June 19, 2017

And here is Linda Kemp demonstrating her underglazing technique!


Here's a little information on dry brush technique.


June 15, 2017

Here's a nice change of pace:
It seems we have a bit of extra cash in our pocket and it's burning a hole. It has been suggested that we add to our DVD collection from time to time, and here is a really good example:


Why don't you take a look and let me know what you think, whether by email: sandywatercolorinfo@gmail.com
 or at the Center when we're together.


June 13, 2017

Third Thursday is cancelled for June.

Due to an overwhelming lack of response to our suggested "show and tell" night,
we will cancel this week's Thursday evening meeting. Thank you.

June 10, 2017

How about this:
Since we don't have a planned demo for Third Thursday, June 15, a member has suggested that we have a show-and-tell night instead. Bring one or two of your paintings and let us have a look at what you've been up to. Please contact karla; sandywatercolorinfo@gmail.com if you plan to participate, or if you prefer not to, either way.

June 7, 2017

On Thursday, June 8 at SSC Studio time: 1:00-3:30
we will paint along with Lian  Quan Zhen to try to make our own
representation of his "Frogs in a Pond" painting via DVD. 

You might wish to prepare your sketch ahead of time; all you really need is a frog or two, placed wherever you choose for your focal point. The rest is poured/blown/negative painted. It's a challenge, but a fun learning experience. Your choice of paper, and you really only need three colors in small cups as pictured above. It will be fun! You might like to bring a layer of newspaper on which to work, facilitating quick clean-up. 



This Saturday, June 10 @ Sego Lily Gardens in Sandy.

Registration 9:00 a.m.
Demonstration: 9:00-9:30 a.m.
Painting: 9:30a.m.-12:30p.m.

Adult Registration: $10
Youth (12-18) & Disabled registration: $5
Cash prizes and other awards
Selected pieces put on display.

Produced by the Sandy (City) Visual Art Show Committee (Not Sandy Watercolor Guild)

June 3, 2017

Dean Mitchell is the artist mentioned by Lester Lee at the workshop today. Have a look! Wow.


Dean Mitchell has been called the "modern day Vermeer." http://www.greenwichworkshop.com/mitchell/

June 1, 2017

Today at SSC we'll be viewing and painting along if you wish, with Lian Zhen Chen's "Frogs" DVD. 1:00-3:30 

May 31, 2017

Well, then! Does anyone want to buy a brush bonanza? 40 brushes for $40. Random assortment.


May 30, 2017

Here's a bit of fun from Daniel Smith; mixing nice greens using Quinacridone Gold and various blues.

Remember this Saturday is Lester Lee's workshop!

May 28, 2017

Remember Lester Lee watercolor workshop is Saturday, June 3 at the Sandy Senior Center. We'll have doors open by 9:00 and finish up around 3:30. Bring a lunch or plan for a quick trip out to fast food nearby. He will be doing small format: 5x7/8x10 so you can plan accordingly for supplies.

May 17, 2017

WOW wow. Look at this one!


A lovely monochrome drawing/painting of a swan and its reflection:


May 15, 2017


Remember our Thursday evening demo has been moved to May 25. John Fackrell will demonstrate painting on Yupo paper. 5:30 at Sandy Senior Center. Free and open to the public!
Join us!

May 13, 2017

Thursday, May 18:
SWG will provide DVDs or YouTube watercolor tutorials. Jane Kennedy will facilitate in my absence, (Thanks, Jane!) but it would be helpful if you have a favorite artist or video to share and watch together. Your choice to paint, sketch or just watch.

Also this, from Artists Hub, suggestions for more interesting landscapeshttp://view.artists-hub.com/?j=fecb1d747667047c&m=fea615737566057d77&ls=fdea157471620c7e7c1c7473&l=fecd15717262057f&s=fe24167577630c7b721773&jb=ff8e1d78&ju=fe5610757d6303757415&et_mid=943301&rid=252786733&utm_source=emedia_blast&utm_campaign=arn-dfi-hs-170513-B&utm_content=943301_SHP_ARN170513B&utm_medium=email&r=0:

Thanks, and keep those brushes wet!

