Monday, May 16, 2011


Kay Worz
How long have you been a member of the GCWS and why did you join?
Since the beginning. I have a true interest in furthering the knowledge of watercolor. The programs are always interesting and informative. It is a great group for any level watercolor artist.__I helped in getting the art club space for the monthly GCWS meetings, since I am a member of Cincinnati Art

Have you held any positions with the GCWS; if so, what positions?

What are some of your artistic achievements?
Before I got into watercolor in 1992, I was an Enamelist. I had my work purchased by the, then, Governor of Ohio, to be used as gifts for Foreign Dignitaries on his trips abroad. I have had my work purchased by two Galleries in Japan and in one of it’s Department stores. I also have six art ‘Installations’ in churches around the city._I have had many ‘One-Woman’ shows, I taught watercolor at Baker-Hunt for 6 years, I am a member of the Ohio Watercolor Society and the Kentucky Watercolor Society. I have received high ribbon awards for my work and have been accepted in many competitions. I was President of Cincinnati Art Club from 2008-2010. I am currently on the Board of Directors of the Cincinnati Art Museum’s Duveneck Association.

Describe your usual procedures for creating a painting.
I take an initial idea and start free-hand drawing. If it is a floral, I work from life. If it is an exotic animal or bird, I do my own photography. After the drawing is complete, I add lines to create shapes and interest. I like to enhance the composition that way.
As I paint, I keep assessing the balance of shape and color and , sometimes, add more lines to focus on the point of interest. I enjoy depicting the rythm and design I find in nature
One of Kay's unique wildlife paintings.
How long have you been painting.
Watercolor, since 1992. I have done acrylics and oils in college and when I studied in Europe, for post graduate study.

In what medium, other than watercolor or acrylic, do you work?
Copper enamel.

Where do you get your inspiration for paintings?
Nature. I enjoy ‘bird-watching’ from my home, but I do ‘field trips’ to various zoos and when I travel to the Bahamas, each year.

Are you a teacher?
Yes, I have had my own classes at the CAC and at Baker-Hunt. I have taught sessions at the Woman;s Club of Cincinnati, in Clifton. I also do classes for the various art organizations around the city.
Kay's unique style of painting lends itself to all manner of subjects, but works
especially well with jewel like florals such as this iris.
Where do you see yourself in the future? (ie., is painting a hobby; will you enter shows; do you see yourself teaching?)
Teaching, yes. I am planning another exhibit for the near future, but haven’t chosen a date yet or location

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Saturday, May 14, 2011


Minutes May 4, 2011

President Eileen Hulsman, returned from her surgery, called the meeting to order.

Treasurer’s Report
The Scholarship Fund now stands at $510.90.

Ardelle Duffy announced that there were 5 entries for our scholarship from area high school students. The winner, Emma Augitis is a student from Lakota High School. She will be presented the scholarship at our June meeting.

June GCWS Show June 4 - 19
Shirley Knollman brought us up to date on the plans for our show next month.
Location: Women’s Art Club Barn, 6980 Cambridge Ave, Mariemont, OH 45227
Rhonda Carpenter distributed the entry forms and people signed up if they had taken a form and didn’t need to receive on in the mail.
The Mariemont Barn will take a 20% commission from any painting that is sold there.
We will have 3 cash prizes and 3 honorable mentions. The judge is a curator at the Cincinnati Art Museum.
The show opening will be on Sat. June 4 from 5-8 p.m. A sign-up sheet to fill in a few more refreshments for that night was passed around.
All volunteers that are needed to sit the show have been recruited.
Postcards will be available at the May meeting, prepared by Eileen Hulsman.

June Meeting – June 1
Our meeting next month will be on June 1 at the Mariemont Art Barn. Members should bring in their artwork for the show that day, but they need to have already mailed Rhonda the titles so she can have the slips made out for each picture.
The show will be hung that afternoon, with the speaker’s workshop being held in a different room. Tom Bluemlein will be the presenter.

Reminder – new blog site is

There is a monthly Second Sunday Show at the Women’s Art Club Barn in Mariemont. Their new exhibit will be on May 15.
For other announcements, see our blog.

Upcoming speakers will be:
June – Tom Bluemlein - Seven Pearls of Painting (meeting at Mariemont Barn)
July – Ursula LaSorella Producing Art from our failures.
August – Cincinnati Art Museum (change from usual location)
Water colors in the collection – tour with docents. Will need a specific count of those planning
to attend to have adequate number of docents.
September – Mary Helen Wallace - How to make Paintings Sparkle.
October – Mike McGuire.

Ken Buck from the Art Academy presented the program – Animals in gouache. After the program there was a critique and then a workshop.

Carol Fencl, Communications Chair

Saturday, May 7, 2011


Our guest artist/speaker for May was Ken Landon Buck, an internationally known artist who works in watercolor, gouache, pastel and acrylic. Ken has won numerous awards and is a signature member in the National Watercolor Society, the Kentucky Watercolor Society, the Southeastern Pastel Society and the Oregon Pastel Society, which has given him the Master Pastelist Award. He teaches classes at the Essex Studios in Cincinnati and in many of the Adult Community Education programs for the Art Academy of Cincinnati.

Ken gave a very information demonstration on using gouache on Wallis sanded paper. Wallis paper has a tooth that works well with pastel and gouache. Ken enjoys working with gouache because it gives him "more room to make errors and is very correctable." He can layer up to 60 layers of gouache on a painting or work with it very thinned with water and get a more transparent look. He always begins with his darkest value first so he knows where he's going with his painting values. He compared it to having a good road map when travelling so although you might veer off and take side trips along the way, you know how to get to your final destination. Ken worked from a drawing of a prairie dog, layering the gouache in steps, letting it dry in between layers. Even though the gouache dries, it still "sinks into the paper" at each stage so you have to have patience with it. Ken said he can spend hours working with gouache, adding layers and shaping forms like a sculptor.

First - a photo of Ken with the painting he brought in to show his work

Ken Landen Buck with one of his paintings of swimmers, for which is he well known.

Ken Landen Buck working on a prairie dog painting using only gouache (Grumbacher, Winsor Newton and DaVinci).

Submitted by Rhonda Carpenter.
Photos by Rhonda Carpenter and Susan Grogan.