"Art should be like a holiday: something to give a man
the opportunity to see things differently and to change his point of view."
Paul Klee, painter (1879-1940)
Here we are at the top of another New Year! We have enjoyed the efforts of an extraordinary group of people who manage the continuing, running success of our organization! Much has been accomplished this past year! Each Volunteer, Board Member and each Program Chair is an extraordinarily vital link in keeping things moving ahead for the CWS. There is much to be done and I am thankful to all for your support in the face of constant changes! I am honored to be of service to such a distinguished body of membership. As we move forward into 2017, our Board and Chairpeople share a goal to feed your “art hearts” to content. The Society is grateful for your friendship and continuing support!
Our board members work tirelessly on planning the coming year. Compliments to Mary Ann Hollars, for stepping up to contract with new artists to fulfill our calendar, and to Nancy Vallimont who will assist.
I invite you to encourage others to become members to discover and engage with our Society. Everything we do is about you, our members, from developing your potential to improving your skills in Watercolor. I hope you enjoy our programs and continue to find that CWS allows you to connect with artist members, new and old. And, most importantly, I hope you continue to find that CWS strengthens the work you do in watercolor every day.
As for you, our valued Membership ~ The CWS wants to continue to inspire and challenge all your talents. We want to strengthen your voice and development in this watercolor community. We value every member, and we hope you enjoy the diverse and accomplished artists we have lined up for meeting demonstrations.
We’d like to hear what you have to say, your suggestions, ideas, and insights need to be heard! Each of us can and should be ambassador for our organization. We're looking forward to a wonderfully stimulating year. Take advantage of all the Citrus Watercolor Society has to offer!
Reward yourself and paint!!
Helene Lancaster, President
by Norm Freyer
Finding a Gem in Your Back Yard - John Bayalis
Sometimes you wonder how you could have missed an artist with very special talents. And sometimes you find a real gem close by on the west coast of Florida. I consider St. Petersburg as almost in the back yard, because it is only about an hour or so to the south. So, that includes St. Pete artist John Bayalis who will be the demonstrator at the February 10th meeting of the Citrus Watercolor Society. Bayalis is a graduate with a B.A. and M.F.A., from University of Delaware. He has painted abroad in Ireland, England and France. Noted for his distinct, realist style, the artist’s skill at handling contemporary themes and subject matter has earned him acclaim from art critics and collectors throughout the United States. John’s vibrant watercolors reflect a specific clarity of light and form, while dealing with unique viewpoints in portraying popular culture and the vernacular landscape. John notes that, “My interest in painting has always been in realism. The world around me has provided an infinite variety of colors, forms and textures that I have used for the sources of my work for the past 35 years. I have always had a preference for drawing rather than painting in terms of control and the use of line and detail. Watercolor has provided me with a medium that produces a transition from drawing into using color in painting. Regardless of the hyper realistic quality of the painting, the watercolor paper surface maintains the painterly quality of the medium.” He continues, “I believe in a traditional approach to the medium, using transparent colors and use the white ground of the paper for highlights and to produces luminous colors. This pigment interaction creates hues that give a lifelike quality to the painting. From the initial viewing distance the painting may look smooth and sharp focused, but upon a closer inspection of the surface the viewer can appreciate the brushed paint application and the artistic decisions I have made”. Bayalis has been the recipient of numerous awards including Best in Show at the 2016 Southwest Watercolor Society, in Dallas, TX., and Best in Show at the 2014 Missouri Watercolor Society, in St. Louis MO., The artist’s work, “The Visitor” was selected by Watercolor Artist magazine as one of the best paintings of 2016. Among his honors are an award of an individual artist’s fellowship grant and the selection for The Watercolor Page in AMERICAN ARTIST magazine where one of his works graced the cover. The artist’s works are included in private and corporate collections throughout the United States. John Bayalis will conduct a two-day workshop on Saturday, February 11, and Sunday February 12 at the Whispering Pines facility in Inverness. For information and reservations contact Helene Lancaster at (352-873-1656). You can view John’s work at his web site http://www.bayalistudio.com/
The Citrus Watercolor Society (CWS) Annual Spring Show and Sale
At the Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park on Saturday, March 4, and Sunday, March 5, 2017. Watercolor art, originals, reproductions, note cards by many artists from the Nature Coast will be on exhibit and for sale.
by Norm Freyer
Plein Air Painting – What’s It All About?
