David Smith online at VWS in November 2020

David Smith - Nostalgia

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 Smith

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.

Visit David on his website.

We hope you and your family members are safe during this pandemic.

Lian Quan Zhen’s Demo on March 11, 2021

Dear Friends,

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 Evansen visits VWS in February

Andy Evansen will be demonstrating in our monthly member meeting, Thursday, February 13, 2020. 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.

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.

Julie Crouch visits VWS in January

Julie Crouch
Julie Crouch

Julie Crouch will be demonstrating in our monthly member meeting, Thursday, January 9, 2020. 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.

Julie will also teach a 1-day workshop, Sunday, January 19, from 9-4.

 

Joseph Stoddard visits VWS in May

Joseph Stoddard will be demonstrating in our monthly member meeting, Thursday, May 9, 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.

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.

His books include Expressive Painting, Pasadena Sketchbook, Expressive Color, and Watercolor Postcards Kit.

Visit Joseph on his website.

Cathy Quiel visits VWS in April

Cathy Quiel will be demonstrating in our monthly member meeting, Thursday, April 11, 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.

Cathy will also teach a 1-day workshop, Friday, April 12, 2019, from 9-4.

About the Artist:

Cathy Quiel, internationally renowned watercolorist, captures her images through a vivid application of pigment. Her paintings are represented internationally in corporate and private collections.

She has been a guest lecturer at the Riverside Art Museum and the Muckenthaler Museum in conjunction with the National Watercolor Society and Watercolor West.

Her work has been published and featured in numerous art books and publications including The Best of Watercolor III, The Artistic Touch Volumes 1, 2, 3 & 4 and North Light Publications Confident Color and The New Creative Artist. In addition her work has been featured in The American Artist, Artist and Montecito Magazines and selected for the catalog cover image for the Antioch University, Los Angeles and Santa Barbara.

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.

Visit Cathy on her website.

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
Click here for directions from your location.

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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