David chose to lecture our group on both the philosophy of an art career and the business of art. His career saw many challenges and essentially spoke of the fact that one must be true to oneself.
He spoke of his many muses, both parents, a neighbor, and a special art teacher. In the business of art, he said if we knew what would appeal to the masses, sales would skyrocket. We must expect rejection and relax. Tension will show up in your brushstrokes.
His work attested to his vast knowledge of watercolor, using transparent and opaque as well as various subjects and styles.
From 6:00 to 7:00 we munched on a variety of goodies thanks to our generous membership.
At 7:00 President Pat Lester called the meeting of the Greater Cincinnati Watercolor Society to order.
Pat wanted members to know that parking is valid next to the building as well as the 2 parking lots until 45 minutes past our meeting times. This is of special note when evening meetings are in sesssion. Pat also asked members to stand when making any announcements.
Renee Rotundo, Deb Ward, Gary Brooks and Chris Krupinski will all be entered in the Ohio Watercolor Society Exhibition.
Two new members joined us this evening: Starr Shebesta and Jan Gaalaas.
Amy Earls spoke of the difficulty getting volunteers for the show in August, namely sitters (ambassadors). She is looking for 2 sitters for each day of the show. They will have to be informed of closing and opening procedures, selling paintings as well as answering questions guests may have. Connie Dettmer graciously volunteered to chair the committee.
Mary Fleischmann passed out a list for refreshments that members will be bringing.
Registration forms will have a spot for your contribution as well. We will also be having a table where purchases of paintings can be easily made. One sitter will man that, using the credit card reader if needed. During the reception volunteers will take turns manning that location to encourage purchases.
Joyce Grothaus reviewed the revised registration form and reminded all that the deadline for getting your art registered is July 10th.
Debbie Cannatella reported that there is still room for members to sign up for the fall workshop, September 21 and 22nd with Chris Krupinski.
Connie Dettmer gave the treasurer's report. We are still hoping to have a volunteer for the fund raising position. It seems essential to keep our finances at a particular level and since we seem to be falling somewhat short of that, other means of raising funds are being discussed; dues increase, auction of painting or split the pot.
President Pat Lester called the meeting of the Greater Cincinnati Watercolor Society to order at 10:00 on Wednesday, May 1st, 2019. Pat announced that there will be open studio painting. Pat passed around a print out of member contact information and asked members to check for errors. Art Show registration forms are now available and members are required to volunteer in order to show.
Awards, Shows, Etc:
● Tom Schroeder - TWSA Award, Adirondack show; Tom juried the Central Ohio Watercolor Society Show at The Barn
● Chris Krupinski - TWSA, 2 awards at Watercolor USA, sold a painting at American Watercolor Society
● Heidi Hansen and Carolyn Hibbard are in Women’s Art Club of Cincinnati show
● Erika McCoy showing at Wyoming Art Show
● Claudia Taylor in Evendale Art Show
● Diana Marra - there is space on wait list for Under the Tuscan Sun trip to Italy
● Art Connect of Springfield Township is looking for watercolor teachers. Check to the email that is circulating.
Art Show news from Amy Earls (formerly Giglio): We need two ambassadors at the show each day. Ambassadors will greet visitors and take payment via credit card. Painting is encouraged during your shifts. We need ideas for a show judge. Send to Amy or Pat.
Amy is looking for more images for Facebook and Instagram. Email them to her at email@example.com
Treasurer Connie Dettmer gave a treasurer’s report.
A reminder was made about the fall workshop, organized by Debbie Cannatella. There are still spaces available for this opportunity. Dates are September 20th, 21st and 22nd with artist Chris Krupinski teaching. Composition of a painting will be stressed.
Kathy Lang reported that many returning members have paid their dues. If you have not, please do so at the next meeting.
Our June meeting is in the evening. Bring hors d’oeuvres and finger foods to share beginning at 6 pm. The program will start at 7 with David Neil Mack.
The fundraising position is still open. The group discussed ideas for raising funds. Ideas include a raffle, selling cards, Art Garage Sale, silent auction, split the pot, raffle baskets, and raising membership dues by $5 or $10.
Tom Schroeder introduced our guest artist, Cody Heichel. Cody is a self taught watercolor artist, based in Columbus (just relocated to Indianapolis). www.codyheichel.com
Our club was most fortunate to welcome Tom Sorrell. Tom demonstrated his noted expertise with yupo. As a relatively new watercolor paper, many of us may not have had the chance to work with yupo, a synthetic paper with its plastic coating on both sides. Because of this, results can be even more exciting than with our tried and true watercolor papers.
Value study for demo painting
Painting upright, Tom begins the sky
Some of the paint is allowed to drip
Tom's resume is most impressive. He received his PhD from Stanford University and was a chemistry professor for 30 years at North Carolina-Chapel Hill where he published numerous research papers and textbooks. He was named an Alfredo P. Sloan Foundation Research Fellow in 1985-87.
