Joseph Stoddard visits VWS in May

Joseph Stoddard will be demonstrating in our monthly member meeting, Thursday, May 9, 2019. There will be a meet & greet from 6:30 to 7:00 pm, followed by meeting and demonstration at 7:00 at:

San Fernando Valley Arts & Cultural Center
18312 Oxnard Street
Tarzana, CA 91356
Click here for directions from your location.

Members free. Non-members $5.

Joseph will also teach a 2-day workshop, Saturday-Sunday,May 11-12, from 9-4.

About the Artist:

Joseph Stoddard is a partner at SKA Design (an environmental graphics design office) located in South Pasadena. He paints in the evenings and on weekends and lives in Pasadena.

He has produced paintings for a number of Pasadena events, including the Bungalow Heaven Annual Tour, the Colorado Street Bridge Party, the Pasadena Showcase House of Design, the California Art Club Artists for Architecture Painting Project, the Pasadena Symphony and the Pasadena Pops Orchestra. His work was recently featured in the latest issue of The Art of Watercolor, a French art magazine as well as Studios magazine, and Watercolor Artist magazine. His studio was featured in The Man Cave Book.

His books include Expressive Painting, Pasadena Sketchbook, Expressive Color, and Watercolor Postcards Kit.

Visit Joseph on his website.

April 2019 Paint-Out

Our April plein air paint-out will be held at Westlake Village Inn. Everybody is welcome, member and non-member alike.

Westlake Village Inn – Wed, April 17, 10 am

THIS PAINT-OUT IS STILL TENTATIVE. STAND BY FOR UPDATES.

From the website: The Westlake Village Inn’s lovely wrought iron fence is your gateway to a magical place. The view of lush, green landscapes that seem to be never-ending, the enchanting lake, cobblestone paths, vineyards and beautiful gardens with lovely gazebos and charming arbors are enough to leave you captivated.

From the paint-out leader: We expect to meet at 9 am at Westlake Village Inn. Meet near pond near inn office and have lunch at stonehouse.

Look for David. If you email David in advance at watercolorists (at) netzero (dot) net, he will look for you.

Visit their website.

Cathy Quiel visits VWS in April

Cathy Quiel will be demonstrating in our monthly member meeting, Thursday, April 11, 2019. There will be a meet & greet from 6:30 to 7:00 pm, followed by meeting and demonstration at 7:00 at:

San Fernando Valley Arts & Cultural Center
18312 Oxnard Street
Tarzana, CA 91356
Click here for directions from your location.

Members free. Non-members $5.

Cathy will also teach a 1-day workshop, Friday, April 12, 2019, from 9-4.

About the Artist:

Cathy Quiel, internationally renowned watercolorist, captures her images through a vivid application of pigment. Her paintings are represented internationally in corporate and private collections.

She has been a guest lecturer at the Riverside Art Museum and the Muckenthaler Museum in conjunction with the National Watercolor Society and Watercolor West.

Her work has been published and featured in numerous art books and publications including The Best of Watercolor III, The Artistic Touch Volumes 1, 2, 3 & 4 and North Light Publications Confident Color and The New Creative Artist. In addition her work has been featured in The American Artist, Artist and Montecito Magazines and selected for the catalog cover image for the Antioch University, Los Angeles and Santa Barbara.

Although California based, Cathy Quiel’s talents are not restricted to the West Coast where she teaches through Santa Barbara City College, Schott Center. She has taught workshops in France, Italy, Malta, Mexico, the Caribbean, Bermuda, Greece and Alaska.

Cathy is known to her students as an enthusiastic instructor with a true love of sharing her subject matter. Her relaxing warmth and good humor, combined with informative and organized teaching skills, have won Cathy her student’s respect and friendship.

Visit Cathy on her website.

March 2019 Paint-Out

Our March plein air paint-out will be held at Paramount Ranch. Everybody is welcome, member and non-member alike.

Paramount Ranch – Wed, Mar 20, 10 am

From the website:

“When Paramount Pictures leased the ranch in 1923, they began an era of film production that continues today. You can experience the area where Bob Hope starred in Caught in the Draft (1941) and Sandra Bullock had a leading role in The Lake House (2006). In the 1950s, Western Town was created for television shows, such as The Cisco Kid. More recent television productions at Paramount include The Mentalist, Weeds, and Hulu’s Quickdraw (2013-2014).

