On Saturday, March 25, internationally known watercolorist Ratindra Das presented a wonderful demo at The Oak Brook Public Library for a group of over 30 IWS members and library patrons. His fluid, confident style, and casual teaching method inspired many to return home and paint with a better understanding of how to achieve success in our challenging medium.
The DuPage Art League and Rolling Thunder Illinois Ch1 are partnering to offer six (6) scholarships for art classes to disabled veterans. The league will give scholarships for the actual classes and Rolling Thunder is donating monies to purchase the supplies needed for the classes. Any disabled veterans interested in applying for a class can call the league at 630-653-7090 or visit the school and gallery at 218 West Front Street in Wheaton between 9 and 5 Mon. to Fri. and 9 to 2 on Sat.
Phyllis Kozlowski was our featured guest at the October meeting
Jeanne Clohisy Demo at the August MeetingThank you to Jeanne Clohisy for an inspiring demo of a cool, winter, wooded landscape at the August meeting. Jeanne’s spontaneous style of tree shadows across new fallen snow was very refreshing on a warm Saturday in August.
Jeanne Clohisy will be giving a demonstration at the Saturday, August 6 meeting.
Starting at 10 a.m. The public is welcome.Jeanne Clohisy was raised in Wisconsin and lives in Northern Illinois. With her camera and easel in tow, she frequently explores the wilderness of Northern Wisconsin and beyond. Jeanne has studied oil, pastel and watercolor with many regional and national masters.
“I’ve always been drawn to the wide open spaces of rural and wilderness landscapes. Whenever I’m hiking, biking or even kayaking, I’m always observing, photographing and gathering inspiration for the next painting. Then I’ll go back on location to paint “en plein air” or work in the studio using a sketch or photo. I try to use a direct approach to finish the painting while the paint is still wet. I consider the painting a success if I can capture a loose impression of what I see and keep my brushstrokes fresh and spontaneous.”
Jeanne participates in regional plein air events and is a member of the American Impressionist Society, Oil Painters of America and the Transparent Watercolor Society of America.
A BIG thank-you to Catherine Nash for a fun “high-flying” demonstration at our June meeting. Cathy painted from real life bird nests, and the results were fantastic. Using only a large brush, a regular drinking straw for blowing and manipulating the colors, and a limited palette, Cathy created a beautiful watercolor that was admired by everyone.
Robert Krajecki was our guest at the April meeting. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed Robert’s very enlightening demonstration. His balance of logic and spontaneity proved to be the right combination to create a beautiful scenic landscape. Thanks Robert.
Here’s a copy of the IWS newsletter.
IWS winter 2015 newsletter