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GPWS Newsletters

SPOTLIGHT ON THE ARTIST: Sheryl Baloun

June 6th, 2019|

Creativity for me has been fun to explore on so many levels  - quilt making, photography, watercolor.  I find myself envious of truly creative people that are in GPWS who see the world in different shapes and colors.  Beginning watercolor classes with Barb Sparks has been an exciting adventure that has led to new friends, new eyes to view the world with and a whole palette of new colors.  What most inspires me is the beauty in our natural world - I love landscapes, sunsets, mountain vistas, rocks, pathways, any path that leads to see something beautiful in this amazing world we live in. My Princeton brushes and Arches paper are the backbone to my paintings.  Light, light, light creates an atmosphere of joy, peace and a sense of calm to paint in.  I have started playing around with acrylic inks and granulating medium which form amazing textures in landscape scenes. A finished  piece sits on a table for a few days before I call it finished-it’s only then that I notice the need for more values, texture or adding that missing element.  I have yet to create a piece I am over the moon about though I do enjoy many of my 5” x 7” pieces I have painted.  Smaller paintings put a smile on my face. Overcoming creative blocks always leads me on a path of less productivity in actual painting as I look at art journals, art magazines, old photos, boxes of things I want to paint . . . my painting time may have passed but I do enjoy the stroll down the world of art in other areas.  Yes, it does work for me to finally be inspired in these artistic meanderings to create and paint a work of art. My favorite artists include John Lovett, Anne Blockley, Steve Mitchell, C. M. Russell.  Their styles capture the essence of their paintings with simple elements and amazing composition.

Newsletter November 2018

November 26th, 2018|

What a great year it has been! It is due to all of our members who have participated with great enthusiasm! The year’s activities included twelve weeks of Plein Aire painting at beautiful venues and parks. Very special plein air events included members painting with the residents of the Inn on Westport assisted living center and the patients and family of Avera Prairie Cancer Center in Sioux Falls. Our goal was to share our art with those who cannot get out to enjoy painting in nature. Both events were great successes. Probably the most popular activities were the bi-weekly paint-ins led by our members at Mosiac Studio. These classes have propelled participating members toward a whole new world of creativity and exciting and new techniques and tools. Member sharing is the bi-word of our organization and these events are key to that goal. Thanks go out to all of the member teachers who generously shared their own special art with other members. Kudos to you. All members regardless of skill were invited to display their work at two exhibits at Coffea Bistro in the summer. Our fall exhibition is now showing at the Sioux Land Libraries Downtown branch with 41 exceptional pieces being exhibited. The quality of the offerings from show to show has grown so much and much of that personal painting growth could points to the learning opportunities offered by the Great Plains Watercolor Society. In addition to workshops offered by member instructors, the Great Plains Watercolor Society hosted two nationally recognized and award winning artists, Bonnie Cutts and Alexis Lavine at two workshops. Both of these workshops sold out quickly. Students learned valuable techniques, tools and tips as well as new ways for artists to think creatively and jumpstart their creative process. All of the workshop offerings stretched artists out of their comfort zones and elevated their skills. Our monthly meetings provided a fun way to connect with our membership and enjoy presentations by a variety of well known artists such as Ana Younger, portrait oil artist, Steve Randall, plein air landscape painter, Jennifer Stone, watercolorist and abstract artist, Kristin Peterson, mixed media, Janet Judson, batik watercolorist, and Bonnie Cutts, a Golden paint material representative and noted acrylic artist. The year ended with a special holiday celebration that in the words of those attended, “this was the best event ever!!” We have found our way to one another as we continue to enrich our lives while growing as water media artists and as an organization.