Monday, April 25, 2016
Program Chair, Claudia Taylor, introduced our presenter for April, Craig Lloyd. Craig received his degree from
, and Masters from U.C. He is an Associate Professor at Wright State and was the Judge for our 2015 GCWS
Art Show. His topic was “A History of
Watercolor”. We saw many wonderful
slides of paintings which were representations of the subjects and elements of
design that were discussed. Mt. St. Joseph
The first element discussed was “Unity” – that is, repetition with variety, sometimes shapes, or color, or values. Other elements of design include balance, proportion, and a focal point.
The history of watercolor begins about 16,000 B.C. by the “cave men” who drew on walls with charcoal, or perhaps even put paint pigments inside hollow bones, and blew air through them to make representations of their everyday life. Some were found in
The Egyptians were able to create “paper” – papyrus, by pounding stems
of plants, and used a type of watercolor about 275 B.C. Chinese silk painting – watercolor or ink on
silk came into being about 1100-1200 A.D.
Next, the Europeans used egg tempera on vellum (sheepskin). The Limbourgh Brothers created magnificent
manuscripts in the 15th and 16th centuries. France
Chinese paper was used extensively as a trade medium, shipped throughout the known world in trade for other goods. Paper as we know it was developed from about 220-500 A.D. At first,
was the center of papermaking; then
it was made in Sicily , Italy , and France .
Woven paper was refined in the 1760’s, and when the paper-making machine
was invented in 1807, it was so improved and much more abundant, that many
artists could now afford to buy the paper and really begin to paint. Most started as apprentices and worked with
the great artists. Germany
Albrecht Durer was the first real watercolorist, using roundness, shading, and color. He used watercolor and gouache, which was called “body color”. Until about 1781, most artists had to make their own paint, but Reeves was the first to use honey as a preservative to keep the pigment moist. In 1846, artists were finally able to purchase tubes of paint – gum Arabic and pigment and water, by
& Windsor .
This opened the field to another whole round of artists. Newton
, the Royal Watercolor Society still
used the art form of watercolor and gouche.
In 1841-1842, a wonderful watercolor painter, JMW Turner came upon the
scene. He painted landscapes, scenes,
many with large skies, and architecture. Britain
, the artists were chronicling America – the birds, plants, etc. John J. Audubon , who was born in America , but eventually lived in Haiti , worked on a Birds of America folio
book. He owned a dry goods store, made a
fortune, but went into bankruptcy.
Luckily, he went to Kentucky with his large 30” x 36” folio. It was published, and it was a great success. Britain
Winslow Homer painted in the 1900’s; painted the Color Light – Chicago. John Singer Sargent also painted in the 1900’s – 900 oils, and 2000 watercolor paintings. He lived in
Europe, but also had citizenship; was also talented on
the piano. U.S.
Other painters whose work we saw: Paul Cezanne, an impressionist; Berthe Morisot (painted 1872-1882). She was known as a great drawer, and a fast painter. Our
had a show of her paintings
recently. Paintings by Dixie Selden
(1930s), Emma Mendenhall (1960’s), and Ida Holterhuff Holloway (1930’s) were other slides that we enjoyed at this
presentation. Taft Museum
Elizabeth Nourse, a Cincinnatian (Mt. Healthy – 1890’s) went to the
; was a student of Frank Duveneck. Duveneck (1848-1919) lived in Covington, KY,
learned his craft from the Masters in Germany, and a number of his paintings
are displayed at the Basilica Cathedral in Covington and at the Cincinnati Art
Museum. Cincinnati Art Academy
Members of the Greater Cincinnati Watercolor Society are following a long and very fine tradition of the many great watercolor painters who came before us. Maybe, some day, some of our members will have paintings hanging in museums.
Submitted by Joyce Grothaus, Secretary , GCWS, - April, 2016.
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
The new President of the GCWS, Kathy Lang, called the April meeting to order. There were no guests today. If you are a watercolor artist (beginner or seasoned) in the Greater Cincinnati area, you are cordially invited to come and visit one of our meetings, and join the group if you are so inclined.
As our new Treasurer, Carol Fencl was on a wonderful vacation, a short Treasury report was given: the checking account has been transferred, and we have enough in our Treasury to handle all of our current needs. Any member that would like to have more details is always welcome to talk to Carol.
Continuing Secretary, Joyce Grothaus, reminded members that forms for making Announcements; and copies of the Minutes are placed on the back table for those who do not have access to the Blog. Let’s tell the world about your accomplishments!
