Tip of the Month

Tip of the Month:


“Look for an honest critique, not just a kind one”.

Jean Rossman



”Paint things you are passionate about! Your enthusiasm and passion will radiate on the canvas/papers.”

Donna Eastman

June 2015
“If your paintings lack sparkle, try a limited palette of colors”.
Mary Valesano

May 2015
“Let your painting dry between washes to avoid muddy colors (echoed by Eric Weigardt).
Watercolors are made of either small chunks of minerals or various natural or synthetic dyes floating in Gum Arabic, which is basically clear glue.You can build up many levels of colors each separated by the clear level of gum Arabic. The separation of various colors allows the light to bounce around and produce rich colors with a lot of depth compared to having all of the minerals and pigments stirred together to make flat browns and grays. Think of it as sparkling jewels floating above the reflective paper versus a pile of mud on the paper that blocks reflection.” – Jeremy Jones

April 2015
“Make the corners (sides) of your painting smile.” – John Erwin

March 2015
“My first art instructor told me early on that you can’t have lights unless you have darks.” – Jane Underhill

AWA Calendar 2015

*** Your 2015-2016 Dues need to be paid. $45.00

8/1, deadline for entries to Fall Juror Show. More info to come see Web for Show information

9/10, Welcome to new AWA year. , AWA Board Mtg. 5:15, 7-7:30 Social, 7:30 General mtg. featuring slides from the WFWS(Western Federation of Watercolor Societies,2015),

10/7,8,9, 3 day workshop with Lian Quan Zhen 9-4 at AAG.
10/8, AWA Board mtg., 5:15…7-7:30 Social time, 7:30 General Mtg. Demonstration by Lian Quan Zhen
10/10, 1 day workshop with Lian Quan Zhen, 9-4 at AAG.

11/12. AWA Board mtg., 5:15, 7-7:30 Social, General Mtg. 7:30. Demonstration by Kim Johnson
11/14, One day Member Workshop with Kim Johnson, 9-4 AAG, get entry form from web site

Happy Holidays:
2016. More info coming

For certain: Gen mtg. 1/14, 2/11, 3/10,
3/12, One day Member Workshop with Sue Hunter, 9-4 AAG, get entry form from web site

AWA WFWS Media Release

Arizona Watercolor Association
P.O. Box 30693
Phoenix, AZ 85046
Email: AWA@azwatercolor.com
Website: http://www.azwatercolor.com



The West Texas Watercolor Society will host the 40th Annual Show of WFWS in 2015

Details coming soon



2014 Show was hosted by

Phoenix, Arizona (March 27, 2014) – Arizona Watercolor Association (AWA), today announced the upcoming opening of the “39TH Annual Western Federation of Watercolor Societies Exhibition”.

The Exhibition was April 2, 2014 through April 30, 2014, at the Fountain Hills Community Center located at 13001 N. La Montana Drive, Fountain Hills, AZ 85268.

The Western Federation of Watercolor Societies (WFWS) was formed 39 years ago through the foresight and work of Dr. David Gale (1915-1980) of the New Mexico Watercolor Society. Today the WFWS includes over 4500 artists in twelve regional watercolor societies and guilds. The WFWS encourages and recognizes artistic excellence and works to increase visibility of watercolor as an artistic medium through their annual exhibitions. Each of the twelve societies takes the opportunity to host the event, so AWA is pleased to host this year.

Artists from these art societies, including the AWA, entered their paintings and 110 were juried into this prestigious exhibition. The artwork is inspiring and the public and Media are invited to view the exhibition. Artists from the following art societies are represented: Arizona Watercolor Association (AWA), Colorado Watercolor Society-Denver (CWS), Idaho Watercolor Society (IWS), Nevada Watercolor Society-Las Vegas (NWS), New Mexico Watercolor Society (NMWS), San Diego Watercolor Society (SDWS), Southern Arizona Watercolor Guild-Tucson (SAWG), Southwestern Watercolor Society-Dallas/Fort Worth (SWS), Texas Watercolor Society-San Antonio (TWS), Utah Watercolor Society-Salt Lake City (UWS), Watercolor Society of Oregon (WSO), West Texas Watercolor Society-Lubbock (WTWS). A total of 24 delegates representing the art societies and winning artists will be visiting the valley for several days enjoying local attractions.

INVITATION: AWA Hosting Committee Chair, JoEllen Layton and Co-Chair, Kathryn Tartaglia, personally invite the public and the media to the Awards Ceremony being held on Friday, April 25th at the Fountain Hills Community Center. The Awards Presentation and Art Show will be held from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM so come early to enjoy the paintings and meet many of the artists. This event is FREE to the public and is always an exciting event.

The Juror for this exhibition featured Chen-Kee Chee. He is Associate Professor Emeritus of the University of Minnesota, is a Dolphin Fellow of the American Watercolor Society, signature member of the National Watercolor Society, Transparent Watercolor Society of America (Master Status) and many other societies. He conducted a fabulous workshop in Arizona in March, as well as a demo at the AWA monthly meeting. It was a privilege to meet him and his wife. To read the biography of this sensational artist and teacher, visit the Western Federation website at http://www.wfws.org

About Arizona Watercolor Association
The Arizona Watercolor Association (the AWA) was founded in 1960 by professional watercolor artists and instructors. It hosts a National Watercolor Exhibition and two Membership Exhibitions, all juried by nationally acclaimed artists. We host monthly meetings filled with instruction and information about local events. Visit the website at www.azwatercolor.com for details about the current ART AUCTION fundraiser going on now! Also, learn about our art scholarships, membership information, and the great opportunities to participate in future workshops and exhibitions.

We also invite you to ‘Like Us’ on our Facebook page at: http://www.facebook.com/ArizonaWatercolorAssociation

For more information please contact: Hosting Committee Co-Chair, Kathryn Tartaglia at 480-229-1023 (Cell Number).

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AWA and participating artists

Hello AWA Members!

As many of you are already aware, the AWAmembership is the Host Organization for the Western Federation of Watercolor Societies from April 24th through April 26th of this year.  It is an awesome responsibility and requires many hands to plan and execute the event activities.  I am pleased that so many of our AWA members have responded to our need for help in creating a successful event.

Artists from 12 art Societies, including theAWA have entered their paintings, from which 110 have been chosen to be included in this very important art show and event.  The artwork this year, as always, is wonderful and the AWA is well represented in the show.

This is an art show that should not be missed! In order to allow more time for our AWA members to register to attend the events in support of our AWA and participating artists, we are extending our Registration Deadline to March 25, 2014.

The events promise to be entertaining and the artwork will be inspiring, so please plan to attend and submit the attached Registration Form as soon as possible, if you have not already registered.

Event schedule includes the following:

April 24th – Cocktail/appetizer party followed by an Old Town Scottsdale Art Walk on the evening of April 24th

April 25th – Awards Ceremony followed by a Banquet at the Fountain Hills Community Center

April 26th – Cocktail/appetizer party at the home of Dave and Bonnie Ender.

Please support our AWA organization by registering and attending the events on April 24th through April 26th.

Thank you!