Category Archives: Call for Entries

Welcome, April!

A reminder that Central Virginia Watercolor Guild can now be found on the web at www.CVWG.art.


“Blue Over You” by Deb Prum

Featuring Member Artist Deb Prum

Member Deb Prum generously shares her art, a bit of her biography, and her fascination with water media in our latest installment of our Featured Member Artist series. Find our page using our site’s left hand menu bar or click here. Also, check out Deb’s personal website at http://www.deborahprum.com/.


Call for Entries to CVWG’s Small Works Exhibit

Our Guild President, Linda Verhagen, has issued our Call for Entries to the Guild’s Small Works Exhibit being hosted by the Crozet Artisans Depot in Crozet, VA this September. Read the Call for Entries at this link or the left-side menu button on this site. The first 28 members who email Linda will be entered so we urge you to contact her now.


Resources From Our Members

Member Chee Ricketts sent us this to be shared:

 HOW TO DISTINGUISH BETWEEN COLORED PENCILS AND WATERCOLOR PENCILS

 It is important to know their composition, just as in making the distinction between media, such as watercolor vs. oil. All of these media are composed of pigment/binder/solvent.

 Oils: pigment/ binder is Linseed Oil/ solvent is turpentine or Gamsol
 Watercolor: pigment/ binder is Gum Arabic/ solvent is water Therefore, the distinction between colored pencils and watercolor pencils is in the binder and solvent

 Colored pencils: pigment/ binder is wax or vegetable oil and the solvent is can be alcohol or turpentine (I used wax based colored pencils with my high school students and we used alcohol as the solvent) (safer than turps)

 Watercolor pencils: the binder can be Gum Arabic or water-soluble oils and the solvent is water.

 When purchasing supplies, members should then look for the TYPE of pencil that is selected. Colored pencils will say something like “rich, creamy texture” and “moisture proof” and Watercolor pencils must say “water soluble” or “Create a wide range of effects when coloring with water and brush”.

 If a member uses watercolor pencils in a watercolor painting, that is appropriate and it is still considered a watercolor. If a member uses regular colored pencils in a watercolor, then the designation is a “Mixed Media” painting rather than a watercolor.


Past member Donna Brune emailed us to share news that professional artist and past CVWG workshop instructor Tom Lynch will be hosting a ‘FREE’ LIVE Demo next Saturday, April 11, at 2:00 PM CDT (3:00 PM EDT).

I have taken several workshops with Tom over the years and I thought members might be interested in watching Tom Lynch’s video next Sat., April 11.  Several years ago Tom did a workshop for the guild that was well attended and quite lively. 

Donna Brune

Instead of replicating his full announcement, you can view Tom’s notification by visiting his website or by clicking on this link.

Please contact Donna to thank her for the suggestion and to reconnect with her.


This past Thursday, April 2, I received a notice from Strathmore Artist Papers of a same-day Instagram Live Art Night. The workshop featured artist Shelley Kim painting a wreath. You can read Strathmore’s announcement by clicking on this link. Strathmore also posted a full tutorial and video of Shelley’s work you can view at this link.

I have featured Strathmore Artist Papers before for an online workshop. They are generous as a resource but, of course, they are selling products. Still, please consider signing up for their free newsletters and to get immediate notice for such sessions.


I send you my blessings and best wishes for continued health. I hope you are taking better advantage of the “stay indoors” mandates to work on your art than myself.

Louisa Arts Center Invitation

Our friends at the Louisa Arts Center have sent us information relating to their next open arts show, The Show of Shows:

Please see the attached entry form for our next open show.  Please read the directions carefully.  There is now a limit of 3 entries per artist.  Please note on your entry blank when dropping off which category you are interested in. 

The Louisa Arts Center’s Gallery Committee

You can download their Entry Form from this link and follow their guidance to submit your entries.

The Louisa Arts Center is located at 212 Fredericksburg Ave in Louisa, VA. Use this map to visit them:

Their Mission:

ENRICH, ENCOURAGE and INSPIRE! The mission of the Louisa Arts Center is to stimulate awareness and appreciation of the arts for both youth and adults.  Our aim is to broaden involvement and access to the arts through diversity, interpretive ability and interactive creativity.

Louisa Arts Center

Martha Jefferson Rotating Art Program

Did you know Martha Jefferson Hospital has a rotating art program? We would love for the CVWG members to know that we are here and willing to take applications. We rotate the shows every 2 months.

The wonderful aspect of the MJH hanging space is that there are three venues, where you can hang up to 14 medium paintings, or as few as 5.

Download the Call to Artists by clicking here: MJH call for artists, 2019-20

If people have difficulty with the application then they may contact me, CVWG member Matalie Deane, at matalie.deane@comcast.net or 434-981-4232.

Prospectus Jargon

okay for showWhat’s a substrate? Why can’t I paint on canvas? What’s wrong with no mat? Why all this mess about ‘under cover’? Can I just paint on mirror?

Yes, these are questions you might have as you read a prospectus for an art show. Understanding the terms and the intent of the show can help you decide if this event is a good match for your work at this time.

For as long as it’s been having an Annual Show, our CVWG has held to some ‘rules’ or ‘standards’ to provide both consistently in display and a “level” playing field, so to speak, for artist who enter our show. The requirement of a standard light mat and the use of a simple frame give a visual consistency to the work when hung in for viewing. At McGuffey, the team works hard to make the paintings look consistent by centering all the paintings on a single “eye” line and using invisible fishing line which make the hanging process fairly invisible.

Since 1992, we have used the language “water media” in our prospectus and allowed the use of acrylics. We decided then to maintain the “water” roots of our organization and not accept oil or canvas. Perhaps the next generation of painters who manage our annual exhibition will change these restrictions, but for now, these are the “rules” we expect all to follow. “Under cover” means put Plexiglas (not glass) over your painting that you have matted in a light mat. Plexiglas is lighter and less dangerous if it breaks but one must take care that it not be scratched.

And last, the surface you paint for our show must be paper, and we will accept synthetic paper like Yupo. Another word for that surface is ‘substrate.’ It’s a fun word to use. You’ll sound as authentic as an artist, especially when asked, “What medium and substrate do you use?”

Keep painting. The deadline for entry is approaching! It’s May 4!

Pam Roland, Annual Exhibit Chairman