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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Charles Rennie Mackintosh

There is a new historical fiction book that is about Charles Rennie Mackintosh, a young friend, and World War I in Britain. It's written by Esther Freud, Lucian Freud's daughter and Sigmund's great granddaughter. (I always have to be careful when I type Freud, otherwise I make a freudian slip and type it as Frued, which I would pronounce "frood.")

Mackintosh was one of the main artists in the arts and crafts and the art nouveau movements. He was an architect and a painter. Of particular interest to watercolorists is that he painted many exquisite flowers in watercolor. One of these graces the cover of the novel.

NPR has a review of the novel and an interview with the author:

There are quite a few art books available on Mackintosh, some that focus on his flower paintings.

2nd Annual Garage Sale

Wabash Valley Watercolor

2nd Annual Garage 


May 16, 2015 7:30 – 3:00
20 Beck Court
(2 blocks east of 18th)

Contact Person:
Lanni Senn – Cell (765) 418-8253 Home (765) 471 -1244

Members – start saving your treasures to donate and recruit your friends to do the same! Furniture items are welcome! More details to come!

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Watercolor Retreat and Opportunities

Rena Brouwer, WVWS member, is passing on this information if anyone is interested in taking advantage of these opportunities.  Thank Rena!
There’s a wc retreat I’m involved in for WSI incase anyone would like to join WSI ,if not a member.
If you can pass along, thank you!
Indiana Artisan:  Farms, factories, tourism and culture
Rena Brouwer , Charlene George, Sara Vanderkleed, Joyce K. Jensen, Patricia Bartels, Laurie Balla, Lynn Retson, Carrie Wild, and Mike Janosky.
Artists Reception: Saturday, January 24, 12-3pm central time
Exhibit closes April 4,2015
South Shore Arts
Crown Point Location
123 North Main Street
Crown Point, IN 46307

Water: A Bridge to Color
Henry Bell, William Borden, Robert Bratton, Rena Brouwer, Jim Cantrell, Jim Faulkner, Nancy Foureman, Thelma Frame, Brian Gordy, Jeanne McLeish, Bruce Neville, Donald Pohlman, J. Rodney Reveal, Jerry Smith
(Artists are from Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky)

Artists Reception: Sunday, January 25, 1-4
January 25- March 21, 2015

Richmond Art Museum
359 Hub Etchison Parkway, Richmond,IN

Spring Awakening Retreat: Sharing the Joy of Painting
Annual Retreat  Waycross Camp and Conference Center in Brown County
April 17-19, 2015
Demonstrations/instructors: Rena Brouwer (Saturday) and Peggy Brown (Sunday)
Must be a member of the Watercolor Society of Indiana

Sunday, January 18, 2015

February 20, 2015 Program - Painting Winter

A word from our president - Ladonna Vohar
Hello everyone,

Our program for January was going to be about Carol Carter's fabulous workshop in October.  Jerie Artz was going to head that up, but she had to leave town because of family issues, so we are going to reschedule that for our program in February. So we had to come up with another idea for our time together on Tuesday the 20th.  Since it's winter and snow is abound, we thought it would be fun to experiment with painting snow.  Snow is one of Marilyn Martin's favorite things to paint, so she is going to share with us some of her fun techniques.  Bring your paints and paper if you like and paint along.  Maybe some of you will have techniques to share as well.

Also, I am co-chair for the Women's Art League fashion show.  We want to give the women that go to the show a token gift, and we thought a hand painted greeting card would be lovely, so I would like to ask if any of you would be interested or willing to paint cards to donate for this.  I'll be bringing the cards for painting, and you can either paint on Tuesday or take one home to paint. 

Join us for a night of talking, playing, watching and learning, and just having fun with art!  Feel free to bring your recent work to share either just to show or ask for critique. 

LaDonna, Pres

Call me with questions 237-1252, or email me

We desperately need someone to take over as secretary.  Marilyn will be happy to guide you as to how and what it consists of.  I'm hoping someone would interested in taking this on.  Please let me know if this is something you would like to do.

John Brett watercolor close-ups

On the Lines and Colors blog (one of my favorites), there is a watercolor and gouache of the Amalfi Coast by John Brett, along with close-ups so you can see the details:

Alternatively, you can check it out here:

Brett was part of the Pre-Raphaelites. There's a bit about Brett and images of some of his oils on wiki: