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.

2019 Scholarship

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.

2018 WASH Open Show Award of Excellence winner "Blue's Bayou" by Chris Knopp

2019 Annual WASH Open Show – Call for Artists

The 2019 Annual WASH Open Show prospectus is available on the WASH web site on the show page at the following link: WASH OPEN SHOW

Show entry is open at Smarter Entry, please see the link of the Open Show page above.


Online show entry deadline is: July 6, 2019
Show Notifications complete by: July 14, 2019
Hand Delivered Artwork dates: August 23 (1-5) and August 24 (11-3)
Shipped Art MUST be Received by: August 23
Show Dates are: September 3 through September 29
Reception and Awards Presentation are: September 14

Watercolor painting by Michael Reardon titled "Via San Francesco, Assisi".

May Members Meeting and Demonstration – 5/13/2019, 1:30 pm

WASH welcomes our May demonstrator, Michael Reardon. Michael is also presenting a 3 day workshop starting on May 14th.

Michael Reardon has been painting in watercolor for over thirty years. An avid traveler, he uses watercolor to record his observations, convey a sense of place and light, and communicate his impressions of the built, natural, and imagined worlds. He works from his studio in Oakland, California.

Michael is a signature member of the American Watercolor Society, the National Watercolor Society, Watercolor West, and the California Watercolor Association. He is also the author of Watercolor Techniques: Painting Light and Color in Landscapes and Cityscapes from North Light Books.

Michael’s web site is:   http://www.mreardon.com/

Watercolor painting by Michael Reardon titled "Lakeville Sheep Farm".

May 2019 Workshop by Michael Reardon

Reminder: WASH is sponsoring a workshop by Michael Reardon in May of 2019.

Please contact Kari Bauer at WASHworkshops@gmail.com to check to see if there is space available. If there is not, Michael will also be our demonstrator at the May 13th WASH meeting!

Michael is a wonderful demonstrator and teacher, we hope to see you at the workshop, demonstration or both!!

2019 Annual WASH Member Show Reception and Awards

Here are a few photographs from the Reception and Award Ceremony for the 2019 WASH Member Show held last night. Please congratulate the award winners!

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