The Saint Louis Watercolor Society was formed in 1996 by a small group of dedicated, visionary artists for the purpose of providing educational opportunities to artists interested in watermedia, and to exhibit watermedia artwork to the public.
Today was the Urban Sketchers St. Louis event at the Kirkwood Train Station. The rain held off until midway through the gathering. Fortunately the train station has very generous overhangs so everyone was able to move under cover and continue sketching. Here are some photos from today’s event.
Carla Giller leading our Show and Tell at the end of the event.
Wednesday, August 14 and Thursday, August 15, 2019
9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
In the workshop, mat cutting will be demonstrated on two different mat cutters: the Dexter (hand-held) and the Logan Simplex (both are available through Dick Blick on-line). Each participant will practice with both instruments. The participant may also bring their own mat cutter to learn how to use it. We will do our best!
Mat board will be provided to practice on. If the participant prefers a certain mat color, they may bring their own mat board with them.
Single and double mat cutting will be demonstrated along with how to float a painting.
Directions on the use of the mat cutting tools will be handed out but please bring a notepad and pencil.
Phone: 636-947-1936 firstname.lastname@example.org
– – – – – – – -To register, cut on dotted line and return with fee – – – – – – – – – –
Make $110 check payable to Shirley Nachtrieb, 908 Ruth Drive, St. Charles, MO 63301
We congratulate Marilynne Bradley, for her painting Rothenburg Gate, and Alicia Farris, for her painting Strength and Struggle, which were accepted in the 58th Exhibition of Watercolor USA, an annual juried exhibition recognizing aqueous painting. The award winning watercolorist Dean Mitchell judged the show this year. The exhibition is at the Weisel and Kelly Galleries, 1111 East Brookside Drive Springfield, MO 65807, June 8 – September 1, 2019.
I still have openings in my Pet Portrait Workshop. Although we will be painting animals, the techniques and concepts learned can be applied to any subject matter!
In this full-day workshop, you will learn my process for painting animal portraits through clear instruction, demonstrations and plenty of painting time! You will learn and practice important concepts such as planning your composition, considering value, color mixing, understanding edges, brush control, and more!
Hope you’re having a lovely, safe and happy summer!
Just to let you know, I have a FACES and FIGURES in Watercolor workshop in Quincy, Illinois August 23 and 24th and the Quincy Artist’s Guild has opened up about 5 spaces for outside artists to register. If you are interested, please contact Kay Sutherland at email@example.com for more details and to register.
As a bonus, there will be a free blues band concert in the Quincy square on the evening of August 23rd! (Wasn’t that nice of them to schedule that for us?)
Happy painting to you, hope to get to paint with you again soon!
This year’s workshop here in the beautiful state of Maine will be Sept. 9th – 13th.
If you’ve never been to Maine,
you’re in for a treat. Big pine woods, rocky shores, schooners, harbor
scenes, quaint streets, and busy shipyards. Boothbay Harbor is a busy tourist
spot, but also a working fishing port. Plenty of subject matter to keep
me coming back for forty years!
Our workshop headquarters is less
than a mile from downtown. A large space with plenty of room to
spread out provides a place to paint if the weather turns drippy.
Just down the street from the
headquarters is a quiet lodge high above West Harbor Pond. Many rooms at
the Beach Cove Resort have refrigerators and microwaves, and the rates
are reasonable. Mention my workshop for a discount.
There are also many other nice
lodgings in town. Check out the Chamber of Commerce website for more
The Harbor also features many fine
restaurants. I can recommend some if you’d like.
The workshop day begins at 9:00 a.m.
sharp. I will give a warm up talk to highlight the day’s focus
point: shapes, values, colors, composition, textures, etc. We will then
proceed to the day’s painting location where I will do a demo that will focus
attention on the element of the day. My demos typically last a little
over an hour. The rest of the time on location will be free for students
to sketch, paint and photograph the area. I will, of course, be available
Finally, we will return to the
headquarters for a short and gentle critique of the day’s paintings.
Usually we wrap up around 4:00, giving you time to rest up before dinner.
I hope you can join us in September. We’ll have plenty of laughs in addition to the serious business of gaining insights to the painting process. I can be reached by phone at 314-706-6333 or by email (see below) if you have questions. By the way, tuition remains affordable at $400 for the week. And I can send you a supply list on request.
Here are some scenes to whet your whistle.
Painting by Carol Jessen
Three Trapping by Carol Jessen
Painting by Carol Jessen
The Saint Louis Watercolor Society was honored to be invited by the Missouri Botanical Garden to have up to 20 of their members participate in their June 18th Members Tuesday Nights program which focused on art. The evening finally arrived, the rain held off, live music drifted through the air and many garden members stopped to talk to our artists about their paintings. Our volunteers were identified with a STLWS sign. Garden members interested in watercolor were given one of our new STLWS brochures and encouraged to check us out.
Here are some candid photos of our artists in the Ridgeway Center near the close of the event, sharing their artwork with each other.
As you may or may not know, the local group known as Urban Sketchers St. Louis recently formed an official chapter of the international Urban Sketchers (http://www.urbansketchers.org/) and invited the St. Louis Watercolor Society Urban Sketchers to merge with them. Given this would consolidate the two local groups and be an official chapter of the international Urban Sketchers, the merger was considered advantageous and approved. Michele Perrin, Linda Thompson and Carla Baron Giller are the administrators of the new combined group. Urban Sketchers St. Louis is the surviving name of the group along with their Facebook page. St. Louis Watercolor Society Urban Sketchers will close their Facebook page. Carla Baron Giller will continue to coordinate the group’s events and the Saint Louis Watercolor Society will continue to send out announcements of events to their members and post photos of the events on their website.
Here are some helpful addresses for you to use to follow Urban Sketchers St. Louis:
Facebrook group: Urban Sketchers St. Louis,
QUEENY PARK, JUNE 14th
Here are some photos the group shared of their outing to Queeny Park near the Mason Road entrance on Friday, June 14th. It was a beautiful day weather wise and the spot offered many lovely things to sketch.
And now for some close ups.
Even a humble gas meter is a work of art through the eyes of an artist.