Monthly Meetings

Upcoming Meeting:

Wednesday, January 13, 2021, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Demonstrator: Carolyn Marshall Wright

AWC Members will receive Zoom Invitation

Our first meeting of 2021 will feature a demonstration by Carolyn Marshall Wright.

If it hadn’t been for her Midwestern frugality, award-winning painter Carolyn Marshall Wright might never have discovered her vocation as an artist.  Always intensely creative, Carolyn felt confident that, with a few classes under her belt, she could produce a watercolor painting for her home and save herself some money--after all, these paintings are expensive. Little did she know that those lessons would be the first steps on a journey that has brought ever-increasing challenges and fulfillment.  

After over twenty years of working with watercolor, Carolyn remains fascinated by this medium that conveys such luminosity and light. As she grew as an artist, she became intrigued by abstract images, and began working with acrylics and collage as she further explored color and structure.  Still, for a number of years, her abstract acrylic work remained separate and distinct from her representational watercolors.

Several years ago, however, she began to meld the abstract with the representational, utilizing the full panoply of techniques learned from painting with each medium, to create work that is  luminous with vibrant color, confident in composition and expressive in its impressionistic brushwork.

This quote from painter George de Groat captures much of how Carolyn works: “Paint from the inside out”. Her painting is an emotional response to the world around her. When she is astonished by beauty, she wants to respond--not to copy that precise beauty, but to create more beauty that will, in its turn, evoke an emotional response in the viewer.  

Carolyn begins with an underpainting to create depth and a foundation of mystery.  Shapes and forms develop intuitively; line acts as a scaffold to enhance the piece’s structure, or as an element of surprise and fun. Applying the paint is where the pure joy comes in for Carolyn—with the heft of a brush in her hand, the smooth glide or smooshing gush of paint, the quickest flick of a brushstroke—she loses herself in the creative process.  

Carolyn is a signature member of the Virginia Watercolor Society, a member and past president of Potomac Valley Watercolorists and a frequent exhibitor in juried exhibitions in the Mid-Atlantic region. Her work has hung in the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley, in the World Bank, and is in numerous private collections around the world.

Her acrylic florals were featured in the May, 2020 issue of Artist’s Magazine, and in the July, 2020 issue of Watercolor Artist her watercolor techniques were profiled.  Her still life, “Tuesday Morning Interior”, was chosen in a national competition to be included in AcrylicWorks 7, published in August 2020. 

Members' Salon, 6:30 pm - 7 pm
Members are invited to send a work in process or new art for our January Art Salon, which begins at 6:30 pm.  Please include some backstories:  examples -- Where was the painting created?  What was your inspiration? Type of paper used?  I need suggestions for completing?
Please ATTACH a .jpg of your art, along with the TITLE and SIZE to Connie Robinson (Please see the latest newsletter for her email address)

Since we cannot meet in person this year, we will not be able to have our traditional holiday party with gift exchange.  Last year, we asked members to bring an art-themed gift to donate to the Light House Homelessness Prevention Support Center, and members responded with an outpouring of generosity.  This year, we are asking that you consider giving once again.  We feel these the best options for you to consider for making a donation:

1.) Make a monetary donation directly on their website:, and you have an option to list AWC as the organization you represent. Or, you can just make it a personal donation. They are kicking off a Fall appeal in just a couple of weeks, so this is a great time to donate.

2.) Pick some items that are immediately needed on their Wish List to purchase. These items can be purchased online using Instacart/Prime Pantry and via our Amazon Wish List
for delivery directly to their facility:

It is entirely up to you how you want to support this worthy cause!


Recent Meetings:

Wednesday, December 9, 2020
Demonstrator: Mick McAndrews

Our last demonstration for 2020 was a real treat.  Award-winning artist Mick McAndrews truly made magic happen in watercolor!  He emphasized how he tells a story with his paintings, in this case a rendering of the tall ship Kalmar Nyckel on the Delaware River.  From value study to a completed painting, he talked us through his technique in an engaging and inspiring demonstration.

Wednesday, November 18, 2020, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Demonstrator:  David Daniels

Click here for handout

Our November meeting featured a live demonstration by David Daniels.  He showed us a variety of techniques that he uses to create his stunning paintings, including how to afix watercolor paper to aluminum and varnish the completed painting, using stencils in various ways, and creating textured surfaces.  He has provided us with a handout for reference; you can view, download, or print it here.  His website is

David Daniels, "Hollyhock"

David Daniels, "Gorge"

Keiko Tanabe, Wednesday, October 14

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.


Keiko Tanabe Demo for AWC

Workshop Info:



"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


Past Demonstrators

2019 - 2020
April -- Critique with David Lawton
March -- Anita Ewing
February -- Tom Bucci
January -- Bruce Handford
November -- Carol Liz Fynn
October -- Carolyn Councell
September --

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