I hope that my headline doesn’t scare anyone away, because the demonstrator at the November 12 meeting of the Citrus Watercolor Society (CWS) is Inverness artist Barbara Kerr. Sometimes her demos replicate a secondary school classroom. And, if you find yourself talking to your neighbor during the demo, you may be whistled for a foul. In the end, Barbara’s demos are always high spirited and full of meaningful information.
Barbara is a native Californian who moved to Inverness in 1997. She taught Intermediate Watercolor at the Art Center of Citrus County for many years, and she was also Program Chairperson of the Art Center. She served as President of the Citrus Watercolor Society and the Ocala Art Group. She has conducted demonstrations in Ocala, in The Villages, in Boone, NC. and in Inverness at the Citrus Watercolor Society. She is a member of the Nature Coast Painters and the Citrus Watercolor Society. She says, “My lighthearted demonstration entitled Oops, will focus on common mistakes we make while painting, and how best to resolve them.”
Some of the favorite workshops she has attended were conducted by Jean Grastorf, Lynn Ferris, Alex Powers, Skip Lawrence, Miles Batt, Jean Dobie, and Judy Betts.
It is not uncommon for a Citrus Watercolor Society (CWS) workshop to be sold out. And for good reason. These workshops are an opportunity to take advantage of new ideas and techniques, presented by leading watercolorists in a friendly, learning atmosphere. No need to be afraid – everyone attending is there to learn. And look at the visiting artists who have conducted workshops in the recent past – Janett Rogers, Tom Jones, Carol Frye, Lynn Ferris, Frank Zambardi and Terry Denson.
And now, there is another opportunity to learn from a leading visiting artist. At the October 8th monthly meeting, Marilyn Johansen will be on hand for a demonstration of her watercolor work. Based inSouth Florida, Marilyn is an imaginative award-winning artist who is driven by an incredible passion for self-expression through art, having lived in Belgium and Okinawa and places in between. She has signature status with the Florida Watercolor Society, the Miami Watercolor Society, the Palm Beach Watercolor Society, the Gold Coast Watercolor Society, and the Pennsylvania Watercolor Society. She has served as president of the Florida Watercolor Society and the Gold Coast Watercolor Society. She conducts demonstrations in watercolor, teaches watercolor and acrylic workshops, and judges art shows. Her fine art collections are featured in numerous Florida museums. To see her artwork, go to her web site at https://marilynjohansen.com/.
Marilyn Johansen will conduct a two-day workshop on October 9 and 10 at the Whispering Pines Park Recreation building in Inverness. Two days of learning to make new watercolor surfaces with gesso and matte medium. She will help you create art on the new surfaces. Composition will be stressed by taking photos with your camera or phone. Basic composition principles will be reviewed. Painting exercises to help you think in multiple dimensions.
Finally, members of the Citrus Watercolor Society (CWS) are free to celebrate watercolor art and artists. Most of our members have been vaccinated against the Covid virus. Much of the general population on the Nature Coast have done the same. The CWS is now free to meet again, a meeting of celebration, free of the threat of the virus. CWS president Darla Goldberg asks that you mark you mark your calendars for the exciting return to monthly meetings. The party starts at 11:30 AM on Friday, August 13th, at the regular meeting place.
We are planning a fun meeting with door prizes, delicious snacks and treats, and a 50/50 drawing. Then add in a raffle to win one of two original paintings by noted Florida artist Tom Jones. How great is that? Excited yet? How about an artist’s sale! It is exciting to give members a chance dispose of their extra, unused art supplies! What an opportunity! Bring in art supplies that you want to sell or just give away. Tables will be ready for your use; you are responsible for your own items. No paintings, prints (reproductions), cards, frames, furniture, oil paints and supplies, or clothing. This is strictly for watercolor paint, painting medium, brushes, drawing supplies, paper, easels, pallets, etc. We are asking for a 20% donation to CWS from any profits you may make from sales. If you have not been vaccinated, please wear a mask to the meeting.
Why attend this meeting? We have to take a deep breath. This meeting will help stir the pot and help each of us get back on track. Forget about the trials of the last year and get back into the world of watercolor art. Let’s look ahead to some of the upcoming programs and what we can learn from them. In October Marilyn Johansen will be on hand for the CWS meeting for a demonstration followed by a two-day workshop. In December Tom Jones makes a return stop to the area as the demonstrator for the Citrus Watercolor Society holiday luncheon, followed by a one-day workshop. More great programs coming.