Central Virginia Watercolor Guild — A Lovely Spring in Central VA

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

The painting at the top of this post is by artist Steve Mitchell related to Strathmore Papers’ upcoming online Workshop 2, titled “Spontaneous Watercolor Landscapes“, starting on May 1. Steve’s painting and information on Strathmore’s workshop can be viewed on our website.

Last Call for New Members’ Feature

We invite everyone who joined to date in 2023 to send us art for a special post in near future. 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! Loook for a dedicated email in coming days.

Join Us on April 24 for Our Program Featuring Artist Toni Bragg

Plan to join us on April 24 for our meeting:

  • 12:30 PM – Social Time
  • 1:00 PM – Brief Business Meeting
  • 1:30 PM – Start of Program with Toni Bragg
  • 3:00 PM – Usual end of meeting
Endless Possibilities by Toni Bragg

Our meeting will 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.

Toni’s website is tonibragg.com/.

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

CVWG Board Meeting

CVWG President Karen Schwenzer is calling a Board of Directors Meeting ahead of the April 24 meeting. Directors, please send any agenda items to Karen ahead of the meeting and plan to arrive before the 11:00 AM start time.

We Enjoyed a Great Half-Day Workshop with Peg Sheridan at March’s Meeting

I have to start this article somewhat in reverse…Our member artist Peg Sheridan sent in the following message to CVWG members:

Thank you to CVWG for hosting my workshop “Designing Better Watercolors: Tips on Composition” on March 27. It was a joy to work with all of you. A special thanks to those of you who worked so hard to make this workshop possible. It was fun to see the wonderful work you all did.

Peg Sheridan

Peg’s excellent workshop was reviewed by member artist Patty Richmond:

Peg handed out a list of pointers to get us started. In Peg’s experience, it is of special importance to think about composition and Value. She gave us suggestions for nine possible compositions to try.

We went back to our tables and painted the examples of different compositions using light, medium, and dark values. Peg stressed experimenting; making up your own pallets of color. She likes sedimentary colors in her landscapes which she uses often.

In the afternoon Peg did a demonstration of a barn she sees often which is close to her home. She has painted it often each time from a different angles.

Peg’s calm, helpful manner kept us all mesmerized.

Peg’s presentation was well attended by >40 members and guests. Peg’s website is at www.pegsheridan.com.

CVWG Exhibition at The Center in May and June

CVWG’s only planned 2023 exhibition “In The Garden” will be hung at The Center at Belvedere throughout May and June. A reminder for all enrolled artists that drop off is on May 1st 9:30-11:00 AM. CVWG’s leader for this exhibition is Donna Koutrakos.

Donna, her team of volunteers, and the artists have worked very hard to contribute to this non-judged, non-juried show. All Guild members should show up to this meeting to support this part of our Guild.

If you are interested in working future shows, see Karen Schwenzer or Donna Koutrakos.

A Look Ahead at Member Meeting in May– A Reception for CVWG’s Exhibition at The Center

A reminder that our member meeting in May will be a reception for our CVWG Exhibition. We meet at our regular time at 12:30 PM on Monday, May 22 at the Center. As usual, we will hold a brief business meeting followed by a walk around enjoying the art of our fellow Guild members.

Strathmore’s Workshop #2 is Starting May 1

Strathmore’s second online workshop of 2023, “”Spontaneous Watercolor Landscapes” is getting organized to start in a couple of week on May 1. See the painting at the top of this post to get a better idea as to what will be covered. 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.

1st Annual Juried Show at The Arts Center at Montross

Janice, at The Arts Center at Montross— in the “northern neck” area of the state in Montross, VA,– sent us notice of an arts show they are hosting. Details for this juried show, “Animal Love“, can be viewed at their link: theartscenterofmontross.com/animal-love. Their deadline for submissions is Saturday, May 6.

Member News

Member artist Don Whitson shares more great news!

I love getting up in the morning to surprising news. “Congratulations Don, your painting “Venice Canal”, has been juried into the Society of Watercolor Artists 2023 International Exhibition. April 16 – May 21 held in Fort Worth, Texas

Don’s website is www.donwhitson-art.com.

Remember to check out our Member Gallery as new paintings have been added from member artists Carolyn Ratcliffe and others!

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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