Founded in 2002, the Society encourages the creation of watercolor at all skill levels and promotes interest, appreciation and enjoyment of watercolor and watermedia. Please feel free to attend one of our meetings. Monthly meetings are held on the first Wednesday of every month, at 10 a.m. at the Cincinnati Art Club, 1021 Parkside Place, Cincinnati, Ohio, unless otherwise noted.
Chair, Claudia Taylor, introduced today’s presenter, Bruce Neville.
retired after 40 years as an architect, his wife Nancy (also an artist) gave
him a gift of a watercolor workshop, and he was hooked. Over the years Bruce has taught at Baker Hunt
in Covington and also gives workshops.
His work is currently represented in Ohio, Michigan and Kentucky. He recently won an award from Ohio Watercolor
Society for his painting “Hill Street in Mt. Adams”. Both Bruce and his wife, Nancy, participated
in the Art in Bloom in cooperation with the Cincinnati Art Museum. Their paintings will be framed and auctioned
He brought several of his paintings
which show his loose, fresh style.
the demo with a completed drawing on watercolor paper. This particular paper is a printmaking paper
which is manufactured by Arches. He
quickly laid in a juicy wash onto dry paper using M. Graham and Daniel Smith
paints – yellow oxide, cobalt blue (which combine to make a great gray),
pyrrole red, yellow ochre, French ultramarine blue, burnt sienna and
indanthrene blue. His brushes are the
same as those used by an artist he admires, Joseph Zbukvik – Escoda #18 and
#24, flat 1-1/2 in. and a hake brush.
Bruce is interested in mood and atmosphere and says “when
you understand the lighting you are able to make drawings with strong
with his light areas and working toward the darks, he uses a paper towel to dab
up runs, etc. Once the darks were
applied, the painting began taking shape and figures were put in loosely to add
a sense of scale. He says that after
taking a weeklong workshop with Alvaro Castagnet it changed his painting style
Bruce says in order to make your eye move around the
paintings paint shapes that lead to focal area with extreme value contrast. This will grab the viewer’s eye making
excitement and drama. Do not try to
duplicate the photograph! Be spontaneous
and use vibrant colors with lots of contrast in an impressionistic manner.
Following his presentation, Bruce critiqued paintings by our
members, mentioning that when inserting figures into a landscape be aware of
scale – the farther away, the smaller the figure will be. Of a submitted portrait he said that artist
Mary Whyte says “eyes tell a lot”, and Bruce was complimentary of the eyes and
skin gradation in the portrait.
have a workshop on March 9-10, 2018 at his studio in Pendleton Art
be donating a painting to be raffled off at our December meeting. (Thank you, Bruce!)
Completed demonstration painting.
Program notes a collaboration by Jane Hittinger and Deb Ward.
Hibbard sold a painting and won second in Middletown Arts Show.
is in the Movers and Shakers Magazine.
has a painting selected to be in the 2018 calendar from Lanfair Retirement
Queen City Art Club Show – Opening Sunday, November 12, from
11-2 at Awakenings at Cooper and Montgomery Roads.
those who attended the recent workshop with Chris Campbell brought in their
paintings for a “show and tell” prior to the program. Showing their paintings were Kathy Lang,
Venetia Wang, Connie Dettmer, Judy Reed, Marian Bostian, Joyce Grothaus and
will present a demo about fluid acrylics to the Queen City Art Club on
Thursday, November 9 from 12:30 – 2:30 p.m. at the Blue Ash Library on Cooper
Road. Non-members are welcome to attend;
there will be a $10 fee.
bandied about for our December meeting.
We will have our usual sale of “art stuff” by individual members. In addition, to benefit our Scholarship Fund,
there will be a white elephant sale; paintings may be donated to be raffled
off; there will be a split the pot raffle.
A sheet was
passed around for food donations for the meeting, and members were encouraged
to bring old Christmas cards and paints for ideas for creating cards at that
meeting. Watercolor cards will be
will get information about the Bang and Olufsen gallery downtown as a possible
location for our next annual show since The Barn was booked for 2017. She will also look into dates for our 2019
show which we hope to have at The Barn.
