Friday, May 30, 2014

Call for Artists

Beauty IN the Beast -- coming to Jacoby Arts Center in July!

Call for Artists:  Take a walk on the wild side! Unleash your animal instincts! Jacoby Arts Center, 627 East Broadway, Alton, IL,  is inviting professional and talented amateur artists to submit animal-themed artworks for this juried, all-media exhibition.  Interested Artists:  Go to for more information and submission guidelines.

Attention art and animal lovers!  Mark your calendars to see "Beauty IN the Beast," our sure-to-be-fantastic exhibition opening on July 26, 2014.  We're also planning an equally engaging companion exhibit in our East Gallery -- Animal Artwork by Kids and Teens.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Painting with Pastels

A New Class Offered by 
The Saint Charles Community College

Linda S. Wilmes, Instructor

Discover the vibrant color and ease of application with soft pastels, to create beautiful paintings. A step by step process, with each technique demonstrated. This class is the beginning to creating beautiful paintings that open the door to many new discoveries with pastels. Throughout the painting process many topics will be discussed: the many types of pastels and papers, how to handle, cleanup, and many special tips, too.

The class will begin June 4th and complete on June 25th, 6 – 8 p.m.  Fee is $69.00.

To register go online to, or call (636) 922-8233.  Remember to download a supply list so you are prepared to begin at the first class.

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Opera Visions by Marilynne Bradley

Daven Anderson's Upcoming Workshops

Watercolorists and those who will be!

The June 2014 class schedule is a bit different since I will also be teaching a studio watercolor class at UMSL in late June and the first two weeks of July.

The evening schedule will continue with class every Tuesday and Thursday evening beginning next week (the last week in May) and through June. 

We will have two special 'plein air' painting days in June - Saturday, June14th, and Saturday, June 21st.  The sessions will be from 9am to 4pm and beginin my studio where we will meet for 45 minutes to discuss the challenges that'plein air' painting presents.  We will then move a block to Lafayette Square Park, set up and paint.  I will paint and at the same time work with eachwatercolorist on his/her work.  We should be able to complete two works eachday.  Lunch will be in the park and is provided.  The fee is $68 for one session
or $125 for both.  Please let me know if you would like to participate because I am limiting the class size so I have sufficient time to work with each attendee. 

There will be no day classes in June.    

Remember, that for new and existing students DO NOT have to start on the firstday - they can step into class at any time during the month.  Also, for thosenew to watercolor, we have paper, palettes, brushes and paint in the studio - some free to use & some at a slight charge.  

Look forward to seeing you & keep painting.


Our mailing address: 1410 S. 18th Street, Lafayette Square, St. Louis
Our telephone: 314-241-2339

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Carol Jessen's 2014 Boothbay Harbor Workshop

Boothbay Shores

This year's annual Boothbay Harbor Workshop will take place from September 8th to September 12th.  I will concentrate on color choices this time.  Analagous color, complementary color, color triads, split complementary colors, secondary colors . . . . All things color!  We will concentrate on making color a focal consideration rather than going with just resorting to local, "accurate" color.  "Don't make it right; make it beautiful."
September in Maine is quieter.  The tourists are returning to their homes, the summer folks are starting to pack up, and usually the weather is calm and bright.  I hope you will consider joining me in the state I've called my summer home for 35 years to paint with a passion for color.  Let's put the color back in waterCOLOR! 

Splash on!  


Sunday, May 18, 2014

The Missouri Department of Conservation invites members of the SLWS to paint the extinct Passenger Pigeon

This September marks the 100 year anniversary of the loss of the Passenger Pigeon to extinction.  The Missouri Department of Conservation is planning a commemoration event this September that will include a variety of activities at Rockwoods Reservation Conservation Area that deal not only with the loss of the species, but what we can do now to be more conservation minded and protect our environment.

With that said, the Missouri Department of Conservation would like to invite interested members of the St. Louis Watercolor Society to paint their rendition of the Passenger Pigeon.  Entries will be placed on display at the Rockwoods Reservation Visitor Center for the general public to view.  Details on prizes are still being worked out, but I should have more information by the meeting next Wednesday.

This will be a great opportunity for any interested members to use their artistic abilities to help educate the public about the loss of a species.  It's hard to believe that there use to be billions of them -- enough to darken a sunny sky for hours as they flew over, and now there are none.