Monthly Meetings

Upcoming Meeting:

Wednesday,  September 8, 2021  Demonstration by Soon Y. Warren
Members Artwork Salon, 6:30 - 7:00 pm
Introduction by Linda Luke, president, 7:00 - 7:15 pm
Demonstration, 7:15 pm - 9:00 pm
On-line by Zoom (invitation will be emailed to members)

As we rejoin for our first meeting of the fall, our first demonstrator will be acclaimed realist painter, Soon Y. Warren.  We will begin with our members' salon, sharing work-in-progress or a recently completed painting, so don't forget to send your images to Connie Robinson (see the newsletter for her email address.  Our president, Linda Luke, will give us an update on everything that has been happening and that is planned for the fall.

Soon Y. Warren began her career as a full time artist, author, and teacher in 1998, and has an Associates degree in commercial art from Thomas Nelson Community College in Hampton, Virginia.

Her paintings are in the permanent collections of several museums: The R. W. Norton Gallery; The Springfield Museum of Art in Springfield, Missouri; and The National Watercolor Museum.

She's had many exhibitions and won numerous competitive awards.  Soon teaches workshops for oil painters, watercolor painters, in-door studio painters, and plein air painters.  She has taught workshops in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada; Buenos Aires, Argentina; and states throughout the USA.

Soon's paintings are published in dozens of magazines and books. She won first place in the North Light Book catalogue cover competition in 2006. Watercolor Artist magazine featured her Best of Show painting from the National Watercolor Society's international juried exhibition on the cover of its Jan-Feb, 2009 issue The Best of Watercolor.

Recent Meetings:

Wednesday, June 9, 2021
Demonstration by Andy Evansen

Thanks to Zoom, we have had the good fortune of a year-plus of amazing presentations by internationally known artists from widely flung locations.  The conclusion to the year was no exception, with a stunning demonstration by Andy Evansen, working from his home in Vermillion, Minnesota.  He gave us a thoroughly professional and informative demonstration of landscape painting.  He began with explaining how he edits a scene to make a more impactful composition, in this case, removing a cattle fence, moving a tree forward, and adding more gaps to show a distant hill in a scene of a field with grazing cows.  Next he executed a value study in just two values, light and dark, emphasizing the importance of finding and simplifying to the largest shapes.  From then on he worked more from his value study than from his reference photo.  Working from lightest washes to darkest details, he showed us the entire process of completing the painting.  I think many of us were most impressed by his clear explanation of the value and use of the value study.

Wednesday, May 12, 2021
Demonstration by Sterling Edwards

Our guest painting demonstrator for May was Sterling Edwards.  Sterling is a good friend of our AWC President, Linda Luke.  They both studied under Zoltan Szabo (1928-2003) a famous watercolorist, who you can read about at:
Sterling gave us an impressive and inspiring demo on floral painting in what he referred to as his signature style.  Working from a photo of a previous painting, in less than an hour he completed a full-sheet painting, similar but not the same as the original painting; he never paints the same thing twice.  Almost the entire painting was completed with only two brushes, a wide bristle brush and a 2" flat brush, except for some final details added at the end with a rigger.  He emphasized a mix of shapes and colors, values and textures, and hard and soft edges.  He remarked that at some point in his career he had to force himself to stop painting too much detail, and when he did, his painting became more creative and more fun - and it also began to win him top awards!

If you missed Sterling's May 12 demonstration, you can view it on the AWC YouTube Channel.

Sterling Edwards, "While Walking Through a Garden"

Wednesday, April 14, 2021
Spring Fling Critique with David Lawton

Many thanks to David Lawton for providing a thoughtful critique of each and every painting submitted by our members!  Not only did he compile all the paintings for the critique, but he also put together the slideshow for salon, which we enjoyed with soft jazz provided by Richard Schatz.  It was a wonderful, relaxing way to begin the evening.  We all learned a lot from David's critique; here are a few of his pointers (thanks to Connie Robinson for this list):

  • Watch out for “tangent lines” – those that are too close together. These confuse the viewer.
  • Be careful of lines in front of, or behind, subjects.  These make objects either front or back, don’t overlap.
  • “Dwell on the strengths in your subject matter.” What is “The Star”?  Your intention?
  • Every picture needs an “entrance” and an “exit”; a path for the viewer to follow.
  • There should be an orchestration of the viewer: Don’t give them too much information. Engage them.  Have them “stay where you want them to stay”.
  • Don’t have a cut-out shape look to your objects – soften the edges.
  • Respect the limbs of trees – lighten some so they stay in the background.

