Linda Kemp visits VWS in March

Linda Kemp will be demonstrating in our monthly member meeting, Thursday, March 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
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Members free. Non-members $5.

Linda will also teach a 3-day workshop Friday-Sunday, March 15-17, 2019, from 9-4.

About the artist:

Linda Kemp’s home and studio backs onto a wooded conservation area in the Niagara Region of Ontario, Canada. She is internationally recognized for her unique contemporary watercolors and acrylics and innovative use of negative painting.

Linda is the author of two best selling books, Watercolor Painting Outside the Lines- A Positive Approach to Negative Painting and Simplifying Design and Color For Artists – Positive Results Using Negative Painting Techniques (North Light Books) and presenter in numerous instructional internet forums and art videos including Painting Outside the Lines, and Negative Painting Techniques, a series of six DVDs. Her paintings and articles have been featured in publications such as American Artist, Watercolor Magic, International Artist, Watercolor Artist, Watermedia Focus, Palette Magazine, Acrylic Artist and Practique des Arts, Acrylicworks 4.

She is also a contributing writer/demonstrator in the following books:
Watercolor For the Fun of It – Easy Landscapes – Jack Reid
Paint – Illustrated Techniques for Every Medium
Painter’s Quick Reference: Flowers
Painter’s Quick Reference: Landscapes
Color and Light for Watercolor Painters – C. Schink
Finding Your Visual Voice – Dakota Mitchell

Most recently her book Simplifying Design and Color for Artists was translated into Chinese. 

Kemp is an elected member of the Canadian Society of Painters in Water Colour (awarded Life Membership 2013), the Ontario Society of Artists and the Society of Canadian Artists. This artist is profiled in Canadian Whoʼs Who and Whoʼs Who Canadian Women, The Dictionary of International Biography and the 20th Anniversary Edition of Trivial Pursuit. Her award winning paintings are in private, government and corporate collections around the world, including The Royal Collection, Windsor Castle, U.K. and the private collection of HRH the Prince of Wales.

Linda instructs and lectures at national symposiums and workshops throughout Canada, United States, United Kingdom and France. She was the recipient of the 2005 Woman of Distinction Award for Arts and Culture in Niagara and in 2008 received the A.J. Casson Medal for Outstanding Achievement in Water Colour, the top award for The Canadian Society of Painters in Water Colour National Juried Exhibition.

Linda is an enthusiastic teacher who truly cares about the sharing of knowledge with her students. Linda’s lifelong devotion to sharing and teaching the joy of painting began in the early 1970’s when her sister and she received a government grant for youths to offer art and drama programs within the community.

Visit Linda on her website.

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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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 to check availability.

Meeting and workshops are held at:
San Fernando Valley Arts & Cultural Center
18312 Oxnard Street
Tarzana, CA 91356
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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.

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
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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
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Cost: $60 members, $80 non-members

To register, send email to Selina Cheng.

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October 2017 Meeting & Workshop Announcement

The next meeting of the Valley Watercolor Society is coming up Thursday evening, October 12, 2017, at 7 PM.

We meet at:
San Fernando Valley Arts & Cultural Center
18312 Oxnard St Tarzana 91356 CA
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Meetings are free for members, $5 for guests.
Click here to see our full meeting schedule.

This month we are excited to welcome Debbie Abshear to give a demo in our monthly meeting on Thursday, Oct 12, and to host a workshop for us on Friday, Oct 13, from 9am to 4pm.

Debbie Abshear en plein air

Debbie Abshear is a watercolor artist specializing in Plein Air landscapes. She has exhibited at the Santa Paula Museum of Art, California State University of Dominguez Hills and for the past three years, at the Watercolor West Exhibition held at the Brea Gallery.

Debbie earned her Signature Membership in the Watercolor West organization in 2014. Debbie was recently honored to be included in the Northlight Publishers book, ‘Splash 15’, featuring the best 100 watercolor artists.

Debbie has been a Governing Board Member of the National Watercolor Society for the past 6 years. She holds membership in the American Watercolor Society, National Watercolor Society, Watercolor West, South Bay Watercolor Society, and the Pacific Art Guild.

Debbie teaches a weekly beginning and intermediate watercolor class to adults in El Segundo, California.

In 2014, 2015, and 2016 Debbie painted extended Plein Air trips to Calico, Valley of Fire, Zion National Park, Grand Canyon National Park, Manzanar and has participated in Plein Air competitions in Mendocino, California. She regularly paints Plein air in and around her home in Southern California as well as daily studio painting.

Debbie recently exhibited paintings, and sketchbooks at the Muckenthaler Cultural Center in Fullerton. This National Watercolor Society invitational exhibition features plein air artists work from around the world.

Debbie is well known for her accordion sketchbooks which feature value studies of the landscape. Many a time she will arrive on site with a group of artists who all ask to see her most recent sketchbook.

We hope you will join us Thursday evening, Oct 12, for Debbie’s demo!

To inquire about attending Debbie’s workshop on Friday, October 13, 2017, from 9am to 4 pm, email Cost is $60 for members, $80 for non-members. Workshops are also held at SVFACC (directions).

Click here to visit Debbie on the web.

Check out our full workshop schedule here.

See you there!

Some of Debbie Abshear’s paintings

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!