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 

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!

March 6, 2017

Here are Tom's sketches and annotated drawings from the class. Fantastic.

Your attention, please:

Paige Kimball's poured portraits class has been moved to Saturday, March 25.

It will still be held at Sandy Senior Center, 9310 So. 1300 East. 9:00-3:30 p.m.
Scroll down this blog page, for her list of materials. (It's a pretty basic list, and we'll be making a mess, so plan for that. )
Payments may still be made to SANDY SENIOR CENTER C/O Karla Nye, SWG; and mailed or dropped off at the center.

February 27, 2017

So much to do! So little time!
Tom Howard's class begins this Thursday! 1:00, ready to begin; 3:30 cleanup. Continuing March 2, 9,16,23.
The class is pretty full but if you are desperate to come, contact Karla at

Here is what Tom wants us to know for this week:
For our first class on Thursday, have everyone bring a sketchbook, pencils, ruler, and a triangle. I will begin with basic drawing principles. By next Thursday, the 9th, we will be in to watercolor. but for now we will drill on drawing the 4 basic shapes. I'll send you 4 images later this evening, to send out to everyone and have them bring to class on Thursday.

Watch this space, kids, and get those pencils sharpened!

An amazing idea: recycle your no-longer-interesting art supplies!

February 22, 2017

Paige Kimball's class enrollment will be closing soon. SATURDAY, MARCH 18, 9:00-3:00 Don't miss this chance to improve poured technique and portraiture! This is going to be an exciting day.  $45 members, $65 non-members. Checks payable to SANDY SENIOR CENTER c/o Karla Nye SWG 9310 so. 1300 east Sandy, UT 84094

Please see the previous posts about Paige if you have any questions. Thanks!

February 17, 2017





February 16, 2017

Take a look at this freebie, if you wish:

Art Tutor Free You Tube demos!


Paige fell in love with her first box of Crayola Crayons while quarantined with Scarlet Fever as a child.  Still obsessed with color, she now experiments with water soluble pigments like watercolor, acrylic, vegetable juices, tea and even blood. From her first portrait in 2009 till now, she continues to be recognized for her unique style: large paintings with simple subjects, bold color, and a mix of spontaneous shapes and controlled subject forms.  Each painting is an experiment with lessons to be learned and often an unpredicted outcome. Her work has been awarded extensively locally  jurored into regional shows, hangs in homes and offices across the country and even in Korea, and will be featured in Kauia in the coming months.   Paige currently specializes in watercolor pouring and large scale portraiture. She feels the vibrancy and luminescence of transparent mediums offers a dimensional experience that opaque mediums fail to capture. Fine watercolors are truly rare and she feels that quality water media paintings breathe life into a home. She currently teaches small workshops and children or women groups locally.  Her paintings are sold at Incredible Dwellings in Salt Lake City and online.

Come with 2 faces drawn in pencil-media lead, on good quality watercolor paper (at least 140b, cold press, at least 24” on each side) 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!

February 15, 2017


Coming up:

Beginning Thursday, March 2 at Sandy Senior Center from  1:00-3:30
and continuing Thursdays, March 9, 16, 23:
TOM HOWARD will conduct a 4 week class. Cost to members for all 4 sessions is $45; $65 for non-members. **

EIKO ANDERSON will demonstrate Oriental painting techniques. Free and open to the public.

SATURDAY MARCH 18: PAIGE KIMBALL will conduct an all-day workshop. $45 for members, $65 for non-members. **


SATURDAY APRIL 29:  IAN RAMSAY will conduct an all-day workshop. $45 for members, $65 for non-members. **

SATURDAY JUNE 3:  LESTER LEE will conduct an all-day workshop. $45 for members, $65 for non-members. **

**Payment as usual may be brought or sent to SANDY SENIOR CENTER c/o  Karla Nye, SWG; 9310 So. 1300 East Sandy, Utah 84094

CONTINUING:  Monday Studio time 1:00-3:30. Free and open to members of Sandy Senior Center; free sign up for those 60 and over. Check at the reception desk.
            Thursday Tutorials 1:00-3:30. Casual painting along with videos unless there is a class scheduled.

BIG THANKS to Jane Kennedy, Kay Adair, Barbara Glick  and others who filled in during my recent absence. Karla

January 16, 2017

 will be our featured presenter on Thursday, January 19, 2017.
Have a look:
and join us in the café at 5:45. Free and open to anyone.

