Tuesday, March 17, 2015



May 29-31, 2015
Cincinnati Art Club Building
1021 Parkside Place
Cincinnati, OH  45202

Non-Members - $300

Only 2 openings left

Come join us with this 
Nationally Acclaimed Artist

Wednesday, March 11, 2015


This is no April Fool's Joke!  

For our first meeting of the season - on April 1, 2015
Our presenter will be Rosemary Butterbaugh from Rising Sun, Indiana.
Monotype as a New Challenge
Rosemary uses monotype to encourage new ideas.  
Come and Get Inspired!

Program followed by Critique and Open Studio Painting

Tuesday, March 3, 2015



After listening and watching the weather forecast and getting feedback from the GCWS Leadership Team, we are cancelling the March 4 meeting of the Greater Cincinnati Watercolor Society.  Here is the forecast from the National Weather Service: Wednesday:Rain and sleet before 11am, then rain, snow, and sleet between 11am and noon, then snow after noon. Temperature falling to around 27 by 5pm. Northwest wind 7 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New snow and sleet accumulation of 1 to 3 inches possible.

We regret that this is necessary but considering the wide geographic area from which we draw our membership and considering the sloping sidewalks and parking areas, we are taking the safe route when we cancel.

We have an exciting program planned for April, featuring an accomplished artist from Rising Sun, Indiana.  Don't miss it; be sure to keep your membership up-to-date by renewing and sending your check of $45 to Deb Ward.

Marilyn Bishop and the GCWS Leadership Team

Friday, February 20, 2015


Hopefully Old Man Winter will give us a break - and our New Season will begin March 4, 2015.

This month join us for a program presented by Marilyn Bishop - President:
"Paint the Background, See the Foreground"
Marilyn's demonstration will incorporate 3 colors of watercolors and negative painting.

The first Wednesday of the month

The Cincinnati Art Club Building, 1021 Parkside Place, Cincinnati, Ohio, 45202 (Mt. Adams).

10 a.m. until approximately noon

Short business meeting 
Open painting

Feel free to bring an UNFRAMED painting for critique.  Bring your paint supplies to stay and paint following the program. 

If you are an artist in the Greater Cincinnati Area painting in watercolor, acrylic, gouache or any other water media, please visit one of our meetings.  You will receive a warm welcome and enjoy an informative presentation.  

Thursday, December 4, 2014


Nothing better than shopping for art supplies!
The annual Christmas party attracted over 35 people who enjoyed the annual sale of members’ unused items (lots of books), members’ small art like greeting cards and bookmarks, plus delicious snacks and desserts provided by attendees.
Decisions, decisions!

Contemplating the sale!

The interactive game, “Signature Bingo” asked members to get signatures on their paper of squares where topics like art class, museum visit, painting techniques, and home studios were in squares.  Members found others to sign their “card.”  From those completely filled, three were randomly selected to win a gift card of $10 to Michael’s arts and crafts store.  (The lucky winners were Jean Soller, Sally Wester and Tom Schroeder)
Members chat with each other and get to know one another better by playing "Signature Bingo"

Members playing "Signature Bingo"

Deb Ward distributed a list of new members and several members announced shows that they have entered.  Susan Grogan announced that she will move to Florida in January.

Fifteen art DVDs were added to the GCWS library.  Twelve of those were purchased from Larry Sparks who offered them for sale at his table of used items.  Three were recent purchases from Creative Catalyst Productions.

This is the final program of the year.  After a two-month winter break, programs and activities will resume in March 2015.

Notes (and photos) by Marilyn Bishop

Monday, November 17, 2014


Marilyn introduced our own Deb Ward, past president, current membership co-chair (and held other past positions in GCWS) who led the Program for this month.  Deb has become quite the well-known, published, and most accomplished artist.  She is also a Teacher.

Deb just recently gave a Workshop on Painting Silver and Lace.  A number of our GCWS members who attended brought in their finished paintings for Deb to show to the group.  They were amazing!   Then, we got down to the business that we came for – Critiquing the B+ paintings the members brought in, to see if suggestions could be made that would make them A+ paintings. 

Deb distributed some excellent materials about the Elements and  Principles of Design, to help everyone learn to critique a painting (particularly, your own).  A five-minute time limit for each critique was established, with Eileen Hulsman acting as time-keeper.  The time flew by, but all paintings were shown and critiqued.  When the artists complete the suggested changes, many will certainly be show-worthy.

