to 1 pm.     Address: 2393 Elizabeth Avenue, behind a Grammar school. Park in lot behind school.

See you soon!

 

 

 

 

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.

https://www.joanlok.com

Online art courses can be found at:

https://joanlokart.thinkific.com

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:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B9ZbqilwLyY

 

 

Members Meeting Dec. 6 with Kim Johnson Nechtman

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:

Workshops

She will be teaching a workshop in Winter Haven at Ridge Art Association from 9am – 4pm. The dates are Feb. 24-27.

There is a Holiday Inn and a Hampton Inn next to the complex where class is being held. Contact Cathi Draper at (863)521-0098 if you have questions or would like to sign up!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Recap of General Meeting, Oct. 4, 2020 with Joel Popodics demo

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.

pencil drawing

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 and cadmium scarlet pour for sky

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.

clouds in grey and blocking in trees

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.

red barn with cows up front
final with spots on cows and shadows added

It was a fun and educational demo….     Thank you Joel!   https://www.watercolorpop.com

President recap: “What I Did This Summer” 9/13/20

At first, there were just two of us in the waiting room….then, two more, and then 5, 10, 15, twenty…more and more CFWS members attending the kickoff season meeting, “What I Did This Summer”.

Were all these members meeting at the Altamonte Chapel? (We need more chairs!)  Were we waiting in our cars in the steamy afternoon heat? Were we trying to bum an extra easel to prop up our work in the chapel?

After admitting 60 of our member friends into the meeting, the inaugural CFWS 2020-2021 season kicked off on ZOOM. Always a popular time to see old friends we’ve missed over the summer, we did not want to have to cancel this popular meeting due to the COVID 19 Pandemic.

What do artists do when they’re bored? Quarantined? Under lockdown with Mother Nature outside? We MAKE ART!!! And, we like to show everybody what we did….so, undaunted, everyone courageously downloaded the ZOOM App and we had 60 members online, joining in on the meeting. Let me tell you, seeing 50 smiling faces staring back at you will make anybody happy for a long time.

We had over twenty artists show their beautiful works of art, along with raised hands, comments and emoji’s of oohs and aahs. Almost like a real meeting at Altamonte Chapel! (Not. Remember the snack time)

But, it was still fun to hear everybody’s voices and see their smiling faces. My favorite part was the Nancy and Sharon Show, where they run between houses, ipads, and swimming pools showing us their beautiful creations, and all in bare feet!

Ken Austin kicked off the festivities with some beautiful matted (nice touch, Ken) floral block print/paintings. Dot Cline, who lives in assisted living and was not allowed to leave her facility, painted a gorgeous red flower right outside her door.

Marian Wagster shared her grand, full sheet paintings, and they all fit within the ZOOM screen…We also liked David Williams Southern Amish painting and his new facial hair. Charlie Cipes wrapped up the meeting with her portrait of her father as a navy pilot. I certainly got chills….via ZOOM!

Every single artist had beautiful works to share, and the other 40 members in the audience all enjoyed it immensely. So, THANK YOU to all our ZOOM SHARERS! You were very brave and generous. The paintings looked beautiful on our screens. We can imagine how beautiful they are when we get to see them in person. Maybe for the MAY 2021 meeting???

Don’t forget to join the fun. Volunteer to be on the BOARD.

Pam and Charlie

       

Richelle recommended a website by Jane Blundell, who makes color swatches of her paints.

 

Dec. 1 Annual Holiday Meeting and In-House Art Show

Charlotte Cipes, our co-president, opened the meeting!
Back by popular demand, David calls out the ticket numbers and generally has fun!
We were treated to a special appearance by none other than Santa! Ho! Ho! Ho!
Our wonderful VP, Sandi, did an outstanding job organizing the party and collecting so many wonderful donations! Thank you Sandi for all your hard work!

What a great time was had at our annual members holiday meeting and in-house art show. Sandi got our members lots of great drawing prizes and there was so much food from our member chefs! Thank you to all our sponsors and volunteers!

Lots of great food!
Thank you Tom Jones for your fabulous donations for the drawing!! One lucky member won an original painting by Tom!!

Thouraya is thrilled to win a Strathmore Travel pad and Tom Jones winter greeting card!
Mini paintings were exchanged by many talented members.

  

Percy is a long time supporter of the society and we were thrilled that he made it to our party! ArtSystems gave everyone a goodie bag with artistic treats! Thank you for the wonderful gifts Percy!