“Paramount Ranch offers several miles of easy to moderate scenic hikes through chaparral, riparian, and valley oak savannah plant communities. Equestrians and mountain bikers may access these multi-use trails. Wildlife sightings might include red-tailed hawks, acorn woodpeckers, blue heron and deer.”

Note: much of the ranch was destroyed by the Woolsey fire. It’s a very different vista now.

Click here to visit their website.

Look for David. If you email David in advance at watercolorists (at) netzero (dot) net, he will look for you.

February 2019 Paint-Out

Our February plein air paint-out will be held at Rancho Simi Community Park. Everybody is welcome, member and non-member alike.

Simi Rancho Community Park

Rancho Simi Community Park – Wed, Feb 20, 10 amFrom their website: This was the first community park built in Simi Valley, also known as the “Duck Pond Park”. This park has so much to offer. Here you’ll find a reservable amphitheater, barbecues, lighted basketball courts, horseshoe pits, uncovered picnic tables throughout the park, pre-teen play area, a tot lot, handicap accessible play area, restrooms, shuffleboard courts, soccer field, and tennis courts.

From the organizer David: Take 118 freeway to Erringer  and go south. Park is at the corner of Erringer and Royal Avenue. Walk downhill at restrooms and meet at the lake near waterfall.

Visit their website.

Let David know if you can attend: watercolorists (at) netzero (dot) net. He will look for you. If you are beginning plein air David can suggest what to bring with you.

January 2019 Paint-Out

Here’s a VWS plein air paint-out coming up in January. Everybody is welcome, member and non-member alike.

Oak Canyon Community Park – Wed, Jan 16, 10 am
From their website: “This is one of the best parks in the area. The dog park in the back area is one of the best. Its spacious and your dogs will appreciate you with a yap and a smile. The amount of trails in the area will give you a great work out with some great scenery which your eyes will appreciate.”

From David, paint-out leader: There was  fire damage in this area but there are still vistas to inspire paintings. I recommend you park in the lot for 1000 Kanan and meet at the back of the lot. There are rest rooms available in this area. Let David know if you can attend: watercolorists (at) netzero (dot) net. He will look for you. If you are beginning plein air David can suggest what to bring with you.

December 2018 Paint-Outs

We have two plein air paint-outs coming up in December:

Peter Strauss Ranch – Wed, Dec 5, 10am

For nearly a century, people have enjoyed leisure and recreation at this site. Named for Emmy Award-winning actor Peter Strauss, this park delights nature lovers and intrigues history buffs. Oak woodlands, a seasonal creek, easy trails, a lawn area, and an amphitheater provide a wonderful location or visitors of all ages to have fun outdoors.

Near the main house, you will discover an Italian terrazzo tile concert area (1939) where country legends Johnny Cash and Willie Nelson performed in the 1950s. Also, you will see the relic of an enormous outdoor swimming pool with a small stage in the center.

Click here to visit their website.

Look for David. If you email David in advance at watercolorists @ netzero.net, he will look for you.

Los Angeles Zoo – Sunday, Dec 9, 10am

The Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens opened on November 28, 1966. The Zoo is home to more than 1,400 mammals, birds, amphibians, and reptiles representing more than 270 different species, of which more than 58 are endangered. In addition, the Zoo’s botanical collection comprises several planted gardens and over 800 different plant species with approximately 7,000 individual plants. Admission $21. 62 and older $18.

Visit the LA Zoo website.

Contact lizblum (at) mac (dot) com if you have any questions.

October Paint-Outs

We have three plein air paint-outs coming up in October:


Paramount Ranch – Wed, Oct 3, 9am-12pm
Paramount Ranch offers several miles of easy to moderate scenic hikes through chaparral, riparian, and valley oak savannah plant communities. Equestrians and mountain bikers may access these multi-use trails. Wildlife sightings might include red-tailed hawks, acorn woodpeckers, blue heron and deer. Look for David. If you email David in advance at watercolorists (at) netzero (dot) net, he will look for you.


Leonis Adobe Museum – Wed, Oct 17, 9am-12pm
Look for David. If you email David in advance at watercolorists (at) netzero (dot) net, he will look for you.


