Sunday, December 18, 2011

FEATURED ARTIST - LOIS SCHAICH

Lois Schaich
How long have you been a member of the GCWS and why did you join?
I don’t know! Marilyn Bishop was still president. Why? I wanted to belong to an organization of people of like mind who encouraged and promoted watercolors.
Have you held any positions with the GCWS; if so, what positions?
No, just a helper at some of the shows.
Regal Beauty
What are some of your artistic achievements?
I have been teaching watercolor at least 11 years. I have had several solo shows and many group exhibits. I have given demos for several clubs and groups (Dearborn Hills Methodist Church, Colerain Artists). I have won awards in outdoor events locally and in Columbia City, IN. I am most excited about the painting that hangs in the North Dearborn (IN) library as part of their permanent collection. My work has traveled to many states and as far away as Australia – of course, when I sell I’m given visiting rights! I have taught elementary children and senior citizens at Mt. St. Joseph College.
Serenity
Describe your usual procedures for creating a painting.
I photograph a scene or object that excites me and I say “that’s paintable”. Of course, I have lots more photos than actually get painted! I print out and study the photo, thinking what procedure I will use – I like wet on wet; I like to pour. I sometimes play with pencil sketches and value studies. Because I have problems with perspective I will project a photo to newsprint, then transfer it to 140 lb. cold press watercolor paper. I will embellish the tracing. The “painting” – that’s what it’s about! If the painting starts well I have been known to put in late hours. I like trying and learning new processes, but I only take part of each experience with me to the next project.
How long have you been painting.
I started in oils in the ‘60s, then did pastels and charcoal. I began in watercolor in 1997.
Rachel
In what medium, other than watercolor or acrylic, do you work?
Oil, pastel and charcoal, but not since I started in watercolor.
Where do you get your inspiration for paintings?
Everywhere. A young boy old me once “if he saw it he could paint it” - I liked that. I take lots of pictures and get inspiration from people, color, lights and dark shadows, water, mountains, birds and other animals.
Are you a teacher?
I hope so. I prefer the title “instructor” and sharing what I know.
Where do you see yourself in the future? (ie., is painting a hobby; will you enter shows; do you see yourself teaching?)
I hope to be teaching and painting forever. They say artistic ability is the last to leave us.

Stress Relief
Is there anything else you would like for us to know about you and your art?
I have 13 grandchildren and most have been introduced to art in some form. A couple have come to my classes and painted with us. One was acknowledged in the top 5 in the State of Indiana high school seniors in pursuing an art career in some form. A very good artist once said “watching Lois paint is like giving a kid a pair of scissors and saying ’don’t run’!”.

Monday, November 28, 2011

ELECTIONS

We held our elections in November and our newly elected officers are below.  In addition, we have Jane Hittinger as Membership Co-Chair and Joan Miley as Facilities.
Kathy Kuyper - Secretary (Elect)
Sally Wester - Treasurer (Elect)
Rhonda Carpenter - Program Chair

Deb Ward - President (Elect), Membership Co-Chair, Blog Master


Tuesday, November 22, 2011

NOVEMBER 2011 - JEAN VANCE

Jean Vance conducted our November program.  She showed us how to get some really dark darks and explained how she paints around her subject for a dramatic contrast.

Jean is a lovely and talented woman who teaches at Miami University and Middletown Arts Center in watercolor and also enameling.  She has been a juror for many regional shows, and was instrumental in creating the art gallery at the Bethesda North Hospital.




