A Pair of new Painters met by the Pier in PB

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Katie, Charlotte, Veronica, Barb, Sue and I had to schlep our goodies, (our paints and stools and easels and sketch books and brushes, etc.) to the beach after finding parking spaces in Pacific Beach. It is a beautiful way to spend a day with friends, especially on the pier on Crystal Pier. People watching is just as much fun as painting there and we certainly saw our share of interesting people and heard so many languages spoken. A guy played his harmonica, people skated by, a gal was carrying her surfboard on her head while her skirt was blowin’ in the wind and babies were running around chasing the birds.

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Charlotte, Penni, Veronica

What a way to spend a day! (and thanks Veronica for some of the photos!)

INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITION

Next month is our annual International Exhibition with lots of activities for us. Make sure you plan to see our fellow artists from around the globe and participate in this grand endeavor that we take on every year. Pick up tickets for a chance to own an original painting.

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The Opportunity Drawing featuring “Bring the Noise” by Ananta Mandal.  This painting was part of the 2015 I-Show and was donated to us by the artist.  Raffle tickets may be purchased right now online or at the gallery.  The drawing for this wonderful, full sheet watercolor will be during First Friday, October 7th.
Thanks to the generous donations from workshop instructors and some of our very own artists, we are able to offer not one, but Two Silent Auctions this year.  One will be held during the Preview Gala on Saturday, October 1 and the second will be during First Friday, October 7.

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Sue and Charlotte

You have two opportunities to celebrate the opening of the 2016 International Exhibition
The Preview Gala and Awards Ceremony
begins with the awards ceremony at 5:00 on Saturday, October 1st followed by the Gala at 5:30.  Hors d’oeuvres will be provided by Tender Greens, and music will be presented by The King Taylor Project.  Best of all, you have the opportunity to be among the first to view our 2016 Exhibition.

Important – only 200 tickets are available so buy yours now before it is too late!

Call for Entries!!!! The 46th Western Federation Show is now open for entires. All current SDWS members may enter up to three paintings for this exhibition.  Entries are due by November 1, 2016.

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WEDS. Painters 

Sept 7 Fanuel Park. Grand St in PB Left on Fanuel to park. Hint Streets are alphabetical
Sept 14 Alcazar Garden in Balboa. Behind the row of museums across from the Old Globe
Sept 21 Hoyt Park in Rancho Bernardo. Beautiful site. Pearl Rest at 11666 Avena in RB, Site is behind it. Stay for yummy Dim Sum
Sept 28 Spanish Village in Balboa

Special Sat. Paintout with Jami Wright at Balboa Park Sept. 10

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Veronica


BlogChallenge – bugs or butterflies

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Fly Away this month, and catch up on your painting

IMG_0914 Caterpillars have a lovely texture and they spin a good tale (I mean chrysalis), but who wants to paint one and it wouldn’t stay still enough for you to capture all those little legs on paper. But, they do turn into a wonderful site. I have a neighbor who has milkweed plants on her patio and she gets to watch this happen. Did you know they liquefy inside that little cocoon and then redistribute their cells and spread their wings? They also lose a bunch of legs because as insects they have six sets of jointed legs, so Mommy doesn’t have to buy them too many shoes for the first day of school. They say butterflies are free, so start painting yours.  A dragonfly will do too, or a lady bug, a fly, or any other insects, just get out your paints and fly away! So BUGS count for this month’s blog.

Check out this video, amazing photos of the metamorphosis process. www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000617925202

Past President, Mike Shirk Passes

In the past 51 years, SDWS has benefited from the contributions of so many volunteers and this past week we lost a member who ranks at the top of that list.   Recognized for his multi-faceted service to SDWS that included coordinator of the Paintout system, Membership Chair, Director of the International Exhibition, website master, and President, Mike Shirk was awarded the Society’s highest honor, that of Life Member.  Disabled by a rare crippling disease, Mike proved that making accommodations is a part of life and not a sign of limited ability.

