Monday, June 24, 2013


Carol's self-portrait in her signature style.
Carol Carter presented the program today. She is an award winning international artist, one of seven
US artists  making this list. She has been painting over 40 years starting  with acrylics. Instead of giving us a power point presentation she brought numerous paintings to show us her different styles and subjects.

Carol does a self portrait every ten years just to validate where she is in life.

She always starts with a drawing and a lot of times limits her palette to 6 colors or less. Much of her technique is being able to use or make blossoms as part of the painting. Sometimes these just happen, other times she will create them by using clear water next to a painted area. Many of her paintings are figurative, expressing a certain subject. She did an entire show of figurative paintings in water using bold colors and imaginative colors to represent the water and the figures in the painting. When she paints large paintings, she actually paints them on the floor. She lays in the background first and then patiently waits as the painting dries to control the colors and any other movement in the paint.

Carol also feels that the title of the painting is another way to grab the viewer and bring them into the painting. She also feels it is important not to give the viewer all the answers in the painting, but to let them fill in the blanks with their mind.

She advises us to think about what you are painting and why you are painting it, because it might lead you down painting paths that you may not have expected.

Carol is a marvelous watercolorist and inspired us with her works and the use of colors. I wanted to thank Carol for bringing her paintings to the meeting so we could see them up close and truly enjoy them.

Submitted by Kathy Kuyper.

An Addendum from the President:
Even though I was unable to be there, I’m told that the group thoroughly enjoyed Carol's program and would love to have her come back!

Carol drove in from St. Louis and brought her original paintings to show the group!  Can you imagine!!!  Wow!!!

Kudos to Rhonda Carpenter who was responsible for having Carol come, and for hosting Carol overnight.  Rhonda sent me these photos for the blog – you can see that Carol was an animated speaker and her paintings stand out above the crowd.

Thank you, Carol, for coming so far and giving a wonderful presentation.

Saturday, June 22, 2013

MINUTES - JUNE 5, 2013

Rhonda Carpenter ran the meeting today since Deb Ward was out of town on a painting retreat.

Our July meeting is changed to the 2nd Wednesday, July 10, because of the fourth of July holiday. A membership list is also being passed around again so all members can update any of their information.

Rhonda also reminded us that the Fran Margino workshop will be Oct.25, 26, and 27. You can send your $50 deposit to Deb Ward up until Aug. 1. Fran is an Ohio Watercolorist mainly painting  figures and portraits. The total cost of the workshop will be $100, the rest of the cost is subsidized by the club.

Our next program will be by Beth Goldstien. The subject is expressing yourself as an artist.

Rhonda said that we are still missing about 4 or 5 DVD’s from our library. Please go home and check to make sure you don’t have one at home.

Deb will be sending out reminder post cards next month regarding the rest of the year. Please keep these handy even though this information is on the blog.

Shirley is sending around a sheet for members to volunteer to be sitters for the show. We only need a few more to cover the rest of the show. She also mentioned that there are folders on the back table to enter in the Bethesda North show.

Treasurer report and show report:

Sally gave us an update on the current income and expenses for the club.

We also gave her around of applause for doing such a great job on organizing the show. Sally said that it went well but she will need a little more help on the next show. Painting pick up for the show is Sunday June 30 at 4 o’clock. Please remember to sign out your paintings when picking them up. If you can’t get your painting on Sunday you will have a few days to pick them up during the week before the take them down and put them in storage. If you do sell a painting you must pay a 20% commission to the Women’s Art  Club. The winners of the show are:
!st place  - Deb Ward
2nd Place - Wynne Bittlinger
3rd Place - Barbara Zentgrap
Honorable mention  - Donna Cameron and Shirley Knollman


Tina Csolkvoit, a friend of Nancy Pennington, was a guest today.

Submitted by Kathy Kuyper.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013


Our show will be hanging one extra week, thanks to the generosity of the staff at the "Barn" (Woman's Art Club Cultural Center).  The show will hang through the weekend of July 6 and 7, so you will have an opportunity attend if you have not done so alaready!

I missed our opening since I was out of town, but drove over on the following Sunday to see the show.  I took photos of each wall, beginning as you walked in the front door and entered to the left. 
I'm very proud of our members' work and think the show was hung beautifully.

Thanks to all who participated and helped in some way.

These last 3 photos are of the paintings hanging directly in the entryway facing the door and I had to get them at an odd angle due to the amount of sunlight coming in.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013


Here are the paintings which won an award in our current show, with the artist if they were present.

1st Place - Deb Ward - Industrial Revolution
2nd Place - Wynne Bittlinger - Red Apples and Basket

3rd Place - Barb Zentgraf - View From Tonto

Honorable Mention - Shirley Knollman - At the Greenhouse
Honorable Mention - Donna Cameron

Donna  Cameron's Painting - Signs of Spring
Thanks to Jerry Carpenter for these photos!