Tuesday, November 8, 2011

FEATURED ARTIST - JANE HITTINGER

How long have you been a member of the GCWS and why did you join?
Since the second meeting was held. My father, Robert Cleveland, took me to the meeting with him. I was new to watercolor and I knew I could learn from such wonderful people.
Have you held any positions with the GCWS; if so, what positions?
Yes, I did the minutes of the meetings for the first few years; then I began sharing the membership position with Deb Ward. I take care of the name tags.
What are some of your artistic achievements?
I have taken part in every show at GCWS since the first one at Evergreen. I am still trying to learn to paint watercolors by taking classes at Baker Hunt and a workshop with Tony Couch and hopefully many more. I learned the most studying with my father, who did not sugarcoat what he thought, which could be very hard on your ego, but taught me so much. I am also a member of the Cincinnati Art Club.
Describe your usual procedures for creating a painting.
I get an idea, do a sketch or two of the subject matter, then lightly sketch on 140 lb. watercolor paper. Then decide a color palette to use and get going. I struggle to try to stay loose and let the colors mingle on the paper since that is what draws me to watercolor.
How long have you been painting.
I began painting just prior to when the GCWS was started.
In what medium, other than watercolor or acrylic, do you work?
Charcoal and pen and ink are the only mediums I have tried, so far.
Where do you get your inspiration for paintings?
Everywhere, but mostly from nature, just being outside or looking out a window. Art is everywhere we look – a doorway, face, building, tree - the subject does not have to be exotic.
Are you a teacher?
No, but I would love to be one of these days.
Where do you see yourself in the future? (ie., is painting a hobby; will you enter shows; do you see yourself teaching?)
Painting is more than a hobby, but life gets in the way, so I do not get to paint as often as I would like, which makes me feel like an “eternal beginner”. I hope to continue painting, entering shows and down the road, who knows? I love painting even if I never improve but I am certainly going to try my best!
Is there anything else you would like for us to know about you and your art?
I hope to encourage others who feel like they are not good enough to join a group, take a class, get a DVD or book of favorite artists and get some supplies and begin painting for yourself! Art is a wonderful friend who is always waiting for you, day or night, rain or shine. I wish I had begun painting earlier, but I am so glad I did it.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

FEATURED ARTIST - WYNNE LYNCH BITTLINGER


No - this isn't Wynne!  But since she didn't submit her own photo
I thought it would be cute to put up this portrait she painted.
 How long have you been a member of the GCWS and why did you join?
Since the beginning because watercolor is my medium of choice and I enjoy the company and views of other artists.
Have you held any positions with the GCWS; if so, what positions?
No.
What are some of your artistic achievements?
My work has been entered into and won awards in many shows, including ViewPoint, Masterworks, American Academy of Equine Art, Louisville Watertower 2000, Women’s Art Club, Behringer Crawford Museum Show, a travel award in Kentucky Watercolor Society Aqueous show, and a travel award in the Ohio Watercolor Society show. I am most proud that I was a finalist in the Artist’s Magazine Still Life category in 1999, competing with over 13,000 entries! I also served as chair of the Cincinnati Art Club ViewPoint show from 2000-2003. At the start of my art career, I was awarded the top award for fashion illustration by the Art Directors Club of Cincinnati.
Describe your usual procedures for creating a painting.
For still lifes, I will set up my own and take photos. For portraits, I will shoot a roll of film. I prefer painting children.
How long have you been painting?
65 years – forever!
In what medium, other than watercolor or acrylic, do you work?
Oil and pastel.
Where do you get your inspiration for paintings?
Everywhere – there is beauty in everything.
Are you a teacher?
No.
Where do you see yourself in the future? (ie., is painting a hobby; will you enter shows; do you see yourself teaching?)
Painting is now more of a hobby, but I intend to enter shows in the future. I’m afraid I’m not a teacher.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

FALL SHOW AT EVERGREEN

Here are the winners of our fall show at Evergreen Retirement Center.
Left to right:  Sue Grogan, Joan Ammerman, Ritzi Junker and Rhonda Carpenter.

GCWS President, Eileen Hulsman, presents 1st Place ribbon to Joan Ammerman.

Joan Ammerman with her painting Walnut Creek Canyon.
2nd Place painting, Waiting, by Gaylynn Robinson (not present at awards ceremony).

Eileen Hulsman presenting 3rd Place ribbon to Sue Grogan.

Sue Grogan with her painting Timeless Beauty.

Eileen Hulsman presenting Honorable Mention award to Rhonda Carpenter.

Rhonda Carpenter with her painting Hot Pink Flamingo.

Eileen Hulsman presenting Honorable Mention award to Ritzi Junker.

Ritzi Junker with her painting Lake Como

Honorable Mention painting, Woman at Shaker Village, by Yuriko Kudo (not present at awards ceremony).


