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!

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

Jan. 15 – Plein Air at Nehrling Gardens

Ten CFWS members showed up on Wednesday at Nehrling Gardens in Gotha.It was a great day to paint in such a beautiful and historic garden! It was cool and quiet and there were landscapes, flowers, a pollinator garden and even an alligator sculpture to paint.
Jane finished her beautiful painting of the Nehrling house! Thank you Jane!
It was a great day to paint in such a beautiful and historic garden! There were landscapes of bamboo.

 

There was a pollinator garden with lots of lovely flowers.
Surprise! Someone carved an alligator into a tree trunk.
The front room.

Leslie’s lovely bamboo painting.
Cute bee house near the pollinator plants.
Thank you Marcela for setting this up.  ?

20th Anniversary Members Show reception

What a beautiful reception we had last Friday. Thank you Leslie Macaulay, Donna Coulantes and Mary Dall for organizing this special reception. Opening remarks started with a little background of our society which began in 1998. Ken Austin, our founder, and Nancy Larkin, our fist president, were presented with big thank you cards signed by members wishing to express their appreciation for all of the support they have given the CFWS over the years.

Next we honored the Charter Members, of that first group of watercolor artists, known by the name “Aquamedia Society”. The members there were Roberta Lerman, Stewart Jones, Jane Brinckerhoff, Nancy Larkin, Katherine Davis and Ken Austin.

Next, we acknowledged the contributions and hard work of CFWS presidents: Nancy Larkin, Mary Dall, Cindy Sturla, Faye Tambrino, Stewart Jones, Ken Austin (founder), Teresa Chin and Bob Hague.

Janet Asbury presented 3 framed watercolor “quilts” to the Altamonte Chapel Board. Serina Ramos-Colon,  Dave Dickman, Brian Lee, Wendy and Chip Bashinski were on hand to see the beautiful artworks.

And the moment everyone was waiting for… the announcement of the awards that juror, American Impressionist watercolor artist  Michael Holter chose.

Best in Show  –  Chauncey Nelson  -White Phalaenopsis

1st –  Rebecca Wilkinson  -Inspired Craftsmanship

2nd –  Diana Eagles  -Black Mountain Pigs

3rd –  Pam Merle  -Linekin Bay Morning

Honorable Mention –  Susan Grogan  -On the Prowl

Honorable Mention –  Sandi Hanlon-Breuer  -Rorschach Aquatica

Award of Merit –  Kim Minichiello  -Interlude

Award of Merit –  Nancy Dias  -Short Circuit

Congratulations to the winners! And we have learned that as of 3/19/19 we have had 3 sales!

Thank you to Jason Costa, Linda Moore and Casselberry Parks and Recreation for the beautiful venue and your kind words for our society. We always enjoy working with you!

Mission Statement: “The purpose of the Central Florida Watercolor Society is to contribute to the cultural atmosphere of Central Florida by promoting interest,
education and participation in the art of watercolor.”

And, that is just what we do and will continue to do.

Orlando Science Center Pop Up/Plein Air Event a Success!

The Orlando Science Center on January 26 was a resounding success for Central Florida Watercolor Society. CFWS artists were able to interact with many different age levels—from eight to eighty. The facilities were especially nice and the OSC staff was well prepared for us. I think we would all agree that comments from the staff, observers and, particularly the participants, were very positive. Since all three of our sessions were full—and we’ve been invited back—OSC is obviously a great venue for future public interaction. 

Backyard Biodiversity Day Mead Gardens – Plein Air/Pop Up Recap

It was another fun and educational day at our Backyard Biodiversity Day Plein Air/Pop Up in the lovely Mead Botanical Garden, on October 20. We had 27 audience surveys filled out by folks who came from Orange, Osceola, and Seminole counties. Most of our ratings were 10 out of 10! The comments were very positive, some examples are – “Loved the interactive painting.” “Wonderful experience! Haven’t watercolored in a long time!” “love the ability to have my child participate in a relaxed setting” “My 7 year old daughter loved painting and learning!”

Karen, Mary, Diana and Terri thank all the families who stopped by our tables and learned about painting the native plants and animals of Florida. Many purchased native plants, and took them home to help feed pollinators and birds.