POSITION TO BE FILLED
President requested help with note taking at the minutes since our Secretary,
Tom Schroeder, has volunteered to become the Program Chair. Today's minutes were taken by Jane Hittinger.
It was suggested that several people could
volunteer to take notes for a month or two, dividing up the actual position of
Secretary. Those who volunteered
Carol Fencl – March, April, May;
Ginny Tilbury – June (which will be an evening meeting at 6 p.m.), July;
Program Chair, Claudia Taylor announced the October monthly program
speaker, Nita Leland, artist, teacher and author. A graduate of OtterbeinUniversity,
Nita teaches many workshops and has written eight books on the subject of
color, creativity and collage.
Nita has worked her entire artistic career promoting the capabilities
and possibilities of color. Although she
has concentrated her focus in watercolor, she also regularly delves into
acrylics. Some of her books are classics
in the art world, such as Creative Artists and Exploring Color.
Nita’s presentation is titled “Color Inspiration”. She states emphatically, that the meaning of
color is more important than the rules of their use. She credits much of her understanding of the
use of color to her study and application of the principles of the color
wheel. She expands on the relationships,
contrasts and adjacencies of colors within the structure of the color wheel. Nita showed how the use of color can be found
in a variety of sources, for example:
·Mixed Media Quilting
Nita groups her overall views into two categories, Design Elements and
Design Principles. Her key Design
·Line – A tracery element that helps with
delineation and separation of color shapes
·Shape – Used to create massing elements within a
·Value – Key use of lights and darks to
accentuate limited use of color
·Color – The many qualities of color can be used
in a compositional manner This can be
shown in solid mass or broken, loose application
·Size – This can be variation of scale for
·Pattern – This adds a variety of texture and
repetition to a painting
·Movement – The way the eye is drawn through a
painting can be done through the placement of elements
Nita’s Design Principles include:
·Harmony – This explores the way elements play
off of each other
·Contrast – Opposing relationships of color, value
and shape – This can be accentuated in by use of high key or low key paintings,
which describe the intensity of colors in contrast
·Rhythm – This is the relationship of shape or
color in sequence
·Repetition/Variation – This explores the change
·Gradation – The change over time with color or
·Balance – The harmonious relationship of shapes,
values or colors
·Dominance – A form of balance, a relationship of
large vs. small or similar
Nita went on to discuss the notion of Color Contrasts. She described the affect of looking at a
single color for a length of time, which then changes our ability to measure
other color temperatures. Nita also
explained that pure hues should be contrasted with other pure hues or
neutrals. Examples of how color can be
·Complements (Primary, Secondary and Tertiary)
Nita described the notion of Expanded Palettes. The use of palettes that emphasize high
intensity or full spectrum colors vs. the use of low intensity or limited
spectrum palettes can be utilized to varying affects.
She pointed out that Color Schemes can be applied in multiple
Colors can be applied in a narrow range, such as a monochromatic
Colors can be used in analogous manner, where colors have a proximity
relationship on the color wheel.
Colors can be complementary, where colors are diametrically opposed on
the color wheel. A variation of this can
be where colors are split and flank or are adjacent to the complement color.
Colors can be arranged as primary colors, to take advantage of their
pure hue strengths. There are four (4)
color wheel triads:
·Modern – This is per color trend colors at a
Finally, Nita describes how colors can have an Intuitive relationship
that is per the artist intent.
Consistency is critical in this approach so the overall painting has a
Having Nita Leland present to the Greater Cincinnati Watercolor Society
was a great experience. She lives and
works here in Cincinnati. She is a major player in the national
watercolor scene. The wisdom and
insights that she provided to our membership was invaluable to our understanding
of the use of color.
See you at the next meeting on November 1st, where we welcome Bruce
Neville, who will be presenting his demonstration titled, “Capturing the
Essence of Your Subject”. He will
utilize the one point perspective in this demo.
Looking forward to hearing from him.
Submitted by Tom Schroeder, Secretary, Greater Cincinnati Watercolor Society, October 2017.
President Kathy Lang called meeting to order. First of all the Club needs a position filled
for Club Secretary. Anyone that feels
they can contribute some time to this position is encouraged to contact
We had (3) guests in attendance;
Nick Giese, a musician who has
been studying watercolor and egg tempera with Gary Brooks; Mary Mulkey, from
Springfield Township and Helen Haberstroh, a very accomplished watercolorist
from Maple Knoll.
