PAINTING OF THE MONTH

September 2019

“Wild Posies” (on Yupo paper)
Marlene Turner
Price: $190.

I love the crazy unpredictable nature of painting on Yupo paper.  It is challenging and exasperating.  One just has to let go and let the paint and paper do it’s thing.  I am there to interpret the results and clean up the mess.  It is plain fun!

June 2019

” Durham Cathedral from the old farm in Bowburn “.
By Peter Rodgers.

May 2019

“Old Girl with a Pearl Earring.”
by Nancy Wedick

My husband and I have traveled to Great Britain several times. We have bicycled across Scotland, up the coast of Ireland, and recently, hired a DRIVER (enough of Europe on my own leg power!), and toured Scotland, Wales and England. We are going back this fall, to see what we didn’t catch on the other trips!

I love the Queen!  I love her bright colors, her fun hats, her pearls, her humble homes (Windsor was my favorite!) and her stamina. I just did this portrait of her for fun, because she is so colorful!

April 2019

April 2019 Painting of the Month titled "Sutter Buttes Farm" by David Peterson

“Sutter Buttes Farm”
by David Peterson

David Peterson, has paintings in private collections across the country.

Since 2002, the artist has been accepted into dozens of state-wide juried shows and has won over 100 awards. David has been accepted into California State Fair Fine Arts Exhibit 6 out of the last 7 years.

David was honored to have been a Yosemite Art Center visiting artist 2012-17. He is a past President of WASH, Inc., Sacramento’s watercolor club and has been awarded NCA Master Painter Signature status. David was a staff member at Sacramento Fine Arts Center through 2018. David’s work can be seen in Sacramento at Sacramento Fine Arts Center in Carmichael, Rancho Cordova City Hall, various regional art shows.

David portrays the familiar scenes of our neighborhood in a humorous and enigmatic way. He shows you California landmarks, including urban scenes, the American River, and our neighborhood differently, simply and in a unique manner.

March 2019

AlysLynn Lemke, "

“That New Fangled Contraption”
by AlysLynn Lemke

Thank you for voting my painting as March’s painting of the month! This painting is of the circa 1915 Russell steam engine on permanent display at the Amador County Fairgrounds in Plymouth, CA. It greets fair visitors as they come through the main gate. The tractor is corroded and crumbling, but here I’m reflecting the color and excitement of this quaint country fair.

Even though it is small, it has been voted the best county fair in California and it boasts a fine art competition so large that paintings must be skyed high up on the walls for to all be displayed. With its working sawmill, gold mining demonstration with full-sized stamp mill, rodeo arena, huge flower beds, acres of antique farm equipment, Miwok village, Koi pond, permanent old-western style buildings, Wild-West reenactments and parade of bearded locals on antique tractors it’s a photographer’s dream.

February 2019

Watercolor painting by Liz D'Amelio titled "Liberty Station, San Diego"

“Liberty Station, San Diego”
by Liz D’Amelio

I painted this painting of Liberty Station last November while I was in San Diego at a Plein Air event with my mentor and friends. Liberty Station is a remodeled and transitioned military station that has been transformed into a shopping, restaurant, and gallery venue. The San Diego Watercolor Society has their facility there and sponsors many events like SFAC and welcomes visitors.

I personally love doing plein air painting with friends as it gets us out into the many great areas of California with its beautiful vistas and locations that are great for painting. I highly recommend it for all artists as it suits watercolor, oil, pastel, sketch, or photography artistry. Grab some friends and go when you can. You wont be disappointed.

January 2019

Watercolor Painting by Marlene Turner, titled "Floral Bouquet"

“Floral Bouquet”
by Marlene Turner


November 2018

Watercolor Painting by Ralph F. Wilson titled "Four Euphoniums in the Band"

“Four Euphoniums in the Band”
by Ralph F. Wilson

In July 2009 my wife and I traveled to Chapel St. Leonards, a beach town in east Lincolnshire, England. The town’s brass band was playing and I was fascinated by the four euphoniums in the band, with all the reflections of buildings, towers, and flags in their bells. (For those of you who don’t know, the Euphonium is similar to the baritone popular in the USA.)

October 2018

October 2018 Painting of the Month titled "Mendocino Village", by Lucinda Johnson

“Mendocino Village”
by Lucinda Johnson

Art has always been at the center of my life. When I was very young, I would draw from nature (mainly birds, horses, dogs), becoming familiar with the graceful lines, form and space. Through self-taught studies and workshops with professional artists in a wide-array of mediums, art has always been a way for me to share what I feel and see.

You will rarely see me sitting still. I have explored art through photography, sculpting, welding, ceramics, paint-making, batik, mosaic, stained glass, quilting, watercolor, gouache, acrylics, encaustic, collage, pastels and many other forms. I usually try to envision which medium will best convey what I have in mind for the finished artwork. I especially enjoy using watercolor because of the way I can blend the colors on the paper, how the paint granulates and the brilliance of the colors.

Mendocino Village” is a painting of a scene I saw each morning during a workshop visit when I walked through the town from the art center and then over to the ocean. The composition is tightly cropped to focus on the quaint structures lit by the morning sun and to show the unique location of the town nestled in the landscape. Watercolor is the perfect medium to represent the lights, darks and colors of this scene. I paint on 140 lb. Arches cold press paper with predominately Daniel Smith transparent paints, using “Silver” brushes by Black Velvet.

I have been fortunate to take classes at the Sacramento Fine Arts Center from Dale Laitinen (Structures in the Landscape) and Michael Reardon (Painting Landscape Greens). Although my own painting style is still evolving, you may detect influences from both artists. I hope that my vignette of this quintessential California village inspires the viewer to visit the location – and to maybe take a morning or evening walk to really see and experience the places you visit. Mendocino may become a favorite of yours too.

Member of the California Art Club, Pastel Society of the West Coast, Sierra Pastel Society/Signature Artist, President of Sierra Pastel Society 2017 and 2018 and Watercolor Artists of Sacramento Horizons.

September 2018

September 2018 Painting of Month, "Aquarellist", by William Lum

“Aquarellist”
by William Lum

In June 2018, I had a chance to see David Peterson painting a watercolor of the Roseville City Hall. David is an award winning artist and leads a plein air group based out of Fair Oaks. He is amazingly fast and can complete a half sheet (15″ x 22″) in an hour.

David is a past President of WASH (Watercolor Artists of Sacramento Horizons), event coordinator for Sacramento Fine Arts and has been awarded NCA Master Painter Signature status. The word Aquarellist is based on David’s own website name, hence the title of this painting.

When I painted this watercolor of David, I tried to emulate his style for the painting. Which takes some effort to get out of my comfort zone. To intentionally paint a crooked line goes against my grain. But it’s about learning and being “looser” in art, it’s all good. This painting was done on a 15″ X 22″ sheet of Arches, rough, 140 lb paper.

www.william-lum.pixels.com

June 2018

June 2018 Painting of the Month, "Via Toscano Morning - Plein Air", by Liz D'Amelio

“Via Toscano Morning – Plein Air”
by Liz D’Amelio

This painting was done at the Via Toscano Winery in Plymouth’s Shenandoah Valley during a plein air event with my painting buddies. Via Toscano is a beautiful venue to paint and they are very artist friendly. The owner Erica or the manager are always welcoming if we check in first as most of the wineries are. The wineries are so much fun to paint! Ciao!

May 2018

May 2018 Painting of the Month, "Aquamania", by Jan Miskulin

“Aquamania”
by Jan Miskulin

April 2018

April 2018 Painting of the Month titled "Yellow Poppy", by Teresa Steinbach-Garcia

“Yellow Poppy”
by Teresa Steinbach-Garcia

Teresa Steinbach-Garcia embraces watercolor as the medium of choice in her large paintings of Iceland Poppies. The paintings are a marriage of translucency, flow and color. Single poppy studies help to refine the shape of the flower and delicacy of the stem.

www.TSteinbachgarciaart.com

March 2018

March 2018 Painting of the Month titled "Pouty Miss", by Marlene Turner

“Pouty Miss”
by Marlene Turner

February 2018

February 2018 Painting of the Month titled "Jennifer", by Phyllis Eymann

“Jennifer”
by Phyllis Eymann

This painting was created as a class demo. I love to do faces in collage as emotions seem to show more through the technique. I do them when I want to make a mess and clean up. It is a messy process.

January 2018

January 2018 Painting of the Month titled "The Trio", by Phyllis Eymann

“The Trio”
by Phyllis Eymann

This painting was made while relaxing and letting the creative juices flow. Nothing was pre thought out. I start with a scribble and let the marks speak to me. The Far Eastern wardrobe is there as it seems to lend itself more to the overall design and I can embellish all I want. Balance is the key, as change one thing, change all.

November 2017

November 2017 Painting of the Month titled "Scot Robin", by Sally Bostley

“Scot Robin”
by Sally Bostley

I have spent my life making and teaching music. When I retired, I started watercolor painting because it is very portable. My husband and I travel all over looking for things to paint, and I strongly feel that one should paint the things one loves. Most of my paintings are realistic and often landscapes; however, I like to play with color so occasionally have fun doing geometric abstracts and blending colors in crazy combinations. Both types of painting satisfy me and, I hope, give some enjoyment to others

We love the cheerful little robins in the UK. We’ve seen them in England, Scotland and Ireland and they are so different from robins in the USA, smaller and more pert. This little fellow just begged to be painted. Who can refuse a robin that begs to be painted?

October 2017

October 2017 Painting of the Month titled "Shopping in Lincoln, England", by Ralph F. Wilson

“Shopping in Lincoln, England”
by Ralph F. Wilson

The old streets and quaint shops of Lincoln, England, are charming. This painting includes my wife Jean and her sister Connie shopping there during a trip to England in July 2009. For this painting, I began with a pen-and-ink sketch and then used watercolor to finish. Watercolor and ink, 14.5″ x 14.5″.

September 2017

September 2017 Painting of the Month titled "Near Fern Canyon", by Sharla Freeman

“Near Fern Canyon”
by Sharla Freeman

I took four years of art in high-school and was voted the top artist by my peers and teachers. I received a scholarship to Pepperdine for Fine Art, but was unable to attend because of financial reasons. I later continued my studies of Fine Art at Brigham University, Arizona State University and finally graduated from California State University Sacramento with a Bachelors in Studio Art in 1972.

Since my retirement I have devoted myself to painting, taking college art courses or workshops from great teachers such as; Greg Kondos, Alvaro Castagnet, Susan Sarback, Frank Zamora, Susan Adan, Michael Stevens, Steve Memmering, Robert Else and Isabelle Saskins and many more. I traveled to Italy in the summers of 2010 and 2011 to study Art History through San Francisco State University.

June 2017

“Junkyard”
by Jeram Tandel

May 2017

May 2017 Painting of the Month titled "Cosumnes Preserve", by David Peterson

“Cosumnes Preserve”
by David Peterson

David Peterson has paintings in private collections across the country. Since 2002, the artist has been accepted into dozens of state-wide juried shows and has won several dozen awards.

David was accepted in California State Fair Fine Arts Exhibit for the last 5 years. David Peterson is honored to have been a Yosemite Art Center visiting artist since 2012, and is scheduled again in August, 2017. He is a past President of WASH, Inc., Sacramento’s watercolor club and has been awarded NCA Master Painter Signature status. David is Event Coordinator at Sacramento Fine Arts Center. David’s work can be seen in Sacramento at Sacramento Fine Arts Center in Carmichael, and out of the trunk of his car. David portrays the familiar scenes of our neighborhood in a humorous and enigmatic way. He shows you California landmarks, including urban scenes, the American River, and our National Park differently, simply and in a unique manner.

April 2017

April 2017 Painting of the Month titled "Colonnade at San Juan Bautista Mission", by Ralph F. Wilson

“Colonnade at San Juan Bautista Mission”
by Ralph F. Wilson

A trip down US 101 to Santa Barbara several years ago inspired this painting of the colonnade at San Juan Bautista Mission near Hollister. I love the repetitive shapes that diminish in size. I used a pouring technique, successively masking the lighter areas, and then pouring primary colors — thalo blue, quinacridone red, and new gamboge yellow. Transparent watercolor, 21″ x 14″.

March 2017

March 2017 Painting of the Month titled "Lake Winter", by Pam Lowney

“Lake Winter”
by Pam Lowney

Wow! What an honor for one of my pieces to be selected by a group of my peers. I am so excited to have a painting displayed in the Gallery by WASH.

I never thought it would happen. Not for lack of trying mind you. I must give credit where credit is due. I am very much a novice watercolor painter and I have been studying with several instructors that we are blessed to have in our area. Among them are Patricia Abraham, Phyllis Eyman, Jan Musklin and this particular piece I credit to Beverly Fields’ instruction. I have three pieces currently on display in two local restaurants. I truly feel blessed to express myself and know that others appreciate that expression.

February 2017

February 2017 Painting of the Month titled "Bring On Spring", by Liz D'Amelio

“Bring On Spring”
by Liz D’Amelio

This was an exciting piece for me as it was done on hot press paper. I loved the way the paint flowed and held its brilliant color which was important for this work to hold it value and strength.

January 2017

January 2017 Painting of the Month titled "Madeline", by Jan Casterton

“Madeline”
by Jan Casterton

I love the magic of water and paint intermingling. Along my painting journey, I’ve been blessed with talented teachers and workshop instructors, to name a few: Beverly Fields, Jeannie Vodden, Nita Engle, Tom Lynch, Jan Kunz, David Lobenberg, and Dale Laitinen. I became a signature member of the California Arts League when it existed at the SFAC, in May of 2001. Watercolor keeps me challenged and growing as an artist. Thank you to all who voted for “Madeline”.

November 2016

November 2016 Painting of the Month titled "Iris #1", by Sharla Freeman

“Iris #1”
by Sharla Freeman

I took four years of art in high-school and was voted the top artist by my peers and teachers at graduation. I received a scholarship to Pepperdine for Fine Art, but was unable to attend because of financial reasons. I later continued my studies of Fine Art in college and I graduated from California State University Sacramento with a Bachelors in Studio Art. I taught several courses for San Juan Unified including: Art, Math, U.S. History, Yearbook, school newspaper, and Dance.

Since my retirement I have devoted myself to painting, taking college art courses or workshops from great teachers; Greg Kondos, Alvaro Castagnet, Susan Sarback, Frank Zamora, Susan Adan, Michael Stevens, Steve Memmering, Robert Else and Isabelle Saskins and many more. I traveled to Italy in 2010 and 2011 to study Art History for a month each time.

October 2016

October 2016 Painting of the Month titled "Barn", by Teresa Steinbach-Garcia

“Barn”
by Teresa Steinbach-Garcia

Teresa works at capturing moments in time through pastel and watercolor. A Design graduate of U.C. Davis, she worked in the graphics and fine art industry as well as raised a family in the rural countryside of Wilton, California until turning to art as a full time endeavor. Subjects are always close at hand, fruit from the yard becomes a still life, a neighbors cattle and barn a landscape and a daughter, well, a portrait.

September 2016

September 2016 Painting of the Month titled "Fountain Fun", by Marlene Turner

“Fountain Fun”
by Marlene Turner

June 2016

June 2016 Painting of the Month titled "Balboa Park Tower", by Liz D'Amelio

“Balboa Park Tower”
by Liz D’Amelio

This painting of Balboa Park Tower was painted in “plein air”, that is on site. Although I have been primarily a studio painter for years specializing in still life subjects and portraits, plein air painting has become a freeing and exciting experience with many challenges. There is something about being there, present with all of the elements affecting your perceptions which intensifies the experience.

Another exciting factor about painting outside is interpreting the view and deciding how you will convey that feeling in your work. The resulting painting can be a winner if it conveys that mood. The morning light streaming between the buildings and the intense shadows created an energizing scene of the downtown area.

If you are an artist who normally paints inside I highly recommend getting out with some friends or in a class to experience this wonderful adventure.

May 2016

May 2016 Painting of the Month titled "American River at Sailor Bar", by Beverly DeJarnett

“American River at Sailor Bar”
by Beverly DeJarnett

April 2016

April 2016 Painting of the Month titled "Florin Sunrise", by David Peterson

“Florin Sunrise”
by David Peterson

David Peterson paints watercolors from life about life. He depicts nature, places and our neighborhoods. He has won dozens of awards, and is widely collected. See his work on www.Facebook/aquacolorist and www.aquarellist.com

March 2016

March 2016 Painting of the Month titled "Cathedral Morning", by Tana Smith

“Cathedral Morning”
by Tana Smith

I love the subtle mood that can only be achieved with the soft edges of watercolor. You get a sense of things not seen when the edges of objects are out of focus.

Architecture is another fascinating subject for me because I enjoy creating texture and rhythm through the structure of walls, windows, fences, and trees. I hope that this painting illustrates a combination of mood and architecture and that the viewer gets a sense of something old and mysterious, something almost lost in time and yet still faintly visible and important to observe.

February 2016

February 2016 Painting of the Month titled "Golden Gate", by David Peterson

“Golden Gate”
by David Peterson

David Peterson has paintings in private collections across the country. Since 2002, the artist has been accepted into dozens of state-wide juried shows and has won several dozen awards.

