Cold Press Garden State Watercolor Society Newsletter ~ Spring, 2018

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2017 Members Exhibition Recap

"Goin' Fishin" by Marie Natale

Fun was had by all in attendance at the Gallery Walk and Talk at the Members Exhibition held at Middletown Arts Center, Middletown, NJ, on December 3, 2017. Tess Fields, GSWS President, and Joanne Amantea, Treasurer, alternated their discussion while relaying answers to scripted questions asked of the show's winning artists. While quoting them, Tess and Joanne led the group through the main gallery of watermedia, and then through the hall gallery for non-watermedia: oils, alcohol inks, pastels, collage, and graphite drawings. This is the first show to allow 64 of our artists this level of versatility, with 92 works submitted; it was a popular endeavor for participants and popular event for visitors as well. See www.gswcs.com to review the award winners.

On January 7, Marie Natale did a wonderful demo on figure painting in the theater. Marie included audience participation and it was a fabulous way to discuss what was learned, as well as to pass around her figure-painting samples for a clearer understanding of her vibrant work. The purpose of the demo was to simplify and take the fear out of figure painting. www.marienatale.com/

2018 Members’ Exhibition at Middletown

"Overflow" by Joanne Amantea

The 2018 Members’ Exhibition is coming quickly to the Middletown Arts Center, Middletown, New Jersey. GSWS had it in the fall last year, but we switched back the show order for this year. So let's get excited! Another great show is planned, with lots of talent and $3000 in cash and prizes. We will have traditional water-based media for both Signature and Associate Members in the main gallery as well as non-watermedia in the hall gallery as in 2017. Digital entry through EntryThingy is online and ongoing. . . Submissions are open until April 30. Receiving is May 30. Reception will be June 3. Save those dates! Gallery Walk will be June 14, 1:00-3:00pm. There will be a workshop; see below article on Members Teach Members. There will be an Artist Demo with Isabella Pizzano on June 30, 12:30-2:00pm, followed by pickup of unsold works. See www.gswcs.com for more information and to download the prospectus PDF.

Copyright Issues for Artists

It is important for us to develop good practices that help us evolve as artists. I cannot stress enough the importance of using our own source materials to create our paintings. In the last few years, GSWS has been quite relaxed in accepting pieces for exhibition that push these boundaries. While we don’t want to be the copyright police I think it’s important that we move in the proper direction. Please take a look at this interesting article about copyright issues for artists that I found online. https://www.thoughtco.com/copyright-for-artists-1122610. Also, please read GSWS’s exhibit rules that are outlined in each prospectus. When in doubt, you can contact the exhibit chair. -- Tess Fields, GSWS President

Members Teach Members: Getting a Head Start With Color

"Petunia" by Aida Birritteri

Aida Birritteri, GSWS Workshop Chair, held a one day watercolor workshop on February 18 at the High Bridge Fire Department Fire Hall in Hunterdon County, New Jersey. It was the first in a series of Members Teach Members workshops that GSWS would like to hold this year. Limited to 15 artists, her workshop Getting a Head Start with Color was quickly sold out. Aida demonstrated skills in color mixing, glazing, and color palette development. A second workshop was snowed out, then rescheduled for April 8, and was another success. Judy Hummer, GSWS Exhibition Chair, had also done a workshop on Painting with Yupo Paper in December, 2017, at Middletown Arts Center, Middletown, New Jersey. To see more of Aida's or Judy's work, visit www.aidawatercolors.com and www.judithhummer.com. As part of our Members Teach Members series, an Intuitive Paper Collage Workshop is scheduled for June 14 from 2-4pm, at Middletown, with Joanne Amantea https://joanneamantea.com/ and Judy Hummer.

GSWS is in search of other self-sufficient members to volunteer to hold the next workshop with advice from Aida. Responsibilities include: obtaining a location, emailing members and registering them, collecting funds on behalf of GSWS, recordkeeping of those in attendance and relaying the info to Aida and the GSWS president. Instruction can be provided on setting up the space, and how to set up the mirror, camera and projection screen beforehand. Then, of course, there's the painting demonstration. GSWS' aim is to keep things simple. We would need the volunteer to be responsible for pickup and return of equipment and funds received. This is a bit of work, but also an opportunity to gain valuable experience for someone or a team seriously interested. Contact Aida at aida2paint@gmail.com.

April is National Volunteer Month

Art for Good

As artists we have the opportunity to make and share our art for a good cause. April is National Volunteer Month, a good time to find ways to pay it forward by volunteering and donating. You can donate a painting to various fundraisers, such as school PTA, scholarship dinners or other fundraising events that offer gift baskets and auctions. It is a creative method to clear out older paintings, incentive to paint new art and help a worthy nonprofit organization. If you give regularly to a specific fundraising event, your donations are sought out and result in acquiring new fans of your work. We all have some paintings that are stored away, and once matted and framed, become a prized possession to a lucky recipient.

Another way to help in your community is to volunteer. Teach children art, spend some quality time giving demos, instruct at a nursing home or senior housing, or volunteer at local art events. A link to Volunteer Match (choose an area near you) https://www.volunteermatch.org/. Art All Night Trenton is a 24-hour event (free to submit and free to attend) that draws thousands of art enthusiasts on June 16-17. Always in need of volunteers in shifts of several hours each, it is the place to be for art and music in June. Many well known artists drop in. (I have witnessed one paint on site in the middle of the night!) See www.artallnighttrenton.org/ and click on the tabs at top to Submit Your Art or Volunteer. -- C. Sue Beym

“The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.” -- Pablo Picasso

Member News

GSWS members who wish to publish their exhibition news (one line, please) should email newsatgswcs@gmail.com a month before the next issue. Clara Sue Beym and Margaret Simpson will publish Cold Press seasonally as an online link via the Adobe Spark app. Short articles are also welcome. Several samples are below. Note: The editors and president reserve the right to edit copy. The next issue will be this summer, so send in your recent exhibition news!

Mike Scherfen’s watercolor “Fontana del Pantheon” is showing at the American Watercolor Society’s 151st Annual International Exhibition held in the historic Salmagundi Club in New York, New York, through April 28, 2018.

Clara Sue Beym exhibited four landscape watercolors at Long Beach Island Foundation of Arts and Sciences Planescape and Plein Air exhibit in conjunction with Pine Shores Art Association.

Margaret Simpson's watercolor painting, "Opalescent Unveiling," was juried into the Abstractions exhibit at West Windsor Arts Center in Princeton Junction, NJ.

Tips for Artists from Artists

In Mario Andres Robinson's book, Lessons in Realistic Watercolor, he suggests we visit www.artistsnetwork.com and type "How to Photograph a Painting, Step by Step" in the search bar. You'll find photographer Ric Deliantoni, who shoots professionally for The Artist's Magazine, has tips for you. And Mario's book offers wonderful guidance in portrait painting.

"How to Prepare Your Digital Image for Watercolor Exhibitions Entry," by Linda Doll is listed at https://nationalwatercolorsociety.org/page-1770845. You can view the digital image prep video, which uses the Adobe Elements program.


Members may submit their questions on watercolor painting to Joanne Amantea. Joanne will publish an article with answers to those questions in each issue. www.gswcs.com/contact-us.html.

Discounts at American Frame

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To Be Successful

1. Focus – Keep acquiring new skills for professional growth.

2. Be ambitious – Network/socialize for success.

3. Stay motivated – Seek inspiration!

4. Utilize Emotions – Try to understand your emotions and your viewers, then channel it in your art.

5. Persevere – Consider setbacks as stepping stones; work at your art often.

6. Be courageous – Take risks for greater gains.

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