Saturday, September 29, 2012


A most beautiful and delicious cake was baked by our former president, Eileen Hulsman.  Following our ceremony we invited all visitors to have a taste.  One of the workers snagged a piece, then returned with a tray and took several more pieces for his co-workers.  Show visitors, residents and employees were seen wandering around with plates of cake - a testament to it's extremely good flavor and moistness.  I'm telling you - it was DELICIOUS!  (Thank you so much, Eileen)
Our fall Evergreen Show coincided with our Greater Cincinnati Watercolor Society's 10th Anniversary which we celebrated prior to the awards with some "speechifying" and a cake!
Several of the original GCWS members are acknowledged in the sun-drenched atrium of
Evergreen Retirement Center during our 10th anniversary celebration.
It was 10 years ago that Marilyn Bishop had a vision of an organization of artists dedicated to furthering watercolor and water media in the Cincinnati area.  A group of artists met at the Cincinnati Art Club and the Greater Cincinnati Watercolor Society was born.
Some of the original GCWS members (standing left to right):  Jean Soller, Jo Hogan, Marilyn Bishop (Founder), Joan Miley, Janet Vennemeyer, Kathy Lawrence, Dot Burdin; (seated left to right) Jane Hittinger and Carol Steuer.
Over the years our membership has grown as has the scope of our organization.
·        Our members have the opportunity to show their work at two shows each year, one of which is juried. 
·        We have monthly programs – either demonstrations, slide shows, art history talks, museum tours.
·        Following our monthly meetings we have an open painting session for all who want to participate. 
·        We have a lending library with books and DVDs –
all ways in which our members can further their art education

Thanks to the vision of Marilyn Bishop, and the help of numerous volunteers for the past 10 years, Greater Cincinnati Watercolor Society has become one of the premier art groups in the Cincinnati area.
Presidents past and present (left to right):  Shirley Knollman, Deb Ward (current), Marilyn Bishop and
Eileen Hulsman (not only a past president but also a wonderful cake baker!)  Not present, Sandy Maudlin.
We look forward to building on our previous 10 years of growth and strengthening and improving our group in our second decade.

Thursday, September 20, 2012


Trish started the program talking about what we should consider before we actually paint a picture. The first two things are inspiration and content or subject. She also stressed that design was an important part of her work. A couple rules of design that she talked about were the rule of 3 or odd numbers and the use of dark against light. One of her favorite design forms is the cruciform similar to a Y design. After this discussion on design she proceeded to show us her technique of paintings leaves.
Trish uses a lot of unusual things to achieve different effects in paintings. Some of the things are saran wrap, wax paper, Halloween cob webbing, inks, fluid acrylics and leaves. Most the time she limits herself to three colors. She either paints on watercolor canvas or 140 lb. hot press.

She starts her painting by putting webbing in a design on her canvas. She then starts to squirt different colors of ink around the canvas and spraying with water to help disburse the ink. Next she takes her leaves and strategically places them around her canvas, creating a design. When creating the design with the leaves you need to consider negative space, focal points, and include a variety of shapes. Also be sure to allow things to run off the page. It’s important to use leaves that are soft and porous so they absorb some of the color. When laying the leaves on the canvas you want to put the vein side down.

 After placing the leaves she uses wax paper to create the effect of bark. She does this by crumbling the wax paper and tearing it into small pieces. Then placing it on the paper, she uses a roller to help press the leaves and wax paper into place. Then the last step in this stage of the painting is using the saran wrap over most the painting creating unusual lines and texture. At this point you let the painting dry.

The painting "package" all wrapped up and ready to dry.
The second stage of this painting is the removal of the wax paper and the saran wrap. With the use of fluid acrylics and a small roller she adds more color to create a design. Trish then decides what she likes about the painting and then uses gesso to tone down or eliminate certain areas she doesn’t like. Next she removes the leaves. Sometimes she repaints or gesso’s the leaves, pressing them back into the canvas with a roller to enhance the design. After that Trish will outline some of the leaves using an oiler boiler that she gets at Cheap Joe’s. She will use fluid acrylics to tint some of the areas that she gessoed. When the painting is dry she sprays it with a glossy Krylon fixative.
Her technique of using unusual items to create different textures and effects will be an inspiration to us all.  Hopefully we will be able to use some of these ideas in our future art pieces.

