Talented and well known artists demonstrate work
in water media at our monthly meetings
PAST PROGRAMS -2013
For more than 18 years Suzanna Winton has captured the essence of the human soul through her watercolor portraits. She is the recipient of over 30 awards and has been featured in many national publications. These publications include Splash 6, The Artist's Magazine, American Artist, Watercolor Magic, Watercolor Basics, and Watercolor Artist's. The staff of The Artist's Magazine lists her as "an artist on the rise and one of 20 artists who we believe are destined to be master painters of the future" (01/04). Suzanna is a signature member of the Florida Watercolor Society, Southern Watercolor Society and Watercolor West.
Suzanna has become nationally known for her informative watercolor portrait workshops. Through these workshops and encouragement from her students, colleagues, friends and family, Suzanna was lead to write, "Realistic Watercolor Portraits". It is her desire that this book will help all artist paint portraits with ease by unlocking the secrets to portrait painting.Suzanna's WEBSITTE
Photo Collage courtesy of Ray Jowers. To view the enlarged Collage, click on the image above. Click again to supersize.
photos and collage by Ray Jowers
Photo Collage courtesy of Ray Jowers. To view the enlarged Collage, click on the image above. Click again to supersize.
I stumbled into a magical marriage between two opposite textures when I borrowed a crystal bowl from a friend for a floral commission piece. Over the years, paintings with glass objects and flowers have been symbolic to me, depicting the various chapters of my life. These textures allow me to create something absolutely gorgeous while keeping a personal record of life’s joys and sorrows, successes and defeats.
Susanna graduated from the Art Center College of Design, received an M.A. from Arizona State University and B.F.A., Arizona State University.
Professional Experience includes: 1977-Present Susanna Spann Studios, Owner 1994-Present Watercolor Workshop Instructor, and 1981-1998 Adjunct Illustration Faculty, Ringling School of Art and Design, Sarasota, Florida
Susanna Spann has won over 500 awards for watercolors and drawings (including the American Watercolor Society "Key Memorial Award") and the 2011 Susan Lattner Lloyd Gold Award (Florida Watercolor Society) for her painting "Dar's Bar"
Susanna authored Painting Crystal and Flowers in Watercolor, North Light Books, 2001
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Photo Collage Courtesy of Ray Jowers.
The Quandaries of a Demonstrating Watercolorist
Press Release by Norm Freyer
What is a demonstrating watercolorist to do when he finds himself following such distinguished artists such as Janet Rogers, Suzanna Winton and Suzanna Spann? What indeed? I have presented a number of demonstrations for a variety of art groups, and each time I ask myself the same question? What is it that I can provide to these folks that they haven’t already heard? Think of the myriads of watercolor demonstrations and workshops that are presented each year in the State of Florida, and further than that, the United States. And what can one learn from any one of these that is new and informing? Especially if it is a demonstration before ones immediate peers. That is the position in which I find myself as I write, for the author of this column will be the demonstrator at the April 12th meeting of the Citrus Watercolor Club. The best answer that I can give as an artist, who has attended many of these affairs, is that if you can learn one substantive thing from a demo or workshop that will help you develop as an artist, then it has been a profitable learning experience. So, I have made my decision as a demonstrator, and will concentrate on watercolor paints applied to a different surface other than paper – something I have used, but few others have tried, and I hope that it will be enlightening and informative.
My home is in Homosassa, FL. I am a graduate of the University of Connecticut with a B.S. in Agriculture, and spent nearly 40 years in sales and marketing in the animal health sector of the pharmaceutical industry. Upon retirement, I studied watercolor techniques under Marion Langlois of the Withlacoochee Technical Institute from 1999 to 2002. In addition, I have studied in watercolor workshops with such noted artists as Tom Jones, Chuck MacClachlan, Ken Hosmer, Kathleen Hoffsinger, Steve Rogers and Paul George. I am a member of the Art Center of Citrus County, the Citrus Watercolor Club, the Nature Coast Painters and an associate member of the Florida Watercolor Society, and served as president of the Citrus Watercolor Club 2008–2010. Recent awards include the Award of Excellence at the 2007 Manatee Festival & St. Petersburg Times Fine Art Show, the Award of Merit at the 2008 Manatee Festival, and the First Place Award in all media at the 2009 Homosassa Seafood Festival, as well as the Second Place Award in 2010, the Award of Excellence at the Festival of the Arts in 2011, Best of Show in all media at the Homosassa Seafood Festival in 2011, and Best of Show at the 2012 - 20th Annual CWC Show & Sale, as well as “Featured Artist” at the 2012 Homosassa Seafood Festival. My painting, Fishy Business was exhibited in the 2009 Florida Watercolor Society “On-line Show”, and the painting Gentle Giants is currently exhibited on the 2012 FWS “On-Line Show”. Examples of my work can be found on the web site www.citruswatercolorclub.com and key on Member Gallery.
Luncheon &Installation of Officers
Demonstration by Virginia Chen
Virginia Chen has been painting and exhibiting her work in Gainesville area since 1980. Although she studied science in college, earning a Bachelor Degree of Science from Iowa State University, her real love was art. Virginia pursues her love of art by taking lessons from well known artists, studying art books and also participating in painting workshops led by nationally well known artists. Watercolor is Virginia's first choice of expression. She finds the media provides the unique qualities of transparency, clarity, freshness, and pure spontaneity. Her choice of subjects includes florals, landscapes, buildings, boats, wildlife, etc. Her use of light and color transposes the viewer to a simple place & time and also inspires feelings of joy, peace and harmony. Most of her work grows out of a sense of beauty and desire to impart visual pleasure to the viewer. Over the past 18 years, Virginia won many awards at local and regional art festivals including the best Cedar Key Scene 1991. In 2011 she was recognized as a signature member of the Florida Watercolor Society, and she is a member of the Nature Coast Painters, the Gainesville Fine Art Association, the Ocala Art Group and member/exhibitor at Gainesville’s Artisans’ Guild Gallery. Virginia has won many awards at local and regional art festivals, and her works can be found in numerous private and corporate collections.
September 20th - Bus Trip to Annual FWS Exhibit
Friday, September 20 is the date for our bus trip to the Florida Watercolor Society Exhibit in Sarasota. Cost is $28.00 per person for the bus. Make out check to CWC and mail it to our Treasurer, Lou Friedman.
We will have the same driver as last year. Pick up will be at 7:30AM in Ocala behind Advanced Auto near WalMart on 200. The bus will then pick up at the Winn-Dixie in Beverly Hills at 8:00 AM. The bus will also pick up people at the Sugarmill Publix parking lot after it leaves the Beverly Hill Winn Dixie, probably around 9:00AM.
In Sarasota you will also have to pay a $20 admission fee at the door.
It is always a great art show and Convention. Bring a guest!
IMPORTANT!!! Please Telephone or email Meredith Keene or Jo Ann Boyd to reserve your bus seat as soon as possible!! Thank you!
This leads us to Barbara Batchelder, the demonstrator for the June 14th meeting. She grew up in Rumford, Maine – a paper mill town. During the first 40 years of her life she continued to live in Maine, raised a family and became an accountant. She says, “While I knew that I have always had a talent for art, I did not begin to develop my talent until I was about 45 years old. I had to learn accounting, but artwork seemed to come naturally to me”. Before moving to Summerfield, Florida in 1993, Barbara took a drawing class at the Maine School of Art, and enjoyed it so much that she took a painting class in Florida. “I have tried many mediums for my art, but have always returned to acrylic’, she continues. “I like to paint many subjects but I am known for my animals. More recently I have been painting nature in flowers and birds”. She has no formal training in the arts, instead has learned from local classes and workshops, experimenting and reading, and watching other artists. Barbara is a member of the Ocala Art Group and Gallery East. She is a regular exhibitor art shows and festivals in both Maine and Florida, and has won many awards for her fine work. She says, ‘I enjoy making people happy by making them forget that they are looking at a canvas, and instead taking them to another happy place.”
Each year, the Citrus Watercolor Club Program chairpersons struggle to put together a list of visiting watercolorists they feel will instruct and stimulate the needs of the local community of artists. This can be a time consuming and frustrating task, mostly because the best watercolorists in this field are in very popular demand. It may be two to three years, or more, before the desired artist has an opening that fits into the CWC annual schedule of demonstrations and workshops. Such is the program for the upcoming schedule through the end of the year. But to start off the new season in August, The Program chairs did not have to venture far from home to enlist a gem, an award-winning watercolorist as demonstrator at the August 9th meeting. Returning for an encore presentation as demonstrator will be German Boettcher of Inverness, FL. Boettcher focuses largely on the techniques of paintings in urban settings focusing on people, architecture and shadows. Mr. Boettcher explains that, “I do not have any specialty, but I paint what inspires me. However, painting the human figure and portraits are my favorite subjects”.
He has been painting since he was 4 years of age, using oil, watercolor, acrylic and pastels. He holds a Bachelors Degree in Architecture and Landscape Architecture, plus a Masters Degree in Urban Design from the City University of New York. He has studied art in classes at the National Academy of Art and Design, The Art Student League in New York City, the Ringling School of Art and the Tuscan Classical Academy in Florence, Italy. In addition, he has taken workshops with such noted artists as Charles Reid, Timothy Clark, Don Andrews, Frank Webb, Stephen Quiller, Alvaro Castagnet and Jean Grastorf. Mr. Boettcher is a Signature Member of the Florida Watercolor Society, with winning entries in the Florida Watercolor Society Annual Exhibitions in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012. He is a member of The Florida Watercolor Society, the American Watercolor Society, the Citrus Watercolor Club and the Art Center of Citrus County. CWC members will find this demonstration an inspiring and educational presentation on watercolor techniques. Guests are welcomed to register and attend this program.
ANNUAL MEMBERS' SHOW & TELLPress Release by Norm Freyer
Photos courtesy of Laurie Kansky
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Show & Tell – it sounds pretty simple doesn’t it? But I wanted to see what some authority has to say about it, so – why not go to Wikipedia and see what that source has to say? “Show and tell is a common expression about showing an audience something and telling them about it. In North America and Australia, it is a common classroom activity at early elementary school. It is used to teach young children the skills of public speaking. For example, a child will bring an item from home and will explain to the class why they chose that particular item, where they got it, and other relevant information.”Ref: Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.” i.e., “In the comic strip Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson, show and tell in Calvin's class is an occasionally recurring theme.”
Ammer, Christine. (1997). "show and tell," The American Heritage dictionary of idioms, p. 580.
You guessed it! This is the theme for the September 13th meeting of the Citrus Watercolor Club. CWC member artists will have the opportunity to exhibit and share their latest artwork with the other members attending. Artists show their completed artwork and have time to tell exactly how they painted the piece. What inspired the subject? What were the colors used? What was the choice of paper, paints, and brushes? In show & tell your information is a treasure trove of information for your fellow artists. One little piece of meaningful watercolor art information is all one needs from a program like this, and is just as valuable as a tip from demonstration by a renowned artist. So, artists all, beginners and accomplished watercolorists, bring your latest piece of art – this is your opportunity to shine.