Sandy Senior Center
9310 So. 1300 East
Sandy, Ut. 84092

January 12, 2017

Third Thursday is next week, January 19. With the weather so iffy, we’ve decided to cancel the afternoon so everyone can join us that evening for Willamarie Huelscamp’s demonstration. She’ll start at 6 p.m. and the center closes at 7:45. I hope you can join us!


Dues are $20 for the year, payable now.  Make checks payable to SANDY SENIOR CENTER and mail them in care of Karla Nye or Kay Adair to the center: 9310 So. 1300 East Sandy Ut 84094

Beginning January 26, Jane Kennedy will use our Thursday Tutorial time to instruct us in the use of the guild’s mat cutter. (Thanks, Cindy Powell!)

Thursday, Feb. 9 has also been cancelled. This was to have been an extra evening event.

Saturday, February 18 WILL be Colleen Reynolds' workshop. 9:00-3:30. $45 for members, $65 for non-members. Make checks payable to SANDY SENIOR CENTER and mail them in care of Karla Nye or Kay Adair to the center: 9310 So. 1300 East Sandy Ut 84094

Thursday afternoon, February 23, will also be cancelled in order to meet the needs of the center that day.

More later, I’m sure.

January 11, 2017


Third Thursday, January 19, 2017:  Willa Marie Hillscamp will provide a demonstration of her appreciable skills. We'll begin at 6:00 p.m. in the café at Sandy Senior Center, 9310 So. 1300 E. SandyUT, 84094

There will be no Saturday workshop this month.

Saturday, February 18, 2017: Colleen Reynolds will conduct a workshop, painting pets in her loose, friendly style. Cost is $45 for members, $65 for non-members. 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Please make checks payable to SANDY SENIOR CENTER.  Kay Adair or Karla will take payment for this. You may leave a check and note for the SWG at the Senior Center, hand it to one of us at the studio, or mail to Karla in care of the Sandy Senior Center (address above)
There will be no Third Thursday evening event in February. Also, the Thursday afternoon tutorial Feb. 23 has been cancelled to accommodate the needs of the center that week.

*****TOM HOWARD*****
Will teach a 4-part series in March, on Thursday afternoon tutorials! March 2, 9,16, 23. Cost is $45 for members for all 4 weeks, $65 for non-members.

We are looking forward to a great winter, with all of this splashing color around!

December 30, 2016

IF the guild has a bit of cash to spare next year, we'd like to expand our DVD library. Who has a favorite painter or series you'd like us to purchase?
You can email Karla, drop me a note at the Senior Center or just mention it in passing. BUT if you mention it in passing, please write it down for me too, wouldja? (Rocks for Brains, ya know)

December 29, 2016


Hi, Everyone, and a happy new year to all.
We have a great January line-up, and I want to invite you all to Monday studio time at the Sandy Senior  Center 1:00-4:00, beginning again on Monday, January 9.   We also will resume Thursday Tutorials on January 5, also from 1:00-4:00. On that day, we will display and discuss our assigned sketches of
1) a pinecone,
2) a crumpled paper bag (value study)
3) large format sketch of one of the above. If you haven’t attended our sketch studies classes, just come anyway and enjoy the discussion and practice.
       It’s also time  to remind everyone that dues are still just $20 for the year, checks payable to Sandy Senior Center. Payment for classes can be sent at the same time, on a single check.  For memberships, please include your address, phone number and email address, even if you think we already have it. It’s good to have assurance that we can find you! Be sure also to indicate on your check or on a note which workshop you are requesting.

THIRD THURSDAYS WILL ALSO RESUME IN JANUARY, 5:30-7:45. (Free, and all are welcome!)
> JAN 19: Willa Marie Huelscamp
> FEBRUARY 9 (NOTICE THIS IS ON THE SECOND THURSDAY THIS MONTH ONLY): Sharron Bell and Barbara Glick will present Pen, Ink and Pencil with watercolor.
*SATURDAY WORKSHOPS: ($45 for members, $65 for non-members
*FEB 11: 9:00-3:30: Jeanie Millicam

                           *MAR 18: Paige Kimball—Juicy painting of people.
You bring a ready image on w/c paper, your choice of subject.

                                     *APR 29: Ian Ramsay—a harbor, drawing suggestion of which
                              is generally shared with paid attendees before the day.