Joyce Grothaus was in the Milford Art Affair. The Queen City Art Club will be hosting a
show at the Fine Arts at Marjorie P. Lee in Hyde Park through Oct. 27th.
Mary Fleischmann gave an update to our Annual Exhibit.
We are still looking for a venue to hold our exhibit for 2018. The Barn is all booked up for that year. Please forward suggestions to Kathy
Lang. We have booked our show for 2019
at The Barn.
Connie Dettmer provided the Treasurer’s report on our club finances.
Lydia Rittinger, our Membership chair, reported that we have one new
Pat Lester reminded everyone of the Fall Workshop with Chris Campbell,
which will be held on Oct. 27th and 28th. The workshop is limited to 20 participants at
Some holiday ideas for our December meeting have been suggested;
jewelry and card making. If you have any
other ideas, bring them to the November meeting.
The next post will highlight the October Program host, Nita Leland’s
See you at the next meeting on November 1st. There will be a leadership meeting at 9:00 am
prior to the regular meeting.
Submitted by Tom Schroeder, Secretary, Greater Cincinnati Watercolor
Society, October 2017.
Our Program Chair,
Claudia Taylor, introduced our September program presenter, Greg Albert.Greg is an artist, teacher, writer and
editor.He is a graduate of the Art
Academy of Cincinnati and has a Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in drawing and
art history from the University of Montana.He has taught at the Art Academy since 1979, Miami University and Thomas
More College.He also had a 17 year
career with North Light Books as an Editorial Director.He has judged and juried many local and
A full house for Greg's presentation
for this month centered on the artist’s creative journey, the “hero’s
journey”. Greg defines the creative
journey as four distinct creative roles in the process.
The first role the
artist assumes is the Explorer Role. This is where the hero receives the
Call. He identifies the problem, goal or
challenge before him. Each artist must
decide what the goal is for their work.
Is it to make more art, do something different, do something better or
generally push boundaries. Gary suggests
defining your goal in writing. He
advocates using note cards to capture spontaneous ideas that we come up with
during our daily routine. These ideas
can then be catalogued or filed for future reference.
The next role for the
artist to fill is the Artist Role. It is this point where the artist takes the
raw input of the creative search or exploration and decides how to act on
it. This is also known as the hero’s
journey. This is the point that the
artist brainstorms about the options available to make the project happen. There are no decisions, no bad ideas. This is the time to examine all of the
possibilities, all of the directions one could pursue. Greg states that an artist needs to put
themselves into the environment in which they hope to find inspiration. One can’t create in a sterile vacuum. Put yourself into a stimulus-rich
environment. Take input from
everywhere. No source is to be
overlooked. Greg suggests putting
together an idea tree, where upon you can identify the Who, What, Where, Why,
How and When of the project.
Now that the artist
has all of the options available to them, they now need to step into the Judge Role. With every possibility in play, the artist
must go through the selection process.
They go through analysis and selection to identify the best and most
productive direction to execute the project.
For the hero, this is the test.
This is the personal touch, the subjective desire to follow the dream. Until a decision is made for the project one
can’t take it into delivery. Just
because a direction is chosen, doesn’t mean that you can’t consider the same
project in a different way. The same
subject or concept can be done multiple ways, but for the moment, a decision
needs to be made in how to proceed.
Finally, with the
project explored, studied, decided, the artist needs to assume the Warrior Role. This is when you need to make the project
happen. The artist goes into worker mode
and combines their personal skills with effort to produce the project. Greg points out that this is the hardest
part. One’s personal skill set defines
their ability to realize the dream.
Certainly, this is where experience allows one to complete their tasks
with more credibility and success. It’s
all part of the journey. One must put in
the time and effort to learn their craft, which will produce results over
time. For the hero, this is the battle.
Having completed his
review of the creative journey, Greg discussed the elements that often keep us
from getting where we want with our art.
The first “stopper” is fear. Greg
lists fear of:
time or resources
vulnerable or looking foolish
personal feelings of self worth
Greg also talked
about personal baggage that might be keeping one from moving forward to
success. He says the inner critic, voice
of doubt can keep us from being confident.