Judith Reed, Chair of our Annual Art Show, gave her report. All members were mailed the rules regarding the Show.
New, revised, copies of the Pre-Registration form were handed out at the meeting. The Exhibit will be at the “Barn” in Mariemont; Hanging on June 1, Reception on June 5, and the Show will continue until June 20. Each participating member is asked to bring food to the Reception, if possible. Leadership Team members will provide liquid refreshments.
Info about the Show: Pre-Registration - before May 18. In order to pre-register, you must get the information about your paintings – that is – Name of Painting, Medium, Price you would like to put on it, your name, and contact info, to Deb Ward before May 18. The entry fee for pre-registration is $10-one; $15 for two. You may get this to Deb by E-mail, Snail Mail, in person at the May meeting, or Telephone. Do not send Deb any money; that is to be brought to the June 1 Meeting/Registration/ Hanging Day, with your paintings. If you do not Pre-register your paintings, the cost is $20-one; $25 for two, and there will not be an identifying card for your painting, and yours will not be on List of Artists/Paintings. Let’s have a good showing!
New Membership Chair Lydia Rittinger will be getting a new Membership Booklet printed up soon. We want you to be in it. Please send your dues to
so that you can participate in all
the GCWS activities, and lessons. Lydia
Librarian Joan Ammerman has been making our club DVDs very accessible to members at each meeting. If you would like to borrow one, please sign it out and next month sign it back in. There are some great lessons contained in these DVDs!
Dot Burdin, Scholarship Chair, has been coordinating all of the details necessary in order for the GCWS to give out two Scholarships to deserving students. There will be two freshman students from the
at our May meeting who have been
chosen to receive these. One is directly
from GCWS, and one is from the Mary Marxen Fund. It is always very satisfying to be able to
give a bit of help to a striving artist, and hear about the work they are
doing. Art Academy
Workshop Chair, Dianna Duncan gave a report about the Workshop that GCWS will be offering on October 28, 29, and 30 this year. Guy Magallanes will teach, and we have been told he is both talented and fun! Members will have first choice to attend; there will be just 20 places. Salad and bread will be served for lunch. Reservations will be available in July. Dianna will need help in order for this project to be successful.
Submitted by Joyce Grothaus, Secretary, GCWS, April, 2016
Tuesday, March 15, 2016
|Marilyn's painting - completed during the program today.|
Claudia Taylor, new Program Chair, introduced this month’s Teacher – Marilyn Bishop. Claudia reminded us that Marilyn is the “creator” (along with some others) of the Greater Cincinnati Watercolor Society. She has a rich history of artistic accomplishments, having taught, and having her work shown all around the Greater Cincinnati area. She also continues to learn, and is always anxious to share the new ideas, sources, and techniques that she finds. Her Subject for this demonstration - “Paint the Background; See the Foreground”.
Marilyn gave credit for learning about this technique a while back from Wanda Montgomery. She has done a number of paintings like this, and thoroughly enjoys it. She used a one-inch Robert Simmons brush with sharp edges, and 300 lb. paper so that it would hold firm while lots of “watery” paint was put on it. She uses only three colors for each painting. For this one, she used raw sienna, burnt sienna, and ultramarine blue.
She began by putting “dabs” of the lighter color paint on the paper, rather randomly, leaving lots of white space, particularly in the lower third of the paper; then dried it. She explained that it is “all about the shapes”. With a pencil, she drew in the shapes of three pears, some overlapping. Using the same colors, she painted around these shapes. Then, using different mixtures of the same colors, let them run together around the shapes. She chose to leave one corner very light, but put thick paint in some places. Don’t get too dark too soon. She used various implements, stamps, etc. to make subtle “patterns”, particularly on these thick paint places. Next, she sprayed some places, causing rivulets to run down to the bottom of the paper. She even tapped the bottom of the paper on the table to cause more to run.
As Marilyn dried her paper in between, she passed around to the members some examples of her completed paintings, and some that were made into cards, etc. Everyone really enjoyed seeing these. Marilyn used VistaPrint to get the cards made.
Continuing on, she made her colors darker, and painted again around the pear shapes; sprayed more, and “patterned” more. This causes the shapes to come “forward”. This is the time to paint in a bit of detail on the main shapes. It was interesting to see them become very visible as she worked. When time was up, Marilyn, as a usual perfectionist painter like most of us are, said she would like to do a few more things to it before calling it finished. The group asked her to bring it to the next meeting for all to see.