December 9, 2016

Forgotten Benefits of Drawing ~Scientific American
Here is a great reminder about why we should learn to draw! Our paintings can take on new details, new meaning, if we get some drawing skills under our control.


Monday studio time continues 1:00-3:30 each week at Sandy Senior Center. Thursday Tutorials will resume on Jan. 5.  Barb Glick and Sharron Bell have been encouraging, leading, assisting in pencil sketching skills. Thanks to both!
All sessions are free and open to anyone.
2017 memberships are $20, due anytime now, payable to SANDY SENIOR CENTER and handed to  Karla. Our 2017 schedule is shaping up and will be published soon. Some sterling names are appearing! Join us, won't you?
Happy Holidays, everyone.

December 7, 2016

Today is THE day! IF you haven't yet RSVP'd (whether YES or NO) regarding your attendance at the Christmas Party (check your invitation for information) please please please do so today. Contact Karla. Thank you!

November 29, 2016

Our recent survey reflected a need to change the frequency of our Saturday workshops. With that in mind, Barb Glick has lined up a very exciting crew for us, for Saturdays and for our regular Third Thursdays. All events are scheduled for the Sandy Senior Center, 9310 So. 1300 East, Sandy.

SATURDAYS 9:00-3:30 (set up beginning at 8:30 a.m.)
THURSDAYS arrive 5:45, begin 6:00-7:45.


Mark your calendars:

Third Thursday: Jan. 19: Willa Marie Huelscamp will provide a demonstration. Arrive 5:45, 6:00-7:45.

Saturday Workshop February 11:  Jeannie Millecam: Landscapes Arrive 8:30, begin 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Third Thursday: Feb 16:

Third Thursday: TBA

Saturday, March 18: Paige Kimball, People  Arrive 8:30, begin 9:00-3:30.

Saturday, April 29: Ian Ramsay Arrive 8:30, begin 9:00-3:30.

Details will follow as the dates draw near. If you haven't arranged for this blog to be sent to you via email, it's still possible: look over to the right side of this page, ------------>
find the little box that says "follow by email", and just enter your information and hit submit. Voila! You'll get private notifications of what you need to know from the SWG.

Mondays and Thursdays Art Studio times continue 1:00-3:30 each week. Join us!
This week, Thursday, Dec. 1, we'll be following DVDs to refine our drawing and sketching abilities, especially eyes. Bring a pencil, paper or sketch book, a straight edge (ruler)  and an eraser. Join us! It's free and open to all.
Mondays downstairs, Thursdays in the café at Sandy Senior Center.

*John Fackrell has been rescheduled.

Happy holidays, everyone.

November 16, 2016

There is still seating available(2? 3?) for Nancy Lund's Painting with Paper watercolor collage class. She has some incredible techniques for making magical textures and shapes appear from out of nowhere in your paintings. Contact  Karla: or see previous post here on the blog for details. Lucky you! It's not too late! $45 for members, $65 for non-members. Make checks payable to SANDY SENIOR CENTER.

October 29, 2016

Nancy Lund Collage workshop November 19

Sandy Watercolor Guild is excited to present Nancy Lund and her incredible collage technique! This will be on Saturday, November 19, 2016 at Sandy Senior Center, 9310 So. 1300 East Sandy, UT 84092.  9:00 a.m. set-up until 3:30. Members $45, $65 for non-members. Register and pay to save your seat: make checks payable to SANDY SENIOR CENTER in care of SWG: Karla Nye, or payment can be made in person on Mondays and Thursdays at the SSC, 1:00- 3:30. Karla or Kay Adair or Barbara Glick will be happy to help you with this.

On Saturday, Oct. 22, Virginia Kimball treated us to a day of creating Christmas cards, presentation folders, ideas galore. It was like drinking from a firehose, trying to get everything accomplished. What a fun day!

