September 18, 2018

Preview from Brenda Brunello!

Brenda will be working with assorted, "off-the-shelf" grays to help us see what can be done with this interesting color.  Talk about a limited palette! 

See you Thursday at 5:30, SSC for Brenda's presentation!

ALSO: 2 seats remain for Maggie's workshop on Saturday. Contact Karla 801-566-5724/ 801-558-5874 to hold your seat. I can take payment on the day. Checks payable to SANDY SENIOR CENTER. $45 for members, $70 for non-members.

September 17, 2018

Remember Brenda Brunello on Thursday, 5:30-7:45

Maggie Harrison "Dance with the Water" practicing her lovely, loose, style. Saturday, Sept. 22 9:30-3:30.  Get your seat saved. We have 4 more spaces.  Checks payable to Sandy Senior Center. I can accept payment that day, but I NEED a good count. Please let me know by Thursday if you plan to attend and pay on the day. Thanks. Karla 801-558-5724


September 10, 2018

It's time to sign up!

Remember Third Thursday is September 20; Brenda Brunello will be our presenter. Her theme is "The Beauty of a Limited Palette."
SSC, 5:30-7:45. Free to members and guests. 

It's time to save your space for Maggie Harrison's Saturday workshop Sept. 22: "Dance with the Water." It's always a fun and educational day with Maggie. $45 for members. Checks payable to SANDY SENIOR CENTER. You can mail them to the center attn: Karla Nye/ SWG 
or to me directly:
 8751 Oakwood Park cir. Sandy 84094

Classes coming up:
Oct. 18 1:00 p.m. Mary Pusey. Free on this day
Oct 18 5:30 p.m. BLICK NIGHT

        Mary Pusey: Four week series, daytime on Thursdays: 1, 8, 15, 29. 1:00-3:30. $45/$70
         Third Thursday, Nov. 15: Cindy Briggs.  5:30. Free 
         November 17: Jeannie Millecam  "Line and Wash" 

DECEMBER 20: CHRISTMAS PARTY. Shall we have our traditional painting exchange? Let Karla know your thoughts on this. Still need a bit of help to get this rolling. 

September 7, 2018

Calendar for the remainder of 2018

August 27, 2018

Calendar for the remainder of 2018

Here's what's happening in the guild for the remainder of the year. Buckle up! There's plenty going on!

     1. We need a volunteer or a committee to head up the Christmas party, to be held Third Thursday, December, 20th. 5:30-7:30 at SSC unless you get a better offer. :D This involves choosing a caterer and recruiting help with set-up and clean-up. We'll have a clearer notion of the budget as we get nearer to the date. We have some gluten-intolerant members, so that should be a consideration.

Sign up now for any and all of the following offerings: (checks payable to SANDY SENIOR CENTER) Please be sure to let me know which classes on the memo line of your check, thanks. A single check for multiple classes works for me as long as I'm clear on what you want.  kn


Third Thursday: Sept. 20: Brenda Brunello

      "Beauty of the Limited Palette" 5:30 at SSC in the café. Free

Saturday, Sept 22nd: Maggie Harrison,

       "Dance with the Water" Maggie's lovely, loose style.

$45 members/$70 non-members


Thursday: Oct. 18, 1:00 Mary Pusey, getting ready for the November daytime 4-week series. Free on this day.

SAME DAY: Third Thursday. Blick demo night! 5:30 in the café; hands-on fun. Free


Mary Pusey, DAYTIME THURSDAY series November 1, 8, 15, 29. 1:00-3:45 SSC café. $45 for members/$70 for non-members

Third Thursday, November 15:  5:30 pm: Cindy Briggs! We appreciate Cindy's willingness to reschedule after the August shutdown. free


 SATURDAY NOVEMBER 17TH: Jeannie Millicam, "Line and Wash. "  $45 members/$70 non-members.

