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Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Van Gogh, Turner, and Animation

Two items of interest:

There's a new Turner exhibit in Britain. Follow this link to a blog post about it:
In that post, there's a link to the museum. Once there, click on the arrow to see some animations of Turner's works (or buy your tickets if you will be in UK for the show!). Also, go down and click on the link for the book, which takes you to amazon and some images from the book, some of which are watercolors.

This link takes you to a short (3 min.) animated film of some of Van Gogh's paintings. Interesting possibilities!

Thursday, December 5, 2013

John Singer Sargent techniques

In case you can't get to Boston or Houston, the last two stops for the JSS exhibition, follow this link to see some great videos on recreating his watercolor techniques:

Monday, November 25, 2013

November Program - Christmas Cards

Those that came to the Christmas Card paint out at the meeting had a fun time.  Here are a few photos.  LaDonna showed us how to paint something abstract with shaving cream - pretty fun idea.

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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

November Monthly Meeting

Here is a message from our president reminding us about our November meeting tonight!
I want to remind everyone about this evening's meeting that we are going to be creating greeting cards, not necessarily Christmas cards.  Jerie and I will be hosting this fun time, but we are all going to inspire one another.  I will supply the cards and envelopes, but you will need to bring your painting materials and anything else you like to use to make your cards unique.  Along with my watercolors I sometimes use string, stamps, gold leaf, stencils, shave cream, pen and ink. . .

Also, as usual we'll make time to share your new work or work you would like to have critiqued.

Same place, same time ~ TAF at 7:00pm.

See you tonight,

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Handmade Greeting Cards

There will be an opening reception at the Lafayette Art Museum, Saturday November 16 from 4 to 6pm, featuring the artwork by Lori Amick's watercolor class with the theme of "Greeting cards and the art that made them."  Which will be a great prelude to our upcoming WVWS November 19th monthly meeting of having fun creating and experiementing making our own greeting cards.  More details to come in a next blog post.

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Carol Carter 2014 Workshop

It is now official - the Wabash Valley Watercolor Society will celebrate our 25th anniversary during the year 2014.  Part of the celebration is bringing the accomplished Ms. Carol Carter from St. Louis to hold a three day workshop.  It's not too early to register and reserve your place.  You can check out Carol's exciting work on her website:

Thursday, October 24, 2013

2013 Juried Show Exhibit Is ending...

Just a reminder to all WVWS artists that our 2013 juried show at TAF finishes tomorrow, October 25.  Please stop by and pick up your paintings.  It would be nice if your painting is sold and the new owner picks it up!  More to come on that if we have made some sales.

Sunday, October 13, 2013

WVWS Paint Out at Prophetstown

Prophetstown Paint out

This Saturday a paint out is organizaed  at Historic Prophetstown, West Lafayette, Indiana.
The WVWS is having a plein air paint out a week from Saturday INSTEAD of our 3rd Tuesday night meeting at TAF. Invited a friend to join you for this day of painting outdoors!

Where: Prophetstown State Park, 5545 Swisher Road, West Lafayette, IN
(It is actually closer to Battle Ground off 9th Street.)

When: Saturday, October 19 from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Admission: $6.00 per car, or free if you already have a state park pass.
It might be a good idea to car pool with someone.

Meet at the farm house around 9 a.m. and then we will each find our favorite location to paint.

Bring a sack lunch and beverages.

Reminder: Matisse exhibit

Just a reminder. The Matisse exhibition at the Indianapolis Museum of Art opens today, Sunday, October 13:

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

ArtPrize 2013

An amazing art exhibit you can explore on line if you can't get to Grand Rapids, Michigan, is ArtPrize 2013.  It's unique because any artist in the world can enter for a small fee, and win the largest monetary prizes in the world for an art show:  $200,000 for first place, $75,000 for second place and $60,000 for 3rd place.  The jury to determine the winners?  The general public votes!  Check out the web site for photos of the 1500 exhibits that blanket the city.  The winners will be announced this weekend!  The photo is a quilt carved from wood.  Look at the web site and marvel and the creativity of artists!
Finding Beauty in BadThings:Porcelain Vine created by Fraiser Smith

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Another 2013 Juried Exhibit Entry

LaDonna Vohar, the president of the WVWS  created this beautifully executed painting.  When you visit the exhibit, look closely for the beautiful sparkles in the green paint.  Title of the work - "My Baby is Home"

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Building Blocks of Watercolor

Tony Van Hasselt has a great tool for reminding ourselves of the important principles of painting in any medium.  The "Building Blocks of Painting" he has developed is very helpful in planning, executing and evaluating our work.  Check out his web site for details:

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Award Winning Paintings from the WVWS 2013 Juried Show

Here they are the winners! Congratulations!  You can see the exhibit will be at the Tippecanoe Arts Federation until  October 25, 2013

Best in Show

A.D. 80

Victoria Willis


First place


Rena Brouwer


Second Place


LaDonna Vohar


Third Place


Arvilla Friar


Honorable Mention


Judith Sorton


Honorable Mention

Jerrie Heath


Honorable Mention

Axie Frey


Friday, September 20, 2013

2013 Annual Juried Show and Gallery Walk

Tonight is the opening reception for the 2013 Annual Juried Show held at Tippecanoe Arts Federation and part of the Gallery Walk.  Local watercolor artists have created some wonderful pieces that the WVWS is proud to present in this exhibit.  Join us for the reception at 6:00pm.
click on this link for details.

T. C. Steele

A recent linesandcolors blog post focused on T. C. Steele. In several of the included images, you can see Steele's handling of a focus area: he highlights the focus area with more detail (and often, light) then lets the rest of the composition blur out.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Busy Day for WVWS!