In 2013, David was accepted to the State Fair Fine Arts Exhibit and won awards in six regional shows. David Peterson was honored to be a Yosemite Art Center visiting artist. He is a past President of WASH, Inc., Sacramento’s watercolor club and recently was awarded NCA Master Painter Signature status. David’s work can be seen in Sacramento at Papayas Cafe, Sacramento Fine Arts Center, Patris Studio and Gallery and Blue Moon Gallery. David portrays the familiar scenes of our neighborhood in a humorous and enigmatic way. He shows you California landmarks, including urban scenes, and Yosemite National Park differently, simply and in a unique manner.

February 2016

February 2016 Painting of the Month titled "The Daughter", by Teresa Steinbach-Garcia

“The Daughter”
by Teresa Steinbach-Garcia

Teresa works at capturing moments in time through pastel and watercolor.

A Design graduate of U.C. Davis, she worked in the graphics and fine art industry as well as raised a family in the rural countryside of Wilton, California until turning to art as a full time endeavor. Subjects are always close at hand, fruit from the yard becomes a still life, a neighbors cattle and barn a landscape and a daughter, well, a portrait.

January 2016

January 2016 Painting of the Month titled "Carmel Mission", by Tana Smith

“Carmel Mission”
by Tana Smith

I love the subtle mood that can only be achieved with the soft edges of watercolor. You get a sense of things not seen when the edges of objects are out of focus.

Architecture is another fascinating subject for me because I enjoy creating texture and rhythm through the structure of walls, windows, fences, and trees. I hope that this painting illustrates a combination of mood and architecture and that the viewer gets a sense of something old and mysterious, something almost lost in time and yet still faintly visible and important to observe.

November 2015

November 2015 Painting of the Month titled "TAO", by Rebecca

“TAO”
by Rebecca

Nature is the inspiration for my creative endeavors in both watercolor painting and playing the flute. Both are fluid, transparent, colorful, and very expressive art forms. The correlation between music and art is everywhere, particularly pertaining to spatial relationships. In my work I am intrigued by the way water, paper and color intermingle, flowing and making different kinds of edges and layers. The way wet paint dropped into wet paper diffuses, creates soft suggestive shapes and contrasts with crisp lines is very exciting to me.

Website: rebeccajaggers.com

October 2015

October 2015 Painting of the Month titled "King of the Mountain", by Lynn Slade

“King of the Mountain”
by Lynn Slade

All my paintings are a combination of watercolor and handmade rice papers and textured papers that I make myself. Working with this combination I try to capture both the color and texture of my subjects and to recreate the mood that these subjects inspired in me.

Looking closely at one of my watercolor collages you will find multiple layers of color enhanced by the unique qualities of the washi itself: small pieces of newsprint, gold threads and specks of silver, bits of bark or leaves, unusual patterns, various textures that draw you into the image. The layering of papers and paint makes both the creation and the finished piece become a tactile experience as well as a visual one.

My watercolor collage paintings have won many awards in both local and national exhibitions and I have been published in Watercolor Artist Magazine, Splash 12, Celebrating Artistic Vision and in Eyes On: Landscapes from Blaze Hill Press. My work can be regularly seen at Petroglyphe Gallery in Mokelumne Hill, CA

Lynn’s web site is: www.lsladeart.com

September 2015

September 2015 Painting of the Month titled "Downtown San Diego", by Liz D'Amelio

“Downtown San Diego”
by Liz D’Amelio

This painting of downtown San Diego was painted in “plein air”, that is on site, when I was there  last spring.

Although I have been primarily a studio painter for years specializing in still life subjects and portraits, plein air painting has become a freeing and exciting experience with many challenges.  There is something about being there, present with all of the elements affecting your perceptions which intensifies the experience.  Another exciting factor about painting outside is interpreting the view and deciding how you will convey that feeling in your work. The resulting painting can be a winner if it conveys that mood.  The morning light streaming between the buildings and the intense shadows created an energizing scene of the downtown area.

If you are an artist who normally paints inside I highly recommend getting out with some friends or in a class to experience this wonderful adventure.

June 2015

June 2015 Painting of the Month titled "Donner Winter", by Marlene Turner

“Donner Winter”
by Marlene Turner

May 2015

May 2015 Painting of the Month titled "Agate Cove - Mendocino", by Jan Miskulin

“Agate Cove – Mendocino”
by Jan Miskulin

Jan Miskulin is primarily an on-location painter who uses her love of nature to inspire her reactions to her surroundings with interpretive feelings and spiritual vitality.

She studied Japanese sumi-e brushwork at an early age using the free-brush technique typical to this form of painting. Jan is an advocate of strong values in her painting along with meaningful brush work.

Jan received her MFA from Stanford University and has studied at UC Berkeley and the University of Guadalajara in Mexico.  Her work has been displayed in many one-artist shows, and she is represented in private and corporate collections internationally.  She has received top awards in many local and international shows.

April 2015

April 2015 Painting of the Month titled “Nuttals”, by Gail Jones

“Nuttals”
by Gail Jones

Nuttals was painted with a limited palette of three colors, a primary red, blue and yellow.

I started taking watercolor workshops a few years ago and discovered digital photography at about the same time. I enjoy taking the photograph and then painting what I saw.

Thank you to all who voted for Nuttals.

Gail’s web site is gajphoto.zenfolio.com

March 2015

Watercolor painting by Rebecca Jaggers titled "Goodnight My Lovelies"

“Goodnight My Lovelies”,
by Rebecca Jaggers

I’m a late bloomer in my art career, yet it seems like I’ve been waiting my whole life to paint.

My mother was a pianist and I grew up in a house full of music. I showed musical talent early on, one thing led to another and after my flute study I began free-lancing in San Francisco. During that time I performed with world-renowned conductors and artists while playing in the San Francisco Symphony.

The substantial physical demands of flute playing on my hands eventually meant giving it up, but now I had every reason to paint. I began in earnest in 2002 in a plein air watercolor class painting the spectacular Sonoran desert every week. We painted and painted, I was hooked and have not looked back.

After returning to California in 2004 I studied and took art courses, began entering shows and receiving awards. I am now an active member of WASH (Watercolor Artists of Sacramento Horizons) and the Sacramento Fine Arts Center.

Rebecca’s web site is: www.rebeccajaggers.com/

February 2015

February 2015 Painting of the Month titled “Bridge Street”, by Joann C. Lindelof

“Bridge Street”
by Joann C. Lindelof

I have been a painter all of my life. I love the creative process. I have a degree in fine art from Sacramento State University.

Though I graduated from Sac State my training really came from a great teachers at American River Jr. College. I learned so much from them on color, design and theory; I am still trying to apply everything I learned there. The rest of my education comes from observing the world and then apply my observations to my art so that everyone can see what I see and feel the textures that I feel. I am always looking around at everyday life to see what is there. What people walk by and do not notice.

I work in watercolor and oil. I compose my subject matter paying attention to the placement of the values, shapes and forms and the way the colors work with each other.

I have won many awards and have been in the California State Fair seven times. My art is in many public and private collections.

January 2015

January 2015 Painting of the Month titled “Dogwood In Fall”, by Gail Jones

“Dogwood In Fall”
by Gail Jones

Dogwood in Fall was painted with a limited palette of three colors, a primary red, blue and yellow. It was important to me to keep the background light and soft, but give the illusion of additional trees and branches. Thank you to all who voted for it.

November 2014

November 2014 WASH Painting of the Month, “Glide In”, by Teresa Steinbach-Garcia

“Glide In”
by Teresa Steinbach-Garcia

October 2014

October 2014 WASH Painting of the Month “Mendocino”, by Jan Dailey

“Mendocino”
by Jan Dailey

September 2014

September 2014 WASH Painting of the Month “Red Shouldered Hawk”, by Teresa Steinbach-Gracia

“Red Shouldered Hawk”
by Teresa Steinbach-Gracia

Red Shouldered Hawk was painted with a muted palette of Siennas,Ochres Sepias and Greys. Patterning was very important and time consuming as well as working the edges of the Hawk softy into the background.
My intention was to celebrate the beauty and grandeur of the Hawk.

June 2014

June 2014 WASH Painting of the Month “Peony - A Memory of My Mother's Garden”, by Jo Kopp

“Peony – A Memory of My Mother’s Garden”
by Jo Kopp

May 2014

WASH May 2014 Painting of the Month “Edge”, by Rebecca Jaggers

“Edge”,
by Rebecca Jaggers

In 2000 I took up watercolor painting with a plein aire group in Tucson as a way to explore a new form of creative expression. I am a former flutist and my career landed me in the San Francisco Symphony and Carnegie Hall. Making art is a lot like making music as I am discovering more all the time. Inspiration for me comes from wild places and also from the wonderful visceral deliciousness of paint, brush and paper. I am thrilled by the whole adventure of it. My paintings have earned places in juried shows and numerous awards.

April 2014

April 2014 Painting of the Month “Eye of the Tiger”, by Sharyn Miller

“Eye of the Tiger”,
by Sharyn Miller

March 2014

March 2014 Painting of the Month “18 Bloemgracht Straat”, by Teresa Steinbach-Garcia

“18 Bloemgracht Straat”
by Teresa Steinbach-Garcia

A native Californian and a graduate of The University of California at Davis, Teresa Steinbach-Garcia brings a radiant sensitive touch to her realistic works of art.

After college, Teresa worked in both Graphic Design and Galleries in Northern California before devoting much of her energy to raising a family in the rural countryside of Wilton California. Inspired by artists as varied as Andrew Wyeth, Michael Reardon, September Vang, Lisbeth Zwerger, Kim Lordier, and Clark Mitchell. Teresa works in a painterly realistic style using line, shape and color as a starting point from which to pull energy and capture a moment.

This painting is based on a visit to my friend/college housemate/art teacher Audrey in Amsterdam.

February 2014

February 2014 Painting of the Month “Sea Ranch View”, by Phyllis Eymann

“Sea Ranch View”
by Phyllis Eymann

January 2014

January 2014 Painting of Month "Locke Alleyway 3", by Jan Miskulin

“Locke Alleyway 3”
by Jan Miskulin

Jan Miskulin is primarily an on-location painter who uses her love of nature to inspire her reactions to her surroundings with interpretive feelings and spiritual vitality.

She studied Japanese sumi-e brushwork at an early age using the free-brush technique typical to this form of painting. Jan is an advocate of strong values in her painting along with meaningful brush work.

Jan received her MFA from Stanford University and has studied at UC Berkeley and the University of Guadalajara in Mexico.  Her work has been displayed in many one-artist shows, and she is represented in private and corporate collections internationally.  She has received top awards in many local and international shows.

“Locke Alleyway 3” is a winner of the Grumbacher Art award.

November 2013

November 2013 Painting of the Month "Near Twin Lakes", by Rebecca Jaggers

“Near Twin Lakes”
by Rebecca Jaggers

In 2000 I took up watercolor painting with a plein aire group in Tucson as a way to explore a new form of creative expression. I am a former flutist and my career landed me in the San Francisco Symphony and Carnegie Hall. Making art is a lot like making music as I am discovering more all the time. Inspiration for me comes from wild places and also from the wonderful visceral deliciousness of paint, brush and paper. I am thrilled by the whole adventure of it. My paintings have earned places in juried shows and numerous awards.

October 2013

October 2013 Painting of the Month "How Much", by Liz D'Amelio

“How Much”
by Liz D’Amelio

Bright and distinctive paintings with a message have always attracted me. I studied art in high school and college here in Sacramento with such teachers as Joe Pattitucci and Fr. William Breault, sj. as well as others. I am most interested in watercolor painting and have focused most of my art development in that medium although I also paint in oil.

I have been a member of WASH for over 10 years and during that time have been honored to work and learn from many fine artists that have inspired me. I have been accepted and won awards in many of the shows I have entered. I am also proud to have been awarded artist of the month on many occasions by my peers here at WASH. This painting “How much?” is a watercolor gouache which exemplifies the type of bright statement paintings I like to do. It is based on a scene I photographed when I visited Cartenenga, Columbia. The female tourist was negotiating earnestly with this street merchant while her husband wearily looked on, a comical yet all to common site.

September 2013

September 2013 Painting of the Month "Yosemite Falls From Sentinel Bridge", by David Peterson

“Yosemite Falls From Sentinel Bridge” by David Peterson

David Peterson has paintings in private collections across the country.

Since 2002, the artist has been accepted into dozens of state-wide juried shows and has won several dozen awards. In 2013, David was accepted to the State Fair Fine Arts Exhibit and won awards in six regional shows. David Peterson was honored to be a Yosemite Art Center visiting artist. He is a past President of WASH, Inc., Sacramento’s watercolor club and recently was awarded NCA Master Painter Signature status. David’s work can be seen in Sacramento at Papayas Cafe, Sacramento Fine Arts Center, Patris Studio and Gallery and Blue Moon Gallery. David portrays the familiar scenes of our neighborhood in a humorous and enigmatic way. He shows you California landmarks, including urban scenes, and Yosemite National Park differently, simply and in a unique manner.