Monday, May 21, 2012


Donna Cameron
How long have you been a member of the GCWS and why did you join?
I joined GCWS in 2008 when Mary Marxen (who got me started in watercolors) brought me as a guest.  I loved watching the artist demos and seeing what shows and workshops were available.

Have you held any positions with the GCWS; if so, what positions?
What are some of your artistic achievements?
I’ve participated in all the GCWS shows since I’ve been a member.  I took a class at Baker Hunt and have gone to several workshops at Cheap Joe’s in Boone, NC.  I especially enjoy making cards from my paintings – personalized birthday and get well cards and notecards with scripture verses.
Describe your usual procedures for creating a painting.
I start with a photo I particularly like or work from a live setup and enjoy both.  Usually I do a thumbnail sketch – Susan Grogan got me into that habit. Also, sometimes I’ll do a small quick painting to try out colors, etc.
How long have you been painting.
I started in watercolor about four years ago and painted in acrylics many years prior to that.  I did a lot of decorative painting on wood items and had a small craft business for a few years.  Also, I loved painting on fabric with acrylics and fabric dyes.
Where do you get your inspiration for paintings?
I take a lot of photos – sometimes one will just beg to be painted.  I love color and especially enjoy painting flowers.
Are you a teacher?

Where do you see yourself in the future?  (ie., is painting a hobby; will you enter shows; do you see yourself teaching?)
Painting for me is a very enjoyable hobby.  I want to continue exhibiting my work in shows and go to workshops, etc. whenever I can.

Monday, May 14, 2012


Tina Tamarro
Tina Tammaro presented an overview of great artists for members of the Greater Cincinnati Watercolor Society on May 2, 2012.  She is a working artist whose background includes a position as staff lecturer and educator at the Whitney Museum of Art in New York City.  She has a BFA from Miami University and an MFA from the University of Cincinnati.

The presentation included many 20th century artists.  They are listed with comments and some identifying art.

Inventions such as the airplane, elevators, and film offered the artist new perspectives from which to paint.
Charles Demuth who painted “I Saw the Figure 5 in Gold” in 1928 emphasized fragmentation. 

Max Weber showed New York City in his work “Chinese Restaurant” (1915)

Edward Hopper who often painted people in restaurants suggested alienation.

John Marin, famous for his watercolors, chopped the picture into sections.

Joseph Stella painted “Bridge” in 1936.  The arches and gothic shape of the bridge which suggested church windows made this seem like a religious painting.
In the 20th century, idea becomes more important; art documents the thought.  It is called conceptualization.

Barnett Newman was part of the abstract expressionist movement.  His painting of a red rectangle, titled “Day 1” is about God creating light.
George Bellows painted “Dempsey and Firpo” showing Jack Dempsey being knocked out of the ring.  As story tellers, these artists embellished or left things out to make a better picture.

Jackson Pollock was an abstract expressionist who insisted that art be for art’s sake.  In his painting “#27” each color has a different purpose.

Willem de Kooning painting in the 1960s made a whole physical gesture.  His painting, “The Doorway” has blocks of yellow with rectangles of gray and black and has a door with a tree inside or outside.

Roy Lichtenstein made fun of the abstract expressionists and was considered a pop artist. His work had comic book images as the basis.

Jasper Johns was against pure emotionalism.  He painted realism such as the American Flag using encaustic, oil and collage.

Andy Warhol, another pop artist of the 1950s, used familiar faces and items repeated graphically such as the famous painting of Marilyn Monroe.  Also, one was of Coca-cola bottles.

From the mid 20th century, Tammaro went back to some of the other famous artists:

Claude Monet painting in 1906 and beyond was trying to get at the truth of where he lives.  He was fascinated with water and his work is all about atmosphere.

Jacob van Ruisdael in 1646 painted landscapes which were innovative at the time and were preferred by middle and upper class merchants.

William Turner, the English romantic painter of about 1775-1851 loosened the brush stroke.

Winslow Homer, an American 19th century painter, emphasized shapes to put us into the scene.

Charles Burchfield was a nature watercolorist who inspired Walt Disney.

Edward Hopper tried to paint an experience. He painted where he walked—such as the back of houses.  He did not paint like post cards.

Andrew Wyeth loved the people he painted, people who were quiet and contemplative.  He gives his subjects detail and wants you to experience what he experiences.

Mark Rothko, an abstract expressionist of the 1950s, wanted to paint religious paintings but as a Jew could not paint images.  His filled canvases are very contemplative.

