Thursday, October 2, 2014


Our monthly meeting of the Greater Cincinnati Watercolor Society was held yesterday morning.  One of our members, Susan Grogan, gave the program and demoed her techniques for creating texture in her watercolor paintings.  Susan is a good presenter, very at ease and no awkward silences.  She teaches watercolor classes Fridays at Hobby Lobby in Eastgate and Mondays in Milford, OH.

Susan had several examples to pass around the room for us to see up close (she uses salt, salt + water, and just water to make the textured spots on her pottery; and also uses granulating colors).  She said she's never had a problem with the salt eating through the paper since she's been using it.  She also starts each of her works with a small thumbnail value study or a color study in a monochrome color.  This gives her an edge on working out problems of composition and value before she begins her final painting.  

She started with a drawing and did the rusted turquoise jug, then the sunflowers (she's known for her yellow flowers and used 5 different yellows in them, including Lemon Yellow, Raw Sienna, New Gamboge, Yellow Ochre and Quinacridone Burnt Scarlet for redder spots).

She almost completed the painting by the time the 12:00 o'clock whistle blew (which it does every first Wednesday of the month at noon - a test of the tornado system warning sirens and it is LOUD).

It was a good program with a fun and interesting speaker.  
Thanks, Susan!!


Debbie Nolan said...

Rhonda - this looks like it was so interesting. Always fun to see how others work and come up with their creative endeavors. I had heard that salt can do bad things but I have used it in some paintings and it doesn't seem to cause problems. Lots of fun to see the effects. Hope you are having a great day!

Diana said...

Wow that does sound like a great demo. Thank you for sharing it with us Rhonda. love,Diana

CrimsonLeaves said...

Looks like so much fun, Rhonda!! Glad you got to attend!

RH Carpenter said...

Glad you enjoyed my little reporting on the day, Debbie, Diana and Sherry :) Wish you all were close enough to join us!

Sadami said...

Hi, Rhonda, thank you for sharing your precious report. I always learn lots from your posts. Best wishes, Sadami

RH Carpenter said...

Thanks, Sadami :) Have a wonderful weekend.