May 11, 2017

A word of encouragement from Jean Haines:

May 8, 2017

Some tidbits:

On Thursday, May 11, we will investigate a new addition to our watercolor library: painting evening light. 1-3:30, Sandy Senior Center. free

CALL FOR ENTRIES! Short notice, but the Diocese has a great offer for area artists: show and sell your art here. But the entries need to be ready to go this coming Saturday, May 13 in order to make the deadline.

From May 16 to June 13, 2017, the Catholic Diocese of Salt Lake City, Commission for People with Disabilities, is hosting the "St. Dymphna Art Exhibition." This exhibition will feature artists who live with a mental illness, and those who support them in their journeys. This exhibit is in observance of the feast of Saint Dymphna, patron saint to individuals with mental illness. The goal of this exhibit is to highlight the gifts these artists bring to the community, and to combat the stigma of psychiatric disabilities. Artists interested in participating in the juried exhibit do the following: 1. Bring up to three pieces to the Magdalene Religious Goods and Coffee store on 836 E. 3300 S. by this Saturday, May 13 from 10 AM to 6 PM. 2. Bring in prices, name of pictures, along with your name and type of art i.e. watercolor, mixed media, etc.  Proceeds from sales go 100% to the artist. (but maybe a bit of a donation would be a nice idea)
3. Bring in a statement about your support of mental illness and/or your personal experience with it. State it in a positive way. An attached picture never hurts. Even a statement about your art is acceptable.
Finally, your pieces do not need to be religious.
Also if you have any questions, call Jacque Smithe at 801-214-4237

May 2, 2017

And here is a DRAWING COMPETITION. You know who you are!

SWG has plenty of candidates for this artists' submission due May 22!
Artists Hub Magazine:
Forge a successful career in the art industry and give your best artwork the chance to be celebrated by your peers and idols. An entry in The Artist's Magazine's Annual Art Competition could lead to all of this and more—including $2,500 in cash and a feature in The Artist's Magazine!  


May 1, 2017

Look! Who doesn't love free stuff?
Doodling pages from Chicago Press.

On Thursday, May 4, we will investigate two new DVD additions to our watercolor library: painting water and painting evening light. 1-3:30, Sandy Senior Center. Free and open to the public.

*ALSO THIS, PLEASE. If you are a regular (or even irregular) visitor to our classes, Sandy Senior Center would appreciate it if you would stop by the front desk and enroll. It's free, only takes a couple of minutes, and it means job security for a few folks, and we get to keep using this great facility. They are so gracious about this, let's please help them out. Thanks.

April 28, 2017

Here's a joyful reminder:
Tomorrow, April 29 is the long-awaited workshop with Ian Ramsay.
Doors at the Center will open at 9 a.m. and we will plan to begin at 9:30 sharp.

Have your palette, your drawing 11x15 on good paper on a sturdy board, all of your regular gear,
perhaps a lunch, definitely something to keep you hydrated,
and if you wish, bring a somewhat healthy snack to share.
(I'll leave that definition up to you!) 😉

April 27, 2017

Someone asked where to find photos that are not copyrighted, (aside from the stacks we all seem to accumulate?)
Here is a free, easy and legal resource:


If you haven't already, you might want to subscribe to 15Bytes, the Artists of Utah website. You'll find interviews, reviews, announcements of gallery openings; all sorts of good information.

Here is some really good advice from John Hughes, about getting the 'fine' back into our fine arts.


will present a VERY accomplished watercolor artist, Janet Rogers, who will present at the
UWS meeting on Tuesday, May 2. You won't want to miss this, and
UWS is always welcoming to visitors. Here are the particulars:

April 26, 2017


Due to a scheduling conflict, we have moved  MAY'S Third Thursday meeting to the fourth Thursday, May 25. John Fackrell will do a Yupo demonstration for us.
We'll meet at Sandy Senior Center as usual,
and begin at 5:30. This will be a demo, not a paint-along due to time constraints.

April 24, 2017

Here is a wonderful find for those of us who are unsure of the temperature of some of our random pigments! Thanks to Birgit O'Connor for this list:

And here is an offering from Mary Gilkerson on composition:

Book Bub presents free e-books for download. Here's one on drawing:


April 21, 2017

Giant thanks to Maura Naughton for an engaging talk last night about having a vision of what we want to paint, setting goals and completing our work. How do we know when it's done? Stop when you think you're about 90% done; walk away, come back later, and see if you really need to add anything else. Better to leave it than to overwork it. Good advice!

And here is a free offer for the next 4 days: free videos to watch at Artists Hub.

April 20, 2017



April 19, 2017

Third Thursday tomorrow, kids!
Marie Naughton will talk to us about 'finishing our paintings.'
We'll start at 5:30 sharp!

April 16, 2017

AND NOW THIS! So much painting, so little time:
a free online course with Johannes Vloorhuis, to be streamed April 26.

Have a look and get registered for this FREEBIE.

April 15, 2017


How about some cherry blossoms?

Here's a very nice demo on painting 'white' flowers.

April 11, 2017

Call for submissions!

Show off your best artwork at The Artist Magazine annual competition. Here's how.


April 10, 2017


Fuzzy little bird demo:


April 1, 2017

Here's an interesting take on figure painting:


And this, on not limiting yourself:


March 28, 2017

Here's a little suggestion from the Artists Network site:


March 26, 2017


     Please come prepared to the workshop, with your drawing carefully laid out on a piece of watercolor paper to the size of 11” x 15” or larger.  Use good quality W.C. paper (Arches or Fabriano); 140 or 300 pound, either cold press or rough.  The paper should be secured to a firm board with tape, staples or both.

     You will need a variety of good quality brushes, large and small, for washes and details respectively.  Also, bring along a stiff bristle oil painting ‘Fan’ brush for some special techniques.


Here is Ian's materials list for April 29.

   As to paints, a wide variety of colors can be used and adapted to our needs.  I will be using, specifically:  yellow ochre, hansa yellow, raw sienna, burnt sienna, burnt umber, cadmium red, quinacridone rose, deep scarlet, sap green, cobalt blue, ultramarine blue and thalo green (blue shade).  I also use other colors, but more than enough can be done with those enumerated.  In addition to these watercolors, you will need a white gouache…preferably permanent white.

Chinese white watercolor would also be acceptable.

     Please bring along a good natural sponge for softening and correcting mistakes.  Yes, we can fix a watercolor painting!  We all make mistakes and I will show you how to deal with them.

     Be prepared to relax and have fun.  This won’t be the Spanish inquisition…  Ian.

March 23, 2017


Third Thursday April 20: Plein Aire painting by Marie Naughton;
5:30-8:00 p.m. Free

Saturday, April 29, Ian Ramsay workshop (closed)

Third Thursday May 18
John Fackrell will host a paint-along! 5:30-8:00 p.m.
Bring your paint kit. Free

Saturday, June 3: Lester Lee will conduct an all-day workshop. Sign up soon to save your seat for this popular class.
Payments ($45 for members, $65 for non-members) can be sent to Sandy Senior Center 9310 So. 1300 East Sandy 84094
in care of Karla Nye/ SWG

Continuing: Mondays in the studio 1:00-3:30 Open workshop.Free.
Thursdays in the café: DVD and YouTube demos/paint alongs.Free
Please enroll with Sandy Senior Center to gain entrance to our activities. It's free and easy.

March 22, 2017

Tomorrow, March 23, is our last class in this series with Tom Howard. Please bring your sketches and paintings from this class to share and critique; also, remember to bring your own still life articles to set up.

