Tuesday, August 12, 2008


Administration Reports
Shirley Knollman
opened the meeting with this quote from the book, Art and Fear:

“A tolerance for uncertainty is the prerequisite to succeeding.”

Mary Jane Noe (Membership) introduced our two guests, Dee Bathiany and Kay Summe.

Carol Rekow (Treasurer) reported our current balance, after payment of rent (our biggest expense), is $7,713.68.

Other Business

Kay Worz said she has only received one registration form for the Sharon Woods show. She received one more today. If more members don’t participate, it may be a very small show, indeed! We only have one more meeting before the September 20-28 show.

Shirley asked that we all think about volunteering or nominating someone for the positions of Treasurer and Membership Chair which will become vacant after this year. She also asked us to check our Guidelines and Bylaws book to see how we are going to break up the Membership Chair duties for the future. (There will be two membership chairs, with one person doing the top four job duties and the second person doing the next four job duties.)

Art Shows/Workshops

Kay mentioned the upcoming Mike McGuire workshop at the Cincinnati Art Club. Mike will be teaching August 16-17 from 10am – 4 pm and the cost is $135 for non-members, $115 for members.

Kay also noted that Zaum Gallery offers discount framing for all artists. She placed cards in the back for anyone to pick up. The gallery is on Monmouth Street in Newport, KY.

Howard Krauss reported that Tom Lynch will be coming to Oxford, OH to teach a 4-day workshop in June 2009. The cost will be about $500 per person. Ask Howard for more information if you are interested in signing up for this.

Sam Hollingsworth put out fliers for his fall watercolor classes at Baker-Hunt and said he is thinking about having a workshop in January 2009 on the artistic process. The workshop will be possibly January 6-8 and will be at the Cincinnati Art Club. (And thanks, Sam, for bringing the free books – they all found good homes.)

Marilyn Bishop also put fliers out for the watercolor class she teaches at Mt. Washington. She reminded us that Stephanie Rayner, a printmaker, is having a workshop in Dayton, OH in October. The workshop will be 5 days for $475 and Marilyn said we can stay at the Retreat Center there in Dayton, if we wish. Marilyn and Jo Hogan have both taken workshops from Stephanie and highly recommend her (Marilyn has already signed up for this workshop so maybe you want to buddy up with her and travel together?)

Critique Session

Due to the length of the DVD/paint-along program today, there was no critique session.

Next Meetings Scheduled

September: We’ll have our annual flea market of art, as well as guests from Prince Art and from Maple Knoll Village. Bring any art supplies or art related materials to sell. Also, please bring dollars so you can make change, if needed.

October: Lou Austerman will be our guest artist/speaker.

November: Nancy Neville will be our guest artist/speaker.

December: Right now, December’s meeting agenda is open for suggestions. Members may be tired of creating holiday cards. If you have any suggestions for something to do as a group in December, let Shirley or Joanie know.

Guest Speaker/Artist = Virtual Workshop

The DVD, projector and screen were up when we entered the building this morning, and tables were set facing the screen (thanks Marilyn Bishop and Les Miley) for our first “virtual workshop.” George James’ DVD, “Mastering Yupo,” from CREATIVE CATALYST, was the feature demo/paint along. Each member received one 11” x 14” sheet of yupo and set up their stations. Then Marilyn distributed a typed outline showing us what George was doing at each step and where we would stop the DVD to paint along. This was a great help as you followed along – and a great reminder members could take home.
It was an interesting and very informative DVD, especially for those who are unfamiliar with yupo and what you can do with it. George showed us how you can draw on yupo with either watercolor pencil or just thicker watercolor paints. He says he makes his marks both ways and reminded us that you cannot use an eraser on yupo or it damages the paper.

George first demonstrated a variegated wash, letting the paints run and blend without brushing them together (his paper was on a board that was slightly tilted to help the paint/water mix run). He demonstrated a smooth wash, putting down the pigment and using the small paint roller to blend and “burnish” the colors.

He taught us when to paint with a very wet brush, when to use a moist brush and when to use a brush that is just slightly damp.

He used tissues to control just applied paint, to wipe off drying paint, and to lay over paint just applied to create a “ghosting” effect. (When you roll your paint roller over the tissue that is laid down over the paint, it lifts and helps lighten the paint underneath.)

For his darks, George used a mixture of Alizarin Crimson, French Ultramarine Blue and a Bit of Phthalocyanine Green. He got a very dark “black” without using black paint. He said he likes to use the darkest paint to get a unique look: he puts the dark paint on fairly thickly, then when that has dried a bit, he paints over it with a slightly damp brush (not wet), to “cut in shapes.” Then he takes a tissue, lays that over the section and rolls over that with the paint roller. When he did this, he got a painted area that looked like a woodcut or a print.

George used the tissues and the paint roller to smooth areas, to lift areas, and to just lighten areas. He also showed how you can glaze over color on yupo – something most people think you cannot do. Basically, he waited for the underpainting to dry and then just lightly brushed another color on top of it. The trick is not to keep brushing and go over that underpainting again and again but brush it just enough to cover the paint underneath without agitating it.

Speaking of agitation, George stressed that it is agitation and water that takes the paint off yupo. Agitation can mean brushing over a dried area, rolling over it with the paint roller, spraying it with a mist of water or with large drops of water and then lifting with a tissue – so many ways you can work to get so many looks with yupo! He even uses stamps pressed into paint and then onto the yupo and paints through stencils.

I think some members might try more of these techniques at home. Afterall, unless you used strong staining pigments, you can wash off everything you did today and start over!

Our thanks to Marilyn Bishop for her skillful organization that made this a great virtual workshop! And remember, any DVD shown at a meeting has been purchased for the group and members may check them out. Just sign the sheet in the cabinet in the kitchen and take it home to view. Please return them at the next meeting so others get a chance to check them out, too.