February 23, 2018

In case you were wondering: 


February 13, 2018

Alicia Schilder has a fun day planned for us on Feb. 22 (Thursday afternoon)

We're calling it "Dynamic Recycling" because we'll be using old paintings in a new way instead of pitching them.

Here is my list of things that participants should bring:

  • 2 old paintings of similar size and color; subject matter can be similar or different, OR…if you can’t find your own to recycle, use mine! I have about 20 sets to choose from.
  • Med to large scissors
  • Bib apron or wear old clothes—this process can be messy
  • Old paintbrush  ¼” or so for spreading glue
  • 12” or longer ruler
  • Simple watercolor set and med brush or 2, for touch-ups to finished picture
  • pencil

I will supply:

  • matte medium
  • tacky glue
  • glue cups
  • a few flat boards for pressing glued surfaces (we’ll use magazines for the rest)
  • wax paper for protecting magazines from glue
  • approx.. 20 sets of pictures if participants want to use mine
  • vinyl gloves

February 12, 2018

Helpful drawing materials and 101 free ideas for drawing help from Phil at Arttutor today: 


Busy week ahead for the SWG: Third Thursday afternoon Feb. 15: we'll preview some YouTube painting tutorials and make some purchasing decisions. That same night, Thursday evening beginning at 5:30, Elena Lawrence will present some lovely art and suggestions for successful negative painting. 

On Saturday, John Fackrell will guide us in painting snow scenes. Doors open at 9 a.m., we'll begin at 9:30. Bring your lunch and a snack to share if you like. 

A giant thanks to Kelly Dubuque who has offered to take over library duties.  She'll be the one to see to check books in and out. We have a few books that have been out there for a while now. Please check your shelves and your bags and bring back the ones you're finished with. Thanks. See you Thursday! 


Here's a nice bit of color history:

February 9, 2018

Elena Lawrence

Our presenter for February Third Thursday (Thursday, Feb. 15, 5:30-7:30 at SSC) will be Elena Lawrence:

She will discuss 'negative painting' among other things. See you there!

Elena Lawrence

Artist Statement

Niches--Fall 2017

I used to go to the art supply store and head straight for the watercolor section. I was content in learning and using one medium. Watercolor travels easily with me on my outings and can also be more serious in the studio. This was my niche. This world then changed when I began learning new techniques and breaking the rules I had known. I now have a studio where there is space dedicated to watercolor, an easel for oil painting, bins with acrylic and a table for encaustic. I have spray paint, inks, sandpaper, and collections of different papers for mixed media. I’m no longer content with just one way to create art. I can’t stay with one medium for very long and I try different combinations with almost every new panel. Many artists are known for their one type of look and their use of their brushstrokes, color, and theme. But the more I explore, the more I realize there is more than one way to be an artist.

Since my childhood I’ve been drawn to trees and capturing the landscape. My favorite place to run away to was the high tree branches where I could look down at the world and watch from a hiding place. It was quiet and I was safe. With all the new technology taking up all our time, I need a place to run away to again, as an adult. I would rather be exploring on a beach, walking on a trail, or where life is simpler and the air is clean. Along with landscapes I’ve also loved drawing, painting portraits, still life, and abstract. Some have asked, “What’s your favorite?” and I reply, “Whichever is currently on my easel”. Some days I’m in the mood for a nice, tranquil watercolor and other days I want to go crazy and make a mess. I love to create. It’s my new escape.

Each of my projects has a different feel, each medium has their day. This is how I found my Niches.

February 6, 2018

On Sketchbooks:

And this: 
More about Virginia's composition workshop: 
Be thinking about the organizational format you want to use for your composition workbook: In sheet protectors in a binder? Small ring-bound book? Index cards on a D-ring? Something else? The composition workshop materials will lend themselves to almost any organizational format that works for you. 

Brenda Brunello has had to cancel our Third Thursday presentation in APRIL.
This seems like a great chance for us to use an extended afternoon to create a composition sketchbook/workbook/collection with Virginia's guidance. I mentioned before that if you have collected some images you want to paint, or just find inspiring, you can use those. I have a number of thumbnail images I've scavenged and will share on a printed sheet so we can cut and paste, creating our own collection of composition strategies that make sense in our own work. 
On sketching:
If you watched the Mary Gilkerson video this week, she also recommends making a 'notan,' a values sketch using a soft pencil to describe the 5 or so tones that should underlie any painting. 

and this: 
FEB 22, Thursday afternoon: Alicia Schilder will share a fun creation she's used before, using two paintings to make a new painting. It involves cutting one painting into strips and incorporating them onto the other painting to create a whole new look. She'll describe it better than I can, but meantime, look through your old work (we all have THAT, don't we?), find two of similar size and content, and think about whether you can use them as described above to make a third 'collage painting.' The cut strips can be glued on horizontally or vertically and this makes quite a statement. We'll need scissors, aprons and your old paintings for a start. Alicia says she already has 23 pairs of paintings that she would love to part with for your use! If you don't have 2 paintings to part with, Alicia can provide. So, more info as it develops. We'll try to make everything else available for you. 

February 5, 2018

By now, all of John's paid attendees should have received the correct image to prepare for the Feb. 17 class. If you are enrolled (or intend to enroll: 2 spaces left!) and did not get a private email of the snowy creek in Big Cottonwood canyon, (not the red rock cliff with snow) please let Karla know. sandywatercolorinfo@gmail.com

Meantime here is a helpful sketching exercise emphasizing the importance of values, whether you are doing a quick sketch or a serious drawing. 

February 3, 2018

Yikes. Hold everything. The image I sent last week for John Fackrell's class may not be the correct image. He had suggested a 'snow scene,' but the image in the email body is a red-rock water image. Trying again as soon as I get clarification from John. Sorry! thanks. Karla

January 28, 2018

Some news from our networking genius, Barbara Glick: 
(Please note: these are not the images to be used for our classes, only examples of the work of our talented presenters. kn)

The first one, the radishes, is done by our April speaker, Brenda Brunello. The second one, the Australian [Sydney kn] opera house, is painted by Roland Lee. I will have access to his video disc this coming month for a Thursday. I will be getting it on the first Tuesday of February. The last one is done by Ian Ramsey, who is scheduled for the third Saturday in April.

Here are two more. The first one, the bottles, or done by Elena Lawrence, who will be presenting in February. The second one is a little grainy. It is done by Laurel Hart. She is the artist who has sent me a couple of demos by email. Her work is available whenever we have the mastery to figure it out.

January 27, 2018

Mary Gilkerson Webinar: FREE!

This is a free webinar,  but you have to be at your computer at the time you sign up for. There is a time zone change so be conscious of when you need to be all set up( 8 a.m., 11 am, 5 pm). I intend to watch without painting, but you never know. I'll have my stuff at hand in case the mood strikes! I wish we could watch it during our studio time, but it just doesn't match up timewise, so you're on your own. You do have to register your email for this, but it won't be shared. They promise.
Here's a little help:


January 26, 2018

How about a little sale?

Kelly Dubuque has some very nice art books, jewelry making materials and other items she'd like to sell at very low prices. I have cleared it with Charles at the center, and we'll have it on Thursday, Feb. 1 (next week) during our studio time. If you have a need for some very nice art books, here's your chance, and if you have something you'd like to sell, feel free to bring it. Due to the nature of our status at the center, we can't really advertise this to the general public. But I will do what I can to promote it, and you can help by word of mouth. Bring a friend! 
Thanks. Karla

January 22, 2018

Here's an offer we shouldn't refuse: In the wake of Cindy Baldassin's amazing presentation last week on 'composition, composition, composition,' Virginia and I have put our heads together and we plan to have a workshop day when we put all of that information into practice, and archive it. Since practice is the best way to learn and remember, attendees will each make our own "Notes on Composition" workbook, using examples from fine art, or from your own collection of photos you'd like to paint. (Come on, admit it; we all have that collection. :D) Details and dates to come, but be watching for small prints of paintings that interest you; copy, photo or "clip" them,  and we'll have a day when we identify composition strategies in our favorite clippings, make a quick note page about each, and when we're done, we'll each have a book of composition strategies which may help make the difference between a good painting and a great one! More later!

January 21, 2018

In February:
JOHN FACKRELL will guide us in painting a snow scene on SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 17.
PLACE: Sandy Senior Center
TIME: 9:00-3:30
BRING: Your regular painting gear, lunch, water, (there are drinking fountains) and a snack to share if you like. UPDATE: JOHN WOULD LIKE US TO PREPARE A QUARTER SHEET OR HALF SHEET 140 lb. minimum weight.
COST: $45 for members, $70 for non-members. Memberships available: make checks payable ($25) to SANDY SENIOR CENTER and send to Sandy Senior Center, 9310 So. 1300 East, Sandy, 84094 In Care of Karla Nye/SWG

January 20, 2018

Wasn't Cindy Baldassin's presentation on Thursday a bit like drinking from a fire hose? compositioncompositioncomposition. I felt like I'd forgotten everything I'd ever learned about painting. Or looking. Or seeing. Or something. So a bit of research into the basics seemed logical for me, and now it seems only right to share some stuff: 

https://www.pinterest.com/pin/191403052892690188/  Basics of composition which are very familiar. 

https://www.pinterest.com/pin/325103666827197840/ Next step: instead of just breaking your image into 3rds, here are some pleasing arrangements. 

https://www.pinterest.com/pin/67624431877427662/  Further refinement of placement and composition.

https://www.pinterest.com/pin/4855512078818313/ And letter shapes, which is a nice way to remember them. 

