News from Janine Helton

Janine Helton’s painting Beautiful Mess was selected by juror Mark Mehaffey for the 11th Annual Signature American Watermedia International Exhibition show which will feature 120 original works in a variety of watermedia (transparent watercolor, acrylic, gouache, collage, opaque watercolor and more) and styles. The selected artists all hold Signature Membership Status in one or more U.S. Societies, a requirement to enter the show. This show is truly a representation of the “best of the best” and a “must see.” The show runs from Feb. 9, 2020 – Apr. 19, 2020 at Fallbrook Art Center in California.

Class Offered by Mirka Fetté at the St. Louis Artists Guild

Rooster by Mirka Fetté

Focus on Animals and Pets in Watercolor

Instructor:  Mirka Fetté

4 Weeks:  Thursdays 10:00 to 12:30, January 16 to February 6

Discover how to paint animals and pets with confidence. This class will explore various different techniques, design, color combinations and surfaces to help you master this delightful subject matter. Learn how to represent fur, scales or feathers – we’ll do it all! Age 16+

Instructor requests that students bring several animal photo references to the first class.

Fee: St. Louis Artists Guild Members / $75, Non-Members: $95 / Price includes a $10 supply fee.

If you must cancel, please email or call STLAG (email: info@stlouisartistsguild.org & phone: 314-727-6266). A refund will be given only if cancellation occurs seven days prior to the first day of class. No exceptions.

Click here for more information, supply list and to enroll.

Upcoming Classes Offered by Janine Helton at the Green Door Gallery

Floral by Janine Helton

NEGATIVE PAINTING for Watercolorists, SIMPLIFIED with Janine Helton
If you’ve been painting for a while and still have trouble grasping the concept of negative painting, this watercolor workshop is for you! You will not be painting flowers and leaves or any “thing”, instead you will learn to paint the space around the flowers and leaves, creating glowing blooms, foliage and layers of depth through multiple glazes. As you develop the skill of negative painting, you will practice seeing “shapes” instead of “things”, learn to save your whites and lights without using masking fluid, and be able to create a full range of values in your paintings without “muddy” darks.

Class fee:
$200 (two full days)
When: Thursday and Friday, February 20–21, 2020 from 9 am to 3:30 pm each day.
Where: Green Door Art Gallery in Webster Groves, MO
To register, contact Janine at: janine@janheltonartworks.com or https://janheltonartworks.com/contact Upon registration, Janine will contact you with further information as well as a supply list.

DAY 1 Negative painting is a difficult concept to master in that it is contrary to the way we naturally see things. You will learn exactly what negative painting is (and why it’s a good skill to have) through explanations, examples, demonstrations and practice.
DAY 2 The emphasis will be on skill development with more demonstrations and lots of painting practice with one-on-one assistance. Negative painting is a layered technique which requires drying time between glazes, so you may work on two or more paintings at once if desired. Paper will be provided. Upon registration, Janine will contact you with payment information as well as a supply list. *Some experience in watercolor is required. *Class size limited to 10 students, with a minimum of 5 students needed to hold the class.

Robin by Janine Helton

NEGATIVE PAINTING/POSITIVE RESULTS with Janine Helton
In this advanced**, all-day watercolor workshop, you will learn Janine’s process of planning and preparing an underpainting before painting your subject (birds), moving into negative painting, and then adding finishing touches with positive shapes. Techniques covered will include composition, using and combining your own photographs, glazing, color harmony, avoiding “mud,” lost and found/hard and soft edges, and of course, positive and negative painting, with an emphasis on the latter. Janine Helton has been recognized in watercolor competitions locally, nationally and internationally. She is a Best of Missouri Hands Juried Artist, a Saint Louis Watercolor Society Signature Member, as well as a Signature Member of both the Missouri Watercolor Society and the Georgia Watercolor Society.

Class fee: $100
When: Saturday, February 22, 2020 from 9 am to 4 pm
Where: Green Door Art Gallery in Webster Groves, MO
To register: contact Janine at: janine@janheltonartworks.com or https://janheltonartworks.com/contact Upon registration, Janine will contact you with further information as well as a supply list. *Class size limited to 10 students, with a minimum of 5 students needed to hold the class. **NEGATIVE PAINTING for WATERCOLORISTS, SIMPLIFIED is a prerequisite for this class.

Portrait by Janine Helton

PAINTING THE PORTRAIT in WATERCOLOR with Janine Helton 
​In this three-day workshop, you will discover Janine’s process for painting fresh watercolor portraits filled with color, personality, and feeling. Janine will provide daily group instruction, step-by-step demonstrations, and plenty of painting time with an emphasis on slowing down and enjoying the process. You will learn and practice important concepts such as choosing a subject, interpreting your photo, planning your composition, considering value and color, understanding edges, managing the ratio of water and pigment on your brush, and so much more! In addition, this relaxed, small group setting will provide ample time for one-on-one instruction. Janine Helton has been recognized in watercolor competitions locally, nationally and internationally. She is a Best of Missouri Hands Juried Artist, a Saint Louis Watercolor Society Signature Member, as well as a Signature Member of both the Missouri Watercolor Society and the Georgia Watercolor Society.

Class fee: $275 for three days
Dates: Thursday through Saturday, March 5 – 7, 2020 from 9 am – 3:30 pm each day.
Where: Green Door Art Gallery in Webster Groves, MO
To register, contact Janine at: janine@janheltonartworks.com or https://janheltonartworks.com/contact Upon registration, Janine will contact you with further information as well as a supply list. *Some experience in watercolor is required. *Class size is limited to 8 students, with a minimum of 5 students needed to hold the class.

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STLWS Holiday Party

The Saint Louis Watercolor Society’s Holiday Party at CJ Muggs in Webster Groves, held on December 4th, was so festive. The exchange of artist trading cards was reinstated this year and encouraged mingling. The gift exchange is always popular too and a nice way to pass art related things on to each other. CJ Muggs once again provided a great venue and delicious food. We so appreciate CJ Muggs inviting STLWS members to bring their paintings to decorate the walls of their banquet room over the holiday season.

Here are some candid photos from the evening.

We would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a very happy holiday season.

Urban Sketchers St. Louis at the Missouri History Museum

Here are some photos the urban sketchers shared with us from their outing at the Missouri History Museum on November 20th. Fortunately the weather was nice enough that a few of the sketchers went outside to sketch, while others stayed inside. They all felt there was a lot to choose from at this venue. They will definitely go back!