Monday, December 12, 2016


President Kathy Lang called the meeting to order with Greetings of Merry Christmas! She said we would have a rather short meeting today so that we could get on with the real business of the day — the Party! It was very nice to see some members who had not come for a while, attend today. Members also voiced some concerns about some whom we have not heard from lately. Please let us know how you are doing.

We had one guest - Jennie Kim - recently moved here from Minnesota. She found us online, and was brave enough to come into a roomful of strangers to see what we are about. We certainly hope Jennie felt like we were no longer strangers after enjoying the meeting and party. Jennie has been painting for about ten years, using both acrylic and watercolor. She does beautiful work.

There will be no Watercolor Society meetings in January or February - due to worry about the weather, except the Leadership Teams will have a meeting - Feb. 8 to plan for the coming year. Tom Schroeder has agreed to serve as Secretary, and the members enthusiastically voted him into office.

Treasurer, Carol Fencl gave her report. Our finances are good, but since our account has dropped below a certain level, we will have to pay a checkbook fee for the next couple of months. We did spend more than we took in lately, but when everyone pays their yearly dues in March, hopefully this will be rectified. We do have some fundraisers today - profits from the items on the front tables will be given directly to the Club. Members have also brought in their personal items to be sold; those profits go to the member.

Deb Ward, Blog Chair, encouraged everyone to send in any interesting information about you or your work - to be put on the Blog - to keep it up-to-date, and interesting. We have a number of new, wonderful, members who found out about us from the Blog, and hope to attract more. It is also possible to be a “Featured Artist” by sending her a photo of a few of your paintings, and filling out an “information about you” form. Go on the Blog and read some of these interesting features.

There are many good DVDs in the Club Library. All you need to do in order to borrow one or two, is to sign them out. When you return them the next month, please sign them in. If you have any at home, please remember to bring them next time.

Next year’s Annual Exhibit Chair, Mary Fleischmann reminded us that she will be needing lots of help, both before, and during, next August’s Show. Whether you have a particular talent that you could use, or whether you have a particular challenge you would like to face, we want you to volunteer.

Robert Thornburgh, one of our newer members, wanted everyone to know that he truly appreciates all the help, support, and encouragement that he has received from members of the GCWS. He feels that he has been able to progress much more quickly in his endeavors than he thought possible. He said he values everyone’s knowledge and friendship.

Members also acknowledged and appreciated Marilyn Bishop’s efforts in beginning and supporting for all these years, the Greater Cincinnati Watercolor Society!

Members who were not able to attend this month’s meeting/Party really missed an amazing diversity of delicious food and snacks (some nutritious and some not :) )

We’ll see everybody on the first Wednesday of March!

Submitted by Joyce Grothaus, outgoing Secretary, Greater Cincinnati Watercolor Society, December, 2016

Monday, November 21, 2016


Bob Thornburgh
How long have you been a member of the GCWS and why did you join?
I have been a member of the GCWS for two months.  I joined because I recently retired from government service in Washington D.C and moved to the Cincinnati area.  I used to teach art and thought it would be fun to reengage in the art community. I truly have a passion for painting.  
Going For The Gold
What are some of your artistic achievements?  
My work is included in several prominent collections including Whirlpool Corporation, Marion Power Shovel, Wyandot Popcorn, the Cellar Memorial Art Gallery, the Law offices of Brent Harraman and former Manager of the New York Yankees, Billy Martin. I won “Best of Show for my painting “The Family Tree” from the Marion Juried Fine Arts Festival. I have received rewards and recognition in various juried art shows in the Central Ohio area.  Currently I am working on private commissions and preparing a body of work for my upcoming show in Middletown, Ohio.  
Gold Cup
Describe your usual procedures for creating a painting.
My work is a response to and an exploration of the vibrant multicultural experiences from my youth.  I grew up on the South side of Cleveland, Ohio at a time when everyone lived in ethnic neighborhoods.  The beauty and excitement of the diversity I witnessed infuse its energy into all of my expressions as an artist.
These impressions from my childhood find me consistently searching for variety and color in every corner of my life.  Reflections of these moments are at the core of my work. 
I use watercolors as the primary pathway to connect my inner life and experiences with the outer world; they provide a fluid medium that always surprises and delights during the creative process.  I don’t feel bound by convention and use multiple techniques and experimentation; even occasionally cutting into the surface of the paper.  I allow the looser nature of the paints to provide enhancement or counterbalance to the tighter elements of the work.  I love to layer the colors so that their luminescent character shines through while still allowing the viewer to see and feel the brushwork. 
While working, I am engrossed in the process.  Every brushstroke is a decision, a counterstroke, a correction or enhancement, or the start of a new visual pathway.  I want the viewer to join me on a journey to see not only what I see, but to discover some visual elements that bridge an emotional resonance with the piece.
Point Counterpoint
How long have you been painting?
I have been painting all of my life.  I painted professionally for approximately 15 years, before going to work for the Federal Government.  I took a 28 year hiatus and have re-emerged two months ago to pursue a professional career while feeding my passion to paint and create.
In what medium, other than watercolor or acrylic, do you work?
Pen and Ink.
Where do you get your inspiration for paintings?
People, places and things.  Inspiration is everywhere.
Are you a teacher?
Yes.  I taught art professionally for 17 years.
The Mayor
Where do you see yourself in the future?  (i.e., is painting a hobby; will you enter shows; do you see yourself teaching?)
I want to be in professional shows and organizations.  Ultimately I would like to see my works in institutions, galleries, museums, and collections.

