Saturday, December 21, 2013


Let's get this party started!
We had a great turn out for our December meeting which was an art party and sale.

Each year we have a members' sale where members can bring in "slightly used" or new art items for sale.  We thought it would be a good idea to have the sale in December, when we are all in a buying mood, thinking of Christmas gifts for ourselves or other artists we know.  It was a success!  We had a really good turn out.  In addition to our members' sale, we had another sale of Mary Marxen's art supplies.

We played a game that helped break the ice and allowed us to get to know each other better.  The photo below shows some of the members signing each other's game sheets.

At prior meetings we had sign up sheets for food - and boy oh boy - did we have food!  We filled the long table in the kitchen with "entree" and appetizer items - but later when I went to check it was all gone - just a few crumbs remained!  We put desserts on the table in the main room and I just couldn't resist, shall we say, 3 or maybe 4 (or, gee, maybe more!) of them.

All in all, we had a wonderful morning of fund raising, fun and games, great food and camaraderie!

Games, food and fun!
Text and photos submitted by Deb Ward

Thursday, November 21, 2013


Tammy Muente, who had given a presentation for us on John Singer Sargeant in February, 2013, returned for a Power Point presentation on Winslow Homer's Adirondack series watercolors.

Homer began his career as an illustrator for Harper's Weekly, covering the Civil War.
War for the Union 1862
Sharpshooter on Picket Duty
Veteran in a New Field
His travels to England resulted in a series of watercolors and oils representative of the fishermen's wives who waited eagerly for their husbands' safe return from the sea.

A Voice From the Cliffs
Inside the Bar, Tynemouth
Homer was an avid outdoorsman, fisherman and sportsman who began using watercolors to represent the ordinary lives of Americans.  In 1873 he declared "I will live by my watercolors".  

The Gulf Stream
When Homer lived in  the Adirondacks, he painted a series of paintings dealing with his love of fishing and hunting.
Adirondack Lake
Sunrise, Fishing in the Adirondacks
Unexpected Catch
Canoe in Rapids
Leaping Trout
Breaking Trout
Mink Pond
Adirondack Guide
The Blue Boat
Hound and Hunter - Sketch in Watercolor
Hound and Hunter - Oil
Hunter in the Adirondacks
On the Trail
Deer Drinking
Fallen Deer
After the Hunt
Dogs in a Boat
Guide Carrying Deer
As more areas of the country were cleared for America's westward expansion, many of Homer's paintings show his concern for the changing way of American life.

Old Friends
The Pioneer
Woodsman and Fallen Tree

All paintings courtesy

Friday, November 15, 2013


Meeting Minutes November 6:
Deb started the meeting with a quick meet and greet with the members sitting around us. Her quote for this meeting was “Art is the only way to run away without leaving home”.

She asked if anyone had tried the technique Barb Sailor demonstrated at the last meeting.  Deb also wanted to know if any members who had gone to the Fran Mangino workshop brought in their work for a show and tell today.

She announced that after the meeting today there would be a leadership meeting of the new and old officers.

Evergreen Show:
Sally Wester,  the show chairman, gave a brief report on the show. She thought the show went very well with the exception that one of Joan Miley’s paintings is missing. They plan on contacting Evergreen to see if they have found it. Shirley mentioned that a lot of members picked up their work before anyone was there to check them out. They decided that the pickup process needs to be improved. Sally did say that the club broke even between the two shows this year. Carol Steuer sold one of her paintings at this show.

There were 17 out of 20 members who attended the Fran Mangino Workshop. The club came close to breaking even on the workshop.

Rhonda is organizing a Carol Carter workshop April 4 -6. It will be limited to 20 people. This workshop will cost a total of $200 with a deposit of a $100 on Jan 8.

Deb again stressed the importance of the blog for members and  for people outside of  the club.
Two of our new members, Claudia Taylor and Joan Gross, found out about us through the blog.

December Meeting:
The December will be a lunch, art sale, and an open painting.  The art sale will include members selling their extra supplies, books, frames, and etc. There will also be some of Mary Marxen supplies for sale. Deb will be passing around a sheet to sign up to bring food for the luncheon and for attendance at the December meeting. Coffee, water and soft drinks will be supplied by the club.

We have two guests today - Donna Edrington a friend of Judith Reed and Audrey Rood. Audrey is a member of the Cleveland and Florida Watercolor Societies.