DECEMBER 20: CHRISTMAS PARTY. Shall we have our traditional painting exchange? Please send your thoughts and votes to Karla:

September 4, 2018

So what happens Monday, Sept. 10?

For those who are not attending the plein aire paintout with Ward Stroud, the SSC will still be open and the art room available as always. I don't know if there are still open seats available; this is Bonnie Tollefson's party, so you might ask her if you are interested. $50, payable to Bonnie. Cash preferred. Her contact numbers are available on a previous post. 

August 28, 2018

Ward Stroud!

OH LOOK! There is space for 5 more participants...

Ward Stroud will be here Sept 10th and artist has agreed to do a one day workshop.  He is an amazing artist combining brusho and watercolor.  you can view his video at youtube cheapjoes Ward, BonniesGarden.  We will see this video Thursday meeting.  This is a real opportunity.  Please let me know as soon as possible as we will have limited seating.  $50 per person. Pay Bonnie! 

Thank you   Bonnie Tollefson   

Plan to bring a lunch, your gear, etc. 9:30-3:30 

August 27, 2018

More from Brenda Brunello

Brenda Brunello has shared this further information on her art: 

Brenda Brunello

Artist Statement

"Art for arts' sake", an interesting thought  to ponder. For me creativity has taken many forms over the years starting with the creation of designer doll clothes at the age of six and moving on to drafting patterns and working with textiles to create one of a kind garments and objects through fabric manipulation while in high school.  Early on I was gifted with a camera opening my visual world to another dimension of creativity, one where film and time in the dark room led to visual manipulations of another realm.  Realism and distortion side by side in a tray of developer, both dependent upon the artistic  interpretation.  Fast forward to late in my career and a new found need and desire to create and interpret with other mediums whether they be pencils, pens, paints, mixed media......a little bit of this and that.  My interests are in nature, first and foremost, whether that be traditional landscapes, birds, flowers, animals, or whatever else strikes my fancy and holds my attention. That camera that I have held for so long becomes a tool for capturing thoughts, ideas, and moments in time that later become the subject matter for studies and paintings.   I use traditional materials including watercolors, acrylics, inks or oils to capture mood or moments in life. My paintings are a fusion of realistic and interpretive elements.  Often there is an element of whimsy as well.  My goal is to cause those who see my work to pause and look for the story within.

August 21, 2018

Rialto Beach, Olympic Peninsula

Here is a step-by-step tutorial by Molly Hashimoto:

August 14, 2018

Eric Weigardt's Art!

This artist comes to us by way of Bonnie and Barbara. Thanks, guys! Good find!

August 13, 2018



SANDY SENIOR CENTER HAS JUST INFORMED ME: SSC will have no power on Thursday, Aug. 16 and will be closed ALL DAY AND NIGHT. This necessitates rescheduling our speaker, Cindy Briggs for another time, and there will be no Thursday evening events in August for the SWG. Sorry!

August 9, 2018


Today we'll be showing the film, "Loving Vincent" which is an artistic tribute to the man's art, skillfully presented by 100 artists in Warsaw, Poland. It took several years, but they managed to create a mystery story about his death (supposed suicide?) and to incorporate representations of his environs and his paintings into the film. It's animated and artsy and fun and sad all at once. 
I hope to see you there!

August 8, 2018

New colors from Daniel Smith and a tip!

Julie Karlsson advises the use of white watercolor ground to create highlights on ocean waves or any place else that you've lost your whites or need to have a good do-over. Have a look at her link! 
  1. kn

August 6, 2018

Third Thursday is Aug. 16th! Next week!

We have a real treat in store for you next week. Cindy Briggs, a recent transplant to Utah, is coming to share her lovely art with us. Here's a message from her:

Flowing Lines & Flowing Colors
Cindy Briggs will be sharing some of her paintings, watercolor travel sketchbooks, and stories as she demonstrates a quick sketch and studio watercolor painting from her travels in Europe.  

