June 18, 2018

Al Rounds this Thursday!

A reminder that Al Rounds will be our presenter this Thursday evening, 5:30-7:45. This will be demo and discussion only; no need to bring anything. kn

An invitation from Sue Martin, happening this Saturday, June 23.


June 13, 2018

In general, here's what you need

With thanks to ever-helpful Virginia, here is the list from Art Tutor which helps us pare down all of that 'stuff.' 

Art Materials Made Much Easier...

Alright, so one of the most important (and easiest) steps you can take to improve your artwork is this...

Significantly reduce the number of materials you use.

That means fewer colours, brushes, pencils and mediums per drawing or painting than you're probably using right now.

Here's common myth #1 that many amateur artists believe (at least subconsciously):

More colours will make my life easier because I won't have to figure out how to make the exact colour I need from what I've got.

But what happens is that you end up obsessing over which colour is the very best match. You learn nothing about colour mixing or creating harmony. Plus, it becomes very difficult to just enjoy the process of making a nice piece of art because you're constantly second-guessing yourself.

And common myth #2?

Limited materials means I'll only get to try limited styles and limited subject matter.

The thinking goes, that if all you have is a single set of 24 coloured pencils or half a dozen watercolours for example, you're sure to come across subjects that require colours that you simply don't have and can't mix.

Not true.

I have yet to find a subject where I've needed to buy additional colours over the very limited amount I use. I don't obsess over precise colour matches like some artists - as long as I get the lights and darks right, the image will work.

Unless you're a professional artist who's adamant that your art should be indistinguishable from the reference photo, then you shouldn't obsess over precise colour matches either.

Whether you paint in colour or draw in monochrome, less is more.

Fewer pencils.

Fewer paints.

Fewer brushes.

Fewer surfaces.

It will save you money. It will save you frustration. And you'll get to grips with the important techniques (like value, composition, proportion and harmony etc.) more quickly. And yes, you'll still be able to experiment with a really broad range of styles of subjects.

So there's now only one thing for you to figure out...

What limited materials should you pick, for the mediums you're most interested in, that will give you the most flexibility?

Actually, you don't have to figure that out...

We've put together a set of easy-to-read free guides that does it for you.

Just click the guide below for the medium you're most interested in and save this email for when it's time to delve into any of the other mediums on the list.

Simply click or tap on the links below to open the guide on your device.
·        Drawing Materials Made Easy

June 8, 2018

Eccles Center plein aire party!

We've been invited to participate in the Eccles Center 125th anniversary celebration in Ogden. We may apply for a 10x10 booth (share the costs among participants) and/or  compete in the plein aire contest: 



Or just show up and wander around. Who's interested? This all happens Aug 25.

June 6, 2018

Here's Colleen!

Colleen  Reynolds has a new offering, in Vernal!


June 4, 2018

Laurel Hart youtube tutorial

This may be the video we use on the next few Thursday afternoons:

1) watch together this week and make our drawing
2) complete next week if possible.

At any rate, you have the link, you can download and print the drawing and get started with us!

Sandy Senior Center, 1:00- 3:30 in the café.


May 31, 2018

May 20, 2018

Dry Brush technique: Andrew Wyeth

Beautiful inspiration and style from one of America's foremost painters: 


May 19, 2018

Cherry blossom tutorial/Al Rounds update

Here's a little something to use for inspiration. Very loose and lovely, using a limited palette and wax resist for preserving some of the whites. She also has some comments about Waterford paper, which she is using.  https://jenniferbranch.com/PaintingWatercolor/Art-Tutorials/Cherry-Blossoms-Painting-Tutorial.html

*Regarding Third Thursday: Al Rounds June 21? I  urge you to save the date pending an update from Barb Glick. I copied and pasted her information without a critical reading. Big Thank YOU to Barbara Helferich, Master Editor, who alerted me to the problem. Good save, Barb. 

May 17, 2018

Calendar corrections!

JUNE Third Thursday is not on the 15th. I'll  have to check with Barb G to determine when we can expect Al Rounds.
Barb is out of touch on a Big Adventure just now, so Stay tuned!

Kay Adair on T.V!

Here's a nice little story about our own Kay Adair. Thanks to Bob for sharing the link. The sound has some real issues, but the story and photo are available.


May 12, 2018

more from the Zinantis

Regarding Thursday evening's presentation:

Also bring other things for marking on paper, writing or calligraphy pens, colored pencils, art pens, and the like, and scissors.

May 10, 2018

2018 Calendar update SWG

 May 17, Third Thursday. Bonnie and Jim Zinanti. We'll start at 5:30. A previous mailing has the list of needful things.
        [Bring your paint, brushes, maybe some drawing media, and some failed paintings or experiments.  We can try to convert them from scraps to “happy accidents”.  We’ll make some personal nametags, cards, luggage tags, bookmarks, and other fun things to celebrate springtime. ~Bonnie and Jim]
Free to members and guests.

