Update May 16

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


Club News

Cancellation of June Guild Activities

Due to the continuing spread of the coronavirus, its threat to our members who fall into the at-risk demographic, and out of an abundance of caution by our elected Board of Directors, all Guild activities for the month of June 2020 are cancelled. Our Board will continue to assess the situation through the future and we’ll update you as warranted.

Updated Guidance and Entry Criteria for Our Small Works Exhibit in September

Guild President, Linda Verhagen, has been working with the Crozet Artisan Depot gallery to adapt our Small Works Exhibit to the changed and changing business climate. Our Call for Entries page at this link has all the latest guidance. At present, we still have “room” for more artists’ works so email Linda to add yourself to this exhibit.


Our Next Featured Member Artist, Patty Richmond

A few days ago, I posted a new Featured Member Artist page celebrating the art and short biography of member Patty Richmond, Director for the Guild’s Workshops. One of Patty’s pieces is featured above. Take a few minutes to check out her page and appreciate Patty’s fine work.


I invite any member to be featured in a future page or to share any news with our members and followers. Please send an email to me if you are interested. I promise to make it as painless as possible for you.

Mark Fitzpatrick, CVWG Webmaster

Member News

Member Mary Spear sent a photo of one of her latest paintings. Check it out in our Member Gallery. As you work on your art during these unusual times, snap a photo and email it to me for posting into our Gallery.


Member Rosemary Connelly continues to bless our Guild with ideas for connecting to water media artists through their online web-based demonstrations. Professional artist Tom Lynch has another online demonstration you can view at this link. This was aired live on May 9 and should be viewable for several more weeks.

If, like Rosemary, you know about online workshops, demonstrations, museum walk-throughs, or other art-related “content”, send me an email and I’ll try to publish it so all our Guild might benefit.


Member Harold Hallock has a new email address. Our Member Directory has been updated to reflect his contact information. I apologize to those member who have joined since March as I am behind in updating our directory but will get it published “soon”.


Other News

Guild President Linda Verhagen recently sent out an email to all members regarding online classes from local Charlottesville artist Jane Skafte. Jane has two online classes– Watercolor starting May 26 and Sketching starting May 27– being offered by The Center. Registration is required and limited in number. Go to this link to read about the classes and to register.

A reminder to our members that Strathmore Artists Papers sponsors online workshops every year and have been featured in prior blog posts. Their most recent workshop on How to Draw Portraits started on May 4 but is still available to you.

Cheap Joe’s Art Stuff continues to be one of the larger online and mail order provider of water media art supplies with a diverse inventory of paints, brushes, papers, and almost anything else you might want for your art. Just today, Cheap Joe’s posted and announced an online watercolor demonstration by professional artist David R. Smith. Check out his demo at this link and while you are there, subscribe to David’s YouTube channel and bookmark the Cheap Joe’s site.

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.

April & May Activities Postponed

Our Guild Board of Directors, continuing to prioritize the health and wellness of all our members, have voted to cancel all scheduled Guild activities through May 2020.

This is due to the ongoing and increasing threat of the coronavirus. As many of our members are over age 65, the board felt that this was the responsible decision to make at this time. There will be no change over of paintings at the Courthouse in April in order to keep members safe from any contaminated surfaces or group gatherings. This was to be the special judged Courthouse Show, however, the committee has decided to reschedule this event at the October 26 turnover date. In addition, the Peg Sherman Workshop originally scheduled for May 11 will be postponed to a date in the future.

You are all in my thoughts and prayers as we travel through a most difficult time. As artists, we constantly seek to find ourselves, understand the world we live in and to express what is important to us through the visual world of art. On a positive note, we have been given time to think or perhaps rethink what is truly important and how we as individual artists want to express this to others.

Linda Verhagen, CVWG President

Member News

“Going in Circles” by Susan Rosen

Susan Rosen reports that she has art accepted into two juried exhibitions:

Her painting “Going in Circles” has been accepted into the 2020 Academy of the Arts Annual National Juried Art Exhibition at the
Lynchburg Academy of the Arts. Susan reports that, to her knowledge, the art will still be hung and the Juror will still make awards despite the current state of closures and cancellations.

Susan’s art at the top of this page, titled “Harvest”, has been accepted into the 2020 Art Speaks Juried Exhibition for Virginia artists at The Bay School Community Arts Center in Mathews, Va now (re)scheduled for July 25.


Help Us Out

Please share with the Guild what activities and art you are working on during these challenging days. Send an email to our webmaster with images of your art, a link to an interesting web page, an online tutorial, etc. and we will get it on our web.

A Note from Our President

A reminder that Central Virginia Watercolor Guild can be found on the web at our new address, www.CVWG.art.


Cancellation of March Guild Meeting

I am so sorry to tell you that the CVWG Board has decided to cancel both the general meeting and the Board meeting on March 23 due to the impending threat from the coronavirus.  As you know, our membership has a large segment of older artists which puts them in the high risk category.  I also just learned that our presenter, Lyn Bolen Warren, who was to do individual critiques has developed some health issues which would have prevented her from coming on March 23.  The Church of Our Saviour where we meet has been most understanding of our situation.  The sextant has been working overtime trying to do as much sanitizing as possible for the church, but it becomes an overwhelming task to do every chair, table and surface that any of us may come in contact with.

