It depicts the La Sierra High School Vietnam Memorial for students who
did not come home from the Vietnam War. This Memorial is located in the
Koobs Nature Area adjacent to the La Sierra Community Center. This is a
plein air painting from the spring of 2019.
WASH is delighted to welcome painter, lecturer, and teacher Robert Dvorak to demonstrate for our November 11, 1:30 pm meeting. Robert has been a professor of architecture and also taught design, problem-solving, and communication skills including drawing, film-making, watercolor painting, and other media skills. Dvorak draws from a rich background of unusual experience for his presentations including: being a member of the moon shot design team for the vehicle assembly building at Cape Canaveral, working as crew on large sailing yachts in the Greek Islands, doing caricatures in Japanese nightclubs, making experimental films which have been featured in film festivals worldwide, and traveling in 69 countries making drawings, watercolors, and speaking. These are just a few of his adventurous experiences. Robert has written and illustrated Dancing With Ghosts by Maura Madden-Donovan, Award of Merit, 2019 Member Showbooks on drawing and painting: Travel Drawing and Painting, The Practice of Drawing as Meditation, Drawing Without Fear, The Pocket Drawing Book, The Magic of Drawing, and Experiential Drawing. Many of Robertʼs paintings are in corporate and private collections, including The Bank of America, Del Monte Corporation, the Vanderbuilts, and more.”Robertʼs presentation will be titled “Travel Drawing and Painting” and is sure to be informative and entertaining! Be sure to mark November 11, 1:30 pm on your calendar!
In this painting, I used Daniel Smith’s Watercolor Ground in spots to add an impasto-like texture to the paper, then painted with transparent watercolor. Since the watercolor is on top of the ground, this would be considered OK for contest, but I would have explain it to the judges, so rather than explaining it, I just call it “mixed media.” I also used negative painting and reverse painting using a custom made stencil to pull out some of the shapes in the background.
Artists of Sacramento Horizons (WASH), is again offering a $1000
Scholarship for a high school senior or a college art major who would
like to continue his/her pursuit of learning more about water media
at the college level.
Please print a scholarship application and cover letter out and give it to a deserving student for consideration. You will find the 2020 WASH Scholarship application and criteria at the following link: WASH Scholarship 2020.pdf
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
Bev is presenting both a demonstration and a workshop for us. The
workshop, “Painting People, Birds and Animals on Hot Press” is scheduled
Tuesday, October 15, 2019 through Thursday, October 17. For more
information or to register, contact Kari Bauer at
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.