Tuesday, July 17, 2018

MINUTES - JULY 11, 2018

President Kathy Lang opened the meeting at 10:00 am.
Kathy reminded us that we will need a new president and a new secretary for 2019.  Please let her know if you are interested.  Sue Giegler will fill in as secretary for August and September, and Louise Allen will do November and December. 

There were three new members in attendance:  Amy Giglio, Adele _____, and Nannette Beck.
Awards, recognitions, upcoming shows:
Debbie Cannatella will have work in an international exhibit in Italy.
Tom Schroeder’s work will be on display this fall at Dutch’s Bar in Hyde Park.
Tom Schroeder and Gary Brooks both have work in the Ohio Watercolor Society.
Heidi Hanssen has work on exhibit at 124 Pike Street Gallery in Covington until July 28th.

Members are encouraged to receive monthly meeting reminders via email. GCWS can save on postage costs. Contact Venetia Wang ( yangwenshya2@gmail.com ) if you wish to stop the postcards and switch to email notifications.

Annual Exhibit
Mary Fleischmann Chairperson:
Annual Exhibit: 2018 The Barn LOFT, is confirmed; OPEN DATES Aug 1 – 12, 2018
Reception 8/5 from 1 – 4 pm; Hang Date 8/1 at monthly meeting, pickup on 6/14 from 10-noon
Deadline for entry: Friday, July 13, 2018
Tag Volunteer: Heidi Hanssen >heidi@hhanssen.com (co-ordinate with Joyce Grothaus)
Show Postcards distribution; Rachel Wolf – judge

Mary couldn’t attend the meeting so Kathy lead  the discussion about the upcoming show.  A discussion was held concerning the need for show sitters during the week as well as on weekends.  The weekend sitters have already been determined, so a sign up sheet for week day volunteers was distributed.  Training for sitters will take place at the August meeting.  The deadline for painting submission is this Friday, July 13th.  Dues must be paid by this date to enter the show.  Please send submission information to Heidi Hanssen:  Heidi@hhanssen.com.

Paintings, registration information and registration fees should be brought to the August meeting, which will be held at the barn.  The paintings should be taken upstairs (there is an elevator) where they will be presorted.  Please take care to place paintings back to back so no one’s work is scratched.

New Club Brochures: Deb Ward has the brochures printed and ready for distribution at the annual exhibit.

Fall Workshop:  Pat Lester, chairperson: Artist Debbie Cannatella, SAVE THE DATE: Fri-Sat Oct 12-13. Debbie gave us two options for the workshop.  It was decided to have a two day workshop that will focus on design, using thumbnail sketches, value studies, color etc. for design and composition.

Treasurer Report: Connie Dettmer

2018 Membership is required to enter the Annual Show

Scholarship: Diane Jeffries said that Sidney Green, the award recipient for 2018 will be at the August meeting to receive her award.  She will get a bio from Sidney as well.

Today’s Program: Tom Schroeder – Guest Christopher Leeper, Title: It’s Hard Being Green (Summer Landscape Watercolor Demo) > focus on drawing, design and color mixing (especially green) as they apply to a summer landscape watercolor. Topics: technique fundamentals (Things I wish I knew 30 years ago); the first half-hour of a painting (make it or break it); Understanding color temperature, intensity and value (The key to becoming a color master)

Wednesday, June 20, 2018


Sharon Stoltzenberger

Tom Schroeder introduced our guest Sharon Stolzenberger, who presented the program “Creative Play”, a mixed media presentation designed to show ways of incorporating a playful approach to painting and working through creative blocks.

Sharon graduated from the School of Dayton Art Institute and began her career in art with Gibson Greeting Card Company, first as an illustrator, then art director.  Now self-employed, she devotes full time to painting and doing outdoor art fairs.  She is an adjunct with Sinclair Community College and teaches watercolor through Sinclair.  Sharon has been in many art publications, and she has received numerous awards, including the Silver Medal (three times) from the Ohio Watercolor Society.

Sharon enjoys the spontaneous quality of watercolor and prefers the loose, wet-in-wet technique.  She often paints wildlife subjects, using field studies, life drawings and photography as resources. Crows and prairie images are recurring themes in her work.    She has begun experimenting with collage, image transfers, combined with acrylic, watercolor and drawing to explore new ways of interpreting nature themes.  This new direction in mixed media is what Sharon presented to us.

