Monthly Meetings

Upcoming Meeting:

Wednesday, October 14, 7:15 PM
AWC Members will receive Zoom Invitation

Demonstrator:  Keiko Tanabe

Through her step-by-step demonstration, Keiko Tanabe will share ideas to make a watercolor painting that is full of light and atmosphere. She will explain how to build a composition, a variety of watercolor techniques and show tips to make a painting look strong to capture the essence of the subject that conveys a certain mood. She will share her thought process on how she interprets a subject to realize her vision.

Mostly self-taught, Keiko embarked on a professional art career in 2005. Since then, her paintings have been shown in many national and international exhibitions, both juried and invitational, and she has gained world-wide recognition. Her work has been purchased by private and corporate collectors from all around the world. Her paintings have been published and featured in leading art magazines and a number of publications in the U.S., Europe and Asia.

A sought-after workshop instructor since 2011, Keiko has conducted more than 270 workshops and numerous live demonstrations around the world and has frequently served as a juror in art exhibitions both on national and on international levels. In 2018, Keiko was appointed to the advisory board of the American Watercolor Weekly and has several books and 4 DVDs published.  She is currently a member of the National Watercolor Society (signature), American Watercolor Society (signature), American Impressionist Society and Laguna Plein Air Painters Association (signature). Keiko Tanabe was born in Kyoto, Japan and lives in San Diego, California.

Workshop Info:

Past Demonstrators:

"Following the Shadows", Brienne Brown

Wednesday, September 9

Brienne Brown will be featured at our members' meeting this month with a live demonstration.  The AWC is thrilled to have her join us!  She is featured in the current issue of Watercolor Artist Magazine.  Brienne plans to cover something many of us struggle with: painting transparent shadows in a landscape.  Watercolorists can easily miss all the wonderful colors and values in a shadow and end up reaching for a dark grey, then it rarely looks like a real shadow.

Brienne Brown demo

Brienne Brown demo

Critique with David Lawton

Wednesday, April 15
Zoom Meeting

The April meeting followed the format of our annual Spring Fling tradition with a critique of members' work by David Lawton.   There were a few minor technical issues, but overall I think we would all agree the meeting was a great success and a welcome diversion!   Members submitted up to three images of their work ahead of time, and over the course of close to three hours, David gave helpful critiques of every piece submitted. 

David Lawton was the past president of the Maryland Society of Portrait Painters and past president of the Maryland Pastel Society.  He has been featured in the following magazines:  American Artist, The Pastel Journal, and The Artist Magazine. David teaches both privately and for Anne Arundel Community College, while still finding time to exhibit his works in national competitions. His work is also represented by the McBride Gallery in Annapolis, Maryland.

Demonstrator:  Anita Ewing
Wednesday, March 11

Our March demonstrator will be AWC member Anita Ewing.

From Anita:

Before my senior year in high school, I was faced with the choice of whether to take a 4th year of math, or another art class. I loved both - so I ran to my art teacher for advice. She wisely suggested I take the 4th year of math. That turned out to be sage advice. I retired 9 years
ago from ARINC in Annapolis after 24 years in Software Development. Now that I am retired from the path that the 4th year of math set me on, I've returned to that decision and made the other one.

In watercolor there is always an element of surprise, of chance. The colors blend on the paper; the paints flow. I am always exploring other media, but so far, watercolor is still the medium that takes my breath away.

I am a member of the Muddy Creek Artist Guild, Annapolis Arts Alliance, the West River Artists, and the Annapolis Watercolor Club. I have exhibited paintings with all of these groups around Anne Arundel County. The teachers who have recently influenced my art work include Carol Barnes, Kathleen Conover, Mark Mahaffey, and Joan Bell, the founder of the West River Artists group. I am currently the president of the Muddy Creek Artist Guild.

I live in Mayo with my husband of 48 years, a dog, and quite a few chickens. We have raised 3 wonderful sons and have two adorable granddaughters. In addition to painting, I teach Pilates classes at Chesapeake Pilates Center.

Anita Ewing, "Regatta of the Souls"

Anita Ewing, "Worldwind"

Anita Ewing, "Through a Window Brightly"

Tom Bucci
Wednesday, February 12

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 were happy to have him demo at our February meeting.

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

Carol Liz Fynn - Lighthouse


Carolyn Councell
Wednesday, October 16, 2019


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