April 2018 General Meeting

Last Meeting Of The 2017/18 Season

Next meeting: Apr 9, 2018 7:00 pm

Painter of the Year Critique and Judging

All CVWS members who have won any 2017-2018 ribbons can bring a painting to the April meeting.  It does not need to be the painting that won the initial award   Paintings will be awarded 1st & 2nd Place, Honorable Mention and People’s Choice, (which will be voted on by attendees.)

Paintings should be delivered between 6:00-6:30 PM.  They must arrive before 6:30 or they will not be considered.  The judge, David Fairrington, will review the paintings between 6:30-7:00.  While he is reviewing the paintings, attendees can wait in the lobby area.  You’re welcome to bring something to eat or drink to share with everyone.  There will be a short business meeting at 7PM.

DAVID FAIRRINGTON is our Painter of the Year judge for 2018.

Mr. Fairrington is an Internationally known artist who grew up in Texas and graduated from Texas Tech University.  After graduating, David served as an “Army Combat Artist” for the Dept. of the Army in Vietnam.  The paintings he did are now in the U.S. Army Center of Military History in Washington D.C.

David was named a “Master Artist” by “International Artist” magazine and his portraits are in private and corporate collections.  David paints corporate officers, business owners as well as families and children.  He also paints celebrity portraits;  his most recent being portraits for ABC Television and the Disney Corp.  His landscapes are in homes and county buildings in Southern California.

Sometimes referred to as a modern Degas, Fairrington has been commissioned to paint dancers from the School of American Ballet, New York City, NY, the New York City Ballet, NY, Westside Ballet Academy, Santa Monica, CA, The Studio Ballet, Fresno, CA, The Sacramento Ballet, Sacramento, CA and the Peninsula Ballet, Palos Verdes Estates, CA. His most recent painting was for the Miami Ballet, Miami FL.

Recent shows have been at the Edward-Dean museum in Cherry Valley, CA and Claremont, CA.  David is an art judge and teaches painting and life drawing.  He also conducts critique sessions at the Desert Art Center in Palm Springs and at the Threshold gallery in Redlands, CA

March 2018 General Meeting

Next meeting: Mar 12, 2018 7:00 pm

Demonstration by Tom Francesconi

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Tom Francesconi’s paintings have become nationally recognized for their unique, interpretive style, flavored with a richness of color and decisive brushwork.  Tom studied watercolor at the American Academy of Art in Chicago.  He has earned signature membership in numerous watercolor societies, including the American Watercolor Society, National Watercolor Society, Watercolor West and the Transparent Watercolor Society of America, of which he has been honored with ‘Master’ status.  Tom has served as president of the Transparent Watercolor Society of America. He has received many awards in regional and national exhibitions, including the 1st Place Award at the 43rd  Annual Watercolor West Exhibition!  In addition, his work has been featured in numerous books and magazine articles. Tom has conducted workshops throughout the United States, France, Italy and Croatia…and March, he is returning to Palm Desert!
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February 2018 General Meeting

Next meeting: Feb 12, 2018 7:00 pm

Demonstration by Joseph Stoddard

Joseph Stoddard - Hillside Houses

Joseph Stoddard is a partner at SKA Design (an environmental graphics design office) located in South Pasadena. He has produced paintings for a number of Pasadena events, including the Bungalow Heaven Annual Tour, the Colorado Street Bridge Party, the Pasadena Showcase

House of Design, the California Art Club Artists for Architecture Painting Project, the Pasadena Symphony and the Pasadena Pops Orchestra. His work was recently featured in the latest issue of The Art of Watercolor, a French art magazine, as well as Studios Magazine, and Watercolor Artist magazine. His studio was featured in The Man Cave Book.

His work has also been on the covers of a variety of publications including Westways Magazine, Pasadena Magazine, a book series published by the Historical Society of Southern California, and the Lost and Found Series by Many Moons Press. In 2001 a book of his sketches entitled Pasadena Sketchbook was published. The second edition was published in October of 2008. A collection of sketches of the University of Redlands entitled Redlands Sketchbook was published in 2007. Walter Foster Publishing published Expressive Color, a painting instruction book, in August of 2008.

Joseph Stoddard - Homepage - City Hall

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

Next General Meeting – Dec 2017

December 11, 2017 @ 6:30pm - Joslyn Sr. Center

Holiday Potluck and Watercolor West Slides

The December meeting will feature a slide presentation of the 49th Watercolor West International Juried Exhibition that runs until December 17th at the City of Brea Art Gallery. The Gallery is open Wednesdays through Sundays, Noon to 5pm. Entrants include painters on an international scale, including some of our CVWS members. This year's show was juried by internationally known artist, John Salminen.

Watercolor West was started in 1967 by a group of Southern California painters who banded together and founded a transparent watercolor society. The organization promotes the worldwide appreciation for fine art, using purely transparent watercolor, excluding all other media. It offers scholarships, exhibits, classes and demos. You can preview the winning paintings for 2017 and also from the past 5 years on their website at www.watercolorwest.org. You'll also find their schedule for upcoming classes and demos as well as a comprehensive listing of the websites for many other US and Canadian watercolor organizations and some shows. Their website is a valuable source of inspiration and resources for watercolor painters.

Holiday Potluck

If you didn't sign up at the November meeting for the CVWS Holiday Potluck, or if you are able to volunteer to help with set-up, decorations, or clean up, please call or email Tracy Hartman.