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  • September 15, 2022 10:30 AM | Nancy Moody (Administrator)

    By Donna Schultz Van Fleet, Co-Vice President, WAS-H


    It can be either frustrating or liberating painting on Yupo paper. Linda Vanek's advice, "Just be ready to play." And what fun WAS-H members had playing vicariously with Linda while she demonstrated painting on Yupo at our September monthly Members Meeting.

    Linda is a legend at WAS-H, a former Vice President, President and Past President, an Elite Signature Member and a sought-after teacher of a catalog of classes. As if that isn't impressive enough, she is also a Signature Member of the Louisiana Watercolor Society and currently has a piece in the National Watercolor Society's 2022 International Exhibit.

    Linda explained that Yupo is synthetic paper made originally for the printing industry and artists came along later thinking it could be fun to paint on this surface that doesn't behave like normal watercolor paper. To start with, it doesn't absorb. This means colors stay where your brush places them. Put down different colors and you can blend them by picking up and slanting the paper to cause colors to run into one another. Or place the colors abutting and let them run together on their own.

    If you don't like the result, you can wipe off the parts you don't like with a tissue, towel, sponge, brush. Or just wash off the whole thing! Unlike conventional watercolor painting where you preserve white spaces from the start, this to add white spaces back in painting and add highlights paint-removal attribute allows you after the fact, to do negative to dark areas.

    It takes a long time for paint on Yupo to dry -- at least overnight -- which encourages your imagination to play in the wet paint, to press crinkled plastic wrap, netting, grids, anything! into it to make impressions.

    Linda has created award-winning paintings on Yupo, and her captivating demonstration at the Membership Meeting inspires us to let go of our old notions about how to paint with watercolor and learn a fun new way by painting on Yupo.

    Thank you, Linda!

  • September 12, 2022 2:25 PM | Nancy Moody (Administrator)

    As a workshop instructor, you influence other artists.  What artists influence your work?  I look online at art every day and consistently get new ideas from those I follow on social media.  John Salminen.  Linda Baker.  Nico Lopez.  Carol Carter. Viktoria Prischedko.  Chien Chung Wei.  Of the old masters, Sargent and J.M.W. Turner are heavy influencers.

    Subject matter?  Does it matter?  I like architecture.  It's what I focused my photography career on, and I am still painting from photographs shot almost 20 years ago.  I find that a photograph I didn’t like at the time will years later provide inspiration for something else (different technique, style, color choice, etc.).

    Where do you find new subject matter?  I love traveling! New photographs inspire new paintings.

    Do you take commissions? I take several commissions a year and swear I will never do it again!  I don’t feel creative when I'm painting a commission because they are so structured.  To me, a commission is just work.

    What are your goals for students in your workshop?  The overarching goal is to have fun while learning something new. 

    I talk a lot about color in my classes.  There are so many choices with color.  You can make a great painting with 20 different colors.  Or two.

    I also talk a lot about simplification.   How can you make a cityscape look like a city with geometric shapes? How do you simplify people?

    My techniques and lessons apply to any subject matter.


    Ryan's Workshop at WAS-H is coming up in 30 days! Enroll HERE

  • September 08, 2022 8:42 AM | Nancy Moody (Administrator)

    It’s time to register for the major workshop taught by artist Ryan Fox that WAS-H is offering October 3-6, 2022. Check out Ryan’s beautiful artwork examples below of the techniques you will learn. It's all about innovative techniques . . . Wet-onto-wet painting, charging color, intentional water blossoms, scraping, spattering, and adding texture. The second two days he will teach a technique called watercolor batik, using watercolor and wax on Japanese rice paper.  Sign up HERE

  • September 03, 2022 4:15 PM | Nancy Moody (Administrator)

    By Karen Stopnicki, WAS-H President

    Dear WAS-H Friends,

    It’s now September which brings promise of a reprieve of hotter temperatures and more gatherings as summer travels close. Halloween decorations are already in stores, as is everything pumpkin spice. Best of all, we have a lot going on at WAS-H beginning this month!

    If you are planning to enter the September Gallery Exhibit, the theme is “Blue” and registration closes at 3pm on September 7th. Click HERE to see the prospectus.

    On Sunday, September 11th beginning at 2pm WAS-H will host our first Fall General Meeting, Demo, and Awards Presentation for the September Gallery Exhibit. Following a short meeting of announcements, well-known artist and past WAS-H President, Linda Vanek, will present “Painting on Yupo.” If you have ever tried to paint on Yupo or just want to see how this unique surface works, then this is a “not-to-be-missed” demo.  This is going to be a great opportunity to be back at WAS-H, see a fabulous demo and a beautiful exhibit. Put it on your calendar, and plan to bring a friend!

    If you have been thinking of taking a class, whether to learn a new technique, refine your skills or enjoy class time with fellow artists, check out our updated Education Calendar, (https://watercolorhouston.org/Classes-and-Workshops). A number of new classes have been added. Members get priority registration through September 7th, so sign up before all the classes are filled!