Our next Plein Air/Pop Up is December 21 at the Mt. Dora Center for the Arts. We will be teaching from 1 – 4 in the gallery . Stop by and join in the fun!

March Meeting Recap

In case you missed it / President Recap for – March 11, 2018

Please remember we start our meeting at 1:45 now. Doors will be opened at 1 – 1:15 only for those setting up the meeting space.

We welcomed 56 members and 6 guests to our March meeting.

Members were reminded of our “Sell and Trade Book” – for who have extra art supplies. “How to” instructions on the cover of the book.

50/50 – Get your tickets for a chance to win! Raffle off 2 Leu Gardens guest passes.

Announcements:

The Suzanna Winton Workshop, at McRae Art Studios, March 12,13,14 was SOLD OUT! The March 14 reception was announced.

We passed around the sign up sheets for the Polasek Pop Up one day event March 25, 2018  1-4 pm. CFWS watercolor plein air demonstrations, lessons for families who want to try watercolor.

The potential Polasek exhibit, with theme, for 2019, title was announced: A Splash of Color was the top choice, followed by Waterworks, and Wonder of Watercolor.

Members were encouraged to sign up for the “Arts &Craft Day” on Altamonte Chapel campus – April14th. Only $10 per spot for CFWS members and you get to keep anything you sell!

Also, Altamonte Chapel has asked for donations of any items that you come across in your spring cleaning for the chapel’s yard sale in May. You can bring anytime. They would prefer small items and no furniture.

Great News: We have been awarded our first United Arts Grant! $1,000 matching grant. Now the work begins. We have a lot of volunteer opportunities waiting to be filled.

Pam Merle introduced a very special artist, Suzanna Winton, who was also our juror for the member’s show. For more than 18 years her paintings have captured the personality and warmth of her subjects in a beautiful, lyrical style. She is truly a master watercolor artist and used a series of light washes wet-into-wet using a hair dryer in between. She developed skin tones slowly and delicately. Thank you Suzanna for your wonderful demonstration.

 

February Meeting Recap

In case you missed it / President Recap for – February 11, 2018

 Please remember we start our meeting at 1:45 now. Doors will be opened at 1 – 1:15 only for those setting up the meeting space.

We welcomed 56 members and 6 guests to our Feb. meeting.

Members were reminded of our “Sell and Trade Book” – for who have extra art supplies. “How to” instructions on the cover of the book.

Tickets sold well for the 50/50 and chance to win!

Announcements:

 Febrary 17-Plein Air at Dickson-Azalea Park, 100 Rosearden Drive, 32803

February 24, 2PM – We had a docent-led tour for members of the CFWS for: Towards Impressionism – Landscape Painting from Corot to Monet, the new exhibit at the Cornell Fine Arts Museum on the Rollins College Campus in Winter Park, Florida.

We congratulated the artists who were juried into the 2018 Leu gardens Members Show!

We know everyone worked hard at their art and they would like to show their work to a large audience.  Therefore, the CFWS Board has decided that later in the year we will be looking at having a non-juried online exhibit, on our website, so that all members have an opportunity to show their work to a greater audience.

March 3 from 9 – 10 am drop off paintings at Leu Gardens

March 11, 1:45 pm general meeting with demo by our juror Suzanna Winton

March 12,13,14 – 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Suzanna Winton workshop at McRae Art Studios.

March 14, 6 – 8pm, Reception in Camellia Room at Leu Gardens

March 25, 2018  1-4 pm. Polasek Pop Up One Day Event of CFWS watercolor plein air demonstrations, and outreach to the public. Check our website for more information and register to paint in the gardens.

After our announcements we were treated to a fascination and fun demonstration by Faye Tambrino. She started with a pour of colors and let the paint do what it wanted. Then she used a variety of tools to add textures to spark creativity. Faye is a wonderful teacher who uses humor and tips in her instruction.

She teaches watercolor at the Mayflower Retirement Community.

 

 

January Meeting Recap

Happy New Year to you All! Hope your holiday festivities were good ones. We welcomed members and special guests to our new location in the Altamonte Chapel Social Hall. Our new storage area is set up and we are happy to have such a nice space. Our new library cart holds lots of books. Thank you Mary for sewing the new cover!

