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

Friday, October 11, 2013


Since our secretary was absent at our October meeting, your trusty President is attempting to make note of the meeting minutes.

Following the greeting – which was quite robust! – a quote by John Singer Sargent was read:  “Start with a broom and end with a needle”.  This quote was proven at our program which followed!

We asked for the remainder of the Fran Mangino workshop checks before the end of the meeting.  Those present who still needed to pay did so before they left, and we thank them.  It was also noted that due to two cancellations, we have room for two more in the workshop.  If you are interested in attending the workshop, please contact Deb Ward.

Nominations were passed around again.  Deb will call those nominated during October and we will have a vote in November for the new Leadership Team members.

A reminder that the Evergreen show will hang through October 27 - you may pick up your paintings either Sunday, October 27, immediately following the show closing (4 p.m.) or Monday, October 28, from 10 – noon.  (If you are unable to pick up your painting – please check your membership book to locate someone in your area who may be able to pick up your painting for you.)

We discussed the December meeting which will be an “ARTY PARTY” consisting of a luncheon, member art sale, Mary Marxen art sale and open paint for those who wish to participate.  We hope to have a good turn out.  And remember – the funds from any items purchased from Mary’s art supplies will go toward our Young Artist Award fund.

Nancy Pennington had two framed paintings for “show and tell”.  She wanted these paintings shown because she had painted them during our “open Paint” following our meetings and wanted to let people know how important these painting sessions can be.

Following our Treasurer’s report, we had four visitors stand and introduce themselves.  Subsequently we have two new members!

Deb let everyone know that Carolyn Hibbard received the Cheap Joe Award at the Ohio Watercolor Society show in Oberlin, Ohio.  (More information about Carolyn’s accomplishments are on the blog sidebar).

Deb Ward received her Active/Signature membership in the Ohio Watercolor Society at the September annual meeting.

Janet Vennemeyer announced the Woman’s Art Club will have their “All Member Show” opening Sunday, October 13 with a reception from 1-4 at the Barn iat 6980 Cambridge Avenue in Mariemont.  (More information can be found on the blog sidebar).

Additional notes following our meeting:
We seem to have a core group who stay to paint after meetings, and following today’s meeting we had a total of 12 members who stayed!  This group discussed critiques and “show and tell”.  Following our discussion, I have made an “executive decision”!

I encourage members to bring in paintings for critique.
However, I also feel that "show and tell" paintings can be allowed in order to get better participation in our critique session. 
Members will be allowed to bring a framed painting for "show and tell".  Hopefully this painting will be
(1) one which had previously been critiqued by the group - in order to show how a painting has been changed per the suggestions made at the critique session; or
(2) created based on one of our program presentations.
I hope that this will encourage all members to participate in the critique process – a valuable tool for any artist to improve the quality of their work.
(Submitted by Deb Ward)

Monday, October 7, 2013


On my way home from our October meeting, I stopped by Evergreen to see our show hanging. 

I attempted to get a photo of at least one of the paintings by each artist.  However, in some instances, no matter where I stood or what I leaned over, I could not get a photo at all, there just was too much glare on the painting.  So - my apologies to anyone who does not have a painting represented here. 

I have done my best to give the name of each artist with the painting, but, again, my apologies if I have these wrong.
Joan Ammerman
Marilyn Bishop
Marion Bostian
Steve Bromberg
Donna Cameron
Rhonda Carpenter
Juanita Dougherty
Ardelle Duffy
Carolyn Gesteland
Suzanne Geigler
Joyce Grothaus
Jan Hay

Kathy Lawrence
Jane Hittinger

Shirley Knollman
Diana Marra
Joan Miley
Virginia Mooney
Judy Reed
Lois Schaich
Jean Soller
Larry Sparks
Janet Vennemeyer
Deb Ward (flanked by Diana Marra)
Sally Wester
Nancy Wisely