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.

Thomas Schaller visits VWS in February

Thomas Schaller will be demonstrating in our monthly member meeting, Thursday, February 14, 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.

Thomas will also teach a 3-day workshop, Friday-Sunday, February 15-17, from 9-4.

About the Artist:

Thomas W. Schaller is an award-winning artist, architect, and author based in Los Angeles. As a renowned architectural artist, he received a Graham Foundation Grant and was a two-time recipient of the Hugh Ferris Memorial Prize. He has authored three books; the best-selling, and AIA award winner, Architecture in Watercolor (VNR – McGraw Hill) The Art of Architectural Drawing (J.Wiley and Sons)and  Thomas W. Schaller, Architect of Light : Watercolor Paintings by a Master – a retrospective of his recent artwork released by North Light Books / F+W Media in 2018. He is in demand worldwide as a speaker, exhibitor, author, instructor, and juror: recently; International Prize “Marche d’Acqua” Fabriano , Architecture in Perspective 33, The 2nd International Watercolor Biennial, Greece, Northwest Watercolor Society, Northeast Watercolor Society, International Watercolor Society, Istanbul, The International Competition of Architectural Graphics, Moscow, Plen-Air Artist, The Florida Watercolor Society.   Artist Network Television has produced two best-selling series of instructional Videos and DVDs of his technique.

His work is collected world-wide and is part of a number of permanent collections including The Johhan Museum: Shanghai: The Watermark Museum; Fabriano: The Tchoban Foundation; Berlin: The Pacific Arts Foundation; Newport Beach, The Museum of Watercolor, Mexico City. His artwork has been featured in prestigious International Watercolor Masters exhibitions in over twenty countries including First Annual Universal Watercolor Exposition : Shanghai; Fabriano in Aquarello ,Italy 2016,17,18; The Masters Exhibition at the Salmagundi Club NYC: Master Exhibition of Watercolor; Johhan Museum of Art; Shanghai, Lake-Blue Heaven – Qingdao, China:  Shenzhen Watercolor Biennial, National Watercolor Society/China Exchange Exhibition, Masters of Watercolor; St Petersburg. and in the USA in exhibitions of The American Watercolor Society, The National Watercolor Society, The Transparent Watercolor Society of America, Architecture in Perspective, among many others. He has been a featured presenter at the Plein-Air  Conference PACE in San Diego, the Roman Watercolor Society, Rome, The National Watercolor Society, the California Art Club, and the Pushkin Museum of Art, Moscow. 

In 2017, he was a finalist for the Lynx Prize for Contemporary Art; Trieste. His paintings and writing have been featured in a great many books, magazines, and arts publications including The Artist Magazine, Watercolor Artist Magazine, Southwest Art Magazine, The Art of Watercolour, Practique des Arts, Los Angeles Magazine, International Artist Magazine, and a series of the books, Splash: the Best of Watercoloby North Light Books from 2011 – 2018.  

A Signature Member of many arts organizations including the American Watercolor Society and the  National Watercolor Society,  Tom was recently appointed to the Advisory Board of  American Watercolor Weekly and elected Artist Member of the California Art Club and the Salmagundi Art Club, NYC. He is president emeritus of the American Society of Architectural Illustrators and a founding member of the group; North American Watercolor Artists.

Visit Thomas on his website.

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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

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.