The painting above is titled "Sunbathers." I like the swell of the ocean and the way the shells are relaxing on the beach. To me, it is just a peaceful image.
The painting below, "The Grove," was my entry into the juried show sponsored by the Sycamore Land Trust and held at Gallery North on the Square in downtown Bloomington. The technique used to paint the trees was learned from Vesta Seville.
My history in art is limited, at best.
Although I enjoyed all forms of art in high school, many decades passed before I was able to really delve into it and exercise what talent I had. So, after retiring from Purdue University in 1997, a good friend suggested I take a watercolor class taught by Rena Brouwer. Boy, did she light a fire under me!
When my daughter began grad school in Indianapolis, I moved with her and became associated with the Indianapolis Art Center. There, I was privileged to take classes from one of Indiana's finest watercolorists, Leah S. Traugott, a nationally known artist and a dear friend. It was Leah who somehow steered me into the idea of teaching watercolor, and I practiced on my granddaughter, my nieces, and my tolerant and cooperative friends.
Vesta Seville, an accomplished oil painter whose work is hanging at the West Baden Springs Resort in southern Indiana, offered classes at the Oasis in Indy, and I learned much from her, too!
As time passed and things changed in our lives, I moved to Bloomington. This wonderful, friendly community is a fine example of Hoosier Hospitality. I felt immediately at home, and the first thing I did was join the Bloomington Watercolor Society.
BWS is an amazing organization which has grown from 20-some members in 2005 to over 100 artists in 2011. I have been fortunate to meet many, many talented watercolorists, to develop friendships, receive encouragement, and take advantage of the opportunities to display my art in the various membership shows. Thank you, BWS! Every single member is willing to share their knowledge and talents with the others. BWS is the perfect example of what an organization should be, and I am proud to be part of it.
Through pure chance, I was offered the opportunity to teach a non-credit watercolor class at Ivy Tech Community College. It started with 3 students for four weeks in 2007. I taught three weeks at Ivy Arts for Kids at the Center for Lifelong Learning in summer of 2013.
Spring semester of 2015, Beginning Watercolor was expanded to include III and IV. III was devoted to experimenting with various watercolor tools, including pencils, crayons, masques, and gouache, and various kinds of papers. IV was a series of mini-workshops on techniques with specific projects.
Summer of 2015, a more intense course, Watercolor Essentials for Beginners, was introduced to the course offerings.
Two mini-workshops are offered at an Ivy Tech satellite spot, Burton Kimble Farms in Orleans, Indiana: Spring Flowers in Watercolor and Holiday Watercolors on December 5, 2015.
Bloomington Watercolor Society, Indiana
Center for Lifelong Learning, Bloomington, IN
Rena Brouwer, Watercolorist, Delphi, IN
Vesta Seville, Artist, Innkeeper, French Lick, IN