August 22, 2017

Here are four nice exercises in washes. This would be good preparation for GWEN HAWLEY'S class on Friday, painting sky reflecting in water.

See you Friday!
Remember $3 fee payable at class, at South Jordan Senior Center.

August 21, 2017


Gwen Hawley's class will be held this Friday, Aug. 25, and again NEXT Friday, Sep.1, at 10:00 a.m. at the So. Jordan Senior Center 10778 So. Redwood Road. She will be working with us this week on "Sky Reflecting in Water." $3 per person, payable before class begins. See you there!  

August 16, 2017

Here is the latest word from John Fackrell; information about his upcoming classes.

"This course will focus on the principles and elements of composition. Our subject will be the late summer sunflower. I will supply a reference photo for all participants. We will have demos each week with personal discussions of the art piece of each student."
140 or 300 cold press watercolor paper
A basic set of watercolors
Brushes: 1"flat, #8 round, #6 rigger/script/or liner, 3/4 or 1/4 scrubber brush, colorless masking fluid.
This series has filled; classes begin Thursday Sept 7 at 1:00-3:30 in the café at Sandy Senior Center, and continue on each Thursday throughout September. You may arrive any time after 12:30 to begin set up and instruction will begin at 1:00.

We will also resume our Third Thursday evening meetings beginning Sept. 21 with Gwen Hawley leading the way. Thanks, Gwen!

Coming Up:
October 14, Saturday 9:00-3:30: Jeannie Millecam Landscapes. $45 members, $65 non-members

October 19, Third Thursday, Utrecht new products night 5:30-7:30
November 16, Third Thursday, Virginia Kimball always something fun!
December 21, Third Thursday, Sandy Watercolor Guild Christmas party, if we have a committee by then. 🎄🎅🎄🎨😀Seeking enthusiastic party planners!
Or just willing party planners...



August 12, 2017

Michael's has frames on sale, and a 40% off coupon here:

John Fackrell's class has filled; I think it will be a fun one!

It's time to form a Christmas party committee. Who will take their turn this time?

Thanks everyone

August 9, 2017

August 8, 2017

Colleen Reynolds will be reaching at UWS Sept 22-23. She'll be painting pets with emphasis on their faces. For more info, contact Sandy Sleeper  at UWS:
This just in from Daniel Smith:

July 31, 2017

Remember that Gwen Hawley will be teaching four sessions at So. Jordan Senior Center beginning Friday, August 4th and continuing Friday, August 25th, Friday, September 1st, and Friday, September 29th. The cost for each week is $3, payable on the day. Gwen has developed a beautiful color sense and a lovely touch. Her paintings are delicious! She'll be starting us off with some dynamic skies. Who can't use practice with that?

10:00-12:00 at 
South Jordan Senior Center
10778 S. Redwood Road (west side of the street, part of the South Jordan Community Center, in the building directly north of the big complex. Parking on the west side, enter through the south doors)

 This comes under the heading of "Can't you people read my MIND?" It's been pointed out that I didn't include days/times for John's series. It will be a series of 4 classes, the first four Thursdays in September: 7th, 14th,21st, 28th. 1:00-3:30 at SSC. Prices below.

COMING UP!  Time to reserve your seat. This is going to be a fun one: 
I have just talked with John Fackrell, and I am so excited to announce his plans for our September series: SUNFLOWERS!
John is fresh off his trip to Europe, absorbing plenty of art along the way. His motto is "paint the season you're in" and so this seems like a natural. He'll bring reference photos for everyone and he will discuss how to use a grid to set up your drawing. It seems we'll be working through some of the lessons he's developed on Impressionism, which I think will be really beneficial and especially fun considering the subject. 
We'll be working on cold press paper. John will be using 300 Or 200 pound paper, half sheet or 15x15 size. 
In addition: John suggests that we obtain the following pigments:
 New Gamboge

Winsor Yellow
Cobalt Violet (some of us bought that for John's class last year. It's the perfect complement to the yellows.)

and especially *Cobalt Turquoise Light. If there is interest, I'll make a special order. You can contact me. (see below) 
Also: John suggests that we might like Orange Lake by Maimeri Blu. 
I could also have these pigments for sale as 1/2 tubes or 1/3 tubes if anyone is interested in that concept. Again, contact Karla if you want to share pigment costs. I'll be ordering this weekend Aug 5  to be sure we have them for the class. 
Seating for this class will be limited, and there are 8 openings remaining, so don't delay: 
Member prices: $45 for the 4-class series, $65 for non-members. Payment should be made to SANDY SENIOR CENTER, and can be mailed c/o Karla Nye, SWG at the center: 9310 So. 1300 East Sandy Utah 84094-3175 
or at 8751 Oakwood Park Cir Sandy Ut 84094 
Or hand it to me at class on Mondays: 1:00-3:30. 
Thanks! See you soon. 

July 29, 2017

A little inspiration this morning from Dreama Tolle:

Do we take the time to listen to our hearts when our brushes are waiting? Or do we put off that pleasure because something else would/could/should get done first? This is a constant problem for me, even with a quiet house and a place to work, I put it off, feeling that I'm not "ready" to paint. The best way to get ready to paint is to, what? Paint! "Just do it", I tell myself. "Later", I reply.
What's a grrrrl to do?
Enjoy the link; it's a pretty one.

