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ENTRY DEADLINE IS APRIL 26 -one week from today - for the Eighth Annual SDWS Plein Air Open Cash Show. Submit today!The ...
04/19/2024

ENTRY DEADLINE IS APRIL 26 -one week from today - for the Eighth Annual SDWS Plein Air Open Cash Show. Submit today!

The exhibition is open to members AND non-members. There will be three cash prizes of $1,000, $500, $300, A People’s Choice Award of $200, and three honorable mentions of $50 each.

Get those submissions in and Please Share this with other artists by clicking the Share arrow below!

The "Out 'n About" Exhibition will show from July 3 - July 31 with a reception and award ceremony on July 6th. The exhibition juror is .artist who is a signature member in many art organizations, including Laguna Plein Air Painters Association, the National Watercolors Society, the American Watercolor Society, the American Society of Marine Artists, and the San Diego Watercolor Society. She has also been a faculty member for Plein Air Live Convention since 2018.

View the Prospectus here:https://www.sdws.org/userfiles/file/PleinAir-2024/2024%20PleinAir-prospectus.pdf

Cynthia Roach is April’s Volunteer of the Month! 🙏 A member since 2010, Cynthia has displayed the spirit of volunteerism...
04/18/2024

Cynthia Roach is April’s Volunteer of the Month! 🙏 A member since 2010, Cynthia has displayed the spirit of volunteerism. She started as a workshop assistant and is currently volunteering for a number of positions. Cynthia is a regular volunteer for the monthly Entry Day. Her sense of humor, patience & upbeat nature help
make the day go more smoothly.

Cynthia is a dedicated and popular Staffer who is enthusiastic, welcoming, hardworking & kind. Even though she has a long drive to the gallery and home commitments, she makes time to check last minute cancellations of the staffing calendar and tries to sign up.

Cynthia is extremely generous when it comes to hospitality. She provides food for First Fridays and other events, which make the supply of refreshments readily available and appreciated.

Cynthia’s dedication to supporting SDWS, her knowledge, and willingness to help other members make her an excellent choice for The Volunteer of the Month. Congratulations and thank you, Cynthia!

Enter the SDWS May 2024 Member Exhibition "Untamed," juried by Mark Smith!ONLINE ENTRY OPENS TODAY: April 17, 2024, and ...
04/17/2024

Enter the SDWS May 2024 Member Exhibition "Untamed," juried by Mark Smith!

ONLINE ENTRY OPENS TODAY: April 17, 2024, and the DEADLINE FOR ENTRY is Saturday, April 27. The Opening Reception is Friday, May 3rd and the show runs through June 1.

Get those paintings in!

SDWS Gallery Show Entry Member Requirements are here: https://www.sdws.org/shows.php?ID=88

For questions, please email [email protected] or [email protected].

CALL FOR ENTRIES for the San Diego Watercolor Society's (SDWS) 44th International Exhibition CLOSES MAY 6, 2024! The pre...
04/16/2024

CALL FOR ENTRIES for the San Diego Watercolor Society's (SDWS) 44th International Exhibition CLOSES MAY 6, 2024! The prestigious exhibition will held 9/29 - 10/31, 2024 in the SDWS Gallery in The Arts District, Liberty Station, San Diego.

Submit today! Please Share this info with your artist friends by clicking the 'Share' arrow below!

Ratindra Das AWS TWSA is this year’s juror, ~$20,000 in cash and merchandise awards are anticipated - with a $5,000 First Prize!

All water-based media on paper, synthetic paper, wrapped canvas, or cradled wood panel is eligible. Paintings will be for sale both in our Gallery and Online.

Get more information & view the prospectus here: https://www.sdws.org/shows.php?ID=39

Have questions? Contact [email protected]

Congrats to artist Robin Erickson! "Bologna Street Scene" won Third Place in the SDWS April "Optional Paths" Member Exhi...
04/16/2024

Congrats to artist Robin Erickson! "Bologna Street Scene" won Third Place in the SDWS April "Optional Paths" Member Exhibition.

"This piece is not only super photo realistic, but it also has a wonderful abstract design that pulls it all together. The beautiful color combination adds to the overall fabulous Italian feeling," comments exhibition juror Linda Doll.