Your website:
Your blog spot:

Wednesday, November 16, 2016


Nancy Neville
Claudia Taylor, Program Chair, introduced Nancy Neville, our presenter for this month. She is from Cincinnati, and studied at U.C. Nancy loves watercolor, but also paints in oils. She gives classes at the “Barn” on Mondays. She and her husband, Bruce, also an artist, travel to Michigan often to paint. One day she picks the place where they will do their “plein aire”, and next day, it is his turn. They like the spontaneity. Nancy usually uses an Arches “block” for outdoor or in-class painting, as they are easier to handle in these circumstances. She told of some interesting differences in how a female artist and a male artist work (in general). Females can usually paint a bit, throw in a load of laundry, paint, answer the phone, paint, and put away the dishes - and usually male artists concentrate completely on doing their painting.

Early on in the history of GCWS, Marilyn Bishop, president at the time, asked Nancy to be a presenter. Nancy was so proud of herself that she was able to say no - as she was extremely busy at the time. However, four days later, she was at an event with Joan Miley - who preceded to “coerce” her into the doing the workshop. Nancy also was “roped in” to teach at the Barn years ago - “just for 5 weeks” as their resident artist would be out. She has been there ever since.

As Nancy started, she said “It’s all about the Whites”. She believes that negative spaces are very important, and tries to leave quite a few in each painting. An artist wants the audience’s eye to rotate around the painting. This can be done by having “balance” in the painting, especially having some of each color in more than one place.

After one picks the subject that is to be painted, “forget” what it is, and just paint the “Shapes”. She likes to have the paints mix on the paper. She said everything doesn’t have to be totally defined. Have more detail at the edges; the mind fills in the rest. Look for “common lines” - that is, places where two shapes come together and are the same height or same direction. Change one of the shapes so they are different.

She puts out fresh paint almost every time, and doesn’t usually use masking. As we watched Nance paint, it was interesting to note that she holds the brush far away from the bristles, saying that it gives you a much lighter, looser, touch, using your whole arm. She used to always stand to paint, but now sits more often. Be sure to walk away from your painting from time to see it from a distance.

Nancy starts with the “lights”, but establishes her darkest dark fairly early on. Allow things to happen on the paper; this is the fun of watercolor! She says that watercolor is the hardest medium to work in - but it also has the most “sparkle” and “interest”. She usually paints wet on dry, but sometimes adds more paint before the first is dry.

Some important points that Nancy wanted us to take away: Limit mixing of paints on palette; let them mix on paper. After getting a good start, put your photo away and let painting guide you. Be sure to have hard edges and soft edges. Do not overwork. Slow down and take your time doing your painting.


Nancy told us that she first practiced “teaching” to her Water Spaniel. It must have worked, because she was certainly very capable of painting and teaching at the same time. Everyone enjoyed watching the beautiful “dreaded basket” (inside joke) with bittersweet branches, be created right before our eyes.
After the presentation, Nancy did some Critiques for members who brought in their almost finished paintings. All members are welcome to bring in a painting for Critique.
A "show and tell" painting from the Guy Magallanes workshop

Submitted by Joyce Grothaus, GCWS Secretary, November, 2016

Saturday, November 5, 2016


President Kathy Lang called the meeting to order. With the beautiful November day, we had a good turnout of members. Kathy told us that today’s presenter had donated a small painting to the club so that we could sell raffle chances to increase our Treasury. As it turns out, somebody pulled out Kathy’s name as the winner of the painting. (We all think it was rigged!). :) :) :) There was a small number of people who indicated that they were staying after the meeting for Open Studio. All members are welcome to participate, and pizza is served for lunch.

