MVAL Monthly Demo
An archive of the demonstrations and demonstrators from past meetings.
A sample of Pete's work on mineral paper. Click to enlarge.
I began my watercolor interest taking classes with Robert Uecker in the early 80’s. He always emphasized that every stroke counted, in other words do not over work your work.
I painted in Manzanar with Henry Fukuhara, experienced wonderful workshop trips to Mt. Carmel, Utah, Canyon de Chelly with Milford Zornes along with many fine artists. Also, I had the opportunity to attend workshops with some of the finest Watercolor Painters of the day.
In 2008 I was chosen as “One to Watch” ( Watercolor artist Magazine).
I am beginning my 16th year serving on the Watercolor West Board of Directors.
I hold Signature Membership in the following Organizations: American Watercolor Society, Transparent Watercolor Society, California Watercolor Association, San Diego Watercolor Society, Watercolor West (Master). 2014, I was selected “Artist of the Year” by Chaffey Community Museum of Art. 2015, Exhibited work in the NWS/China Exchange Exhibition. 2015-1016 Participated in an International Small Image Exchange Exhibit in conjunction with the Shenzhen International Watercolor Biannual and NWS. JoAnnFormia.com
A sampling of JoAnn's work. Click to enlarge.
Award-winning watercolorist, Fealing Lin of San Marino, California, was born in Taiwan and began her journey into artistic expression as a protégé of renowned professor Ching-Jung Chen in Taiwan, subsequently pursuing her career in the United States with watercolorist and senior art historian professor Verna Wells.
With a fluidity of colors, Ms. Lin combines impressionistic strokes and semi-abstract techniques to elicit life and movement in her portrait and landscape watercolors. Her paintings adorn the paper with both harmony and emotion.
Although briefly diverted from her passion by a family tradition of medicine and dentistry, Fealing ultimately abandoned her tray of instruments and high-speed drills in favor of her pallet and brushes. Now she is a teacher, demonstrator, judge, and active exhibitor.
Said Professor William Blackshaw, President of the Royal Watercolor Society in England, "Fealing Lin paints poems that vibrate with light and color... long may she continue to delight the eye and move the spirit"
"My passion for watercolor," says Ms. Lin, "comes from the opportunity it gives me to be totally spontaneous in the pursuit of traditional watercolor transparency which is the "glow" from the white paper that emerges through the paint once a fusion occurs from the application of wet onto wet.
Fealing was an annual guest instructor at Yosemite National Park for more than ten years, an instructor at Brand Art Studios at Brand Library in Glendale, and San Gabriel Recreation center in San Gabriel. She was featured at Descanso Gardens Gallery for 10 consecutive years. She has taught watercolor workshops throughout California and the US. Fealing has been enthusiastically embraced by the general public and private collectors alike.
Fealing is a signature member of National Watercolor Society, Transparent Watercolor Society of America, Watercolor West, San Diego Watercolor Society and the Missouri Watercolor Society. Her works have been juried in many national exhibitions including NWS, WW, TWSA (Transparent Watercolor Society of America), Brand National, Audubon Artist, San Diego Watercolor International and many others. She has won numerous awards among these shows.
Fealing's works also appear in many magazines and books, including Watercolor Magic, Artist Sketch Magazine, International Artist Magazine, Best Watercolor, and Splash (9, 10, 11,12 & 14). She is one of the 15 artists who have contributed to the new book Watercolor Secrets by North Light Books (2009). Her self-portrait is featured on the cover. fealingwater.com
A sample of Fealling's work. Click to enlarge.
Richard E Scott is a painter, teacher and writer.
Self-taught in drawing and watercolor, he paints outdoors and in the studio. His preferred subjects are architecture, gardens, still life and craft. His artworks have been published in various art and design magazines, periodicals and books.
He teaches drawing and painting at the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena, California, the Huntington in San Marino, California, and art workshops throughout the U.S. and Europe. For 20 years he has taught at numerous universities including Cal Poly Pomona, UCLA, Art Center, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and UNLV.
He has written for various art and design magazines and in 2013 published a compendium on drawing called “Sketching – from Square One to Trafalgar Square.” He resides in Pasadena, California.
Below is the completed demonstration painting, and a slide show of Richard’s process.
Jacksonsart.com in London
...is when we are treated to multiple demonstrations by our own MVAL members. This year's slate is listed below with a representative image: click to enlarge
November 2019 Demonstration
I did my graduation in Electrical and Electronics from Anna University, Chennai, India. My childhood passion was arts, especially Drawing and Painting made me to learn things on my own. I had been fortunate to learn a few additional things through the classes and workshops I attended in Los Angeles, California.
Though I try my hands on most of the media like Oil, Acrylic and Watercolor etc., I am in love with watercolor. I like the challenge it poses to bring out the brilliant, colorful rhapsody that watercolor alone can bring to the canvas. I share my joy of watercolor with the classes I teach and the new perspective I bring in them makes it worth all the hurdles I face. It is a long journey and probably the distance I need to cover is still a big one. The good thing is that the treasure is not at the end of the journey, but all along the way we travel.
Wish you a good time with watercolors.
October 2019 Demonstration
Kathleen Scoggin (kathleenscoggin.com) is a multimedia artist and instructor located in the Southern California desert.
Kathleen is a contemporary abstract artist working in watercolor, acrylic and mixed media. Her work is inspired by nature and expresses organic subjects inviting the viewer to see and be aware of the beauty around them. The work is based on unique texture techniques to describe the varied earth forms that are all around us. Her art is created to help the viewer see and be aware of the electrifying beauty of nature but still create mystery. She paints commissioned portraits of dogs and cats of all breeds.JURIED & JUDGED EXHIBITIONS: San Diego Watercolor Society, Coachella Valley Watercolor, Palm Springs Art Museum Artist Council Exhibition, Riverside County Date Festival, Lake Oswego Festival of Arts, Watercolor Society of Oregon, Village Gallery of Art, Pacific Northwest Plein Air Show, Oregon Society of Artists, Rose Festival Art Show.
INVITATIONAL AND GROUP EXHIBITS: Two Woman Exhibit – Two Babes With Brushes, Palm Desert Visitors Center & Desert Art Center; Art On The Edge Group Show UCR -Palm Desert; Lake Oswego Visions Invitational, Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts, Lakewood Art Association; Art in the Burbs, Frame Central Solo Exhibition; Art Media Show, Art Exhibit in Portland City Commissioner’s Offices.
AWARDS: Multiple Awards, San Diego Watercolor Society; Multiple Best in Shows, Coachella Valley Watercolor Society; Best in Show & Judges Award of Excellence, Riverside County Date Festival; Best in Show, Coachella Valley Watercolor Society Plein Air Show
EDUCATION: Basic Design, Fine Arts Coursework & Art History, Oregon State University, Portland State University & Chemeketa Community College, Dietetic Internship, Massachusetts General Hospital, B.S. Dietetics and Institution Management, Oregon State University
September 2019 Demonstration
Pasadena-based Danielak Fine Art (www.danielakfineart.com) is an innovative art sales and consulting services company which specializes in producing art-related events in alternative venues. Founded in 2000 as DanielakArt, the company is owned by curator Margaret Danielak. Danielak Fine Art advises collectors and artists alike and conducts museum tours focusing on women-made art. Clients include the California Art Club, the Southern California Women’s Caucus for Art (SCWCA), La Galeria Gitana, the San Diego Fine Art Society, Avenue 50 Studio, Towns Burr Gallery, Silvana Gallery and the Monrovia Association of Fine Arts, among others.
Margaret Danielak holds a B.A. in History from the University of California at Berkeley and was a Producer Fellow at the American Film Institute. She is the author of A Gallery without Walls: Selling Art in Alternative Venues (ArtNetwork Press). The book was a featured selection of North Light Book Club.
An active volunteer in the Pasadena community, Ms. Danielak served on the Junior League of Pasadena’s ART SMART Committee, in association with The Armory Center for the Arts, on art projects for disadvantaged youth. Ms. Danielak has received numerous grants to conduct Feminist Museum Tours at California Museums including The Norton Simon Museum, The de Young Museum, and most recently, The Huntington Library-Virginia Steele Scott Galleries of American Art.
An artist career coach, she also conducts The Art of Selling Art Workshops with award-winning artist, Julie Snyder, founder of Workshops in France, (www.workshopsinfrance.com).
May 2019 Demonstration
Photography for Artists with MVAL member John Taggart, who is currently doing watercolor art. He retired as a photographer doing many types of photography—from weddings, portraits to advertising and commercial photography. During the last 26 year of his career he did photography for Los Angeles Police Department. (Who is OJ Simpson?) John's watercolor art is not trying to paint the realistic world. It has been his desire to paint a feeling or use the real to create new visions or recreate elements to a painterly design. “If I want to paint a scene that looks like the scene—I would take a photograph.”
Photography for Artists will start with how to photograph/document your artwork with the tools that you may have. Often we are asked to make photographs of our paintings for submissions or just our own records. Sometimes there are shortcomings and procedures will be discussed as to how to make a good representation of your original art. Another feature of the presentation will be using a “photographers eye” which is really an artist eye. A camera or smartphone can be used as a tool to establish and develop compositions in your paintings. An artist can use photographs to visualize the world and make new visions for your art. Time permitted, copyright will be touched on and use of digital tools to help with your visual journey. Keep painting.
April 2019 Demonstration
MVAL member John Byram is a local architect and artist who has been painting in transparent watercolor for over twenty-five years. John teaches watercolor classes through the Glendale Lifelong Learning Program, and conducts the occasional workshop.
John seeks the energy in his subjects, using a balance of deliberate and loose brush strokes to push the balance in a painting between representation and chaos, often blending colors directly on the paper. Frequently using black and white reference photos, he selects a color temperature dominance for a painting, developing a range of values, over entirely local color, with his chosen palette.
John’s work has appeared in the Annual Arroyo Arts Discovery Tour, the Mohave County Museum, the Southwest Museum and the Acorn Gallery in Los Angeles. He studied under noted aquarellists Fealing Lin, Robert J. Uecker, and Robert S. Oliver. He is also a member of the Mount Washington Plein Air Painters.