Friday, October 7, 2011

MINUTES - October, 2011

Minutes October 5, 2011

The meeting was held at the site of our fall show, Evergreen. The facility staff provided pastries and drinks for breakfast, as well as a lunch.

Administration & Business
President Eileen Hulsman called the meeting to order.

A sign-up sheet for dishes to be brought for the December holiday meeting was passed around and a satisfactory number of people signed up.

The award-winners for our Fall Evergreen Show were announced by Eileen:
First Prize: Joan Ammerman – Walnut Creek Canyon
Second Prize: Galynn Robinson – Waiting on the Rain
Third Prize: Susan Grogan – Timeless Beauty
Honorable Mention:
Rhonda Carpenter – Hot Pink Flamingo
Yuriko Kudo – Woman at Shaker Village
Ritzie Junker – Lake Como

Eileen also thanked the numerous people who had helped in making the show a success. There has already been one sale at the show by one of our members, plus one by the Evergreen resident artists.

Nancy Wisely announced, on behalf of Deb Ward, that Deb will send out a letter describing the programs for the next 6 months. There have been some problems with the e-mail notifications, so they may be dropped. The blog address, if people need more information, is printed twice in the new Members Directory.

Nancy Wisely was asked to submit for the Frame Design show for the second half of October.

Program speaker was Mike McGuire. A long-time artist, he critiqued paintings that had been brought in by members, and encouraged the audience to join in the critique process.

After the Program, the two Evergreen employees, Sharon and Jenny, who had helped so much in making the show possible, were thanked with cards and presents.

Following this, the members stayed afterwards to enjoy a lunch supplied by Evergreen.

Program in November, on the 2nd Wednesday, Nov. 9 due to the show at the Art Club. The speaker, Jean Vance, will demonstrate still life with natural objects, with an emphasis on negative painting.

Minutes submitted by Communications Chair, Carol Fencl

Monday, September 19, 2011

FEATURED ARTIST - EILEEN HULSMAN


How long have you been a member of the GCWS and why did you join?
I was a member of the Cincinnati Art Club and heard about Marilyn Bishop’s plans to begin the GCWS. I jumped in pretty much at the beginning, but because I had my own business at that time I could not attend GCWS meetings.

Have you held any positions with the GCWS; if so, what positions?
Currently I am President. It has been a great experience and it’s a great experience for any member who wants to know other artists and get involved. Volunteer for a committee or to be a board member; it makes you feel that you are a “real member”.

What are some of your artistic achievements?
When I was a student, I won a number of awards. As an adult, my display work has been featured in 5 magazines. To me, the display work was like making a picture or concept come to life and I won gold medals 5 times for my displays, and my work was featured in full page articles twice.

Describe your usual procedures for creating a painting.
The picture is usually in my head first, an idea that dominos into something bigger. I love plein aire painting and find it totally relaxing.

How long have you been painting.
Now you are asking my age! Let’s just say – since high school!

In what medium, other than watercolor or acrylic, do you work?
I love acrylics, they are so forgiving. I wish people could be as forgiving as acrylic paints! I also create jewelry, design and make clothing and professional floral designs.

Where do you get your inspiration for paintings?
Most of my inspiration is from nature or from vacations, places we visit. I love to travel and take photos and use them as a source (painting memories). I have painted so many lighthouses from Michigan and the rocky shores of Maine.

Are you a teacher?
Although I’m not trained, I taught 2 years of high school art as well as private lessons.

Where do you see yourself in the future? (ie., is painting a hobby; will you enter shows; do you see yourself teaching?)
Now that I have more time, I want to develop my technique with acrylics. Who knows, whatever God has planned for me.

Is there anything else you would like for us to know about you and your art?
The education I had at Central Academy of Commercial Art and the Art Museum were a fantastic foundation, but workshops I have taken from Tom Lynch, Ray Loos and Tony Couch, as well as studying with Sandy Maudlin and others are just as important. You grow with education and age.
I love to paint!

