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.
Monday, August 24, 2015
PROGRAM - AUGUST 5, 2015
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 MiamiUniversity and UC; Private Teacher at the MiddletownArtCenter, 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
The title of
her Program for GCWS in August – Things You Want to Know About Painting
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
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
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.
Adding some greenery behind the rocks
your creativity, use different sizes and shapes of paper.
paintings in different ways: most
important item first; favorite color first, etc.
painting at the bottom and work your way up.
“portrait/figure” with tools of his trade as the background.
horizontal, vertical, and diagonal shapes in your painting.
“stingy” with your pigments.
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
want to pay close attention to Jean’s advice and tips after seeing the
wonderful work she entered into our Annual Exhibit.
Joyce Grothaus, GCWS Secretary, August 2015