This was a difficult decision for the Board to make, but we all feel that it is the responsible one for the health and safety of our membership.  You may find information about future events on our website and on “The Bulletin Board”, which I will send to all members this weekend.

Thank you for your understanding and stay healthy.

Linda Verhagen, CVWG President

More Offerings By and For Our Guild

We hope you remember that our new address on the web is www.CVWG.art. Bookmark us and visit us often!


Something New for You…a Podcast!

Guild Member and Membership Director Rosemary Connelly found this great 21 minute podcast about finding creative ways to prioritize your art and find time during your day to paint more. This is from National Public Radio (NPR) so you can be sure of its quality. Be sure to turn up the volume on your computer/pad/phone and give it a listen!


Member News

Member Helen Gregory will be joining our team to help publish this website and to continue to introduce new online services and content. Thanks, Helen!


Members Brenda Hounshell and Chee Ricketts have been selected for participation in the 2020 Rockingham Fine Arts 6x6x30 Exhibition.


“This juried exhibition asks the accepted artists to create a 6″x 6″ piece of art each day for 30 days. The 30 finished pieces are then mounted onto a display board. The entries consist of a large range of types of art including sculpture, fabric, collage, tile work, watercolor, glass, pottery, painting and many other media.”

Rockingham Fine Arts
One of Chee RIcket’s “Central Virginia Cloudscapes” collection
One of Brenda Hounshell’s “Out on a Limb” collection.

An opening reception for the exhibition will be held this Friday, March 6, from 5:00 PM-8:00 PM at VMRC, 1491 Virginia Avenue, Harrisonburg, VA. The exhibit will be on display during the month of March. Below is a map for your use.

You can view more of Brenda’ and Chee’s art on their web sites at www.brendahounshell.com and www.cheekludtricketts.com/, respectively.


Member Peg Sheridan is staying busy by…

  • taking a week long workshop with Sterling Edwards in Florida in December;
  • working with children in Staunton’s homeless shelter, doing art projects, once or twice a month;
  • being nominated for an Award of Artisitic Merit through the Louisa Arts Center …stay tuned for results;  
  • recently teaching watercolor painting to a high school gifted and talented/Art III group;

Most recently, Peg has been juried into the Queen City Plein Air Festival, in Staunton, April 14-19. Keep an eye on that event and we’ll try to update you as it gets closer.

Peg has updated her workshop offerings through May 2020. You can find her latest offerings on her website at http://www.pegsheridan.com/upcoming-classes.html. A reminder that Peg is the leader for our May 11 Guild Workshop, The Value of Value Sketches.


This Month’s Guild Meeting

A reminder that this month’s meeting is on March 23 when:

  • Your monthly painting “challenge” is “Wedding or Winter Wonderland”: Create art of a scene dominated by whites and shadows, the topic of this month’s CVWG one-day workshop led by Robin Poteet.
  • The program will be a critique of members’ art by Lyn Bolen Warren. With a little over 2 weeks to go, all members’ have plenty of time to get started on a new painting!

Quite a Few Guild Updates and Apologies!

Apologies to everyone for the delay in making recent updates to our website and publishing posts. I have had several family matters to attend (thank you to all my Guild friends for your kind words!). I am gradually getting “back in the saddle” so send me your latest paintings to post in our Member Gallery, volunteer to be a Featured Artist, suggest a topic, send me a link to a website tutorial that you have found helpful, or other!


Member News

While I am on the subject of apologies, we inadvertently failed to include member Joy Levick Cross from our January recognition of artists who paid tribute to Eloise Gardiner Giles. Be sure to recognize her generosity when you see her next.


Member Marcy Springett is having a showing of her art from March 6 through mid April at the In Vino Veritas Wine and Gourmet Shop.

Grape Expectations by Marcy Springett

The shop is located at

3015 Louisa Rd.
Keswick, VA 22947

A wine tasting and reception will be held at the shop on the opening day, Friday March 6, from 4:30 PM – 7:00PM . Parking is available behind building.


Member Linda Suomi Bethke is pleased to announce that several of her students have a showing of their watercolor art:


Member Adella Langham has a new painting in our Member Gallery.


Two Web Workshops by Strathmore

Strathmore Artists Papers continues its promotion of water media in 2020 with 2 new free workshops presented across the web. I, personally, have taken several of these workshop and found them to be quite helpful. You can read about the 2 workshops scheduled for 2020, how the workshops operate, how to enroll, etc. at this site.

Workshop 1, How to Draw Portraits by Justin Mass is set to start on May 4. While this is maybe a bit outside our main focus of water media, drawing is a key part of our art. Our CVWG held our own workshop in 2019 with member Bill Snow also focused on drawing.

Workshop 2, is Creative Watercoloring by Leslie Tieu is set to start on September 8. This looks to be a very good workshop that most of our members and guests should consider.


Shows and Exhibits of Interest

Firnew Farms Artist’s Circle has announced several new shows by their artists in our area.


Our January and February Programs

Hopefully, you attended one or both of our monthly meetings and enjoyed our programs. Our Meetings and Programs page has been updated with photos and short notes on those programs. We hope you can join us on March 23 for our next meeting when our program will be Member Painting Critique with Lyn Bolen Warren.