View this painting and the full exhibition through April 27. The SDWS Gallery is located in Arts District Liberty Station and open every Wed - Sun 11am - 3pm. Admission is free!

Thanks to the City of San Diego for financial support.

ENTRY DEADLINE for the SDWS Plein Air Exhibition 2024 is April 26, 2024. GET THOSE PAINTINGS IN!Show dates run July 3 - ...
04/15/2024

ENTRY DEADLINE for the SDWS Plein Air Exhibition 2024 is April 26, 2024. GET THOSE PAINTINGS IN!

Show dates run July 3 - July 31, 2024. The exhibition is open to members AND non-members. There will be cash prizes of $1,000, $500, $300, a People's Choice Award of $200, and three honorable mentions of $50.

Shuang Li is this year's juror - who is committed to the beauty of plein air painting and impressionism. Her paintings are regularly exhibited in national and international shows, frequently recognized with awards. She is a signature member in many art organizations, including Laguna Plein Air Painters Association, the National Watercolors Society, the American Watercolor Society, the American Society of Marine Artists, and the San Diego Watercolor Society. She has also been a faculty member for Plein Air Live Convention since 2018.

Find the Prospectus and more information here: https://www.sdws.org/shows.php?ID=209

Some of the paintout paintings!  Good times !
04/14/2024

Some of the paintout paintings! Good times !

Some of the Artists enjoying the views. Beautiful clouds blowing by
04/14/2024

Some of the Artists enjoying the views. Beautiful clouds blowing by

Trevi Hills Winery paintout scenes. We had a perfect weather day and so relaxing
04/14/2024

Trevi Hills Winery paintout scenes. We had a perfect weather day and so relaxing

Awesome Demo Paintout with Drew Bandish at Trevi Hills Winery!  Thank you Sommelier Michael for your hospitality!  Drew ...
04/14/2024

Awesome Demo Paintout with Drew Bandish at Trevi Hills Winery! Thank you Sommelier Michael for your hospitality! Drew told us about shamwow and frowns! Thirty artists learned the secrets!

04/12/2024

Wow! What an incredible & valuable learning experience at the 'Figures Through the Light and Shadow' workshop with Eudes Correia! 🎨 From exploring our art through the play of light and shadow, to capturing the essence of figures, it was all an opportunity for growth. Huge thanks to Eudes Correia for his guidance and expertise! Can't wait to see how we ​all apply these new skills​.

​Don't miss all of our other 2024 Workshops! You can find them here: https://www.sdws.org/workshopslist.php?cat=6

The APRIL GENERAL MEETING Via Zoom is this Sunday, April 14 at 1pm!This VIRTUAL General Membership Meeting will open wit...
04/12/2024

The APRIL GENERAL MEETING Via Zoom is this Sunday, April 14 at 1pm!

This VIRTUAL General Membership Meeting will open with social time and will be followed by an update from SDWS President, Drew Bandish, and reports from the Directors.

Our artist demo will be by Joanne Newman! Art has always been a big part of Joanne’s life. She has an art degree from San Diego State University and worked for a leading-edge international textile company for over 30 years. She is a mixed media artist working on canvas and paper, and will be teaching the workshop Exploring the Fun of Gel Plate Printing at SDWS in May: "Exploring the Fun of Gel Plate Printing."

Sunday, April 14, 2024
1:00 pm Begin / Social Time
1:30 pm General Meeting
2:00 pm Artist Demo by Joanne Newman

LESS THAN A MONTH LEFT to get your entries in for the San Diego Watercolor Society's (SDWS) 44th International Exhibitio...
04/11/2024

LESS THAN A MONTH LEFT to get your entries in for the San Diego Watercolor Society's (SDWS) 44th International Exhibition, to be held September 29 – October 31, 2024! DEADLINE for entries is MAY 6, 2024. Don't miss this opportunity to exhibit with some of the finest water-based media artists from around the globe! 🌍

This year’s juror is award-winning artist Ratindra Das AWS TWSA. There is an anticipated $20,000 in cash and merchandise awards - with a $5,000 First Prize!! Get those paintings in!