It was not until Tom retired that he pursued his childhood passion with watercolor. After dozens of workshops with prominent watercolorists, Tom's work now hangs among many prominent exhibitions. He served as president of the Toledo Artists' Club from 2009 through 2013. He is also a signature member of the Ohio Watercolor Society.
Tom uses shop rags to wipe off some areas and absorb drips
Beginning to place darks on the painting
Adding darks to the rocks and wiping off paint in light areas
Viewing Tom's yupo paintings one would normally think, due to the surface, he would paint flat. Many of us were surprised when he propped his yupo up on an easel.
Always creating a value study first, he started painting the sky with the perfect amount of water, wiping a runaway drip here and there.
He prefers Black Velvet natural hair brushes. He claims that transparent watercolor paint behaves less predictably on the slick surface of yupo. The arbitrary and uncontrolled mixing gives a liveliness to your painting, yet the application of paint in a controlled fashion can be achieved to create hard edges and generate luminous hues by overlapping color washes.
The painting at the end of the demo
The small painting Tom created prior to his presentation
Tom answered many questions with grace and humor. We are all ready to try the yupo experience.
On the left is the demo painting created at our meeting. On the right the finished painting after Tom "tweaked" it at home. Note correction to sky, darks added to lighthouse, roof and rocks. Also note center of painting - Tom has removed the structure and rock, softened areas on the left side and added more darks to the shrubbery.
President Pat Lester called the meeting of the Greater Cincinnati Watercolor Society to order at 10:00 on Wednesday, April 3rd, 2019. Pat announced that there will be open studio painting. A count for lunch was taken,
No upcoming show, recognitions or awards were noted.
Treasurer Connie Dettmer reported a membership of 43 and a balance after the Mary Marxsen scholarship balance has been deducted. Deb Ward explained for newcomers the story of the late Mary Marxsen and her generous gift to our society.
Kathy Lang encouraged former members to sign up again and become reacquainted with our group. We welcome all new as well as old members.
Deb Ward reported that new society brochures are being printed.
Amy Giglio, Chairman of our show, will have a 'techno' review after today's meeting. This will include touching on facebook and instagram.
Joyce Grothaus reminded all that only paid members can submit paintings for the show. The fee for submissions is the same as in previous years, $20.00 for one painting, $25.00 for two. Although we are required to take part in putting this show together, this is considered a bargain. July 10th will be the deadline for submissions. The registration forms have been revised and will be available at the May meeting.
Chairman of the fall workshop, Debbie Cannatella announced it will be held September 20th, 21st and 22nd with artist Chris Krupinski teaching. Chris impressed us greatly last month with her program. Composition of a painting will be stressed.
The fundraising position is still open. The question of a raffle or 50/50 at the show will be discussed in the months ahead.
Tom Schroeder introduced our guest artist, Tom Sorrell.
We were quite fortunate today to have Chris Krupinski give us an informative talk about her painting routine and painting pointers using her original paintings as examples.
Chris typically uses no more than 5 colors per painting, primarily Winsor Newton brand. New gamboge is her “go to” yellow, and Antwerp blue her favorite blue. Shadows consist of French ultramarine + alizarin, which she can manipulate to lean more red or blue as necessary. Usually she lays her shadows in first on her fabric while shadows are painted last over her fruit. Her blacks consist of a mixture of alizarin and Winsor green.
Chris explained her color choices . . .
She uses Arches 300# rough paper and values good quality brushes, sizes 1 to 4 primarily, and laments the fact that Kolinsky sables are harder for her to find now.
. . . and her composition
She spoke about her composition set ups using her “magic” photo lamp. For years she would take her set ups outside to photograph them, but as the trees in her yard grew it was harder for her to find a good time to get the light just right. After attending a workshop where one of the students had a photo lamp, Chris bought one. She can now take photos at midnight if she wants to, and still get beautiful photos to work from. She may take 30-50 photos of a setup from all angles. Sometimes she will use Photoshop to place items into (or take them out of) her set up until she gets her composition just right.
Chris explained that her background is just as important as the foreground
Chris is a firm believer in drawing and will use a grid to draw out her paintings directly onto her watercolor paper. She will often place a large empty shape for an object, later filling it in as she moves through the painting, which always begins with her focal point, painting out from there. She owns no miskit, prefering to paint around all of her whites.
Explaining how she developed the shadow on this lemon
Chris is adamant that the background is just as important as the foreground and should be handled accordingly. When viewing her paintings up close and personal, this is quite apparent! The detail devoted to the quilt fabrics, which are her background, is absolutely amazing!
Chris explaining how she develops her shadows
The use of triangles informs her compositions, as well as value, contrast, edge variance, details and areas for the eye to rest. All of these components are strategically thought out before she ever begins to paint, often “painting” in her head for weeks prior to actually picking up her paints. Chris likes to distribute color and shapes throughout her paintings, giving them unity. She paints one painting at a time, and it may take weeks to be completed.
An award winning painting . . .
. . . and yet another award winner!
Chris will present our fall workshop and we look forward to learning more from her then.
At 10:00 March 6th, 2019, our newly elected president, Pat Lester, called the meeting of the Greater Cincinnati Watercolor Society to order.
