David Smith will be be giving an online demonstration to VWS members via Zoom on November 13, 14 & 15, 2020 from 9:00am to 12:00 pm. Members on our email list will receive a link via email.
David enjoys the challenge of working in harmony with a fluid medium. By providing the proper environment, surrendering some control, and working with the medium, the most beautiful results oftentimes occur naturally. To keep the paintings from getting too precise, and instead, to convey a feeling of aliveness, David utilizes a number of techniques such as working wet into wet, glazing, pouring, spattering, and spraying. These techniques not only keep the painting fresh, but produce exciting interminglings and textures effortlessly.
David’s favorite subjects tend to be found in nature and he loves to travel abroad as well as explore state and national parks for inspiration. Depicting a subject in great light, capitalizing on the contrast developed by light and shadow, while showcasing the assortment of jewels that happen naturally through the fluid medium keeps David eager to paint his next creation.
David has studied under numerous instructors in the states and in China. He has displayed his work in galleries and museums across the United States and his work has been awarded at the state and national level. David has received Signature Membership with the American Watercolor Society, National Watercolor Society, and others.
Due to ongoing concerns about the coronavirus pandemic, Lian Quan Zhen’s visit to VWS in March 2021. He will be demonstrating in our monthly member meeting, Thursday, March 11, 2021. There will be a meet & greet from 6:30 to 7:00 pm, followed by meeting and demonstration at 7:00.
Members free. Non-members $5.
He will also teach a 3-day workshop via zoom, March 20, 21, and 22, 2020, (Saturday through Monday) from 9-4.
Andy will also teach a 3-day workshop, Friday-Sunday, February 14-16, from 9-4.
About the Artist:
Signature Member of AWS, PAPA, RRWS, TWSA
Andy Evansen’s interest in art started in childhood, as he can’t recall a time when he wasn’t drawing. He began painting watercolors in the mid 1990s as a change of pace from his career as a medical illustrator. Choosing a ‘style’ was not difficult, as Andy was always inspired by the watercolor paintings of British artists Trevor Chamberlain, David Curtis, Ed Seago and Edward Wesson, among others.
He found himself attempting to capture the landscape with the same economy of brushstroke, taking advantage of the luminosity of watercolors done in just a few washes. In addition, he was impressed with the way those artists seemed to capture everyday scenes in such a way that revealed a hidden beauty, subjects that many would simply pass by.
His work gained recognition after winning an international watercolor competition through American Artist magazine, appearing on their cover in 2005. He’s been featured in numerous other publications since, and has become a sought-after workshop instructor who paints and teaches internationally. He became a signature member of the prestigious Plein Air Painters of America (PAPA) in 2012 and served as their President from 2015-2017. His paintings have won numerous awards, including the Bronze and High Winds Medals from the American Watercolor Society, and he was their demonstration artist for the 2018 Exhibition. His love of painting on location also led to him being a featured presenter at the 2014 and 2016 Plein Air Conventions and inclusion in the 2017 Qingdao International Masters Watercolor Plein Air Event.
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.
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.
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.”