Treasury Report:
Sally gave us a quick update on the club’s income and expenses for the month. Marilyn Bishop suggested that the scholarship fund not be included in the total club balance since it is a special fund.

 Deb won third place in the Georgia Watercolor Society Signature Show. She also has a painting in the Indiana Watercolor Society show in Indianapolis.

Deb announced new officers:

Marilyn Bishop - president
Sally Wester - treasurer
Joyce Grothaus - secretary
Deb Ward and Jane Hittinger - membership
Sally Wester - show chairman
Jean Vance - workshop director
Deb Ward - Blog

Deb said that no one wanted to take the job of Program Chairman.  Since the programs are a very important part of the club and our meetings she hopes with the help of the new leadership team we can find a solution to this  problem. She hopes that someone will volunteer to do the job of scheduling the programs.

The program today was by Tammy Muente, a curator from the Taft Museum, on Winslow Homer’s Adirondack Watercolors.

Homer Winslow did over 685 watercolors and 300 oils. He began his career in 1865 as an illustrator for the War and Soldiers Life for Harpers Weekly.  His first watercolor was painted in 1873 and it helped make  watercolors a serious art medium.

Through a power point presentation, Tammy showed us many of his works before the Adirondack period . Most of his paintings depicted people’s daily lives along with morality of life and death. He lived in several places that inspired many of the themes of his work. One example of this is the many pictures he painted in England of fisherman’s wives. He portrayed the physical and emotional strength of these women in very somber works.

His painting series were started with simple illustration, a lot of times working on location. Homer used  his travel guides as models in his works when doing the Adirondack series.  The Adirondack Series consisted of over a hundred paintings and was done late in his life. Homer died in 1910 and was considered one of the great American watercolorists.

Tammy gave a wonderful power point program on Homer Winslow that we all enjoyed.

Minutes by Kathy Kuyper

Tuesday, October 15, 2013


Our speaker today was Barbara Hart Sailor.  Barb brought along her friend of 55 years, Rose, to help her with her program – and the two made quite a pilgrimage in order to be here today for our program.

Although Barb hails from Jackson Center, Ohio, north of Dayton, Ohio, she and our Program Director, Rhonda Carpenter, “met” on the internet via their blogs.  Rhonda admired Barb’s work and process very much and invited her to come to GCWS for our March program.  However, due to a heavy snowstorm which cancelled our March meeting, we were not able to see her amazing work until today – but it was definitely worth the wait! 

Barb works in many art mediums, but she loves painting with watermedia.  Today’s program detailed her process of pouring acrylic inks and finishing her paintings in watercolor.

Barb told us that, in today’s demonstration, the process takes precedence and the painting would be both realistic and conceptual.  

Using a gridded photo, Barb had drawn her painting directly onto Arches 140 CP paper, and then applied Pebeo Drawing Gum to the edges of the leaves and any other areas she wanted to leave white.  Barb explained that Pebeo is the only miskit she has found that will allow her to develop her paintings in this manner and she will use sharpened handles of brushes or a wooden stylus to apply the miskit. 

Barb then mixes acrylic ink with water in small jars (baby food jars).  She will pre-mix colors and test them for strength before applying them to her paper.  She will then wet her paper completely and use eye droppers or pipettes to apply the ink to the paper, using the small misketed areas to contain the spread of her colors.  She will then move her paper to allow the inks to blend. 

Once this layer of color has dried she will begin painting with watercolor.  Once she has removed the miskit, Barb is able to soften edges with a Magic Eraser, or by painting into the white spaces with watercolor.

Barb likes to use the inks for her first layer since they are so richly pigmented and because they are impervious to water and will not lift when additional layers are added to the painting.

Barb had brought a painting of a peony (in progress) which she painted on while her other painting was being dried.  She had already removed the miskit from this painting and was using her watercolors for the final painting process.  She showed us how she both darkens and lifts areas in her paintings.

Barb had several floral paintings set up on easels and she explained how she had painted each one.

Below is some information Barb shared with us regarding her painting technique.

Barb and a friend currently have a show hanging at the Art Center in Wapakoneta, Ohio entitled “Side by Side”.  The show will consist of photographs by Pamela Baker and the painted rendition of those photos by Barb Sailor.
Riverside Art Center
3 West Auglaize Street
Wapakoneta, OH
Opening Reception:  Sunday, October 6, 2013 from 2 – 4 p.m.
The show will hang through the month of October

We would like to thank Barb for her wonderful program today.
For more information about Barb:
Submitted by Deb Ward