Friday, March 12, 2010


After an introduction by Joan Miley,
Sandy Maudlin presented a program of painting with Liquid Acrylics on YUPO. In comparison of the final product with traditional watercolors, the similarities were amazing. Sandy used some of the same techniques as for watercolor, but had the benefit of being able to make changes on the YUPO.
The original sketch on the YUPO paper is shown here, done before the demo started by using a pale blue Derwent Watercolor pencil. Sandy placed emphasis on how important it is to have a good pattern of darks and lights planned ahead of time.
She applied the Fluid Acrylics like watercolor, using washes that were pale, medium value, and dark, as shown here. Both Da Vinci and Golden companies make excellent brands of Fluid Acrylics. She stated that she prefers to use her older watercolor brushes with the acrylics and has several other tools at hand to help her create the painting on the slick YUPO surface.
Her hope was to create the feeling of spring, a walk in a park, but not at all a photographic rendition of a place. She did not use a photo reference for the painting but relied on her intial sketch on the YUPO paper for direction.
The brilliance of colors remain more vivid on YUPO than on watercolor paper because the paint never soaks into the paper. Sandy stated that right now, painting with fluid acrylics on YUPO is her first choice, but she still has a passion for watercolor. She said that whatever it takes to make a good painting is what she is willling to use.
She chose various techniques to apply and remove the paint as she worked. Being able to lift out the existing colors to expose the white paper can be done in several ways. Here Sandy lifts the whites of the bridge using the rubbery edge of a small piece of a shower squeegee. This is done while the acrylics are still wet.

By the aid of the overhead mirror, all could watch the work in progress. When the demo was finished, many expressed surprise at seeing the results up close instead of at a distance in the mirror. The textures were more evident, and the use of the various tools made their obvious mark on the painting. Sandy mentioned that she would work on this later in her studio, too.

Afternoon Painting Session on Yupo
Those who were able stayed for the Painting-on-Yupo-with-Liquid Acrylics lesson, with the materials supplied by Sandy for a cost of $15.
Administrative Meeting
Before the demo, Shirley Knollman (President) opened the meeting

There was no meeting held in January due to weather, and there were no secretary’s minutes from the Feb. meeting. February: Sam Hollingsworth’s talk and demo featured basic design, composition and pictorial development prior to painting. Sam is a graduate of Cincinnati College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning. He led the paint-along after the program, which was about "hands on illustrating." Class fee was $10.

Treasurer, Alice Fossett, collected the yearly dues and the updated information for the directory.

Installation of New Officers for 2010
Shirley Knollman and Eileen Hulsman
Shirley used a wild west theme to set the theme for the Installation of the following persons:
Eileen Hulsman, President
Nancy Wiseley, Program Chair
Carol Fencl, Recording Secretary
Carol Steuer, Assistant to Corresponding Secretary

The club’s retiring officers are Shirley Knollman, President; Rhonda Carpenter, Communications Secretary; Joan Miley, Program Chair; Susan Grogan, Facilities Chair.

Continuing on will be Alice Fossett, Treasurer; Jane Hittinger, Membership attendance; Deb Ward, Membership Records; Sharen Roeder, Publicity and Scholarship; Sandy Maudlin, Blog Manager.

Art Shows and News

Shirley announced that we will have our show in the fall at Evergreen again. It will be about Nov. Joan Ammerman, Carolyn Gestland, and Ginny Mooney volunteered to co-chair this event.
Ohio Watercolor Society in Canton OH. Show deadline is April 26.
Marlene Steele – classes to be held at Evendale April and May.
Bethesda North Outpatient Imaging and the Mary Jo Cropper Family Center for Breast Care present the 2nd Annual Juried Exhibition with a May 15 deadline and opening in September.
Butterfly Show at the Krohn Conservatory. Cincinnati Art Club members have invited members of the GCWS to enter pictures of butterflies to be sold the first weekend of June, with 10% going to the Krohn Conservatory. There will also be an exhibit of Japanese tea bowls.
Cincinnati Art Club will have an Associates member show here on March 12.
Dot Burdin of the Queen City Art Club announced the Fine Art at Twin Lakes show, with an opening Reception on Sunday March 7.
The Montgomery Woman’s Club is inviting artists to participate in their Annual Montgomery Antiques and Art Show and Sale to be held at Sycamore High School the weekend of March 19.
The Women’s Club in Mariemont will present a juried show. Their 'drop in and paint' time is on Tuesday from 10 – 3, with a $5 donation from non-members.
Cards were passed around to be signed for Mary Marxen and Wynne Bittlinger.

Looking ahead to Future Programs

April: Marilyn Bishop will give us a peek into her watercolor monotype-printmaking process. You will be able to do this without a press by using regular tools for brayers to transfer your print to your paper. The meeting will be on April 7.

Critique Session

Sandy critiqued several pieces from members after her demonstration.

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