Water-based media (acrylic, gouache, watercolor) on paper, synthetic paper, wrapped canvas, or cradled wood panel are all eligible. Paintings will be for sale both in our Gallery and Online.

More information & prospectus here:https://www.sdws.org/userfiles/file/I-Show/2024_I-Show_Prospectus-2024-01-30_Final.pdf

San Diego Watercolor Society is dedicated to nurturing artists who use water-based media to describe their world and their responses to it. SDWS conducts workshops, supports juried shows, and does outreach to local schools.

Saturday April 13 Demo Paintout at the Trevi Hills Winery in Lakeside! Demo starts Promptly at 9am with review at 1pm.Th...
04/10/2024

Saturday April 13 Demo Paintout at the Trevi Hills Winery in Lakeside! Demo starts Promptly at 9am with review at 1pm.

The demo artist for April is Drew Bandish - President of the San Diego Watercolor Society! Drew is an award winning, art educator, and signature artist from SDWS.

Drew will be showing us the importance of using perceived wrong colors to achieve the right colors. This technique creates depth and dimension in painting. He'll be showing us wet paper on a slick board with a dried up side, and how he attaches his watercolor paper to a piece of plexiglass with water, also wetting the front before starting to paint. Bring a piece of plexiglass bigger than your paper and clips to secure you watercolor paper if you want to paint along.

Michael Larranaga is the Sommelier at Trevi Hills Winery who has kindly allowed us to come and enjoy the winery views for our paintout. Please consider bringing snacks to share as there is no food to purchase. You're also encouraged to purchase wine as Michael lets us use the winery at no charge. Bringing lunch is a great idea too.

Directions: 13010 Muth Valley Road. Take 8 East and then take 67 toward Lakeside. Exit Right onto Mapleview and then take a Left onto Ashwood. Ashwood turns into Wildcat Canyon Road. Continue on Wildcat Canyon Rd for about three miles and then take a left onto Muth Valley Road. Drive to the top of the hill-about 1.5 miles and the entrance is on the Right.

Online Entry Open Now for the SDWS Plein Air Exhibition 2024 - Out 'n About!! Entry deadline is April 26, 2024 at midnig...
04/09/2024

Online Entry Open Now for the SDWS Plein Air Exhibition 2024 - Out 'n About!! Entry deadline is April 26, 2024 at midnight PST -- just a few weeks to get those entries in! Show dates run July 3 - July 31, 2024.

The exhibition is open to members AND non-members. There will be cash prizes of $1,000, $500, $300, a People's Choice Award of $200, and three honorable mentions of $50.

Shuang Li is this year's juror - who is committed to the beauty of plein air painting and impressionism. Her paintings are regularly exhibited in national and international shows, frequently recognized with awards. Shuang has an extensive teaching background and is highly sought after by art organizations for workshops, demonstrations and as juror for shows. She is a signature member in many art organizations, including Laguna Plein Air Painters Association, the National Watercolors Society, the American Watercolor Society, the American Society of Marine Artists, and the San Diego Watercolor Society. She has also been a faculty member for Plein Air Live Convention since 2018.

Find the Prospectus and more information here: https://www.sdws.org/shows.php?ID=209

San Diego Watercolor Society is dedicated to nurturing artists who use water-based media to describe their world and their responses to it. SDWS conducts workshops, supports juried shows, and does outreach to local schools.

"Free Fall" by Nell Bartlett won Second Place in the SDWS 2024 April "Optional Paths" Member Exhibition. Congratulations...
04/09/2024

"Free Fall" by Nell Bartlett won Second Place in the SDWS 2024 April "Optional Paths" Member Exhibition. Congratulations to Nell Bartlett!

This show, juried by Linda A Doll, is on display through April 27th. Make plans to view it any Wed - Sun from 11am - 3pm. We're located in the Arts District Liberty Station and admission is FREE! So many stellar paintings in this show! Come purchase your favorite before it sells to someone else!

Thanks to the City of San Diego for financial support.

Register now for "Exploring the Fun of Gel Plate Printing" - a workshop with Joanne Newman May 20-21, 2024 in the SDWS G...
04/08/2024

Register now for "Exploring the Fun of Gel Plate Printing" - a workshop with Joanne Newman May 20-21, 2024 in the SDWS Gallery.

