Our Congratulations

Our congratulations go out to Janine Helton for her painting A Little Bit Shy, Rebecca Krutsinger for her painting Nature’s Beauty, and Karen Romani for her painting Lunchtime, which have been accepted into the Illinois Watercolor Society’s 36th National Exhibition by Juror Steve Puttrich who chose 62 paintings to represent the 2020 IWS National Show out of 259 paintings entered from 145 artists, 27 states, and 5 countries. The IWS Board has decided that changing the show to an “online” only show is the best course of action. They will post the show in its entirety on the IWS website on the original opening date of May 2, 2020. Awards will be announced on the IWS website on May 2, 2020.

Janine Helton and Rebecca Krutsinger shared their paintings with us:

A Little Bit Shy by Janine Helton
Nature’s Beauty by Rebecca Krutsinger

And more congratulations go out to Janine Helton for her painting Wing Nut, selected by Juror Carolyn Latanision, AWS, NWS, for inclusion into The 2020 73rd Annual Michigan Water Color Society Exhibition, which opens May 21 and runs to July 1, 2020 at the Janice Charach Gallery, West Bloomfield, Michigan.

Wing Nut by Janine Helton

An Invitation to the STLWS

We received this today from Sandy Brooks at the St. Louis Arts Chamber of Commerce. Sandy developed the Arts Chamber to address the business needs of the arts community in St Louis.

Silent Skies

In light of the need for social distancing due to the Corona Virus, all public events are suspended at this time. However, arrangements have been made to have the exhibitions once the restrictions are lifted.

The StL Arts Chamber designed a city-wide collaborative project to celebrate art and nature that has been postponed, but that does not mean the project is over. Consider sharing your artistic talents, drawing, painting, writing, poetry, storytelling and more to make someone’s day a little brighter. Send a card or letter to the StL Arts Chamber to be distributed to nursing homes, extended stay facilities, shut ins and more. To paraphrase: a smile (or laughter) is the best medicine! To find out more check our Give StL Day Campaign.

What are you doing to be creative and connected to nature? Let me know and I will include your ideas on the website Resource Page.

In the meantime, enjoy this video of the Silent Skies Mural!

Sandy Brooks

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Our Congratulations Go Out to Marilynne Bradley and Annette McGarrahan

We just learned that Marilynne Bradley’s painting Me Too, and Annette McGarrahan’s painting Overflow were accepted into the Watercolor USA 2020 exhibition, judged by Misa Jeffereis, to run from June 6 to August 16, 2020 at the Weisel and Kelly Galleries, 1111 East Brookside Drive, Springfield, MO.

Here is Annette McGarrahan’s painting, Overflow.

Our Congratulations Go Out to Janet Doll and Françoise Olivier

Janet Doll’s painting Big Bag of Beans and Françoise Olivier’s painting The Old Gas Station were accepted into the Watercolor USA 2020 exhibition, judged by Misa Jeffereis, Assistant Curator at the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis.  The exhibition will run from June 6 to August 16, 2020, at the Weisel and Kelly Galleries, 1111 East Brookside Drive, Springfield, MO.

Big Bag of Beans by Janet Doll
The Old Gas Station by Françoise Olivier

And we have an update on Françoise Olivier’s painting, Saint Louis Swing, accepted in the 153rd Annual International Exhibition of the American Watercolor Society, which was to be at The Salmagundi Club in New York.  Due to the COVID-19 outbreak in New York the Salmagundi Club is closed for an indefinite period so the AWS Exhibition will not run April 6-25. AWS is considering their options, including alternate dates and hope to have an online version of their exhibit available during the April dates. Click here for updates on the AWS website.

Saint Louis Swing by Françoise Olivier


As we stay in to stem the spread of COVID-19 it is important that we keep our spirits up and stay in touch with others.  We now have more time to paint and sharing your paintings with friends while sequestered helps boost spirits.  Form email groups with your friends and send your recent paintings to each other, inviting comment.

Here are more things we can do to stay informed and stimulated:


The Saint Louis Art Museum holds a world-renowned collection of approximately 34,000 objects spanning 5,000 years of history and cultures. More than 2,700 objects, including the highlights below, are currently on view in our collection galleries. Learn more about these one-of-a-kind works of art in our online collection.  If you are a member of the SLAM they are also offering an Object of the Day which is sent to you via email. 