Monday, August 29, 2011

MINUTES - AUGUST, 2011

Greater Cincinnati
Watercolor Society
Minutes August 3, 2011

Eileen Hulsman called the meeting to order. Before the meeting started, she had distributed papers for all present to write in names for people to be nominated as officers for the Nov. elections.
Due to the special program that had been arranged, the meeting was held in the Castellini Room of the Cincinnati Art Museum.

Evergreen Show
Plans are moving ahead for the Evergreen show. The Official Opening will be on Sept. 25 from noon – 4 p.m.
Help is needed for the following:
- 3 persons to manage the parking lot.
- Address postcards to various facilities, watercolor teachers, high school art groups, etc.
- type nametags
- sit the show on weekends
- persons to will hang the show.
Persons entering the show will be asked to bring in their work(s) on Sept. 22.
Marilyn Bishop needs members to send her e-mails with their paintings.

Program
Julie Aronson, Curator of American Painting, Sculpture and Drawings at the Cincinnati Art Museum presented the program, illustrated by a Powerpoint of the watercolors owned by the museum. She discussed some of the unique features of the CAM collection.
After the talk we were divided into small groups to tour the museum, led by the CAM docents. Unfortunately watercolors were not on display, since they have been put away for a major exhibition that will be held in 2014 and have already started the process used for the catalog illustrations.

Minutes submitted by Communications Chair, Carol Fencl

Thursday, August 18, 2011

SEPTEMBER SHOW AT EVERGREEN

Here is our press release for our upcoming watercolor show in September.  Hope you can make it!

August17, 2011
Greater Cincinnati Watercolor Society
Contact Person:  Sharon Cranston, Evergreen Retirement Community, 513-948-2308

For Immediate Release
Art Attached

Greater Cincinnati Watercolor Society Exhibit

Members of the Greater Cincinnati Watercolor Society return once again to exhibit at Senior Lifestyle’s Evergreen Retirement Community, 230 West Galbraith Road, in Cincinnati.

This free show, open to the public, begins Sunday, September 25, 2011 from noon to 4 p.m. The show continues through September until October 30 with public viewing daily from noon to 4 p.m. The opening reception offers viewers a chance to enjoy various watercolor paintings in the newly renovated space at the retirement community. Live music and appetizing refreshments will be available at the opening. The artists will be on hand to discuss their work.
Eden Park - Sue Grogan
Juror for the show is Bruce Erikson, Professor of Art at Xavier University who will select three paintings for monetary awards and three paintings for honorable mention ribbons.

The Greater Cincinnati Watercolor Society has been welcomed into the gracious environment of the Evergreen Retirement Community on eight prior occasions. This year the residents of the retirement community will join the watercolor society to offer selected pieces for viewing.
Giraffe - Joan Miley
“Recent exhibits by the members of Greater Cincinnati Watercolor Society have generated many positive compliments on the growth and quality of the art being displayed. The passion and dedication of each member has put the club at a new level of competition. The exhibit at Evergreen Retirement Community is creating a lot of excitement. Not only is Evergreen the perfect location for an art exhibit but it is renovated with an incredible new look, so updated with contemporary furniture, new floor plan and wonderful colors. What an exciting event, please come and see not just the art but the artful Evergreen,” said Eileen Hulsman, president of the Greater Cincinnati Watercolor Society.

The watercolor society offers painting demonstrations followed by a workshop every first Wednesday of the month at 10 a.m. at the Cincinnati Art Club, 1021 Parkside Place in Mt. Adams. Guests are welcome at attend.
Industrial Revolution - Deb Ward
Monthly notes of meetings plus other relevant information for artists can be seen at the organization’s blog: http://grtrcincyws.blogspot.com.

