Wednesday, March 7, 2007

Thursday, Mar. 8, 2007 - Greater Cincinnati Watercolor Society

Yesterday, I took on the duties of Recording Secretary for the Greater Cincinnati Watercolor Society. And, for our guest artist, we had Bruce Neville give a talk and a demonstration on the importance of value studies using a Tombow pen (available at DickBlick and ASW). Bruce paints wonderful watercolors filled with light and loves architectural works. Check out his webpage at and go to the main gallery to see some stunning pieces.

We have such a wealth of instruction and helpful artists in the group! Several of the members went to the Cincinnati Art Museum ( after the meeting and had lunch and then toured the Andrew Wyeth exhibit there. I walked through rooms filled with paintings of the Olson house; sketches and preliminary studies of the house; and various aspects of the Olson's way of life done in charcoal, watercolor, tempura and graphite. (Many of you will know the famous painting, Christina's World painted in 1948 of the woman at the bottom of the hillside leaning towards the house far away).

Seeing these pieces was a once-in-a-lifetime event since this collection is housed permanently in Japan. The paintings were stunning and I'm sorry I had to leave early due to back pain that kept me from enjoying the display fully. I may have to return another time since it runs until May. If you're in the Greater Cincinnati area, please do check it out!

Here's the CAM brochure with just one of the watercolor paintings shown. Christina's World is permanently housed at the Museum of Modern Art (NY).

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