A master of translucent tranquil watercolors, she is known for her sun-drenched cityscapes, luminous flowers and portraits with personality.  Whether painting or teaching in places like Italy, Provence, Greece and Spain, or in the West in Carmel-by-the-Sea, Bend, Oregon or Park City, she paints in harmony colors and with life.

To see more of her paintings and upcoming workshops visit

Flowing Lines & Flowing Colors
Cindy Briggs will be sharing some of her paintings, watercolor travel sketchbooks, and stories as she demonstrates a quick sketch and studio watercolor painting from her travels in Europe.  

A master of translucent tranquil watercolors, she is known for her sun-drenched cityscapes, luminous flowers and portraits with personality.  Whether painting or teaching in places like Italy, Provence, Greece and Spain, or in the West in Carmel-by-the-Sea, Bend, Oregon or Park City, she paints in harmony colors and with life.

To see more of her paintings and upcoming workshops visit


July 27, 2018

Here's a nice brush giveaway:

Third Thursday coming right up!

Third Thursday August 16th!
We'll welcome Cindy Briggs who recently moved to Utah and is happy to share her exciting art with us! Thanks got to Nora Barlow and Arlene Goates for this find. 

We'll start as always at 5:30, Sandy Senior Center. Free to members and guests. 

July 24, 2018

Roland Lee video for Thursday, July 26 with Jane

Jane has found this Roland Lee tutorial and plans to use it on Thursday, July 26 for the afternoon session. You might want to watch, get a sketch ready and then paint with friends on Thursday! "The Loading Chute"

Thanks, Jane!

July 23, 2018

Misty watercolor lake video

This is one of my favorite ways to use watercolor: with a hose! Just kidding, but get your sprayer ready. This is a really nice way to practice those loooooose ideals.

Thank you and notice

The paint-out hosted by Nate and Barbara Glick was a wonderful day. Nine or so people showed up and enjoyed our time together in that beautiful oasis. With large over-arching trees, waterfalls and streams and fans and misters and loveliness and strawberry water...oh myyyyy.  Everyone painted to their heart's content and it was so successful! Thank you again, Barb and Nate for your gracious offer.

Note, please. With summer vacations, visitors, time constraints,  jury duty!!,  etc., our Thursdays may be quite informal for the next two weeks, July 26 and Aug. 2.  Jane has offered to step up if possible,  as she so willingly does, (Thanks, Jane!)  but there may not be youtube or DVD tutorials going on. Come and paint and recover in the lovely coolness of the SSC anyway!

July 19, 2018

Today's Paint Out at Barb's 1:00

Barb has reassured me that we can take photos in her yard and then paint away in the cool of her lovely home. So bring your hat, your camera and whatever else makes you comfy. I hope to see you there!

Here's a little beach tutorial

During one of John Fackrell's classes he showed us how to tear a scrap paper edge to use for a quick masking to shape ocean surf. Remember that? This tutorial reminded me; she uses torn edges to preserve the dune shape while painting loose and flowing grasses. It's a neat technique to remember for quickly masking all sorts of shapes. It would work for winter snow humps and twigs/grass, too, I think. 
Keep those brushes wet, and I hope to see you all at the paint-out at Barb's today, heat notwithstanding. 😎😜

July 18, 2018

Oh. My. Heck. I did it again! JULY. IT'S JULY.

A mind is a terrible thing to waste. Our paint out is tomorrow. It's July, right? Not just out here in the cosmos, but among Earthlings? Sorry. Barb Helferich, take the day off. My work is done here. 

Reminder: No Third Thursday evening meeting in July.