October 21, 2016

Nancy Maxfield Lund

Nancy Maxfield Lund was our presenter at Third Thursday, Oct 20, 2016. She showed us her very intensive and explicit way to make collage paper on paper look like a painting. It's a fun, fast way to create a unique work of art. Nancy will also be our presenter Saturday, November 19, 2016 at SSC, 9:30-3:30. Cost is $45 for members, $65 for non-members. Checks should be payable to Sandy Senior Center and can be dropped off to the SWG letter tray at SSC (the front desk will handle it for you) or hand payment to Karla whenever you see her. Thanks! We hope to see you there.
See more about Nancy's art at

October 17, 2016

I have found a Swedish watercolorist, Elizabeth Tyler,  who paints very realistically. Realist painting prevailed on our recent survey regarding what our members want. There is also a very helpful hint in this little video about removing masking and dealing with the resultant rough texture. She uses the back of a spoon to smooth the surface of the paper. How's that for brilliant?!
By the way, "Fart" in the Scandinavian languages refers to "speed," so Fartroad might mean fast road. [Watercolour is spelt (also correct) correctly on that side of the Atlantic. :) ] The fast way to realistic painting? Maybe...

Keep those brushes moving!

October 15, 2016

Nancy Lund Demo Oct. 20, 2016

REMINDER:  This Thursday, Oct. 20, 2106,  is our demo featuring Nancy Lund. She'll be showing us her very creative collage technique, and then we'll have her back for a workshop on Nov. 19 at SSC.
Thursday we'll meet, doors open at 5:30, begin right at 6. The center closes at 7:45.
Here's Nancy:
                                                      Nancy Maxfield Lund Biography
 As a child, my right brain was definitely training to become an artist. What form of art hadn’t been picked yet, but I was exercising everything. I played the piano, the guitar and the violin. I spent my first eighteen years in Kaysville, Utah.   I took tap dance, modern jazz dance and ballet lessons. I moved to Salt Lake City and went to the University of Utah, off and on, for six years. I studied literature, English, philosophy, anthropology, graphic design and architecture.  I never graduated. I just couldn’t decide what I wanted to be when I grew up.

 I married, had two children and entered the gardening phase of my life. I would build roads out of rocks and landscape them with wonderful, exotic plants and flowers. I truly love painting with plants. I’m still into this form of art!    When my children went to grade school, I signed up for a co-op program. The parents would literally teach everything except math & English (they just helped out with those subjects). I taught music for a few years, and then got into the art curriculum. I was mesmerized in the amazing world of artists and paint. The more I taught, the more I learned. I separated from my husband in 1996. That’s the year I really started painting seriously. My art helped and healed me. The marriage door closed, but that art door opened up.

 In 1996, I joined the Utah Watercolor Society and started my life as an “artist” and a volunteer art slave!  I served on the UWS Board from 1998 through 2011.   My jobs included Education Coordinator, Awards and Show Chairperson, Vice-President, President, Past President Advisor, Delegate to the Western Federation of Watercolor Societies. In May of 2010, I was the Chairperson/Project Director for the WFWS35 Show that was in Utah.  I’m presently a retired volunteer from UWS but still an active member!

 I’ve been doing watercolors since 1995. I understand the medium and do some of my best work with water. In 2000, I started working with acrylics & oil paint. Since then, I’ve been branching out and trying lots of different media. A favorite is collage; using watercolor on rice paper, tearing and cutting my designs and landscapes, then pasting them down. It’s freed my creativity and imagination.

 I’ve been making jewelry for years too and just recently started marketing it.  I love bracelets too much!  I’ve also created some magnetic pins.  They’re lizards, frogs, turtles, butterflies, fish & spiders that I drill, glue and hand paint with love.  I can’t seem to paint them fast enough!  Who knew?

 I work, paint and create in my studio at the Rockwood Building and in my home in Salt Lake City.

October 8, 2016

OH NOT AGAIN! I gave you the wrong date for Third Thursday: it's Oct. 20. Everything else is the same. So SORRY! I have a crazy calendar that is somewhat weird to read if you're not paying attention to small details.

Things Change; Time and People Move On

We are sad to say goodbye to Cynthia Powell who has brought such energy, vision and direction to the SWG. We wish you well on your new journey, Cindy. I hope you'll keep in touch! Good luck in your new art scene.

Coming up:
       ***Third Thursday, 6pm-8pm, Oct 13. Nancy Lund will demonstrate watercolor collage. We will then be treated in November to an all-day workshop on this fun and creative expression with her. $45 for members, $65 for non-members. Payment can be sent payable to Sandy Senior Center (SSC) in care of Karla Nye, SWG, or dropped off at the center.

       ***Virginia Kimball will lead us in creating new Christmas cards and memories Saturday, Oct. 22 at the Sandy Senior Center 9:00-3:30. Bring your gear, including cardstock, scraps, glitter, calendars, old cards, any fun additions you want to use or share. $45 for members.
As always, make checks payable to Sandy Senior Center.  They can be mailed to or left at the
SSC 9310 So. 1300 East attn: Karla Nye.