Noted Florida artist, Donna Morrison, will be the feature demonstrator at the October meeting of the Citrus Watercolor Club, beginning at 12 noon on Friday, October 11th, 2013. Donna Morrison is a native Floridian. She grew up in Bradenton and now lives in Tampa. She attended Furman University and holds a BA in Art and Business Administration. Her artistic love is old world Florida and other natural settings. She is a realistic painter and feels that the details of our earth are God’s little blessings to be discovered by each of us in our own way. Morrison says, “Being a native Floridian, my first artistic love is old world Florida. I find inspiration in natural settings, creatures and people discovered all around the world in my travels and experiences. I combine my passion for color and detail to produce works of art with a flair for the dramatic.” She continues, “I've been recognized for my realistic representations of Florida which include such subject matter as water birds, landscapes and orchids as well as cows and native plants.” She enjoys making the colors of nature sing especially with the use of watercolors and pastels. Her collective body of work includes watercolor, oil, acrylic and pastel paintings, limited edition prints, and cards. She is a signature member of the Florida Watercolor Society, the Florida Suncoast Watercolor Society and the Tampa Realistic Artist’s Association. She is also a member of the Tri-State Watercolor Society. To see Donna’s work up close, go to her web site at http://www.donnamorrison.net/
Photo of Donna Morrison courtesy of Laurie Kansky; photo of Horse, the October demo by Donna Morriso, courtesy of Ray Jowers.
NOVEMBER 8, 2013
News Release by Norm Freyer
Florida has many highly talented water color artists. Fortunately you don’t have to venture far to find one of them, as many are located in the area of the Nature coast. Such is the case with the demonstrator for the meeting agenda on Friday, November 8, 2013. In fact, we didn’t even have to stray outside of the CWC membership, as gifted Florida artist Sue Primeau is scheduled for this session. Her techniques as a watercolorist are interesting because she is creative and spontaneous. Sue refers to her work as abstract reality. She is passionate about the world in which we live and the beauty that surrounds our everyday life. It is this readily available subject where she finds her inspiration. Being that she works primarily in watercolor, a medium she prefers not to control. She often begins by letting shapes and colors occur with little or no guidance. Sue then studies the resulting image to determine how she will develop the painting. She feels the favorite expression of her mother and grandmother sums up her painting style. "It is the little things that count”, while recognizing too much detail in a painting is simply replicating a photograph. Aside from painting Sue loves to teach watercolor techniques and takes great joy in helping others realize their innate creative and artistic talents. You can find samples of her art work by accessing her web site http://www.teamingpondinc.com/
Sue is a resident of Ocala, originally from Minnesota. She has a BS in Industrial Technology, Graphics, from Cheney University, and an MBA from University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN. Sue is an associate member of Florida Watercolor Society, the Appleton Museum of Art, Ocala FL, Ocala Art Group, Citrus Watercolor Club, and the Visual Arts Society, Ocala FL.
December Luncheon at Citrus Hills (formerly Andre's)
Tom Jones, Demonstrator
Press Release by Norm Freyer
There is no question when it comes to who is among the favorite watercolorists that visit the Citrus Watercolor Club. On Friday, December 13th, Tom Jones makes a welcomed return as the demonstrator for the Citrus Watercolor Club Holiday Luncheon to be held at the Citrus Hills Golf & Country Club, with festivities starting at 12 Noon. As one of the most popular artists among Nature Coast watercolorists Tom has been a frequent demonstrator, and has presented numerous educational workshops to local artists. Tom and his wife Bonnie reside in Orange City, FL. Both are members of the Citrus Watercolor Club. Government agencies, corporations, environmental groups, clubs, and private collectors have commissioned him to expand their art collections. In answer to popular demand, he typically produces his watercolor landscapes in a series of three or five paintings around a specific theme. His art can be found internationally in many private and corporate collections, including commissioned paintings displayed in the Florida State Capital Building, Walt Disney World Corporation, Marriott Corporation, and the Omni Corporation. Tom's work has been featured in many books and on magazine covers as well as posters and brochures. Tom shares his passion for art and love of nature with students of varying skill levels through nationwide workshops, demonstrations, and instructional DVDs. "I am a story teller. I tell stories with my paintings, of places I have been and things I have seen. I believe that a painting should not only tell a story, but should have a story behind it. All my paintings do." Tom’s web site is http://www.tomjonesartist.com.