Friday, August 5, 2011

FEATURED ARTIST - RHONDA CARPENTER

Rhonda Carpenter
How long have you been a member of the GCWS and why did you join?
At the time I joined GCWS in Fall of 2006, I was taking weekly lessons from Sandy Maudlin in her Indiana studio. She was President of the GCWS at that time and convinced many of her students into joining. Then she talked me into becoming the Recording Secretary in 2007. So I jumped in with both feet, not knowing many of the members - but it made me learn quickly!
 Have you held any positions with the GCWS; if so, what positions?
Almost immediately after joining GCWS, I was elected to be the Recording Secretary and held that position for 3 years, working on the minutes as well as working to get those minutes on our first GCWS blog (which I also helped set up).
I took photos at each meeting and wrote up the information about each guest artist's program, as well as kept up with the regular business meetings for the group. I've also been chair of one GCWS show, and worked with the chair for the last GCWS show.
Am I Blue?
What are some of your artistic achievements?
I have been juried into several shows, including the Greater Hamilton Art Show (at the Fitton Center), the Middletown Art Center show, and the Cincinnati Art Club's Viewpoint show. I have also won a couple of honorable mention awards at the Rising Sun Plein Air Paint Out and the 2011 spring show of the GCWS held at the Women's Art Club Barn. I also was voted Artist of the Year 2007-2008 by one of my online Yahoo groups, WatercolorWorkshop. It has almost 1,000 members and the vote was for artistic merit as well as helpfulness to other artists.

Describe your usual procedures for creating a painting.
Well, I think something - a scene or a photograph - has to draw me in to want to paint it. That usually happens when the light and shadows are just right to inspire me. I try to stick with just watercolor on watercolor paper, having gone through my stages of painting on YUPO and gessoed paper and doing batik, etc. I have an affinity for crows, so I am currently gathering crow photos, receiving them from friends and family (my husband is a photographer and allows me to use his photos as reference in many instances), as well as taking my own when travelling. I then look through those to get some inspiring ideas on how to create an interesting composition. I usually make a drawing on tracing paper so I can make changes before putting the drawing onto my watercolor paper. Then, it's just colors and values and trying to do the best I can with what I've learned. I think I've gone from having about 10% success and 90% failures to about 80% success and 20% failures - which isn't bad for someone who hasn't been painting a long time.
Singing The Blues
How long have you been painting.
Not long at all, in the scheme of things - just since 2003!

In what medium, other than watercolor or acrylic, do you work?
I've taken life drawing classes, working with graphite, charcoal and some pastel. I've done some collage work, too.   But I'm mainly interested in watercolor or watermedia.
Their Commitment to Black
Where do you get your inspiration for paintings?
From life, from photos I see, from trips I've been on around the US, Canada, the Bahamas, the Cayman Islands,
Hawaii, Belize, Australia, etc. My husband loves to travel. I also become inspired by viewing other artists' work; and while taking workshops from other artists.
Whirlwind Romance
Are you a teacher?
No, but maybe someday in the future - when I've gotten at least 10 years of painting under my belt.

Where do you see yourself in the future? (ie., is painting a hobby; will you enter shows; do you see yourself teaching?)
I hope I will continue to get better, and have more creative, unusual and personal ideas that come out on paper. I will certainly enter more shows in the future - perhaps working my way up through the KWS and OWS shows to AWS, if I feel my work merits the chance. For now, I'm content with my little piece of pie locally. And I thoroughly enjoy the "celebrity" I have from being an on-line blogger. I have people from all over the world following my work and that's a real plus for me.
I've also just become a member of the Woman's Art Club and hope to contribute more to their monthly meetings and participate in their many events.

And Your Point Is?

Your blog spot: http://rhcarpenter.blogspot.com
 Is there anything else you would like for us to know about you and your art?
I have been a long-time member and moderator for the online group WatercolorWorkshop; I created and ran the online group SharingWithArtistPartners (SWAP) for 8 years; and I've had my own blog since 2006, where I post almost daily. I also paint almost daily in my home art room (it's too small to be called a studio). I've learned from Janet Rogers, Nicholas Simmons, Deb Ward, Sandy Maudlin, and Carin Hebenstreit; I also learn from DVDs and books on all aspects of watercolor and watermedia.
I got started late in art and feel like I don't have time to dawdle; so if I'm not painting, I'm thinking about painting; or I'm watching a DVD or reading a book or magazine on painting! I think it's an obsession!

Sunday, July 24, 2011

MINUTES - JULY 2011

Minutes July 6, 2011

Eileen Hulsman called the meeting to order.

GCWS Art Show
Eileen asked the winners of the GCWS Art Show to come to the front of the room to be honored by the group.

