Wednesday, July 23, 2014


Marilyn Bishop is our first, past and current President!  She founded the Greater Cincinnati Watercolor Society where she has served not only as President, but also as Program Chair,  Exhibit Chair, Publicity Author, Library Manager and Historian.
New Richmond Rocks
Street scene along Front Street in New Richmond on the Ohio River.

Following her academic degrees awarded at the University of Dayton from the Department of Communication and Department of Religious Studies, Marilyn began to learn the art of watercolor.  Her enthusiasm led to further study at the Springmaid Watermedia Workshops, Cincinnati Art Academy Community Education, The Rosewood Center, Sinclair College Community Education and Baker Hunt Foundation.  She has learned also through self-study using videos and books as her guides.  She has taught watercolor classes at area recreation centers and has given workshops for the Watercolor Society.

Marilyn enjoys painting in new ways to create interesting texture and shape.  In addition to watercolors, she creates monotype images, collages of non-objective design using rice paper and stained paper collages.
Blue Chairs
Inside the Ross Goudy Historic site in New Richmond, Ohio. 
 Imaginary colors on classic furnishings.
Recently she has been painting watercolors in the style of Matisse and Judy Anderson - lots of color and cubist sections.  Each painting has its origin in scenes of New Richmond, Ohio.  Marilyn takes photos during festivals and events that celebrate the heritage of New Richmond.  Some photos are taken inside the Front Street Cafe and others inside the historic Ross Goudy House.  Most are just street scenes during events.  Then the buildings and people are combined and a painting is designed which is painted intuitively using pure color and contrasting colors.  The color wheel comes in handy!
Festival New Richmond
Street scene in New Richmond, Ohio.  
Musician was performer at weekly music gigs inside the Front Street Cafe.
Marilyn says "After the drawing is on the paper I start painting without knowing just where I am going!"
Rhythm in Red
Musician inside Front Street Cafe where music is offered three nights a week.  
There were two women; we see the hands and keyboard of one and the other was a drummer.  
Her clothes and hair were all creative interpretations designed to show the energy of the performers.
On display at the Front Street Cafe, 120 Front Street, New Richmond, Ohio
Her original watercolors have been shown at Gallery St. John in Beavercreek, Ohio; Favorite Things in Bridgetown, Ohio; Row Hose Gallery in Milford, Ohio; Red Tree Gallery in Oakley, Ohio; Front Street Gallery in New Richmond, Ohio and at the Essex Studios in East Walnut Hills.

For more information about Marilyn,  click on her blog here (or click on our blog roll any time).

Wednesday, July 16, 2014


Trish McKinney
Joan O’Leary, Program Coordinator, introduced our Guest Presenter, Trish McKinney.  

We were impressed with Trish’s lengthy list of work and accomplishments.  Trish came all the way from New Carlisle, Ohio to speak on Inspirations for Paintings.  Trish sees herself as a Teacher, Painter, Dreamer, Believer, and an Artist.  First of all, she loves Color, emotional color.  She likes to “capture moments”.  She likes unpredictability and surprises.  She surprised us when she told that she had been in the U.S.Army. 
Trish brought some of her books, canvases and plaques for sale.

Trish’s main goal for her visit is to “Inspire us”, because that makes her happy.  She thinks it is more important to tell a story through your eyes than to have perfect technical skills.  One can paint a beautiful, realistic apple, and that is very nice.  Or, one could paint an apple with a bite out of it, and a little hand reaching into the picture.  How much more interesting.

Trish has been inspired mostly by books and words, particularly a book by Ann Boskamp, “One Thousand Gifts”, and a poet, Mary Oliver.  She loves fonts, and letters, and sentences, and partial sentences – which she has been using in her latest paintings.  One of the paintings she brought to show us had a part of a French love poem on the wall behind the people.  She very effectively captured a “moment” in this painting.  She asked for ideas for scenarios that the painting  seemed to capture, and was rewarded with four or five different thoughts.

Trish uses “journals” – which are usually large books that she buys for small prices, to paint in over the actual words, and captures feelings and colors and ideas, particularly when she travels.  She can then use these as inspiration for a large painting when she is in her studio.  Many times she takes a period of time in quiet, and goes through some pages, sometimes backwards, not reading the text, but letting her eyes pick up some of the words.  She says that we will see the words that mean something to us now.  Just let it happen; let it inspire us!  She brought some of her inspirational canvases for purchase.

Trish showed us some of her journals.
Trish prepares the surface in a special manner before she starts painting.  Sometimes she uses a new product, Hi-Flow, sometimes Gesso, to coat the paper or canvas.  She sometimes paints with all watercolor, sometimes with acrylics, and sometimes mixed.  For the demo, she was using Robert Doak (one-man operation) watercolors, which are very pigmented, on 140 lb cold press Arches paper.   If she is putting words “behind” the subject, she prints them out on a piece of tissue paper, then covers them with mat media because she can “lift up” from that.  She also sometimes uses Gesso to cover up some of the words.  She also loves Yupo.

She had already drawn her two women subjects at a table.  She started her painting with seemingly broad, random strokes.  She loves painting people’s hair, coming from a background of hair stylists.  She talked about how brushstrokes are important, and can make a difference in how a painting turns out.  She used a lot of water; she likes to let the paint mix on the page.  Trish feels a freedom with the backgrounds because she doesn’t care if it’s perfect.  She is most interested in getting faces and expressions on faces like she wants them – to “capture the moment”.
This unfinished painting is of Trish's two daughters "sharing a moment".