Painting and crafts have always been a passion of Joanne's. Gel Plate printing is a perfect fusion of these two disciplines! Like life, it's full of surprises and imperfections.

Experience level: Beginners on up. All are welcome! Sign up here: https://www.sdws.org/classes-detail.php?ID=2015810

Joanne graduated with a BA of Art with an emphasis in Environmental Design. She worked as an interior designer and architectural draftsman then later represented an international textile company headquartered in New York.

The CALL FOR ENTRIES is OPEN for the San Diego Watercolor Society's (SDWS) 44th International Exhibition through May 6, ...
04/05/2024

The CALL FOR ENTRIES is OPEN for the San Diego Watercolor Society's (SDWS) 44th International Exhibition through May 6, 2024! The prestigious exhibition will held 9/29 - 10/31, 2024 in the SDWS Gallery in The Arts District, Liberty Station, San Diego.

Get your entries now! Please Share this info by clicking the 'Share' arrow below!

Ratindra Das AWS TWSA is this year’s juror, ~$20,000 in cash and merchandise awards are anticipated - with a $5,000 First Prize!

All water-based media on paper, synthetic paper, wrapped canvas, or cradled wood panel is eligible. Paintings will be for sale both in our Gallery and Online.

Get more information & view the prospectus here: https://www.sdws.org/shows.php?ID=39

Have questions? Contact [email protected]

Art Excursion! Join us! The Day Tripper Tours & SDWS Hilbert Museum of California Art & Old Towne Orange Excursion is Ma...
04/04/2024

Art Excursion! Join us! The Day Tripper Tours & SDWS Hilbert Museum of California Art & Old Towne Orange Excursion is May 23rd and will include pick ups from East Count, North County & Central SD!

Friends are welcome and encouraged to join. The program will include shopping in Old Towne Orange and a docent tour at the museum. The Hilbert Museum of California Art at Chapman University is committed to tracing the rich, iconic history of the Golden State!

The price is $139. Make sure to mention you're traveling with SDWS when you make your reservation at 619-334-3394 or online and Day TripperTours.com.

04/04/2024

Join us Friday, April 5th from 5-8 pm for the Opening Reception for the SDWS February Member Show, "Optional Paths!"

Nibble, sip, mingle with artists & peruse the exhibition. Oh - and don't forget to cast your vote for the People's Choice Award! Please share this post Art Friends!

See you there!

San Diego Watercolor Society
2825 Dewey Rd, Suite 105
San Diego, CA 92106

FIRST PLACE in the 2024 April "Optional Paths" (Cash Show) Member Exhibition goes to "Yoga Girl" by Joan Merrick. Big co...
04/03/2024

FIRST PLACE in the 2024 April "Optional Paths" (Cash Show) Member Exhibition goes to "Yoga Girl" by Joan Merrick. Big congrats to Joan!

This show was juried by Linda Doll, and is on display through April 27. The Opening Reception is this Friday - during First Friday in Liberty Station - from 5-8pm in the SDWS Gallery. Come sip 🍷, socialize and ensure that you get dibs on your favorite painting!

The SDWS Gallery is open every Wed - Sun from 11am - 3pm. Admission is always FREE!

Thanks to the City of San Diego for financial support.

ONE SPOT LEFT for the  Eudes Correia Workshop "Figures Through the Light and Shadow" this April 10-12 in the SDWS Galler...
04/02/2024

ONE SPOT LEFT for the Eudes Correia Workshop "Figures Through the Light and Shadow" this April 10-12 in the SDWS Gallery.

Eudes is one of the most outstanding contemporary watercolor artists on the world stage! He lives in Portugal so has only a very limited number of workshops in the US each year. This is a not-to-be-missed opportunity!

Check out this demo (in English) from the SAA International Watercolour Masters 2022!

04/02/2024

Saturday April 13 Demo Paintout
Demo starts Promptly at 9AM with review AT 1 PM

The April Demo Paintout is going to be a Dry, Full Bodied, Brilliant, Buttery, Nose, Legs, and Corker of a day! Oenology will be the topic with the Aeration of Vinification! Have you figured it out: We are going to Trevi Hills Winery in Lakeside!! Wine slang to be exact.