I am sure that, at some time or other, you have seen an artist busy painting on an easel outside at some location. And you were probably unaware that the artist was doing what is called plein air painting. Wikipedia states, “En plein air is a French term that translates literally as the open air.” The term “plein-air painting,” as it is currently used, usually refers to paintings that are completed on location. Once considered revolutionary, when French Impressionists like Monet and Pissarro first began painting outdoors, today working on location is routine for many landscape artists. Plein-air painters often contend that something is lost when a painting originates from a photograph as the sole reference material—that it just doesn’t convey the experience of being there.
At the January 13th meeting of the Citrus Watercolor Society we are fortunate to have one of our long-term members, Dunnellon artist Joyce Cusick, as our demonstrator on the subject of Plein Air Painting. She attended the Rhode Island School of Design, and after graduating, she was employed in a staff artist position with The Paramount Line greeting card company, in Pawtucket, R.I. Upon moving to Florida, she and her husband Gene raised three children, she freelanced Illustration and Design, and studied and went to college. She graduated from the University of Miami with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Painting. She taught drawing and painting at Loch Haven Art Center, Orlando and in Hollywood, Florida. Today, she and her husband have been Marion County residents for 38 years. Joyce says, “I have always enjoyed being outside in undeveloped natural and woodland areas, along rivers and at the seashore. Pencils and sketchbook went with me everywhere so I could draw and capture the wonders that I saw.” She continues, “My favorite subjects are trees, especially the mighty cypress trees that grow along the Rainbow and Withlacoochee Rivers. People, coastal birds and wild animals are also favorites, especially Florida Panthers, whenever they appear I quickly paint them into the picture. The State Parks including Rainbow Springs, North of Dunnellon and the Florida Wildlife Park in Homosassa are also favorite places to paint. Anything that moves or catches the light, including people and portraits are within my chosen subjects”. Joyce is a member of the Citrus Watercolor Society, the Florida Watercolor Society, the Ocala Art Group, Ocala Plain Air Painters and the Florida Plain Air Painters. She has continued her education attending workshops with noted artists, Nita Leland, David Becker, Janet Rogers, Peter Spatero, Judi Wagner, Pat Weaver, Jean Grastorf, Steve Rogers and others. To view Joyce’s work, go to her web site at www.JECusickartist.com
Learn More About Watercolor with Tom Jones
I had been painting with watercolors for a few years and had some successes along the way. But it was a tip from Tom Jones, after he had observed some of my paint selections during a workshop, that changed the quality of my artwork forever. He told me that I should try Rembrandt brand of watercolor paints which were more vibrant than those that I was using. I made the move, dumping my current paints and ordering the watercolor paints recommended by Tom. Those vibrant colors improved the quality, the appearance, and the vibrancy of my artwork. And I use those paints to this day. Tom shares his passion for art and love of painting with students of varying skill levels through nationwide workshops, demonstrations, and instructional DVDs. His approach to watercolor painting just seems to make things so simple. He says, "I am a story teller. I tell stories with my paintings, of places I have been and things I have seen. I believe that a painting should not only tell a story, but should have a story behind it. All my paintings do."
Tom has traveled from coast to coast in the U.S., and International sites with his workshops that are in constant demand. Always sporting a straw hat with a colorful band, he has indeed become a very popular artist. He is one of the most popular artists among Nature Coast watercolorists as well. He has been a frequent visitor and demonstrator at the Citrus Watercolor Society; and has presented numerous educational workshops to local artists. Tom and his wife Bonnie reside in Central Florida. Both are members of the Citrus Watercolor Society. On Friday, December 9th, he makes a return stop to the area as the demonstrator for the Citrus Watercolor Society Holiday Luncheon to be held at the Citrus Hill Golf & Country Club in Hernando, FL.