Sharon had an array of supplies to share with us.  Her paintings are started on a heavy surface such as illustration board or Bainbridge board.  She uses personal photos as references, often applying filters on her computer to alter them, then printing the images on bond paper or even tissue paper to use as transfers in her paintings.  She collects materials found in flea markets or antique stores, such as old books which are great resources for lettering.  She also likes adhesive letters from Michaels that can be used, then removed.  She had a variety of letter stencils, but she also cuts her own shapes as well.  She suggested that yupo makes a great stencil paper as well as acrylic sheets.

The painting for the demonstration was started on board and began with transferring lettering to the surface.  Solvent was applied to the board, then the lettering image applied and rubbed with the back of a spoon and then removed.  The same process was also used to transfer a xeroxed prairie image.  Both black and white and color images can be transferred.

Next in the process of Sharon’s painting was the addition of crayon drawing, then the application of thin acrylic washes. She begins with light washes and gradually gets heavier. She also sometimes uses a dark value and then lifts back to light.  She also applied some adhesive letters and stencils, using more acrylic paint.  Stamping was also introduced in some areas.  Stamps can be made from craft foam, carving designs into it with “hot wire” which melts the design into the craft foam.  Sponge brushes and brayers are useful for applying paint to the stamps.

Sharon’s painting at this stage was seemingly random and abstract, but even so, composition is key.  She emphasized that she is always either adding elements or lifting them out – that there is a “push-pull” that is going on.  At this point the painting needed to dry, so she worked on an older painting, which she had painted dark, demonstrating how to lift out some areas with alcohol, and to add back into the painting with transfers, stamps and stencils.

Sharon then worked again on her original painting, adding her crow image as well as continuing to add other elements that she felt were needed.

Everyone enjoyed the demonstration and appreciated the inspiration for our own painting endeavors.

Thursday, June 14, 2018


Our evening began at 6:00 PM with a social hour and light refreshments.  At 7:00 PM President Kathy Lang opened the meeting.

Awards, recognitions, upcoming shows

We had one new member in attendance – Joy Osborne, who is from Loveland.

Heidi Hanssen announced that she will have paintings in the exhibit at the Pike Street Gallery in Covington.  The exhibit opens on July 6th and continues for one month.

Members are encouraged to receive monthly meeting reminders via email. GCWS can save on postage costs. Contact Venetia Wang ( yangwenshya2@gmail.com ) if you wish to stop the postcards and switch to email notifications.

2018 Calendar: JUNE 6 Raffle Bruce Neville painting, Split the Pot Raffle $1/each, $5/6chances.  The drawing for Bruce Neville’s painting will be held at the July meeting.

JULY: due to the holiday falling on the 1st Wednesday, we are moving our meeting to July 11, 10am

Mary Fleischmann Chairperson:
Annual Exhibit: 2018 The Barn LOFT, is confirmed;
 OPEN DATES Aug 1 – 14, 2018
Reception 8/5 from 1 – 4 pm
Hang Date 8/1 at monthly meeting
 Pickup on 8/14 from 10-noon only, or after 3:30 on 8/12
Deadline for entry:  7/13   Registration forms for entry should be ready for mailing to members at the same time as July meeting reminders.

Tag Volunteer:  Heidi Hanssen

Additional show information:  The elevator at the barn is up and running, and it was determined that a person is needed at the opening to direct people upstairs, and that at sign is needed for the duration of the show, also to direct people to the loft upstairs.  Rachel Wolf will be judging the show, and John Jeffries will again provide music for the opening.  Postcards have been printed and are available for distribution.

New Club Brochures: Painting submission for new brochures to Deb Ward (jpeg file with artist name & title of painting) by 6/20.  Please send to :  Debwardart@gmail.com.

Fall Workshop:  Pat Lester; Program ideas (artist or technique)  Please contact Pat if you have ideas for the fall workshop.

Treasurer Report: Connie Dettmer –
2018 Membership is past due, $45. Send to Connie Dettmer, 3472 Whitfield Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45220. Update your contact information on Master List.

Leadership Team:  Positions filled: Secretary: Ginny Tilbury Jun-Jul; Sue Giegler Aug, Sep; Louise Allen Oct, Nov – get meeting & program notes to Deb Ward via email at debwardart@gmail.com within one week of the meeting, notes posted on the GCWS Blog. 2019 need secretary & president – talk w/me

Scholarship: Diane Jeffries one $500.00 Art Scholarship will be awarded in 2018 to Sidney Green.  The presentation of the scholarship will be made at the August meeting.  She has also been invited to participate in the August show.

