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Sheridan Workshop

Sheridan Workshop 1Twenty two guild members participated in a Workshop “ The essence of the Blue Ridge Mountains” taught by Peg Sheridan, May 7-8-9, 2019.

The class began with short introductions and self evaluation of how well we thought we painted, beginner, intermediate, mmmm ???, or advanced intermediate. Then Peg told us about herself and her life as a scientist, a wildlife biologist, (looking for snowy Owls) a mother, a teacher, and a watercolor artist of 37 years.

The first day we learned about aerial perspective. We painted mountains with different blues and a tiny bit of Burnt Siena to create grey and also used a miracle ingredient, white gauche. We used this to create the mist, the fog, that so often creeps in over the Blue Ridge mountains.

Sheridan Workshop 2The second day we painted rocks and water. We learned lots of techniques to enhance and give texture to our rocks; salt, saran rap, tin foil, and scrapping with a credit card. Creating believable waterfalls was a bit more of a challenge. We again learned to use quache and worked at making believable waterfalls. Spattering makes the tiny little sparkles that causes foaming water look so real.

The third day we learned how to create the feel of misty mountains —-to create mood. This is done with granulating colors, mixing red, blue and yellow.

Planning your painting with a value study is key to creating a masterpiece, Peg told us. And she told us over and over to “buy quality paper. Her favorite is Arches.

Peg gave us all wonderfully written instructions and marvelous demonstrations. Thank you Peg for an inspirational three days!

Patty Richmond

A City of Many Colors

A City of Many ColorsJudi Ely writes: I worked very hard on this 31″x22″ painting and an essay, both titled “A City of Many Colors” for the Bushman-Dreyfus Architect firm’s INVISIBLE C’VILLE competition. If you have time to come to the reception for the competition, (Friday, March 1, at Charlottesville’s Jefferson School City Center, 233 4th St NW, Charlottesville), I’d be very appreciative. All competition entries will be exhibited there from February 26 through May 4, 2019.
Jeff Bushman, a partner at BDA, says, “We were looking for imaginative, beautiful, and provocative entries expressing individual truths about Charlottesville. The exhibit as a whole will create a kaleidoscopic view of our community and contribute to dialogue about its present and possible futures.”

Judi Ely

Peg Sheridan Classes

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Are you ready to learn new skills in watercolor?  Join me in a class or workshop.  Attached is the registration form for “Night Scenes in Watercolor”, which will take place near you, in Waynesboro, on March 13.  If you can’t make that, I have also attached my other class offerings between now and May.  Don’t wait too long to register, as my classes often sell out, with a waiting list.


Click below for:

Night Scenes in Watercolor Flyer and Registration form

Watercolor Classes Late February through May, 2019

Don Whitson Solo Show

Let Us Entertain You–The Art of Music and Movies
February 28- May 26, 2019
Wayne Theatre, Ross Performing Arts Center, Waynesboro
Reception: March 7, 5-7 p.m.

Don Whitson 
Exhibit gallery open Tue-Fri, 10:00am-2:00pm, also one hour before and during all performances.

Whitson’s career has spanned well over four decades, first as an illustrator in the U.S. Air Force, then, a long career in corporate aerospace art departments. In 2010, after 25 years as Chief of visual Services for the Department of the Army, he decided to leave his position that he could pursue his lifelong dream of painting full time.


Brenda Hounshell Exhibits

Spitzer Flyer 2019_03 6x6x30

Sunny Path (2)
Sunny Path

Solo Show “Nature’s Gifts
University of Virginia Health System Arts Program, Main Hospital Lobby
March 7th through May 2nd

Opening Reception: Friday, March 8th, 3:30pm – 5:00pm in the Hospital Dining Conference Rooms
Parking available in the 11th Street Parking Deck



Peared Up
Peared Up

Solo Show “Glassed In”
Wilson Downtown Gallery @ The Harrisonburg Homes Team

83 South Main Street
Harrisonburg, VA  22801

April 5th through May 28th

Monday through Friday
10:00am – 5:00pm

***First Fridays: April 5th and May 3rd – 5:00pm – 8:00pm

Brenda Hounshell



Art Talk by Judi Ely and Chee Ricketts

Annie Gould Gallery
presents an
Art Talk

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 28 at 11:00  am

As part of this month’s exhibit, we are delighted that Chee Kludt Ricketts and Judith Ely will be at Annie Gould Gallery on Thursday, February 28th at 11 am to present a lively and informative discussion of their painting techniques.

Admission is free and spaces are limited.
Please RSVP to
or call the gallery:

Morning Mist, October

transparent watercolor on canvas

Chee Ricketts will explain the relatively new and exciting process of painting with transparent watercolor on canvases or panels, including information on necessary supplies and equipment required.


Judith Ely will describe her innovative process of creating depth by using layers of acrylic paint. As each layer takes shape, Judith builds thought-provoking compositions.