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December 2022

President's Palette

Photograph of BWS president Sherry Morell

In August of this year the world of watercolor lost the artist that the American Watercolor Society designated a “Living Legend” in 2019, Frank Webb, AWS-DF, NWS.  During his more than 70 years as a professional artist and teacher, located in Pittsburgh, PA, Frank had won over 125 major awards and his paintings had been exhibited around the world.  He had studied art at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh in the late 1940’s and then later, privately with Edgar Whitney and others. For almost 30 years (1950-79) he ran a successful art business and then retired, focusing his talents on watercolor and by doing that, he passed on his love of the medium to generations of students, thereby enriching the world. 

His inspired teaching generated 5 books on watercolor techniques and I thought that the best way to honor him was to pass on one of his “Convictions” from the book “Webb on Watercolor”(1) that I am now reading.  Words of truth, vision and encouragement.

The job is to communicate life.  The world does not really need another picture.  It needs your vision of how things could be if they were in order.  Perhaps nothing else in this life is so ordered, so splendid, and so complete as a work of art.  Through your painting, human life is intensified and handed on to others.”(1)

As I look back at the paintings of which I am most proud to have done and the paintings (of others) which I admired most in our exhibits, they are always the ones which communicate emotions and feelings - paintings where you actually experience the ambience of the day/place, or the intensity of the emotion expressed, or the touch of the texture - be it fluffy feathers or luscious, dewy fruit or weathered faces and hands.  Frank Webb was, oh, so right. Through our art we pass on our own vivid life experiences to share with others.  Just look at the winning paintings in the BWS BCPL Hereford Branch exhibit printed on the next pages and read the statements of our Juror, John Brandon Sills, as to why he selected those particular 6 out of all the 95 magnificent paintings hanging there.  Better yet, go and experience all of the paintings in person, and choose the ones that speak to you. The show lasts till December 17th so you still have time.  

And then start thinking about our future exhibits.
BWS President's Signature
Sherry Morell
BWS President

1.  Webb, F. (1990), Webb on Watercolor, (1st edition) North Light Books, F&W Publications, Inc., (pg 2).

    2022 Hereford Branch Library Signature Member Exhibit

    Monday, October 17, 2022 - Saturday, December 17, 2022

    Hereford Branch, Baltimore County Public Library
    16940 York Rd • Monkton, MD 21111

    Juror: John Brandon Sills,

    The award-winning paintings are listed below, with notes from the Juror.
    Congratulations to the winning artists! 

    1st Place

    Marilyn Le May Patterson
    “Night Fall”

    This painting has a wonderful abstract composition and subtlety interrelated color harmonies. There is a masterful “liquid” feel, while balanced with magnificent intentional passages.

    2nd Place

    Luis F. Perez
    “Privileged Food 4- Fresh Grapes”

    A richly colorful rendering of grapes in which you can almost feel their crisp texture. The cropped composition and beautifully painted metallic background give this piece a very contemporary look.

    3rd Place

    Kathy Daywalt
    “The Giving Garden”

    A beautiful joyous painting which combines a whimsical, light expression and a perfectly structured abstraction.

    Honorable Mention

    Sandy Yagel
    “At Rest”

    This painting has a richly rendered sense of clear stark light and is visually dynamic because of the dramatic composition.

    Honorable Mention

    Diane Dunn
    “Mountain Spirits”

    A small gem of a painting. The interesting use of collage gives this piece a unique sense of depth and an intriguing visual vibration.

    Honorable Mention

    Christine Duke
    “The Cathedral of St. John the Divine Envisioned as Complete”

    A meticulously rendered painting that contrasts an intricately drawn cathedral that has a subtly flat spacial relationship with an interesting use of very sculptural orbs in a magnificent night sky.

    All images are the property of the artists and protected by copyright. No image can be used without the written permission of the artist.

    Upcoming Events

    Note: The above Upcoming Events summary only displays the start date for each event. For full details please click on the event, or visit the Events page.

    New Way to Support BWS with Your Amazon Purchases

    Amazon has provided a wonderful way to contribute to Baltimore Watercolor Society, the AmazonSmile Foundation, set up specifically to benefit non-profit organizations. When you shop online, instead of using, use AmazonSmile at our custom link When you make a purchase via AmazonSmile, AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible purchase to the charitable organization of your choice. Set up your AmazonSmile charity now, before you start your Holiday shopping, by selecting The Baltimore Watercolor Society, Inc.