10 World-Class Museums You Can Visit Online

The Louvre is not only one of the world’s largest art museums, but it’s also one of Paris’s most iconic historic monuments. The museum offers free online tours of some of its most important and popular exhibits, such as its Egyptian Antiquities and works from Michelangelo. You can take a 360-degree look at the museum, and click around the rare artifacts to get additional information on their histories.

Founded in 1937, the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. provides virtual tours of its gallery and exhibits. You can view its current exhibitions and listen to audio and video recordings of past lectures online.

With a collection that totals more than 8 million objects, London’s British Museum makes some of its pieces viewable online. The museum also teamed up with the Google Cultural Institute to offer virtual tours using Google Street View technology.

Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, the architecture of the Guggenheim’s building itself is quite impressive, but you don’t want to miss these up-close views of some of the priceless pieces of artwork inside. The museum makes some of its collections and exhibits available online for people who want to get a taste of what the museum has to offer, including works from Franz Marc, Piet Mondrian, Pablo Picasso, and Jeff Koons.

The Met is home to over 2 million works of fine art, and their website features an online collection and virtual tours of some of its most impressive pieces, including works from Vincent van Gogh, Jackson Pollock, and Giotto di Bondone. In addition, The Met also works with the Google Cultural Institute to make even more artwork (that’s not featured in its own online collection) available for view.

You can virtually walk through this popular gallery that houses dozens of famous works from French artists who worked and lived between 1848 and 1914. Get a peek at artworks from Monet, Cézanne, and Gauguin, among others.

Explore the masterworks from the Dutch Golden Age, including works from Vermeer and Rembrandt. Google offers a Street View tour of this iconic museum, so you can feel as if you’re actually wandering its halls.

Anyone who is a fan of Van Gogh can see his works up close (or, almost up close) by virtually visiting this museum – the largest collection of artworks by Vincent van Gogh, including over 200 paintings, 500 drawings, and over 750 personal letters.

European artworks from as far back as the 8th Century can be found in this California art museum. Take a Street View tour to discover a huge collection of paintings, drawings, sculptures, manuscripts, and photographs.

The Vatican Museums feature an extensive collection of important art and classical sculptures curated by the Popes over many centuries. You can take a virtual tour of the museum grounds and iconic exhibits, including Michelangelo’s ceiling in the Sistine Chapel.

To help its users discover and view important artworks online in high resolution and detail, Google partnered with more than 1200 cultural institutions from around the world to archive and document priceless pieces of art and to provide virtual tours of museums using Google Street View technology. The Google Art Project features fine art from the White House, the Museum of Islamic Art in Qatar, and even São Paulo street art from Brazil. Here’s a complete list of museums you can visit virtually.


Joseph Zbukvic on the Evolution of Watercolor

In this exclusive interview, Zbukvic shares his newfound confidence in the health of art as we know it, and the continuing evolution of watercolor. [listen now]

Barbara Tapp on Becoming a Painter

Tapp says it took seven years of experimenting, joining an art club, and painting with other artists en plein air  to truly become a painter. [listen now]

Mario Robinson on Painting Figures

Robinson is known for his figure paintings, but here he shares his strategy for painting en plein air, including placing the figure in outdoor scenes. [listen now]

Keiko Tanabe on Being an Artist

Tanabe tells us one of the best things she did early in her career that put her on the path to success, and what it was like to quit her “day job” and become a full-time artist. [listen now]

Alvaro Castagnet on His Vision for Watercolor

“A new vision is needed from artists today,”says Castagnet, who stresses the importance of using the medium “to inject a great deal of mood in our paintings.” [listen now]

Daniel Smith is offering a special live conversation with John Cogley on watercolor on Thursday, April 2 at 4 p.m. Seattle Time. 

If you have questions about your favorite color, new colors, how it’s made and yes what’s John’s favorite colors (it can’t just be one️) … anything about watercolor, your watercolor journey and John’s journey, join us on April 2nd on the DANIEL SMITH Facebook and Instagram accounts. 

Do You Know About These Free Art Books Online?

American Watercolor has an article on all the free Art Books you can access online.  For more information visit:

Plein Air Magazine is offering daily podcasts featuring artists at 3 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on their Facebook page.

Click here to go to their Facebook page.