Watercolor painting by Sonja Hamilton

September Members Meeting and Demonstration – 9/09/2019, 1:30 pm

We are honored to have Sonja Hamilton join us at our September meeting. Sonja is a San Francisco born artist, teacher, author and calligrapher. Sonja’s watercolor (reference) book “Watercolor – Its only a piece of paper”, was published in 2015. Sonja says, “Although I draw and paint in many media, I find watercolor the most exciting, spontaneous, and challenging. When I paint, my cares leaves and I become totally immersed in what I am doing. Watercolor is exhilarating, yet most relaxing for me – a great joy. It is who I am.” Our September meeting will start at 1:30.

2018 WASH Open Show Best of Show Award Winner, Portuguese Fishermen III by Steve Walters

2019 Annual WASH Open Show – Accepted Paintings

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!

Please click on the following link for instructions for accepted artists and a list of the paintings accepted to the WASH Open Show: 2019 WASH Open Show Accepted Paintings

The following link is for a release form that must accompany all paintings for the 2019 WASH Open Show. Please print the form and send/bring it to receiving: 2019 Open Show Release Form

Members of the 2019 WASH Board (elected and appointed members).

Members of the 2019 WASH Board

Here are some of the members of your 2019 WASH Board. Unfortunately, not every board member was at the March meeting, so we missed include a number of them in the photographs.

Young boy with a hat

Painting Portraits from Photographs, a workshop with Ted Nuttall

WASH presents “Painting Portraits from Photographs”. a four day workshop with Ted Nuttall

Through a balance of demonstration, presentation, and one-on-one instruction, Ted will share his philosophical approach.

His goal is to provide, in a creative and supportive atmosphere, an enjoyable hands-on learning experience – and to facilitate a heightened awareness that each participant can use in his or her work, and in their daily lives.

For more information…
2019 WASH Scholarship for the Arts winner

WASH Scholarship for the Arts Winner 2019

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.

Watercolor painting by Bev Jozwiak titled "Steeped in Tradition II".

Last 2019 Workshop – Bev Jozwiak!

Painting People, Birds and Animals on Hot Press
a three day workshop featuring
Bev Jozwiak

October 15-17, 2019
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”.

Bev Jozwiak

Her website is:http://www.bevjozwiak.com/wp/

WASH Members: $325, Nonmembers: $375
To register, contact Kari Bauer at WASHworkshops@gmail.com or
leave a message for Kari at 916-483-2315

Workshop held at:
Sacramento Fine Arts Center,
5530-B Gibbons Drive, Carmichael

Watercolor painting by Lynn Slade titled "Snag Down Red Lake"

2019 Annual WASH Go With The Flow – Open Show

Juror Judging Statements

from Steve Walters:

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:

  1. Control of the medium (does the artist show a competency of applying paint to paper?)
  2. Imaginative content (has the artist created something out of the ordinary?),
  3. Strong use of composition (a unique point of view, well balanced, purposeful direction, flow, and rhythm), and
  4. 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!”

June Members Meeting and Demonstration – 6/10/2019, 7:00 pm

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.