June 15:  Third Thursday evening presentation, we have Al Rounds.  His work is known globally. He owns a gallery at the gateway. Begin at 5:30. Free to members and guests.

June 30: We have Lester Lee for our workshop on the last Saturday of the month in June. Details later, but it's time to pay for your spot with this popular and talented artist. $45/$70

 September 15: Maggie Harrison will return for a workshop this time, on the third Saturday of the month. She will give us special information and helpful approaches for doing Plein Aire painting. Doors open 9; begin 9:30, Finish around 4 p.m. $45/$70

 October 18, Third Thursday, we have Mary Pusey scheduled. Free to members and guests. 5:30.

Thursday workshop series:  Mary Pusey  will follow up with instruction all through the month of November excepting Thanksgiving week. She will instruct us on Thursdays from 1:00 to 3:30.   $45/$70

April 30, 2018

regarding May 17 with the Zinantis

This just in; you'll need it for Third Thursday, May 17 5:30-7:45 with Bonnie and Jim Zinanti: 

Here is a list of what to bring to the meeting.

Regular painting gear
A couple of failed paintings to cut up
If anyone has an ID badge holder or a luggage tag holder bring that too

We will be working small

Ooops forgot something

ON MAY 3, 1:00-3:30 We'll be painting and using alcohol for special effects. I should have mentioned masking fluid in addition to your regular gear and a small bottle of alcohol and swabs and small old brush and and and...
It will be fun! I hope to be there. 

April 28, 2018

Chung Wei Chien; a suggestion from Ian Ramsay. Lovely work.



Here's what's happening:

MAY 17 (Third Thursday): Bonnie and Jim Zinanti. Free. Bring your gear! It will be fun. 5:30 at Sandy Senior Center.
June 30: (Saturday workshop, details later)  Lester Lee $45/$70. 9:30-3:30. Time to save your spot!

LOOKING AHEAD: We hope to have a plein air experience with Maggie Harrison in September; 

Mary Pusey will be with us October 18 (Third Thursday, free) and again in November for a daytime series. $45/$70.

April 22, 2018

This week at SWG

We had a full dance card this week, with Virginia's Third Thursday creative composition workshop where we made our own reference manual, helping us to improve our art through understanding good composition.  Thanks, Virginia!

And on Saturday, time with Ian Ramsay is time well spent indeed. He is a kind, uber-talented and methodical teacher. Everyone was successful and the time flew!

Note: someone left a blue tablet/e-reader case on Saturday. I will keep it in my art bag and you can let me know who it belongs to. I'll be missing in action again after 1:30 just on Monday, then again May 1-10.

April 19, 2018

Cindy Powell is still taking care of us from far, far away. Here is her sketchguru offering of Ian's drawing! 

Thanks, Cindy!

April 18, 2018


REMINDER: Ian's all-day class will be Saturday, April 21 at SSC, 9:00 doors open 9:30 begin.
Please have your sketch prepared. If you haven't received the sketch, contact Karla

Ian's sketch

In case you have somehow missed the previous attempts to send this to attendees, here is the painting for Ian's workshop on Saturday:

He would like it sketched on 11x14 140lb or heavier paper.  The sketch for same somehow will not upload, so I hope this will work for creating your own sketch.

April 16, 2018

Info for Virginia's workshop on composition

Composition, composition, composition.

Yikes. We have  a full and fun day on Thursday 1-3:30 and again in the evening 5:30-7:45 with Virginia. She'd like you to bring scissors and a glue stick and whatever photos, cutouts, hoarded material you have in your folder marked "Paint This." You'll also want a booklet or binder of some sort for organizing what we create.  We'll have black line drawings printed out for you to use in making a composition reference booklet of your very own. Some of us are using small booklets, others are using sheet protectors and binders; whatever works in your world is what you'll need to bring.

A drawing tutorial

This might be of some help, especially the composition exercise near the bottom. Virginia's class and workbook creation of composition strategies will happen this coming Thursday, April 19. She'll do one during our afternoon time and will extend/repeat during the evening Third Thursday. I will make black line copies for everyone, so please let me know whether or not you plan to attend.
Thanks! Karla [ sandywatercolorinfo@gmail.com]
or text me at 801-558-5874


March 21, 2018

Plein aire days are on the way, but these hints work in or out of the studio. 

See you Tomorrow (Today?) for Tom's workshop at 1:00. This runs until April 12, every Thursday, same time. 

Virginia will guide us on April 19 during the day to create a workbook of our own on composition. We'll provide prints; you will want to decide your own format and have a booklet or some other strategy ready to go on that day. 
I'll be away from all things Utah until April 12. Carry on!