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Sept 7 Fanuel Park. Grand St in PB Left on Fanuel to park. Hint Streets are alphabetical
Sept 14 Alcazar Garden in Balboa. Behind the row of museums across from the Old Globe
Sept 21 Hoyt Park in Rancho Bernardo. Beautiful site. Pearl Rest at 11666 Avena in RB, Site is behind it. Stay for yummy Dim Sum
Sept 28 Spanish Village in Balboa

Saturday Paintout Demo:  Sept. 10

Jami Wright will present us with her wonderful wisdom at Balboa Park. From 9-1 you can  enjoy the day the Wright way.

Directions: I 5/Park Blvd. Use the middle lane to keep left at the fork and follow signs for Park Blvd.  Turn Left onto Park Blvd.  Turn Left onto Presidents Way.  Park closest to Pan American Road and look for my Palate hat!!
The demo starts promptly at 9am with a critique at 12:30pm.  I have a new microphone so you should be able to hear me now!!  Everyone is invited and encouraged to attend.  Its great fun, new friendships and lots of watercolor painting!!  All levels of artists are appreciated.

NO Drop Off = International Exhibition next month

Check the website for special goings on for this annual show. Get your tickets for a fabulous chance to own a gorgeous painting.

FirstFriday- Oct. 7 

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Guest writer, Drew up a story about a Kalt

Drew_Bandish (2)Story by Drew Bandish: “Perhaps our fellow members will enjoy this painting related story.” 

1. Betty not Barbara
As a favor, today I retrieved that award winning portrait painting by San Diego Watercolor Society member artist Diane Kalt – of and bought by Betty Johnsen, one of my dear, longtime student friends in La Mesa. Betty is one of a gang-of-four friends who have attended for more than 15 years.

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I attended the reception for the July 2016 SDWS show, came upon the portrait,
recognized it as Betty (certainly mislabeled as Barbara). I snuck a snapshot. I went home, emailed Diane Kalt, the artist and each of the gang-of-four for opinions. Yes, it was obvious to all that the subject is, in fact, Betty Johnsen. Diane had recently conducted a demo in La Mesa, for the Foothills Art Association where they are all active members. Whilethere, Diane snapped a reference photo of Betty (who is an award winning pastelist. So, too, is Diane Kalt, by the way.)

Anyway, Betty attended the July SDWS show and took the plunge – she purchased the painting. Since it won an award, it had to hang for the entire show.

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2. Coincidentally, a few seasons back, I had a similar ah-ha experience with another Diane Kalt painting. At a First Friday reception, I recognized the subject – guy in a ball cap – as Dennis McCreight, one of my night class group. Dennis had been fishing at Lake Cuyamaca with his grandson. They pulled a record sized bass out of the lake, brought it to the bait shop for photos for the bulletin board and acclaim from the hangers-on. Diane Kalt just happened to be visiting the shop on an excursion to our back country. She asked if she might take some photos, too – mentioning that she likes to paint from them. Dennis was overwhelmed by the moment and failed to mention the Drew Connection.

 

So, at First Friday, there was a fine portrait on display by Diane Kalt (possibly labeled hat man?). I went back to my night class and related my story. ‘That has to be Dennis!’ I have several SDWS members in that class. Upon seeing the image, everyone agreed with my assessment. Dennis (a retired pro baseball player, hence the ball cap – now a novelist; Ain’t No Bum ) visited the show the next day, made the decision and bought it.

All good for Dianne Kalt, too (she has also painted me, by the way – from a public domain photo, some seasons back). I wonder who she has painted, this month?