A reminder: This Thursday, June 19, we'll have a plein aire party at Barb Glick's home. There will be no evening meeting. We generally take July off, so there will be no Saturday presentation either. Our regular Mondays and Thursdays at SSC continue for those who just want to come and paint, socialize, get therapy, have naughty snacks. You're welcome to join us for any and all. 😉kn

July 10, 2018

The fine line between inspiration and imitation

This question is always on our minds: How do we use someone else's work as inspiration without copying it completely? When is imitation not okay? Here's a professional's take on it:

Remember that Thursday, July 19 is our plein air party at Barb Glick's home. We'll be enjoying her beautiful gardens and water features. 1:00. 

July 9, 2018

Care of your brushes

Here is a little video to help you get the most out of your brushes.

July 8, 2018

Mark your calendars for Aug. 16!

Third Thursday in August: 
We'll welcome Cindy Briggs who recently moved to Utah and is happy to share her exciting art with us! Thanks got to Nora Barlow and Arlene Goates for this find. 
We'll start as always at 5:30, Sandy Senior Center. Free to members and guests. 

July 7, 2018

Another correction!?

Is this year getting away from you too, or is it just me? Barb Glick's invitation is for JULY 19, obviously not June. Sorry folks. Thanks to Eagle Eye Helferich for this one. And the other ones. 😏Karla

July 6, 2018

Sakura-Pigma pens on sale!

These are the pens Gwen recommends for detailing.

If you are interested, jot down your color/size/set preference and the price and give me a call: 801-566-5724. Feel free to leave a message. I'll be phoning this in Monday July 9   4:00 p.m. (KARLA)

ALSO: Barb Glick has graciously invited us to her home for a plein aire painting experience during our regular Thursday time! THURSDAY, JULY 19.  Please let us know if you are coming; use the phone number above.

Keep those brushes wet!

June 30, 2018

John Muir Law is coming to Red Butte Gardens!

First things first:

A great big giant thank you to Lester Lee for today's brilliant workshop. So much philosophy, skill and technique jammed into a very productive day! I think we all went home tired and happy. I know I did.  More on that later. 

And this
Thursday attendees have watched/painted along with John Muir Laws. (Jack Laws on youtube). He is bringing his art to Red Butte Gardens in August: 

June 29, 2018

Checks for our various needs

Reminder: Any time you write a check for the watercolor group, it has to go through SANDY SENIOR CENTER'S account. Therefore, please always write your check to them, not us. 
They cannot accept corrected checks, so please plan accordingly. I still have a couple of payments I'm expecting for Lester's workshop tomorrow, Sat. June 30. Thanks! Karla

June 26, 2018

Lester on Saturday!

REMINDER: (Lester Lee's class is full.)  Saturday at Sandy Senior Center, 9310 So. 1300 East. Doors open 9:00/begin 9:30. It's useful to bring your lunch; water fountains and drinks machine are available. If you still need to pay, please come early so our business isn't disruptive and doesn't delay our start time. Thank you.

 As far as I know, we just need our regular setup; nothing special. Bring plenty of paper; we always have plenty to work on with Lester in the room.

June 24, 2018

Colleen Free Portrait workshop! online; register

From Colleen Reynolds

Re-Broadcast of Portrait Workshop

I gave an in-depth course online, called "Watercolour Portraits" awhile back, hosted by Curious Mondo in Salt Lake City. Curious Mondo be airing the entire course for free this coming week, just thought I would help the team spread the word! 

The full nine hours will be re-broadcast for FREE (did I mention it was free?) June 25, 26, and 27, 2018 from 11:00am to 2pm EDT each day (8-11am PDT, 9-12pm MDT, 10-1pm CDT).  

All you need is a computer and Internet connection.  Or if you want to follow along, have your standard watercolor kit handy. 

If Interested, click the link below to register

You DO need to sign up in order to receive the broadcast link.

The Curious Mondo team will email you the link just prior to the start time.

June 21, 2018

Lester Lee June 30

If you have not paid for Lester's workshop, now is the time. Please mail your check to Karla at the senior center or to 8751 Oakwood Park Cir Sandy 84094 so our time and Lester's isn't disrupted with business. Thank you.

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.

*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.