Show
and Calendar Publication

"Newton in Watercolor"

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

Theme:
"Newton in Watercolor"


The reception for the show
will be
Sunday, September 9, 2018
3pm - 4pm
at Cafe L'Aroma

Each winning painting will be showcased in a
beautiful calendar for 2019.
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Summer Sunset Social

The event was a big success and the highlight of an otherwise hot and humid summer weekend!

Nearly 20 members and spouses came together to enjoy some cooling beverages and delicious appetizers on Friday evening in the backyard of NWS’s president Gitty Schacher.

There was talk among the tables of good places for framing, recommended art books, and of course non-art related topics. In the background played 10-minute video-clips of watercolor demos by NWS member Gary Tucker, accompanied by upbeat music.

It was such a different and enjoyable elate afternoon that we have been asked to repeat it again next year!

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Workshop with Thomas Schaller
"Architecture of Light"
in July 2018

This workshop was outstanding! Thomas Schaller’s instruction was spot-on, inspiring and yet accommodating to each individual’s own style. His daily demos and helpful feedback encouraged our participants to integrate their newly-acquired knowledge and own epiphanies into their paintings, with resounding success.

Fortunately, we had a large, air-conditioned hall to protect us from the hot and humid Boston weather, with one wonderful exception: we ventured out to the new Seaport area one evening and painted the Boston skyline from the covered patio of the “Daily Catch”. While we painted, the sky changed from a beautiful sunset to a clear night, and all of the buildings, boats and street lights began to illuminate the skyline and threw their reflections across the water. What a treat!


On another evening, Tom and our members had a refreshing change of location and the good fortune to sip wine and eat hors d’oeuvres at one of our members' beautiful home. We had a lovely evening, and enjoyed talking about non-watercolor related topics.


Although we were a big group of 20 participants, we always received immediate response from Tom when asking questions, whether about determining which tonal value to apply or which part of the perspective could be improved. We now have a better understanding of the philosophy behind Tom’s decisions and use of light and contrast in his paintings; to correctly consider and apply the knowledge and techniques in our own paintings will still take time and practice, but I already look forward to seeing the results!


Tom’s workshop style was very comfortable, and the great group, abundance of snacks and coffee, and casual presence of Otis led to a very pleasant workshop experience.

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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!
 
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Our

Paint-Out!

on

Saturday, May 19, 2018 

10pm—noon

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