News as of February 6, 2018

February already and nearly one week gone.   Just a reminder to get your painting ready for the February President’s challenge, “It Caught My Eye“.  And you can bring at any stage of completion, or in a mat or not, or framed or not.  It doesn’t matter.  We all learn and grow from each other.

Just a quick note — the Board has decided to extend the timeframe from January 31st to March 1st for renewal without the $5 penalty. Fill out your membership form (in the Feb Newsletter), enclose your $25 payment or check and bring it to the Membership meeting or mail it to Yvonne Schrank, 200 Glenview Loop, St. Cloud MN 56303.

First Sign of Spring:  The St. Cloud downtown art crawls will begin on March 23rd.  We need demo artists for this art crawl to demo at the Paramount which goes from 5 – 9 PM.  It’s great fun — You can paint,  you can show your art for sale, you can show your cards for sale, you can work on techniques and you can meet new people –who are mostly intimidated by your talent and curious about  your knowledge.  It’s a great way to promote the creative spirit in St. Cloud.  Signup at a meeting or give your name to one of the board members.

CMW Meetings:

February 12, 20186 PM Member Meeting– Easel night at the Paramount starts at 6 PM with registrations and networking. President Gordon Schrank will have a report for the members and the painting viewing will be conducted after that. Bring your painting in response to the President’s Challenge, “It Caught My Eye” and/or any other paintings you would like to show to your colleagues. This night is not a critique but rather you may ask for input if you wish. It’s a very friendly and supportive process.

March 12, 2018Member Meeting at the Paramount at 6 PM – There will be registrations for upcoming art shows available and a short meeting. There will be a demo by Kathy Braud, CMW Member focusing on how to make a variety of skies with clouds that will add interest to landscapes.

April 9, 2018 – Member Meeting at the Paramount at 6 PM. Demo artist will be Georgia Kandiko, a current instructor at the Minnetonka Center for the Arts, the South Shore Community Center and the U of M Landscape Arboretum.

May 14, 2018 – Member Meeting at the Paramount at 6 PM. Demo artist will be Catherine Hearding from Lake Elmo. She is a well known instructor of art organizations in the Cities and was a Juror for Selection and Awards for watercolor at the 2017 State Fair.

Upcoming CMW Shows:

Waite Park Library Show – February 1-28, 2018
Important dates
 takedown is Feb. 28 from 4-5 pm
See the Waite Park Library Show tab for the art on display.

Good Shepherd Show – April 2 – May, 31 2018
Important dates:
– jpeg of your painting by March 16 to Mary Buhl at
– Hang time is April 2 from 4-5 pm
– Down time is May 31 from 4-5 pm
Contact Yvonne Schrank to sign up.

Art in the Garden – CMW Show on Thursday, July 19, 2018 10AM – 7 PM.  Start planning for your “small” artwork and/or cards for this sales event.  Pat Spence is your contact for any questions.  You may contact her at

Upcoming Workshops:

May 7-10, 2018 – A Paint in will be held at Linden Hills in Little Falls, MN. Includes 1 day Workshop with David Smith. titled “Soft Floral” There are openings for the day Workshop with David Smith. Contact Yvonne Schrank to see if there is any availability for the entire retreat event or be put on a waiting list. See details in CMW February Newsletter or go under the Newsletter tab on this website.

This is the Material List of the David Smith Workshop Day:

“Folks will need a painting board that paper will stick to when wet, such as Plexi Glass or the Shiny Slick Coated/Surfaced Masonite. The board dimensions should be larger than the sheet of paper, which will be 11×15. They will also need to be able to prop their board up at an angle. They might be able to get away with propping their board on a large Kleenex box, but a easel of some sort would work better.”

Materials List
Usual Supplies: palette, water container, masking tape, towels, Kleenex, large spray bottle, hair dryer, pencil/eraser, etc.
IF you have an iPad/tablet, I recommend bringing it to take demo photos for reference.

  • Paper: One quarter (11”x15”) sheet of Arches Cold Press 140lb paper will be provided with the sketch already on the paper. Please bring at least 2 more sheets of paper to practice on.
  • Paint Boards. For this painting process, one will completely wet the paper (front & back). You will need a board that the paper will Stick to, such as Plexi Glass or the Shiny Slick Coated/Surfaced Masonite. The board dimensions should be larger than the sheet of paper, which will be 11×15.
  • Tools for lifting/softening highlights: Stiff Bristle Brush or Fritch Scrubber. My favorites are the #4 & #16 Fritch Scrubber (Cheap Joe) and the #2 Artisan Short Flat/Bright long handled (Winsor & Newton)
  • We will be working at a slant. Therefore, a table easel may come in handy. However, I’ll most likely simply prop one end of the painting board up on a Kleenex box or something.
  • Paint: I recommend the primaries: Yellow, Red, Blue, and a dark such as Paynes Gray, Indigo, or Neutral Tint. I’ll incorporate a number of colors, including: Yellow Ochre, Ultramarine Blue, Cerulean Blue, Alizarin Crimson, Sap Green, and Payne’s Gray.
  • Brushes: A variety of rounds and flats will work fine. I use synthetics (Escoda, Robert Simmons, Loew-Cornell). Brushes I presently use are: Escoda Rounds (Perla) size 8, 10, 12 (the Joseph Zbukvic set). And Escoda Mops (Ultimo Tendo Synthetic) size 14 & 18. If interested, these all can be found on the internet, like Amazon and some online art stores.