Some of the very useful tips, recommendations, and suggestions that were made as the paintings were shown:
-  One can use a sheet of acrylic to lay on top of your painting, and then try out some colors or other changes on this, without disturbing what you already have there.

Placing a few darks around and under the child sat her down on the steps.
A few more brought out her face and arms and added depth to the skirt.
-  When painting white items, try not to use gray for the shadows, especially for flowers.  Use a blue or violet, etc. to keep them “alive”.
-  When planning a small painting, you need to find some way to emphasize the main item or focal point when it is viewed from a distance, so it doesn’t get lost.
-  Find connections or make connections between items in your painting, either by overlapping them, or make some larger to meet with the smaller items, etc.

-  When composing your painting, make sure there is a focal point (a “star”); make sure that the “lines” do not lead your eye off the page.
Couldn't find changes for this one!
-  Decide on the direction of your light source, and make sure all shadows are coordinated.

Other than an indication of sidewalk, we decided this painting was finished!
-  Use all of your paper; don’t have too much empty space around your subject.

-  You might want to study the Elements of Design and the Principles of Design, and plan your composition accordingly.
-  Or, you might want to just defy these and do your own thing!  Go for it!
-  But, the one word that helps almost every painting that we do is:   Value;  Value;  Value!

-  Almost always, a bit of a change in your values bumps up the rating on your painting.  Be Bold!

The group really enjoyed this session of Critiques, and suggested that we do this at least once every Program Year.

The names of everyone who brought in a painting to be critiqued were put into a bowl, and three names were pulled to win a $25 gift card to Plaza Art.   The lucky winners were Claudia Taylor, Joyce Grothaus, and Nancy Ulmer.  Congratulations!

Submitted by Joyce Grothaus, Secretary GCWS, November 2014
Photos courtesy Jane Hittinger

Wednesday, November 12, 2014


Our November meeting had quite a few members in attendance.  And many of those members brought in unframed B+ paintings to participate in the Program.  

President Marilyn Bishop called the meeting to order. We had three guests, Barb, India, and Marjorie. 

Deb Ward, Membership, gave a report.  We now have 89 members.

Sally Wester gave the Treasurer’s Report.  We are in good financial shape.  Members who would like to know the details are welcome to talk to Sally.

Dianna Duncan gave a report on the GCWS Workshop with Sue Archer to be held next May.  It is almost full.  There can be 20 participants, and 18 are signed up.  Dianna will also have a “Waiting List” available, in case someone has to drop out before May.  For those who have paid just a deposit – final payment will be due March 1, 2015.

Dot Burdin has agreed to chair the GCWS Scholarship Program.  We will have two scholarships to give, a $500 one from GCWS, and a $500 one from the Mary Marxen Fund.  The Art Academy will pick two deserving students for us, and the presentations will be made in May.

Announcements were made.  Diana Marra told of a workshop with a few openings in Evendale.  Larry Sparks is a Featured Artist in the Cincinnati Art Club where there will be an Associates show the next two weeks.  Susan Grogan told of a Fall Exhibit of the Queen City Art Club at the Essex Studios, on Dec. 5 & 6, from 6-10 p.m.  This is in Walnut Hills.  Shirley Knollman told of a display at the Arlington Memorial Cemetery.

The GCWS December “meeting”  (really a Party!!!)  will be on our regular day, Dec. 3.  We will have a similar program to last year - - with a “get to know you” game, prizes, and food.  We will also have a “Tag” sale; that is, members may bring in their unneeded art supplies, such as books, brushes, paints, etc. with a “gentle” price on them, to sell.  A new Adventure for this year is a “Creative” sale; that is, members may bring in small items that they have “created”, such as bookmarks, cards, etc., with a price on them, to sell.   If you bring something to sell, bring in an envelope with your name on it, to place with your items, for payment.  The Leadership Team will provide the beverages for the Party.  Each member is asked to bring in something to eat – from a bag of chips – to your “specialty”; all will probably be devoured.

We will have no meetings in January or February – we learned our lesson last year when weather made us cancel those meetings.  So, we will see everyone in March.

Joan O’Leary, Program Coordinator gave us some advance notice of the great things we will be doing next year.  In March, Rhonda Carpenter will give a program on Gouache Resistance; sounds like great fun.  In April, we will have Tina Tamarro;  in May, Mark Willenbrink; and in June we will have Litsa Spanos, an Art Marketing Expert, discuss marketing and sales.  It sounds like a great lineup.

Submitted by Joyce Grothaus, Secretary GCWS, November 2014