The third Tuesday is the regular day for the WVWS monthly meeting.  Receiving paintings for the annual juried show today, made it a very full Tuesday.  The judge will have a challenge when he juries the 40 entries tomorrow.  The show opens to the public at 6:00 this Friday, at the Tippecanoe Arts Federation.  It is also the Art Walk, so art lovers will have plenty of art to enjoy.

Becky Brody gave a stimulating hands on demo with YUPO.  Everyone enjoyed trying their hand at this serendipity art experience.

Annual Juried Exhibition

Local artists are dropping off paintings for the juried show at TAF that opens this Friday at 6:00, same time as the gallery art walk. So far there are 37 paintings from 19 artists and more are coming it.  It's going to be a great show!  Here is a fun painting by Jerri Heath, "Not Your Average Goldfish!" More photos to come.
"Not Your Average Goldfish" by Jerri Heath

Friday, September 13, 2013

WVWS Artists Exhibit at Art on the Wabash

This Sunday is the 8th annual Art on the Wabash art fair.  WVWS artist Rebecca Brody has participated since the first year and will be there again this year along with WVWS member Bobbi Smith and Rena Brouwer. Plan a Sunday afternoon outing! Check out the web site for details :
Zenia's by Rebecca Brody - can be seen and purchased at Art on the Wabash

Fall Bounty by Bobbi Smith can be seen and purchased at Art on the Wabash

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Google Art Project

The Google Art Project provides files of artworks that allow the user to get up close and see details. For example, this link leads to a John Singer Sargent watercolor:

There is a small box on the right in which you can zoom in/out (- and +). You can also click and hold in that mini-image to move around the painting. Thus, you can really zoom in and see his painterly brushstrokes.

You can look up other artists, too, of course.

Monday, September 9, 2013

Yupo Demo at September Meeting

Wabash Valley Watercolor Society will meet  at 7pm Tuesday, Sept 17 at TAF, 643 North St. Rebecca Brody will demonstrate painting on Yupo surface. Business meeting at 6:30. Hope you all can come. This will be an exciting demonstration!
Little Bitterns by Rebecca Brody on Yupo

Pop Pop Poppies by Rebecca Brody on Yupo

Sunday, August 18, 2013

August WVWS Meeting

The August WVWS meeting is coming up, Tuesday, August 20th, 7:00pm at the Tippecanoe Arts Federation.  the program is Sandy Daniels helping us with a critique of our work in light of the juried show coming up in September.  Either bring what you are painting  for the show or some other painting you have been working on that you would like to have critiqued.
Or just come and enjoy!
We will also have election of officers.
Sunflowers by Jerie Artz - open for critque!

Saturday, August 17, 2013

The Hoosier Salon Exhibition Field Trip

WVWS Field Trip
The Hoosier Salon Exhibition
Saturday, August 24, 2013

Come see the fantastic annual Hoosier Salon Exhibition, a juried show that has began at Marshall Fields in Chicago in 1925 and moved to Indianapolis in 1940.  (One of our own member, LaDonna Vohar, has a painting in the show this year.)  The show is at the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center at 450 W. Ohio St. in Indianapolis.  Following is the schedule.  Some times at the museums are flexible.  We will have car pools.

9 a.m. – Car pools depart from the Tippecanoe Art Foundation parking lot.
10:15 a.m. - Arrive at the History Center to view the show.
Noon – lunch at the cafĂ© at the History Center.
1 p.m. – Drive over to the Indianapolis Museum of Art
3 p.m. – Head home.

History Center:  adults $7, seniors 60+ $6.50 (if we have a group of 10 cost is $6 each or $5.50 senior)
Lunch varies.
Indianapolis Museum of Art - free one hour tour if we have a group of 10.
Car pool and parking cost is $8.00 per person.

Car pools:
Presently Marilyn Martin and Lanni Senn are driving and have room for 4 riders each.  If you are interested in going along or driving, please phone Sheila Graveel at 765 586 -8041 or Marilyn Martin at 574 274-6861.  We need to know how many are coming as soon as possible. 

If you want to drive yourself or meet us there, we would be glad to see you!

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Workshop for Artists on Copyright

Copyright: What Creators and Users of Art
Need to Know  

Presented by the Tippecanoe Arts Federation

Tuesday, September 4, 2013
Instructor: Miriam Robeson, Attorney at Law
Location:  Tippecanoe Arts Federation
638 North Street
Lafayette, IN 47901

Cost: free for TAF members; $10 non members

Registration Required by Friday August 30

West Lafayette Public Library Exhibit

Many hands make light work, and Thursday we saw that in action, as the WVWS members worked together to hang a lovely watercolor exhibit at the West Lafayette Public Library.  Here are a few photos of the works, but no substitute for actually seeing the exhibit!  It will be on display until August 31.
Michael Lockard Hanging Paintings
1007 Main Street by Michael Lockard

French Countryside by Linda Brammell
Scottish Highlands by Margie Towery

Apple by Verna Ritz
Abstract by Jean Jasckson
Summer on the Celery Bog by Barbara Lee

Along  the Tippecanoe by Maryiln Martin
Respite for Cranes by Marsha Castillo

Artist Marilyn Martin
Something to Buzz About by Jerie Artz

House on the Hill by Jean Jackson

Moutain Gate by Lanni Senn
L'ascenseur a Nice by Linda Brammell

Trilliums by Arvilla Friar
Artist Becky Chapman

Vision by Pam Lassiter