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April 2019 1st Place
Susan StrawbridgeSusan Strawbridge

2nd Place
Wanda Boyd
Wanda Boyd



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Presidents Message

A note from the president, Wanda Boyd

Wanda BoydAugust, 2019

I am late with the President's Note this month, and I do apologize for that.  My husband and I are opening a new business and our grand opening is August 11th; needless to say we've been very busy preparing the facilities and the time got away from me for this newsletter.

June's Paint-A-Round was a lot of fun and I want to thank Barbara Kerr, Suzanne Mahr, Nancy Fisher, Darla Goldberg and Susan Strawbridge for entertaining us with their different painting styles.  I don't know which was more entertaining for me, watching them paint or watching them paint with such grace under pressure.  The end result were five dynamite paintings that went to five very lucky individuals.  Alas, I was not one of them.  

I am very happy to have Peg Lefebvre as our demo artist this month as I've seen her work, which is excellent, and I've watched her teach, which she does with equal excellence.  Her attention to detail in both clearly shows in her work and her teaching style.

It is getting close to time for the FWS convention in September; I'll be there representing Citrus Watercolor Society as well as attending the Carrie Waller workshop (wish me luck; I am very intimidated).  FWS is a great way to get your creative juices flowing as you look at other artists' award winning paintings and hear about their creative process.  I learn so much each year just listening to the judge's critiques.  I hope to see at least a few of you there this year.

See you all soon, stay cool!

Wanda Boyd

August Press Release

Character Portraits in Watercolor

Oeggy Lefebvre DemoIt is refreshing to see new approaches in the world of watercolor, instead of the same old, same old. After viewing some of Peggy Lefebvre’s work over the last year- some great portraits! Peggy will be the demonstrator at the Citrus Watercolor Society meeting on August 9th. She relates that, “Brilliant colors are what originally attracted me to watercolor painting. Dad introduced me to the medium at the kitchen table when I was six years old. That love of vibrant color is a cornerstone of my work to this day.” She continues, “Sculpting convincing images on a two-dimensional surface is another primary pursuit of my work.  Much of my bachelors study was in three-dimensional art. Re-immersing myself in 3-D and mentally seeing the subject in the round helps guide my brush to form sculptural images. One challenge is to avoid sacrificing the vibrancy of the color in the quest of modeling a form.” Three years ago, Peg decided that she would overcome her phobia of portraits. Faces had always been a challenge and every attempt had produced disappointing results. Now she is a “face junky”. She takes photos of complete strangers if they have interesting faces, collecting resource material for her work. What was once a challenge has become a passion. Producing interesting and vibrant portraits does not have to be a mystery. She will break down the process into a series of steps and techniques that she uses to create lively, believable portraits.

Recently, her work is driven toward telling the story that she sees/feels/imagines in a particular subject.  She strives to communicate what she found to be important about the person or event. It is exhilarating when a viewer comments on the subject’s personality or occupation, involving themselves in the story that I narrated through paint.

Peg is a member of Citrus Watercolor Society and attributes much of her artistic development to the programs and support that CWS has provided. She lives in The Villages, Florida and Passignano, Italy and exhibits in group shows in both countries. You can view her work via her website at



July 2019 Press Release

Citrus Watercolor Society as a Regional Organization

CWS LOGOWell, here we are again. A whole year has passed. In July of each year the Citrus Watercolor Society (CWS) takes the month off to enjoy the height of the vacation season. As there is no program during this month, it is a good time to review the history of the CWS. Why and where did this organization come into being?

In 1981, a small group of Citrus County artists, with a common interest in the watercolor medium of painting, joined to form the Citrus Watercolor Club (CWC). In the beginning there were only about 15 artists in the group. The founders were watercolorists Joe Bucciante, Norma Willis and Robert Darden. The first president was Norma Willis. During the 1990’s the interest in watercolor painting, and club membership increased as the club adopted the theme “Promoting the Art of Watercolor and the Artist”. Membership reached 150 members in the years around 2007-2008 and remain at that level to the present day.

It is interesting to note that a number of artists have served as president of the organization for more than one term over the years. Those include Norma Willis (two), Ray Jowers (three), Jeanne Conrad (two), Pat Kelly-Sistrand (two), and Norm Freyer (two). Club program chairpersons have been successful in scheduling regional and nationally known watercolorists to come to Citrus County and demonstrate at the club meetings, and present workshops exhibiting the techniques used in their individual success to club members.

The organization also scheduled public watercolor art shows and sales in the Spring and Fall at the Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park and has contributed 20% of sales to the Friends of the Park over the years. In 2016, club officers recognized that make-up of membership had changed markedly, and now consists of artists not only from Citrus county, but from Levy, Hernando, Marion, Lake and Sumpter counties. The CWC board felt that it was time to change the name of the club to the Citrus Watercolor Society (CWS) to better reflect the make-up of the membership.

June Press Release


CWS artists to participate in “Paint-Around”

Something new is about to happen at the June 14th meeting of the Citrus Watercolor Society (CWS). Something in the art world that, quite probably, you have never seen before. You are going to have to see this! The activity that will occur is a fun, and fast-paced event. The event is what is called a “Paint Around”.  A Paint-Around is an event where a number of artists each “paint-around” to create paintings.  Artists participating have limited time to contribute to the paintings, with each member taking timed turns. Those artists who will be painting include Barbara Kerr, Suzanne Mahr, Nancy Fisher, Darla Goldberg and Susan Strawbridge. These folks qualified for the Paint-Around by placing first in the CWS “Painting of the Month” contest during the past year. These five artists ll bring a painting concept already drawn off, with a reference, ready to paint on paper for a finished painting of 12”x16”.  Each artist starts on her own painting and paints for 10 minutes.  At the end of this time, volunteers help move the paintings to the next easel and each artist has 10 minutes to paint on that painting.  This continues until the artists have painted on each painting. The last rotation allows the artist 10 minutes on their own painting and this concludes the paint-around.

Each painting will be signed by all 5 artists and raffled off as a fundraiser for CWS. Tickets will be sold, $1.00 each, or 6 for $5.00. Tickets to be used by dropping tickets in any of the provided containers bearing the artist’s name/numbered painting.  Tickets can be used any time up until drawing for paintings. The CWS President will announce raffle winners. The paintings will be presented to each individual winner at that time. So come, watch this fun activity as the CWS artists take turns putting their unique spin on a painting!


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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 Marie Sloan (352) 322-0002, or Wanda Boyd, (804) 536-1794, or see the CWS web site at  The Citrus Watercolor Society meets at 12:00 Noon on the second Friday of every month, except July, at the Family Center of the 1st Christian Church of Inverness, 2018 Colonade Street, Inverness, FL... . . Learn more...)

Citrus Watercolor Society
P.O. Box 2464
Inverness, FL  34451-2464