A guest was welcomed - Myrna Twitty, who has been taking lessons at Baker Hunt. We hope that Myrna will join the group, loving watercolor like we do. Pat Deis-Gleeson who joined us for the Oct. workshop, has become a member. Welcome, Pat.

Carol Fencl, Treasurer, gave her report. In October, we spent more money than we took in, but does not include the money from the Workshop; our finances are sound.

Lydia Rittinger, Membership, said we have one new member, Pat, and one returning member, Howard Krauss.

Some of the folks that attended the GCWS Workshop gave glowing reports of the weekend, stating how much they had learned, and how much fun we had, - and how much we all ate! Dianna Duncan, Chair of this event, did a marvelous job, had everything well planned and well prepared, and contributed more than we know to the success of the Workshop. Guy Magellanes did a great job, giving good directions, and working hard to make sure he gave everyone personal help and attention. It was absolutely fascinating to see how different all the paintings turned out. He also sent a step-by-step instruction to workshop participants’ emails, through Drop-Box.

We will need a new Workshop Chair next year, as Dianna is stepping down. A huge Thank-You to Dianna for chairing this event for the last two years.

Remember to sign out and sign in any DVDs that you borrow from the club. All members are encouraged to try some of them; they’re very helpful.

Howard Krauss - will have paintings displayed at “Memories of Oxford”, on Dec. 9, at the Oxford Community Art Center, 10 S. College St., Oxford, OH 45056.
Judy Reed - Queen City Art Club is presenting w/c by Roger Ross at Saxby’s Coffee Montgomery. Reception Nov. 12, 2016; meet the artist; exhibit until Jan. 15, 2017. 9321 Montgomery Rd.
Diana Marra - Middletown Art Center; “The Orient - Expressed”; Meet Artist Nov 17, 6-8; Exhibit Nov. 17 - Jan. 19, 2017, Middletown, OH.

For December, we will have a small meeting, and a big Party! Each member is asked to bring your favorite hors d’ouvres or snack to share. We will have some games or activities, and a white elephant sale. See details in the Dec. postcard.

Submitted by Joyce Grothaus, GCWS Secretary, November 2016

Monday, October 17, 2016


Deb Ward
Claudia Taylor, Program Chair, introduced our own Deb Ward. She has held many positions in the GCWS, including President, and at this time, is responsible for our Blog.

Back by popular demand, Deb agreed to give the Program and critique members’ paintings. Before Deb started, Claudia gave us just a partial list of Deb’s experiences and accomplishments. Deb started painting watercolors in 1995. She started teaching in 2004. She holds weekly classes in her home (in God’s country), and sometimes in other places.
Deb points out composition placement in "Blueberries and Pears"

Deb talks about her award winning painting "Silver Harvest"
Deb has won many awards, including National Shows. She is a Signature Member of OH, GA, PA, and IN Watercolor Societies; has had paintings in the Indianapolis Museum of Art, and national magazines. Deb brought in some of the books and magazines in which her paintings are shown, and also a display of her beautiful greeting cards. She has a painting in the Ohio Watercolor Society’s Show in Columbus at the Riffe Center, opening October 27, 2016.

Many members brought in one or two paintings, either finished, or almost finished, so that Deb - drawing on her experience as an instructor and nationally recognized and published artist - could guide us on ways to improve our paintings.

There was some amazing work brought in. Members truly enjoyed seeing what other people are painting. Some excellent suggestions were given - most by Deb, but sometimes from the “audience” also.
Each painting was talked about as it was placed "under the mirror" -  audience participation was welcomed.

With use of a plastic sheet and water soluble crayons, Deb made changes to help
enhance the paintings brought in for critique.
Some of the specific suggestions:
-  Use more “color” in your shadows - they are not always gray, or blue. Remember to show the light source.
-  Add a bit of color in your reflections.
-  Don’t empty your “dirty” water too soon; it might be just the perfect color that is needed to tone down something.
-  Be sure your shadows are dark enough.
-  Don’t be afraid to “scratch out” with an Xacto knife.
-  Use a piece of plastic to lay over your painting, and use a crayon, etc. to try out a different color or a darker value, etc. without messing with the painting itself.
-  Step back and take a good look at your painting from time to time.
-  Don’t be afraid to “Play/Experiment/Try Something New” — Enjoy!

