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
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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 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
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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.

September Meeting Announcement

OUR NEW SEASON BEGINS Thursday evening, September 14, 2017, at 7 PM. We meet at at the the San Fernando Valley Arts & Cultural Center, 18312 Oxnard St Tarzana 91356 California.

We are really excited to welcome the brilliant watercolorist Carol Carter as our speaker and demonstrator. Carol is an established St. Louis painter with a MFA from Washington University, St. Louis. She is one of the most interesting artists working primarily in large-scale watercolors today. Her precise control of washes and transparent color harmonies make her watercolors some of the most unusual contemporary works in the medium. Carter’s work is known for its washes, which she charges with additional water and pigment to produce her trademark wash blossoms. The remarkable aspect of this technique is its riskiness: the movement of blossoms is very difficult to anticipate or control, yet Carter uses them sculpturally, in the highlights or shadows on figures or objects, where the blossom must contour and shade exactly or the three dimensional illusion will be spoiled. Carter accents these soft water effects by placing them in a very strong composition.

Carol Carter has exhibited extensively both regionally and nationally, including many one-person exhibitions and numerous invitational and group exhibitions. She has been published in countless magazines and books internationally including the cover of International Artist. She teaches workshops all over the world, and we are fortunate to offer her 3 day workshop from Fri-Sun, Sept 15 , 16 & 17, 2017, 9 am-4pm.

See you at the meeting!

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: