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

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.

Patrick Dooley – November Demonstrator

Patrick Dooley - Artist and Teacher

Patrick is a highly sought after artist and teacher who has spent the major part of his life in the pursuit of creating and sharing his passion for painting. He studied art at the Los Angeles Art Center School and completed the Famous Artist Schools course in Commercial Art and Illustration.

Through his academic studies and a strong desire to be the best artist he could be, he developed and absorbed his acute attention to the need for good drawing skills. After years of practicing his skills as an advertising executive and designer, he soon became involved with fine art and sells his paintings in every corner of the globe. His studies have subsequently defined him as a competent fine artist and illustrator. His free and loose style has made him a favorite with students and collectors alike.

Patrick's paintings can be found in a myriad of public and private collections and the following Galleries:

  • Squarei Gallery, Claremont. CA
  • La Quinta Fine Arts Gallery, La Quinta, CA
  • Scott's Imagination Gallery, Sister's OR

Contact: Patrick Dooley - 760-565-7514  or  dooleysart@roadrunner.com

CVWS wishes to thank Patrick for his generous donation of his demo painting to the raffle.