Submitted by Kathy Kuyper
Photos by Deb Ward

Just a few more photos of Trish's process:

The painting "up close and personal" following removal of the papers and addition of gesso, color and stamping.
Trish showed us a "disaster" - which went from this . . .
. . . to this with the removal of the leaves and addition of some gesso and more color.
Quite a transition!

Thursday, September 13, 2012


Painting drop off for the fall show is Friday, September 21, from 10 - noon, at Evergreen Retirement Center,
230 W. Galbraith Road.
The October GCWS meeting will be held at Evergreen Retirement Center.

The September meeting began with the usual meet and greet your neighbor. Deb’s quote for the meeting was “There’s a potential painting in every moment of our day”.  I know that there are many times I look at landscapes and shadows and think that would look good on paper or driving along and stopping to take a picture of something. There are so many wonderful things that are out there to see and paint.

Deb briefly brought up the subject of the Christopher Leeper workshop in October. She wanted us to remember a few things Lois brought up during the last program.
Learn one thing from each workshop  or class.
Don’t end up painting like your instructor but adapt what they teach to your way of painting.
It’s a good idea to take a workshop from someone, even if you don’t particularly like their style, because you can still learn from them. 

KHAC Art Show:
The members were asked how they liked the show at KHAC. Most the members agreed that it was a very nice facility and that the show went very well. Louise Allen sold one of her paintings at the show. The income from the show was $330.00. The rental for KHAC was $200 and about another $150 for other expenses. Leaving us with a loss of  approximately $20.  Deb is hoping that we can make the shows at least break even .

Evergreen Art show:
Members are allowed to enter 2 paintings in the show at Evergreen. Registration  forms for the show are in your email or you can get them from Mary Moore. The show will be juried by Marlene Steele, First prize -$250, Second  prize - $100, Third prize - $50, and a ribbon for honorable mention. Drop off date for the show is Sept. 21, and opening is Sunday Sept. 23. As of now Mary has enough people to hang the show. There are a few dates that are open for sitting the show. It would be helpful if you are entering paintings in the show to get the information to Mary by phone or email as soon as possible so that  the title cards are ready for the hanging of the pictures.

There are post cards for the Evergreen Art show that can be picked up today. The pictures that are on the postcards are of paintings from Susan Grogan and Rhonda Carpenter.

Feature Artist:
Deb still needs members to volunteer to be a feature artist on the Blog. If your interested just bring your pictures to the meeting and Deb will photograph them for the Blog. She really is hopefully that members will step up to do this so she does not have to go after members. It’s also important for members to let Deb know if they are in any shows so that the information can be put on the Blog.

The new brochures are being printed now.  Deb used paintings from 5 different members for the brochure. They were Larry Sparks, Joan Miley, Joyce Grothaus, Eileen Hulsman, and Deb Ward. The brochures will be ready  to distribute at the Evergreen Show.

We had several guests at this meeting.   Ann Grieve, a beginner watercolorist, and Libby Hunt found out about the Club through our blog which was very exciting. Three students of Rhonda Carpenter attended the meeting. They were: Joy Sallee, Linda Henke, and Nancy Beers. Nancy Parsley, a friend of Susan Giegler, was also a guest  today.

Treasurer Report;
Sally Wester updated the members on our  income and expenses for the last month.

 Rhonda announced that the remaining $50 for the workshop is due. It has to be paid by Oct 1 or at our October meeting. If you fail to pay then you will lose your spot at the workshop. Rhonda will be taking checks for deposit in February for the Spring Christopher Leeper workshop. She also is working on getting another workshop for next September.

The October program will be put on by Helen Haberstroh on Pen and Ink with watercolors. This meeting will take place at Evergreen and lunch will be included.

Taylor Bush will do the November program on Portraits.

Trish McKinney did the program today on Natures Palette.

Other Announcements:
There is an Art show this weekend in Bellevue Ky.

Cincinnati Art club Signature show is Sept. 14 - 16.

Submitted by Kathy Kuyper