Marilyn also told us about hanging a few of her paintings out on her porch, with plexiglass and a metal frame, and on a foam core backing, the weather did not harm them; all were amazed. She also told us about a company she is working with lately (fineartamerica.com) that will take your painting and put it on a pillow, or cup, etc. and sell it for you. The artist gets a small markup for each one sold. Marilyn always does a great job of teaching us, and inspiring us to try new things.
There was just one painting for Critique this month.
Submitted by Joyce Grothaus, Secretary, GCWS, March, 201
Tuesday, March 8, 2016
It is Happy New Year time for the Greater Cincinnati Watercolor Society as we did not meet in January or February. Members were very glad to reconnect with friends and also with our watercolor educational pursuits.
Marilyn Bishop, our outgoing President called the meeting to order, welcoming all members and guests, including Rosemary, Bonnie, and Marsha. Today is the day our current Leadership Team “retires”, and the new Team takes office. Marilyn also wanted to specifically honor some members who are handling some very important “jobs” for the group. Joan Ammerman takes care of the club’s
DVD Library (we have a new one – A
Little Watercolor, by Karin Huehold);
Jean Soller prepares and sends out the Reminder Postcards every month;
Dianna Duncan is working on the Workshop, and Judith Reed is chairing our
The group honored Marilyn with a gift card to Hobby Lobby and a beautiful bouquet of flowers in appreciation for all that she has done to support GCWS, especially this past year. The Leadership Team was called to the front, and thanked for their service. Then each new LT member was called up to “replace” the outgoing one. The new Team will be headed up by Kathy Lang, President. Lydia Rittinger is now Membership, assisted by ongoing member Jane Hittinger. Carol Fencl is the new Treasurer, and Claudia Taylor is the new Program Chair. Joyce Grothaus will remain as Secretary, as well as Joan Miley as Facilities Chair. Deb Ward has also agreed to stay on as the Blog “owner”. The GCWS certainly appreciates all of the good work and time spent by all of the outgoing LT members.
The members asked Kathy Lang to tell us a bit about herself. Kathy is new to Watercolor, only taking it up after she retired not too long ago. She started as a student of Deb Ward. She joined the GCWS to continue learning about new techniques, and to expand her artistic horizons. She went to U.C., starting in the Education field, but then changed to Recreation courses. She has been a lifeguard, taught aquatics and other recreational activities, and finally headed up the whole Recreation program in
, responsible for ball fields, and
all manner of activities. She loved the
wonderful variety of Programs that she was involved with, especially the Reds
Rookies Success Program. She is
definitely an “Organizer” and an “Instigator”, and we all appreciate that she
has taken on the Presidency. Cincinnati
Sally Wester, outgoing Treasurer, gave her report. We are in good financial shape, and will be in better shape when all members pay their dues for this year. (It’s time to give or send them to Carol Fencl, new Treasurer). Our good friends, Shirley Knollman, and Howard Krauss will not be renewing, and Howard sent a very nice letter to the group, thanking everyone for all their help and friendship over the years.
There was a discussion of the Annual Exhibit, to be held June 1 through June 21st, at the “Barn” in Mariemont about how the show will be set up, run, etc. Volunteers will be needed to help out with all aspects of the show - - sitters, refreshments, etc. Each member will receive a mailing with all information about the Exhibit. Please read it carefully as some things have changed for this year. In order for the Exhibit to be first-class, and fun, it is necessary for all members to cooperate. Directions about paintings allowed, how to prepare them, and how to register them, etc. will be in the mailing and/or on the Blog.
Dianna Duncan gave a report on the GCWS Workshop for this year. As we know, Dianna does a good job of making sure we have a great WS and a fun time. This year we intend to have it Oct 28-29-30 (subject to availability of Teacher). She is working on getting Guy Magallanes.
Members then made some announcements about upcoming Art events around the area. Deb Ward is giving some 2-day workshops at her home, and put flyers on the back table. It was said that one’s blood pressure goes continually down as you drive to Deb’s place. J Deb has been accepted into the Georgia Watercolor Society National Juried Exhibit, one more honor that she has recently accumulated. Judy Reed told of a drawing class by Charley Burger at the Blue Ash Library, and Joan Miley told of some Fri. nite “openings” at the Art Club and the Barn. Carrie Burns Brown will be giving a Workshop in
in connection with the Ohio
Watercolor Society Show. Columbus
Claudia Taylor told of our upcoming Demonstrations. April – Craig Lloyd, on the History of W/C Design; May – Todd Butt, vice president of the Ohio Watercolor Society; and in June – (on Hanging Day), our own Tom Schroeder, on Composition; before introducing our Teacher for March, Marilyn Bishop –“ Paint the Background; See the Foreground”.