Submitted by Joyce Grothaus, GCWS Secretary
Photos by Joan O'Leary

Wednesday, October 12, 2016


President Kathy Lang called the meeting to order. A new member was introduced - Robert (Bob) Thornburgh. Bob is new to the area and found us on our Blog. He used to paint and teach; has not been doing much of that lately, but is very interested in becoming involved again in the Art world. We were able to see a bit of Bob’s talent during the Program part of the meeting, and it is considerable.

There were a few people who stayed after the meeting for Open Studio. Everyone is invited to participate in this activity each month.

Announcements: Judy Reed — Queen City Art Club has an Exhibit at the Sharonville Fine Arts Center, on Reading Road, with Opening Reception on Sat., Oct. 8, and continues through October 29. Judy and Dot Burdin have paintings in the exhibit. Jo Hogan told of an Exhibit in Finneytown at the Centennial Barn on Nov. 11 and 12. Nancy Wisely - The Women’s Art Club Exhibit at the Barn, Mariemont on Friday, Oct 8.  Deb told us Carolyn Hibbard is to have a heart operation. We wish her the very best.

Awards - Tom Schroeder has been accepted into Viewpoint 48. Congratulations, Tom! His painting is entitled “Vermont Stream”. This Exhibit runs from Oct. 20-Nov 10. In the Ohio Watercolor Society Show, Tom’s painting titled “Where’s Your Child?” won the F&W Publications/OWS Choice Award.

Workshop News - Dianna Duncan has been hard at work helping attendees be ready for the October Workshop with Guy Magellanes, who is flying in from the West Coast. She held a mini workshop to help us prepare our canvas. All members who are coming to the Workshop need to have their canvas ready before the Workshop starts. Flyers were given out to those who will do their prep work at home.

Carol Fencl, Treasurer, sent word that we have sufficient money in our Treasury.

The Leadership Team will have a meeting after today’s Program in order to discuss the Budget for next year and the Team for next year. Kathy asked all members to consider running for an office - particularly, Secretary, as Joyce Grothaus - Secretary for three years, will step down next year. GCWS will also need some members to step up and take Leadership roles for specific Activities and Programs. We will also need people to “help” the Leaders. If everyone does “something”, someone will not have to do “everything”.

Submitted by Joyce Grothaus, GCWS Secretary

Friday, September 30, 2016


Among the paintings hanging at Dutch's Restaurant in Hyde Park are several charming watercolors by Member Claudia Taylor.

Claudia's charming flower "portraits" compliment a large acrylic painting.

Dutch's is a restaurant/bar/deli located at 3378 Erie Avenue - right at the corner of Erie and Marburg. Stop in for lunch or dinner and enjoy a delicious meal, glass of wine and Claudia's art!

Tuesday, September 27, 2016


Following his demo, Peter Frederick completed his painting and sent us a photo!

Here is his completed landscape painting:

Wednesday, September 21, 2016


Peter Frederick
Program Chair, Claudia Taylor, introduced Peter Frederick, a self-taught painter from NE Ohio.  Peter has been a Landscape Designer, only “dabbled” in painting until about 2009, after his four children did not need his full attention. Peter has been in 13 Juried competitions, has had five Solo Exhibits, and is a Signature Member in three states.  In 2014, he discovered “teaching” art and found that he loves it.

Peter traveled to the North West Coast, to Oregon and to San Francisco; took lots of pictures, which he can now use as source materials for many paintings.   He usually doesn’t paint directly from the picture, but uses parts of a couple of them to set up a sketch with a better composition.

As far as the “nitty-gritty” goes, Peter usually uses a quarter sheet of paper in his teaching session. He likes his porcelain palette; Windsor Newton paints; mostly all “cheap” brushes; Grumbacher masking or masking tape; gouache when needed (does not worry about being a purist, or using only transparent paints); and uses “dirty” water!  His list also includes sponges, test paper, salt, Hake wash brush, and an Xacto knife.  Peter admits to painting somewhat tight and small.

Peter has prepared some videos - PeterFrederickartist on FaceBook/UTube.