Trish worked on her painting upside down - she felt it needed more work in the upper left hand corner (lower right here)
Once she turned the painting right side up, Trish was much happier with it.
When Trish is almost finished with her painting, she turns it upside to see if it is “balanced”, that is, her darks and lights, her shapes and colors, etc.  She has a theory – that one either instinctively “gets” color or value, but has to learn the other.  She believes that she “got” color, but had to learn how to balance values.

Above are two of Trish's works - note the use of words in each.
From one of her Instructors, Trish learned; “Oh, would you look at this!”.   What she would like for us to take away from her Presentation is;  “Pay Attention;  Be Astonished;  Tell About It!”

Submitted by Joyce Grothaus, Secretary, GCWS, July, 2014

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

MINUTES - JULY 2, 2014

Greater Cincinnati Watercolor Society
July 2, 2014 Meeting/Program

On a bright sunny day in July, our President, Marilyn Bishop, called the meeting to order.   She welcomed back member Taylor Bush, and guests Jacklyn Sullivan, a newbie painter who is from Westwood, and Deb Ward students Laura Crew and Mary Ellen Klenk.

Carol McAfee passed out invitations to our Annual Art Show/Exhibit that members can distribute to family and friends.  After all the hard work and effort that we all put into the Show, we want to be sure that lots of people come to see our Art.

Treasurer Sally Wester gave her report.  Our finances are in good shape.  If members ever want to see the specifics, Sally will be happy to talk with you about them.

Diana Marra has won two awards 3rd Place at the Evendale Fine Art Exhibit, and the Purchase Award at Art Comes Alive!  This show runs through July 11 at Art Design Consultants in downtown Cincinnati.  Diana has also been published in International Contemporary Artists, Vol 8, and is showing at “Art on the Commons”, Aug 10 in Kettering OH.

Deb Ward won the Outstanding Watercolor Award at the Hoosier Salon, for her painting Japanese Tea which also sold.  This show is from June 26 through Aug. 23.  Deb is also offering a workshop at the Cincinnati Art Club on Painting Silver & Lace on Oct. 26-27, 10-4 each day.  Cost:  $125.  Please contact Deb for more information.

Marilyn told about her pieces and sales at the CafĂ© in New Richmond.  Howard told us the Tony Couch workshop on 7/14 has a few open places.

Membership:  We have four more new members; keep letting your friends know about the great things we have going on here at the Society!

Joyce Grothaus gave a report on our upcoming Bus Day-Trip – Aug 6.  We are very close to having enough people going.  A number of people at the meeting handed in their Reservation and their check.  For those who live “up North”, and wish to avoid driving down to Cincinnati to get on the bus, we have designated the Mariott Hotel in West Chester (right along I-75, exit 19, near Union Center Blvd) as a pickup spot.  We strongly suggest that if you take this option, you let Joyce know that you will meet us there, and be there by 9:45.  We cannot be waiting for you at the Art Club, and we will be stopping for only a few minutes at the Mariott to pick up the people who are waiting there.  We certainly don’t want to miss anybody!
Carol McAfee gave a report on our Show/Exhibit at The Barn in August.  She has been working very hard, and has almost everything in place.  She asked for just a couple more volunteers (which she obtained later in the meeting).

Program Coordinator Joan O’Leary gave us a rundown on the upcoming programs for the remainder of this year:  
September – Barb Smucker - Contrast Through Color
October – Susan Grogan – TBD
November – Feedback Day; Critiques; Incentives
December - Holiday Party.  

They all sound interesting, right?

Submitted by Joyce Grothaus, Secretary, GCWS, July, 2014

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Greater Cincinnati Watercolor Society Summer Exhibit

Discover the visual expressions of local watercolor artists at the Greater Cincinnati Watercolor Society in their summer exhibit at “The Barn” 6980 Cambridge Ave., in Mariemont, Ohio, August 16 through August 24.  Hours on the weekends: 1-4 p.m.;Tuesday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The grand opening on August 171-4 p.m. offers the opportunity to meet the artists who capture pleasing harmony in a variety of subjects from traditional still lifes to landscapes.  The free show is open to the public.

Juror for the show is Nancy Nordloh Neville, an award winning nationally recognized watercolorist.   She will select three paintings for prize money plus paintings for Honorable Mention.

The Greater Cincinnati Watercolor Society is the only organization in the Tri-state area that focuses exclusively on water-based painting.  Although watercolor is the primary paint, members also use gouache, casein, and acrylic on surfaces such as paper, Yupo (a plastic product), board, canvas and hand-made paper.  The art might be brushed, sprayed, poured or printed onto the surface. 

Begun in 2002 with the intent of offering a gathering place to paint, the organization quickly grew from 29 members to over 100.   Annual workshops, exhibits, and tours are available to members for $45 annually.   Over 50 percent of the members consider themselves advanced artists. 

The watercolor society offers painting demonstrations followed by open studio painting, the first Wednesday of March through December at 10 a.m. at the Cincinnati Art Club, 1021 Parkside Place in Mt. Adams.  Guests are welcome to attend.