Monthly Meetings

Upcoming Meeting:

Wednesday, March 10, 2021, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Presentor: Scott Stevenson, "The Story of Daniel Smith Watercolors"

Learn about the paints we use! At our March meeting, DANIEL SMITH National Sales Representative Scott Stevenson will teach us about where pigments come from, whether they are from natural minerals or synthetic chemical compounds (used for automobile paints!). We will learn how natural pigments are made, from sourcing mineral ore through grinding it, purifying it, milling, blending colors, mixing, and quality testing. We will also learn about the properties of the pigments, including granularity, light-fastness, dispersion, refraction, etc., and how these properties affect the apparent color and luminosity of the paint.

DANIEL SMITH  ‘gift bags’ that include samples of their paints (dot cards), a Princeton watercolor brush and watercolor paper samples are available to AWC members. In addition, there will be a drawing for a raffle of three items:

1:  A gift basket worth $200 of a variety of watercolor supplies
2:  $75 gift card to purchase things at Art Things
3:  $25 gift card to purchase things at Art Things

For information on how to sign up for a gift bag and enter the raffle , please go to the special March meeting page.

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)

Recent Meetings:

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