Monday, November 28, 2011


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


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


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.