Robert Henri of the WWI era painted Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney wearing pants and she had a bobbed hair style.  This was daring at the time.  She started the Whitney Museum of Art.

Richard Schmid painted in the second half of the 20th century yet paints like the 20th century never happened with his nostalgic subjects painted in the style of Duveneck.

This ended the lecture which offered the members a look at how art is meant to come from within a person.

(The foregoing notes were taken by Marilyn Bishop as a person in the audience—not as an expert.  Photos by Jane Hittinger and Deb Ward).

Monday, May 7, 2012

MINUTES - MAY 2, 2012

Hannah Westendorf receives her award from Joan O'Leary (right) while Hannah's mother watches.
With the ringing of the bell and the greeting of the membership, the May, 2012 GCWS meeting came to order.

A reminder of last month’s quote, “See the value in what you’re doing”, and the question whether anyone had remembered or acted on the quote, was followed by several raised hands.  This month’s quote is:  “Be a loving collector of your own accomplishments.”  Deb asked everyone to set a goal for the month and to give themselves a pat on the back when they reach that goal.
Hannay explains the process used in her paintings.
Les Miley was thanked for his vital service to the GCWS with a hearty round of applause.

Deb asked if anyone had tried out any of the Golden products they received last month and several hands were raised.  She then asked people to bring in any samples of the work they produced with those supplies.

The 6-month postcard reminder had been passed out and mailed in April – but if anyone has not received this please either continue checking the blog, where the information will appear, updated as necessary, or contact Deb to have it mailed.

Last month two CDs were purchased from Merle Rosen showing her use of the various Golden mediums and collage techniques; they are now in the GCWS lending library.  This brought up the request that, if anyone would like to purchase a CD or book for the club, please ask Leadership Team prior to purchasing that item in order to be reimbursed.  All expenses by a member must be approved by Leadership and accompanied by a receipt before they will be reimbursed.  However, if you want to purchase something and donate it to the group – all donations are accepted!
Hannah's painting of her younger brother.
Sue Grogan wants to know if anyone would like to take over the scrapbook as she no longer has the time to do this.  If anyone is interested please contact her for information about what you will need to do.

Carol Steuer has some Robert Fabe paintings she would like to donate to the club.  Various ideas as to how to accomplish this task were suggested.  Deb will contact someone at the Cincinnati Art Club who might have knowledge of the paintings’ worth.  Any money raised by the sale of these paintings will go toward the purchase of a projector so we can watch the DVDS we have in the library either as a program or following a program.  In lieu of that, the money will go toward our annual Young Artist Award.

After the treasurer’s report was given, Deb asked everyone to please give announcement information, in writing, to our secretary for inclusion in the minutes.  She also requested that you contact her with written information if you would like that information placed on the blog side bar.
Hannah worked at a fruit stand in the summer, and was inspired to paint these apples in watercolor.

Rhonda has been working on a fall workshop for the group and Christopher Leeper will be here October 26-28 for a workshop titled “How to Create Dramatic Watercolor Paintings”.   So many members signed the workshop list that it will be offered on a first come, first served basis.  If you are interested in attending this 3-day workshop, send your deposit check for $50 to Rhonda Carpenter ASAP (her address is in your membership book).  Once the workshop is filled, she will maintain a waiting list. 

Several people have offered to help, and Deb agreed to oversee, the July show which will be at Kennedy Heights Arts Center in late July.  We will need several people to help with hanging and refreshments, so think about volunteering for one of those jobs. 

More information about the show will be available at the June meeting.  Check out for more information about this venue.

In the mean time, everybody start painting – July will be here before we know it!

Our April featured artist is Howard Krauss, with Donna Cameron appearing in May and Taylor Bush appearing in June.  If you would like to become a featured artist, please contact Deb.

Each year we give a check for $500 to a deserving student who will be pursuing an art career.  This year the honor goes to Hannah Westendorf from Madeira High School.  Following our program we had a presentation of the award by Joan O’Leary, our Young Artist Award Chair this year, and a beautiful and tasty cake was enjoyed by all present.

Hannah and her mother brought 3 pieces of Hannah’s artwork – a watercolor, an acrylic, and a graphite drawing, and her work is amazing for someone so young.  Hannah will be attending the University of Cincinnati’s Design, Art, Architecture and Planning (DAAP) program for a degree in architecture.  DAAP is one of the most prestigious art schools in the nation and we wish Hannah all the best.

(Since our secretary was not present, these minutes are submitted by Deb Ward.  I apologize for any oversights, and welcome any corrections!)