Today’s Program: Tom Schroeder – Guest Sharon Stolzenberger: “Creative Play” This is a mixed media presentation designed to show ways of incorporating a playful approach to painting and working through creative blocks. The demo will feature combining drawing and painting along with collage, stencils and image transfers, first in a random way, then progressing towards a finished piece.

Submitted by Ginny Tilbury

Monday, June 4, 2018

2018 ANNUAL ART SHOW - AUGUST 4 - 12, 2018

Greater Cincinnati Watercolor Society Annual Exhibit

The annual watercolor event of 2018 offers fine art watercolors in the new loft gallery at “The Barn” (Woman’s Art Club and Cultural Center) 6980 Cambridge Ave. in Mariemont, Ohio.  The doors open for the free public reception Sunday, August 5, 1-4p.m.  Just two weeks long, guests can enjoy the art beginning August 4 and continuing through August 12.  Weekend hours: 1-4 p.m.; Tuesday—Friday hours: 10 a.m. -2 p.m.

The 80-member Greater Cincinnati Watercolor Society exhibit offers viewers a great variety of subjects and imaginative applications of the most challenging medium for works on paper.  Look for colorful landscapes, figures and flowers available for purchase.  Each painting is framed and ready for hanging.

Juror for the exhibit is Rachel Wolf, the editor of “Splash” a North Light publisher’s book showcasing the watercolor products of hundreds of artists throughout the world.  She will award three financial prizes plus several honorable mention ribbons.  Awards will be given during the reception.

A commission of 20 percent will benefit the Woman’s Art Club and Cultural Center which is a handsomely renovated dairy barn dedicated to teaching and displaying local visual and performing artists. Of special note this year, the upstairs loft, carved out of the existing barn structure, is accessible by elevator and is fully air-conditioned.

The Greater Cincinnati Watercolor Society is a 16-year-old organization dedicated solely to painting in water media which includes watercolor and acrylic paint used in a variety of applications to paper or manufactured supports.  Members from the Tri-State convene monthly, March through December for watercolor presentations followed by studio time when members work on their own.  The location of the meetings is the Cincinnati Art Club, 1021 Parkside Place in Mt. Adams.  Guests are welcome to attend.

Contact Persons:         Mary Fleischmann, 513-227-9762 or dmflash1@yahoo.com
                                    Kathy Lang 513-290-5443 or krlang1953@yahoo.com
                                    Lynn Long, Barn information only, 513-272-3700

2017 Exhibit - First Place - Carol Imbus

2017 Exhibit - Second Place - Tom  Schroeder "In Living Color"

2017 Exhibit - Third Place - Dorothy Burdin "Findlay Market"
To further appreciate the talent and variety of programming, see the organization’s blog: http://grtrcincyws.blogspot.com

Wednesday, May 16, 2018


Rick Surowicz

Tom Schroeder introduced Rick Surowicz whose program was entitled “Effective Use of Negative Space in Transparent Watercolor.”  Through demonstration the concept of negative painting will be discussed.  What is negative space? How can we use it to improve our paintings? What roles do edge and value contrast play?

Rick's sample paintings for us to see:

Rick Surowicz can be seen on You Tube 2 Chanel, he gives tutorials. Rick recommended watching “Watercolor Addicts” on “Facebook” where you can see other artists using watercolor techniques.

Generally he uses a limited palette.  He uses good paper 140 lb. usually half sheets of watercolor paper. The paint brands he likes are Holbein, Daniel Smith, and Cheap Joes.

He paints at an angle of about 20 degrees as he likes to use the paint drips for direction.

He uses a spray bottle to push the paint around in chosen areas (bought at Dick Blick).

He kept two big water containers nearby, and used several brushes, one 1” round brush, he mentioned Silver Black brushes and a fine brush for details at the end of the painting. 

He did a light sketch on his paper and used the negative spaces and positive space to work out the push and pull of the of the shapes.  He put down an initial light wash, then built values to define shapes.

Then he built layers and uses tissues to mop up if areas become too saturated. He stressed that good value contrast makes a big difference.  He also talked about soft and hard edges for contrast.

Rick used a hair dryer often to keep the colors clean and emphasized the layers should be completely dry before painting over areas otherwise the colors would bleed into one another. Rick used his spray bottle for direction and keeping the colors from getting too heavy.

In the demo he started to pull out details with medium colors, working across the painting and keeping some areas plain white to bring areas forward and you start to see the darker areas push back.  