Michael Larranaga is the Sommelier and has kindly allowed us to come and enjoy the winery views for our paintout. The vineyards currently are on the verge of Bud Burst but are bare this time of year. The mountain views are filled with interesting boulders, olive trees and oak trees along with beautiful blooms of Lilac! Because it is always a special day at the winery, please consider bringing snacks to share as there is no food to purchase. I do encourage you to purchase some wine as Michael lets us use the winery at no charge and is very generous with the place! Bringing lunch is a great idea too as the winery in the Mountains is magical!

There are many places to sit and relax but do bring a chair and an umbrella for shade. The mountain air is dry so bring plenty of water to drink.

The demo artist for April is Drew Bandish the President of the San Diego Watercolor Society! Drew is an award winning, art educator, and signature artist from SDWS. Drew has recently retired from an illustrious career in teaching art but is still dedicated to helping others achieve success in their watercolors.

In the demo Drew will be showing us the importance of using perceived wrong colors to achieve the right colors. This technique creates depth and dimension in painting. He will demo the theory of if it looks right it’s wrong! Drew will be showing us Wet paper on a Slick board with a dried up side. He will show us how he attaches his watercolor paper to a piece of plexiglass with water and also wetting the front before starting to paint. Bring a piece of plexiglass bigger than your paper if you want to paint along and clips to secure you watercolor paper.

Directions: 13010 Muth Valley Road Take 8 East and then take 67 toward Lakeside. Exit Right onto Mapleview and then take a Left onto Ashwood. Ashwood turns into Wildcat Canyon Road. Continue on Wildcat Canyon Rd for about three miles and then take a left onto Muth Valley Road. Drive to the top of the hill-about 1.5 miles and the entrance is on the Right.

Be Full Bodied with a Backbone and don’t be Bitter! Come for an Aeration of Aroma with a Bouquet of Brilliant Structure! Let the Cork out of your week and come join us at the April Demo Paintout! All artists are welcomed and encouraged to join us and share some Wine Slang!
The More you Go the More you Grow! Cheers!

The Eighth Annual SDWS Plein Air Open Cash Show is NOW OPEN for Entries!! Submit now through April 26th.Please Share~ by...
04/01/2024

The Eighth Annual SDWS Plein Air Open Cash Show is NOW OPEN for Entries!! Submit now through April 26th.

Please Share~ by clicking the Share arrow below!

The exhibition is open to members and non-members. There will be three cash prizes of $1,000, $500, $300, A People’s Choice Award of $200, and three honorable mentions of $50 each. Get those submissions in!

The "Out 'n About" Exhibition will show from July 3 - July 31 with a reception and award ceremony on July 6th. The exhibition juror is .artist who is a signature member in many art organizations, including Laguna Plein Air Painters Association, the National Watercolors Society, the American Watercolor Society, the American Society of Marine Artists, and the San Diego Watercolor Society. She has also been a faculty member for Plein Air Live Convention since 2018.

View the Prospectus here:https://www.sdws.org/userfiles/file/PleinAir-2024/2024%20PleinAir-prospectus.pdf

An Honorable Mention went to “Waterfall” by Ski Torzeski in the SDWS March 2024 Members Show “Imagined Reality.” Congrat...
03/29/2024

An Honorable Mention went to “Waterfall” by Ski Torzeski in the SDWS March 2024 Members Show “Imagined Reality.” Congrats to Ski!

"The transparent watercolor works so well here. The light flickering through the droplets and the facets in the waterfall make this piece so appealing. It is a small painting, but people will come across the room to see it. It has a muted color harmony and is delicious," comments juror Rise Parberry.

View through this Saturday, March 30th!

Thanks to the City of San Diego for financial support.

CALL FOR ENTRIES is OPEN for the San Diego Watercolor Society's (SDWS) 44th International Exhibition, to be held Septemb...
03/28/2024

CALL FOR ENTRIES is OPEN for the San Diego Watercolor Society's (SDWS) 44th International Exhibition, to be held September 29 – October 31, 2024! Deadline for entries is May 6, 2024. This is a fantastic opportunity to exhibit with some of the finest water-based media artists in the world! 🌍

This year’s juror is award-winning artist Ratindra Das AWS TWSA. There is an anticipated $20,000 in cash and merchandise awards - with a $5,000 First Prize!!

