Our juror has finished selecting the paintings for acceptance in the 2019 Annual WASH Open Show, Go With The Flow. Instructions for accepted artists and a list of accepted paintings may be found below along with the release form that must accompany the paintings. A big Thank You to Steve Walters for his work selecting paintings for the show!
WASH presents “Painting Portraits from Photographs”. a four day workshop with Ted Nuttall
a balance of demonstration, presentation, and one-on-one instruction,
Ted will share his philosophical approach.
goal is to provide, in a creative and supportive atmosphere, an
enjoyable hands-on learning experience
to facilitate a heightened awareness that each participant can use in
his or her work, and in their daily lives.
The 2019 WASH Scholarship for
the Arts winner is Halka Motani. Halka was selected based
on artistic ability in the medium of watercolor, service to the art
community, and academic achievement in art classes.
Halka is a senior at Davis
Senior High School in Davis. She is enrolled in San Jose State’s
Animation/Illustration program and plans to develop her skills as a
watercolor illustrator. Halka began using watercolors four years
ago, after a demonstration in her art class left her mesmerized with
its delicacy and versatility.
Halka has been active in
pursuing her talent in art. In her portfolio, she submitted
watercolor images indicating her understanding of watercolor
techniques, design and creativity. I
Believe in You
is her watercolor creation submitted to the Crocker Museum Youth Art
Month show and awarded first place for the high school division. Be
sure to come to the Fine Arts Center in June to see Halka’s work in
the foyer gallery.
Painting People, Birds and Animals on Hot Press a three day workshop featuring Bev Jozwiak
October 15-17, 2019 (Tuesday-Thursday) 9:30am – 3:30pm
Bev is an International Award winning artist from Vancouver,
Washington who has earned her signature status in the American
Watercolor Society, the National Watercolor Society, Watercolor West,
and many others. Her art has been included in many “Best of Art” books
and the series “Splash”. She is the author of “Painting Life with Life”.
When I select paintings for a show, I look for many things. I look for the way the artist has handled the technical end of painting — things such as color, composition and the various elements of design. An unusual or interesting use of technique, unexpected subject matter or fresh individual ideas can certainly catch my eye. A strong display of skill and execution are always noted. Most important, I look for the artist’s uniqueness of vision — that special energy and way of seeing — memorable and personal. Lastly, a good, clear digital image is important to properly show off an artist’s best work and be competitive.
from David Lobenberg:
No matter if a work is representational or abstract, I look for several artistic qualities in determining a watercolor’s acceptability into an exhibition:
Control of the medium (does the artist show a competency of applying paint to paper?)
Imaginative content (has the artist created something out of the ordinary?),
Strong use of composition (a unique point of view, well balanced, purposeful direction, flow, and rhythm), and
Competent use of the five elements of visual art (line, texture, shape, value, and color).
There is one more artistic quality that gets me super excited and is unique to the medium of watercolor: “Controlling the flood”. These three descriptive words were penned a number of years ago by Jose Montoya, art professor emeritus at California State University, Sacramento. How apropos, considering that the pigments in watercolor paint are immersed in washes of water when applied to watercolor paper. For me personally, wet-on-wet and spontaneously washes of overlapping hues is the most dynamic manifestation of controlling the flood.
Controlling the flood and the four previously mentioned artistic qualities make for the yardstick that I use for judging. They work in attracting eyes and enticing viewers to stop and linger before a painting. Heck, the viewer may even say “Wow! I want to buy that!”
WASH is delighted to host a demonstration by well known local artist and teacher, Beverly Fields.
Beverly Fields’ watercolor paintings are most often described as soft and subtle with an abstract clarity. Beverly’s favorite subjects are landscapes and reflections in water. Much of her subject matter is derived from vintage cottages and buildings “reflecting” the past. She has studied with such noted artists as Zoltan Szabo, Charles Reid, Barbara Nechis and Edgar Whitney.
As a member of the Society of Western Artists and California Watercolor Society, Beverly Fields lectures/demonstrates, teaches and jurors art shows. She regularly teaches at the Sacramento Fine Arts Center in Carmichael, CA.
We are excited to be announcing our 2019 Scholarship Winner at our June meeting. We had 5 applications this year and it was an exciting group of applicants. We hope to see you at our June meeting for the award and a fun demonstration by Beverly Fields.
The May/June WASH newsletter has been added to the web site for your reading pleasure. Please see the NEWSLETTER page for a direct link. You will also find historical versions of the newsletter going back to 2013.