Submitted by Joyce Grothaus, Secretary, GCWS, March, 2016.
GCWS SHOW REMINDER
Pre-registration by May 18.
Annual Show drop off date - June 1 - from 9 - 10 a.m. -
prior to our June meeting at "The Barn".
More information will be mailed prior to our April meeting.
Monday, December 7, 2015
On a foggy-by-the-river December morning, the GCWS members gathered to celebrate the Christmas Holiday season. It was great to see everyone dressed up and ready for fun!
Marilyn Bishop, president, called us together for a short meeting. She recognized our newest member, Elizabeth.
Sally Wester, treasurer, gave her report. Our finances are in good shape. If any member would like to see the details, please talk to Sally.
We will not meet in January or February as these months so often offer extremely bad weather. (However, the new Officers will try to meet on the first Wed. of Jan. to plan.) They will actually take office for the March meeting.
Deb Ward, membership, said we now have 91 members.
Joan O’Leary, program chair, gave us an idea of what programs we will have in the new year – March – Marilyn Bishop; April – Craig Lloyd, teaches watercolor at Mt. St. Joe’s and was the Juror for our Aug. Annual Show; May – TBA (Alan Hutton needed to cancel.)
Announcements – Joan Miley – wonderful Christmas Event at the “Barn” 5th and 6th; Dot Burdin – for Dec. weekends, (Sats and Suns) the Cincinnati Art Club will have 20 Painters displaying their work ; Tom Schroeder won the Purchase Award at the Kentucky Watercolor Society Show.
The GCWS then acknowledged the great job that has been done this whole year by Les Miley. The group recognizes and appreciates all of his hard work in having things ready and set up, and for whatever help we ask of him, and gave him a token of our appreciation.
There were some items that were brought in to sell this year, but not nearly as many as last year – but, some people still got very good bargains.
Then – it was time to party! The group played our version of Pictionary – and, after lots of oh no’s and much laughter, a winner at each table won a very nice prize.
Members outdid themselves in bringing in wonderful “eats” and “drinks”. Great time for all!
Submitted by Joyce Grothaus, Secretary, GCWS, December, 2015.
Monday, November 16, 2015
Everyone at the meeting was very pleased to have Barb Smucker return this month to give our program, and a mini-workshop afterwards. First, Barb put on her apron – because her painting is “messy”. She told us about her thoughts and decisions as she studied in
, where she had to try
all kinds of art and art projects. She
liked pastels and experimenting with watercolors. Later on she started having trouble with the
pastels dust getting into her lungs, and she opted to stay with water-based
media, which she believes is uniquely beautiful. Her goal now is to “not fuss too much, and
try a lot of things”. She mentioned a
book called “The Confident Creative”, which encourages one to “know” your own
self/your own work. Art School
Barb is a daily painter. She begins by doing “exercises” - don’t think much; just move your hand/brush/paint; put emotional feeling into it. Later, when you begin to “paint”, let those feelings return. Art is about “my story”; tell yours. Ask yourself – What am I now taking an interest in? Look for inspiration around you. New ventures often cause us discomfort; but, just start where you are. Barb encouraged us to just paint for Joy. If you do something regularly, it will become more comfortable.
Lately, Barb has been using a limited palette, with a triad of colors along with black and white. For the demonstration she used quin gold, quin red, cobalt blue, with white and black gesso; the gesso to get a “matte” finish. Sometimes she uses freezer paper as a temporary palette; she also uses Press & Seal to cover her palette to preserve paint for her next session. She uses big, inexpensive brushes. She started by putting down water on much of paper, but not the whole sheet; she left some spaces. Using almost pure gold and red pigment (warm), she spontaneously spread the paint over the page, turning her paper around on all four sides, to make sure that the colors made a balanced composition. Members of the group were called to front to put more paint on the paper! Let it dry. Then, the fun! She swirled; she dabbed pure paint; she squeegeed; she scraped; she splattered wet paint; turned the paper; put in unplanned lines; and then used an old curler to make some soft smears. This was the First Layer! By the way, she was using Hot Press paper, Fluid brand.
For the second layer, she started using some darker values. Look at what you have; then “enhance” what you like using similar colors wax crayons. Create some lines, darken places. She had some more volunteers try out the crayons on the project. She urged experimentation – what if I do this? Then, she mixed some duller paint, and turned the paper to see where she felt she needed it. Barb used some stencils that she made to remove some paint in places, and then used a bit of blue and black around the project. Let everything dry.
For the third layer, Barb showed us how using the Basic Rule of “Working a
Lot against a Little” worked
on this Abstract project, and on some that she brought to show to us. If your painting has a Lot of warm, use a
Little cool. If it has a Lot of round, use a Little
straight, a Lot of light, use a Little dark, etc. Sometimes she also adds some Mixed Media
items to her project at this point. At
this point, carefully examine your whole page, and make decisions on what more
is needed. The final effort is to use a
“mat” to move around over the whole project to find your amazingly spontaneous
“Abstract” painting that you never thought you could do.
Barb was not finished yet. She did a couple of Critiques, and then, after lunch, gave a wonderful mini-workshop for those who had signed up. Workshop participants were pleasantly surprised with their Abstracts.
Barb now has a Studio at the Pendleton in downtown
. They have open studios and receptions on the
Final Friday of each month. Cincinnati
Submitted by Joyce Grothaus, Secretary, GCWS – November, 2015
Monday, November 9, 2015
On a gorgeous November day, the GCWS had a fine showing of members and guests for our meeting. President Marilyn Bishop, disregarding her aches and pains from her recent fall, called the meeting to order, and asked the guests to introduce themselves. We had Barb, from an Art Class at the
, LaDonna Fritz, and our new member
Marjorie Grubbs, student of Lois Schaich.
Welcome to all! Sycamore Senior Center
Marilyn asked for a show of hands for those staying for the mini-workshop after the Program, so we could order pizza for lunch. There were about 12 who stayed, learned firsthand how to develop their own version of the Program techniques that were presented today. (All of those who stayed were delighted with the workshop.)
Treasurer Sally Wester gave her report. We have a healthy balance; details are always available by talking to Sally. She is, however, resigning from this job, after doing it beautifully for a number of years. There was discussion of who would be willing to “run” for this office, as we were going to have nominations and voting for the Leadership Team today.
Membership Chair Deb Ward’s report – we have 90 current members. She prepared a paper with the names and info for new people who are not in the current Membership Book, so that we may put them into our own books. These reports are always put on the back table, - as are forms upon which members can write any information they have for Announcements – to give to the Secretary to put into the Minutes/Blog. There are always some copies of Minutes from the last meeting also on the back table.
Marilyn next presented the Slate of Nominees for the new Leadership Team:
President - Kathy Lang
Program Chair - Claudia Taylor
Secretary - Joyce Grothaus
Treasurer - Carol Fencl
As there were no additional Nominations from the floor, Marilyn asked the members to Vote for the presented Slate of Officers for the Leadership Team. All members were in favor and the new Team was approved. These members will take Office officially at the March meeting (as we will have no meetings in January or February). The group will have a meeting before then with the present Team to discuss the transition.
Eileen Hulsman told the membership that Jean Vance would be interested in doing a Workshop for our group. Her name will be added to the list we have for possible Presenters for our Workshop – which will probably be in the Fall this year, as the Annual Exhibit will be in the Spring (June).
Announcements: Diana Marra has work in the Magical Starlight Celebration, from November 5 through December 31 at the
She will be selling original paintings and notecards. Cincinnati Art Center
Fun! Fun! For our December meeting, we will have our Annual Party and
All members attending are asked to bring something to eat – either
something you have made (yummy) – or you can even buy it J
The Leadership Team will provide the liquid refreshments. Sale
If you have some “gently used” Art Supplies/books, etc., that you don’t need any more, please bring them – someone else would love to buy them. Also, if you have some small artwork such as cards or bookmarks that you would like to offer for sale, you may do so. Please put a “gentle” price on them – even dollar amounts please – and put an envelope, with your name on the outside, on your items so that members may put their money into your envelope.
Reminder: there will be no meetings in January or February.
Program Chair Joan O’Leary (who, by the way, did a fantastic job this year) announced that Marilyn Bishop will give the Program in March. The Judge for our August Annual Exhibit, and professor at
, will present in April, and in May,
Alan Hutton (whose work we saw when we took our Bus Trip to Mt. St. Joseph College ) will present. What a great lineup of Programs to start the
GCWS new year! Middletown
Submitted by Joyce Grothaus, GCWS Secretary, November, 2015