    If you shop using the Amazon App you can select your preferred Charity under Setting > AmazonSmile.  You may have to periodically refresh this setting within the App.

    If you need to locate our BWS Custom link in the future you will find it on our website’s Donate page at

    member News

    BWS members may submit a 60-word announcement gratis to be listed under the heading "Member News." Images will be included as space allows. Submissions are due by the 15th of the month preceding publication date, and may be edited for length or clarity. Please e-mail your submissions to the Newsletter Editor at

    Boxed off featured ads are available for $25 and may include up to 100 words and one image. Contact the Newsletter Editor at for details.

    Elizabeth Burin has a painting on view for the month of November in the Philadelphia Water Color Society’s International Exhibition of Works on Paper.  In December, her paintings will be featured alongside the prints of Ian Jackson in the Holiday Show at the Bismark/Wilson Gallery in Fells Point (1760 Bank Street, Baltimore).  All are welcome at the receptions on December 3, 4, and 18, 1 to 4 PM. 

    J. M. Littleton - Charcoal Club Exhibition, Baltimore Hebrew Congregation - closes 12/26/22.  BWS Signature Exhibition, Hereford - 12/16/22. Littleton School of Art - Offering Holiday Specials, see website,  Weekly classes continue, Fridays & Saturdays, join anytime.

    Angela Lacy's watercolor painting “Copenhagen Moment” (shown) received the Sandra Sawin Memorial Award at the Philadelphia Water Color Society’s 122nd International Juried Exhibition. 

    Stephanie GustavsonMarija Lasalde, and Ginger Sanaie are 3 of 8 artists featured in the Kindred Creatives’ Winter Art Exhibit hosted by Artistic Custom Framing & Gallery (11410 Georgia Ave, Wheaton, MD 20902). The show will run from December 1 through December 31, with an Artist’s Reception on Saturday December 3, from 4-6 pm.


    Lessons We Picked Up Along the Way

    Hi fellow artists, me again. This column is a place for sharing art related tips. Any time you come across a great product, website or technique that seems useful pass it on to the rest of us. If we have to rely on me alone to come up with ideas this column will not last long. Send your tip to Dana Kleinsteuber at I will post them here so we can all benefit. The tips are for all levels of painter so some things you may already know and some may be a revelation. The idea is that we can all share great ideas. Some examples are below.

    1. The incredible Mary Whyte, portrait artist extraordinaire, has a show at the National Museum of the Marine Corp in Triangle, VA. Yes I know I told you about this last month. I am including this again for those of us who put things off till the last minute. It is an hour and 21 minutes from Ellicott City. The show will be gone January 1, 2023 so it is time to see it while you can. The hours for the exhibit will be effected by the holidays. Don't wait till the last minute. The portraits are worth the drive.

    2. You may recall Mystic Seaport Museum in Mystic, CT held an extraordinary exhibition, J.M.W. Turner Exhibit from the Tate shortly before the pandemic changed our lives. This year they have another fascinating exhibition for you to explore titled, Sargent, Whistler & Venetian Glass: American Artists and the Magic of Murano. The exhibition is organized by the Smithsonian American Art Museum. You can learn more on their website at Like the Turner exhibition before it, this exhibition runs through February 2023. If you are heading north it sounds like a stop worth making.

    3. Composition 101: We all know to put our center of interest in one of the four spots where the lines cross when you divide your paper into thirds horizontally and vertically. Your center of interest should attract the eye. You can draw the eye if there is light on it which makes for stronger value contrasts. Using more details, more defined or unusual edges and more or bolder color will also help draw the eye to where you want the viewer to look. You can lead the viewer to your center of interest with what you paint around it. A path or clouds that angle towards what you want the viewer to look at can do the trick. Remember you don't have to paint the picture just as it is. Use your artistic judgment to create what you want.