Procedure:  After Peter has drawn a satisfactory sketch with good composition, and has done a value pattern, he puts his sketch onto the watercolor paper using a grid. 

He generally paints in “layers”. He uses only 10-12 colors, on Arches 140 lb. Cold Press paper.  He tapes his paper (Scotch Painter Tape) completely on all four sides to a sheet of Insulation (cut to size) that he buys at the hardware store.

He generally wets the whole paper, and then does one of his favorite parts: puts the first wash; his favorite because it means he has “started” his painting!  He allows it to move a bit on the paper. His other favorite part is the last wash, because by then he can tell if it’s going to be a good painting or not!

Peter sometimes dries each wash with a dryer, but, sometimes, lets it dry naturally - while he plans the next part, or does some other necessary thing.  If he makes a “mistake”, as he says he does from time to time, he merely rewets that part and reworks it.  He likes to use gravity to put or keep the pigment where he wants it to be while drying, turning the dryer or painting to do this.
Sometimes he uses masking fluid or masking tape to preserve certain parts while he adds on other layers.  As he was doing this painting, he used Paynes Gray and Sap Green to do the distant hills; then put in more green for the closer hills. 

He also used Raw Umber, Burnt Umber and Burnt Sienna. Peter used a very small brush to paint the Evergreen trees, and did not worry about making them exactly like the picture, or to paint every needle, etc.  He advised to make sure that we do not paint “cones” or “pyramids” instead of pines.  Use different sizes and shapes; different negative spaces.  If he has painted something too dark, he “lifts” some of the color.  For this painting, he will use a variety of reds for the building, and will spend more time on the foreground, perhaps using a fan brush; perhaps some splatters; or perhaps a little darker color in the lower corners.
Peter always asks his students “Why are we doing this? (particular technique, etc.)  The answer is “To make our painting more interesting”.  The group enjoyed watching the painting take shape.  Peter participated in some Critiques of members’ paintings.

Submitted by Joyce Grothaus, Secretary, GCWS, September, 2016
Photos by Deb Ward

Wednesday, September 14, 2016


To a nice turnout for September, President Kathy Lang opened the meeting, and greeted everyone, including a new member - Pat Lester - who says she is a “wanna-be artist”.   She has been painting for a couple of years, and is joining in order to “Learn”.   She has studied with Deb Ward also.   We have other new members this year - - Judy Avner, Rebecca Caplinger, Diane Jeffries, Ingrid Farnham, Helmut Kientz, James Lefebvre, Y G Tsuei, Courtney Wiechman, and Bink Zengel.   We are pleased to have all these new members this year, and look forward to getting to know all of you better.

Kathy asked for a show of hands of those who are staying after the meeting for Open Painting - so that enough lunch could be ordered.   We welcome any member to join the group. Just bring whatever you are working on, or would like to ask advice on, etc.

Announcements:   Tom Schroeder was accepted into the KY IDEA Show.   He also won a Ribbon in the Art Comes Alive 2016 Show.   All members are encouraged to plan to enter this show for next year, presented by Art Design Consultants - Litsa Spanos - the Studio that GCWS members visited last year in downtown Cincinnati.   Discussion was about “trends” noticed at this Show - such as: series of 3 paintings were popular; multi-media items were popular, and “ultra-modern” Abstract paintings were in abundance.   Jo Hogan told about the ArtLocal Annual Exhibit at Centennial Barn in Springfield Township on November 11 and 12, presented by ArtsConnect.   If you would like to put in an entry, contact Jo.   Lesser Fee before Oct. 1.   Claudia Taylor - Congratulations - has a one-woman Exhibit at Dutch’s restaurant in Hyde Park on Erie Ave. with 25 of her paintings, from now through October.   Helmet Kientz has paintings hanging at the BeanHaus in Covington, KY, on Main St. through mid-September.

GCWS Annual Exhibit - will be held next August, again at the “Barn” in Mariemont.

Dianna Duncan, Workshop Chair, gave a very upbeat report on the GCWS Workshop, to be held at the end of October. There may be one spot left.   Those who are already signed up will gather on Sept. 28, to prepare our canvas/paper, to be all ready to paint at the Workshop.   She also gave participants a list of items to be brought to the Workshop.   It sure sounds like participants will have a good time, and come home with a new skill, and a nice piece of art.

