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.
Wednesday, August 8, 2018
PROGRAM - AUGUST 1, 2018 - SUZANNE ACCETTA
introduced our guest speaker and artist, Suzanne Accetta.
Suzanne has been
painting and drawing for over 40 years. Her paintings are exhibited
regionally, nationally, and internationally. Suzanne has illustrated children’s
book, was featured in Columbus Monthly, American Artist, Watercolorpainting.com,
and the Complete Colored Pencil Book. She teaches at Otterbein University
in Dept. of Theater and Dance. She
theatrical sets and directing plays.She
was a portrait painter for nearly 20 years, studied 3 summers with Everett
Raymond Kinstler, and was a cabin mate with Mary Whyte and Dawn Whitelaw.
Some of her clients
include John Ruthven, Bengal player Reggie Williams, and actor John Davidson.
Ten years ago, while
working on a series of painting of performers, she was introduced to an
organization called Thiossane West African Dance Institute. She was
allowed to attend rehearsals to sketch and photograph the artists.Their dances and drumming, and the joy on
their faces have influenced her paintings.She has nearly 100 hundred paintings in the series, and over 15 thousand
photos of the company.
demonstration she showed how she designs her paintings using photographs, and
how to avoid the pitfalls when using photographs. She also talked about the
iPad apps she uses, and how they support her work and teaching. She did a
demonstration on how she begins a painting.
Suzanne started her
presentation on Apps she uses on her iPad and how much she loves the ability to
sketch and paint using a stylus as a brush. This App is called Procreate and
allows her to photograph her own paintings, and add layers to them. She has the
ability to try different ideas without actually touching the real art.
Another favorite App
is Adobe Sketch which is a sketch and draw tool that lets you free-hand some
artwork. She particularly likes the watercolor tool that lets it ‘stay
wet’ until you press the dry button. Tayasui Sketches Pro also allows drawing
and painting and features brushes, pencils, and charcoal. Waterlogue is
another App that will turn your images into unique watercolors by taking away
details. Other favorites are Pose Tool 3D which lets you pose figures and move
poses and lighting.Handy Art Reference
Tool gives you a realistic hand that can be moved and add different lighting.
She talked about
getting into juried art shows and how much of it depends on the person who
juries.Suzanne passed around many of
her original paintings, some of which were the African dancers that have
inspired her paintings. She talked about how music, art, and theater break
down many barriers. that people have.
Suzanne's demo painting today
Her first step in a
painting is a careful drawing. She makes her grays using different
combinations of Phthalo green and alizarin crimson or ultramarine blue and
burnt sienna. Her skin tones are achieved with burnt sienna, lavender, cobalt
blue, ultramarine blue, and quin. rose. A great tip on painting was
“stop, drop, and retreat.” Another reason for a failed painting is not
mixing enough of a color. “Be careful not to lose your white of the
paper” was an important idea she repeated. Her favorite brushes are synthetic
flats, and she likes using a big flat for bigger areas. Her favorite paper is Arches cold press 300
lb. She chooses her paint based on which company produces the color she likes,
ex. M Graham and Holbein. She also stated that people become a better
painter by teaching as one has to verbalize how to paint.
Photos courtesy of Suzanne Giegle and Diane Jeffries.