March 19, 2017

LOOK! What a bounty of Chinese art through the ages:



With thanks to Eiko Anderson for her wonderful demonstration on Thursday!

Here's some nice news:
Our friend, Janine Hutchinson, has had 3 of her photographs (she is multi-talented, to be sure) juried in to the Red Butte Art Show beginning April 1. Here is the link for more information:

Congratulations, Janine!

March 14, 2017

People have asked about Colleen Reynolds' next online workshop. It's next Mon-Wed, Mar. 20-22 at 9 a.m. live, repeating in the evening. Here are the details, but you'll need to get ON IT, since registration is required in advance, even though it's free. 


Also, here's a discount in case you want to buy a download.  (not a DVD)
Just wanted to let you know that today is the last day you can use our CELEBRATE gift card for $30 off your purchase at Curious Mondo. So hop on over to our website to check it out:
To use this $30 gift card choose a course and just type the code during checkout: CELEBRATE.

March 10, 2017

My notes from Tom Howard Drawing Vocabulary March 2, 2017 ( I hope I have this right!)

Tom Howard March 2017 SWG

Perspective=2d representation of 3d object =correct angles

Gesture drawing: capture angles by using your hand at arm’s length, elbow locked, using your pen, hand,  or brush to carry the angle to your paper.

Point of comparison: compare 2 elements in the scene. Key intersecting points, verticals and horizontals. This helps with position and scale.

Positive space is the object

Negative spaces= shapes around the object (around the positive spaces)

Exercise: drawing everything around the object EXCEPT the object and make it appear. (he does this with his college class, encouraged us to try it. Start simple!! 😃

Perspective=2d representation of 3d object =correct angles

Shading vocabulary:

  1. Highlight: white of the paper or lightest color
  2. Half-tones: all the shades that are not highlight nor shadow
  3. Core shadow: The darkest part of the shaded object
  4. Cast shadow: the dark-to-lighter shadow of the object on a surface
  5. Ambient light: ‘wandering photons’ that make little appearances here and there
  6. Reflected light: on the object, within the core shadow
  7. Reflected cast shadow: an extra layer of shadowing where the object meets its shadow
  8. Refracted light=bent light: “prenumbria”  occurs at the farthest edge of the shadow where the sharp edges of the shadow become softer
  9. Mirror image=paler perfect copy of the object; just as long as the object is high, just as wide as is the object on a shiny surface.
Homework: sketch something EVERY DAY.

March 9, 2017

Paige Kimball's workshop has been moved to

Saturday, March 25. Time and place remain the same:
Sandy Senior Center, 9310 So. 1300 E. Sandy Ut 84094

Here is what you'll need for that exciting day!

 ****(bring a lunch, and if you wish, a snack to share.) ****

Come with 2 faces drawn in pencil-media lead, on good quality watercolor paper (at least 140b, cold press, at least 11 x 14, with reference photos. Please no ‘posed’ shots—candid shots with some sense of emotion or story are best, and head or head and shoulders only.  Be thinking about the MOOD you would like the portrait to convey AND whether you prefer a warm or cool pallet for the painting(s).  You will also need a tilted surface/table easel, thick kitchen sponge and paper towels, paints (including yellow ochre, alizarin crimson, ultramarine, cobalt, cerullean, burnt sienna, a deep brown and a deep cool like indigo or shadow violet or neutral tint) and a variety of brush sizes with good tips-important to bring one large ‘juicy’ brush that holds a lot of water and one small brush with a good point for details!

March 7, 2017

Sad/Exciting news from Colleen Reynolds. What will we do without her? The SLC art scene will have a Colleen-shaped hole in it.
Here's her message:

Please change your records to reflect my email address as 


My family and I are moving to Carson City, Nevada at the end of this month! 

Unfortunately, our current Internet provider does not service Nevada, so I have to close out my longstanding email address colleencrbe@q.com. 

Class enrollment for Ian Ramsay's class in April has been closed.  A drawing for the exercise will be shared soon with those who are enrolled. Thank you!