Pat wanted to recognize the leadership committee that met January and February.
Secretary, Mary Fleischmann (Erika McCoy backup)
Programs, Tom Schroeder
Treasurer, Connie Dettmer
Post cards/blog/brochure, Deb Ward
Annual Art Show, Amy Giglio
Workshop Coordinator, Debbie Cannatella
Membership, Kathy Lang
Name Tags, Jane Hittinger
Scholarship, Diane Jeffries
Building, Joan Miley
Fundraiser, OPEN POSITION
Pat mentioned we will need a fundraiser and volunteers can see her after the meeting.
Open painting was discussed and will continue after next month's meeting.
We welcomed 7 new visitors/new members. They included:
David Neil Mack
We hope they enjoyed today's meeting and will continue as members
Connie Dettmer gave a Treasurer’s report.
Deb Ward encouraged all members to receive meeting notices by email. A $5.00 fee will be charged to your dues if you don't have email access. New brochures will be printed soon and new art work will be accepted for possible placement in the brochure. Photos of artwork can be sent in jpg format to Deb.
Debbie Cannatella is considering a spring and fall workshop. The fall one will be a nationally or internationally known artist whereas the spring workshop will feature a local artist and be less costly. Suggestions to Debbie are appreciated.
Jane Hittinger reported that the Christmas cards made last year were very appreciated by the Wounded Warrior organization.
Diane Jeffries reported on scholarship. Although the Cincinnati Art Academy does not offer specific watercolor classes, we will continue to use them for references and will consider their suggestions for winners.
Amy Giglio has designed new business cards which are available today. They feature a place to put your name as well as pertinent information about the society. She also has set us up on Facebook and Instagram and will offer a class in familiarizing members with these venues after next month's meeting. Thank you, Amy!
Deb Ward will be holding watercolor classes in April and May. Please contact her if you're interested.
The Deerfield Mason magazine featured an article on our Dot Burden.
Tom Schroeder and Chris Krupinski have been selected for the Transparent Watercolor Show
David Neil Mack was selected for the California Transparent Watercolor Show.
Our program today was presented by Chris Krupinski who spoke on her artistic journey starting as a graphic artist. Her amazing still life paintings reflect a love of color and precision.
Our speaker today is renowned Cincinnati artist MARLENE STEELE. She creates in oils, pastels, watercolor, colored pencil and calligraphy featuring portraits, figures and landscape. She has been a courtroom illustrator since 2004 and has established a regional reputation licensing visual images to media as well as private commissions. Some of her memberships and affiliations are: the Cincinnati Art Club as a signature member; two year artist in residence at the University Club of Cincinnati; arts ambassador to Ohio by the Portrait Society of America. Marlene also founded the Calligraphy Guild, a regional teaching guild with continuous programming since 1980.
Marlene came today to demonstrate how to paint on Yupo, a newer kind of paper that is plastic on both sides. Watercolor paints can be mostly wiped off with water except for sedimentary colors which will stain. She prefers Windsor-Newton colors since they were developed for Queen Victoria and have held up well through time. She uses no off brands.
She brought two framed figure paintings and painted a still life as a demonstration.
She draws first on Yupo with a red or blue pencil, sketching casually, holding the pencil loosely at far end. For skin tones she uses cadmium red, Naples yellow and alizarin crimson or raw sienna and ochre.
Marlene said she had always wanted to be invisible so she could really see. One of her favorite quotes is by the sculptor Noguchi. “To see far is one thing. To go there is another. “.
Respectfully submitted by Louise Allen. Photos by Deb Ward.
New members are Marcia Hartsock who is a retired medical illustrator and Jim Sargent. He will retire the end of this year and his wife wants him to find some new interests. Connie Dettmer gave an excellent treasurer’s report. We have had three workshops and acquired 2 new members.
- Sue Geigler broke her ankle so we all signed a card that was passed around. - Erica McCoy is in her first art show in Sycamore on November 17th. - Some GCWS members are in an art show at The Centennial Barn on Compton Road of 65 artists November 9th and 10th. - Ingrid Farnham made an interesting announcement about 2 watercolor opportunities In Florida. The first is taught by Vlad Yeliseyev the end of January. The other option will be held the end of February taught by Tony Couch in Port Charlotte. Ingrid is offering help with transportation. - Mary Fleishman gave a fascinating story about her going to an OWS workshop in Hinckley, Ohio run by Larry and Sarah Katz. Mary’s class was taught by David Lobenberg. He is from the West Coast and is a very comfortable person.
Several members showed their work from a workshop taught by Debbie Cannatella, also one of our members. Pat Lester did an excellent job organizing this event. Debbie taught by using only 3 colors on her palette. Several members showed their work which was very impressive.
Great news. Pat Lester has offered to be our new president, Mary Fleishman stepped up to be secretary and Deb Ward will continue to email the members and send out monthly postcards.
Jane Hittinger will help lead us next month in painting Christmas cards for soldiers who receive very little mail.
January and February will have no scheduled speakers due to weather concerns but open studio will be held from 10-12.