SUMMER CHALLENGE: We have two Summer Challenges this year. Take your pick, or extra credit for doing both!

1. Paint a subject from an unusual viewpoint. Here is a great example: "Afternoon at the Ramos 2014" by Angela Chang:


2. Paint on a paper that you are not experienced with, or have never tried before. You could try hot press or rough watercolor paper, or maybe a watercolor canvas. See how the paint moves around differently. You might find a new love!

We will "Show and Tell" our paintings at the October meeting. Have a great summer and have some fun with these challenges!

Robin St. Louis, Program Chair


Painter of the Year  Judge Ruth Ellen Hoag

Ruth Ellen Hoag

“As a graduate of Manhattan School of Music with a French horn major, I embarked on a thirty-year music career.  While living in Japan, I discovered painting and found my new passion. Nearly all my work is figurative in nature. As such, I’m always experimenting with various approaches and painting styles. My quest is to capture a sense of movement with the characters or the space they occupy.

Though I grew up in a rural setting and love the idea of aloneness, I am drawn more to life in the city. Fond memories of music making, market places, walking through parks, daytime and nighttime, feed the inspiration for my paintings.

My paintings have been awarded in many national and international exhibitions: including medaling in American Watercolor Society , and winning top honors at San Diego Watercolor Society‘s International Exhibition. Most recently, I earned a coveted Signature status from National Watercolor Society. I’ve also attained Signaturemembership in San Diego Watercolor Society, California Watercolor Association and Watercolor West.

For the last several years, I have also juried exhibitions and demonstrated my work for art organizations and been an invited artist instructor for workshops in several western states and as far south as Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

A number of books and magazines have published my work including Watercolor Artist and Palette Magazine. As a founding member of Santa Barbara Studio Artists, my working studio, Whistle Stop Art Studios in downtown Santa Barbara, hosts year round studio tours. There are art classes and workshops on-going at the studio as well.”

  Ruth Ellen Hoag, whom we have chosen as our Painter of the Year judge for our meeting on Monday, May 9, is a highly- acclaimed painter from Santa Barbara.  She is very experienced at helpful and gentle critique.  www.ruthellenhoag.com






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.

People and Still Life subjects that hint at the person just outside the picture plane are Linda's favorite painting subjects. She portrays them without flattery or glamour in an aura of quietude, stressing their dignity and individuality. She combines areas of flat color with highly skilled composition and design to create an attitude of introspection when depicting her subjects.

Blog:  http://lindadollartblog.blogspot.com 

Webpage:  www.lindadoll.com




Coachella Valley Watercolor Society

27th Annual Membership Show

March 4 and 5, 2016 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

The Palm Springs Air Museum 745 N. Gene Autry Trail, Palm Springs, CA 92262

GALA PREVIEW RECEPTION and Sale: March 3, 2016, 5-7 pm

 Congratulations to all the wonderful painters who entered the show and all the great helpers who transformed the hangar at the PS Air Museum into another great event for CVWS. Here are the 2016 winners:

Best of Show-Robin St. Louis "Blindsided"


This year there were a number of new innovations. Once again we  were in the Palm Springs Air Museum, but this year in the Craven hanger and not the Pond as previously advertised. This gave us lots of space, so each member was invited to submit up to THREE paintings for judging and sale as well as ten bin paintings. This year we  also invited artists to enter our Open category as well as the Traditional. Whereas the Traditional requires paintings that are matted and framed, the Open category allows for wrapped canvasses and cradled painting panels.

The show was judged by Stan Goudey AMS. He expressed admiration for the high quality of the paintings he judged and said his decisions were on based  personal choice.

The Opening Night Gala Reception was a new feature for the show and was a terrific way to celebrate all the good art and the hard work of the show committee.

Thanks to all for a great effort.

Show Chairs Ian Cooke, Traci Davis