Next Meeting – October 9, 2017 – 6:30 Joslyn Center, Palm Desert, CA

Summer Challenge - 


There were two categories for you to attempt for the summer challenge of 2017.

1.  Color Mixing – Do a painting using only three tubes of paint, plus a pigment that will allow you to mix darks, like alizarin Crimson, Ultramarine Blue or Windsor Green.

2.  Fresh eyes:  Take an Artist Field Trip to a grocery store or Home Depot.  Wander around looking for things that catch your eye with their color, shape or texture.  Be open to everything.  Think about how they’ll look with sunlight and shadows, with the sun shining through or reflecting off them.  You may want to paint things in their packaging or take them out and rearrange them.  You may want one kind of thing or an eclectic mix of lots of different things.  If you look up Janet Fish online,  she has some “grocery store” paintings to give you ideas along this line.

Whether you’ve taken on the summer challenge or not, we’d love o have you bring any paintings that you’ve done over the summer to share at our first meeting of the new season on October 9th.

2018 CVWS Workshops

The information and sign up forms  for each of next years’ workshops can be found below. Reserve your spot early with a deposit. You won’t want to miss either of these fabulous opportunities to expand your watercolor skills.

Mark Mehaffey Jan 9-12th, 2018

 Tom Francesconi  March 13-16 2018


Best in Show, Robin St.Louis, “Nightcap”

Congratulations to all our talented winners of this year’s Annual Show and Sale. And congratulations to Ian Cooke and Traci Davis for their creative work as show chairmen. The show was two times larger with members being able to enter 3 paintings in each of 3 categories, as well as the traditional offering of 10 bin paintings per artist. The Best in Show went to Robin St.Louis for her painting “Nightcap,” and the blue ribbon winners for Traditional, Plein Air and Open Categories are shown below.