July 24, 2017

Here's a little freebie for you plein air painters, or wannabes:

It's a free booklet you can print at home. Or just look at it online and save in your documents.

July 22, 2017

 Due to spotty attendance, Thursday afternoons at SSC will be suspended until we begin again in September with John Fackrell's watercolor series, four Thursdays in a row, 1-3:45 p.m.
Monday studio time remains in place, 1-3:45. The center will be closed Monday, July 24 for Pioneer Day.

Don't miss out on John's great class; to save your seat, payments of $45 for members, $65 for non-members can be made now. Please make checks to Sandy Senior Center,  and they can be given to Karla at Monday studio, or left c/o Karla and SWG at the desk. 
Also, they can be mailed: Karla Nye 8751 Oakwood Park Cir. Sandy, UT 84094
Thanks! Keep your brushes wet!

July 18, 2017

Fans of Colleen Reynolds will recognize "tea" and "milk" consistencies for our pigment-to-water ratios. Marc Taro goes one more with "honey."
Have a look:

Vicky Scharman is working on a new directory for the SWG. If you want to be in it, please let Karla know at   Vicky is taking new pictures for the book, so be ready for that.

And this! Our own Gwen Hawley will be leading a series of painting sessions at the So. Jordan Senior Center, filling in for Sandy Olson. Gwen's classes will be from 10 a.m.-noon on August 4th and 25th, and September 1st and 29th. First and last Fridays. Sessions are $3.
***10778 So. Redwood Road.***

On Thursday, July 20, Jane Kennedy will facilitate the work on painting an eagle which was begun 
last week. 1:00 in the café at SSC.

ALSO: REMINDER  that the Sandy Senior Center will be closed on Monday, July 24th for Pioneer Day. 

July 14, 2017

Creative Live has a series of reduced prices for various online classes. Have a look!

July 4, 2017

There is an offer for a compilation magazine, for $4.99 when you use the code SAVETEN.

Here are some tips from Laurin McCracken, NWS.

Don't miss the $4.99 offer on a demo/tips magazine when you use the code SAVETEN.

July 1, 2017

AH, yes! Here's a wonderful resource: the Getty Center collection. Enjoy a nice browse here:

How about a freebie? Creative Live has some free streaming classes July 12-13.
Have fun!

June 27, 2017

From "DREAMA:" (please see links below)

Stillness and Creativity:
You Need the One to Get to the Other

"Creativity flourishes in solitude.With quiet, you can hear your thoughts, you can reach deep within yourself, you can focus."~Leo Babauta

It is only in the moments we attempt to still the mind that one becomes aware of the frantic pace with which it is moving. Repetitive thinking, worries, and to do lists expanding. Taking up every square inch of real estate in the head, 24/7, 365 days of the year.
It actually becomes quite the arduous task to "drop" the busy and enter into stillness. Bringing the mind to a place of stillness seems to verge on the impossible and yet we know...

Stillness and creativity are partners in our creative process.
The one definitely leading to the other.

Problem is, there's this crazy little thing called time...
and we tell ourselves that with all the stuff we HAVE to do, there simply isn't time.

No time to do that "get quiet" and "be still" stuff. Which of course is perhaps THE biggest lie we tell ourselves in the course of our art lives. And you KNOW we tell ourselves many. Those lies of no talent, too old, too young, no education, wrong education, too rich, too poor, no support, too much pressure to perform.
We say it loud and long. Long enough until the habit of living life devoid of time spent in stillness seems normal, in a really not fun way.
We live in this place of busy mind, no stillness, and our North star starts to dim. Everything seems demanding and important. The more lost we become, the louder the drum of beat of no time, no time, can seem!

Hear me now-the "not enough time part" is a lie!

Here's what really takes precious time that you don't have:
  • stressing to meet deadlines only to realize later, it didn't really matter
  • delaying making choices because of indecision, not knowing
  • running in circles
  • wondering about your self-worth
  • feeling creatively blocked
Making/taking time for stillness, even 10 minutes a day, tends to:
  • clear the thinking mind
  • set our priorities in order
  • open doors of creativity and peace
In stillness, we find ourselves beginning to listen.
And as Eckart Tolle so eloquently put it, stillness speaks.

It speaks of truth. It speaks of things the chaotic mind has no awareness of. Out of that stillness comes your clarity, your knowing, and your inspiration.

Clarity which beams the light of wisdom onto what our life is about.
The knowing of which road to take, what truly needs us and what truly will never matter.
And ahh...that breath of inspiration! For those of us so desirous of plunging into deep waters of creation, it becomes  a surety that this is our calling.  The words to write, the thing to paint, the song to sing.
Stillness and your creativity are fellow sojourners. Introduce them to each other once again and take delight in what appears!

"Let stillness direct your words and actions." ~ Eckart Tolle

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We certainly have many candidates for this: Artists Hub Water Media Showcase

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:
 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; 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."

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 landscapes

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: