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