Central Virginia Watercolor Guild — Spring is Popping!

A reminder that Central Virginia Watercolor Guild is found online at www.CVWG.art.

The painting at the top of this post is by Warrenton artist Toni Bragg who will lead CVWG’s April program. Toni’s image, above, is only visible when viewed from our website.

Reminder: No Member Meeting on March 27…Workshop Only

Tranquil Waters by Peg Sheridan

This is a reminder that CVWG is not holding a member meeting this month. Instead, we have a special half-day workshop led by member artist Peg Sheridan. If you have a confirmed seat, you are reminded to bring your lunch and a drink as CVWG will not be providing hospitality at this workshop other than coffee, tea and water. Also bring your usual watercolor supplies for this workshop.

The workshop is fully reserved but you can contact Linda Abbey for a spot on the wait list. If you have not reserved a seat in the workshop, you can still take a seat along the outer perimeter to listen to Peg’s guidance. The workshop convenes at 10:00 AM and should end by 3:00 PM. Peg’s website is pegsheridan.com.

Attention New Members: Send Us Your Art for Our Next Post

Winter Landscape by Steve Keach

CVWG is blessed with several new members so far in 2022. We’d like to feature your art in our next post. New member artist Steve Keach sent us this fine creation. You can simply take a photo of one of your pieces using your phone or tablet (however, please avoid doing this under fluorescent lights) to CVWG Webmaster, Mark Fitzpatrick. On behalf of our entire Guild, we look forward to seeing your beautiful work!

Looking Ahead to April’s Meeting with Artist Toni Bragg

Endless Possibilities by Toni Bragg

Our next CVWG member meeting is April 24 when we’ll feature Warrenton artist Toni Bragg. Says Toni, of her work,

From my very first experience of water and color running freely on paper, I was captivated and exhilarated! And so began the quest of coaxing the medium into expressing my vision and my mood. I can imagine nothing more challenging and fulfilling than continuing to explore the infinite possibilities watercolor offers me. I am most inspired by its brilliant rich pure color and it’s transparent quality that can be enhanced with glazing and layering techniques, building value and luminosity into my paintings.

Plan to join us as we resume our regular meetings on April 24 at 12:30 PM. Look for more information in the next post. Toni’s website is tonibragg.com/.

Meeting details, maps, times, etc. are listed on our Meetings & Programs page.

We Enjoyed a Great Program by Chee Ricketts in February

Member-artist Chee Ricketts led a wonderful program at our member meeting in February. Chee’s focus was using water media on Yupo “paper”. Chee’s observations included:

  • Yupo, being a plastic sheet, is non-absorbant
  • It lends itself to feature more textures
  • It is easy to erase mistakes…but
  • It is easy to (inadvertently) erase your intended art
  • You must be patient and allow your paints to dry
  • It can be difficult to get detail…patience!

Chee’s presentation was well attended by >40 members and guests. Chee’s website is at cheekludtricketts.com/.

CVWG Exhibition at The Center in May and June

A reminder that CVWG is holding a member art exhibition at The Center in Charlottesville during May and June. Our Guild Exhibits page has been updated with information including entry form and labels to be placed on front and back of all submitted art. Donna Koutrakos is leading our efforts.

West Virginia Watercolor Society National Juried Exhibition: Aqueous 2023

The West Virginia Watercolor Society invites artists working in water-based media to enter its annual national juried watercolor exhibition, Aqueous 2023, May 15 – June 29, at the Chuck Mathena Center in Princeton, W.Va. Juror is Nancy Stark, AWS, NWS. At least $2,300 in awards available. West Virginia Watercolor Society members $20 per painting entry; non members $25 per painting entry. No more than two paintings may be entered per artist. Entered works must have been completed since January 2021. Entry deadline is midnight March 31, 2023. Find the show prospectus and online entry at www.wvwatercolorsociety.org/.

Strathmore’s 2023 Online Workshops Have Started

Strathmore’s first online workshop of 2023, “Drawing What You See AND Don’t See” started this past week. But, it is not too late to engage and you should be able to easily catch up with the workshop. Details are at this Strathmore web page. Note that you might be required to sign up using an email address but, otherwise, the workshops are free.

Member News

Member artist Janice “Bunny” Creasy emailed us with recommendations for our members to visit the Louisa Arts Center for the paintings by Barbara Powderly in their Gallery. Bunny also reminds us that the Louisa Arts Center is a valuable resource in our area offering several classes and workshops. Bunny is signed up for 2 of their workshops coming this March:

March 18th 2-5 PM (Saturday) $45.00 MOUNTAIN FARM IN WATERCOLOR
“Spend an afternoon exploring watercolor to create a mountain farm scene. Students will learn the basics of atmospheric perspective, creating a mood, color mixing, and mark making with watercolor. Have trouble with clouds ??? Barbara will demonstrate some techniques for them too. Work from your own photo or from one provided by Barbara.

March 25th 3-5 PM ( SATURDAY) $30- Instructor Kateryna Smith

Learn about artist Gustav Klimt, then get instruction on how to create a painting in his style. All materials provided.

We’d Love to Hear From You!

Drop our CVWG Webmaster an email to let everyone know what you are doing and how your artistic journey is progressing.

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