Tuesday, April 7, 2015

MINUTES - April, 2015

Greater Cincinnati Watercolor Society
April 1, 2015 Meeting/Program
 Wow!  After not having meetings scheduled for January or February (because the weather probably would be bad), we had to cancel our March meeting for that very reason.  So, we were fearful of what April Fool’s Day would bring – but, the sun was out, as was a large percentage of our members – anxious to renew our friendships and learning!  We did have one difficulty – our President Marilyn Bishop was not able to be there, as she was recovering from a procedure on her foot.  Our past president, Deb Ward, graciously filled in to lead us.
A very nice crowd!
Deb welcomed everyone, and the guests were introduced.  There was Vicki Fleming, former student of Susan Grogan, friend of Dianna Duncan;  and Judy Doyle, recently moved to our area.  Interestingly, Judy lives in the same complex as Margaret Mailley, whose Memorial Art Show surrounded the meeting room.  Judy told us that Margaret had been a very talented person in other aspects of her life besides her painting.  Other guests were Nancy Biers, former student of Rhonda Carpenter, Heidi Hanson, Libby Sharwau, who is now retired and now has time to paint, and Shirley Cooper, from the Eastgate area.  We appreciate their visit and hope they will join the group.

These are a few of the paintings by Margaret Mailly that lined the gallery walls.
As you can see, Margaret specialized in trains.
We discussed “Staying to Paint”.  Everyone is invited to stay after our meetings, enjoy a light lunch, and the fellowship of painting with others.   If you desire, you may ask the others for some pointers, or ideas, etc., or give some; stay for a little while, or a little longer.
Sally Wester gave the Treasurer’s Report.  We have sufficient money to cover the Expenses for the year, and to keep some in our Reserve.  Some of the money is used for subsidizing members’ participation in workshops or other events, thereby keeping the prices reasonable.

Deb gave the Membership Report -  Our number is down about 10 from last year right now.  This may be because some people forgot to bring their checks to the meeting.  Also, we hope that today’s guests will join and enjoy all the benefits of membership.

Dianna Duncan gave a report on the Sue Archer Workshop – There is one spot left, and you may put your name on a waiting list.  Dianna has moved, so if you want to send anything to her, call her first.   Sue is a well-known and acclaimed artist, and everyone who attends will learn a great deal.  Dianna asked members who are not attending the workshop to please give her some assistance in making it all run smoothly.  It would be most appreciated.

Carol McAfee gave a report on our Annual Exhibit - It will be at the “Barn” from August 5 – 25, and Carol will need quite a few volunteers to do a little something each, to have a successful Exhibit.  If you are willing to help in any way, please let Carol know.  More info later.  Our August meeting will be at the Barn, which will be convenient for drop-off, etc.

The Lockland High School Art classes are asking for donations of art supplies.

Joan Ammerman discussed the club’s DVD collection and new entries.  All are welcome to borrow a DVD for a month.  Be sure to check it out, and check it back in.

Dot Burdin is working on our Young Artist Award project for May.  More info later.

Joan O’Leary gave us the rundown on coming attractions for our GCWS meetings –
In May, Mark Willenbrink will have a program – Creating Depth in Artwork;  June will be a program on Boost Your Sales with Innovative Ideas;  July brings the Winsor Newton representative Nick on Watercolor Markers; and in August, a member, Jean Vance.

Then, Joan introduced Rosemary Butterbaugh, our presenter of Monotype as a New Challenge.  Rosemary told us that she just might be the right program for April Fools Day!  She claimed to be an artist for 101 years, and enjoys working in Monotype, which is fine art that is pressed into the paper instead of being painted on.  We enjoyed Rosemary’s unique sense of humor, and the examples of her artwork.  (Below is a visual of Rosemary's technique).

The above 2 photos are of a simple rooster she wiped off the plate before printing.
The following series of photos are Rosemary's process of "reduction".  She adds paint to the plate, then wipes out blank areas.
Here she has placed the plate over a white sheet of paper so it is easier to see.

Placing another sheet of paper over the print paper she rubs with a kitchen scrubbing pad.
Here she uses a rolling pin to press the plate.
The completed print.
Here Rosemary is using the handle of a brush to move some of the still-wet paint in the flower center.
Deb Ward then did a couple of Critiques.  All members may bring in an unframed painting for ideas and suggestions during Critique time.

Submitted by Joyce Grothaus, Secretary, GCWS,  April, 2015
Photos by Deb Ward

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