Marcela holds up Aqua Elite and Neptune #10 watercolor donated by Princeton Artist Brush Co. to all of our members! Wow!
Judi holds her Strathmore watercolor pad and 8 tube paint set!
Lucky Jackii draws a ticket for the Strathmore Artist pad and 8 paint tubes! Thank you to the Strathmore Paper Co.!
Candace gets a Strathmore gift set!

Santa gives George 4 passes to the Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art!
Congratulations to Starr on winning the 5 passes to our own Orlando Museum of Art! Thank you OMA!
Wowee Zowee! Pat gets a large Aquaboard, from Ampersand, for her next masterpiece!! Thanks to Ampersand!

One of our co-presidents and 3 others won Hahnemühle Harmony watercolor pads! Wow!
Ann won a wonderful 12 set of QOR paints! Thank you QOR watercolor company!
Santa hands Terri a Dick Blick Gift Certificate!
Cathy wins a gift certificate from Dick Blick! Happy shopping!
Susan hits the jackpot with 6 bottles of Daler Rowney Aquafina watercolor ink! Congratulations!

Meeting Recap for April 7, 2019

Ken Austin thanked members for honoring him at the reception.

Introducing Diana Eagles– our new, hospitality chair!

Diane Darnall – membership chair made an announcement on renewing your CFWS membership.

Marcela announced upcoming plein air dates: April 13 – Environmental Garden in Oviedo. June 22 – Orlando Science Center Pop Up/Plein Air event

All CFWS members are invited to our next board meeting on April 18 at 10 am at the Casselberry library on Oxford Rd. Snacks provided.

Interested in becoming our new PRESIDENT AND VICE PRESIDENT?

Membership in CFWS has many benefits: free demos, developing your skills in workshops, displaying your artwork in various exhibits, networking with other artists and organizations, accessing our CFWS library of books and DVDs’, outreach to our community and introducing the public to the wonderful world of watercolor. Volunteering has been documented to keep you physically and mentally active by allowing you to use your talents and experience. Managing our operations with volunteers is critical to keeping our fees low.      Contact Teresa Chin or Mary Dall asap to learn more.

CONNIE HAMILTON gave a wonderful demo on the healing power of journaling. She provided handouts and many samples – 37 books – of her work. Impressive! Some popular journalists include Roz Stendahl, Liz Steel, Thomas Thorspecken, and Gabriel Campanario, who began the urban sketch movement. Strathmore watercolor is one of her favorites. Bienfang, 97lbs. is too light. You can draw anywhere: jury duty, hospitals, the beach or what you had for lunch. Strathmore mixed media without rings is a good journal. The Beta series premium sketchbooks have good heavy paper. Her favorite pen is a Micron, but many journalists use fountain pens. Koi paints in small pocket sets work well for travel as well as getting a small empty palette and fill with your favorite paint like Daniel Smith or Winsor Newton. Escoda or Jack Richeson brush kits are good travel brushes as well as piston watercolor brushes. The Art Toolkit has several small sizes for purchase. All of her supplies fit into a handy backpack and away she goes! Her final tips: 1. Put a sketchbook in your purse/pocket.  2. Draw what moves you.  3. Enjoy other people’s work.  4. Draw in a group.  5. Follow your passion. Check out: Connie’s Color on Facebook and conniehamilton563 on Instagram to see her work! Thank you Connie!

   

         

 

 

Meeting Recap for March 3, 2019

 

Thanks to Michael Holter we all learned about a “Swashbuckler Wash” at our March 3rd demo. He painted a boat silhouetted against a sunrise wash. Using a large brush he mixed up a stew of colors, showing us how to shift the colors to the warm or cool spectrum. He finished the painting by scrapping out with a credit card to demonstrate all sorts of tools can be use to create a great painting.

Marcela has been busy once again lining up many plein air activities for us. Michael Holter mentioned that it was a great practice to paint on location to increase speed, observation and considers it vital in the artistic process.

Check our website for further details on the following locations:

March 16 – Cornell Art Museum/Rollins College

March 17 – Orlando Science Center

March 24 – Albin Polasek Museum

April 20 – Environmental Garden in Oviedo.

All CFWS members are invited to our next board meeting on 3/21 at 10 amat the Casselberry library on Oxford Rd. where we’ll discuss the upcoming season.

WE NEED A PRESIDENT AND VICE PRESIDENT to satisfy the requirements of our By-laws and 501 c 3. Otherwise, our society is in danger of having to disband. So far, The board, Mary and I have had no luck in finding someone to step up to either of these positions. If we want this society to continue, we need to find 2 folks who would like to work together. Our next season is set up and information is organized in easy to access files so no one has to “reinvent the wheel”.

Contact Teresa Chin or Mary Dall if you would like to learn more.