Wednesday, March 10, 2021
Presentor: Scott Stevenson, "The Story of Daniel Smith Watercolors"

Our March meeting featured a presentation on Daniel Smith Watercolors, with information on how they are made and some of their properties.  As part of this meeting, our President, Linda Luke, had tirelessly arranged with our local Maryland Hall management that when the limited amount of Daniel Smith paint packets were ordered from the Art Things art supply store by members, they would make a donation to Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts here in Annapolis.  The good news is that $750 was raised for the creative enterprises at Maryland Hall.  Thank you!

Each person that donated had their name entered for a raffle drawing for THREE prizes: 1st: paint box with $200 worth of art supplies, 2nd $75 gift certificate, 3rd $25 gift certificate -- all paid by AWC for winners to receive or buy art supplies at Art Things.  The much-anticipated raffle drawing took place on March 10th at our Zoom Members Meeting.  If you missed the announcement of the winners -- here they are:

THIRD PRIZE $25 gift certificate won by Brenda Pirie, who stated: "I’m so happy to have won the $25 Art Things gift certificate.  I already spent it on three Daniel Smith paint colors, of course! Thank you so much!"

SECOND PRIZE $75 gift certificate won by Karen deGraffenreid (quote provided by Karen)

“Karen deGraffenreid was thrilled to receive the 2nd place $75 gift certificate from AWC to use at Art Things. The AWC March presenter, Scott Stevenson from Daniel Smith, gave us such insight into the origin and making of Daniel Smith watercolors. Karen was inspired to “wake up” her watercolors and try some unique ones such as Moonglow, Green Apatite Genuine and Amazonite Genuine.”

FIRST PRIZE - Paint box worth $200 - won by Darlene Malat.  Photo taken at Art Things of Darlene (on right) and Kim Eshleman, Assistant Manager at Art Things.  Darlene stated:  "I still can't believe I won such a wonderful prize. It contained everything a person just starting out painting would need from pencil and paper to an assortment of paints, watercolor pencils and Neocolor II crayons.  It certainly has brought me much joy during this trying time. Thank you to everyone who made it possible."

Wednesday, February 17, 2021
Demonstrator: Alex Hillkurtz

On Wednesday, February 17th, the AWC guest artist was Alex Hillkurtz – live from Paris, France. We enjoyed his introduction to Paris in a short video, and then spent 1-1/2 hours watching a fascinating sketching and painting demonstration in his studio. Even though it was the middle of the night for Alex, he enthusiastically led us through his techniques; descriptions of material, and his background story. Here is more about him.

Alex Hillkurtz was born in England and grew up in California, where he worked as a renowned
storyboard artist for feature films, television, and commercials. His film credits include Argo, Almost Famous, It’s Complicated, Vanilla Sky, and many others. He used the language of cinema to inform his images, moving beyond what one sees, and depicting what he wants others to see.

Alex has taught sketching, plein air, and watercolor workshops in Germany, Russia, Italy, the
Netherlands, France, the UK, and the US. He has exhibited his work at L'Entrée des Artistes in Paris, Matite en Viaggio in Venice, and MiArs in Milan. He believes that in our too-crowded lives, sketching and plein air painting invite us to move at a more deliberate pace to discover a true sense of place, and in the process, unexpected stories are revealed. Alex currently lives in Paris with his film editor wife, Tiffany, and enjoys discovering the hidden corners of the city that sketching and plein air painting allow.

You can follow Alex on his Facebook page: Alex Hillkurtz Art. On Feb 9th, Alex had a book released for sale: “Sketching Techniques For Artists”.  Click here for a list of places where you can purchase a copy.

Wednesday, January 13, 2021
Demonstrator: Carolyn Marshall Wright

At our January meeting, Virginia artist Carolyn Marshall Wright had us all dreaming of going to the beach as she described her "seaform" technique of underpainting.  From there, she walked us through her process step-by-step, from value study, to transferring the image, to a nearly complete painting.  Her negative-painting technique left the unique texture of the underpainting visible in the lighter passages.  And her subject, Virginia bluebells, evoked spring!

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