MonaLisa Graphite Paper or Loew Cornell Gray Transfer Paper (can buy at Michaels art & craft store, JoAnn Fabric, or online/Amazon) and a colored ball-point pen (red works well). These leave a transfer that is hard to erase, BUT are Dark, so you can see the lines through layers of paint, and will not wash away when wet. If you choose another transfer paper, test it to make sure it will be dark enough to see after a couple washes of color and will not disappear or get too light when wet.

Andy Evenson Workshop, Fall 2018:  October 25th – 27th beginning at 9AM each day. You will be notified as to when the registration process opens.

**Keeping your paints and brushes wet – Paint with your Colleagues

Monday mornings 8:30-11:30 at Whitney center — Silver Brushes

Thursday afternoons 12:30 – 4 at Watab Hall – informal group gathering to paint whatever it is that you want to work on.

Member Events:

Kathy Braud has a large watercolor show at M-State College at:

Charles Beck Gallery
1414 College Way,
Fergus Falls, MN
from Jan 8 – Feb 28, 2018.
Reception will be 2 – 4 ,Wed. Feb 7, 2018






News as of Friday, November 24, 2017

I hope you have all recovered from your turkey coma and are doing something fun.  Maybe you’re putting up Christmas decorations, going Black Friday shopping or just taking it easy after a full Thanksgiving Day of family and/or friends or ~~~~painting your original watercolor card to bring to our December meeting?    It’s all good!!

Here’s the latest news!


November 2017 Meeting at Paramount

  1.  The biggest announcement made by Yvonne Schrank, CMW Treasurer was to give out the 2017 Members’ Choice Award of $50.    Paintings by CMW members are viewed and then a vote is made for their favorite work.  There was a tie so this year’s winners were Kerry Kupferschmidt  for “Afternoon Light”and Sandra Driscoll for “Sartell Barn”.  Congratulations to you both!

Yvonne Schrank with Members’ Choice Award Winners – Sandra Driscoll & Kerry Kupferschmidt


2.  Our Demo was provided by Karen Knutson who showed members wire painting and other tips in acrylic which can be applied to watercolor.  Below are some pictures about her demonstration.  Click on  photos to enlarge

3.  Gordon Schrank, our incoming 2018 President, announced the February meeting – Easel Night’s Theme for President’s Choice:  “It Caught My Eye”


December Meeting – December 11th Christmas Party at Watab Hall 

For your calendar  -note this date which is our annual Christmas meeting where the priority is socializing with friends plus meeting, greeting and making new friends.  Members are invited to paint an original watercolor card for a Christmas card exchange and to bring a treat/goodie to share.  Wine and coffee will be served. This  year members are welcome to bring and share a painting they’ve accomplished as a result  of a workshop or demo done anytime in 2017.   Please come around 6 PM to Watab Hall.

Directions:  Get to highway 15 (north) merging with 10 (west)  and from that merge go about 4 miles to an intersection of County 4 and 79 (it is marked with signage).  Turn left onto Cty 79 and go about the distance of 1 city block – the Watab Hall is on the left.  There is an ample size parking lot.


Paramount ShowScheduled for takedown 10AM – 12 Noon on Monday, June 4, 2017.  Be sure to arrange someone to pick up your art if you can’t make this extraordinary time.

Waite Park Library Show in February, 2108 This is a smaller venue so spaces are limited.  Be sure to sign up soon.  One painting per artist.  Setup is Thursday, February 1, 2018 from 4-5  PM.  Contact Yvonne Schrank with your interest at schrank@prodigy.netDeadline for registration and jpeg submission to Mary Buhl at is January 22, 2018.


More exciting news – the CMW Board had been working hard to plan a fun spring watercolor painting retreat to be held at Linden Hills Center in Little Falls, MN  for Monday – Thursday, May 7-10, 2018.  Depending on the number of attendees the entire room cost would be somewhere in the range of $150-$200 total for 3 days and nights at this beautiful venue.  Food and drink are at your own expense.

Even more exciting is that David Smith would come for one whole day of instruction on Tuesday, May 8th and includes a lunch.   This is at no added expense to 3 day attendees.  Other CMW members may come for the day, depending on space, for a fee of $100 with a sandwich lunch included.

Please visit the Linden Hills website to see all the amenities and the lovely historical housing.  Their website is – just click on this link to view.

A non-refundable deposit for registration will be needed soon and will be addressed at the December CMW meeting.  This is needed to secure the dates.


A 2018 Fall Workshop with Andy Evenson is in the planning stages.  More to come~~~

Painting Opportunities

Silver Brushes paint from 8:30 – 11:30 on Monday mornings at Whitney Senior Centre. Feel free to join the group

There is a group that paints from 12:30 – 4 PM on Thursday afternoons at Watab Hall.   An artist of any medium is welcome to come.