The first meeting in our new location was well attended and we had a fascinating lesson in stretching 300 lb. paper, and painting a beautiful Marlin by Glen Ward. This was a great way to kick off the new year.

   

Please remember we start our meeting at 1:45 now. Doors will be opened at 1:15 only for those setting up the meeting space.

Thank you to all of our members for turning in surveys, to Annette, for the United Arts grant application. We appreciate your input and will tailor future events with this information in mind.

The 2018 Leu Gardens Member Show important dates:

March 12, 13, 14 workshop, 9 – 4 pm, at McRae Art Studios

Faye reminded us that we have 4 spots left in our Suzanna Winton workshop, so please get your seat reserved soon!

March 14, 2018, 6-8pm, Reception in Camellia Room, Leu Gardens

A fun opportunity is coming up April 14th. We need a couple of volunteers to help plan out the details for a community Craft Day at the Altamonte Chapel campus. Please email me.

Cindy and John announced a special March 25, 2018 “Pop Up Event” and painting exhibition at the Albin Polasek Museum. We passed around 2 sign up sheets for refreshment volunteers and greeters and got a very strong response. The committee is working out the details of this very special opportunity to promote our society in a lovely garden location.

We have a lot more in store, so keep checking our website and newsletter for more information and opportunities.

 

December 2017 Meeting Recap

We welcomed members and special guests to our Annual Holiday In-House Show and Party.

Rachel Fox, of the Dixon Ticonderoga Co., was awarded an honorary membership in appreciation of her support of our society.

Percy and Linda Maynard, of Art Systems of Orlando, were awarded an honorary membership in appreciation of their support of our society.

The 2018 Leu Gardens Member Show important dates were announced:

Jan. 7, 2018 midnight, jpeg’s to Jane Brinckerhoff. Please photograph and crop your image to the best of your ability. Submission information is on our website click on -“CFWS Exhibits”.

March 14, 2018, 6-8pm, Reception in Camellia Room, Leu Gardens

March 12, 13, 14 workshop, 9 – 4 pm, at McRae Art Studios, only a few seats left!

A big Thank You and a round of applause went out to our great board and committees:

V.P. Krys- did a great job organizing the party and also manages our social media, Jerry (treasurer), Ann (secretary), Mike (website), Pamela (workshops), Faye (workshop registrar), Rita (membership), Janet (newsletter, brochures), Judith (publicity), Marge (hospitality), Karen/Diane (Library), Leslie/Donna (Shows), Susan/Rose/Beverly (greeters), David (sound) Roberta/Ken/Mary (advisers)

Thank You to the Grants Committee: Annette, Diane, John, Sherry, and Rebecca

Thank You to the Outreach Committee: Diane and Pam

Marcela Moglia announced:

December 16, 2017 from 11 – 3 pm – Community Outreach and Plein Air Event at the Altamonte Chapel campus. This is an opportunity for the Central Florida Watercolor Society to do some outreach encouraged by our mission statement. Four volunteers will staff tables, with paper, pencils, and watercolors, for families to try some plein air painting. We’ll introduce our watercolor society to the Altamonte community, as well as give them a taste of outdoor watercolor painting and possibly joining our society. CFWS members are invited to paint, sketch, photograph and participate.

Cindy Sturla announced a special March 25, 2018 “Pop Up Event” and painting exhibition at the Albin Polasek Museum. John Gilbert, Cindy and Nancy Larkin are working out the details of this very special opportunity to promote our society in a lovely garden location. Stay tuned!

DECEMBER 18 AT 10 a.m. the board will be moving our supplies from the storage to the new Altamonte location. Your board continues to work hard for our society!

JANUARY 7 AT 1:45 p.m. Altamonte Chapel Social Hall Parking next to the building.

At our first meeting, at our new location, Glen Ward will be demonstrating stretching watercolor paper and watercolor painting. How to start a new painting… in a new year… how appropriate!

At the end of the party our 3 People’s Choice awards were announced:

1st Place – Susan Grogan

2nd Place – Chauncey Nelson

3rd Place – Jerry Snyder

Congratulations to our winners!