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 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 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

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

Genral Meeting MAY 8, 6:30, Joslyn Center, Palm Desert

Linda Doll - Painter of the Year Judge


Linda A. Doll, AWS, NWS is a painter, digital photographer, graphic artist, instructor and juror. A teacher of workshops and seminars throughout the US, Mexico, Canada, France, Italy, Greece, Spain, Ireland and Bali, she is a Past-President and Life Member of the National Watercolor Society, a Past Board Member and Juror of the American Watercolor Society, and a past Board Member of Watercolor West . She is a Life Honorary Member of the Federation of Canadian Artists and an Elected Life Member of the San Diego Watercolor Society. Her paintings and drawings are included in many books and have been used by several magazines for their covers. Linda is included in many of the Who's Who Publications including Who's Who in American Art and Who's Who of American Women.

She is a good humored, energetic instructor who stresses the importance of making personal design decisions at each stage of the painting. She has developed a unique and effective teaching style which stimulates optimism, enthusiasm, confidence and creative excitement within her students. Her painting classes are designed to inspire beginners and to challenge advanced students with painting demonstrations, lectures, slide presentations, personal instruction and individual critiques.

Linda is now head of the International Watercolor Society-USA chapter.  Dues are Free. To join IWS-USA click here