Mondays the SWG meets in the downstairs studio at the SSC 1:00-3:30 for painting, sharing ideas, sharing skills. New members are always welcome. Free

Tutorial Thursdays: 1:00-3:30 in the Café at SSC. We watch video tutorials and paint along. This week Oct 13 we will be using Bev Jozwiak's tutorials for loose textures, eye-grabbing color choice  and interesting backgrounds, painting children. If you wish, make a similar sketch and we will paint along with Bev to liven up our paintings.  Coming up we will take on Bev's painting of a giraffe mother and her baby. Members and guests are welcome. Free.

September 21, 2016

Tom's Demo & Workshop

What a pleasant, relaxing experience we all had at the September monthly meeting.  Our guest artist was Tom Howard and we were gathered around him while he shared his wisdom and knowledge of painting landscapes.  This is the finished demo piece that Tom forwarded to me so I could post it here for everyone to see.

The workshop consisted of several hours in the morning, of key tips on drawing, while developing good visual skills.  Tom lead us through several practice steps for accurately drawing things in the cafeteria.  Then he shared some individual objects that we took turns drawing from various angles.  One of Tom's key elements was this pyramid for composition,

The afternoon found us outside, in front of the senior center, painting au natural, or as the french say: "Plein aire".  Here is Tom's demo of the trees he found in the parking lot.  Amazing what you can compose with just a few suggested elements.

 If you would like to take an extended class with Tom on building your drawing skills, please tell Barbara next time you see her and she'll check with Tom, for when he might be available.  Also, don't forget, Tom teaches at the local university campus's. 

September 13, 2016

Reminder for September's Meeting

I hope you can join us this Thursday night, September 15th for a fun  demo by Tom Howard.  He is a university instructor here in Utah but his classes are always full the minute registration is open.  We are fortunate to have him as a local artist,  Here's is his website address if you would like to know more about Tom.  I can tell you he is a patient, down to earth kind of guy.  I've taken his workshops in the past and enjoyed every minute!  The meeting will be held from 6-8 pm, so hope to see you there!

We are honored that Tom will also be teaching his workshop for us on Saturday, September 17 at the Sandy Senior Center.  He will be sharing his experiences and knowledge of composition, drawing and plein air painting with us, plus much more.  The fee is $45 for members, $65 for non-members.  Drop off a check, or pay on Thursday night!  You will be glad you did!  Tom is an awesome instructor!
:- )  Cindy


April 17, 2016

Sherry Meidell's Workshop in May

Sherry Meidell's Saturday Workshop at the Sandy Senior Center, May 21st, will explore how you can "Capture People on Paper".
Here is the supply list:

Any brand of paints will do the trick, but Sherry recommends and uses Winsor & Newton in the following colors:

Cadmium Yellow, Lemon Yellow, Cadmium red or Scarlet Lake, Permanenant Alizarin Crimson, Cerulean blue, Ultramarine blue, Antwerp blue, Burnt Sienna, Burnt Umber
Quinacridone Gold is Optional

Bring your usual setup of: watercolor brushes & an old toothbrush, water containers, paper towels or kitchen towel, 1/2 sheet of Arches, mounted to a board or other substrate.  (140 lb.Cold Press or 300 lb. hot press) You will also need some practice 1/4 sheets (2+) and if you are a fast painter, bring more!), Masking Tape, a Sketch Book with a pen or pencil, 2-3 photos of people you would like to paint.

If you would like more information about Sherry, please visit her BLOG  

 I first met Sherry at a paint out via UWS.  We were up at Park City painting the Ruth Christopher's Barn/converted home and while I was struggling with perspectives, she was happily admiring the cows behind us.  The colors she had thrown into her landscape had me in awe.  I asked her how she achieved such a beautiful sky and lush greens.  Sherry didn't hesitate....Antwerp Blue!  It became my favorite from that day on.  Sherry is an amazing artist and holds nothing back.  I hope you will enjoy this fun opportunity!  

