Monday, August 24, 2015


Jean Vance
The Presenter for the July meeting was member Jean Vance, multi-talented artist with two Masters Degrees in Art.  Some of her accomplishments – Adjunct Professor at Miami University and UC; Private Teacher at the Middletown Art Center, has had numerous one-woman shows and awards.  She personally likes Art from Abstracts to Realistic.  She has been working in Watercolor, Glass Enamel on Copper, Transparent Glass, and Jewelry.
The title of her Program for GCWS in August – Things You Want to Know About Painting

The first thing she taught us was – to remember to bring your apron – so you don’t wipe your brushes on your clothes.  Someone came up with a “makeshift” apron for her to use.  This fit in very well with her next piece of advice – Have Fun – it’s just a piece of paper!  When you paint, make it your own; whatever means something to you.  Jean has a desire to “preserve” old things that are disappearing; she preserves them by painting them.  She says Artists have to believe in themselves.

Jean discussed some of her current favorite colors, and surprised us by stating that she has five palettes, using certain ones for certain projects.  She encouraged us to learn about our paints; which are transparent, which are opaque, which mix well, etc.  She uses Schmicke Resist Fluid (from Dick Blick) which dries either clear or blue, and comes out of the container well.  
Creating "stubble"
She also showed how she uses sand paper to make “stubble” on a man’s face, as well as some “reflections” in water.  By the way, she uses large tubs of water when painting.  She believes in using very good quality brushes, Sable making the best point; Squirrel holding much paint and water.  She also uses Rat Whiskers brushes when she needs a Rigger brush; holding lots of paint, and enabling long thin lines.  She uses one or two inch flat brushes for a great deal of her work; encouraged us to use the biggest brush we can.  Jean usually doesn’t tape her paper (usually Arches 140  or 300 lb) down as she might want the deckled edges to show.

Creating rocks

Adding some greenery behind the rocks
Some Tips:
To encourage your creativity, use different sizes and shapes of paper.
Start your paintings in different ways:  most important item first; favorite color first, etc.
Start your painting at the bottom and work your way up.
Combine a “portrait/figure” with tools of his trade as the background.
Have horizontal, vertical, and diagonal shapes in your painting.
Don’t be “stingy” with your pigments.
Jean cannot paint every day because of teaching, and “Life”.  She does many, many sketches, sometimes accumulating ten at a time, and then paints when she is inspired to do so.  She mats and frames her own paintings; one time cutting 160 mats in one session.
Creating line work with rat whisker brush
Members may want to pay close attention to Jean’s advice and tips after seeing the wonderful work she entered into our Annual Exhibit.

Submitted by Joyce Grothaus, GCWS Secretary, August 2015

Thursday, August 20, 2015


This month’s meeting was a busy one indeed.  It was the day our members brought in their paintings for the GCWS Annual Exhibit for “Hanging” Day; that is, the day everyone’s entries were “hung” on the walls of the “Barn” – (WACC)  in Mariemont, Ohio.  There are 65-70 wonderful works of Art.  The Reception for the Show, Sun, Aug. 9, was well attended, and enjoyed by all.  It will be open to the public until Aug. 23.  “Take-Down” day is Tuesday, Aug. 25, (10:00 – 12:00).  Please pick up your paintings that day, or have someone get them for you.

It was announced that Carol McAfee, Chair of the Exhibit, would give a training session after today’s meeting, for all of the members who will be “Sitters” for the Exhibit.  Also, those who are bringing refreshments for the Reception, were encouraged to bring “lots”, since we were running short last year.  (We did have “lots” of fabulous food for the Reception.)

At 10:00 a.m., our President, Marilyn Bishop, welcomed everyone, including some new members, Mary Fleischmann, and Jan Boldt, from the Anderson area, as well as a couple of guests.   Sally Wester, Treasurer, gave her report.  Our money is adequate to handle our needs.   Dianna Duncan, chair of our Sue Archer Workshop, gave a report on the finances of that endeavor.  The $200 cost for members is probably the right amount to charge in order to come out even on this project.  All attendees enjoyed the Workshop immensely.

Membership/Blog Chair Deb Ward gave us the number 87 for number of current members, as of 8/5.  She put a supply of GCWS brochures in the entry of the Barn for use during the Exhibit.  Deb also announced that she will be giving up her two jobs for our Club.  She explained that one or two people can take over these responsibilities.  One person could be Membership Chair, and another, the Blog Chair.  Elections will be coming up in the Fall.  Think about it!

If anyone has Announcements that they would like to go into the Minutes/Blog, please fill out an Information form lying on the back table, and give it to Joyce Grothaus, Secretary.  Joan Abdon is in a show in Indiana;  Deb Ward is giving a workshop Aug 15/16; has one place open;  Judith Reed is in the Queen City Art Club Show in Montgomery.

Our Program Chair, Joan O’Leary gave a report on upcoming Events.  In September, Louise Allen will present “Unleashed” – and wouldn’t give us a clue about what it will entail; should be fun!   For our October meeting, Trish McKinney will return, with a program entitled “Layers of Understanding”.  Joan then introduced Jean Vance, for the August Program.

Submitted by Joyce Grothaus, GCWS Secretary, August, 2015

Sunday, August 16, 2015


Here are a few photos from our show opening.  

Remember - the show runs through August 23 - see sidebar for more information!

Here are 3 photos panning around the room - we had a good crowd and great food!

Below:  Our president, Marilyn Bishop (on left) and our show chair, Carole McAfee (on right) presented our awards.  Our judge this year was Craig Lloyd from Mt. St. Joseph College.

Honorable mentions were first.  They were Lydia Rittinger,  Venetia Wang, Carol Steuer and Claudia Taylor.
Lydia Rittinger (center)
Venetia Wang (right)
Carol Steuer (center)
Then came the monetary awards.
First Place - Carolyn Hibbard - "Santorini 1"

Tom Schroeder - 2nd Place
Second Place - Tom Schroeder - "Barn Window"

Third Place - Deb Ward - "Flight of the Bumblebee"