ALL water-based media on paper, synthetic paper, wrapped canvas, or cradled wood panel is eligible. Paintings will be for sale both in our Gallery and Online.

More information & prospectus here: https://www.sdws.org/shows.php?ID=39

San Diego Watercolor Society is dedicated to nurturing artists who use water-based media to describe their world and their responses to it. SDWS conducts workshops, supports juried shows, and does outreach to local schools.

“Rumors” by Kathleen Scoggin won an Honorable Mention in the SDWS March 2024 Members Show “Imagined Reality.” Congrats t...
03/27/2024

“Rumors” by Kathleen Scoggin won an Honorable Mention in the SDWS March 2024 Members Show “Imagined Reality.” Congrats to Kathleen!

Many thanks to juror Rise Parberry who comments., "This is a strongly organized piece with a great deal of detail...It has a lot of rhythm. You feel like you’re looking at something organic like trees or cliffs or landscape, but it doesn’t say it in a blatant way."

You have a few days left to see this full show - it displays through Saturday, March 30! SDWS Gallery hours are Wed - Sun 11am - 3pm, and admission is free!

View and purchase online if you can't make it in: https://www.sdws.org/galleryart.php?cat=7043

DO NOT miss your opportunity to learn from Eudes Correia - one of the most outstanding contemporary watercolor artists o...
03/26/2024

DO NOT miss your opportunity to learn from Eudes Correia - one of the most outstanding contemporary watercolor artists on the world stage! His "Figures Through the Light and Shadow" workshop is April 10-12 in the SDWS Gallery.

He transforms ordinary people in the city streets into the protagonists of his work. Eudes has excelled on the international stage, participated in exhibitions, and given workshops in more than 30 countries around the world. He is sponsored by Winsor & Newton Global.

In this class he will address the following:
Volume
Perspective
Light and shadow
Contrast
Tonal value
Gradient
Connection of colors
Types of brush strokes
Understanding a 3D face
Understanding the volumes of a face
Skin color study
Understanding shadows and projected shadows
Soft and hard shadow
Variation of color tones

Skill level: Intermediate.

Eudes lives in Portugal so has only a very limited number of workshops in the US each year. This is a not-to-be-missed opportunity!

Sign up here: https://www.sdws.org/classes-detail.php?ID=2015824

Best of Miniatures in the March 2024 Members Show “Imagined Reality” goes to “Oh No!” by Julie Anderson. Congratulations...
03/25/2024

Best of Miniatures in the March 2024 Members Show “Imagined Reality” goes to “Oh No!” by Julie Anderson. Congratulations to Julie!

Juror Rise Parberry comments, "This is a very intentional painting, with an intentional color harmony, and beautiful composition. It is a big painting in a little frame." Indeed!

The exhibition is on display through Saturday, March 30. Admission is free and Gallery hours are 11am - 3pm Wed - Sun.

Can't make it to the Gallery? View online: https://www.sdws.org/galleryart.php?cat=7043

Thank you to the City of San Diego for financial support.

The CALL FOR ENTRIES is OPEN for the San Diego Watercolor Society's (SDWS) 44th International Exhibition through May 6, ...
03/23/2024

The CALL FOR ENTRIES is OPEN for the San Diego Watercolor Society's (SDWS) 44th International Exhibition through May 6, 2024! The prestigious exhibition will held 9/29 - 10/31, 2024 in the SDWS Gallery in The Arts District, Liberty Station, San Diego.

Ratindra Das AWS TWSA is this year’s juror, ~$20,000 in cash and merchandise awards are anticipated - with a $5,000 First Prize!

All water-based media on paper, synthetic paper, wrapped canvas, or cradled wood panel is eligible. Paintings will be for sale both in our Gallery and Online.

Get more information & view the prospectus here: https://www.sdws.org/shows.php?ID=39

Have questions? Contact [email protected]

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