Thursday, September 23, 2021




October 6, 2021 to be held at Arts Connect, Springfield Township Art Center, 9158 Winton Rd. at 10 a.m., lower level. Also, we are viewing the Ohio Watercolor Society Traveling Show on site after the meeting. ( OWS Show dates mid-September – end of October, 2021.

Thursday, August 12, 2021

GCWS Meetings Resume


We will be resuming our monthly meetings for the months of September, October, November and December 2021. 

We will meet as usual – first Wednesday of each month, 10 a.m., Cincinnati Art Club.

At this time, masks are optional. 

Wednesday, March 11, 2020


Greetings to all members

The meeting of the Greater Cincinnati Watercolor Society was called to order at 10:00 on Wednesday March 4th, 2020 by President Pat Lester.  Any correspondence with Pat is easily done with a text or phone call as her email will be changing in the next several days. Her phone is 513 608 7132.

A new member was introduced. He is Keith Shebesta and has painted for the last 10 years. We welcome him.

Several members announced prize winnings and donations to non profits. We congratulate them for their talent and charitable efforts. Both Deb Ward and Gary Brooks will continue with workshops. Please email them if you are interested in furthering your knowledge of watercolor.

Jane Hittinger read a thank you from the facility to which our Christmas cards were sent as well as a letter from a specific veteran. It seems evident that we will continue with this Christmas tradition.

The fall workshop was announced by Tom Schroeder. October 22, 23 and 24 we will sponsor Dongfeng Li. The cost will be $300.00 with members having priority status. Non members' price will be $340.00.  Members were encouraged to check out the artist on line.

Tom also announced the following presenters:
   April: Steve Edwards
   May: Rodney Revel
   June: Fran Mangino
   Aug. Open
   Sept. Steve Coolman

Connie Dettmer gave the treasurer’s report and noted we have  $334.00 in scholarship fund.

Kathy Lang, our membership chairman, asked members to be sure she has your most recent address, phone and email information.

Tom Schroeder then introduced our presenter, Ohio artist/designer Rick Mock.  Before Rick started his demonstration, he took time to recognize a former art teacher, Ms. Lissa Hubbard who influenced his life as an artist and who attended our meeting. His talent as a painter of automobiles as well as lovely landscapes and abstracts captured our attention. Rick uses 300 pound Fabriano paper and paints with a collection of very bright colors.  As the siren blew at noon, Rick still was not done speaking. He was very enthusiastic and we all love his painting titles including "I Shot the Chevy".
Thank you Tom for bringing Rick to us. Good job.

Respectfully submitted Mary Fleischmann

Friday, March 6, 2020


Rick Mock

Our demonstrator today was Rick Mock, a Signature member of Ohio Watercolor society.  Rick’s expertise is in painting classic cars and shiny surfaces.

Rick first went through his materials for us.  Formerly he used Maimeri Blu watercolors but has switched to Holbein.  His color palette is inspired by Chris Leeper.  He likes the John Pike Watercolor Palette for its large mixing area and the fact that it will not stain, which allows him to truly see the colors he is mixing.

His brushes were suggested by Bill Vrscak and are Princeton watercolor brushes.  He particularly likes the ¼ in. flat and ½ in. flat which he calls his “workhorses”.  He can easily make long horizontal or vertical strokes with the side of the brushes, and because they are longer than most flats, they hold a good amount of water.

His paper of choice is Fabriano 300# CP.  He likes the heavier paper because it holds moisture for a long time and he is able to move paint over a longer time period.

His water “container” consists of two Tupperware containers, one placed inside the other, rather than two separate containers.

Because of the subject matter he likes, Rick paints very tight, but he sometimes likes to loosen up by doing what he calls “freestyle” painting – small abstracts which he begins by doodling with the brush and paint with no plan in mind.  He considers these a fun way to relax with his painting.  Two examples of his loose paintings below.

Rick began by wetting the starting area and continued to add color for some time.  This was the “fin” of a classic Chevrolet, a brilliant red in the photo.  Rick began by adding reds to the top of the area and then some orange to the bottom, which was a reflection of something below the car.

He then let that area begin to dry and moved to another area of the painting.  This was the chrome above the tail light which he began with gray mixed from red and dark green.  Part of this was softened away, later some defined shapes were added.  Rick calls this “building edges”.

He frequently paints upside down, or sideways, whatever helps his hand get into the tight spaces he needs to work on.  He commented that this is something he constantly reminds his students about – the fact that you can rotate your painting!

Rick paints dark to light – the opposite of our usual watercolor technique.  He says this allows him to visualize the completed painting sooner and it “pumps him up” so he stays excited to see the project to completion.

His calls his grays “colored grays” because he uses blends of color to create them and he thinks this helps his paintings to glow.

He explained how he takes several photos of the car and will use Photo Shop to help him create just the image he wants.  This may mean leaving out part of the photo, such as his own reflection as he was taking the photo.
Completed demonstration
His demonstration allowed us to see how the shapes he creates make the curves on a painted surface and reflections in chrome look shiny, hard and real.

Below are photos of some of the paintings Rick brought for display.  (Sorry about the glare).

Submitted photos and text by Deb Ward and Mary Fleischmann.

Sunday, February 16, 2020

Meeting - March 4, 2020

Welcome  back from Winter Break!
Our first meeting for 2020 will be March 4.

Presenter:  Rick Mock.
        Title:  There’s no place like chrome!

OWS artist, Rick Mock, will share his passion for painting classic cars.  

His deep dive into chrome, rubber and curved surface techniques will highlight 
his colorful and vivid presentation.

If you want to find images for Rick’s work, you can check out

March is time to renew Membership Dues.  Please bring your check
to this meeting - $45.00 payable to GCWS.
Prompt renewal is important so we can create our budget for the year.
Thank you!!

Friday, January 3, 2020


Here are photos of some of the cards created at the December meeting.