Founded in 2002, the Society encourages the creation of watercolor at all skill levels and promotes interest, appreciation and enjoyment of watercolor and watermedia. Please feel free to attend one of our meetings. Monthly meetings are held on the first Wednesday of every month, at 10 a.m. at the Cincinnati Art Club, 1021 Parkside Place, Cincinnati, Ohio, unless otherwise noted.
introduced our own Susan Grogan to be our Presenter for October. She told us that Watercolor Painting became
Susan’s “favorite” when she was in high school. Although she has worked in many other
mediums, especially while attending technical college for Art, during her work
as a fashion illustrator, and other classes and workshops, Watercolor remains
her favorite. Susan has her work in a
number of places around the Greater Cincinnati area, including One Main Galley
in Milford, the Queen City Art Club and the CincinnatiNatureCenter.
She also teaches classes – at Hobby Lobby in Eastgate, and MiamiTownshipSeniorCenter in Milford.
(From personal experience – all her students love her)
about her “process”, that is, she does a small “thumbnail” sketch to make
decisions about the composition – so that the eye will travel around the
finished painting. Then, she does a
“value” study, to make decisions about where the light source will be, and
which parts of the painting will be light, and which will be dark. And, even though her students love to “hate”
doing these thumbnails and studies, Susan believes that a much better painting
is the result of completing them. An
easy way to do the value study is to put a piece of tracing paper (a very
transparent one is Canson) over your thumbnail and color in the lights and
darks. Then, you can place your tracing
paper on top of a white piece of paper so that it is very easy to see. Have this, and your thumbnail handy nearby as
you paint, for reference. Lately, Susan
has been painting on 140 lb. coldpress, Arches Rough paper as it has more body.
If one looks
closely at pottery, you notice it has a glaze, with runs, and granulated
colors. In order to replicate this
finish in a painting, Susan likes the rough paper, uses salt and sometimes,
just splattered water. She first used a
kneaded eraser to take off some of the pencil marks, especially if using yellow
colors, because you want to let the white of the paper show through to make the
yellow bright, not heavy paint to make it bright. She does not have many expensive brushes, but
just replaces hers when she wears out the point (as she prefers round brushes
for most things). Granulated colors
(usually opaque) are good for pottery as the pigments tend to sit on top of the
paper. She uses mostly Di Vinci paints,
with some Daniel Smith or others. She
tries not to use miskit, but paints around the places she wants to leave white,
etc., or uses more water, or “lifts out” afterwards.
Thumb nail . . .
. . . and value study.
believes in using “loaded” brushes, much water and paint, dipping in often,
trying not to “drag” the paint around.Most of the time she paints a light wash, drops in a few other colors,
allowing them to “bleed in”.As long as
it is still wet, you will not get “blossoms”.Just when the shine goes away, sprinkle the salt or water onto the
painting, and allow it to dry – don’t blow dry.She then goes back in with a number of other layers of paint as needed
(don’t cover up your “lights”), for shadows, cast shadows, etc.She generally paints the table or ground,
etc., then, when dry, puts in the cast shadows.
principles that Susan reiterated:Think
carefully about your Composition, e.g. decide on the “Star” object, the
Supporting Actor, and the other actors.The star should have the lightest lights and darkest darks, and have the
most detail.The others should be toned
down, with less detail.
Warm and Cool, e.g. if objects are farther away, or in shadow, use cooler
colors; in sun or close, use warm.
Shadows are cooler and darker close to object; also remember reflective
colors in the shadow from the object.
Hard and Soft Edges – most paintings need a mixture of these.
the Background. What does the painting
need? Should it be light or dark? Warm or cool?
Bright or muted? Colors on
opposite side of color wheel or the same colors you used in other parts of the
painting, for Unity?
taught Susan to make some trial paint “puddles”, add some colors to it, and
test them on a small piece of watercolor paper, until you are satisfied with
all of this, sometimes you just have to go with your feelings; or your
intuition as an Artist; and break the rules, to complete a great painting!
some discussion about getting copies made of your paintings from such places as
Studio 42, Howard Bell;General Graphics
in Indiana, Robbins in Cincinnati, and Vista Print.If anyone is interested in details, please
In order to
be a professional Artist, Susan said she realized she needs to be a Writer – to
put creative names on her paintings; and to prepare her bio. She needs to be a Businesswomen, and PR
Expert; a Marketing Specialist, and Saleswomen, and a Performer and Teacher.
