Monthly Meetings

Upcoming Meeting:

Demonstrator:  Tom Bucci
Wednesday, February 12

Daytime Meeting:  1:30- 3:00pm
Member Salon begins at 1:00pm
Maryland Hall,  room 308
801 Chase Street, Annapolis, MD, 21401

Tom Bucci is an award winning watercolorist with a degree in Graphic Design and a Masters in Architecture. He paints very loose washes, works quickly while taking risk. Pencil drawings and watercolor sketches are key to his process. His Plein Aire painting has won him many awards while traveling to major events across the country. We are happy to have him demo at our February meeting.

From Tom: "I like to work from life and on location, drawing inspiration directly from a subject. Even when I’m not actually painting, I’m often actively looking for ideas for paintings. Sometimes the scene serves up a ready painting idea and I just have to put it down on paper. More often ideas come from something less complete; a glimpse of atmospheric effects, the way sunlight lands on a surface, or an element in a landscape. In many ways the most important part of painting for me is not actually painting, but the mental preparation that I’m doing all the time. I do however paint at every opportunity. Small pencil or watercolor sketches are also a key part of my process.

I have a background in graphic design and architecture. After brief periods of practice in these fields I came back to my original intent to be a painter."

A Tom Bucci sketch with annotationsHere is a preview to Tom's demo:

Demo: My Process
Painting is always a 2-step process for me. These steps may sound obvious, but it’s helpful to  think this way.

Step One: IDEA:
1. You must have a clear idea of a composition and color scheme. Representational painters MUST learn to draw. I will emphasize the need to practice drawing. Keeping a sketchbook is a great way to make that happen.

2. SKETCH the design as simple values, white of the paper, middle values, and a dark value layer that connects the shapes of the composition. I will emphasize the importance of quickly sketching out a composition and value study.

3. See the painting in your minds eye, decide the color scheme,imagine th e steps to complete the painting before beginning.

1. Sketch the design as large and small shapes, taking care to delineate areas cut-out as light or white shapes. Make sure the bones are good before starting to paint.

2. Put lightest washes down first, covering most of all of the sheet. Put them down in as few strokes as possible, and leave them alone. Don’t saturate the paper.

3. Middle values are next. Make confident marks, decide what and where and just do it, then leave them alone. Don’t fuss with your brush marks, and don’t try to hide them, let your marks show. Don’t use too much water and NEVER saturate the paper.

4. Add the darkest values, connect them together so the finished work is not full of SPOTS of dark values.


Past Demonstrators:

Demonstrator:  Bruce Handford
Wednesday, January 8

Bruce Handford resides in northern Virginia where he paints both plein air and from his studio at home. He is a signature member of the National Watercolor Society, the Transparent Watercolor Society of America Master Status, Watercolor West and the Northeast Watercolor Society. He is an elected member of The Washington Society of Landscape Painters.  An award winning watercolorist, his paintings have been shown in international, national and regional exhibitions. He is mostly self-taught and has painted full time for the past fifteen years. He has been featured in the American Art Collector magazine, The American Artist Watercolor Magazine and Watercolor Artist Magazine.. His paintings can be found in corporate and private collections throughout the country. His paintings are represented by the McBride Gallery in Annapolis MD, and the Berkley Gallery in Warrenton Virginia,

Holiday Party
Wednesday, December 11, 2019

View some photos from our annual Holiday Party here!


Demonstrator:  Carol Liz Fynn
Wednesday, November 13, 2019

 A thirty-five-year veteran teacher of creative writing, AP English, and psychology, Carol Liz Fynn has a Bachelor’s Degree from Wittenberg University and a Master’s Degree from Kent State University. 

A painter for twenty-five years, she honed her art skills under instruction from Bill Whitset, founder of the Cleveland Art Institute.  She has been juried into numerous shows including the Ohio Watercolor Society and the Watercolor Society of North Carolina.

Above all else, Carol Liz is a master teacher who loves developing talent and skills in others.  She teaches at six venues in the North Carolina research triangle area as well as some national and European locations.  She is known for clarity of direct instruction, professional skills in the medium, explicit demonstration of techniques, and encouraging humor.   She is also a demonstrator/lecturer, who (according to her mother) should learn to contain her unladylike sense of humor. 

Apparently, that’s not going to happen.

Carol Liz Fynn - Lighthouse


Carolyn Councell
Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Carolyn  Councell is an award-winning artist who graduated from MICA and has studied with many well known artists.  She has been represented in many Mid-Atlantic galleries and is an AWC member as well as a member of other Maryland art groups. Her primary work is with watercolor, capturing the spirit of her subject, with controlled to free flowing strokes, often combining both to create lively expressions.   Carolyn's subjects are many, including: people, landscapes, seascapes and florals.


Carolyn Councell



Past Demonstrators

2018 - 2019
June -- Ray Goodrow
May -- Ray Ewing
March -- Catherine Dolch
February --Gloria Fischer
January … Maggie Cao
December … Holiday Party
November … Annette Uroskie
October …  Alex Tolstoy
September … Thomas Bucci


June … Ronaldo Dorado
May … Sue Corrigan-Yo
March ... Stacey Sass
February ... Joan Bevelaqua
January ... Rob Wood
December 13 ... Holiday Party
November 8 ... April Rimpo
October 11... Linda Luke
September 13.... Joanna Barnum


June ...Ken Karlic
May... Diane Gibson
April ....Spring Fling with Chris O’Neil
March ... Pam Wenger
February ....Anne Hathaway Chamberlain
January ....Stacy Lund Levy
December ....Holiday Party
November .... Nancy VanMeter
October .... April Rimpo
September ....Christine O'Neill