LA Arboretum – Sun, Oct 21, 10am-1pm
The Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden is a unique 127-acre botanical garden and historical site located in what was the heart of the historic Rancho Santa Anita in the city of Arcadia. Contact lizblum (at) mac (dot) com if you have any questions.

Other upcoming paint-outs:

DeAnza Park – Wed, Nov 7, 10am
Peter Strauss Ranch – Sun, Nov 18, 10am
Peter Strauss Ranch – Wed, Dec 5, 10am
LA Zoo – Sun, Dec 9, 10am

Jan Godachy visits VWS in May 2018

Jan Godachy joins us in May to demonstrate in our monthly meeting and to offer a one-day workshop.

Meeting and workshops are held at:
San Fernando Valley Arts & Cultural Center
18312 Oxnard Street
Tarzana, CA 91356
Click here for directions from your location.


About Jan Godachy:

I am a self-taught artist, practicing watercolor for almost 20 years. By that I mean no formal art school, however I’ve taken lots of workshops and see a lifetime of learning with this media. I worked for Qantas Airways & Singapore Airlines for 30 years, which enabled me to take great photos of the places I’ve been.

Once they outsourced me I became the Gallery Manager at the National Watercolor Society in San Pedro for six years. I had the privilege of viewing and meeting some of the top watercolorists in the world.

I now teach watercolor on Mondays and Thursdays for the City of El Segundo’s Recreation Department and have come to find that I love teaching.

I’ve won numerous awards on a local level in Pacific Art Guild, El Segundo Art Association, Torrance Art Guild, and the South Bay Watercolor Society, (including two Best of Show). I am currently the “Artist of the Year” for Four years in a row at the Pacific Art Guild. On a national level: I’ve been accepted into juried shows; CA-101, Torrance Art Museum, the Museum of San Luis Obispo, the City of Los Angeles Bridge gallery, the National Watercolor Society and Watercolor West.

I paint atmospheric, representational style and plan all my vacations centered around learning plein air and taking workshops from master watercolor artists. Watercolor keeps me humble.

Visit Jan Godachy’s website.

Meeting Information:

Jan will be demonstrating in our monthly member meeting, Thursday, May 10, 2018. There will be a meet & greet from 6:30 to 7:00 pm, followed by meeting and demonstration at 7:00.


Workshop information:
Date: Saturday, May 19, 2018
Time: 9am – 4pm
Place: San Fernando Valley Arts & Cultural Center
18312 Oxnard Street
Tarzana, CA 91356
Click here for directions from your location.
Cost: $60 members, $80 non-members

To check availability, send email to Selina Cheng.

Helene Jukoff demonstrates and teaches in April

This month Helene Jukoff will be demonstrating in our monthly meeting and offering a one-day workshop.

Meeting and workshops are held at:
San Fernando Valley Arts & Cultural Center
18312 Oxnard Street
Tarzana, CA 91356
Click here for directions from your location.


About Helene Jukoff:
Although I drew and painted all through my childhood my actual art education began when I was accepted to New York’s High School of Music and Art and continued at Queens College where I majored in Education and minored in Art. I graduated magna cum laude with Honors. My family moved to California in 1956 where I took lessons from LAUSD’s Burnham Pearlman who advocated exploring many different approaches to painting. I also took private lessons with many local teachers. I received my California State Teaching Credential(for life) in 1967 and taught Adult Art at L.A. schools for 38 years. I work and teach in all mediums and styles and encourage my students to be open to different aspects of expression. I have written two handbooks- one on oils the other on watercolor. My full color book “Pathways to Creativity”which explores various ways to produce original work was accepted by the LAUSD for use in the Art curriculum. Having traveled to over 50 countries has exposed me to the endless possibilities of subject matter and style choices.

Check out Helene’s book on Amazon.

Meeting Information:

Helene will be demonstrating in our monthly member meeting, Thursday, April 12, 2018. There will be a meet & greet from 6:30 to 7:00 pm, followed by meeting and demonstration at 7:00.


Workshop information:
Date: Sunday, April 15
Time: 9am – 4pm
Place: San Fernando Valley Arts & Cultural Center
18312 Oxnard Street
Tarzana, CA 91356
Click here for directions from your location.
Cost: $60 members, $80 non-members

To check availability, send email to Selina Cheng.