Tom Francesconi Workshop Enrollment

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The workshop is Filling Up Fast!!

  • March. 13th - 16th, 2018
  • 9am to 4pm
  • A 4-Day Workshop
  • All Skill Levels
Tom Francesconi

Painting Fresh And Expressive Watercolors!​

Tom Francesconi’s energetic teaching style and his passion for painting combine to create a workshop experience that is enjoyable, informative and inspirational. 

Utilizing his ability to clearly explain visual concepts, Tom will share his approach and methods for painting bold and interpretive watercolors. Each morning will begin with a discussion covering various topics such as value, design/planning the painting,  along  with  color  and  its  usage.  Throughout, painted examples are employed to help the students more readily grasp certain abstract concepts.               

Daily demonstrations will allow participants to see how Tom approaches a work from start to finish. Painting subjects may include water and/or landscapes, street scenes and the clothed figure. Students will work from their own references as they are presented each day with new challenges intended to encourage exploration. Ample opportunity is provided for everyone to paint with individual direction/guidance a priority. Each day will end with a class critique to afford students the opportunity to learn from the works of others. Tom welcomes all painters regardless of experience.

2017 Holiday Potluck

Neon Thank You

Many thanks to Tracy Hartman and Sue Ober for organizing a lovely Holiday Potluck in December and to Moira Johannessen and Jim Nelson for the commentary on Watercolor West.

2017 CVWS Holiday Potluck 1

January 2018 General Meeting

Next meeting: Jan 8, 2018 6:30 pm

Demonstration by Susan Keith​

Susan Keith - Catching the Morning Rays

Susan Keith is a native California watercolor artist.  She was born in Los Angeles and grew up in Hacienda Heights.  Her interest in art began very early, as a child, drawing and painting.  She attended San Diego State 

University where she completed her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Painting and Printmaking.  Later on in life, Susan became a teacher and taught all levels of high school art.

Upon retiring from teaching Susan has pursued watercolor with a renewed love and interest.  Her professional art career started in 2013, in which she began exhibiting her watercolor paintings publicly.  Her work has been shown in local, regional, national and international shows where she has won various awards.  Her work has been juried into the National Watercolor Society, California Watercolor Association, the San Diego Watercolor Society, Watercolor West, the Georgia Watercolor Society, the Louisiana Watercolor Society, Northwest Watercolor Society, Kentucky Watercolor Society, Illinois Watercolor Society, the Western Federation of Watercolor Societies, and the Society of Watercolor Artists.

Susan’s watercolors have a sense or impression of realism.  She incorporates bright colors in her paintings to catch the viewer’s eye.  She is intrigued by light and shadow in so many subjects; from foliage, florals, and still life, to plein air landscapes, architecture and portraits.  Most days you can find Susan painting in her studio/gallery or on the look out for a beautiful subject that has found her attention to capture in watercolor.

Susan Keith - Wrapped In Light

President’s Message – Dec 2017

Happy Holidays...OMG already?

Seems like we just finished summer and now we are getting ready for our December Pot Luck! My Mother, in her 90’s, used to say, “The older I get, the faster the years go by...and the slower the days!” Well, we must not be ‘old’ yet because our days are flying by!

We have so much to be grateful for: our joy in making art, sharing art, learning more about watercolor, sketching, and how to cut our own mats. Which brings me to a new opportunity for you to learn more. I’m working with Ian Cooke, President of Desert Art Center (and our own member too), to offer a one-day workshop on how to do your own framing and matting, which means how to cut your own mats, including double mats and how to cut your own plexiglass, plus where to buy frames. This will be in January. More info to follow. There will be a small cost, but very much worth the price.

With all the activities during December, remember to paint, since our Annual Show is about 8 weeks from now!

Thank you to all our volunteers...you are fabulous and so very much appreciated!

Keep your brushes flying. Diane Moore, President

“Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.”  - Scott Adams