|Marilyn's painting - completed during the program today.|
Tuesday, March 15, 2016
Claudia Taylor, new Program Chair, introduced this month’s Teacher – Marilyn Bishop. Claudia reminded us that Marilyn is the “creator” (along with some others) of the Greater Cincinnati Watercolor Society. She has a rich history of artistic accomplishments, having taught, and having her work shown all around the Greater Cincinnati area. She also continues to learn, and is always anxious to share the new ideas, sources, and techniques that she finds. Her Subject for this demonstration - “Paint the Background; See the Foreground”.
Marilyn gave credit for learning about this technique a while back from Wanda Montgomery. She has done a number of paintings like this, and thoroughly enjoys it. She used a one-inch Robert Simmons brush with sharp edges, and 300 lb. paper so that it would hold firm while lots of “watery” paint was put on it. She uses only three colors for each painting. For this one, she used raw sienna, burnt sienna, and ultramarine blue.
She began by putting “dabs” of the lighter color paint on the paper, rather randomly, leaving lots of white space, particularly in the lower third of the paper; then dried it. She explained that it is “all about the shapes”. With a pencil, she drew in the shapes of three pears, some overlapping. Using the same colors, she painted around these shapes. Then, using different mixtures of the same colors, let them run together around the shapes. She chose to leave one corner very light, but put thick paint in some places. Don’t get too dark too soon. She used various implements, stamps, etc. to make subtle “patterns”, particularly on these thick paint places. Next, she sprayed some places, causing rivulets to run down to the bottom of the paper. She even tapped the bottom of the paper on the table to cause more to run.
As Marilyn dried her paper in between, she passed around to the members some examples of her completed paintings, and some that were made into cards, etc. Everyone really enjoyed seeing these. Marilyn used VistaPrint to get the cards made.
Continuing on, she made her colors darker, and painted again around the pear shapes; sprayed more, and “patterned” more. This causes the shapes to come “forward”. This is the time to paint in a bit of detail on the main shapes. It was interesting to see them become very visible as she worked. When time was up, Marilyn, as a usual perfectionist painter like most of us are, said she would like to do a few more things to it before calling it finished. The group asked her to bring it to the next meeting for all to see.
Marilyn also told us about hanging a few of her paintings out on her porch, with plexiglass and a metal frame, and on a foam core backing, the weather did not harm them; all were amazed. She also told us about a company she is working with lately (fineartamerica.com) that will take your painting and put it on a pillow, or cup, etc. and sell it for you. The artist gets a small markup for each one sold. Marilyn always does a great job of teaching us, and inspiring us to try new things.
There was just one painting for Critique this month.
Submitted by Joyce Grothaus, Secretary, GCWS, March, 201
Tuesday, March 8, 2016
It is Happy New Year time for the Greater Cincinnati Watercolor Society as we did not meet in January or February. Members were very glad to reconnect with friends and also with our watercolor educational pursuits.
Marilyn Bishop, our outgoing President called the meeting to order, welcoming all members and guests, including Rosemary, Bonnie, and Marsha. Today is the day our current Leadership Team “retires”, and the new Team takes office. Marilyn also wanted to specifically honor some members who are handling some very important “jobs” for the group. Joan Ammerman takes care of the club’s
DVD Library (we have a new one – A
Little Watercolor, by Karin Huehold);
Jean Soller prepares and sends out the Reminder Postcards every month;
Dianna Duncan is working on the Workshop, and Judith Reed is chairing our
The group honored Marilyn with a gift card to Hobby Lobby and a beautiful bouquet of flowers in appreciation for all that she has done to support GCWS, especially this past year. The Leadership Team was called to the front, and thanked for their service. Then each new LT member was called up to “replace” the outgoing one. The new Team will be headed up by Kathy Lang, President. Lydia Rittinger is now Membership, assisted by ongoing member Jane Hittinger. Carol Fencl is the new Treasurer, and Claudia Taylor is the new Program Chair. Joyce Grothaus will remain as Secretary, as well as Joan Miley as Facilities Chair. Deb Ward has also agreed to stay on as the Blog “owner”. The GCWS certainly appreciates all of the good work and time spent by all of the outgoing LT members.
The members asked Kathy Lang to tell us a bit about herself. Kathy is new to Watercolor, only taking it up after she retired not too long ago. She started as a student of Deb Ward. She joined the GCWS to continue learning about new techniques, and to expand her artistic horizons. She went to U.C., starting in the Education field, but then changed to Recreation courses. She has been a lifeguard, taught aquatics and other recreational activities, and finally headed up the whole Recreation program in
, responsible for ball fields, and
all manner of activities. She loved the
wonderful variety of Programs that she was involved with, especially the Reds
Rookies Success Program. She is
definitely an “Organizer” and an “Instigator”, and we all appreciate that she
has taken on the Presidency. Cincinnati
Sally Wester, outgoing Treasurer, gave her report. We are in good financial shape, and will be in better shape when all members pay their dues for this year. (It’s time to give or send them to Carol Fencl, new Treasurer). Our good friends, Shirley Knollman, and Howard Krauss will not be renewing, and Howard sent a very nice letter to the group, thanking everyone for all their help and friendship over the years.
There was a discussion of the Annual Exhibit, to be held June 1 through June 21st, at the “Barn” in Mariemont about how the show will be set up, run, etc. Volunteers will be needed to help out with all aspects of the show - - sitters, refreshments, etc. Each member will receive a mailing with all information about the Exhibit. Please read it carefully as some things have changed for this year. In order for the Exhibit to be first-class, and fun, it is necessary for all members to cooperate. Directions about paintings allowed, how to prepare them, and how to register them, etc. will be in the mailing and/or on the Blog.
Dianna Duncan gave a report on the GCWS Workshop for this year. As we know, Dianna does a good job of making sure we have a great WS and a fun time. This year we intend to have it Oct 28-29-30 (subject to availability of Teacher). She is working on getting Guy Magallanes.
Members then made some announcements about upcoming Art events around the area. Deb Ward is giving some 2-day workshops at her home, and put flyers on the back table. It was said that one’s blood pressure goes continually down as you drive to Deb’s place. J Deb has been accepted into the Georgia Watercolor Society National Juried Exhibit, one more honor that she has recently accumulated. Judy Reed told of a drawing class by Charley Burger at the Blue Ash Library, and Joan Miley told of some Fri. nite “openings” at the Art Club and the Barn. Carrie Burns Brown will be giving a Workshop in
in connection with the Ohio
Watercolor Society Show. Columbus
Claudia Taylor told of our upcoming Demonstrations. April – Craig Lloyd, on the History of W/C Design; May – Todd Butt, vice president of the Ohio Watercolor Society; and in June – (on Hanging Day), our own Tom Schroeder, on Composition; before introducing our Teacher for March, Marilyn Bishop –“ Paint the Background; See the Foreground”.
Submitted by Joyce Grothaus, Secretary, GCWS, March, 2016.
GCWS SHOW REMINDER
Pre-registration by May 18.
Annual Show drop off date - June 1 - from 9 - 10 a.m. -
prior to our June meeting at "The Barn".
More information will be mailed prior to our April meeting.