See you Monday! Be safe out there. Kn

January 17, 2018

Wow! Look at what's coming up at Red Butte Garden:


January 16, 2018

Thursday, Jan. 18: Afternoon tutorial: We'll be watching/painting along with Sterling Edwards' DVD, a snowy evening. 1-3:30 at SSC in the café. Free

Then at 5:30 we'll welcome our guest presenter, Cindy Baldassin who has a surprise for us. Doors open at 5:00 so you can settle in and we'll start on time. Free
See you then!

January 13, 2018

Here is useful advice about light, mid-and dark tones, and a little practice. Practice is good, right? 

See you Thursday, Jan. 18 for a p.m. snow scene with Sterling Edwards 1:00-3:30. (DVD)  Then at 5:30-7:30 with Cindy Baldassin for a surprise workshop--just show up; she'll bring materials. That sounds intriguing. Free.

FRIDAY Jan. 19 is Gwen Hawley's next workshop at South Jordan Community Center: 10770 So. Redwood Road (The North building). 9:30-12:30.  She'll continue our work on a scene with deer and a pine/spruce tree, boulders. Many elements for good practice! $3.00 per session

January 9, 2018

Late breaking details about our presenters:
First, Cindy, who will present a surprise activity for us on Jan. 
18 beginning at  5:30:
Presentation Title:    "Working towards Stronger Watercolors"

Brief Bio of Cindy Barnett Baldassin:

Cindy received her first degree in Graphic Design, thereupon working in this industry in Canada and later in the United States. She received her second degree in Art Studio, with her emphasis focusing on drawing, painting and mono prints.
Cindy has taught private students in her studio, public classes and also Non-Major Drawing classes in a university setting.
Her passion is still drawing and painting in her studio. It is her pleasure to spend time with the Sandy Watercolor Society.

 Also, John Fackrell (Feb 21) would like us to bring 1/4 sheet or 1/2 sheet for our winter landscape work with him. 


JOHN FACKRELL  will guide us in painting a snow scene on SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 17. 
PLACE: Sandy Senior Center 
TIME: 9:00-3:30
BRING: Your regular painting gear, lunch, water, (there are drinking fountains)  and a snack to share if you like. 
COST: $45 for members, $70 for non-members. Memberships available: make checks payable to SANDY SENIOR CENTER and mail to 8751 Oakwood Park Cir. Sandy 84094 or hand it to Karla at SSC on Monday or Thursday studio time. 

January 7, 2018

Welcome to the new year! 2018 promises to be an exciting time for the Guild. We have a plethora of talented artists willing to share their expertise and talents with us. I hope you can join us!
Here's how our calendar is shaping up for now:

JANUARY 18:  (Third Thursday) Cindy Baldassin. She says she has a surprise for us and she will provide the materials! So just come, ready to charge ahead at 5:30 p.m. at the Sandy Senior Center. 

FEBRUARY 15: (Third Thursday) Elena Lawrence. Have a look! 
FEBRUARY 17: (Third Saturday) John Fackrell will lead us in painting a snow scene.

MARCH 15: (Third Thursday)  Gail Wilhelmsen:   https://www.google.com/search?q=gail+wilhelmsen+art&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiglrDXiMfYAhVo04MKHTHPB6YQsAQIKA&biw=1019&bih=598

Four Thursdays in March-April (to be arranged) Tom Howard: Thursday afternoons 1:00-3:30

APRIL 21 (Third Saturday): Ian Ramsay

MAY 17 (Third Thursday): Bonnie and Jim Zinanti

Coming in June:  Lester Lee, to be arranged.

LOOKING AHEAD: We hope to have a plein air experience with Maggie Harrison in September; something always fun from Virginia Kimball, and Mary Pusey will be with us October 18 (Third Thursday)  and again in November for a daytime series.

NEW BUSINESS: Membership this year will be $25 and will include a directory. Please get your membership dues in and your  (new) contact information to Karla. If you're already in the old directory, we'll keep you in the new one unless you have a new phone number or address. Thank you! 
Our contribution to the Sandy Center at the end of 2017 was the purchase of a new overhead camera which will be very convenient for our demonstrations! We also contributed to the purchase of John Fackrell's beautiful and amazing painting of  Monarch Butterflies which now hangs above the mantel in the gathering room at the center. As always, we express our gratitude to the Sandy Senior Center for providing a perfect space for our adventures.
We are gearing up again for Monday studio time 1:00-3:30 and Thursday tutorials or free painting in the café 1:00-3:30. Check the studio door downstairs (our "bulletin board") for the weekly plans for Thursdays. Feel free to make requests for topics we might share from online resources or through the use of our DVD library, which I hope to grow this year. In the past we've had fun following along with Bev Jozwiak, Jean Haines, Geoff Kersey and others. 
I hope to see you there! Memberships, $25,  can be paid at any time now. Please make checks payable to Sandy Senior Center. They can be handed to Karla or mailed to 8751 Oakwood Park Cir. Sandy, UT 84094 Thanks!

December 26, 2017

I hope you've had a chance to wet those brushes and pigments  this winter. In January, we will resume our Mondays-and-Thursdays studio time 1:00-3:30 at Sandy Senior Center. It will also be time to renew our memberships, which will be $25 this year, but you will also receive a free SWG directory which will be published in February or March, when we have all of our new members in place. If you want to be in the directory, contact Karla Nye via messenger on my personal Facebook page, in the comments below,  or if you have my personal info, use that. If you are in the current directory, we'll keep you there, no effort on your part unless you want a new photo, you've moved or have a new phone number. Huge thanks go to Vicki Scharman who has taken on the creation of the directory.

Meantime, here's our virtual friend, Jean Haines. 


December 7, 2017

The Christmas party approaches, Dec. 21 at 5:30. Dinner will be served by Rustic Chicken. 
You should have received your invitation card in the mail by now. Thanks and kudos to Bonnie Zinanti for her beautiful artwork on this! 

RSVP Alicia: 

or Karla: 801-566-5724 or

Thanks! Hope to see you there. Remember we have a gift exchange: bring a matted, not framed, gift wrapped painting to participate in the fun! 
More from Alicia Schilder: she has a show or two to share! 
This from the Sandy Library Art Exhibit:

After 37 years of public school teaching in both regular education and special education, I retired to a life of “busy leisure,” which includes biking, hiking, skiing, pickle ball, yoga, travelling, and painting. Although I had dabbled in watercolor for 20 years, it was not until my retirement that I made time to get serious about acrylic fun, and finding my voice in playful exploration. This exhibition is primarily landscape, but I have also branched out into abstractions of people, places and ideas, as well as discovering different mediums, including sculpting mediums, collage materials, and weaving techniques.

I have participated in various Utah Watercolor Society exhibitions and small craft fairs. Currently, 5 of my abstracts are displayed for sale at the gift shop at the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art in downtown Salt Lake City. Contact me to see more.

Alicia schilder has an offer for you: 

Alicia’s Holiday Boutique

Thursday, Dec 14


Need some stocking stuffers and last minute gifts? Visit Alicia’s holiday art boutique for some unusual, one of a kind gifts: Greeting cards, miniature quotation plaques, small watercolor/acrylic paintings, jewelry.
Snacks and drinks on hand to warm you up!

11673 S. Casper Rd. (1635 E.)

December 3, 2017

Here's another quick little card, this one using a stamp for a quick image, but it is certainly possible without the use of a stamp.
Are you still wondering what you'll get done in time for sending Christmas cards? Here's a quick little suggestion, a 10 minute video:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oo_71DitNwQ

November 28, 2017

Sad news this morning. I have just received word that our friend Kathleen Lamb passed away this morning. If there is information regarding a memorial service, I'll pass that along.
She was so happy painting, and she told me recently that her only regret about the Watercolor Guild is that she didn't find us sooner. The year she did spend with us was a fun one for me, driving her to and fro,  and chatting and goofing off. She was funny and brave, and never complained about her health challenges. She will be missed.
Something fun from Brenda Swenson and Daniel Smith Primatek pigments:

November 13, 2017

Another reminder coming your way!
This week is Third Thursday, 5:30 at SSC. We'll be creating miniature cards, bookmarks and gift cards with Virginia Kimball's guidance. This is timely! We'll have an opportunity to get lots of little projects together and finished. 
 Bring paints, markers, pencils, whatever you want to use.  Virginia will have some papers cut, but maybe you have scraps and bits to use up as well. 
Free to members and guests.
See you there! 
Reminder! Jeannie Millecam's workshop is this Saturday, November 18 at SSC. We'll begin at 9 a.m. Doors open 8:30. 

Jeannie would like us to have india ink and a fine point pen in our kit this time. Other than that, we just need our regular paints, brushes and paper. 
See you there! 

November 7, 2017

Brenda Swenson has good advice for using our time during a workshop.

Remember Jeannie Millicam will present on Saturday, Nov. 18. Doors open 8:30, begin promptly at 9. 

October 22, 2017

Dawn Child's son, Keith's services begin tonight with visitation at Jenkins-Soffe in So. Jordan, funeral tomorrow, Monday in Lehi.




October 20, 2017

Dear Friends,

     I have just received distressing and tragic news about one of our own.
Dawn Childs' son was killed in a traffic accident in Oklahoma City on Monday, October 16, 2017.
Maybe a card or an expression of support would be possible?
This is the son with whom she lives in Saratoga Springs, so her life is about to become even more complicated.
Dawn's address:
     1524 Trapper Road Saratoga Springs, UT 84045