Then he used dark points of paint in a few areas to mark the negative areas for refining the shapes to push forward.  The larger washes at the end pull things together and he softens with tissues.
The completed demonstration painting
A very enjoyable and informative program.
Examples of Rick's floral paintings
Rick Surowicz now gives workshops and had two planned in the next few months.

Minutes by Carole McAfee
Photos by Deb Ward

Wednesday, May 9, 2018


Kathy Lang, President, called the meeting to order welcoming all members.

Upcoming shows:
Laurie Arshonsky will be at “Cox”  Gallery in Maysville, Kentucky, appearing with the “Brushettes”, opening reception Friday, May 4, 2018.  The show will run from May 4th to May 29, 2018.
The “Wyoming Art Show” will be May 29th, 2018, from 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Tony Couch has a workshop in July in Oxford, Ohio.
Yuki Hall Workshop, “Working with Nortan” June 22 - 24, $150, Evendale Cultural Art Center. Contact #  937-679-2464

Members are encouraged to receive monthly meeting reminders via email, GCWS can save on postage costs. Contact Ventia Wang (yangwenshya2@gmail.com)
if you wish to stop the postcards and switch to email notifications.

Mary Fleischmann Chairperson:
Annual Exhibit 2018: “The Barn” LOFT is confirmed:  OPEN DATES AUG. 1 - 14, 2-18.  Reception August 5 from 1 - 4 p.m.  Hang Date August 1, 2018
same day as the August Meeting at the Barn, Cambridge Avenue.

Fall Workshop:  Pat Lester:  Program ideas (artist or technique) ideas can be sent to Pat at any time.

Treasurer Report:  Connie Dettmer.  
2018 Membership Dues must be paid before the next meeting for member to be in our annual show.  Dues $45.  

Leadership Team:  Positions filled:  Secretary:  Ginny Tilbury June and July,
   Sue Giegler August, September     
     Louise Allen     October November
   The Meeting and Program Notes should be sent to Deb Ward via e-mail at debwardart@gmail.com within one week of the meeting, notes posted on the GCWS Blog.

Scholarship:  Diane Jeffries reported that the candidate for the 2018 GCWS Art Scholarship award has been selected.  This person will receive $500.00 which will be 
presented at the GCWS reception in August. GCWS fundraising will allow us to continue this award in future years. 
 “Split the Pot” Raffle will be held at every GCWS event.  At the June, 2018 meeting we will raffle a painting donated by Bruce Neville, our November Artist Presenter (2017.
 Please pass along additional fundraising.  $1 each or 6/$5.

Minutes by Carole McAfee

Wednesday, April 25, 2018


Yuki Hall

Yuki Hall: ‘Paint More with Less’
Four stages of Planning ahead: the building blocks
1.      Shapes – simplify subject matter into a few major shapes. If none, create shapes with ‘value massing’ (Notan Study). In most landscapes, there are 3 major shapes; sky, earth (water or land) and everything that stands on earth.
Notan sketch
2.      Tonal Values – assign tonal value to each shape to create a readable tonal value pattern. (use a thumbnail sketch or doing monochromatic painting). Pattern created should be interesting, well balanced and pleasing to eyes (Not a black & white version of reference) Establish a sense of depth in the picture plane.
3.      Edge Quality – 4 types: hard edge, soft edge, lost & found, broken edge. The key is to understand the moisture content of paper and paintbrush, also timing of when to paint. Use edge quality to create a sense of depth and to connect shapes.
4.      Color – Use your personal color (what speaks to you). Use a limited palette to achieve color harmony (6-8 colors). Use color temperature to inject the mood and also create a sense of depth.
Paint loose but plan tightly
Block out unwanted items from your photo reference material (used cerulean blue)
Use a mop brush for large areas: start sky with light (at top) to dark values as you work towards the horizon. 
Repeat at horizon with light at water line to dark values as you reach the bottom of the page (foreground).           
Sky used – cobalt, cerulean, brown madder – soft edged wash. 
Add magenta at horizon edge 
Water used – turquoise, cobalt. 
Add darker spot of paint for the waves over wet painted water. 

Next add rooftops and windows of buildings, darkening colors for shoreline – connecting the shapes.    
Combine cobalt, cobalt turquoise, raw sienna & raw umber to get green for trees.           
To get a good grey: Combine cobalt, burnt sienna, allizaron crimson & brown madder (Add French Ultramarine for a darker gray)

Notes supplied by Kathy Lang
Photos by Deb Ward