Thursday, October 4, 2012


Yesterday's watercolor society met at the Evergreen Retirement Center, the place where our current fall show is hanging.  I came in early to meet the guest artist and spent some time setting up the chairs for the meeting.  We had our meeting in the large auditorium at Evergreen and the guest wanted a more intimate setting so everyone could see her smaller works as she demoed her technique and style.  We had about 40 members present, I think, and Evergreen supplied sandwiches and cookies for lunch after the meeting.

Our guest artist and speaker, Helen Habenstroh, specializes in architectural drawings and does commissions of houses as well as working toward a looser style in her watercolor journal.  She was a vivacious 82-year-old with plenty of stories to have us laughing as she demonstrated a small painting of Krohn Conservatory for us.  She displayed many works, including a book she had published, some field sketches, and detailed pen and ink drawings (which is her specialty).  A very talented and entertaining lady!

And what does the title of this post mean? 

Well, here are some photos from the room - which was decorated for Halloween and just happened to be a theme of crows and skeletons and bats!

Not great photos, but you can bet I'll be using them for future crow painting references!


Debbie Nolan said...

Ah Rhonda - this sounds like a lively place. Imagine someone 82 still creating and sharing it with others. How wonderful you were there. Take care and have a great end to your week.

Judith Farnworth Art said...

This is wierd, have just bee looking at some crow paintings by Bev Jozwiak, then come to your blog and see this about crows!!!

Mick Carney said...

Sounds like a good session. Hope I'm still coherent and improving my skills at that age.

CrimsonLeaves said...

That looks like a fabulous time. I would have loved to hear her stories too.

RH Carpenter said...

Debbie, she was an inspiration and so full of life! I'm ashamed of myself at times for thinking "It's too late for me as an artist" at my age - I could have another 25-30 years!!!

Judith, I'll have to check out her crows - I love seeing all crow paintings and like her work a lot!

Mick, yes, don't we all wish we were spry and a very young 80!!

Sherry, she was so entertaining and fun, it makes you wonder if that's what is part of keeping people young - attitude!

debwardart said...

I wondered if you got any photos of the crows! Of course, I shoulda known you would!