and Calendar Publication

"Newton in Watercolor"

September 1- 30, 2018
at Café L'Aroma
15 Spencer St, Newton

Deadline: Tuesday, July 31, 2018

"Newton in Watercolor"

This is a great opportunity to see your art published!

We will have 12 winners! Each winning painting will be showcased in a beautiful calendar for 2019. The calendar will be become available  beginning/middle of September.

Note: All paintings have to be horizontal!

You can submit up to 5 paintings yet only one win per artist for the calendar publication; three paintings of those five (your choice) is the limit per artist for the show.

Please download the application HERE.


Beginning of June we were visiting and painting in the
Tower Hill Botanic Garden
in Boylston, MA

We had a wonderful morning in warm weather with lots of sunshine in this large botanical garden, just 45 minutes west of Newton.

Tower Hill is one of the biggest botanical garden's in the Northeast with 17 distinct gardens, woodlands and open spaces.
Some of us painted at the cottage garden, others at the picturesque wildlife refuge pond with its rustic gazebo or at the Andalusian-court-like pool with the turtle water fountains.
Rhododendrons, azaleas, wisteria, irises and some early roses were blooming, although the focus of this botanic garden is the large variety of landscapes and not so much the colorful flowering plants.

Later we enjoyed an excellent lunch at the "Farmer and the Fork Café" followed  by a bit of critique or feedback to the individual paintings.

We all decided it would be a great idea to come back in October for the fall foliage. Now we are contemplating a theme so we can focus on a motto to paint for a judged show next year here in Tower Hill Botanic Garden. I hope you join us in the Fall!




Saturday, May 19, 2018 


was a sucessful event!

All ages participated for that morning of painting! The artists painted a huge variety of subjects: Newton City Hall, flowering plants right next to our blue canopy station, bridges over city ponds, the Johnny Kelly statue and so much more! The location offered many interesting views including the scenic Bullough Pond and of course Newton City Hall and the Newton Free Library.

We offered everyone a free package of 8 high-quality watercolor paper samples of different companies in different weights and textures to try out. Also boards for the papers and some watercolor paint samples were available for free.

Experienced artists (A big thank you to all of you!) strolled around and gave tips and advice to painters new to painting outdoors and helped some new painters to start a painting and how to go forward.

At the end of the morning, right before the rain started to set in, our expert artists gave feedback to each painting. We had a raffle drawing and found the lucky winner of an Arches Watercolor block (20 sheets, cold pressed).
Lastly, we awarded the best five paintings of brand-new and seasoned water color painters!

Coffee, water, soda and a variety of baked goods (Thank you! to all bakers!) completed the offer.

Lots of people just coming (or running) by, stayed and started painting. It was a fun morning for everyone!

The five winners of our first Paint-Out!
For more opportunities this Spring and Summer to paint with watercolors
outside aka Plein-Air,
see our Plein-Air page and our Calendar page