Tip of the Month

Our 1st Tip of the Month:
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

Celebration of Artists 2015 Exhibit

 Eric Wiegardt Workshop Painting

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Thoughts from Eric Weigardt, Juror for the AWA Spring Membership Show

Notes from a workshop and his book Watercolor Free and Easy

Ask Eric Weigardt what is most important in a painting and he’ll tell you “It has to be fun!” Then he’ll encourage you to worry less about illustrating and to think more about shapes. Shapes are defined by their edges and more by light and dark patterns than by exact colors. However, the placing the purest colors near or in the Area of Dominance strengthens the image. The largest shape belongs at your area of dominance and typically includes higher contrast and more detail along with “animation”– the addition of figures, birds or something showing activity.

Overall composition is about catching the eye at a distance then guiding it through the picture. Outside the Area of Dominance, focus, contrast and detail can back off. Part of this is achieved by first creating shapes and then turning them into objects later.

In his own work, Eric picks up two to four colors at a time in a consistency like sour cream. He puts down a heavy wash then moves on to something else to avoid over-stroking, which leads to muddy colors. Finally, he says to choose subjects that mean something to you personally and then concentrate on what is really important. It is more difficult to judge a show, because often an artist will find a way to take a completely different approach. If they do it really well, that needs to be recognized.

Phoenix Public Library is preparing for the Celebration of Artists 2015 Exhibit scheduled for viewing in the Burton Barr Central Library from Saturday, April 4 through Friday, May 1, 2015.

The show is hung at the Burton Barr Library Second Floor

Please feel free to forward to potential visitors.

Fall Membership Show 2015

September 26 through October 17th 2015

@ The Scottsdale Artist School

Entries due August 1st

Juror Lian Quan Zhen /  www.Lianspainting.com

3 Day Workshop October 7-8-9 AAG Building

1 Day Workshop October 10 AAG Building

Contact Jeremy Jones  480-563-5916

Prospectus Coming Soon


Reminder Monthly Meeting

Hello Fellow AWA Members,

Just a friendly reminder that the AWA Meeting of the  2014-2015 year is every 2nd Thursday at 7pm, of each month September – May (except December no meeting)

It is being held again this year at the AAG (Arizona Artists Guild) Building located at 18411 N 7th Avenue, Phoenix, AZ

7:00 – we socialize, munch on great snacks, sign up for workshops, visit the fun table and socialize some more.

At 7:30 we begin the “formal” program starting off with introductions, announcements, and updates, then the real exciting part begins

A Watercolor Demonstration/Presentation will entertain and educate you  You do not want to miss any of these demonstrations.

I look forward to seeing you at the monthly meetings. The newsletter is uploaded and HERE for those who may have not received their newsletter yesterday.

Happy Painting,
Myra Feldman
(e-blast chair)

Board meeting will meet at 5:15pm in the “back” room of the AAG Building. You are asked to come at 5:00pm so you may have some time to socialize.

AWA Calendar 2015



AWA Calendar Events:

May 2015:

5/1   Last day of Spring Show

5/2   Pick-up Paintings at Burton-Barr Library, 10:00 AM – 12 Noon

5/14  Thursday, AWA Board Mtg. 5:15 PM. 7-7:30 Social.  Annual Meeting at 7:30:  Election of officers, Ballot Vote for Candidates running for President.  Elle Gould and Diane Kent. HONOREE OF THE MONTH, SHIRLEY KLEIN Kleppe: ALSO:  Critique of 2 (two) of your works by JoEllen Layton and Norm Wilson.

5/16 Retreat for outgoing and incoming Board Members at AAG.  Time 10:00-3:00

*** 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),

9/26-10/17  Fall Show Burton Barr Library

10/7,8,9 3 day workshop with Lian Quan Zhen 9-4 at AAG.

10/7 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, 9-10 AAG, get entry form from web site


December  Happy Holidays

General mtg.  1/14, 2/11, 3/10, 4/14 , 5/12

3/12 One day Member Workshop with Sue Hunter, 9a  AAG, get entry from website


Featuring Candice Diaz

Today, we are featuring AWA member, Candice Diaz, Co-Director at Large for Membership Workshops.   Below we are showcasing a wonderful painting Candice did for the AWA 2013 Fall Membership Show called “Stitch in Time”.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Watercolor on Scratch Board

The attached painting is just another fun thing to consider as part of the rules changes. This is a watercolor on scratch board! Basically, everything but the black is scratched off a white panel and then the white areas are painted. You can do this in a way the creates a texture on the white area that influences the look of the painted area.scratch hawk


Member Show Opportunities

The announcement below is an example of the notices I receive in hopes that they will be passed on to members. Unless something changes, the deadline will be May 1 and our members will miss a chance at the $10,000 prize. Betsy Dillard Stroud is the judge and she thinks the communication about this has been limited so our members have a good chance at winning. Doesn’t it seem that a few of our members would like to know about this sort of thing? Isn’t it value added to know AWA will keep them informed about opportunities? We don’t have to send out every add, but a place to post short summaries with addresses for members to follow up on their own would seem to be a benefit to members. We almost did this once before, but nobody offered to monitor and post the announcements. securedownloadAt that time they were just going to be 3-line summaries in the newsletter. One option is to collect the announcements and type a summary page once or twice a month and then send that to Casey to post on the website. However, someone would need to spend an hour or so per month to make that work. The easiest thing to do would be for all of us on the board and committees to forward any opportunity that warrants being shared to a single who would e-blast groups of opportunities o members when deadlines near or there are enough to make up a message. The e-blast would be titled “Member Show Opportunities” or something similar so people don’t even need to open them if they don’t want to.

This was going to be discussed at the last meeting, but we ran out of time…