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.

John Byram visits VWS in January

John Byram will be demonstrating in our monthly member meeting, Thursday, January 10, 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.

John will also teach a 1-day workshop Saturday, January 19, 2019, from 9-4.

 

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.

Dave Lobenberg visits VWS in November

Dave Lobenberg will be demonstrating in our monthly member meeting, Thursday, November 8, 2018.

Dave Lobenberg is an internationally published and exhibiting fine artist. He has over thirty-five years experience teaching both college and private art classes. He has also established a reputation for conducting well organized, energetic, hands-on watercolor and drawing workshops across the United States and Canada.

He has a blog and a YouTube Channel.

Visit his website.

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.

Dave will also teach a 3-day workshop, Friday/Saturday/Sunday, November 9-11, from 9-4.

About the Artist:

Dave Lobenberg is a water media artist with over thirty years of painting experience with a passion for portraiture. He teaches acrylic, watercolor, and drawing workshops in California and out of state. His work has been published nationally and internationally. He has a blog and a YouTube Channel.

Visit his website.

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

Pete Morris visits VWS in October

Pete Morris will be demonstrating in our monthly member meeting, Thursday, October 11, 2018. 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.

Pete will also teach a 1-day workshop on Saturday, October 20 from 9-4.

About the Artist:

Pete Morris is passionate about watercolor and has been painting for more almost 30 years.  About 10 years ago, he decided to try to paint every day, and he has followed through on that to the present. He paints plein air scenes, portraits, live paintings of musicians as they play, and scenic watercolors done in classrooms and in his studio. He teaches at least 4 watercolor classes a week and a drawing class called Drawing from Observation.

Pete is perhaps best known for his extensive sketching of people on the Metro Trains. See Pete in action on YouTube: Metro Da Vinci.

Pete exhibits his work at various shows throughout the year, in both group and one-man shows. Keep up with his classes and shows at his Facebook page.

Pete’s published books, which are collections of his work, are: Curbside L.A., Riding the Metro, Pete Morris: An Artist in the O.R., and Route 66 Watercolors.

Visit Pete on his website.

Christina Ramos visits VWS in September

Christina will be demonstrating in our monthly member meeting, Thursday, September 13, 2018. 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.

About the Artist:
Christina Ramos is a nationally recognized artist from Southern California. Specializing in figurative realism, Christina was named an “Artist to Watch in 2015” by Southwest Art Magazine, and as one of America’s Great Painters by American Galleries. Her work has been shown throughout the United States and has been honored with awards from the Portrait Society of America, the Society of Acrylic and Casein Painters, the National Acrylic and Oil Painters Society, the International Society of Acrylic Painters, and many more.Visit Christina’s website.

Nick Runge Demonstration in June

Nick will be demonstrating in our monthly member meeting, Thursday, June 14, 2018. 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.

About Nick Runge:
Born in 1985, artist Nick Runge grew up in Colorado. After working as an illustrator for years, he now focuses exclusively on fine art and personal work using oils and watercolor.
As a portrait/figurative painter, Nick works from life as well as photography, describing his art as something close to “abstracted realism”, with an objective of expressing as much of the realistic human element of life as possible through a limited and often simplified approach to his rendering or brushwork, giving an illusion of realism while, at the same time, breaking shapes and form down enough to balance with abstraction.

www.nickrungeart.com
Instagram:  @nickvrunge
Facebook: facebook.com/nick.runge.56

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.

Brenda Swenson Visits VWS in March 2018

March’s guest artist is Brenda Swenson!

Brenda Swenson
Brenda Swenson

Meeting date: Thursday, March 8, 2018, 7-9 pm (Meet & greet @ 6:30 pm)
Workshop date: Fri-Sun, March 16-18, 2018. 9am – 4pm

This month we welcome Brenda Swenson to Valley Watercolor Society. Brenda will be demonstrating in our monthly meeting, and offering a three-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.

Castle Green

About Brenda Swenson:
Brenda Swenson is the artist author of two books, Keeping a Watercolor Sketchbook (Finalist, Award of Excellence) and Steps to Success in Watercolor. Her artwork has been featured in Splash 11, 12, 14 & 19, Artistic Touch 4, Creative Freedom, Watercolor Artist, Watercolor Magazine, Watercolor Highlights, Wheels of Time, Plein Air Magazine and numerous other publications.  She has two instructional DVD’s on painting and sketching techniques. Brenda has achieved signature status in WW, NWWS, and SDWS. An active participant in the arts community she has served on the board of directors for the National Watercolor Society and Watercolor West. She is in demand to demonstrate and teach her painting techniques to groups nationwide and abroad.

Visit Brenda’s website.

Meeting Information:

Brenda Swenson will be demonstrating in our monthly member meeting, Thursday, March 8, 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: Fri-Sun, March 16, 17, & 18
Time: 9am – 4pm
Place: San Fernando Valley Arts & Cultural Center
18312 Oxnard Street
Tarzana, CA 91356
Click here for directions from your location.
Cost: $180 members, $240 non-members

To check availability, send email to Selina Cheng.

Keiko Tanabe visits VWS in February 2018

This month we welcome Keiko Tanabe to Valley Watercolor Society. Keiko will be demonstrating in our monthly meeting, Thursday, February 8, 2018, 7pm to 9 pm (meet & greet at 6:30 pm). Meeting is free to members, $5 for non-members.

She will also be offering a two-day workshop Friday and  Saturday, February 9-10, from 9am to 4pm. Cost is $160 for members, $200 for non-members. Contact Selina at selinachengart@aol.com to check availability.

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.

Fish Market Hakodate-Hokkaido-I

Keiko was born in Kyoto, Japan and currently lives in San Diego, California, U.S.A.  She embarked on a professional art career as a watercolor painter in 2005 after working in international relations and marketing.  Since then, her work has earned many awards and recognitions on national and international level.  Her work appears in private and corporate collections in many countries.  Her work was also featured in numerous art publications.  She is also a sought-after workshop instructor, teaching watercolor courses both in the U.S. and abroad since 2011.  She has successfully completed close to 200 workshops and live demonstrations.  She is currently a member of National Watercolor Society (signature), American Watercolor Society, North American Watercolor Artists and American Impressionist Society.

Joe Cibere visits VWS in January for a demo and workshop

This month we welcome Joe Cibere to Valley Watercolor Society. Joe will be demonstrating in our monthly meeting on Thursday, January 11, 2018, and offering a two-day workshop on Saturday & Sunday, January 20-21, 2018.

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 Joe Cibere:

Joe Cibere is signature member of the National Watercolor Society and his painting style demonstrates his love of nature and wilderness. His”abstract realism” paintings integrate strong design and balance with a sense of illusion and have appeared in “Watercolor Magazine” and in the International Artists book “The Watercolor Sky and Cloud Techniques of 23 International Artists”. His work is also part of both corporate and private collections. His studio is at Studio Channel Islands, Room R4 in Old Town Camarillo, CA.

Visit Joe’s website.

Meeting & Demo Information:

Joe Cibere will be demonstrating in our monthly member meeting, Thursday, January 11, 2018. There will be a meet & greet and potluck from 6:30 to 7:00 pm, followed by meeting and demonstration at 7:00. ($5 for non-members)

PLEASE NOTE THAT JANUARY 11TH’S MEETING IS A POTLUCK!

Bring a favorite main dish or salad or cheese platter or dessert or whatever you wish.

Workshop information:
Date: Saturday & Sunday, January 20 & 21, 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: $120 members, $160 non-members

To register, send email to Selina Cheng.

November 2017 Paint-Outs

This is just a reminder that we have 2 paint-outs in November:

Wednesday, November 15, 2017, 10:00 am – ?
Peter Strauss Ranch
30000 Mulholland Highway
Agoura Hills, CA, 91301
Click for directions from your location.

Steps lead up to a white porch and a house overlaid with stones surrounded by trees and greenery

This site was selected for possible fall colors. The location features trees, river bed (sometimes wet) mountains and such. Meet in the dirt parking lot, walk to restrooms.

Email David Deyell at watercolorists@netzero.net if you think you’ll come and he’ll keep a lookout for you.

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Saturday, November 25, 2017, 9:00 am – ?

Juan Bautista de Anza Park
3701 Lost Hills Road
Calabasas, CA 91302
Click for directions from your location.

Autumn colors, red tiled roofs and mountains…bring a sandwich and enjoy. RUMOR HAS IT THERE WILL BE A PUMPKIN FESTIVAL!

Please call Paula Diggs at 818 223 9153 to let her know you are coming. Paula will also bring a treat to share.

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November 2017 Guest Artist: Louisa McHugh

This month we welcome Louisa McHugh to Valley Watercolor Society. Louisa 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 Louisa McHugh:
“My journey began when I started college at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. It was there I first studied watercolor… After just the first year, though, I fell into the common misconception that art is not a job, so, I wandered off in search of a more technical career that would be more likely to generate a stable income. In 2005 I graduated from Columbia College in Chicago with a degree in Cinematography. I came out to CA shortly after graduating, and, got into the union as a camera assistant. After a very brief stint in the film business, I decided to return to my roots as a painter. I took a class at Otis, and soon my style began to really develop. I toiled away on my own and studied magazines as I experimented with different methods and techniques. Soon I was winning awards and receiving significant recognition. My work is figurative and, now, is moving away from being so laden with detail. I’m concentrating on developing a looser, more expressive style with an emphasis on the human form.”

Visit Lousa McHugh’s website.


Meeting Information:

Louisa McHugh will be demonstrating in our monthly member meeting, Thursday, November 9, 2017. There will be a meet & greet from 6:30 to 7:00 pm, followed by meeting and demonstration at 7:00.

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Workshop information:
Date: Sunday, November 12, 2017
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 register, send email to Selina Cheng.

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Plein Air Paint-Outs Announced for October 2017

This month’s paint-outs have been scheduled! Open to sketchers and painters, members and non-members, our paint-outs feature beautiful locations, artistic inspiration, and friendly camaraderie.

Here are the paint-outs for this month:

Wednesday, October 18, 2017, 9am – ?
Leonis Adobe Museum
23537 Calabasas Rd.
Calabasas, CA 91302
Click for directions from your location.

Historic buildings & wagons, live animals, wonderful gardens,  lots of subject matter to use in art creation. Since there will be a student bus tour and period dressed docents we should dress western (if possible): jeans, western hat if you have them. We will be the plein air artists of the late 1800s! Locate around the student tour area, look for David Deyell when you arrive.

Email David Deyell at watercolorists@netzero.net if you think you’ll come and he’ll keep a lookout for you.

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Saturday, October 21, 2017, 9:00 am – ?

Lake Calabasas
23401 Park Sorrento
Calabasas, CA 91302
Click here for directions from your location.

Please call Paula Diggs at 818 223 9153 to let her know you are coming. Bring a sandwich or a packed lunch. Paula will also bring a treat to share.

Photo of Lake Calabasas - Calabasas, CA, United States. From my bedroom window. Love the ducks.

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You can always check further ahead on our paint-outs page.

Welcome to the new VWS Website!

Welcome to Valley Watercolor Society’s new website, updated for the 2017-2018 membership year. This website will be a work-in-progress over the coming year, as we gradually bring the content from the previous website over to this one.

Members, your input is valued! Please let us know what you would like to see on the website. Email your suggestions here:

info@valleywatercolorsociety.org