AWARDS
1st place - Deb Ward for “Muncie’s Pride” - $250
2nd place - Jean Vance for “Stonington Maine” - $100
3rd place - Marita "Ritzie" Junker for “Waiting” - $50

HONORABLE MENTIONS - Ribbons only
“Secluded Cape Cod Pond” by Joan Ammerman
“Citta d’Venezia” by Susan Grogan
“A Difference of Opinion” by R.H. Carpenter

Congratulations to all who entered the show and to all the winners.

Marilyn Bishop sent out notices to all the community press papers and The Enquirer and sent notices after the show. The only way she knows if they are put in the papers is if you bring in the press release. One was brought in of Rhonda Carpenter's "A Difference of Opinion".

Shirley Knollman reported that we had 43 members with 86 paintings in the show. 4 paintings sold @ $200 or less per painting. Thanks to Susan Grogan, Taylor Bush and Rhonda Carpenter for leading the teams for registration, sitting the show and hanging the show. Thanks to all who sat the show and brought food and drinks for the reception. Everyone should have attended.

Scholarship
Ardelle Duffy said that we had received a thank you note from the scholarship winner.

Election
Elections will be held in November. The positions that are open are: President, Secretary, Treasury, Program Chair. Cards were passed out to the membership so they could list their suggestions for the election.

Evergreen Show
Eileen Hulsman asked for a show of hands of those people that would like a second show this year. Then she asked for a show of hands for those that would put at least two paintings in Evergreen show in Sept. A large number of people raised their hands. Keep the dates of Sept. 22 through Sept. 25 available.

Library
Marilyn Bishop said there are 4 more additions to the video library. Fill out the card with name, title, and date and you can borrow a video.

Workshops
Sandy Maudlin has a 3 day yupo workshop and a batik class coming up. You can see her e-mail or call her.
Deb Ward had several workshops available. Both Sandy and Deb are on E-mail and in our phone book.
Deadline is August 31 for application for ViewPoint. Brochures are on the back table.

Welcome Back
Welcome back to Mary Marxen.

Upcoming Programs
Next month we will meet at the auditorium on the G level of the Art Museum for our meeting and our program. A sign up sheet was passed around for those that are going to attend.
Sept - Mary Ellen Wallace, Oct. - Mike McGuire – critique.

Guest Speaker
Sandy Maudlin is our guest speaker today.

Minutes submitted by Secretary pro-tem,.Carol Steuer

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

FEATURED ARTIST - SHIRLEY KNOLLMAN

How long have you been a member of the GCWS and why did you join?
Nine years - I joined so I could learn from others…professional and non-professional. Being part of this group allows me to interact with other people with similar interests.

Have you held any positions with the GCWS; if so, what positions?
I have held the position of President in 2008 and 2009. I just completed the Chairmanship of the 2011 GCWS Exhibition.

What are some of your artistic achievements?
Being accepted in juried shows has been rewarding. My work has been shown in the Ohio Watercolor Society, Cincinnati Art Club Viewpoint and the Greater Hamilton Art Exhibit. I am an Associate Member of the Ohio Watercolor Society. Currently, I am serving my second term as President for the Colerain Artists. For this group, I have served as the Chairman of their Annual Exhibition for three years. During my free time, I enjoy participating in local art fairs.

Describe your usual procedures for creating a painting.
I paint when I get inspired. When I get an idea, I work with shapes, values and colors.

How long have you been painting?
I started painting in 1999 as a beginner in a Sandy Maudlin watercolor class.

In what medium, other than watercolor or acrylic, do you work?
The medium that I use is mostly watercolor, but do use some fluid acrylic.

Where do you get your inspiration for paintings?
I get my inspiration from my travels with my husband and from the beauty of everyday life.

Are you a teacher?
No, but I love to share ideas to teach and inspire others.

Where do you see yourself in the future? (ie., is painting a hobby; will you enter shows; do you see yourself teaching?)
I see myself continuing on this gratifying adventure. It started as a six-week learning experience and has continued not only as a hobby but has evolved into participating in shows and selling my paintings.

Is there anything else you would like for us to know about you and your art?
I am having a great time with my art. It is gratifying to have people interested in my artistry.