Tip of the Month

Tip of the Month:


” Good Technique may be more important in watercolor than in any other medium.

Use plenty of water and paint. The purpose of painting is not paint conservation.”

Carl Purcell


“Use stainless steel push pins to hold w/c paper on gatorboard so you can paint to the deckle edge of your paper.”

Renee Hawk


“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