March 20, 2018


Don't miss this! Coming March 22:

Tom Howard's class is filling up! Consecutive Thursdays at 1:00 pm at Sandy Senior Center beginning Thursday March 22, 2018 and continuing every Thursday afternoon until April 12. Don't miss out! $45 members, $70 non-members for the whole series. Mail checks payable to Sandy Senior Center. The Center is at 9310 So 1300 E. Sandy 84094. Mark the envelope C/O Karla Nye SWG. 


March 17, 2018

Gail Wilhelmsen was a force of color and light on Third Thursday, March 15, as she demonstrated her layering technique for coaxing a portrait to emerge from the paper.

It was a very informative and enjoyable evening. 

March 14, 2018

Tom Howard's show at Philips Gallery opens Friday, March 16!

Here is what's happening: 

Tom Howard's show and reception are this Friday. I find I am unable to attend, but I hope some of you from the SWG can find your way there. 

Please join us Friday, March 16th from 6 – 9pm for the opening of new work by Tom Howard, Simone Simonian and Nel Ivancich.
Raised in the Bear River Valley, Tom Howard has an attachment to the land that runs deep. Surrounded by the vast expanse of land and mountains, he learned at an early age that he loved to draw and paint the scenery he called home. Today Howard’s landscapes captivate those looking for solace in their surroundings. The tranquility found in nature is imbued in his work. As Howard says, “it is the sense of being completely alone and yet in the presence of something truly grand and beautiful.” He wishes “for [his] paintings to fill one with a sense of peace and rest and still stimulate the soul”. Tom Howard received his BFA from the University of Utah in 1984 and his MFA from Brigham Young University in 1995. He currently teaches at Salt Lake Community College and is a member of the Utah Watercolor Society and the Plein air painters of Utah.

March 12, 2018

To reiterate: 😁

  • I encourage you to come and visit on Mondays and/or Thursdays at 1:00-3:30 pm at Sandy Senior Center, 9310 So. 1300 East.
  • On Mondays we meet in the basement studio for free work time and on Thursdays we have the café for classes and workshops.
  •  Coming up Mar 22-Apr 12: 4 consecutive Thursday workshops under the guidance of Tom Howard. Check his facebook page to see what he gets up to: https://www.facebook.com/ethomashoward There is still very limited space available for his class. He will do guided drawing with a brush on the first day and take requests for the remaining 3 classes. $70 will get you membership for the year, a directory of members and Tom’s class. Subsequent classes will be available for $45.
  • Fees for the year: $25 for membership, which then gives you a discount for any classes we offer. Classes and workshops are $45 for members, $70 for non-members. Membership runs from January to January.
  • We’re a very non-competitive, collegial group; very supportive and fun.
  • On the third Thursday of each month, we have a demo or activity or guest speaker. This week, March 15, 5:30-7:30 pm,  we look forward to time with Gail Wilhelmsen. https://www.google.com/search?q=gail+wilhelmsen&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwid4-eOiOjZAhWrg1QKHYyECcQQsAQIJg&biw=850&bih=498&dpr=3  This is free to members and guests. Maybe this would be a fun way to get your feet wet? Gail will have us either paint along or just observe, so bring a small paint kit or not. Your choice.

March 11, 2018

I just found this website. Maybe you're familiar with it. But look! Brienne Brown!

March 10, 2018

Down to 2 seats remaining for Tom's class. 
Thursdays Mar 22- Apr 12, 1:00-3:30 at the SSC. 
Here's what he's planning:

Tom Howard First class will be drawing with watercolor. I'll bring some objects to draw from in brush and paint. After that, I will take requests from the group and build the rest of the workshop from there.

March 9, 2018

Four seats remaining for Tom Howard's class beginning March 22. You don't want to miss this, do you? Thursday afternoons Mar.22-April 12. 

March 3, 2018

Don't miss this! Coming March 22:

Tom Howard's class is filling up! Consecutive Thursdays at 1:00 pm at Sandy Senior Center beginning Thursday March 22, 2018 and continuing every Thursday afternoon until April 12. Don't miss out! $45 members, $70 non-members for the whole series. Mail checks payable to Sandy Senior Center. The Center is at 9310 So 1300 E. Sandy 84094. Mark the envelope C/O Karla Nye SWG. Or just hand it to me when you see me. 

March 2, 2018

Sherry Meidell: Women's History Month

Here's a very creative offering from Sherry Meidell. You can get her beautiful ideas sent to your email by simply checking out her page and submitting your address there. Boom. Done.

February 27, 2018

Warm weather will be upon us before we know it, and here is some plein aire advice to help get ready. Of course, there's nothing to keep us from going outside right now, except it's hard to hold a brush with woolen mittens! :D

February 25, 2018

Here are some of the photos from Alicia's project, "Dynamic Recycling." 

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