It is the
Teacher, but also very much the Performer, that we enjoyed at our GCWS
meeting.Susan’s talent and delightful
sense of humor was appreciated by all who attended.
Joyce Grothaus, Secretary, October 2014
Many of us had to drive through the fog to get
to the meeting today, but, once inside, all was sunshine. Our President, Marilyn Bishop called the
meeting to order. Our two new members
were introduced. Lori Rich had painted
in the past, and has now returned to doing so, taking lessons in Indiana.
She is looking forward to being part of the group and learning
more. Tom Schroeder is currently
employed in downtown Cincinnati, in architectural work, and has been
painting for 10-15 years. We welcome
both of these fine folks to our group.
Wester, Treasurer, gave her report. Our
treasury is a bit lower than it had been, but we are still in good fiscal
order. If any member wants to see all
the specifics, please contact Sally.
report by Deb Ward - - We now have 86
members. Deb will be preparing a form
with contact information about new members who join since the membership book
was printed. When we have added 5-6 new
people, she will make copies of the form for members to insert into their
Deb asks us
all to be active in encouraging artists that we know or meet, to become members
of the GCWS. Send people to the Blog,
take brochures to Art Events; get the word out.
Coordinator, Dianna Duncan, gave a rousing “ad” for the GCWS Workshop which
will be held May 29-31, 2015 at our regular meeting place. The presenter will be Sue Archer, high
ranking watercolor artist, and wonderful teacher. There will be a limit of 20 people who can
attend. Members are given first
priority, and if any spaces are open, then to friends, etc. Besides the lesson, Sue gives each artist a
15-min individual consultation to help you improve your work. Signup forms will be available at the Nov.
and Dec. meetings, or you can reserve a space by sending a $100 deposit check
to Dianna (made out to GCWS). Dianna
indicated that she will need some help to make the workshop a success.
announced that we will have our GCWS Annual Exhibit next August at the “Barn”
again. Carole McAfee has agreed to chair
this Exhibit again, and every member is asked to contribute some time or effort
to this Event. Information and details,
in the Spring.
Ammerman reminded us that we have Art DVDs available for sign-out at the Back
Table. Please keep them for just a
month, and be sure to sign them back in when you return them. We do own a Sue Archer DVD.
Bishop – Event Name: Gallery SALVEO
Edwards Rd, RookwoodCommons - Nov 5 – Jan. 9;Reception,Nov. 5(or 6th –check
with Marilyn).Theme:Places in the community that are served the
Interact of Health Foundation.She says
there will be great food here also.
Dot Burdin -
- Art Show, Sept. 5-6, Queen City Art Club – first weekend, Dec, - Essex Studios, Wm Howard Taft; McMillan.
Deb Ward –
W/C Society of Indiana;
PA International (see her blog on sidebar for more information)
offering a Workshop – Silver & Lace Objects – October 25-26, 10 – 4, $125.
She will accept 20 students; only 8 spaces open now.
Vennemeyer - Women’s Art Club, All-member Show at the Barn, Oct 6,
Coordinator, Joan O’Leary, gave us an overview of the coming attractions at the
GCWS meetings. In November, we are
going to include all the members in the Program. Everyone is asked to bring in a couple of
your “B+” paintings – that is – an unframed painting
that you have left unframed because you are not completely satisfied with
it. You know it has potential, but it’s
not quite there yet, to make it an “A”.
Deb Ward will lead the Suggestions & Comments that may give it just
that little “boost”; or offer you some possibilities about how you can improve
it, or be more satisfied with it. The names of
the members who bring in a painting will be put into the “hopper”, for a chance
to win a gift certificate to Plaza Art.
meeting will be led by our President, Marilyn.
We will have a Tag Sale – that is – members may bring in used Art Books,
unneeded art supplies, or items that you have painted, such as note cards, book
marks, etc. that you would like to sell.
There may be games, and everyone is asked to bring a “dish” – which will
therefore make this a “Party”. J
We will have
no meeting in Jan. or Feb. since we usually have such bad weather then. In March, there will be a Mystery
Meeting. Rhonda Carpenter is preparing
something that “none of us has ever done before – and it is messy”. Sounds like great fun!
Submitted by Joyce
Grothaus, Secretary, October, 2014