March 25, 2016

April Paint Alongs

                                                                          Photo Credit: Bruce Bley
Beginning April 7th, every Thursday afternoon from 1-3:30, you are invited to join us for a video Paint Along at the Sandy Senior Center.  Colleen Reynolds has graciously offered us her "Lilacs" video to share as our first presentation.  The video is 1 1/2 hours long, so we will surely need to break this up into Part 1 and Part 2.  In order to get right into the painting, or pouring in this case, I would suggest you have your drawing of lilacs done and all the highlights masked out.  This will eliminate the waiting to dry time!  Images to use: google has a bunch!  Simply select a photo of lilacs if you don't have one of your own to use.   (Please give credit as I have here!)
The methods Colleen uses can be used with any lilac image.  Here is a list of other supplies you will need:
* 140 lb. cold press paper (Arches is recommend but Fabriano is good as well) 12" x 16"
* Large Round Brush
* Small "Rigger" Brush
* 1/4" Angular Brush
* Pigments: Daniel Smith: Quinacridone Pink, Phthalo Blue (Red Shade) & New Gamboge
   Holbein: Crimson or Crimson Lake
* 3 small (no lip) plastic or metal cups to mix paint with water to enable pouring
* palette knife
* 2B soft pencil & kneaded eraser
* Masking Fluid & Applicator (Colleen uses her Palette Knife)
* Water Container for washing brushes
* Spray Bottle to mist the paper
* Paper Towels
* Sponge

No sign ups are required, simply bring your supplies and be prepared to have fun!

March 21, 2016

Date Change

Ian Ramsay's Saturday workshop is not being held on April 16th, but APRIL 23RD!  Please make changes to your calendar.  Doors open at 9:00!



     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.

     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 15, 2016

March Activities

We are very honored to have a wonderful Southern Utah artisan join us this month for our monthly meeting on Thursday at 6;30-8:30.  Bring your paint setup and paint along with Roland Lee!  Follow along with Roland's many shows, travels and teaching workshops by going to his BLOG.  Hope to see you at our regular meeting place: Sandy Senior Center at 9310 S. 1300 E.

February 21, 2016

February Monthly Meeting

We had a great time watching Colleen finish a loose, carefree painting of one of her 5 kitties, after we watched a few short demos on her youtube channel.  Colleen was very inspirational and made painting an animal, look so easy that several of us are ready to give it a try.   Thanks Colleen for sharing your love of watercolor with us!  

February 8, 2016

Unconventional Watercolor Abstract Selfie Workshop

Starting March 3rd thru March 31st, you can experience an art journey of unconventional watercolor techniques while painting your "Selfie" and a second portrait using a vintage image, as you practice several different methods of applying watercolor and "White Wash". This workshop will be held every Thursday, at the Sandy Senior Center, located at: 9310 S. 1300 E., from 1-3:30 PM.  Five weeks of fun!

The first class I will be sharing the supplies you will need, prepping your pigments, how to tear a deckle edged sheet of 300 # watercolor paper, plus I will be taking your photos to transform them into poster size, line drawings for your painting.  You will also select another vintage portrait image that will be provided to you.  I will be demonstrating many fun techniques over the 5 weeks of March and will be giving you a student kit with lots of fun things to play with along the way.
This image shows a selfie of me, (Cindy), after two classes of applying watercolor.  I am ready to start the 3rd week of techniques, by adding textures to the background and week 4, techniques of adding shadows to the face and neck.  Week 5 we will be finalizing the details.  Handouts will be provided for each class as well as tips for facial painting of the individual parts of the face, plus special techniques for painting the hair using unusual painting aids.

The cost is $45 for members of the Sandy Watercolor Guild, or $65 for non-members.  Seating is limited to 15!  Reserve your seat today by dropping off a check to the front desk at the Sandy Senior Center.  Please make checks payable to "Sandy Senior Center", placed in an envelope, marked "Karla" or you may pay Karla or myself on Monday afternoons when we are at the center.  Payments will be accepted until March 1st.  Please note the Sandy Senior center is closed on most holidays, including Presidents Day-March 15th.

February 2, 2016

Learning Something New Today

Did you know?
Drafting Tape only seals/bonds to clean, dry paper.
It can be used to mask off areas of a Watercolor Painting with little risk of damaging either the painting or the paper because it will not seal completely with a painted surface.  Therefore, it is good for lifting out paint along an edge, but not good for applying paint along a sharp edge.  Why?  Because the tape will not bond to a painted surface and wet pigment will bleed underneath it.   It is ideal for securing your paper to a substrate such as a sheet of plexiglass or a gatorboard.

