Wednesday, March 27, 2013


Joyce Grothaus with her two latest paintings
How long have you been a member of the GCWS and why did you join?
 I have been a member of GCWS for one year (Feb 2012).  Susan Grogan invited me to a meetingand after attending in January, 2012, I concurred with her opinion that I could learn a lot from belonging, and that I would enjoy being with the other members.

Anna's Chicken

Have you held any positions with the GCWS; if so, what positions?
No, but I did help work on one of the Art Shows.
What are some of your artistic achievements?
 Getting the paint on the paper in a way that is pleasing to me is my first achievement.  I have participated in both GCWS Art Shows in 2012, and attended the Christopher Leeper Workshop.  I was responsible for initiating a display of our paintings from Susan Grogan’s class, at the Miami Township’s (Clermont) Super Senior Saturday, and also a display in the Miami Township Civic Center.

My Brother Jeff

Describe your usual procedures for creating a painting.  Where do you get your inspiration for paintings?
Inspiration & Procedure – The vast majority of my paintings are inspired by photographs that I have taken specifically for that purpose; or from photos that my husband (who is very talented in photography) has taken over the years.  I love to try all kinds of subject matter – landscapes, scenes, people, animals, nature, buildings, or still-lifes.  Many of my paintings are chosen from trips we have taken in the last few years.   I have not painted en plein air – only in class, at GCWS, or at home in our glassed-in porch (great light), usually transferring the photo onto the paper, then doing the background first, and moving forward.

Fun at the Shore

How long have you been painting?
My only previous art experiences occurred during my 8th grade summer, when a lady gathered the neighborhood kids in her yard once a week to draw and paint – (Little do we know what influence we can have on someone – many years later).  I also took lessons on Saturday mornings during my Freshman year of high school (charcoal and pastels), from Ms. Eileen McCarthy in Covington, KY, who was a student of Frank Duvenec.  It has been wonderful these last 3 years to have another chance to enjoy the world of art!

From Our Window

Are you a teacher?
No, I am not a teacher.
Flowers at the Art Shop
 Where do you see yourself in the future?  (i.e., is painting a hobby; will you enter shows; do you see yourself teaching?)
For the foreseeable future, I want to continue painting for my own enjoyment, and entering the GCWS Art Shows, and other venues as they become available.
Coastal Maine

Tuesday, March 5, 2013


Due to weather predictions for Wednesday, March 6:

The March meeting is CANCELLED.

Please mail your 2013 dues checks to our Treasurer.

See you in April!