Tom has been commissioned by government agencies, corporations, environmental groups, clubs, and private collectors have commissioned him to expand their art collections. In answer to popular demand, he typically produces his watercolor landscapes in a series of three or five paintings around a specific theme. His art can be found internationally in many private and corporate collections, including commissioned paintings displayed in the Florida State Capital Building, Walt Disney World Corporation, Marriott Corporation, and the Omni Corporation. Tom's work has been featured in many books and on magazine covers as well as posters and brochures. Tom Jones’ web site is http://www.tomjonesartist.com .
If you have never taken a workshop with Tom Jones – now is the time to start! Tom will be conducting a one-day workshop on Saturday, December10 at the Whisperings Pines facility in Inverness, FL. For information contact Jeanne Conrad at 352-628-7760. Also, for more info click here.
by Norm Freyer
Enjoy the Journey in Watercolor Art
The November meeting of the Citrus Watercolor Society will feature Inverness artist, Kim Shields as demonstrator. I remember the first time that I saw Kim Shields – I think that it was at the Citrus Watercolor Society “Show & Tell Program” in 2008. At that time, I was president of the Citrus Watercolor Society, and while I was standing in front of the assembled group, I could see this gentleman standing in the rear, obviously so that he would not miss anything that going on during the program. Now, just eight years later, Kim has progressed to the point where he has served as President of the Florida Watercolor Society (FWS), and ably led their 45th Annual Exhibition, Convention and Trade Show held recently in Ocala. He is also on the Board of the 45th Annual Festival of the Arts in Inverness. He is a Past President of the Citrus Watercolor Society. I think that his artists statement provides insight into the progress this artist has made in the world of watercolor art and artists.
He says, “For me life has become, not about the destination, but rather learning to enjoy the journey. That journey has not always taken a direct route. There have been a few stops and detours along the way. I suppose that also describes my journey of discovering my place in fine art.” He continues, “I have had no formal education in art. I graduated from a small Baptist college with a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration, with art as only an occasional enjoyment. I have no regrets in that part of my journey, as I have learned much. A few years ago, because of some outside influences, I found myself taking a different path. I put down the trowel, and picked up the artist's paint brushes, and pulled from under the bed those paintings stored out of sight for too long. Just as I had failed to pull out of myself the gifts God gave me, and finally share them with others. There was a time when five years was an eternity. Now five years as an artist makes me realize, five years is only a beginning. A beginning of a journey that will be winding, yet full of interesting and enjoyable discovery. I believe like most artists; my best work is still before me. And I am going to enjoy the journey getting there.”
Kim is a member of the Citrus Watercolor Society, Florida Watercolor Society, the Pastel Society of Central Florida, Plein Air Artists of Florida, and the Nature Coast Painters. He has been recognized with numerous awards including artwork chosen for exhibit in the FWS 2009, 2011 and 2012 Exhibitions. To view his artwork in landscapes, portraits and figuratives, see his web site at. http://kimritchieshields.com/
The Citrus Watercolor Society (CWS) will hold its annual Fall Show and Sale at the Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park on Saturday, November 19, and Sunday, November 20, 2016. Watercolor art by many artists from the Nature Coast will be on exhibit and for sale.
Photo Collage Courtesy of Patricia Otto
by Norm Freyer
Popular St. Petersburg Artist Returns to
It is amazing how time does fly by. I had to go back in my records to find the last time that Terry Denson appeared as a demonstrator at the Citrus Watercolor Society, all the way back to December 2006. It just doesn’t seem that long ago. So, it is with a warm welcome that we have Terry return as the October 2016 demonstrator.
Terry Denson has been an Army officer, public affairs officer for a Texas state agency, a management consultant, a full time cruising sailor, and a real estate agent. She studied drawing at the Maryland Institute, College of Art in Baltimore and at other institutions, and has attended workshops with a number of prominent artists throughout the United States. She began studying watercolor in 1995, shortly before beginning a six-year sailboat cruise of the Eastern U.S., Bahamas, Caribbean, & Central America. Seeking a medium that fit the limited space aboard her sailboat, “Door into Summer”, she chose watercolors. And yes, she had a cat named Pete.
After returning to land life she expanded to acrylic painting but transparent watercolors remain her primary medium. It was not until 2003 she had the opportunity to become a full-time artist. She is, largely, a self-taught artist. Her work displays the vibrant colors of the Caribbean, the Southwest, and Florida as well as the more muted tones of Maine and Maryland.
She is a popular teacher and watercolor workshop instructor. She has displayed in numerous outdoor art festivals and organizational exhibitions throughout the country where she has received a number of awards. She is a signature member of the Florida Watercolor Society (FWS) and the Kentucky Watercolor Society. Her paintings have been used as promotional materials by the Southern Watercolor Society, the Florida Watercolor Society, Florida Nursery Growers and Landscape Association, and several art festivals throughout Florida. One can view Terry’s artwork by visiting the currently running FWS 45th Annual Exhibition featured now at the Webber Center at the College of Central Florida in Ocala, and viewing her painting “Ancestors and Orchids”, or by visiting her web site at www.terrydenson.com
Terry Denson's Demonstration: Contrast & Color
Terry will demonstrate how to develop your own unique color palette, how to plan color schemes, and use a variety of contrast techniques, to include temperature, value, intensity, value and texture. Several new texturing and paint application techniques and planning the combination of paint and liquid and dry inks will be covered.
by Norm Freyer
I Tried Watercolor Painting, But It's Just Too Hard
When I exhibit at art shows, I frequently get a questions like, “How does one get started in watercolor painting?”, or comments to the other extreme like, “I tried watercolor, but it is too hard”, or, “I can’t control the paint”, etc. So I decided to rehash some of the things that I have written about in previous columns. When the novice painter decides to enter the field of watercolor art, it certainly can become a challenge just to master the descriptive language used in this form of art. Not that the terms are much different than other forms of the visual arts such as acrylics, oils, pastels and gouaches. In addition to the myriad of colors now available, one has to think about analogous colors, complementary colors, split complementary colors, triads and tetrads. Does the novice artist paint in techniques of realism, impressionism, representational – in the home, gallery, workshop or Plein Air? Portraits, landscapes, still life, seascapes or abstract? And what about the types of brushes to use – and what about the selection of watercolor papers? There is hot press, cold press, 140 lb., 300 lb., Yupo, and then, yes, there is Clay Board. It’s all too much! It’s enough to discourage the novice right from the start! But not to fear. These uncertainties can be addressed by taking good introductory watercolor courses like those offered at the Art Center of Citrus County in Hernando. Or, attend one of the monthly watercolor demonstrations presented by the Citrus Watercolor Society. Everyone has to start somewhere, and these are very good starting points. And remember – practice, practice, practice! The “Art of Watercolor” is a monstrous field and you never stop learning!
The September 9th meeting of the Citrus Watercolor Society (CWS) will feature many of the issues that I have addressed in the first paragraph. If you are one of those who are aspiring watercolorists, I would invite you to visit with the Society on this occasion. Artist members will share with their CWS peers and visitors in a “Show & Tell” program that is a review of work accomplished over the past few months. (Click to see the entire collage of participants.. click again to view a larger image.)
This is a popular and fun program allowing individual artists to relate how their paintings were structured, what components were used – the paints, paper, brushes and colors that were selected, and any special techniques that were employed. Artists ranging from the beginner to some of the best local watercolorists will discuss the ways in which they have accomplished the art of watercolor. Regardless of one’s experience, everyone’s paintings want to be seen and reviewed. It is a time to review and relate – all in the spirit of learning good watercolor techniques.
Members can post condolence messages to the family on the website, www.robertsofdunnellon.com
Helene Lancaster, President
About Citrus Watercolor Society
Members of the Citrus Watercolor Society enjoy a "Painting of the Month" competition in October, November, January, February, March and April. They have opportunities to show and sell their work, take workshops and participate in monthly sketch/paint-outs, etc. For more information about the meeting or to become a member, call Jeanne Conrad 352-628-7760, Helene Lancaster 352-257-1261 or see the CWC web site www.citruswatercolorsociety.org The Citrus Watercolor Society meets at 12:00 Noon on the second Friday of every month, except July, at the 1st Christian Church of Inverness, 2018 Colonade Street, Inverness, FL. . (Learn more...)
Citrus Watercolor Society
P.O. Box 2464
Inverness, FL 34451-2464