our February meeting we featured something special....a tag team
watercolor demonstration by two of Ohio’s premiere watercolor
artists, Cathy Welner and Bob Moyer. These well known and very
popular artists attracted a large number of people to our meeting
and the good weather helped, too. For the middle of winter,
the forces of the elements graced us with a sunny, warm day and most
of the snow melted! We had 18 guests and 24 members in
attendance....three guests became members! We thank both Cathy
and Bob for a fun evening of art.
The 40+ attendees circled
around Bob and Cathy to watch their demonstration. We were
intrigued to learn what was meant by ‘tag team’. Bob started
first. He had pre-sketched a bouquet of flowers, mostly roses,
on the diagonal, on Strathmore 140 lb. cold press paper.
Starting on dry paper in the upper left corner, Bob brushed colors
of rose, then yellow, blue and green, letting them merge together on
the paper. His painting style is very loose and wet. He
actually moved the colors around even more while using the blow
dryer. We just watched the magic happen!
We could tell that Cathy was
getting concerned, when she said “I have to figure out what to do
with this!” They both admitted to doing a lot of squinting and
both agreed it works best if you have a large drink....wine,
preferred. Cathy went next. She paints more dry brush,
adding negative shapes and detailing the roses like a pinwheel.
She likes using her favorite round brush, called Dreamcatchers from
Cheap Joe’s, because it comes to a sharp point. Cathy broke up
the dark green color by adding several white, yellow centered
daisies, using a product called ‘Dr. Ph. Martin’s bleedproof white’.
Cathy and Bob worked back and
forth several more times before they considered the painting
complete. When asked how he does it, Bob quipped “I pray a
lot”. They both agree that composition, complementary colors,
and negative space are the key things to remember. Their
bantering back and forth was very entertaining. Bob said their
combined age was 280 and he was 80! “Really, Bob!”...more like
177! We thank them for donating the finished painting to the
club, which we plan to raffle at our Spring Library Show....make
sure to buy a ticket! We also plan on offering a “Bob & Cathy”
watercolor workshop in October, 2017.
The theme for the evenings
refreshments was ‘A Night at the Movies’ in honor of the upcoming
Oscars. We thank our hosts, Deb Kramarz and Linda McGreevy for
the assortment of movie goodies...variety of popcorn, candies, pop,
plus a healthy choice of oranges, veggies and garlic hummus dip.
Did you cast your vote for the Oscar winners? If you did, your
ballot was taken to the Euclid Library and added to others, for a
chance to win a big basket of goodies.