Watercolor Artists of Sacramento Horizons
2017 Planned Demonstration and Critique Schedule
May Members Meeting and Demonstration - 5/8/2017, 1:30 pm
In May, the WASH members’ meeting will feature Colfax artist Juan Peña, who has been painting and teaching in our area for many years.
Juan Peña began plein air painting in 1959, while studying with Vernon Nye at Pacific Union College. Later he studied under portraitist Thomas Leighton and watercolorist Jade Fon Woo, both from the Bay Area. “In California, our weather and light is conducive to painting outdoors year-around,” says Juan. “I paint from life, or on-location for the most part, and sometimes from my imagination.”
Peña takes pride in his handmade wooden palette in which he mixes nearly all his colors from just three primary colors. He usually works on full sheets.
Recently, Juan won second place for his body of work produced during a week-long paint out in Aspen, Colorado. Three of his watercolors have been selected for publication by NorthLight Books, two for Splash 15 (2014), and another for Splash 12 (2011). He also offers 12-lesson series of watercolor lessons free on YouTube. His work can be viewed at www.paintingsbyjuanpena.com.
June Members Meeting and Demonstration - 6/12/2017, 7:00 pm
For our June WASH member’s meeting, bring your own paintings for a critique session by Shingle Springs artist Stephany Nickel. She will offer her own take on how to improve your painting, with a view to presenting your best work in the fall WASH Open Show.
In her own painting, Stephany seeks to capture moments as “windows in time.” She sees herself as “a painter of time and the soul.” Her paintings usually flow from her main interests of portraits, spirituality, and women’s endeavors.
Her style is bold and fresh, with a vibrancy and depth of color so intense that you don’t realize she is painting in the medium of watercolor. Much of her current work reflects her passion to portray her heritage land of Ireland.
Nickel has juried many art competitions across California. Her work is in private collections throughout the United States, Europe and Japan. Palette Magazine has published her paintings and her article, “Break Throughs.” Stephany is one of the featured artists in the books Art Twenty-Ten and Art Twenty-Eleven available at local galleries and on Amazon.com.
Her paintings can be seen at Winterhill Olive Oil and Gifts as well as the Iron Willow Gallery, both in Placerville. Her works may be viewed online at www.stephanynickel.com.