January 24, 2016

February 2016 Workshop

February 13th at the Sandy Senior Center on 9310 1300 E, we will be holding our first Saturday workshop for the New Year.  "A Loose Style of Painting with Watercolor" with Bonita "Bonnie" Tollefson.  (9-4pm-Bring a Lunch & Snack to Share).  $45.00 for Members and $65.00 for Non-Members due before Feb. 1st!  Drop off a check to Karla or Cindy on Monday afternoon, or at the front desk, in an envelope addressed to Karla.

Come and enjoy a fun day throwing some paint around with fellow artists.  Relax and learn how easy, loose painting can be.  Practice along as Bonnie demonstrates her methods with us.  Play with clear wrap for beautiful effects.

Supplies Needed: Your usual watercolor painting setup, pigments, brushes, paper towels, etc. plus the following:
*1 sheet of 260 rough or 300 lb. quality watercolor paper such as: Arches, Fabriano.
*Some scraps of paper to practice blending wet into wet pigment.
*Clear Wrap
*Table Easel is optional but recommended

Any questions, call: Cindy 8016749503  Thanks!

January 22, 2016

January's Guest Artist-Spike Ress

We had a really good turnout for Spike's demo and a really great time learning how he paints his awesome landscapes.  Spike shared his color palette and mixing skills, his layering of colors and his knowledge of his artistry.  We all want to express our Thank You to Spike for enabling us to learn his tried and true methods,  If you would like to
learn more about Spike Ress, please visit his website:  SPIKE

December 24, 2015

End of a Year-Beginning of a New

2015-2016 Years made up of days, weeks, months, but really it's only how we measure TIME on earth. Calendars, watches,
accomplishments, birthdays, holidays, special events are how we manage to remember our brief stay here.  One life, your life and all the things you have done, your adventures, your friendships, your family relationships are how we leave a stamp on others lives. Cherished moments of our times together, sharing the camaraderie of Monday afternoons, quite conversations, laughing, crying and caring for each other.  Your friendships have made this journey into the fine art of painting with a difficult medium, all the more enjoyable, because it was shared. Our love for a particular medium, the excitement it brings into our lives, and the joy that we share is a blessing.  Thank You for being a part of this life, this one moment of many, this one shared love.

December 8, 2015


Mark your calendar for December 17th!  Our Annual Christmas Party!  We have asked John Fackrell to present a "Trunk Show" for us this year.  If you have never attended a trunk show, you are in for a real treat.  A trunk show showcases one artist's work.  John will be sharing his award winning watercolors with us after dinner.  During dinner we will be listening to some amazing Christmas music from CD's, enjoying each other's company and we will have a gift exchange, so please remember to bring a small (under an 8" x 10") painting to exchange.  Time: 6:30-8:30, or come a little early and help set up the cafeteria!

Please mark your calendar for our first monthly meeting, January 21, 2016!  Spike Ress from southern Utah will be demoing his amazing landscapes for us.  I was lucky enough to watch Spike's demo this past year, when he was a guest artist for the Utah Watercolor Society.  In just a matter of a few minutes, he changed how I paint landscapes!  Really!  He made it possible for me to understand how to paint canyon walls with a few strokes of his brush.  I was in awe!  I know you will not want to miss this monthly demo, so mark your calendar!  Take a minute to visit his website, by clicking his name above.  It is a direct link to Spike's beautiful paintings.

Want a new challenge for 2016?  I love a good challenge, especially if it involves watercolor painting.  John Fackrell will be teaching a 3rd, 6-week workshop, but this time it will be about painting just one large painting.  When I say large, I mean 1/2 sheet!  That's the challenge! Yup!  We will be painting the Park City (white) Barn, the one that is on the National Historical Registry and pictured here.  (This is an image I took last week, but it is very similar to John's).  With this, we can learn how to paint snow, mountains, bushes, shadows, etc. etc. etc.  Each week we will be learning something else and at the end of the workshop, we will have a beautiful painting!  $45 and only a few seats (3) are left! I am collecting payments now, so reserve your seat!  You can give me a check at the Christmas Party or on Monday afternoons, when I'm at the Senior Center.  (Please make your check out to Sandy Senior Center).

Don't forget to pay your 2016 Membership dues!  They are due on January 1st, but you can pay at the Christmas Party or January 21st monthly meeting.  (Make checks out to: Sandy Senior Center)

Have questions, give me a call: (Cindy) 801-6749503