Thanks Penni, be cool
Drew Bandish (Drew teaches many wonderful classes, you can email him and find out where abandish2@cox.net)

(Experimental Show –
$150 Burridge Cash Award)

Juror: Jennifer Littleton  

REMINDERS:

WEDS. Painters:

Aug 31   PB Crystal Pier.  Foot of Garnet St  It ends at the Pier

Entry Day Saturday, August 27, 2016
10:00am – 4:00pm

First Friday Reception  September 2, 2016
5:00 – 8:00pm
Show Runs

August 31 – September 24, 2016

IMPORTANT REMINDER
A reminder to SDWS members to please pick up your paintings from our September show and storage area by Saturday, September 24th.  The gallery is getting ready for the International Exhibition in October and our crew needs all the room possible for another outstanding show event!  Thanks so much. Susan Hewitt, Member Shows Director

BlogChallenge– table setting

Call for Entries!!!! The 46th Western Federation Show is now open for entires. All current SDWS members may enter up to three paintings for this exhibition.  Entries are due by November 1, 2016.

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Smiles from our FirstFriday Favorites

IMG_0065August brought out the FirstFriday crowds, over 500 people came to see our gallery that was just rated a MUST SEE in San Diego in July!!

Here are the winners of the month- (our wonderful members are all winners)! Some got prizes also and some brought their whole family to the show too. Not to mention members who get their portraits done for free Francine, congrats to- not just for being a “poser” but also for volunteer of the month! She works hard and is always there for our FirstFriday get together’s.

2016 36th International Exhibition Gala and Opportunity Drawing Tickets are available NOW! This year’s Gala promises to be incredible!  Also you can purchase tickets to own this beautiful painting as well:

Bring the Noise by Ananta Mandal

Bring the Noise by Ananta Mandal

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REMINDERS:

Weds. Painters:
Aug 24 Kate Sessions Park. Grand or Garnet to Lamont and right up to the park. Mission Bay and city views
Aug 31 PB Crystal Pier. Foot of Garnet St It ends at the Pier

Drop Off: Aug 27

FirstFriday: Sept 2

BlogChallenge: place settings or dinnerware

 

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Lois brought his whole family down to Point Loma and met up with our good friend and International star, Keiko Tenabe.

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Susan will share her sausy colorful work

IMG_6464Meet Susan Keith: Here are her ANSWERS to the blog questions: 1. Art Background? I was always drawing and painting as a child. My parents encouraged me from an early age by providing all kinds of art supplies. I graduated from San Diego State with a degree in painting and printmaking. I taught all levels of high school art. I was primarily a pastel and acrylic painter until I retired from teaching a few years ago. About 3 years ago I decided that I wanted to pursue an interest in watercolor and have been working at it full time. I am self-taught.Catching the Morning Rays.jpg.

I was always drawing and painting as a child. My parents encouraged me from an early age by providing all kinds of art supplies. I graduated from San Diego State with a degree in painting and printmaking. I taught all levels of high school art. I was primarily a pastel and acrylic painter until I retired from teaching a few years ago. About 3 years ago I decided that I wanted to pursue an interest in watercolor and have been working at it full time. I am self-taught.
A Walk in the Woods.jpg.2. Career Work? High school art teacher, basic art and higher level classes- advanced drawing and painting, advanced placement studio art. I began my career as a professional watercolor artist about 3 years ago, upon retiring from teaching, entering regional and national art shows. I show my watercolors at the Brandon Gallery in Fallbrook and also the San Diego Watercolor Society Gallery. In the past year, my work has been admitted into shows at the National Watercolor Society, California Watercolor Association, Georgia Watercolor Society, and Louisiana Watercolor Society.Susan Keith - For the Love of Jazz
3. Inspires me? My husband and I travel a lot and I take thousands of pictures. So, my travels and simple everyday subjects. I am intrigued and drawn to dramatic light and shadows. Although most of my paintings are still life I love painting all subjects. In most all my paintings have incorporated bright, vivid, color.
IMG_39114. Thought process? I start with the photos that I take looking for interesting subjects, viewpoints, lighting, and something unusual and different. I work from those photographs to create interesting compositions that have drama. I am aware of the elements of art as part of the thought process, line, shape, color, value, space, etc. and also the principles of art balance, movement,etc. I try to incorporate these into my paintings.
5. How attack paintings? After I have created a detailed contour line drawing I spend a considerable time thinking about the subject and studying multiple photos of that subject. I also have a chart of my go to favorite watercolors. From there I decide on a palette and make a chart of the colors I want to use for that particular painting. As a watercolorist, I mostly work from light to dark. A Pear of Blue Plates.jpg. I like to incorporate the background into the subject matter as I am painting with lost and found edges. Sometimes I will start with what I see as the most difficult part of the painting and tackle that first and go from there.
Thank You!  Susan Keith

FirstFriday 16 (25)REMINDERS:

Weds. Painters
Aug 17 NTC at the Gallery. Lots of painting choices. The check out the show
Aug 24 Kate Sessions Park. Grand or Garnet to Lamont and right up to the park. Mission Bay and city views
Aug 31 PB Crystal Pier. Foot of Garnet St It ends at the Pier

Drop Off for show- Aug 27

FirstFriday Sept. 2

BlogChallenge– dinnerware

You too can have a special blog featuring your work. Also, think about volunteering for SDWS this year. You can help out plus meet new people.

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Crowds bring the kids and dog days of summer out to Pt Loma

IMG_0105FirstFridays are great for making toasts to our member’s artwork. The many people who risk their lives trying to get to Liberty Station by 5 come in all shapes and sizes. We had two dogs come and a wheelchair, loads of teens and some small two-footed little ones, even a baby in arms of grandpa painters arms.

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REMINDERS:

WEDS. PAINTERS

Aug 17 NTC at the Gallery. Lots of painting choices. Then check out the show
Aug 24 Kate Sessions Park. Grand or Garnet to Lamont and right up to the park. Mission Bay and city views
Aug 31 PB Crystal Pier. Foot of Garnet St It ends at the Pier

Drop Off: Aug 27

FirstFriday: Sept. 2

AUG 13- Demo Paintout: with Shuang Li demo will be at Bonita Cove Park at 9:00am, Saturday,  Aug 13th. This location is a unique spot for plein air painters: with cool sea breeze from the Mission Bay, we can paint either the calm ocean and beach on the west side, or the exciting amazement Park on the other side.  It should be a really fun outing for everyone,

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Some artist’s have to give up something to get hung up!

FirstFriday 16 (62) Some FirstFridays can be more exciting than others. This past one in July, was particularly special because several of our artists decided to pose as animated as their wFirstFriday 16 (90)ork.

Each gave up something different in their entries for last month’s show. Chuck McPherson gave up his famous blue tape. Charles Held, his nudes, and poor Beverly Berwick, actually gave up food!

These are the warriors of the membership and you too can add your funny face (if you get into the next show.)

 

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REMINDERS:

Weds. Painters

Aug 3 Children’s (Seal Beach} Pool. La Jolla
Aug 10 Laurel St Bridge into Balboa. Park before crossing the bridge
Aug 17 NTC at the Gallery. Lots of painting choices. The check out the show
Aug 24 Kate Sessions Park. Grand or Garnet to Lamont and right up to the park. Mission Bay and city views
Aug 31 PB Crystal Pier. Foot of Garnet St It ends at the Pier

2016 36th International Exhibition Needs Your Support!! Our Exhibition this year, on display during the month of October, is going to be a stellar event, and we need the support of all of our members and friends to make it the best ever.  Join us now by making a donation.  Every amount, large or small, contributes to our success.   Contact Roberta Dyer

August BlogChallenge– Place settings. Pick a place and set up your china or Melamine, traditional or modern, fiesta or feisty- and get to work. I saw a fun painting of a morning breakfast with a folded up newspaper crossword puzzle and pencil and it was a prize winner. Think about all the meals you could produce like that for your dining pleasure (and your artwork too)!

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