    4. How do you make Black? My favorite blacks are made with Phthalo (Thalo) Green and Permanent Alizarin Crimson or Burnt Sienna and French Ultramarine. You can balance the colors so they go to either to the warm side or the cooler side. Some people use a dark purple with a dark blue then warm the color with a dark red or warm earth tone. All sorts of mixes will work. You do not need to buy Lamp Black.

    5. Want to watch a great demonstration? Hopefully you saw the Leslie Lambert Demonstration or watched the video. It is still available if you missed it. You can see it by going to the BWS website then enter your member password. This is a members benefit. Once you are on the BWS site, go to the 'Members' link on the right side and click on 'Videos' in the drop down menu.

    6. Sign up for the FREE Liz Walker Members Only Demonstration that will be in January. She will also do a 12 hour 2 Day Zoom Program for BWS in February. There is a fee for the 2 day program. Currently there is plenty of space for you to get into the Demonstration but the spots for the Program are limited and you should act soon if you are interested.

    Liz Walker's award winning work “Less Than Approachable” from the NWWS members show:

    Membership Dues and Updating Your Interests

    It is that time again for Signature Artist and Associate members to pay their annual dues and for all members to update their interests and contact information. Please take the opportunity to review your Profile to let us know about programs and events you would like to see BWS provide.

    Dues are $30 for Associates and $40 for Signature Artists. Signature Artists with Life status are not required to pay dues. 

    You were sent an email in early December regarding Membership Renewal, unless you joined in October, November, or December of this year or have already paid your dues for 2023. 

    To pay your dues online, follow the instructions in the email for logging in to the site, and navigating to your Member Profile, and Renew to Jan 1, 2024. You will also see Edit Profile where you can update your contact information and program interests.

    Even if you plan to pay by check, follow the instructions in the email for logging in to the site, and navigate to your Member Profile, then to Edit Profile so you can update your contact information and your program interests. 

    Those of you who have not shared your email address with us will receive a dues notice via USPS.

    Welcome New Signature Members

    Scott Ponemone, Baltimore, MD

    Rosanne Horowitz, Baltimore, MD

    Kimmel Kozak, Manchester, MD

    Maria Payer, Pilesgrove, NJ

    Jim Sandford, Woodbine, MD

    Joan Machinchick, Annapolis, MD

    Brad Hastings, Bishopville, MD

    Welcome New Associate Members

      Marsha Brett, Perry Hall, MD

      James Cox, Easton, PA

      Pat Harman, Ellicott City, MD

      Deborah McDonald, Woodland Hills, CA

      Lia Nigro, Columbia, MD

      Janelle Sandford, Woodbine, MD

      In Memoriam

        Harold Walpert, Baltimore, MD
        Harold served faithfully on the BWS Board from 2011-2022 as our Publicity Chair, always with a smile and a wise word. He is missed by all.

        Board of Governors and Committee Chairs
        Baltimore Watercolor Society, a 501c3 Nonprofit Organization

        Please note: Multiple names are listed for several positions as both the outgoing current Board Member and the new member in training are included.

        President: Sharon Morell,, 443-465-1863

        Vice President:

        Secretary: Deborah Cohan, 301-977-6212

        Treasurer: April Rimpo,, 443-766-0148

        Assistant Treasurer: Ruth Lampi, 240-515-0552

        Mid-Atlantic Co-Chair (outgoing): Sharon Green,, 410-363-1922

        Mid-Atlantic Committee: Susan Bradley, 301-525-6303

        Workshops: Sabine Yeager,, 410-245-0366

        Programs: Dana Kleinsteuber,, 410-917-7935

        Webmaster: Bob Coe, 410-877-3730

        Newsletter Editor: Devin Lulu,, 302-690-8635

        Archivist: Karen Norman, 301-318-2224

        Hospitality Chair: Karen Schuster, 410-531-5768

        Hospitality: Joan Orcutt, 240-381-9309

        Membership/Database: Janice Hendra,, 410-271-4943

        Membership/Jurying: Kathleen Gardiner, 410-991-1183

        Mid-Atlantic Awards: Janet Arsenault, 410-713-0248

        Mid-Atlantic Awards: Janet Freeman, 410-299-3906

        Exhibits Chair: David Drown, 410-971-9769

        Exhibits: Kathy Daywalt, 410-507-1662

        Publicity/Social Media: Jennifer Murtha, 443-834-4160

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