Our President announced that there will be a Leadership Team meeting after the October meeting to discuss the Board and Officers for next year.   We do have a couple of members who have already agreed to help with various projects, etc.   Kathy asked everyone to consider becoming more involved next year - perhaps taking an Office, taking responsibility for some particular project or part of a project.   The benefits to GCWS are abundant when many members contribute to the success of the Club.

And you, as a member, also receive benefits — getting to know other members better; perhaps learning how to do something that you don’t know about now; using your particular skills to make the Club better; and getting a great feeling of having contributed, and feeling that you really “belong”, rather than just “attending”.

There were a couple of “Critiques” after the meeting.   Everyone is invited to bring one/ some of your unfinished paintings to get good advice on any improvements needed.

 Submitted by Joyce Grothaus, Secretary, GCWS - September, 2016

Wednesday, August 17, 2016


Carolyn Hibbard
Program Chair, Claudia Taylor, introduced member Carolyn Hibbard, Presenter for August. Carolyn has been painting for quite some time, and loves it! She had her education in Commercial Art and Graphic Design. She is a Charter Member of the GCWS. And Carolyn has continued to learn and experiment with many different kinds of Art and techniques, etc. She has been accepted into quite a number of State Watercolor Societies; has been published in a number of art books, and has won many awards for her work. Carolyn is donating her stipend to the Mary Marxen Scholarship Fund.
 Carolyn’s subject for the day is “Pouring”, and she credits Jean Grastorf, who teaches at Spring Maid, with starting and encouraging this technique.

Carolyn began by telling us that the whole painting can be done by “pouring”, or you can just do parts of your painting this way, and also incorporate the use of brushes. The “pouring” is rather quick - - but, the sketching, thumbnail, and learning about your subject before hand takes a bit of time and patience. She works out her values on the thumbnail, pulling out the whites and darkening some parts; pulling out “shapes”. Carolyn’s teacher and friend, Fred Graff, suggests using three shades of gray. As we know - “Color gets the credit; but Values do all the work”.
First stage - whites saved.
She usually enlarges her photo or reference material so that she can see it very well. Carolyn stretches her paper by wetting it, stapling it down while wet; then when dry, she uses masking tape all around to hold it all down flat. She usually uses Arches 140 lb. cold press. 300 lb. paper usually does not have to be stretched.

Yellow, Red and Blue have all been poured adjacaent to each other.

Paper is tilted, excess paint and water poured off.
She draws the picture and then transfers it to the watercolor paper (so that there will not be any erasures, etc. to ruin the w/c paper). She also advised us to use cheap, cheap or Cheap Joe’s “UGLI” brushes to put masking fluid on your paper; never your good ones. Dip in a bit of soap before dipping into fluid. She uses little cups purchased at GFS to hold the masking; don’t dip into bottle and contaminate it. Later this dried fluid can act as a masking fluid “eraser”. She also uses the little cups to hold her diluted paint; mostly Cheap Joe’s brand; and some Windsor-Newton or Daniel Smith; mostly all transparent.
End of first stage - one pour completed, next value covered with miskit.
Carolyn usually selects a Blue, a Red, and a Yellow (different shades depending on the painting), with sometimes a little help with darker tone, Burnt Sienna, etc. She advises a very careful test of each of the colors first; mixed up to just the value you want. Use a different brush for each color. Decide on your 3 or 4 values of each of these colors. Then mask out the Whites on your paper. Wet the whole paper, and wipe the edges with a tissue. Keep the water from pooling near the masking. Wipe off any excess water to prevent “blooming”. Pour each of the colors in succession, in the area you will want them to be; but do not pour them on top of each other; just next to each other. Then pick up the paper and turn it in many directions so that the paint will mix on the paper. You can use a “pipette” to put more paint on some places. Turn the paper so that all moisture runs down to one corner; blot it off. Stand it this way until dry.

Second pour.
When your paper is Completely Dry — look at it carefully. What do I want to keep this first value? Mask those places. Add more pigment/paint to the cups you used before for your second Value, and test each of colors/values. Wet the whole paper; wipe off excess, and do whole pouring process again. Stand on Corner until Dry.
A completed painting (similar to her demo painting)
Depending upon your Painting, etc. you may want to do one or two or more “Pourings” - masking areas you want to stay a certain Value, and putting more paint on areas you want to be darker/more vivid, or even use a brush for certain effects.

Some of Carolyn's beautiful painting examples.
Carolyn has a “ruling pen”, used in mechanical drawing, that she uses to put on her Pebeo brand masking in a thin line. Some folks stated that Suder’s on Vine Street may stock them.
All attendees enjoyed Carolyn’s Pouring Lesson, the wonderful handouts she prepared, and the Critiques afterwards.

Submitted by Joyce Grothaus, GCWS Secretary, August 2016
Photos by Deb Ward

Tuesday, August 9, 2016


On a beautiful warm, summer day, President Kathy Lang called the meeting to order. Guests were welcomed, which included Doug Hibbard, husband of our Presenter; Tony Pestio, Janet’s guest; and Diane Jeffries, who became aware of our group through our Blog on the Internet.

A surprising number of people raised their hands to tell that they were staying after the meeting for Open Painting (and pizza) - 20.  All helped to set up more tables and chairs.  Lesson was on DVD - miniature paintings with various techniques.

Announcements: Kathy Lang has made arrangements for us to hold our Annual Exhibit next year at the “Barn” again. We will have our August meeting there on August 2. Members will bring their paintings on that day, and after the meeting, the Hanging Committee will ready them for the Show. It was decided that we would have the Exhibit open from the next day (Thursday, 8/3) through 8/27 (Sunday), with Pick Up Day on Tuesday, 8/29. We will have the Reception on Sunday, 8/6/17.

Deb Ward announced that Roger Ross has his complete Show Booth for sale; contact him if you are interested. Deb is giving a Workshop on “Red Hot Tomatoes” soon. If you are entered in any shows, or have won an award, etc. please contact Deb so that she can put the news into the Blog.

Workshop Chair, Dianne Duncan said there is one place left for the October 28-30 Workshop. If interested, contact Dianne soon. For those members who have not paid the full amount yet, it is due by September 1. Be sure to keep your space with your check! Dianne will give instructions for all workshop attendees on stretching your paper over canvas in September.

Our Presenter for July (Dick Close) has donated his stipend he received from us to a group called “Visionaries & Voices”, who work with people with disabilities. We were pleased to hear about this kind action.

The meeting was kept rather short today so that we would have plenty of time to have the Demo and lesson from our own Carolyn Hibbard.

 Submitted by Joyce Grothaus, GCWS Secretary

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

PROGRAM - JULY 6, 2016

Before introducing our Presenter for July, Claudia Taylor, Program Chair, told us about upcoming programs: August - Carolyn Hibbard, Pouring; Sept. - Peter Frederick; Oct, - Deb Ward; and Nov. - Nancy Neville.
Dick Close
Dick Close, Design Director for Ionic Communication, gave a demonstration of one of the topics that he has been passionate about for a while: Candy, Cakes, and other Sweets, being inspired by Wayne Thiebaud years ago. As a designer and illustrator, his career has been very structured, but on his Bucket List was an interest in painting in a more creative and loose fashion. He is now able to indulge that wish. Lately, he has become interested in finding everyday subjects and buildings in Over the Rhine, and Findley Market, etc. He is looking forward to painting “plein aire” on his vacation.
He has been juried into a variety of outdoor shows, such as Summer Fair, and does shows around the country. One of Dick’s paintings was one of the 78 selected from over 400 (from 39 states), submitted, to be shown in the Watercolor USA National Show.

Dick explained how he purchases such things as gummy bears and other candy, with wrappers or without, sets up the still life - making sure there are interesting shadows - and then takes photos from many angles until he gets the desired composition. He often takes his pictures with a cell phone and believes it is good when they are printed out and are not “true” - therefore encouraging him to use his own ideas of color. Dick believes that shadows offer a perfect place to bring in unexpected colors, and makes his all the same in order to unify his painting, many times using Burnt Sienna under or over other colors to warm them, and likes to mix Indigo and Sepia to make a good

He tends to use smooth paper, and usually only 3 or 4 brushes. He purchased the palette he was using at Sudors Art Store. He likes to put the paint (usually Windsor Newton) on heavy and then “lift” where he wants it to be lighter. He doesn’t want his paintings to be photo-realistic, but does use more detail in the middle of his work. He does use masking fluid sometimes, but finds it difficult to be precise with it. Dick did a Critique after the Presentation. Members are encouraged to bring in paintings each month for this purpose, to improve your work.

Submitted by Joyce Grothaus, Secretary, GCWS
Photos by Deb Ward