    Check out these upcoming key events:

    • The Annual Members Exhibit (AME) opens for registration on September 13th. The Awards Reception will be on October 2nd.  You can see the full schedule and prospectus here https://watercolorhouston.org/AME.
    • The Ryan Fox major workshop on Monday, October 3rd thru Thursday October 6th has a few spots open for enrollment https://watercolorhouston.org/event-4849188.
    • The Art Fair is planned for Saturday October 8th. It is a great opportunity to sell your work, meet the community and enjoy being with fellow WAS-H members on a nice October Saturday. See more HERE (https://watercolorhouston.org/ArtFair)
    • Senior group, an ongoing gathering for people 55+, is back with artist facilitators beginning in September. See here for more detail, and to register for a spot in a specific week https://watercolorhouston.org/Outreach-for-Seniors.
    • Paint-Ins are back in session! The September Paint-In with Irene Sheytman is already at waitlist status. Stay tuned for the remaining Fall Paint-Ins to be posted.

    Our August Gallery Exhibition, “Skies,” is a beautiful show still on display for a few more days. I want to thank Cissy Geigerman and Katie Steck, our Gallery Co-Directors for their hard work in presenting lovely shows this summer, and planning exciting shows for the Fall. We couldn’t have shows, classes and other events if it weren’t for our volunteers. We have lots of opportunities to get involved. Keep us in mind if you have a little bit of time and interest to help.

    I hope to see you at WAS-H soon - we have so much to offer, please stop by!

    Warm Regards,

    Karen Houston Stopnicki

  • August 29, 2022 10:13 PM | Nancy Moody (Administrator)

  • August 28, 2022 4:44 PM | Nancy Moody (Administrator)

    WAS-H is saddened to share the news that long-time member Nancy Fleagle passed away on August 12th. Nancy was active with the Model Lab group and had a refreshing and fun style. Please see THIS LINK for her obituary.

  • August 28, 2022 10:43 AM | Nancy Moody (Administrator)

    We were sad to hear of the passing of longtime WAS-H member Mary Treanor on 8/21/2022. Mary actively participated at WAS-H, taking classes, joining in the senior group and serving on the WAS-H Board for several years.

    Follow THIS LINK for her obituary.

  • August 23, 2022 9:17 AM | Nancy Moody (Administrator)

    • Aug 27-28: Flower Painting Workshop with Dr. Mohammad Ali Bhatti Saturday and Sunday August 27-28 10:00am - 4:00pm
    • Aug 31,Sept 7,14,21: Introduction to Watercolor for Beginners with Alison Hendry on Wednesday evenings Sept 7, 14, 21, 6-9 pm
    • Sept 8,15,22,29: Find Your Path with Carla Gauthier on Thursday afternoons, 1:00-4:00 pm
    • Sept 9: Mindfulness and Watercolor with Katie SteckFriday evening, Sept 9, 6-9 pm
    • Sept 16: Exciting Ways to Paint on Yupo with Linda Vanek on Friday, Sept 16, 9:30-3:30
    • Sept 17-18: Portrait Painting with Dr. Mohammed Ali Bhatti on Saturday & Sunday, Sept 17-18, 10:00am-4:00 pm
    • Sept 24-25: Sand, Sea, & Sky with Les McDonald on Saturday & Sunday, Sept 24-25, 9:30-3:30.
    • Sept 27-28: Watercolor Foundations with Jason Bentley, Zoom class on Tuesday & Wednesday, Sept 27-28 from 1:00-4:00 pm 
    Register HERE

  • August 17, 2022 6:28 PM | Nancy Moody (Administrator)

    September Paint-In

    Instructor: Irene Sheytman 

    • September 10, 2022
    •  10:00 AM - 2:30 PM

    Do you want more vibrant washes? Would you like to learn looser techniques? How about adding a mood to your paintings?

    Get details and register HERE.

  • August 17, 2022 6:02 PM | Nancy Moody (Administrator)

    By Beth Graham, Director of Education

    We often share about artists whose work we follow, and we celebrate when their work is recognized across the country. I am always proud to say that I follow the work of Houston artist Carla Gauthier. She is an incredible artist and a wonderful instructor for and member of Watercolor Art Society, Houston. 

    She was honored this season with a collection of paintings published simultaneously in four national and international art magazines, winning awards, accolades, and prizes. Carla was also honored with two of her paintings in the Women in Watercolor International Competition. I include images of these below for your enjoyment. 

    Join me in congratulating our friend and fellow watercolorist with this wonderful accomplishment.

    Laura’s Tea

    in The Best of Watercolor Magazine

    Reflections on Happy Hour

    in Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine

    Afternoon Walk

    in International Artist Magazine

    Stairway Light

    in The Art of Watercolor Magazine


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