These negative thoughts can come from a variety of sources. The trick is to recognize them and overcome
them with practice and perseverance.
Some of Greg's recent paintings
Then Greg talked
about the influence of other people making demands on your time and
resources. One needs to make time to
create space for your art that can be kept separate from other areas of your
life. If one can create a balance
between art and their lives, it is easier to attain success in both.
Greg challenged us to
break from conventional thinking. He
said that we can often find new approaches to our creativity by changing
perspective. Go big, expand options, get
away from the norm. He cautioned that
all of this should be processed within the context of understanding the rules
and limitations of the medium. Knowing
the craft allows one greater freedom to grow.
He says that sometimes keeping a focus keeps one from being too
aimless. Stress is always part of the
process and can be productive. Greg says
that eliminating distractions, disorganization, lack of preparation, etc. will
channel your creativity more productively.
Greg says that
managing the time/space/money equations is important. Find more time. Make a dedicated space to create. Apply more money or resources to your
creative activities. These will help you
reach your goals for your art.
Some of Greg’s tips
for enhancing creativity are:
a playful attitude
an open mind
humor and laughter with you
yourself permission to fail
your belief systems
a regular habit or schedule
idea leads to other ideas
Greg recommends a few
books for further reading, such as,
The Artist Way –
Hero of a Thousand
Faces – Joseph Campbell
Roger von Oech – A
Kick in the Seat of Your Pants
Greg concluded his
program with a review and critique of Club member paintings.
Our next Greater
Cincinnati Watercolor Society meeting will be on October 4th, where we will
explore color with Nita Leland. See you
Submitted by Tom
Schroeder, Secretary, Greater Cincinnati Watercolor Society, September 2017.
like to welcome visitors to the club meeting this month:
Wycoff – Retired art teacher, loves painting portraits, vintage images and
Arshonsky – Teaches at Cancer Support Community.
Jean – Likes doing illustrations and pop art.
Warner – Retired architect, likes sculpture and digital illustrations.
Deb Ward is teaching her classes at the Dunham Recreational Center this
fall. Contact her for details.
Hanssen and Carolyn Hibbard-Ross both have paintings in the Viewpoint 49 Show
that will be at the Greenwich Gallery starting Oct. 6th.
Queen City Art Club will feature Ray Hassard working with Pastels on Oct. 6th.
Knoll Village in Springdale will feature an exhibit of the Hilltop Artists
through Sept. 30th.
Workshop Chairman, Pat Lester reported that this year’s workshop will be held
on Oct 27 and 28. Chris Campbell, of
Indiana, will give the workshop this year.
It will be a two day event with Chris.
Chris is known as a very hands on teacher who works well with artists
and is open to the interests of the participants. The workshop is limited to the first 20
people to get their checks in to Connie Dettmer. The workshop will run from 9-4 each day and
lunch/snacks will be provided.
Fleischmann, our Annual Exhibit Chair, reviewed the success of our recent Club
year we had over 250 visitors review the exhibition.
paintings were sold. Some transactions
were done with the credit card app.
credited the folks that stepped up to make things happen. She stressed that it’s important for everyone
to keep their commitment to the tasks that are signed up for. Mary would like to fill out the show
leadership positions earlier for next year’s show.
music by the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra during our show was a success. Some paintings were sold from those attending
the concert. We will try to arrange this
for next year if possible.
year The Barn is booked up for the year.
We are currently looking for other sites. We will be at The Barn in August for the 2019
Wisely is stepping down as the Scholarship Chair. If you are interested in helping out, please
contact Kathy Lang.
Dettmer provided an update to our Treasurer Report.
report by Lydia Rittinger, announced one new member, Gary Brooks! We do want to announce that new membership
dues are reduced to $25 starting in August.
In addition to the Scholarship Award, a suggestion was made to offer a
year’s membership to the Scholarship Award winner each year.
Taylor is stepping down as the Programs Chairperson after this year. Tom Schroeder offered to take up the Programs
Chair if there was someone to assume the Secretary position.
by Tom Schroeder, Secretary, Greater Cincinnati Watercolor Society, September